Cincinnati Reds (49-39) at Philadelphia Phillies (45-40)
Travis Wood (0-0, 3.86 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (10-7, 2.33 ERA)
Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
Weather: Scattered T-Storms, 80
How can last night’s comeback be topped? How about with a Halladay?
With Roy Halladay on the hill, there is a very good chance that the Phillies can win the series, since they already took the first two games of the four game set. The only setback could be the weather. It’s been raining all day, and the forecast isn’t too promising. Let’s hope they can get this one in without a delay. A rain delay in the middle of the game could take Halladay out of the game, putting it into the hands of the bullpen.
Everybody knows what to expect from Halladay. He could easily have 13 or 14 wins, if not for a struggling offense. On the other hand, it’s unsure what to expect from Travis Wood, who is making his third Major League start. The Reds have several top pitching prospects, and Wood is one of them. Wood has pitched well in his 11.2 innings in the big leagues, but still seeks his first win. Against Roy Halladay, odds are against him.
The Reds may have some concern if Wood struggles, or has to be lifted due to a rain delay. The Reds bullpen has struggled two nights in a row, and has been worked for quite a few innings. Getting to the Reds’ bullpen could be a key for the Phillies.
The Phillies are in a pretty good position to take the series tonight, but as shown last night, anything can happen.
Your gameday beer: Stoudt’s Fat Dog is an offering from the great brewery west of Philadelphia. It’s an oatmeal stout, which is darker, sometimes heavier, laced with oatmeal flavor and high in malty content. I’m a fan of oatmeal stouts, especially when good, strong food is paired with it. Maybe some honey-glazed ham and sweet potatoes today. — By Tim