RHP Halladay (18-5, 2.34 ERA) won his last start in Houston with a complete game shutout (his first shutout of the year) which clinched a playoff spot for the Phillies.
RHP Lohse (13-8, 3.62 ERA) went 6 innings and allowed only two runs last Monday against the Pirates on his way to a no decision.
The Cardinals have ten games remaining and need to continue winning in order to catch the Braves. The Phillies have not backed down either. The Phillies are attempting to secure home field advantage for the playoffs by clinching the best record in the NL. The National League won the All Star game which gave them home field advantage for the World Series. The Braves are certainly happy that the Phillies are playing their starters and going for wins.
Roy Halladay is also in the Cy Young race this year too. He has stiff competition from teammate Cliff Lee and Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw. Tonight is a big start for Doc if he wants to stand out among the other two.
The Phillies have already surpassed their regular season win total from last year. The franchise record for wins in a season is 101 and the Phillies sit at 98 wins with 11 games to play.
First pitch tonight is 7:05 at Citizens Bank Park.