Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's the Rematch

The Phillies continue interleague play tonight when they visit the Rays for the first time since the 2008 World Series. Tampa has won 10 of 15 games all time in this interleague rivalry. Take a look below for pitching match ups and other key notes.

Tuesday, 7:08pm. Jamie Moyer (4-6, 6.35 ERA) vs. David Price (1-1, 3.46 ERA). In his career against the Rays, Moyer is 8-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 15 starts. Moyer has thrown 6 innings, or better, in 7 consecutive starts. His ERA in those 7 games is 4.62. Carlos Pena is 10-for-20 in his career against Moyer with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Price was the 1st overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft. Price closed out Tampa's game 2 win over the Phillies, in the World Series last year. Price, at 23 years old, is half of Jamie Moyer's age.

Wednesday, 7:08pm. Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.28 ERA) vs. Matt Garza (4-5, 3.83 ERA). Blanton has a 2-3 record and 6.05 ERA in 8 career starts against the Rays. Blanton is 3-0 with a 4.04 ERA in his last 7 starts. Jason Bartlett, Pat Burrell and Dioner Navarro are a combined 4-for-26 (.153 avg) against Blanton in their careers. Garza at home this season is 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA and .219 batting avg against in 8 starts. In his last 6 starts, Garza is 0-3 with a 3.82 ERA.

Thursday, 7:08pm. Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 5.21 ERA) vs. Andy Sonnanstine (5-7, 6.60 ERA). Bastardo will be making his 5 career Major League start. Aside from his rain shortened rough outing against the Red Sox, Bastardo's ERA is 3.50. In 3 games against the NL east (1 game each against the Mets, Marlins and Nationals) this season, Sonnanstine is 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA. Sonnanstine is 4-0 with a 4.15 ERA at home this year.

Shane Victorino over the past week is hitting .526 (10-for-19) with 3 runs scored.

BJ Upton over the past week is hitting .429 (12-for-28) with 2 homers, 9 RBI and 6 runs scored.

In 17 career games against the Rays, JC Romero is 1-1 with a 2.66 ERA and a .211 batting avg against over 20 1/3 innings pitched.

Ryan Howard is expected to rejoin the team for this series, after being hospitalized twice over the weekend with acute sinusitis and a fever of nearly 104.

Team batting average, Phillies- .259
Team batting average, Rays- .275

Tampa record at home- 21-12
Philadelphia record on the road- 23-9

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