We are in the second week of May and the Phillies still have yet to win three straight games. Tonight, they'll look to put their first foot forward against 41-year-old Mets righty Miguel Batista, who has not started a game against the Phillies since July 25, 2006. He has faced them 12 times in relief over the last three seasons, including once on April 15, when he gave up hits to two of the three hitters he faced, allowing a run in the process.
Some match-up highlights. . .
Jimmy Rollins is 11-for-20 with four extra base hits and four walks in his career against Batista. John Mayberry is getting the start at first base. Although he has only faced Batista twice, you can bet Charlie Manuel likes this match-up. Laynce Nix, who was another option to start at first, is 0-for-9 with a walk and a strikeout in his career against Batista. Placido Polanco will bat sixth tonight. He is 12-for-35 with three doubles and four walks against Batista.
Blanton vs. Mets. . .