By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – For the first time this season the Phillies have really started to string some things together. They have won a season-high four straight games and they will try to make it five straight tonight as they wrap-up this short two-game series with the Cubs.
The Phillies are 19-19 on the season, and tonight they will try to go above the .500 mark for the first time since they beat the Pirates on Opening Day. Since then, the Phillies have played six games where they had a chance to go above .500 a second time, and they are 0-6 in those games.
Tonight the Phillies will start Roy Halladay. The ace righthander is 3-3 on the season, but he hasn’t won since he beat the Giants on April 16th. Since then, Halladay is 0-3 in five starts with a 4.59 ERA.
Even more improbably, the Phillies have lost each and every one of those Halladay starts.
The Cubs give the ball to righthander Chris Volstad, who you have to imagine has nightmares about facing the Phillies. In 13 career starts against the Phils, Volstad is 2-5 with a 5.89 ERA and in just 70 1/3 innings he has allowed an alarming 18 home runs to Phillies’ hitters.
KYW’s Matt Leon spoke with Kevin Cooney, who covers the Phillies for Calkins Media and phillyburbs.com, about tonight’s game and the Phillies recent surge.[audio http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/nyc.podcast.play.it/media/d0/d0/d1/d0/dI/dR/dF/10IRF_3.MP3]