Hi everyone, this afternoon it's the rubber match between the Philadelphia Phillies (38-34) and the Toronto Blue Jays (41-35).
Here are today's starting lineups:
SP – Jamie Moyer (5-6)
Toronto Blue Jays
SP – Brian Tallet (5-4)
Roster updates - it appears Rod Barajas will not be sent to the disabled list, but Raul Chavez will catch today's game.
After Brad Mills was roughed up for 8 runs yesterday, he will probably be sent down to Triple A tomorrow once Roy Halladay is taken off the disabled list.
In his last start on Tuesday against the Reds, Tallet was amazing: 6 scoreless innings, 7 strikeouts.
In his last start against Toronto, Jamie Moyer was roughed up for six runs.
Scott Rolen is back in the lineup today back at third base. He will return to the cleanup spot and try to extend his 15 game hitting streak to 16.
He will probably have a tough time shutting down the heart of that Phillies lineup, especially Jason Werth. He has 5 home runs in 5 games against the Blue Jays.
Tallet had great success with his changeup against left handed hitters in his last start, so watch for him to use it again against the Phillies lefties.
Barajas will apparently test his leg tomorrow to see if he can avoid the disabled list. If he does go on the DL, the Blue Jays could call up J.P. Arencebia.
The dome will be closed this afternoon, with rain in the forecast in Toronto.
No surprise here - Brad Mills sent back down to Triple A Las Vegas to make way for Roy Halladay to come off the DL tomorrow.
Probable matchup tomorrow is Roy Halladay (10-1) versus Matt Garza (5-5).
Jimmy Rollins is absent from the lineup once again today.
Victorino leads it off for the Phillies.
The Flyin' Hawaiian is behind quickly 0-2.
Victorino swings at a breaking ball and Tallet gets his first K of the game.
Any hit that isn't a home run off the bat of Jason Werth is a good thing.
Tallet paints the outside corner with a changeup, 2-2 count.
Tallet misses outside and walks Werth.
Chutley at the plate for the Phillies now, runner on first.
Chutley knocks one down the right field line, and slides in with a double. Runners at second and third for the Phillies with one out. Ryan Howard at the dish.
Howard is fooled by a breaking ball, behind 0-2.
Tallet strikes out Ryan Howard, and that his Howard's 100th strikeout of the season.
It seems like once Howard gets behind in the count, it's almost an automatic strikeout.
Hipster Ogre, I like that one!
Mayberry taps one foul, 2-2 count to Mayberry.
Tallet misses just barely inside.
Fair enough, it's the first time I've heard it! He definitely is a hipster for sure.
Rios makes the catch back at the warning track, and Tallet gets out of the jam.
He is huge though, I've seen him in person - 6 foot 7.
Old man Moyer takes the mound for the Phillies.
Scutaro is a .438 hitter vs Moyer.
Scutaro's gone for the first out of the inning with a looping fly out to right field.
Moyer is probably hoping this game ends by 4pm so he can go for the early bird special.
And that one's gone! Hill hits his 18th HR of the season.
Howard almost comes off the bag, but Wells is thrown out at first base. 2 away for the Blue Jays.
Viva la Rolen - he's riding a 15 game hitting streak.
Scott Rolen has only faced Jamie Moyer 9 times in his career - 3 for 9.