The Phillies could use some good pitching news after ace lefty Cole Hamels left Tuesday's game after spraining his left ankle.
Phillies right-hander Brett Myers starts Wednesday's series finale against the Nationals at Citizens Bank Park and is looking to have his third consecutive quality start. The bullpen would love to have that happen. The bullpen has been worked hard the previous two nights after Joe Blanton lasted just 4 1/3 innings Monday and Hamels lasted just 4 1/3 innings Tuesday.
Myers has thrown six innings or more in each of his four starts this season. Philadelphia really could use him to pitch at least into the seventh Wednesday.
Myers is 9-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 30 career appearances against the Nationals/Expos. He went 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in four starts against the Nationals last season.
PHI: RHP Brett Myers (1-1, 4.91 ERA)
Myers is looking for his first truly dominant performance of 2009, although his last two outings have been quality starts. Home runs continue to hurt him. Friday against the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, he allowed a three-run home run to Dan Uggla in the first inning. Those would be the only three runs he allowed in six innings. Myers has allowed 26 hits this season, eight of them home runs.
WSH: LHP Scott Olsen (0-3, 7.29 ERA)
Friday against the Mets, Olsen pitched well enough for his second consecutive quality start, but he ended up losing his third game of the season because of some shoddy defense. Olsen lasted six innings and gave up three runs, two of which were earned.
Chase Utley homered twice twice against the Nationals on Tuesday. It is the 16th time in his career he homered twice in a game. ... The Phillies are 7-3 against the National League East this season. They were 41-31 (.569) against the NL East last season. ... The Phils entered Tuesday hitting an NL-best .571 (12-for-21) with the bases loaded. Only the Mariners have been better, hitting .636 (7-for-11). The Phillies have three grand slams (Shane Victorino, Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez) and nine bases-loaded walks.
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Friday: Phillies (Chan Ho Park, 0-0, 7.16) vs. Mets (Mike Pelfrey, 2-0, 6.32), 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday: Phillies (Jamie Moyer, 3-1, 5.09) vs. Mets (Oliver Perez, 1-2, 9.31), 3:40 p.m. ET
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.