While it's doubtful the big game tonight will move the needle much, it will be interesting for one fact for Phillies fans:
Roy Halladay is pitching.
In his last outing we broke down his Jamie Moyer-esque repertoire of pitches he spun up there at the Marlins' hitters. Expect Halladay to stay with the soft stuff again as he tries to tempt the youthful Marlins into getting themselves out.
1.) Cesar Hernandez, cf
2.) Jimmy Rollins, ss
3.) Chase Utley, 2b
4.) Carlos Ruiz, c
5.) Dom Brown, lf
6.) Darin Ruf, 1b
7.) Cody Asche, 3b
8.) Roger Bernadina, rf
9.) Roy Halladay, p
Another feature of playing-out-the-string theater is watching players try to pad up the stat lines for the season. In that regard, Dom Brown still needs three more homers for 30 and Chase Utley needs two more for 20. Meanwhile, Jonathan Papelbon needs two more saves for 30, which will give him eight straight seasons with at least 30 saves.
How many other closers have saved at least 30 games in eight straight seasons?
Mariano Rivera with nine straight and Trevor Hoffman with eight in a row. That's it. Troy Percival and Robb Nen saved 30 in seven straight years, but couldn't pull off eight in a row.
Papelbon is right there. Let's see if the Phillies give him a chance to get to 30 in the next seven games.