Friday, May 14, 2010

Series Preview: Phillies @ Brewers 5/14-5/16

The first place Phillies (20-13) visit third place Milwaukee (15-19) for a three game series, starting Friday night. The Brewers have been plagued by inconsistency this season, as they've become one of four teams since 1900 to have scored 17 or more runs three times, and get shut out three times, within a 30-game stretch.

The Phillies sport a .588 winning percentage on the road, which is second best in the National League, while the Brewers have a league worst home record of 4-11.

Milwaukee defeated Philadelphia in 4 of 7 games between the two teams in 2009, but the Phillies won 2 of the 4 games at Miller Park last September.

Read ahead for all the details on the pitching match ups for the series and other key info.

Friday, 8:10pm. Jamie Moyer (4-2, 4.38 ERA) vs. Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.95 ERA). Moyer is 10-5 in his career against the Brewers with a 3.77 ERA in 24 games. In 3 road starts this year, Moyer has a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA. Prince Fielder is 2-for-11 (.182 avg) with a double and a homer against Moyer in his career. Ryan Howard is 1-for-9 (.111 avg) against Wolf with a double in his career. Wolf is 1-1 with a 4.42 ERA in 3 career starts against the Phils. Wolf has a 3-4 record and a 5.09 ERA in 11 career starts at Miller Park.

Saturday, 4:10pm. Joe Blanton (0-2, 4.97 ERA) vs. Chris Narveson (3-0, 5.06 ERA). Blanton will be making his third start of the season, while Narveson will be making his fourth. In 3 career starts against the Brewers, Blanton is 1-1 with a 5.30 ERA. Corey Hart is 5-for-9 (.555 avg) against Blanton is his career. In 15 career games at Miller Park, Narveson is 1-0 with a 3.98 ERA and 34 strike outs in 31 2/3 innings pitched.

Sunday, 8:05pm. Cole Hamels (3-2, 4.53 ERA) vs. Doug Davis (1-4, 7.56 ERA). In 6 career starts against the Brewers, Hamels is 2-2 with a 4.50 and a .227 batting avg. against. Hamels faced Milwaukee once last season, a game in which he left after just 3 2/3 innings after being hit in his pitching shoulder by a Prince Fielder line drive. Davis is 2-2 in 8 career starts against the Phils, with a 3.71 ERA. Chase Utley is 2-for-13 (.154 avg) in his career against Davis. Jayson Werth is 5-for-9 (.556 avg) with a homerun against Davis.

Ryan Howard hit .444 (8-for-18) in 4 games at Miller Park last season, with 2 doubles a homer and 7 RBI. Howard is 10-for-51 (.196 avg) against lefties this season...all 3 Brewers starters in this series are left-handed.

In 14 career games against the Brewers, JC Romero has a 2.53 ERA and 13 strike outs in 10 2/3 innings pitched.

Brewers outfielder Jody Gerut, who hit for the cycle last weekend, is a combined 1-for-21 (.048 avg) against Danys Baez, Jose Contreras, Jamie Moyer and JC Romero.

Ryan Braun against Jamie Moyer, Joe Blanton and Cole Hamels, combined, is 13-for-30 (.433 avg) with 4 homeruns and 7 RBI.

In 10 home games this season, Corey Hart is batting .324 and has a .958 OPS. In 21 career games against the Phillies, Hart has a .247 avg. and a .650 OPS.

Both teams are planning to wear throw-back uniforms during Friday night's contest.

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