Clash of the NL Bestby Erin
Tonight, the Philadelphia Phillies will stay on the west coast, traveling up to the Bay Area to take on the San Francisco Giants. Unfortunately, we will not see Halladay and Lincecum square off, but the match up is still intriguing. Halladay, who is tied for first in the league with wins (4), second in strikeouts (28) and third in ERA (0.82), will take on San Francisco’s Jonathan Sanchez. Halladay and the Giants’ left-hander, who is 1-1 on the season and has an ERA of 1.86, will both be looking to avenge their team’s Sunday night loss.
The Phillies, who took a 6-5 lead against the Arizona Diamondbacks into the 7th inning, allowed a run in the bottom of the 7th, and two in the bottom of the 8th to surrender the win. Philadelphia lost two out of three in the series, but remained on top of the NL East over Florida, and could extend their 0.5 lead further with a win.
The Giants, who fell to Albert Pujols and the Cardinals Sunday, are second in the NL West behind the Padres, but and have arguably the best 1-2 punch in baseball. Ace and two time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, combined with Barry Zito, are 7-0 with 41 strikeouts and 1.16 ERA, although Philadelphia will only have to face Lincecum in this series.
Both teams have high hopes to make a deep run into October, so the early face-off will be an indication of where they stand.