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Ghosts and Phantoms: 8/1/08

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Stymied in their below-radar attempt to get a "#4 starter type" in a three-team trade on Thursday, the Phillies see the guy who should have held that role for them in St. Louis this evening. Kyle Lohse surrendered three home runs and seven runs total to the Mets on Sunday, pitching five innings taking the loss in a 9-1 decision; previously, he'd gone at least seven innings in five straight starts. He's still among the league leaders with a 12-3 record and 3.68 ERA, and he beat the Phils with eight strong frames on June 14--the defeat that began the dismal 13-21 stretch that dropped the team out of first place.

Phils ace Cole Hamels saw his own streak of seven-plus inning starts end in his last outing, giving up nine runs (four earned) in one disastrous inning against the Braves last Saturday. The Phils came back to win the game 10-9, kick-starting their current five-game streak. Hamels is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in five lifetime starts against the Cardinals.