Doc Makes Final Spring Start As Phillies Take On Blue Jays

Posted by Erik Seybold

(Photo Courtesy of Lindsey Crew)

Yesterday's loss was not only annoying, but the game itself was just plain old boring. The Phillies lost the nearly four hour game to the Yankees, 13-9 and brought their Spring record down to 12-15-3. 

Today, Roy Halladay (1-1, 5.40 ERA) will make his final Grapefruit League start before he takes the mound in Pittsburgh on April 5th. Halladay had a rocky start to Spring Training, but has eased in to the rhythm. In Doc's last start on Sunday against the Orioles, he threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while K-ing nine. Today, he will take on his former-Blue Jays for the first time this Spring. The Phillies are 2-2 against the Jays this Spring.

The Blue Jays will start their ace Ricky Romereo (1-0, 0.00 ERA), who has made just three starts this Spring. Romero has not pitched a Grapefruit League game, but on March 26, he started a game for the Jays' Triple-A squad. In that outing, he gave up four earned runs over 13 its in seven innings of work. Romero, who had not allowed a run before, had struggled with his command. Interesting.

Romero will take on a Phillies lineup that could possibly hold the Opening Day roster (not in this order, though).

In other news: The Phillies have signed veteran infielder Andres Blanco to a minor league contract. Blanco most recently played for the Washington Nationals this Spring, but was released. The 27 year-old is a switch hitter at the plate and is a .255/.301/.333 hitter in 654 big-league at bats over seven seasons. Blanco's last MLB appearance was for the Rangers in 2011. 

Today's lineup vs Blue Jays

  1. Vic CF
  2. Polly 3B
  3. J-Roll DH
  4. Pence RF 
  5. Wiggy 1B
  6. Mayberry LF
  7. Luna 2B
  8. Chooch C
  9. Galvis SS
  10. Doc P.

You can watch the game on TV on myPHL 17 LIVE @ 1:05 PM ET.

Erik Seybold is a Contributor for Philliedelphia. You can follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI.

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