Offense still sucked, but at this juncture we'll take what we can get. The lineup was void of Polanco and Werth, with Dobbs and Gload being their replacements. Gload is doing alright, but as mentioned previously this week it's time for Dobbs to go. In the end it's a win for the good guys, so lets look on the bright side- it's a 1 game winning streak!
Wrong Rule 5:
No offense to David Herndon and his 4.41 ERA and 1.78 WHIP, but the Phils have the wrong Rule 5 pitcher. In fact, the one they should have was in their system, but was let go. Say hello to Carlos Monasterios, the 24 year old now with the Dodgers and a sparkling 2-0 record with a 2.20 ERA and 1.15 WHIP through 13 games and 28.2 innings pitched. You may recall Monasterios was one of the "prized" prospects in the bundle the Phils got from the Yankees in the Bobby Abreu/Cory Lidle trade. Go figure, the one useful guy in that package was cast aside. Idiots!
Roy Halladay against Josh Johnson. Each roll into the contest with sub-2.50 ERAs and are clearly their staff's ace. With the way the Phils have struggled to score runs, I wouldn't be surprised to see a return to the shutout today. Hopefully Halladay can return the favor though. Prediction- 11 inning, 1-0 win for the Phightins.