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The Philadelphia Phillies (11-7) face the San Francisco Giants (10-8). Roy Halladay (4-0, 0.82 ERA) starts vs. Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 1.86 ERA)
The Phillies are coming off a frustrating loss, and hope that Roy Halladay can stop the bleeding. He's done it a few times this year. Halladay will open the series in San Francisco against Jonathan Sanchez and the Giants.
The bullpen has been shaky of late, however Halladay likes to give the bullpen a rest. Including his last few starts in Toronto, Halladay is 6-0 with 0.53 earned run average, four complete games, and three shutouts in his last six starts. The Giants have scored a few runs off Halladay thus far, but Halladay has proven that he can settle down and pitch a gem.
Ryan Howard is fresh off his 5-year, $125 million contract, and would like to show fans why he's worth that amount. Howard has faced Sanchez 12 times in his career, collecting a .250 average against him.
Overall, Sanchez is starting the year off on the right foot. He's been collecting strikeouts right and left. Sanchez has a tendency to become wild though. Working the count and drawing walks will be key for the Phillies against Sanchez.