Roy Halladay (9-7, 3.87 ERA, 1.14 WHIP) went 7.1 innings last Wednesday afternoon against the Reds allowing just one run on eight hits while striking out five. Halladay got his third win in his last four starts (Phillies have won all four games). The Phillies have won eight of Doc’s last 10 starts. In his seven starts since the beginning of August, Halladay is 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA (16 earned runs in 48 innings) while going 4-0 at home over that span. Halladay’s last loss came on August 15th in Miami when he allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings in a 9-2 loss. Overall in his career, Halladay is 5-4 against the Marlins with a 2.54 ERA including a perfect game in 2010.
Nate Eovaldi (4-11, 4.44 ERA, 1.58 WHIP) went five innings allowing just two runs last Wednesday in an 8-5 loss to the Brewers. Eovaldi has lost his last three starts and lasting long than five innings just once. Acquired from Los Angeles for Hanley Ramirez, Eovaldi has struggled with the Marlins going 3-5 in eight starts with a 4.85 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He has faced the Phillies twice this year, once with the Marlins, going 0-2 and each time he lasted just five innings and allowed three runs. Against the Phillies this year, Eovaldi has allowed 14 hits and 5 walks in just 10 innings of work.
The Phillies are surging of late. They have won five straight, nine of their last 11, and 16 of their last 22 games. They still hold out hope as they were seven games out with 17 to play in 2007 and the Cardinals were 8.5 games out with 21 to play last year. As improbable as it may seem, the Phillies in the postseason is a possibility. MLB Network’s Mike Lowell stated on the MLB Round-Up last night that the Phillies are the scariest team in the National League. In fact, the Phillies have the best record in the National League since August 17th per Todd Zolecki.
The Marlins look to bounce back after being handled by Kendrick last night. Centerfielder Justin Ruggiano went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, one with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Stanton entered yesterday’s game having homered in each of his previous three games.
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Juan Pierre LF
- Chase Utley 2B
- Ryan Howard 1B
- Carlos Ruiz C
- Dom Brown RF
- John Mayberry Jr CF
- Michael Martinez 3B
- Roy Halladay P
First pitch is at 7:05 pm at Citizens Bank Park. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 94.1 WIP.
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