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9/16 Game Thread: Oh, Great, the Phillies

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The Phillies have absolutely moitilated us this year. They're 10-2 in 12 games against us, outscoring us 75-54, batting .311/.378/.549 while holding us to .254/.355/.411. Tonight we'll have a Jamie battle as we throw Parr to the wolves against Jamie Moyer, a guy who's so old that it's been 10 years since anything was written about him that didn't call him "crafty." Be that as it may, Moyer's not dead yet: somehow he's having one of the best seasons of his career at age 45, 14-7 with a 3.68 ERA in a bandbox of a home ballpark, good for an ERA+ of 121. On the road he's been a Cy Young contender: 9-3 with a 2.61 ERA in 15 starts. (He's been a bit lucky on the road, where he's only had a .250 BABIP, but he's been plenty good all year and his entire career, and he handled us pretty well a month ago in Atlanta.) Yes, he is more than twice as old as Parr. Parr, of course, is still holding on to a 0.00 ERA; I don't think he's Joba Chamberlain and neither do you, but he's untouchable till he gets touched up, and we'll just have to hope his hope holds out. I hate the Phillies and I hate the Mets; I really wish neither of them makes the playoffs. Since one of them has to, I'll just hope that we make them limp in as ignominiously as possible. But it's a lot likelier that they'll beat the crap out of us, as they've been doing all year.

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