Roy Halladay (3.87) has the honors as the Phillies, winners of five straight, try to climb back to .500 for the first time since June 4.
Beerleaguer: Time to throw a little love Antonio Bastardo's way. Bastardo, who recorded his first save of the season Monday night, could easily be listed in the previous thread naming the top five Phillies of the second half. In fact, he should have been listed. Just like Kyle Kendrick, he's been terrific for weeks. He's held opponents scoreless in each of his last nine outings and he still rates among the game's best relievers in strikouts-per-nine (13.90). Certainly, he's a big reason why the Phillies' bullpen boasts the third lowest ERA in baseball (2.79) since July 20 and the lowest ERA (2.47) since Aug. 16.
And staying with the spirit of giving, what better time to give some love to Michael Martinez, who's back in the lineup at third base much to your delight. Say what you want, but Mini-Mart showcased his three saving graces Monday: speed, arm and very occasional pop.
Lineup: Rollins, Pierre, Utley, Howard, Ruiz, Brown, Mayberry, Martinez, Halladay. For Doc, it's his 400th career appearance. The Phillies are five out in the final Wild Card.