Roy Halladay and
CC Sabathia saddle up as the Phillies make a lineup switch, with Chase
Utley batting second and Placido Polanco third. First pitch is 7:05
from Yankees Stadium. (Getty)
Halladay vs. Sabathia: Besides the
Phillies, nobody was happier that Roy Halladay changed teams than the
team that beat them in the World Series. The notorious Yankees killer
posted an 18-6 mark and 2.81 ERA in 35 career starts against New York
during his time with the Blue Jays. Halladay took a tough-luck loss in his last outing
against Florida. Opponents have have gone deep just once against him in
his last 62 innings, the last occurring May 23 against Boston. ...
Following a one-and-done with the Brewers in the 2008 NLDS (ah,
memories), tonight's starter CC Sabathia got his revenge in the 2009
fall classic, although in general, the Phils have never had great
trouble with the imposing left-hander, who's 1-3 with a 4.74 ERA in six
starts against them.
Bad bench: I've read a lot of comments about
the bench and how a shake-up in that department wouldn't solve the
Phillies' real issue of getting their 3-4-5 hitters off the schneid.
True, but they're still atrocious, making it two-straight seasons of
total futility off the pine. In 91 pinch hit chances, they're posting a
120/.189/.217, and when they're subbed into the game, they're hitting
.164/.224/.259. Shoring up the bench has been a complete miss for Ruben
Vote updates: Chase Utley and Placido Polanco are the
leading National League vote-getters at second and third. Ryan Howard
and Jimmy Rollins rank second at first and short, Carlos Ruiz is fourth
behind the plate and Jayson Werth and Shane Victorino rank fourth and
fifth among outfielders.
RIP RISP: Wimps I say. Wimps: .249/.349/.390 in 636 plate appearances, no small sample size.