Didn’t it seem like the Yankees could never avoid seeing Roy Halladay when he pitched for Toronto? Now they have to face him in interleague play Tuesday when the Phillies visit for a three-game series.
Here’s an early look at the matchup between the 2009 World Series participants.
Halladay's lifetime numbers against the Yankees are outstanding. He is 18-6 with a 2.84 earned run average with seven complete games. Yankee numbers against Halladay from key players: Alex Rodriguez (who may return to the lineup) is at .299 with 7 doubles and one home run. Jorge Posada (status uncertain with his sore foot) is at .278 with 2 homers, Derek Jeter .242 with 4 doubles and five RBIs and Robinson Cano is at .208 with two homers.
The Yankees last faced Halladay last Sept. 15. He pitched six innings and allowed two runs on 11 hits. He is coming off a 1-0 loss to the Marlins. He is 8-4 with a 1.96 ERA and has a perfect game.He's a lock for the NL All-Star team.
Sabathia is 1-1 with a 4.35 ERA average in three starts against the Phillies, including Game Four of the 2009 World Series where he did not figure into the decision. He is 6-3 with a 4.01 ERA and four of his victories have come against the last place Orioles. He's not a consideration for the All-Star team.