Roy Halladay (17-10, 2.36) tries to continue his reign over the National League East (10-1, 1.13) when the Phillies open a weekend set with rookie right-hander Jenrry Majia (0-3, 3.68) and the Mets. First pitch is 7:10.
Preview: The pregame notes offered a good thumbnail of Halladay's Cy Young worthy season. He's now tied for the most wins by a Phillie since 2005 (Jon Lieber, 17). He's holding hitters to a .161 average with runners in scoring position. He's been tough on the NL East, but has been especially merciless against the Mets, winning all three starts against them and pitching shutout ball in two of them. Still, these last three games may represent Halladay's worst stretch as a Phillie; he's pitching to a 4.29 ERA over that span and surrendered four home runs to Milwaukee last Saturday. The Phils should have the upper hand pitching-wise in at least two games this series. Tomorrow will be Kendrick and Niese, Sunday will be Oswalt and Pelfrey. ... On the injury front, Jimmy Rollins reportedly took batting practice, but could miss most of the series. Wilson Valdez will start at short. ... Lineups read Victorino, Polanco, Utley, Howard, Werth, Ibanez, Ruiz, Valdez. ... The Phillies have a one-game edge in the standings over the Braves, who face Chris Carpenter tonight.[Jump to the newest comments] [In-Game Live!]