Throughout the season there are certain teams that cause fans to say, “Man, I hope we miss that guy in the rotation.”

Whelp, unfortunately for Dodgers fans, that guy is Roy Halladay and they definitely aren’t missing him. Halladay is scheduled to make his first start since May 28, when he was placed on the DL with a strained right lat muscle.

As for the Dodgers, the Major League debut is scheduled for young Stephen Fife, who assumes the role of Chad Billingsley for at least one start as he deals with inflammation in his right flexor tendon.

Philadelphia Phillies (40-51) at Los Angeles Dodgers (48-43)
Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.98) vs. Stephen Fife (0-0, 0.00)
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
7:10 p.m. PST, July 17, 2012
TV: KCAL
Radio: 570 AM (English), 1020 AM (Spanish)
Promotion: Beach Chair presented by Farmer John
Game-Time Weather: 67 degrees, Mostly Sunny
For more on the Phillies, check out our pre-series report.

Keys to Dodger Victory:
Pitching: With the MLB debut set for Fife, the Dodgers are hoping to strike lightning in a bottle. Past call-ups like Eovaldi and Ely have captivated fans for brief stints in the past and the Dodgers can only hope the same is true with Stephen. If not? Let’s hope the bullpen is up for a long night.

Hitting: It’s easy to say the Dodgers need a big night of hitting with a new pitcher on the mound until you realize they’re facing one of the top pitchers in the game. With Halladay coming off the DL, the Dodgers should be patient, assuming he’s on a pitch count. The more pitches they take, the sooner he’s gone.

Fun Facts:

  • The Dodgers Andre Ethier is an astonishing 7-for-10 against Halladay in his career with one home run
  • Halladay had an ERA of 6.11 in the month of May before being shut down for the month
  • In one game against the Dodgers last year, Halladay lasted 6.1 innings, allowing nine hits but just one run. The Phillies won 5-3.

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