Friday, May 28, 2010

Series Preview: Phillies @ Marlins 5/28-5/30

Slump doesn't even begin to describe the rut that the Phillies have been in recently. In their last 47 innings, the Phillies have scored in just one of them. The Phillies (26-20) head to Florida, hoping to snap a 5-game losing streak against the Marlins (24-24).

Despite the tough week, the Phillies still sit atop the National League East standings, which currently has 5 teams within 3 games of one another.

The Phillies, who have identical home and road records at 13-10, will attempt to recover from their struggles against Marlins starter Chris Volstad, while the Phillies counter with fill-in starter Kyle Kendrick, in the series opener.

The Phillies won 7 of 9 games in Florida against the Marlins last season.

Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups for this series as well as loads of other stats.

Friday, 7:10pm. Kyle Kendrick (2-2, 5.66 ERA) vs. Chris Volstad (3-5, 4.31 ERA). Kendrick has no decisions with a 5.48 ERA in 4 road starts this season. In 9 career games against the Marlins, Kendrick is 2-2 with a 6.46 ERA. Jorge Cantu is 5-for-9 (.556 avg) with 2 homers and 5 RBI against Kendrick. In 4 home starts this season, Volstad has posted a 2-2 record with a 2.67 ERA and a .214 batting avg. against. Volstad was 1-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 3 starts against the Phillies last season. Ryan Howard is 6-for-15 (.400 avg) against Volstad with 4 homeruns and 5 RBI. Jayson Werth is 1-for-14 (.071 avg) against Volstad with 7 strike outs.

Saturday, 7:10pm. Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.22 ERA) vs. Josh Johnson (5-1, 2.43 ERA). In 3 games against Florida, Halladay is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA. In 5 road starts this season, Halladay is 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA. Dan Uggla is 4-for-7 (.571 avg) with a triple and a homer against Halladay. In his last 3 starts, Johnson's ERA is 0.43. In 11 career games against the Phillies Johnson is 4-2 with a 4.25 ERA. Greg Dobbs is 4-for-8 (.500 avg) with a double and a homer against Johnson.

Sunday, 1:10pm. Jamie Moyer (5-4, 4.55 ERA) vs. Anibal Sanchez (4-2, 3.23 ERA). In 18 career starts against the Marlins, Moyer is 13-5 with a 3.18 ERA. Moyer posted a 2.90 ERA in 5 starts against the Marlins last season. Ronny Paulino is 9-for-21 (.429 avg) with a double, a homer and 6 RBI against Moyer. In 8 career starts against the Phils, Sanchez is 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA. Sanchez has won 3 straight those games his combined ERA is 1.77. Sanchez allowed 5 earned runs in 6 innings against the Phillies on April 16th, and took the loss. Chase Utley is 8-for-20 (.400 avg) with 3 doubles and a triple against Sanchez in his career.

Jayson Werth's home batting average/OPS- .355/1.187
Jayson Werth's road batting average/OPS- .273/.833

In 79 games against the Marlins, Shane Victorino is a .247 hitter. Shane, the Phillies' lead off hitter in Jimmy Rollins' absence, has not scored a run in the past 9 games.

Placido Polanco is hitting .352 in 22 road games this season with an .854 OPS.

In 25 career games against Philadelphia, the former Phillie Ronny Paulino is a .310 hitter with 2 homeruns and 11 RBI.

Dan Uggla is a career .238 hitter in 73 games against the Phillies.

In 10 home games this season, Marlins closer Leo Nunez 3 saves, 1 blown saves and a 4.50 ERA. After posting a 0.00 ERA in April, Nunez's ERA in May is 4.35.

Phillies team ERA- 3.81

Marlins team ERA- 4.00


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