Halladay (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.25 WHIP [Walks and Hits per Innings Pitched]) enters tonight coming off of an eight inning, two hit gem against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the season opener last Thursday. One run was all the Phillies needed as they won 1-0 and Jonathan Papelbon got his first save as a Phillie. Halladay allowed no runs on two hits while striking out 5 over eight innings with no walks.
Johnson (0-1, 4.50 ERA, 2.00 WHIP) enters tonight trying to rebound after a shaky first start last Wednesday in the season opener against the Cardinals. Johnson went six innings, allowing three runs on ten hits and two walks while striking out four. The Marlins ended up dropping the game 4-1.
The Phillies offense has been a point of early panic in the Delaware Valley. They have driven in just eight runs over their first four games which is their lowest since 1990 in which they finished 22nd out of 26 teams in total scoring. Freddy Galvis got his first Major League hit as his double drove in two runs on Monday.
The Marlins come in with issues of their own but none of them are really on the field. Manager Ozzie Guillen was suspended five games by the team for comments about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Guillen reportedly “expressed admiration” for Castro which had the Latin communities in Miami up in arms. The Marlins will be managed by bench coach Joey Cora.
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Jimmy Rollins, SS
4. Hunter Pence, RF
5. Shane Victorino, CF
6. John Mayberry, Jr., 1B
7. Carlos Ruiz, C
8. Freddy Galvis, 2B
9. Roy Halladay, P
First pitch is slated for 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park. The game can be seen on the Comcast Network and heard on 1210 AM.
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