Last year, the Phillies dominated the Padres, winning 7 of 8 games between the two clubs, including all 4 that were played in San Diego. This year, fresh off a disappointing loss Wednesday night to the Giants, despite 10 scoreless innings from Cliff Lee, the Phillies limp into Petco Park in an unfamiliar position...for the first time in nearly five years, Philadelphia has sole possession of last place in the National League East division.
The Padres (3-10) are also holding down last place, in the NL West.
Hoping to turn things around, the Phils (5-7) will send 24-year-old right-hander Vance Worley to the mound. Worley sports a 12-5 record and a 2.93 ERA in his big league career.
San Diego will counter with 22-year-old righty Joe Wieland, who was acquired, along with pitcher Robbie Erlin, from Texas for Mike Adams last July.
Read ahead for more details on the pitching match ups and loads more stats from this series.
Thursday, 10:05 PM. Vance Worley (0-1, 3.75 ERA) vs. Joe Wieland (0-1, 10.80 ERA). Worley has never faced the Padres in his career. In 13 road games last season, Worley posted a 5-2 record with a 3.84 ERA. Wieland was a 4th round draft pick by Texas in 2008. In 2 starts with Triple-A Tucson this year, Wieland went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA. Wieland had initially signed a letter of intent to play for San Diego St. University prior to signing as a pro with the Rangers.
Friday, 10:05 PM. Cole Hamels (1-1, 3.65 ERA) vs. Edinson Volquez (0-1, 4.24 ERA). In 5 career starts at Petco Park, Hamels has a 3-1 record with a 1.23 ERA and a .177 batting average against. Orlando Hudson is 4-for-20 (.200 avg) in his career against Hamels. In 2 starts against the Padres last season, Hamels went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA. In two career starts against the Phillies, Volquez is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA and a .163 batting average against. Hunter Pence is 3-for-18 (.167 avg) with a homerun in his career against Volquez. Ty Wigginton is 3-for-6 (.500 avg) with a double and 2 homers against Volquez.
Saturday, 8:35 PM. Roy Halladay (3-0, 1.17 ERA) vs. Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71 ERA). Opponents are batting .164 against Halladay in his 2 road starts this year. In 3 career starts against San Diego, Halladay has a 3-0 record with a 1.90 ERA. Chase Headley is 2-for-11 (.182 avg). The lefty Luebke has a 2.25 ERA in 3 career outings against Philadelphia. In 28 career games at Petco Park, Luebke has a 4-7 record with a 4.01 ERA.
Sunday, 4:05 PM. Joe Blanton (1-2, 4.26 ERA) vs. Anthony Bass (0-2, 3.37 ERA). Blanton is 2-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 4 career starts at Petco Park. Orlando Hudson is 2-for-17 (.118 avg) against Blanton in his career. Cameron Maybin is 7-for-16 (.438 avg) with 2 doubles and a triple in his career against Blanton. The right-handed Bass will be making his 6th big league start. Bass has a 1.40 ERA in 14 career outings at Petco Park. Opponents are batting .191 against Bass this year.
Phils rookie infielder Freddy Galvis has an 8-game hitting streak entering this series. Galvis is batting .237 on the season thus far.
Carlos Ruiz is 7-for-16 (.437 avg) in 6 road games this season. Ruiz is a .247 hitter in 27 career games against the Padres.
Jimmy Rollins is 3-for-24 (.125 avg) in 6 road contests this year. Rollins batted .138 in 8 games against San Diego last season.
In 24 career games against the Phillies, Chase Headley is a .241 hitter with 1 HR and 7 RBI. Through his first 7 home games this season, Headley posted a .174 batting average. Headley smashed 2 homers on Wednesday against Colorado.
Will Venable has a .147 career batting average in 12 games against the Phillies.
Including his efforts in the postseason, Huston Street has a 9.72 ERA in 9 career games against the Phils.
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