Series Preview: San Diego Padres (32-21) at Philadelphia Phillies (28-24)

It was a road trip that featured the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The Phillies are coming off a pathetic and disappointing road trip against their foes of the National League East, featuring two series sweeps at the hands of New York and Atlanta, a handful of shutouts,and the 20th perfect game in Major League history from Roy Halladay. The Phillies will be home for a seven game homestand against San Diego and Florida before Interleague play begins for the remainder of the month. Last year, the Phillies won the season series 4-2, with just one win at home and a sweep on the road.

GAME ONE: Mat Latos (5-3, 5.03) v. Roy Halladay (7-3, 1.99)

Latos is coming off a strong outing; going six innings allowing just two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts and three walks. He was pulled after six after a high pitch count, and a two run lead. He struggled the first three innings before settling in for the final three. Latos has only faced Ross Gload and Brian Schnider with Gload having the only hit in three at bats. He is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA for the month of May, and has only pitched less than six innings twice this season. It will be his first career start against the Phillies and in Citizens Bank Park. How could Halladay follow-up his perfect game? He got right back to work. He has minimal experience against San Diego, and has only faced a handful of batters including slugger, Adrian Gonzalez. Those in the lineup who have faced him are batting .316 against Halladay, with 25 hits in 79 at bats; however they have only scored six runs off of Doc from two home runs.

GAME TWO: Jon Garland ( 6-2, 2.15) v. Jamie Moyer (5-5, 4.26) 

 Although Garland did not factor into the decision of his last start, he pitched well, allowing just two runs over five hits in seven innings against Washington. He hasn’t lost a game since April 11th. His 2.15 ERA is tied for fifth best in the National League. The current lineup is batting .311 against Garland with 50 hits in 161 at bats, with six home runs, 23 RBIs, and 11 walks. Raul Ibanez has the hot bat against Garland with a .344 average, going 22-64 with five doubles, a triple, two home runs, eight RBIs, and six walks. While Moyer pitched well in his last start, allowing just four hits and one run over six innings, the Phillies offense could not provide any run support for Moyer. In his last five starts, he is 2-3 with 2.97 ERA. He has only faced a handful of batters in their lineup, but the Padres are batting .243 against Moyer with 34 hits in 140 at bats. However, six of those hits have been home runs; three coming from Gonzalez, and two from former Phillie, Matt Stairs.

GAME THREE: Kevin Correia (5-4, 4.55) v. Joe Blanton (1-4, 5.68)

While Correia did not have his best start for his last outing against the Mets, allowing six runs on seven hits, his offense scored 18 runs to give Correia his first win since April 28th. This season, he has been getting an average of eight runs per game he starts. The Phillies are batting .365 against Correia, with 23 hits in 63 at bats, with four home runs and 16 RBIs. He has never faced Juan Castro who will most likely be starting tomorrow at shortstop of third base. While Blanton typically starts a game well, and struggles in later innings; his last start was a disaster from the beginning. In last Monday’s 9-3 loss against the Braves, Blanton allowed six runs (four earned) on eight hits over six innings of work. The Padres lineup is batting .262 against Blanton with just 11 hits in 42 at bats, with both runs allowed coming from solo home runs to Gonzalez and Scott Hairston.

GAME FOUR: Wade LeBlanc (2-4, 3.67) v. Cole Hamels (5-4, 4.20)

LeBlanc lost his fourth consecutive start last Tuesday against the Mets, allowing two runs in just five and a third innings. While he struck out four batters, he also walked found, and his ball-strike ratio was nowhere where it needed to be. It will be his first career start against the Phillies, and he has never faced anyone on the Phillies current roster. Hamels’ last start was wasted due to the Atlanta Braves’ call to begin Tuesday’s game with a rain storm quickly approaching. He threw just 24 pitches, and allowed a three run home run to Troy Glaus befor the game went into delay. The Phillies and Hamels opted to keep Hamels on regular rest after the shortened outing. San Diego is batting .306 against Hamels with 19 hits in 62 at bats, with five home runs and ten RBIs. Hairston has the hot bat against Hamels, with a .400 average 4 hits in 10 ABs, with two home runs and three RBIs.

Former Phillies Returning: 2008 NLCS Hero, Matt Stairs


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