Active Phillies are hitting .163 off Garcia. John Mayberry is 4-for-9 with two doubles; his teammates are 4-for-40 with one extra-base hit. Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley are 1-for-20. Ryan Howard is 2-for-12 with six Ks.
Garcia had a 0.96 ERA against the Phillies in his first four starts, and also shut them out for 6 2/3 innings in the 2011 NLDS before Ben Francisco's memorable pinch-hit three-run homer. The Phils finally got to Garcia last May, scoring four times off him in six innings thanks mostly to a Mayberry two-run double.
The Phillies are hitting .131 against lefties this season, which is obviously dead-last in baseball. They've scored two runs against lefties and have a .370 OPS. Comically bad numbers, but they have to improve, right?
In previous years we'd look at this slump, this matchup and think "Well, at least Roy Halladay's on the mound." But this is obviously a much different situation. Doc, like Cole Hamels last night, needs to piece together another solid outing before we can declare his massive struggles a thing of the past. Eight innings against the Marlins is fine and dandy, but there was maybe one guy in that Miami lineup last week who'd crack St. Louis' order.
Keep an eye on Halladay's curveball usage tonight. It was way up his last time out as he transitions away from the cutter in two-strike counts.