Friday, May 31, 2013

Series Preview: Brewers at Phillies May 31-June 2

Here's a quick rundown on the pitching match ups and some stats from the upcoming three-game series that begins on Friday between the Milwaukee Brewers (19-33) and the Phillies (26-28) at Citizens Bank Park.. 

In seven meetings between these two teams last year, the Phils were victorious five times.

Friday, 7:05 PM.  Yovani Gallardo (3-5, 4.79 ERA) vs. Cole Hamel (1-8, 4.43 ERA).  In three career starts against the Phillies, Gallardo is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA and a .153 batting average against.  In four road starts this season, Gallardo has a 1-3 record with a 5.32 ERA.  Ryan Howard is 3-for-8 (.375 avg) with a double and a homer in his career against the righty Gallardo.  In five home starts this year, Hamels has a 0-4 record along with a 5.35 ERA.  Hamels is 6-2 with a 3.42 ERA in 10 career regular season games against the Brewers in his career.  Ryan Braun is 7-for-25 (.280 avg) with a double and three homers in his career against Hamels. 

Saturday, 4:05 PM.  Mike Fiers (1-3, 5.66 ERA) vs. Tyler Cloyd (1-1, 5.74 ERA).  The right-handed Fiers was a 22nd round draft pick by Milwaukee in 2009.  In five road games this season, Fiers is 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA.  This will be Cloyd's first home start this year, after posting a 7.80 ERA in three home starts last season.  Opponents have posted a .275 batting average against Cloyd in nine big league outings.

Sunday, 1:35 PM.  Willy Peralta (3-6, 6.35 ERA) vs. Cliff Lee (6-2, 2.34 ERA).  Peralta, a 24-year-old right-hander, is 1-2 with a 5.32 ERA in four road games this year.  Peralta is 0-3 with a 10.03 ERA over his last three starts.  In five career starts against Milwaukee, Lee has a 0-1 record along with a 5.08 ERA.  In his last five starts, Lee has posted a 4-0 record with a 1.15 ERA.  Rickie Weeks is 1-for-10 (.100 avg) in his career against Lee.

23-year-old shortstop Jean Segura is leading the National League in hitting with a .358 mark.  The Dominican native was acquired as part of last summer's Zack Greinke trade with the Angels.

In 22 career games against the Phillies, Carlos Gomez has a .212 average with two homers and six RBI.

Ryan Braun is a career .388 hitter with 14 home runs and 28 RBI against the Phillies in 38 regular season games. 

In five career games against the Brewers, Domonic Brown is 5-for-17 (.294 avg) with a double and four RBI.  Brown is batting .256 with seven homers and 14 RBI in 24 home games this season.

Ben Revere is batting .324 with five stolen bases in 25 games this month.  Revere is a .294 hitter in 12 career games against Milwaukee.

In 72 career regular season games against the Brewers, Jimmy Rollins has a .224 average with five home runs and 20 RBI.

Brewers team ERA- 4.55 (27th in MLB)
Phillies team ERA- 4.24 (20th in MLB)
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