Roy Oswalt, who is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA over his last seven starts, leads the Phillies into their series finale with Jonathon Niese (9-7, 3.85) and the Mets. AccuWeather calls for a 60 percent chance of rain for the first pitch at 1:10.
Phillies recall SS Bocock: Mandy Housenick of the Morning Call breaks news via Twitter that the Phillies have purchased the contract of shortstop Brian Bocock, suggesting that Jimmy Rollins may not be close to returning. If so, the Phils will need to make a corresponding 40-man roster move. Bocock, who was in Phillies uniform earlier in the season but never got into a game, hit .226/.313/.303 with the IronPigs. He's up strictly for emergency defense and will give Charlie Manuel some flexibility to pinch hit for Wilson Valdez if need be. I cannot recall a Phillies team with this many September call-ups.
Lack of lefty relief discussed: "Cholly lifted Kendrick at an appropriate time today. Got his five innings from him. One Achilles Heel is the lack of a single effective left-handed reliever out of the pen. Romero is 'erratic' at best and I would be stunned if Bastardo makes the postseason roster. It was the one area where Amaro came up a bit short where there were some low-cost options that were available." - MG"The frustrating part for me is that Romero has to be able to come in and get an out in that spot, and he has proven over and over again he can't." - Jim
Beerleaguer: Give Mike Pelfrey credit; he's having a breakout season and he continues to pitch the Phillies tough. Sixty-nine of his 109 pitches were for strikes. He's blossomed into a formidable foe and represents one of the Mets few bright spots. I echo many of the sentiments about Kyle Kendrick and the bullpen. I thought the Phillies made the right call staying with Kendrick and think he did just enough to validate their decision. Meanwhile, the Phillies wait for Antonio Bastardo to show them anything while they dance around J.C. Romero's inconsistency. I, too, worry that the situation will come to a head at the worst possible time.
How it stands: The Phillies fell back into tie with Atlanta for the division lead. Tim Hudson (15-7, 2.41) faces Kyle Lohse (2-7, 7.13) under the lights at 8 p.m., so lots of sports on tap today, with the Eagles season set to take flight beginning at 4:15. It's raining in Philadelphia, so stay inside and enjoy some sports.
Another solid outing for Carrasco: Former Phillie Carlos Carrasco, part of the 2009 Cliff Lee deal, gave up five hits over 7 1-3 scoreless innings for the Indians on Saturday night against the Twins. Carrasco has a 2.18 ERA in his three starts this season. I said it once and I'll say it again: Carrasco was a very savvy buy-low add-in by the Indians, more-so than Jason Donald, Lou Marson or Jason Knapp.[Jump to the newest comments]