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Phillies at Yankees Preview

The Yankees are favored tonight to defeat the struggling Phillies, just like they did in last year's World Series, but beating Philadelphia will not be easy with Roy Halladay on the hill.

Philadelphia Phillies (32-29) at New York Yankees (40-23)

Bovada has the Yankees posted at -130 with the Phillies at +120 and a run total of 7.5.

This season the Yankees are 22-7 at home and the Phillies are 16-16 on the road.

The Yankees have won three in a row, are 7-3 in their last 10 games, and are where they are used to being, which is in first place tied with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Phillies are coming off a win, but they are only 4-6 in their last 10 games. They have been really struggling for the last couple weeks and after leading the NL East for most of the season they are now in third place in the division 3.5 games back of the Atlanta Braves.

Both teams had the day off yesterday and in their last games on Sunday the Yankees beat the Houston Astros 9-5 and the Phillies beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3.

Tonight’s match up if the first meeting between these two teams since last season’s World Series.

Roy Halladay (8-4 1.96 ERA) starts for the Phillies tonight and in his last outing he only gave up one earned run in eight innings, but he got no run support in a loss. CC Sabathia (6-3 4.01 ERA) counters with their ace tonight and in his last outing he was solid going seven innings and only giving up two earned runs in a win.

Dating back to last season New York is 12-3 in Sabathia’s last 15 home starts.

Hallady has dominated the Yankees in his career, going 18-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 35 starts, including 8-1 with a 2.42 ERA in his last 10 starts against them.

This is the third time Halladay has faced Sabathia, as each has won 1 game against the other.

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The Phillies’ offense is the reason for their recent struggles, as since May 22nd they have only won six of 14 games and they have scored 48 runs in that span, which is the lowest total in the Majors.

In the last 20 games the middle of the Phillies’ lineup has not been performing to say the least, as Chase Utley is hitting .153 with no HR’s, Ryan Howard is hitting .230, and Jayson Werth is hitting .167.

Alex Rodriguez (.290 8 HR 43 RBI) will likely be back in the Yankees’ lineup tonight after missing their last series with a groin injury.

The Phillies are 1-6 in their last seven road games and the Yankees are 10-1 in their last 11 inter-league games against a right-handed starter.