Roy Halladay vs. Brian Flynn should be a mismatch, the way Cliff Lee vs. Sam Dyson was on Monday night, but The Good Doctor's battles lately have been with himself, not his opponents. So even against a weak Miami team, don't be surprised to see more command issues from Halladay.
Throwing strikes has been a constant struggle for Halladay (3-4, 7.28). He's had consecutive five-walk games, and has one more walk than he had in all of 2010, in exactly 195 fewer innings.
Halladay's opponents aren't being fooled by his cutter or sinker. He's thrown 212 since returning from the DL and gotten just four swings-and-misses.
This looks like Doc's third-to-last start with the Phillies. He made some comments after his latest clunker regarding how tough it is to work back to full strength in a city like Philadelphia. It was the first semi-disparaging comment he's made about the city/fanbase since arriving here, and was likely just a result of ever-increasing frustrations.
Like Dyson on Monday, Flynn is a rookie with limited big-league experience. The 6-foot-8 lefty has a 10.13 ERA in two career starts and has allowed 21 baserunners in eight innings.
At 70-80, the Phillies have a dozen games remaining. They've gone 17-13 since Ryne Sandberg took over.
Look for Cesar Hernandez again in the leadoff spot. The 23-year-old has been very impressive atop the Phils' order and in center field. Over his last 11 games he's hit .400/.500/.486, going 14-for-35 with seven RBIs and eight runs.