Phillies-Braves Game Thread 5/2/12
The Phillies once again waited until late in the game to put together some offense. They tagged elite reliever Jonny Venters for two runs in the eighth inning last night to go ahead 4-2. That allowed for $50 million man Jonathan Papelbon to come in and close out the game, bringing the Phillies back to .500 for the first time since April 20. The Phillies moved to only 2.5 games out of first place.
Roy Halladay will take the hill for the Phillies tonight as he attempts to push the Phillies over .500 for the first time since Opening Day. Halladay hasn’t quite been himself through his first five starts despite a 1.95 ERA. The most he has struck out in a game is six, which he accomplished in eight innings against the San Francisco Giants on April 16. He has also walked nine batters in his last 22 innings (3.7 BB/9), and induced more fly balls than ground balls in his last two starts (24 fly balls, 18 grounders). The Braves, sporting one of the league’s best offenses, will attempt to take advantage of a lesser Halladay and avoid losing another series to the Phillies.
- Jimmy Rollins, SS (.266 wOBA)
- Placido Polanco, 3B (.264)
- Shane Victorino, CF (.303)
- Hunter Pence, RF (.312)
- Ty Wigginton, 1B (.362)
- Laynce Nix, LF (.392)
- Carlos Ruiz, C (.353)
- Freddy Galvis, 2B (.229)
- Roy Halladay, SP