The Philadelphia Phillies have won four consecutive games as they head into tonight’s second game of a two-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. They are first in the NL East with a 24-13 (.649) record, five games ahead of the Washinton Nationals and Florida Marlins.
Ryan Howard had collected only one extra-base hit in his last 60+ at-bats until hitting a grand slam in last night’s 12-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Howard finished the game with six RBIs. Jimmy Rollins returned last night, delivering with two hits. Rollins had missed the past 30 games with a strained right calf, which he injured shortly before the April 12 home opener.
The Phillies are 6-1 this season with Rollins in the lineup, scoring 7.86 runs per game and allowing 2.86 runs per game. Rollins has five multi-hit games on the season.
Roy Halladay (6-1, 1.59 ERA) will start tonight’s game against the Pirates. Halladay has been absolutely dominant with the Phillies this season, compiling a 1.59 ERA and 1.04 WHIP to date. Halladay also has three complete games and two shutouts thus far. Halladay is 3-0 this season at Citizens Bank Park with a 1.13 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and .207 AVG against him.
- J.A. Happ threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Monday and said he felt good. Barring any setbacks, Happ may be pitching from a mound soon