Monday, May 30, 2011

Series Preview: Phillies at Nationals, 5/30-6/1

The Phillies (33-20) hope to continue a 5-game winning streak in games against the Nationals (22-30), as they head to Washington to begin a 3-game series on Memorial Day, Monday.

In the series opener, Philadelphia will send right-handed ace Roy Halladay, who is nearly unstoppable against Washington, to the mound. The Nationals will counter with righty veteran Livan Hernandez, who has split two decisions against the Phillies this year.

Read ahead for loads of details on the pitching match ups and other key information on this series.

Monday, 1:05PM. Roy Halladay (6-3, 2.35 ERA) vs. Livan Hernandez (3-6, 3.71 ERA). In 14 career games against the Nationals, Halladay is 10-1 with a 2.01 ERA. In his last 7 starts, Halladay is 4-2 with a 2.10 ERA. In 3 starts at Nationals Park, Halladay is 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA and a .167 batting average against. In 5 home starts this season, Hernandez has a 3-2 record with a 1.80 ERA. In 29 career starts against Philadelphia, Hernandez is 12-11 with a 3.59 ERA. Chase Utley is 12-for-32 (.375 avg) in his career against Hernandez.

Tuesday, 7:05PM. Cliff Lee (4-4, 3.50 ERA) vs. Jason Marquis (5-2, 4.26 ERA). In his last 6 starts, Lee is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA. In 5 road starts this season, Lee has a 1-3 record with a 4.55 ERA. In 3 career starts against Washington, Lee is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA. Jayson Werth is 1-for-7 (.143 avg) in his career against Cliff Lee. In 25 career games against the Phillies, Marquis has a 5-8 record with a 5.61 ERA. In 3 home starts this year, Marquis is 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA. Raul Ibanez is 7-for-19 (.368 avg) with 2 doubles and 2 HR in his career against Marquis.

Wednesday, 1:05PM. Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60 ERA) vs. John Lannan (2-5, 4.40 ERA). Oswalt has a 5-3 record with a 3.10 ERA in 17 career games against Washington. In 4 career starts at Nationals Park, Oswalt is 0-1 with a 4.24 ERA. In 13 career starts against the Phillies, Lannan has a 0-10 record with a 6.44 ERA. In 5 home starts this year, Lannan is 1-2 with a 1.99 ERA. Right-handed batters are hitting .305 against the lefty Lannan in 2011.

Chase Utley, in 111 career games against the Nationals, has a .300 average with 17 homeruns and 77 RBI. In 22 games at Nationals Park, Utley is a .341 hitter with a 1.046 OPS.

Carlos Ruiz is a career .300 hitter in 60 games against Washington. Ruiz is batting .214 against left-handed pitchers this season.

Domonic Brown is batting .320 in 8 games since being recalled from the minors earlier this month. Brown went 5-for-7 (.714 avg) in the 3-game series against the Mets over the weekend.

Jerry Hairston Jr. is a combined 7-for-54 (.130 avg) against the Phillies' scheduled three starting pitchers for this series. Hairston has been suspended for one game after making contact with an umpire during an argument on Friday.

Right-handed closer Drew Storen has allowed earned runs in each of his last three appearances. In 5 career appearances against the Phillies, Storen has allowed 4 earned runs in 4 innings pitched (9.00 ERA).

In 22 home games this season, Jayson Werth has posted a .288 batting average, while hitting 2 HR and driving in 4 runs. Werth is batting .195 against lefty pitchers this season.

Phillies team batting average- .251

Nationals team batting average- .229


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