Skip to main content

Series Preview: National at Phillies, 9/20-9/22

The Phillies (98-54), who have clinched the National League East division title and having locked down home field advantage throughout the playoffs, sit just 2 wins away from the century mark and 4 wins away from an all-time franchise record for wins in a season. With the division rival Nationals (72-79) coming in for a 4-game series, both marks are within reach before the Phils complete their regular season home schedule on Thursday.

Right-hander Kyle Kendrick will get things started in the series opener, as the teams will play a twin bill on Tuesday. The Nationals will counter with left-hander Ross Detwiler, who has struggled in his career against the Phillies.

In the night cap, Cy Young Award contender Cliff Lee will take the mound for Philadelphia, while Washington is slated to go with rookie Tommy Milone.

The Phillies have won 8 of 14 meetings against the Nationals to date this season.

Read ahead for more details on the pitching match ups as well as other key details from this series.


Tuesday, 1:05 PM. Ross Detwiler (2-5, 3.76 ERA) vs. Kyle Kendrick (8-6, 3.22 ERA). In 6 road games this season, Detwiler is 0-3 with a 4.10 ERA. Detwiler is 1-5 with a 4.34 ERA in his past 7 outings. In 5 career games against the Phillies, Detwiler is 0-3 with a 6.00 ERA. Kendrick is 2-3 with a 6.02 ERA in 12 career games against the Nats. In 9 games since the All-Star break, Kendrick is 4-2 with a 2.74 ERA. Ryan Zimmerman is 10-for-22 (.455 avg) with 7 doubles and a HR in his career against Kendrick.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM. Tommy Milone (1-0, 4.60 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.38 ERA). The rookie left-hander Milone will be making his 4th career big league start. In 24 starts for Triple-A Syracuse this season, Milone posted a 12-6 record with a 3.22 ERA. Lee has a 3-1 record with a 2.97 ERA in 4 career starts against the Nationals. In his last 9 starts, Lee is 7-0 with a 1.00 ERA.

Wednesday, 7:05 PM. Jon Lannan (9-13, 3.68 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (11-2, 2.85 ERA). In 16 career starts against the Phillies, Lannan has a 1-12 record with a 5.81 ERA and a .314 batting average against. Lannan has won just once in his last 8 outings. In 6 career starts at Citizens Bank Park, Lannan is 0-5 with a 7.40 ERA. In 11 home starts this season, Worley is 6-0 with a 2.01 ERA and a .195 batting average against.

Thursday, 7:05 PM. Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.42 ERA) vs. Roy Oswalt (8-9, 3.66 ERA). The righty rookie Peacock is slated to make his 2nd career start. Combined at two levels on the minors this year, Peacock went 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA while striking out 177 batters in 146 2/3 innings. In 9 home starts this season, Oswalt is 4-3 with a 3.38 ERA. Oswalt has posted a 7-4 record with a 2.95 ERA in 20 career games against the Nats. Opponents are batting .304 against Oswalt in 8 starts since the All-Star break.


In 5 games against the Phillies this year, Ryan Zimmerman is 8-for-19 (.421 avg). Zimmerman is a .235 career hitter in 43 games at Citizens Bank Park.

Michael Morse is a career .351 hitter in 29 games against the Phillies. In 15 September games, Morse has posted a .197 batting average.

Nats closer Drew Storen has a 7.71 ERA in 8 career games against the Phillies.

Ryan Howard, who has been resting his ailing right ankle, may return to the lineup on Thursday.

Shane Victorino has posted a .194 batting average in 18 September games. Victorino's OPS against lefty pitchers this year- 1.089. Victorino's OPS against righty pitchers this year- .809.

In 16 day games this season, Ryan Madson is 2-0 with a 1.15 ERA and is perfect in 6 save opportunities. Madson has allowed 6 earned runs in 1 2/3 innings (32.40 ERA) this season against the Nationals.

Nationals team batting average- .242.
Phillies team batting average- .252.
____________________________________________

You can follow PhoulBallz on Twitter by clicking HERE.

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 . _________

Who is Your Favorite Willie 'Mays' Hayes?

PhoulBallz.com is wondering which individual who has portrayed Willie "Mays" Hayes is the favorite of the public. Hayes, of course, is the character made famous in the Major League motion picture series. In Major League , Willie "Mays" Hayes was portrayed by budding Hollywood actor Wesley Snipes, who would go on to action movie superstardom. Snipes has starred in major motion pictures like the Blade trilogy, Passenger 57 , Undisputed and many more. Snipes remains an impact Hollywood actor, despite legal troubles related to income tax evasion. Snipes was replaced for the sequel, Major League II when his busy career, and possibly the film's budget, would not allow him to return, by Omar Epps. Another budding actor, Epps had previously worked with director David S. Ward, on the film The Program , and landed the role of Hayes, who had become a Hollywood action star over the off-season that occured between the two films. Epps' career portraying athletes rol

Wassup with dat? Vito Friscia edition

Friscia, image- Jay Floyd What's up with that Vito Friscia guy?  Well, he's a 24-year-old righty batting catcher that was drafted by the Phillies out of Hofstra University in 2019 with the team's final selection, 1200th overall, in the 40th round. But what's his deal?  Friscia opened the season with Class A Advanced Jersey Shore, where, in 16 games, he notched a .264 batting average with a pair of home runs, five doubles and seven RBI.  Last week, when Triple-A Lehigh Valley needed a reserve backstop, Friscia was promoted to fill their void.  When Rafael Marchan returned from a short stint in the big leagues, Friscia was assigned to the Double-A Reading roster.   Is he just a backup catcher?  For now, it seems that's his role.  But check out this quote from BlueClaws skipper Chris Adamson from earlier this month when I asked him about which player stood out to him as a guy that deserved recognition, but may not be getting it. "Vito Friscia is a guy that, earl