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Series Preview: Phillies at Blue Jays, June 15-17


Inter-league play continues with a battle between the National League's and the American League's East division basement dwellers, as the Phillies (31-34) head to Toronto to face the Blue Jays (31-32) in a three-game series beginning Friday night.

The Phillies won 2 of 3 meetings with the Blue Jays in a series played at Toronto's Rogers Centre last season.

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

Friday, 7:07 PM. Vance Worley (3-2, 3.00 ERA) vs. Drew Hutchison (5-3, 4.66 ERA). Worley is 2-1 with a 2.09 ERA in 5 road starts this season. Opponents are batting .240 against Worley in 2012. The righty, Hutchison, is 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in 4 home starts this season. Hutchison was Toronto's 15th round draft pick in 2009.

Saturday, 1:07 PM. Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.18 ERA) vs. Ricky Romero (7-1, 4.15 ERA). In 10 career starts against the Blue Jays, Lee has a 2-5 record with a 4.23 ERA. Lee is 0-2 with a 4.54 ERA in his last 5 starts. Rajai Davis is 6-for-11 with a double and a triple in his career against Lee. Romero is 1-0 with a 2.21 ERA and a .187 batting average against in 3 games against the Phillies. Carlos Ruiz and Placido Polanco are a combined 2-for-15 (.133 avg) in their careers vs. the lefty Romero. In 6 home starts this year, Romero is 5-0 with a 3.51 ERA.

Sunday, 1:07 PM. Kyle Kendrick (2-6, 5.08 ERA) vs. Jesse Chavez (0-0, 5.40 ERA). In 2 career starts against the Blue Jays, Kendrick has no decisions and a 6.75 ERA. Kendrick is 1-2 with a 4.75 ERA in 8 road games this year. The right-handed Chavez will be making just his second appearance for Toronto. In his career, Chavez, who formerly pitched with Pittsburgh, Atlanta and KC, has a 1-0 record and a 0.00 ERA in 8 relief appearances against the Phils.


In 24 career games against the Phillies, Jose Bautista has a .282 average with 5 HR and 9 RBI. Bautista is batting .222 in 32 home games this season.

Edwin Encarnacion is batting .296 with 12 HR and 26 RBI in 31 home games this season. Encarnacion is a combined 3-for-18 (.167 avg) in his career against Lee and Kendrick.

In 15 career games against the Phillies, Colby Rasmus has a .216 batting average with 4 doubles. Rasmus is batting .227 in 30 home games this year.

Carlos Ruiz is a .231 hitter with 3 doubles and 6 RBI in 11 career games against Toronto. In 28 road games this season, Ruiz has tallied a 1.130 OPS.

In 17 career games at Rogers Centre Placido Polanco is a .179 hitter with 1 HR and 5 RBI.

Jimmy Rollins is batting .317 with 2 homers, 7 RBI and 10 runs scored in 13 June games. Rollins is a .337 hitter in 21 career games against Toronto.

Phillies team ERA- 3.98 (16th in MLB)
Blue Jays team ERA- 4.06 (19th in MLB)
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Comments

Alex said…
Brett Cecil will be getting the Sunday start for the Jays, not Chavez.
Jay Floyd said…
Thanks, Alex.
For anyone interested, here's my interview w/ Cecil from a couple weeks ago-

http://www.1bluejaysway.blogspot.com/2012/06/1bjw-interview-brett-cecil.html

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