Let's get the cliche out of the way: today is a big game for the Phillies.
The Phillies are 4-9 against the Mets this season, and 5-6 against the Marlins. That's no way to win the National League East. The Phillies have lost a combined four consecutive series against the Mets and Marlins. In fact, they haven't won a series against either team since they took 2 of 3 from the Marlins in a series May 30-June 1 at Citizens Bank Park. But the Phillies can win their first series against a legit NL East rival (sorry, but the Braves and Nationals are out of the picture) in more than two months with a victory this afternoon. That's because they played nearly flawlessly in last night's 5-0 victory over the Fish.
The lineup produced from top to bottom last night. They played solid defense. They manufactured runs.
And they pitched well.
Jim Salisbury takes a look at the magic of Kyle Kendrick, who threw six shutout innings. Kendrick is 20-9 with a 4.13 ERA in 43 career starts. The Phillies are 16-7 in his starts this season, and 29-14 in his career. Like Salisbury (aka Steaks) said, Kendrick doesn't dazzle anybody with his stuff. He just wins. I have a feeling the Phillies are OK with that.
In the Phillies Notebook: Adam Eaton continues to make a case for being one of the worst free agent signings in franchise history, Tom Gordon, Freddy Garcia, Scott Eyre, Rudy Seanez and the six-year-old boy struck in the head by a foul ball Tuesday.
Brett Favre is a Jet. Too surreal to believe.