First things first: this afternoon's game between the Phillies and Mets has been postponed because of Tropical Storm Hanna.
There will be a doubleheader tomorrow at Shea Stadium. Game 1 will be 2:15 p.m. Game 2 will be at 8:05 p.m. I have been told the Mets rotation will remain the same with Pedro Martinez (5-3, 5.07 ERA) pitching Game 1 and Johan Santana (12-7, 2.71 ERA) pitching Game 2. Charlie Manuel said yeseterday he also would keep his rotation the same, which means Jamie Moyer (12-7, 3.80 ERA) is pitching Game 1 and Cole Hamels (12-8, 3.01 ERA) is pitching Game 2.
Oh, it is on.
Mike Schmidt sent an e-mail to pump up the team before last night's game. In one part it read, "The Mets know you're better than they are. They remember last year." I'm not sure how many players read it or how much of an impact it had, but the Phillies beat the Mets last night, 3-0.
Jimmy Rollins skimmed the note, so he said he didn't read the part about the Mets.
"No, what did he say?" Rollins said.
The Mets know that you're better than they are.
"Oh, well that part is true," he said.
Oh, it is definitely on.
Schmidt also said the Mets would be thinking about last year. Is that part true?
"I think it's only natural, if we win all three games," Rollins said. "If not, then they'll take a deep breath and get a chance to probably gather themselves, but if we win all three games, naturally, you're going to think about that."
Jim Salisbury says the Phillies must reverse their trend of winning Game 1 in a series and coming up short the rest of the way.
In the Phillies Notebook: read Schmidt's message to the team and more.
Schmidt, Myers, J-Roll and Hanna
Today's game has been postponed because of rain. There will be a doubleheader tomorrow, but there is still plenty to talk about.