Mets-Phillies Game Thread 5/8/12

The Phillies haven’t won consecutive games in over a week and they haven’t been above .500 since Opening Day. After last night’s crushing loss on Jordany Valdespin‘s three-run ninth-inning home run, the Phillies will try to get back on their winning ways once again tonight. If ever there was a night for it, it is tonight as the Phillies will oppose the struggling 41-year-old Miguel Batista. The veteran right-hander has operated as a swing man in the Mets’ bullpen and will be making his second start of the season tonight. In 13 innings thus far, he has struck out 11 and walked 13, making for hilarious strikeout and walk rates. Batista will be opposed by Joe Blanton, coming off his best start as a Phillie last Thursday in Atlanta. In fact, Blanton is on a bit of a roll as he has not walked a batter in either of his previous two starts while striking out 14 in 16 and one-third innings.




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