Game 40 Preview: Phillies at Yankees

Kevin McGuireSenior Analyst IMay 22, 2009

DENVER - APRIL 11:  Starting pitcher Brett Myers #39 of the Philadelphia Phillies delivers against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on April 11, 2009 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Phillies make one final stop on their road trip to play the New York Yankees in the new Yankee Stadium. Both teams bring high octane-offenses to the table, and the way Yankee Stadium has been giving away free souvenir balls to fans in the outfield this season, there is no reason to expect a slow weekend in the Bronx.

Taking the mound for the Phillies will be Brett Myers. Myers has had two straight solid outings, allowing just three earned runs in 13 innings against the Nationals and the Atlanta%20Braves">Braves. He has also recorded two wins in his last two decisions.

Myers will be the first pitcher to try and hold down the rejuvenated Yankees offense that features Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, and Robinson Cano.

In the Yankees' recent nine-game winning streak, New York has scored 59 runs. Both the Yankees and the Phillies lead their respective leagues in average runs scored per game.

Myers is 3-0 on the road this season while his counterpart, A.J. Burnett, has yet to record a win in the new stadium. Burnett, however is still pitching well and has only lost once in his last six games. He has received five no-decisions. Both pitchers have a 1.40 WHIP this season.

Phillies Record: 22-17
Yankees Record: 24-17

NL East Standings (Team, record, games behind)

  1. PHILLIES 22-17, -
  2. Mets 21-19, 1.5
  3. Braves 20-20, 2.5
  4. Marlins 19-23, 4.5
  5. Nationals 12-28, 10.5

Pitching probables: Myers (3-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. Burnett (2-1, 5.02 ERA)

TV: MyPhl 17

First pitch: 7:10pm

Season Series: First meeting

Open thread for the game will be posted at 6:30pm. No game recap though due to weekend schedule.

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