Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Series Preview: Phillies at Nationals, 9/8-9/10


The Phillies (77-58) continue their road trip tonight when they visit the Nationals (47-90) to begin a 3 game series. These two teams have not met since May 31st. The Phillies currently have their longest road losing streak of the season intact...5 games. The Phillies are 5-1 this season at Nationals Park. Read on for details on pitching match ups and other notes from this series.


Tuesday, 7:05pm. Pedro Martinez (3-0, 3.52 ERA) vs. John Lannan (8-10, 4.09 ERA). Cristian Guzman is a career .375 hitter (9-for-24) off of Pedro. Martinez has a 2-0 record with a 5.73 ERA in 2 road starts for the Phillies. Lannan is 0-5 with a 5.89 ERA in 7 career starts against the Phillies. At home this season, Lannan is 5-1 with a 2.62 ERA in 14 starts. Pedro Feliz is 7-for-14 with a homerun and 5 RBI against Lannan. John Lannan is the pitcher who broke Chase Utley's hand with a pitch in 2007.

Wednesday, 7:05pm. Cliff Lee (5-2, 2.81 ERA) vs. Garrett Mock (3-7, 5.63 ERA). Lee's ERA in his last 2 starts is 13.50. Cristian Guzman is a .429 hitter (6-for-14) against Lee in his career. Mock's ERA as a starter (10 starts) is 5.29. At home, Mock is 1-6 with a 6.97 ERA in 12 games.

Thursday, 7:05pm. Joe Blanton (9-6, 3.80 ERA) vs. Livan Hernendez (7-10, 5.44 ERA). Blanton is 1-2 with a 6.44 ERA in 7 career starts against the Nationals. Blanton has a 3.11 ERA in his last 4 road starts. Blanton has a 7.63 ERA in 3 starts against the Nats this season. Ryan Zimmerman is 7-for-14 with 2 homers against Joe Blanton. Livan is winless in 3 starts since joining the Nationals this season. Hernandez is 10-9 with a 3.67 ERA in his career against the Phillies. Ryan Howard is 3-for-19 (.158 avg) with 2 homers in his career vs. Hernandez.


Chase Utley against the Nationals this season is hitting .378 (14-for-37) with 2 homeruns and has a 1.233 OPS. In his career, Utley is a .367 hitter at Nationals Park.

Pedro Feliz is batting .366 (15-for-41) with a homer and 7 RBI against the Nats this year. Feliz is batting .227 since the all star break.

Nats closer Mike MacDougal is 1-0 with 9 saves and one blown save, with a 2.31 ERA in 22 games since the all star break. He was perfect in August...13 games, 8 saves in 8 chances and no earned runs allowed. In September he has allowed 3 earned runs in 3 innings pitched.

Team ERA Phillies- 4.13
Team ERA Nationals- 5.10

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