Monday, September 26, 2011

Series Preview: Phillies at Braves, 9/26-9/28

For the final series of the regular season, the Phillies (99-60) will travel to Atlanta to face the Braves (89-70), who are battling to clinch the National League wild card for the second straight season. Heading into action on Monday, Atlanta leads St. Louis by 1 games in the wild card race.

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


Monday, 7:10 PM. Cliff Lee (16-8, 2.38 ERA) vs. Randall Delgado (1-1, 2.70 ERA). Lee has posted a 0-1 record with a 1.57 ERA in his last 3 starts. In 13 road games this year, Lee is 5-5 with a 3.03 ERA. Lee has a 1-1 record with a 5.65 ERA in 3 career starts at Turner Field. Delgado posted a 7-7 record with a 3.88 ERA in 25 minor league starts this season. In 4 home starts with the Braves, the rookie Delgado is 0-1 with a 3.60 ERA.

Tuesday, 7:10 PM. Roy Oswalt (8-10, 3.86 ERA) vs. Derek Lowe (9-16, 4.92 ERA). In two starts this season against the Braves, Oswalt is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA and a .200 batting average against. In 9 starts since the All-Star break, Oswalt is 4-4 with a 3.94 ERA. Dan Uggla is 3-for-24 (.125 avg.) in his career against Oswalt. In his last 4 outings, Lowe is 0-4 with an 8.24 ERA. In 22 career games against the Phillies Lowe is 8-7 with 2 saves, 1 blown save and a 3.39 ERA. Hunter Pence is 8-for-17 (.471 avg.) with a double and a HR in his career against Lowe.

Wednesday, 7:10 PM. To Be Announced vs. Tim Hudson (16-10, 3.23 ERA). Cole Hamels is expected to pitch in relief in this game. Hamels' first playoff start is set to be the following Tuesday. In 21 career starts against the Phillies, Hudson has a 7-8 record with a 3.75 ERA. Hudson has a 10-4 record with a 2.29 ERA and a .204 batting average against in 18 home starts this season. Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard are a combined 2-for-26 (.077 avg.) against Hudson in 2011.


In 8 games against the Braves this year, Hunter Pence is 8-for-40 (.400 avg.) with 4 doubles, a HR and 8 RBI. Through his first 50 games with the Phillies, Pence posted a .314 batting average and a .910 OPS.

Shane Victorino has a .329 average with 4 HR and 23 RBI in 48 career games at Turner Field. Victorino is 18-for-105 (.171 avg.) in 26 September games.

In 66 road games this season, Raul Ibanez has posted a .206 batting average. Turner Field is the only MLB ballpark that Ibanez has played 12 or more games in and never hit a homerun.

Lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty has a 1-1 record with 1 blown save and a 1.19 ERA in 24 career games against the Phillies. In 31 games since the All-Star break, O'Flaherty has a 0.92 ERA.

Brian McCann is batting .196 with 2 doubles and a HR in 14 games against the Phillies this season. In 45 games since the All-Star break, McCann has posted a .200 batting average.

In 60 career games against the Phillies, Matt Diaz has posted a .327 average with 8 HR and 31 RBI.

Phillies team ERA- 3.04
Braves team ERA- 3.46
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