Skip to main content

Series Preview: Phillies at Nationals, 4/12-4/14


The big story of the Phillies vs. Nationals series will, of course, be Jayson Werth's first meeting with his former team after signing a massive free agent contract last off-season. After helping the Phillies win four straight National League East Division championships, Werth signed a 7-year $126 million deal with the Washington Nationals.

Werth, who is off to a slow start, is looking to help his new club turn things around in the division as his 4-5 Nats host the 7-2 Phillies for a three-game series at Nationals Park.

In the opening game of the series, right-hander Joe Blanton, who is hoping to put a weak season debut behind him, will take on veteran righty Livan Hernandez.

Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups and more key details on this series.


Tuesday, 7:05PM. Joe Blanton (0-0, 14.54 ERA) vs. Livan Hernandez (0-1, 4.76 ERA). In 12 career starts against the Nats, Blanton has a 3-3- record with 5.73 ERA. In 14 road games last season, Blanton posted a 5.47 ERA. Ivan Rodriguez is 6-for-16 (.375 avg) in his career against Blanton. In 27 career starts against the Phillies, Hernandez has a 11-10 record with a 3.60 ERA. In 26 starts at Nationals Park, Hernandez is 9-10 with a 4.30 ERA. Jimmy Rollins is 13-for-61 (.213 avg) with 2 homers in his career against Hernandez.

Wednesday, 7:05PM. Roy Halladay, (1-0, 0.69 ERA) vs. John Lannan (1-0, 3.60 ERA). In 12 career games against the Nationals, Halladay has an 8-1 record with a 1.96 ERA. In 2 starts at Nationals Park last season, Halladay went 2-0 and allowed just 1 earned run in 16 innings pitched. Ivan Rodriguez is 14-for-35 (.400 avg) in his career against Halladay. In 11 career starts against the Phillies, the lefty Lannan has a record of 0-8 with a 6.09 ERA and a .313 batting average against. Lannan had just 2 wins at home last season in 13 starts. Raul Ibanez is 10-for-15 (.667 avg) in his career, with a double, a triple and 2 homeruns against Lannan.

Thursday, 7:05PM. Cliff Lee (1-1, 7.84 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 3.18 ERA). In 2 career starts against Washington, Lee is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA. Ivan Rodriguez is 12-for-32 (.375 avg) in his career against Lee. The righty Zimmermann has allowed 11 earned runs in 8 career innings pitched against the Phillies. In 25 career starts, Zimmermann has a 5-8 record and a 4.58 ERA.


Placido Polanco is a career .328 hitter against the Nationals in 84 games. In 7 games last season at Nationals Park, Polanco went 10-for-31 (.452 avg).

Ryan Howard is just 1-for-11 (.091 avg) in 3 road games this season. In 25 career games at Nationals Park, Howard has a .929 OPS.

Prior to this season, Shane Victorino batting first in the batting order was 138-for-511 (.270 avg). In 2011, Victorino batting first in the batting order is 14-for-34 (.412 avg).

Former Phillie Jayson Werth is batting .200 with 1 HR and 1 RBI in 9 games this season with Washington. In 28 career games at Nationals Park, Werth has a .316 average and a .983 OPS.

Ian Desmond is a career .293 hitter in 21 games against the Phillies. Desmond is 6-for-14 (.429 avg) with 2 doubles and homer and 6 RBI against Blanton.

Phillies team batting average- .334.
Nationals team batting average- .217.

_______________________________________________________

Image- AP

You can follow PhoulBallz on Twitter by clicking HERE.

You can also connect with PhoulBallz on Facebook by clicking HERE.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

This Guy Speaks For All of You

This individual, interviewed by FOX 29 on Friday as the Phillies arrived back at Citizens Bank Park, said it best. When asked how he felt regarding the Phillies, he told Steve Keeley that he was, "Stoked, baby!" The unidentified phanatic then proclaimed, "We are talking about the Fightins here, the Fightins! Said!" Check out the media player below, as the transcribed version certainly does not do this phireball of phandom justice. The Phillies forced game 6 of the National League Championship Series with a 4-2 victory over the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night. Game 6 will feature Roy Oswalt vs. Jonathan Sanchez in a return pitching match up from game 2. First pitch is scheduled for 7:57 pm EST at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Be sure to tune in on 97.3 ESPN's Weekend Sports Guide with Tyrone Johnson this afternoon around 1:15pm to hear me chatting about the Phillies! 97.3 is based in Atlantic City. You can listen live online HERE . _________

Rappers in Phillies Caps

Weekend greetings to you phine pholks out there. Today's post features pictures of rappers wearing Phillies caps. Why rappers in Phillies caps, you ask? Because... Any other questions? We will start things off properly by going with a highly recognizable hip hop star. 50 Cent stays constantly relavant by consistantly creating radio friendly material to help sell (G) units, while he "keeps it real" by still rapping about the thug life he lived before becoming the 2nd highest earning black entertainer in America. 50 is seen here in a recent interview rocking a throw-back Phillies cap. Next up we'll use a throw-back screen cap from what may be the very first major appearance by a rapper wearing Phillies gear. Chuck D, of legendary rap group Public Enemy, wore a Phillies cap in the music video for rap anthem Fight The Power in 1989. The song was the lead single from the soundtrack for Spike Lee's film Do The Right Thing . Next up we'll go with some home gro

McGwire Stays Phony, Despite Admitting Drug Use

Mark McGwire made an effort to publicly come clean today, admitting to the world that he took performance enhancing drugs during his playing career. Steroids and human growth hormones were among the drugs that McGwire admitted to using. MLB Network featured a one on one interview with Bob Costas and McGwire on Monday evening. The broadcast was virtually garbage, thanks to McGwire. Ahead is a list of quotes from McGwire's interview. McGwire repeatedly stated his point of view that there were no dishonorable intentions involved when taking steroids, and that he was merely using them as a means to recover from varying ailments. When asked if he felt like he cheated... "As I look back now...I can see how people would say that. As far as the talent goes and the hand-eye coordination, the ability, the genetics I was given...I don't see it." "I did not take this for any strength purposes." Denial. Read on for similar B.S. He whined about the abuse he'