Roy Halladay is going to be in the Hall of Fame someday, that much is for sure. Roy came to Philly to win championships and as close as that seemed in previous years, the pressure is starting to build to see if the team can still contend at all. Roy is going to get his 18th start of the season against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night in Philadelphia to see how he is improving his tough year this season.
Roy's poor season is not all his fault. Like the problem that has dogged Cliff Lee this season, it has also affected Halladay. That of course is the chronic lack of run support by the Phillies offense this year. Both Halladay and Lee have 8 of their starts in which the Phillies offense has only scored 0-2 runs for them. Those games have led to the bulk of both pitcher's losses, which are 6 losses each.
The Cincinnati Reds come to town on Monday night, and they are fresh off a walk-off win against the Cubs on Sunday. The Reds won't have one of their sluggers with them for this series. Joey Votto in on the DL and won't even be in the dugout with the Reds for this series in Philadelphia. He's healing from a couple knee surgeries, and is not ready to make it back into the lineup yet.
The Reds will be in town for 4 games, and the weather is supposed to be a bit cooler at the stadium for game times, but there is also some possible rain in the forecast for the first few days of the week so it will be interesting to see if we can get these games in without a rainout.
When the Reds return home to Cinncy, they will be retiring their jersey #11, from Hall of Famer, Barry Larkin. Larkin will be the 10th Reds player with a retired number. He had a long career filled with All Star years though and all of that added up to the election into the Hall. The hanging up of #11 for the Reds will take place on Saturday, August 25th.
Larkin's career did have him with the Reds for his whole career. He was with the Reds for 19 years in his career.