Friday, May 21, 2010

Series Preview: Red Sox at Phillies, 5/21-5/23

Beginning Friday, Boston visits Philadelphia for a 3-game series to ring in 2010 interleague play for both clubs. The Red Sox (22-20) are in 4th place in the AL East, 8 1/2 games behind the division leading Rays. The Phillies (25-15) sport the best record in the National League and lead the NL East by 4 games over the second place Marlins.

The Phillies enter the weekend with a 12-8 home record as the Red Sox start interleague play with an 8-9 road record.

Dating back to 2004, the Red Sox have won 14 of 18 games against the Phillies. The Phillies lost 2 of 3 games against Boston in Philadelphia in 2009.

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

Friday, 7:05pm...Nationally televised on MLB Network. John Lackey (4-2, 4.86 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.29 ERA). In one career appearance against the Phillies, Lackey allowed 1 earned run in 6 1/3 innings pitched. In 3 road starts this season, Lackey is 1-1 with a 3.92 ERA, compared to his 5.52 ERA in 5 home starts. Lackey has a 3.27 ERA in 5 night starts this season, compared to his 7.94 ERA during the day. Hamels allowed 2 earned runs in 7 innings in his only career start against Boston in 2008. In 4 home starts this season, Hamels is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA. Jeremy Hermida is 4-for-19 (.211 avg) against Hamels in his career with a homerun. Dustin Pedroia is 3-for-4 against Hamels with a double and a homer.

Saturday, 7:10pm...Nationally televised primetime game on FOX. Daisuke Matsuzaka (2-1, 7.89 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (2-1, 5.24 ERA). Batters are hitting .282 against Matsuzaka through 4 starts this season, who allowed 4 earned runs in 4 innings pitched the only time he faced the Phillies. Raul Ibanez is 3-for-13 (.231 avg) with a homer and 4 RBI against Matsuzaka. In 4 home starts, Kendrick is 2-1 with a 4.98 ERA. Kendrick has allowed 9 earned runs in 5 innings pitched against Boston in his career. Kendrick has a 2-0 record and a 2.57 ERA in 3 May starts this season.

Sunday, 1:35pm...Nationally televised on TBS. Tim Wakefield (0-2, 5.31 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (6-2, 1.64 ERA). Wakefield has faced the Phillies 9 those games he has posted a 3-1 record with a 3.12 ERA. In 4 road games this season, Wakefield has a 6.35 ERA. Placido Polanco is 1-for-15 (.067 avg) against Wakefield in his career. In 41 career games against Boston, Halladay has a 14-14 record and a 4.28 ERA. Halladay is 3-1 with a 1.36 ERA in 4 home starts this season. David Ortiz is 27-for-99 (.273 avg) with 6 homeruns against Halladay.

Dustin Pedroia has the all-time best batting average in interleague play (min. 150 at bats) at .356. In 16 road games this year, Pedroia has posted a .343 batting avg. and a 1.016 OPS.

In 52 career games against the Phillies, JD Drew has a .302 avg. with 9 homeruns. Drew was once a first round draft choice by the Phillies, but he chose not to sign with Philadelphia. In 17 games at Citizens Bank Park, Drew has hit 5 doubles, a triple, 5 homers and has 15 RBI.

Chase Utley at home this season, has posted a .339 avg with a 1.294 OPS in 18 games. Against Red Sox releiver Scott Schoeneweis, Utley is 5-for-10 with a double and a homerun.

In 20 home games this year, Jayson Werth is batting .354 avg with a 1.186 OPS.

Jose Contreras has an 8.54 ERA (50 earned runs in 52 2/3 innings) in 12 career games against the Red Sox. Opponents are batting .095 against Contreras in 7 games at Citizens Bank Park this year.

Placido Polanco against right-handers in 2010- .325 avg, 4 HR, .844 OPS.
Placido Polanco against left-handers in 2010- .273 avg, 1 HR, .691 OPS.

Both the Phillies and the Red Sox have scored 219 runs this season. The Phillies have done so on 379 hits, while the Sox have laced 396 hits thus far in 2010.

Phillies team ERA- 3.67.
Red Sox team ERA- 4.78.


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