Thursday, May 9, 2013

Series Preview: Phillies at D-Backs, May 9-12

The Phillies (16-19) continue their roadtrip as they head to Phoenix's Chase Field to take on the Diamondbacks (19-15) in a four-game series. 

Winners of three straight, the Diamondbacks will send 23-year-old left-hander Patrick Corbin to the mound for the series opener.  Arizona has won all six of Corbin's starts this season.  The Phillies will counter with three-time All-Star Cole Hamels, who has a 3.38 ERA in five career starts at Chase Field. 

Last season, the Phils won four of six meetings with Arizona, including two of three in Phoenix. 

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

Thursday, 9:40 PM.  Cole Hamels (1-4, 4.34 ERA) vs. Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80 ERA).  Hamels is sporting a 2.31 ERA over his last five starts.  In seven career starts against Arizona, Hamels is 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA.  The lefty Hamels is 1-1 with a 3.71 ERA three road starts this season.  In his sophomore MLB campaign, Corbin, who was the Angels 2nd round pick in 2009, is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA in two home starts this year.  Corbin was acquired in the Dan Haren trade in 2010. 

Friday, 9:40 PM.  Tyler Cloyd (1st MLB start this year) vs. Ian Kennedy (1-3, 5.19 ERA).  The righty Cloyd posted a 2-2 record in a 4.91 ERA in six big league starts last year.  In six starts with Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, the 25-year-old Cloyd posted a 1-3 record along with a 5.40 ERA.  Kennedy is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA in three home starts this season.  In four career starts against the Phillies, Kennedy has a 1-1 record with a 3.75 ERA.  Ryan Howard is 0-for-9 in his career against Kennedy.

Saturday,  8:10 PM.  Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.26 ERA) vs. Trevor Cahill (2-3, 2.80 ERA).  In five career starts against Arizona, Lee has a 3-1 record with a 3.50 ERA.  Lee is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA in four road starts this year.  Eric Chavez is 2-for-19 (.105 avg) in his career against Lee.  In five home starts this year, Cahill has a 1-2 record and a 2.61 ERA.  Cahill is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three career starts against the Phils

Sunday, 4:10 PM.  Kyle Kendrick (4-1, 2.45 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 6.75 ERA).  In seven career games (six starts) against Arizona, Kendrick has a 0-2 record with a 6.06 ERA.  Kendrick is 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in three road starts this year. Miguel Montero is 6-for-9 (.667 avg) with a double and a homer in his career against Kendrick.  In four home starts this season, McCarthy is 0-2 with a 7.61 ERA.  Michael Young is 7-for-25 (.280 avg) with a home run in his career against the 29-year-old McCarthy.

Delmon Young is a .389 hitter with with a home run and three RBI in nine games against the D-Backs.  Young is batting .130 through eight games this season.

In 41 career games against Arizona, Chase Utley has a .293 average with nine home runs and 23 RBI.

Opponents are batting .116 against Jonathan Papelbon in 13 games this year.  Papelbon has not allowed a run since his initial outing this season, a stretch of 12 games.

In 17 home games this season, Paul Goldschmidt is batting .377 with five homers and 19 RBI.  Goldschmidt is 2-for-18 (.111 avg) in five career contests against the Phillies.

Gerardo Parra is a .197 hitter in 20 career games against the Phillies.  Parra is batting .311 in 15 home games this season.

Heath Bell is 1-1 with nine saves, no blown saves and a 2.48 ERA in 32 games against the Phillies.  In six home games this year, Bell has an 11.57 ERA. 

Phillies team ERA- 4.34 (25th in MLB)
D-Backs team ERA- 3.57 (8th in MLB)
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