Joe Blanton (7-6, 5.04) and the Phillies open up a three-game series with R.A. Dickey (11-7, 2.92) and the Mets beginning tonight at 7:05 p.m. from Citizens Bank Park.
Notes: The last time Dickey took the mound against the Phillies, he threw a one-hit shutout on Aug. 13. The last time Dickey took the mound at Citizens Bank Park, five days earlier on Aug. 8, the Phils shelled him for eight hits and six runs in three innings en route to a 6-5 win. For the Phils, Raul Ibanez will attempt to stay hot. Over his last seven, Ibanez is hitting .464 with four doubles, a homerun and nine RBIs. The Mets are coming off five straight losses, while the Phils carry a 10-game win streak into the series. The Phillies’ magic number sits at four with nine to play. Tonight, the Phils line up with Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Werth RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS.
Rollins: Charlie Manuel told reporters that he intends to start Jimmy Rollins Sunday.
Saturday: Dillon Gee (1-1, 1.80) vs. Kyle Kendrick (10-9, 4.78)
Sunday: Mike Pelfrey (15-9, 3.75) vs. Cole Hamels (12-10, 2.93)
Monday: Roy Halladay (20-10, 2.53) vs John Lannan (8-7, 4.58)
Tuesday: Roy Oswalt (13-13, 2.80) vs Jason Marquis (2-9, 7.18)
Wednesday: TBA vs Ross Detwiler (1-2, 2.52)