Phils-Mets: Put on Your Tacky Boots, There's No Raining in Baseball

Phils-Mets: Put on Your Tacky Boots, There's No Raining in Baseball

It's raining…again.

With a flood advisory in effect in Flushing Meadows, New York since early this morning, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves in a bit of a dilemma. The effects of a rainy August and September have forced the Phils into two doubleheaders in the last eight days. The team hasn't had an off day since August 28th, in the hours immediately before and after Hurricane Irene.

With showers predicted for much, if not all, of the weekend, the Phillies need to find a way to play these games with the Mets before heading down to Atlanta for their final series of the year on Monday, unless Major League Baseball is open to scrapping a game entirely.

So break out the Mickey Mouse slickers, 'cause we're playing in the rain. The only question is when.

The wet weather is forecast to be less intense and frequent as the weekend progresses, meaning the teams have the option of trying to play through whatever baseballs gods throw at them tonight, attempting to schedule the Phillies's third doubleheader in the last two weeks, or trying to cancel the game altogether. Whatever they choose, at least some of this weekend's action is going to be rain-soaked assuming our friends at The Weather Channel aren't leading us astray. We're not meteorologists, people.

If baseball is played tonight, Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch, and the Phillies are out to avoid their first seven-game losing streak since June of 2006.

Hamels struggles in New York have been well documented over his career, and the change of scenery offered in the move from Shea Stadium to Citi Field has done little to help matters. Lifetime, Cole is just 1-5 in starts against the Mets in NY. He's 1-4 at Citi Field with a 5.05 ERA in six starts.

In his last appearance in Flushing on July 16th of this year, Hamels was tagged for 7 runs and 8 hits in just 4.1 innings of work. It should be noted that Hamels allowed no more than 2 runs in any of his 4 other starts that month. For whatever reason, there's something about New York that Cole doesn't like. Whatever it is, at least we won't have to deal with it in the postseason…we think.

Standing opposed for the Mets, R.A. Dickey is the owner of an 8-13 record, 3.35 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Dickey is actually on something of a tear considering he's only allowed 7 runs in his last 5 starts. That stretch includes two seven-inning shutouts. Fortunately, Dickey did surrender 4 earned in 7 innings the last time he pitched against the Phils. The final score of that ballgame on July 15th: 7-2 Philadelphia.

Charlie's 9/23 lineup:

Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Mayberry RF(D), Ruiz C, Valdez 2B, Hamels P

And for the Mets:

Reyes SS, Tejada 2B, Wright 3B, Bay LF, Pagan CF, Evans 1B, Harris RF, Nickeas C, Dickey P

See you post-game.

Shocker: Phillies interested in getting one of baseball's best players

Shocker: Phillies interested in getting one of baseball's best players

We're all looking forward to the free-agent class of 2018.

If Maikel Franco doesn't shape up, the Phillies could make a hard push for Manny Machado. Franco after a two-game benching is back in the lineup for this afternoon's game against the Rockies (see story).

Then, of course, there's Bryce Harper, who earlier this month agreed to a one-year, $21,625,000 deal for next season. 

And guess what? If Harper becomes a free agent after next season, the Phillies would be interested in signing him.

Really?

According to a FanRagSportsNetwork, citing a Phillies source, the Phils would be interested luring Harper to Philly.

Shocker. 

It'd be big news if a Phillies source said the team wasn't interested in signing Harper. 

Anyway, the story also quotes a National League scout.

“Could you imagine what he could do in that ballpark playing 81 games a year in that bandbox?” the scout said.

Chances are every Phillies fan has already imagined it. Harper this season alone is hitting .351/.400/.784 with five homers and 12 RBIs in nine games against the Phils. In three games at the Bank, he's hitting just .250 with a homer and two RBIs.

But in 38 career games at CBP, he's hitting .296/.361/.627 with 12 home runs and 26 RBIs.

In 89 career games against the Phillies, he's hitting .282 with 20 homers and 54 RBIs.

At the risk of stating the obvious, here's one thing to remember: If the Phils sign Harper, then he'd no longer benefit from facing them.

Today's Lineup: Franco batting cleanup as Phillies try to snap skid

Today's Lineup: Franco batting cleanup as Phillies try to snap skid

Well, this hasn't gone well. 

Coming into Thursday afternoon's game against the Rockies, the Phillies have lost five straight. They've lost nine of their last 10. They've lost 20 of their last 24. 

At 15-29, they're not just the worst team in the NL East. They're not just the worst team in the National League. 

Through 44 games, the Phillies are the worst team in baseball. 

Just to make it to a .500 record this season, they would need to go 66-52 (.559) the rest of the way. 

Their four-game series against the Rockies will mercifully come to a close on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. In the first three games of the series -- all losses -- the Phils have been outscored 23-5. 

Maikel Franco returns to the four-hole as the Phillies try to snap out of their funk.

The Phillies on Thursday also activated right-handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez from the disabled list. Gomez takes Adam Morgan's spot on the roster. Morgan was reassigned to Triple A Lehigh Valley after throwing three scoreless innings during the Phillies' 7-2 loss to the Rockies.

Gomez hasn't pitched since May 4 because of an elbow injury. He began the season as the Phillies' closer but was demoted after blowing two saves and allowing seven runs in his first five innings. In 11 1/3 innings this season, Gomez has a 7.94 ERA.

Here's the full lineup: 

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Aaron Altherr, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Michael Saunders, RF
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Vince Velasquez, P