Here's my nightmare scenario:
Tomorrow night's game gets rained out. Double-header Sunday. Phillies, Mets and Brewers all finish the regular season tied. Game against the Mets for the division Monday. Game against the Brewers for the division Tuesday. Playoffs start Wednesday.
I'm sure the Phillies are hoping tonight's Mets-Cubs game doesn't get rained out. If it does, the Mets will be able to skip over Pedro Martinez, AKA the Weakest Link, in their rotation. That would not bode well.
Here are the pitching match-ups for the final weekend, as well as a preview box for tomorrow:
LHP John Lannan (9-14, 3.86) at RHP Joe Blanton (8-12, 4.79)
PHILLIES UPDATE: The Phillies are 9-6 against the Nationals this season but lost two out of three to them at the beginning of September. . .The Phillies are 8-4 in Blanton's starts since he joined them via a trade with Oakland in late-July. Blanton is 3-0 with a 4.45 ERA during that span. . .Blanton has allowed five runs in his last 12 innings over two starts. . .In a 3-2 win over Florida on Sept. 20, Blanton allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. . .Jimmy Rollins is 4-for-9 with a home run and four RBI off Lannan. . .Chase Utley is 4-for-8 with two RBI off Lannan.
NATIONALS UPDATE: The Nationals have lost six of their last seven and 11 of their last 14 dating back to Sept. 9. . .Lannan, 23, has faced the Phillies twice this season, losing both outings. He allowed two runs on five hits in six innings of a 4-0 loss on Sept. 2. On July 31, he allowed eight runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings of an 8-4 loss. . .Ron Belliard is 3-for-8 with a double in his career off Blanton. . .Aaron Boone and Willie Harris are the only two Nationals who have homered off Blanton.
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Sat. - LHP Odalis Perez (7-11, 4.27) at LHP Jamie Moyer (15-7, 3.78 ERA), Sun. - RHP Shairon Martis (1-3, 5.89) at TBA
TICKET INFO: Standing room tickets will go on sale prior to tonight's game.