Preview: The last time Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56) faced Cincinnati, he allowed a season-high 11 hits, though only three runs, over seven innings. The time before that, it was postseason magic for Doc and the Phils. Due to Irene, Halladay hasn't started since August 21 - and that outing was limited to five innings due to the weather. In all, the reigning Cy Young winner has thrown just 83 pitches over the last two weeks. Bronson Arroyo (8-10, 5.02) has horrible career numbers vs. the Phils, having gone 1-6 with a 7.13 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts). He also faced them in Game 2 of last year's NLDS, allowing three runs (one earned) over 5 1/3 innings.
The lineup: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Pence RF, Ibanez LF, Ruiz C, Valdez SS, Halladay P. Of that group, the ones with good numbers against Arroyo are Howard (3-for-8, 2 doubles), Pence (11-for-32, 6 XBH), Polanco (8-for-19), Utley (4-for-11, HR) and in very small sample sizes, Ruiz (1-for-3, BB), Ibanez (2-for-5) and Victorino (2-for-6). Well, that's just about everyone, except for Valdez and Halladay, who have never faced Arroyo before. Should be some runs scored.