The Milwaukee Brewers (44-50) and Philadelphia Phillies (42-54) will open up a three-game National League series on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 ET

Milwaukee Brewers at Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies need Roy Halladay to come up big down the stretch

Milwaukee is a season-high 10.5 games back of the NL Central lead, as it suffered a three-game sweep against the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend.  “This sure set us back,” commented Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.  The Brewers were unable to get things done at the plate with people on base, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position in Sunday’s 2-1 setback.  Milwaukee is 7-16 in its last 23 road games versus teams with a losing record.

Brewers starting pitcher Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60 ERA) earned his first victory since April 30 last time out, giving up two runs and eight hits over 6.2 innings in a 3-2 home win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  The left-hander is 1-2 with a 6.86 ERA in eight road games (seven starts), with opposing hitters batting .356 against him.  In seven career games versus the Phillies, Wolf has tallied a 3-2 record and 3.98 ERA.

Philadelphia demonstrated that it still has some fight left in regards to the 2012 season, capturing a 4-3 walk-off victory over the San Francisco Giants at home Sunday afternoon, but the franchise is still 10.5 games behind the two NL Wild Card spots.  “We have the horses now,” commented Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard about injured players returning to the dugout.  It’s still important to note that the club has still dropped seven of its last eight home games.  Philadelphia is 10-3 versus NL Central opponents in its last 13 opportunities.

Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.96 ERA) didn’t factor into the decision in his first start since May 27, leading the club to a 3-2 road victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He allowed two runs and five hits over five frames in that effort.  The right-hander is 1-3 with a 3.44 ERA in five home games, issuing just six walks and striking out 31 batters in 34 frames.  In four career games versus the Brewers, Halladay has registered a 2-2 record and 4.88 ERA.

Sports bettors will likely back the Phillies due to their 14-6 record in Halladay’s last 20 starts versus NL Central foes, while the Brewers are 0-5 in Wolf’s last five efforts as a road underdog.

Pick: Philadelphia Phillies -200

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