Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Series Preview: Phillies at Indians, April 30-May 1

Interleague play is back, as the Phillies (12-14) head to Cleveland to take on the Indians (10-13) in a two-game series at Progressive Field.

In the series opener, the Phils will send veteran righty Roy Halladay to the mound. The two-time Cy Young Award winner has a 2-0 record with a 1.71 ERA in his last three starts after beginning the season 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA in his first two starts of 2013. The Indians will counter with 25-year-old Zach McAllister, who has never faced the Phils in his career.

The last time these two teams faced one another was in June of 2010, when the Phillies swept the three-game set.

Read ahead for full details on the pitching match ups and other key notes from this series.

Tuesday, 7:10 PM.  Roy Halladay (2-2, 5.08 ERA) vs. Zach McAllister (1-3, 3.52 ERA).  In 13 career outings against the Indians, Halladay has a 6-2 record with a 3.52 ERA and two complete games.  Halladay is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in five career starts at Progressive Field.On the road this season, Halladay is 1-1 with a 4.76 ERA.  McAllister is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in two home starts this season.  Michael Young is 3-for-6 in his career against McAllister.  The righty McAllister has a 4.98 ERA in 18 career starts at Progressive Field. 

Wednesday, 7:05 PM.  Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.03 ERA) vs. Trevor Bauer (0-1, 5.40 ERA).  Lee has never faced his former team the Indians.  In 87 career appearances at Progressive Field, Lee has a 40-25 record along with a 3.80 ERA.  Michael Bourn, who is eligible to return from the disabled list for this series, is 0-for-15 in his career against Lee.  Bauer, a former first round draft pick (3rd overall) by Arizona in 2011, was acquired by Cleveland over last off-season in a three-team deal with Cincinatti and the D-Backs.  The right-handed Bauer has a 5.91 ERA in five career big league starts.

In 32 career games against Cleveland, Ben Revere has a .299 batting average with 12 steals and 24 runs scored.  Revere is batting .184 in nine road games this season.

Ryan Howard is 10-for-23 (.435 avg) with two doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in six career games against the Indians.  Howard currently has a ten-game hitting streak.

Jonathan Papelbon has a 3-0 record with 11 saves and a 1.69 ERA in 16 career games against the Indians.

Delmon Young has been activated from the disabled list by the Phils, after being sidelined with an ankle injury. Young batted .367 with two doubles in seven minor league rehab games.

In 25 career games against the Phillies, Mark Reynolds has a .253 average with five doubles, seven home runs and 18 RBI.  Reynolds has posted a .735 OPS at home this year, compared to his 1.122 mark on the road.

Indians closer Chris Perez has a career 5.06 ERA in five games against the Phillies.  In 122 career games at Progressive Field, Perez has a 6-8 record with 49 saves and a 2.34 ERA.

Drew Stubbs is a .218 career hitter against the Phils.  Stubbs is 5-for-11 (.455 avg) in his career against Lee.

Phillies team bullpen ERA- 4.16 (24th in MLB)
Indians team bullpen ERA- 2.89 (tie, 8th in MLB)
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