Pitching headline's Monday's drama when Roy Halladay (2-0, 0.60) and the Phillies open a set in San Francisco against Tim Lincecum (0-1, 12.91) and the Giants. First pitch is 10:15 ET.
They hold the same records (4-5), but the Phillies' outlook is simply brigher than their counterparts. Giants closer Brian Wilson is headed for season-ending surgery on his right elbow after an MRI revealed structural damage. Then there's the curious case of the Freak, who has been horrible despite striking out 11.7 batters per nine. The problem? He's allowed 14 hits, three walks and a pair of bombs in 7 2-3 innings. On the other side, Doc, who has never beaten the Giants in the regular season, has been the model of precision, finessing breaking stuff rather than overpowering opponents. His curveball hasn't been fair.
Lineup: Pierre LF; Polanco 3B; Rollins SS; Pence RF; Victorino CF; Nix 1B; Galvis 2B. Laynce Nix (pictured right missing a pitch by 10 inches) delivered one of the game's big hits in Sunday's win and has given clues that he's the Phillies' best defensive option at first. As always, Beerleaguer Game Chat is brought to you by the Drexel Lebow MBA.