Friday, August 7, 2009

Weekend Series Preview: Marlins @ Phillies, 8/7-8/9


The second place Miami Marlins visit the first place Phillies this weekend. The Marlins are 7 games behind the division leaders. Below, you will find pitching match ups and other key notes from this series.

Friday, 7:35pm. Ricky Nolasco (7-7, 5.00 ERA) vs. Joe Blanton (7-5, 4.02 ERA). Nolasco in 10 career games against the Phillies is 4-3 with a 4.47 ERA and a .231 batting avg. against. He is 3-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 4 games at Citizens Bank Park. Chase Utley is 7-for-20 off of Nolasco, with a homer, 4 RBI and .985 OPS. Blanton is 3-0 in his career against Florida with a 3.18 ERA and .222 batting avg. against. Blanton's ERA over his last 12 starts is 2.33. During that stretch, 7 of those starts were at home...his ERA in those 7 home starts- 1.84!

Saturday, 7:05pm. Sean West (3-4, 4.91 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (7-6, 4.68 ERA). The rookie West has not faced the Phillies yet. West's ERA over his last 6 starts is 7.04. In four road starts this season, West is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA. At home this season, Colbert is 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 starts. Cole's career ERA in Citizens Bank Park is 3.42. Jorge Cantu has 4 careers hits against Hamels...3 of those are homeruns.

Sunday, 1:35pm. Josh Johnson (10-2, 2.98 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer (10-8, 5.55 ERA). Johnson is 3-1 in 8 career games against Philadelphia with a 3.66 ERA. In 9 starts against the NL East this year, Johnson is 4-0 with a 3.10 ERA with 50 strike outs and 13 walks in 58 innings. Moyer is 13-2 against the Marlins in his career with a 2.83 ERA over 15 starts. Moyer at home this year is 4-6 with a 7.16 ERA in 11 games.


Dan Uggla is a .185 career hitter (23-for-124) in 30 games played at Citizens Bank Park.

Marlins reliever Luis Ayala is 4-1 in 40 career games against the Phillies with a 1.50 ERA. He has held the Phillies to a .188 batting average against in 18 games at CBP.

Shane Victorino is batting .345 (79-for-229) at home this season.

Jimmy Rollins, in his last 31 games played, is batting .336 (45-for-134) with 7 homers, 24 RBI, 27 runs and 13 steals.

Marlins team ERA- 4.27
Phillies team ERA- 4.33

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