That first place team that is struggling through every series lately plays in Toronto this weekend. Here is some information about the series if you can stand to read about them....
Friday 7:07pm. Cole Hamels (4-3, 4.24 ERA) vs. Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59 ERA). Hamels' start was moved up one day, switched with "Jay" Happ. The move will project Hamels to make one more start prior to the 3 day all star break. It will also split up the rookie lefties Bastardo and Happ in the rotation. Cole has a 2.57 ERA in 4 starts this month. In 5 road starts this season, Hamels is 2-1 with a 4.85 ERA. Romero, the Blue Jays' first round draft pick in the 2005 amateur draft, has a 2.86 ERA in 4 starts this month. These pitchers faced each other in the June 16th game at Citizens Bank Park, but neither pitcher figured in the decision.
Saturday, 1:07pm. "Jay" Happ (4-0, 3.47 ERA) vs. Brad Mills (0-0, 9.82 ERA). Happ is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA and a .192 batting avg. against in 8 games on the road this season. Happ's ERA is 4.08 in 6 games as a starter this season. Mills will be making his second Major League appearance.
Sunday, 1:07pm. Jamie Moyer (5-6, 5.97 ERA) vs. Brian Tallet (5-4, 4.36 ERA). Moyer is 14-9 with a 5.37 ERA in 38 career games against Toronto. Alex Rios, Aaron Hill, Marco Scutaro and Vernon Wells are a combined 46-for-114 (.403 avg.) with 7 homers and 19 RBI against Moyer in their careers. Tallet has a 3.86 ERA in 6 career games against the Phillies.
JC Romero has a 5.01 ERA in 22 career games (23 1/3 innings) against the Blue Jays.
Jimmy Rollins, in 15 career games against Toronto, has a .356 avg. (21-for-59), 11 runs scored and a 1.005 OPS.
Matt Stairs is a .291 career hitter at Rogers Centre (125-for-429) with a .908 OPS.
Rod Barajas may want to play the Phillies every day. In 2008 and 2009, Barajas is 8-for-16 (.500 avg) with 4 homers and 10 RBI.
Scott Rolen may feel the same as Rod. Rolen is a .340 career hitter (49-for-144) with 13 doubles and 3 homers in 38 games against the Phillies.
Phillies team ERA- 4.86
Blue Jays team ERA- 4.23
Phillies on the road-24-11
Blue Jays at home- 23-14