Philadelphia Phillies (8-5) at Atlanta Braves (8-5)
Roy Halladay (3-0 1.13) vs. Tim Hudson (1-0, 2.84)
Time: 7:10, Turner Field
Weather: Clear, 65
TV: Comcast SportsNet/ESPN
Twitter: @philliesnation or below
Forget about last night. Think of it as a hiccup – it’s in the past. Tonight, there will be a duel on the mound as Roy Halladay goes up against one of the best in the NL in Tim Hudson.
The Doc has been splendid. He’s 3-0 to start the year, already has a complete game under his belt, has only walked two batters this year, and has a WHIP of 0.96. It’s just ridiculous how good he is. Not really much more you can say other than that. I could throw stats and stuff at you, but we all know what he brings to the table every night.
Tim Hudson has been pretty damn good to start the season as well. With a 1-0 record, 2.84 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, he’s been the Hudson of old that once won 20 games with Oakland. The 34-year old is going for win no. 150 for his career tonight. His career numbers are eerily similar to our ace Roy Halladay. Hudson is 149-78 lifetime with a 3.48 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Halladay is 151-76 lifetime with a 3.40 ERA and 1.20 WHIP. But I’m guessing you’d rather have Doc, right?
Ryan Howard absolutely owns Hudson, which is good news since the offense has been stagnant. Ryno is hitting .353 with five homers and 10 RBI against the Braves righty.
LINEUP: Victorino (CF), Polanco (3B), Utley (2B), Howard (1B), Werth (RF), Ibanez (LF), Castro (SS), Ruiz (C), Halladay (P)
Your gameday beer: Woodchuck Cider
I’m not a fan of the “hard” lemonades and fruity Lambics, but Woodchuck is surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. I had a few last night (I wouldn’t suggest more than that) and they are tasty enough to keep drinking, but also potent enough to put you to sleep after an ugly loss. Have it with some pork medallions and apple sauce, throw some baked beans on the stove, and you’ve got yourself a nice Phils game.
— Pat Gallen