Monday, July 19, 2010

Series Preview, Phillies at Cardinals 7/19-7/22


The Phillies are fresh off losing 3 of 4 against the Central Division's Chicago Cubs. Despite that, the Phillies are still 18-11 against that division as they travel to St. Louis to face the Central's first place squad.

Riding a 5-game winning streak, the Cardinals (51-41) will send 27-year-old righty Blake Hawksworth to the mound to make his 6th Major League start. Philadelphia (48-43) will counter with Kyle Kendrick, who threw 7 shut out innings against the Cardinals for a win on May 5th.

The Phillies won both games between the two clubs in St. Louis last season. Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups and other information on this series.


Monday, 7:05pm. Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.44 ERA) vs. Blake Hawksworth (3-5, 4.72 ERA). Kendrick is 3-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 11 road games this season. In 4 career starts against St. Louis, Kendrick is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA. Skip Schumaker is 6-for-12 (.500 avg) with 2 doubles and a homer against Kendrick. In 3 outings against the Phillies, Hawksworth has allowed 4 earned runs in 4 2/3 innings (7.71 ERA). In 12 home games this year, Hawksworth is 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA.

Tuesday, 8:15pm. Jamie Moyer (9-9, 4.88 ERA) vs. Chris Carpenter (10-3, 3.16 ERA). In 12 career games against the Cardinals, Moyer is 5-1 with a 2.34 ERA. In 10 road starts this season, Moyer has a 4-6 record with a 6.08 ERA. Moyer has lost 3 straight starts. Carpenter is 2-2 with a 4.22 ERA over his last 5 starts. In 8 career starts against the Phillies, Carpenter is 4-2 with a 5.73 ERA.

Wednesday, 8:15pm. Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.21 ERA) vs. Jaime Garcia (8-4, 2.27 ERA). Blanton is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in 4 career starts against St. Louis. In Blanton's last 4 starts he has no decisions and a 5.47 ERA. Albert Pujols is 2-for-12 (.167 avg) against Blanton is his career. In 3 career games against the Phillies, Garcia is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA. At home this season, Garcia has posted a 3-1 record with a 1.49 ERA in 8 games.

Thursday, 2:15pm. Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.63 ERA) vs. Adam Wainwright (14-5, 2.02 ERA). Hamels is 1-2 with a 3.31 ERA over his last 5 starts. On the road this year, Hamels is 3-4 with a 4.18 ERA in 9 starts. Lefties are batting .182 against Hamels this season, while righty hitters are batting .280 against him. In 7 games against the Phillies, Wainwright is 2-1 with a 2.68 ERA. In 10 home starts this season, Wainwright is 10-0 with a 1.31 ERA and a .191 batting average against. Wainwright has a 0.31 ERA over his last 4 starts.


Shane Victorino is a .324 hitter in 32 career games against the Cardinals. In 17 games at Busch Stadium, Victorino has 2 homers and 14 RBI.

In 34 career games against the Cardinals, Ryan Howard is a .367 hitter and has a 1.223 OPS. Howard has 29 RBI in 17 career games at Busch Stadium. Howard was named National League player of the week for the short week following the All-star break, when he batted .400, hit 4 homers and drove in 8 runs.

In 17 games against the Cardinals, Ryan Madson has posted a 1-1 record with 2 saves and a 1.71 ERA. Madson has an 8.10 ERA in 7 road games this season.

Skip Schumaker has a .906 OPS in 28 games. Schumaker's OPS this season is .642.

Albert Pujols' .268 average in 58 games against the Phillies is his lowest average against any team he has faced more than 10 times.

Felipe Lopez against Jamie Moyer, Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick is a combined 10-for-58 (.172 avg). Lopez has not faced Blanton in regular season action.

Phillies team ERA- 4.04
Cardinals team ERA- 3.32
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