The Phillies (61-36) return home to begin a 4-game series with the Padres (44-55) on Friday night at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park.
Returning from the disabled list and joining the active Phillies roster for the first time this season, following a long rehab process in the minors for his injured shoulder and elbow, Brad Lidge will rejoin the club he helped reach the post-season each of the past 3 seasons. With 99 saves as a member of the Phillies, Lidge ranks fourth all-time in team history, 13 behind Jose Mesa for the top spot.
To make room for Lidge, Philadelphia designated Danys Baez (2-4, 6.25 ERA) for assignment. Baez struggled in recent weeks, posting a 14.89 ERA since May 25th.
Read ahead for details on the pitching match ups as well as plenty more statistical information for this series.
Friday, 7:05PM. Cory Luebke (3-3, 2.57 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (11-5, 2.71 ERA). The lefty Luebke is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA in his last 4 starts. In 16 road outings this year, Luebke has a 1.82 ERA. Hamels has a 5-2 record and a 2.42 ERA in 10 career starts against the Padres. In 11 home starts this season, Hamels is 6-3 with a 2.41 ERA and a .186 batting average against. In his last 5 home starts, Hamels is 3-1 with a 1.03 ERA.
Saturday, 4:10PM. Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34 ERA). Latos is 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 3 career starts aganst the Phillies. In 8 road starts this season, the right-handed Latos has a 2-5 record with a 4.50 ERA. In 11 games at home this season, Kendrick is 2-3 with a 2.89 ERA. Kendrick is 2-1 with a 5.91 ERA in 3 career games against the Padres. Ryan Ludwick is 1-for-11 (.091 avg) in his career against Kendrick...that lone hit was a homerun.
Sunday, 1:35PM. Tim Stauffer (6-6, 2.83 ERA) vs. Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.57 ERA). The right-handed Stauffer has a 0-1 record with a 11.15 ERA in 3 career games against the Phillies. In his last 8 starts, Stauffer has a 5-2 record with a 1.33 ERA. Halladay has a 2.43 ERA in his last 5 home starts. In his career against SD, Halladay has produced a 2-0 record with a 1.72 ERA in 2 games. Cameron Maybin is 1-for-10 (.100 avg) in his career against Halladay.
Monday, 1:05PM. Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.29 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.83 ERA). In 11 career games against the Phillies, Harang has a 2-2 record with a 5.22 ERA. Harang has a 3-0 record and a 1.73 ERA over his previous 8 starts. Chase Utley is 9-for-20 (.450 avg) with 4 doubles and a HR in his career against Harang. In 11 home starts this season, Lee is 7-1 with a 1.61 ERA. Lee is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in 4 career games against SD.
Padres closer Heath Bell has a 1.65 ERA and 17 saves in 17 outings on the road this season.
Ryan Ludwick has a .143 batting average in 13 career games at Citizens Bank Park. Ludwick is 0-for-9 with 5 strike outs in his career against Brad Lidge.
In 26 career games against the Phillies Cameron Maybin is a .274 hitter. Maybin has posted a .346 average in 10 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Antonio Bastardo has a 0.53 ERA in 17 outings since the start on June. Opponents are batting .109 against Bastardo this season.
Chase Utley has a career line of .306/.387/.563 in 42 games against the Padres. Utley is batting .266 in 21 home games this year.
Raul Ibanez's 14 RBI in July lead the Phillies. Ibanez is batting .289 in 47 home games this season, compared to his .194 avg. in 44 road games.
Padres team batting average- .234
Phillies team batting averaye- .249
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