Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Series Preview: Indians at Phillies, May 14-15

Interleague play returns to Citizens Bank Park as the Indians (21-16) come to town for a quick two-game set against the Phillies (18-21).

Having won seven of their last 10 contests, the Indians look to continue their success against the Phils, who were pounded by a total score of 20-2 over two games, both losses, in Cleveland a couple weeks back.

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


Tuesday, 7:05 PM. Scott Kazmir (2-1, 4.87 ERA) vs. Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.63 ERA). The lefty Kazmir has a 2.65 ERA over his last three starts. Kazmir won his lone career start against the Phillies back in 2006. In two home starts, the rookie right-hander Pettibone is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA. Opponents are hitting .154 with runners in scoring position against Pettibone.

Wednesday, 1:05 PM. Corey Kluber (2-2, 5.64 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (1-5, 4.18 ERA). The righty Kluber has a 5.77 ERA in nine career road games. Delmon Young is 3-for-6 with a double in his career against Kluber. Hamels is 0-1 with six runs allowed in five innings pitched in his lone career start against Cleveland. In four home starts this season, Hamels is 0-3 with a 4.71 ERA. Mark Reynolds is 2-for-10 with two home runs in his career against Hamels.


Indians closer Chris Perez has a 5.06 ERA in five career games against the Phillies.

Mark Reynolds is batting .322 in 17 road games this season. In 27 games against the Phils, Reynolds is a .260 hitter with eight home runs and 20 RBI. Reynold is tied for the American League lead in HR with 11.

In 12 career games at Citizens Bank Park, Jason Giambi has a .348 average with five homers and 10 RBI. Giambi is batting .158 in six road games this season.

In 34 career games against the Indians, Ben Revere is a .294 hitter with 13 steals.

Carlos Ruiz is 1-for-16 (.063 avg) in four career games against Cleveland. Ruiz is a career .267 hitter in 365 games at Citizens Bank Park.

Ryan Howard has a .355 average with two homers in eight games against the Indians. In 16 home games this year, Howard is batting .321 four home runs and 10 RBI.

Indians team runs scored- 178 (6th in MLB)
Phillies team runs scored- 138 (25th in MLB)

Indians team bullpen ERA- 2.77 (4th in MLB)
Phillies team bullpen ERA- 4.00 (22nd in MLB)
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