Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (20-13) at Milwaukee Brewers (15-19)


After a weird, shortened series in Colorado, the Phillies will close out their road trip with a three game set against the Milwaukee Brewers. The combination of the Brewers bullpen issues, Ryan Braun day to day, and a troublesome home record of 4-11 in the 2010 season; the Phillies should look to capitalize on a talented, but struggling team. On the other hand, the Phillies have some medical struggles of their own, with Brad Lidge, Carlos Ruiz, and Juan Castro all day to day. Last year, the Phillies lost the season series 3-4, with one win at home and two on the road.

GAME ONE: Jamie Moyer (4-2, 4.38) at Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.95)

Moyer was scheduled to pitch in the final game of the Colorado series, instead the 47 year old lefty will open the series on six days rest to follow up his complete game shutout last Friday night against Atlanta. The current Brewers are batting .293 and have 27 hits in 92 at bats. If Braun feels up to it, they should get him in against Moyer. Braun is batting .600 against him going 6-10 with two home runs. Former Phillie Wolf is coming off an outing of six strong innings coupled with a big outburst from the Brewers offense; an offense that has scored a combined 44 runs in Wolf’s seven starts. If you remember, Wolf isn’t a fish out of water with a bat in his hand either. He has a hit in each of his starts this season. Against Wolf, the Phillies are batting .270 with 20 hits in 74 at bats. Placido Polanco has the hottest bat against Wolf; with four hits in six plate appearances. The first game is also throwback night in Milwaukee and the Phillies will be sporting the very fashionable powder blue road uniform.

GAME TWO: Joe Blanton (0-2, 4.97) at Chris Narveson (3-0, 5.06)

Blanton will look for his first win of the season in the first of two nationally televised games. While tagged with the loss in his first two starts, Blanton pitched well enough to keep the Phillies in the game. If they hand Blanton some run support, there’s no reason he can’t pitch seven innings and earn his first win of 2010. Against Blanton, the Brew Crew is batting .242 with 15 hits and six walks in 68 plate appearances. Corey Hart has Blanton’s number with five hits in nine at bats, with an average of .556. Narveson, who has never faced the Phillies in his brief career, will look to continue his winning streak after replacing veteran Jeff Supan in late April. In three starts, he is 2-0 with a 3.78 ERA. Previously, he has faced Placido Polanco and Ben Francisco who have never had a hit or walk against him.

GAME THREE: Cole Hamels (3-2, 4.53) at Doug Davis (1-4, 7.56)

While Cole wasn’t as lights out against the Braves last Sunday, Hamels will look for his third straight win in as many starts. In 70 plate appearances, the Brewers have 16 hits, four home runs and an average of .242. Both of Milwaukee’s big boppers, Braun and Fielder, have two home runs off of Hamels and a combined eight runs batted in. Davis has struggled all season for the Brewers, and has yet to find a groove after a successful 2009 in Arizona. In his last start, he allowed only one run into the sixth when he allowed a home run to Troy Glaus and things unraveled from there. Davis has a ERA of 3.71 in eight starts against the Phillies. And our big bopper, Ryan Howard, is 3-8 lifetime against Davis with two home runs of his own. The rest of the Phillies lineup is batting .258 against Davis, with 23 hits in 89 at bats. Jayson Werth also has the hot bat against Davis, with a .556 average, going 5 for 9 and one home run.

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