With all due respect to Erik Bedard, who started for the Pirates on Opening Day last Thursday, this is the first true ace-ace matchup of the season for the Phillies.
Roy Halladay will take the mound against Marlins righty Josh Johnson tonight in South Philly. Over the last two seasons, these two pitchers have matched up against each other three previous times. And let's just say that runs were hard to come by:
May 29, 2010 - Phillies 1, Marlins 0 - Roy Halladay pitched the 20th perfect game in major league history, striking out 11 on that magical Saturday night. Johnson gave up just an unearned run over seven solid innings.
June 10, 2010 - Marlins 2, Phillies 0 - Less than two weeks after his perfect game, Halladay worked eight strong innings, yielding just one run and six hits. Johnson was just a little bit better on this night, however, as the Florida ace surrendered only three hits over eight scoreless frames.
May 10, 2011 - Marlins 2, Phillies 1 - Halladay pitched eight terrific innings, allowing two runs (one earned) and five hits. He struck out nine in the complete-game effort. Johnson pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing only a solo homer to Ryan Howard.
Totals in those 3 games:
Roy Halladay: 25 IP, 11 H, 3 R (2 ER), 28 K, 3 BB -- 1-2 with a 0.72 ERA
Josh Johnson: 22 IP, 16 H, 2 R (1 ER), 18 K, 5 BB (incl. 3 IBB) -- 2-1 with a 0.41 ERA
BL breaking news: This just in. These guys are good.