It seems Jimmy Rollins isn't the only Phillie who likes zinging the Mets. We were talking to Charlie Manuel post-game when he addressed the back-and-forth between the two teams the past year or so. Now, keep in mind, Manuel's a little under the weather (he's been sick for the past few days) and thus perhaps a little less judicious than normal. But he had me laughing.
"As long as we whip them, we don't have to make a big deal out of it," Manuel said yesterday after the Phillies' 5-3 win over the Reds at Great American Ballpark. "They'll talk, we'll hit. That's the only way I see it."
Nobody in the clubhouse is pretending not to care about this series.
Pat Burrell: "It could be worse. It could be two teams that finish in last place every year and nobody cares. So it's exciting. Personally I enjoy going to NY and playing, there's a little extra excitement there and especially with what happened last year, I don't think anybody would say otherwise."
Tom Gordon was probably the unheralded star of the day today. Nursing a three-run lead, he shut down the heart of the Reds order on nine pitches in the eighth inning. That's 2 1/3 scoreless inning since his Opening Day Blow-up.
Here's the preview box for tomorrow's game:
LHP Oliver Perez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Jamie Moyer (0-0, 7.36 ERA)
ABOUT THE PHILLIES: The Phillies have won their last 8 games against the Mets and were 12-6 against them last season. . .Moyer allowed 6 runs - 3 earned - on 9 hits in his first start of the season. He took a no decision in an 8-7 win over the Nationals April 3. . .Pat Burrell is hitting .435 this season with 3 home runs. Burrell is 6-for-17 with 4 home runs lifetime off of Perez . .Chase Utley went 0-for-5 yesterday vs. the Reds, but is still hitting .346 on the season. . .CF Shane Victorino went 1-for-5 with 2 strikeouts yesterday and is now 4-for-28 on the season. . .Moyer has a 2.59 ERA in 8 career starts at Shea Stadium, his second best mark in any ballpark in which he has started at least 8 games. . Moyer was 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 4 starts against the Mets last season. . .1B Ryan Howard is 1-for-10 lifetime against Perez with 6 strikeouts and 1 home run.
ABOUT THE METS: The Mets are coming off a two-game sweep at the hands of the Braves. . .1B Carlos Delgardo is 28-for-65 (.431) with 7 home runs and 16 RBI lifetime against Moyer. . .The only Mets regulars not hitting over .300 are 2B Luis Castillo and SS Jose Reyes. . .Perez pitched 6 shutout innings, striking out 8 in his 2008 debut, a 13-0 win over Florida. . .Perez went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA last season, but went 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 3 starts against the Phillies. . .6 of CF Carlos Beltran's 7 hits this season have been doubles. He has not hit a home run. . .OF Ryan Church is 8-for-21 with 5 runs and 5 RBI.