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Series Preview: at Toronto Blue Jays

PHI: 51-31, 1st in NL East; TOR: 40-42, 4th in AL East

When: July 1-3
Where: Rogers Centra (Toronto, ON, Canada)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Kyle Kendrick (4-4, 3.23) vs Ricky Romero (7-7, 2.74)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (10-3, 2.40) vs Carlos Villanueva (5-1, 3.15)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (9-5, 2.66) vs Jo-Jo Reyes (3-7, 4.77)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 1:07, CSN
Sasturday, 1:07, CSN
Sunday, 1:07, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Jose Bautista: Bautista is doing great things for the Jays at a great pace. Hitting .326 with 24 home runs and 51 RBIs, Bautista is the premier offensive weapon Toronto will throw at the Phillies.

Overview: The main story this series is Roy Halladay’s return. He is finally going home to Toronto to face the team that made him “Doc.”

The hometown fans will flock to the Rogers Centre on Saturday to see their golden boy pitch in red pinstripes against their team. It will be a bittersweet reunion indeed for Halladay and the Jays as he will look to continue his dominance.

But Halladay’s return isn’t the only pitching story this series. Cliff Lee is on an incredible stretch of 32 consecutive innings without allowing a run. He is 9 1/3 away from tying Grover Cleveland Alexander’s century-old franchise mark. If he pitches another shut out, people will start thinking about Orel Hershiser.

But it will be interesting facing Toronto’s offense, which is third in the majors with 94 home runs and ninth in runs scored (368). The Phils are way below the Jays in offense but their pitching has been so phenomenal, it’s the reason they have the best record in baseball.

For the month of June, the Phils starters posted a 1.97 ERA. It was the first time since the 1992 Cubs and Braves did it in July that a team’s starters posted an ERA below 2.00 in a single month.

 

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