The Phillies should be going for the sweep this Father's Day, but will need to settle for 2-out-of-3 as long as Roy Halladay (8-5, 2.36) can get it done against Carl Pavano (7-6, 3.92) and the Twins. First pitch is 1:35 p.m.
More from yesterday: Many of us are still in shock from yesterday's meltdown. Obviously, the blame is attributable to the bullpen, but collectively, everyone shares some accountability for going to sleep on a dangerous team like Minnesota. The ninth was a nightmare, both top and bottom, everything from how flat Jose Contreras looked, to the way opponents can just run at will against $11.5 million closer emeritus Brad Lidge, to the bottom half, where the Phillies' lead-off hitter went down on three pitches and the 4-and-5 hitters couldn't come through in the clutch with the winning run standing on second. Ryan Howard whiffed and Jayson Werth never got the bat off his shoulders. Did you know Werth is hitting .190 with runners in scoring position?
But I digress. When the bullpen surrenders a 5-1-3 in the final three frames, that's reason enough to fire the torches.Turning to the game, this sets up as Halladay's most important start as a Phillie. Period. Both bullpens are taxed, but the Phils are a man short. Doc needs to go deep, even with the off-day looming. That will be no easy task with temperatures expected to top 90. A loss would potentially set them 5.5 games back of the Braves if they can extend their winning streak to five over the Royals. Five-and-a-half doesn't sound good.