Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (32-29) at New York Yankees (40-23)


After a disappointing start to their American League East roadtrip, the Phillies will look to pull out of their slump in a 2009 World Series rematch against the New York Yankees.  

GAME ONE: Roy Halladay (8-4, 1.96) at CC Sabathia (6-3, 4.01) 

Halladay was magnificent in his last start; going eight innings with one run on six hits with eight strike outs. unfortunately, the Phillies offense could not score a run. Halladay has dominated the Yankees thus far into his career. He has a lifetime record against the Yankees of 18-6 and 2.84 earned run average, and since 2005 his record is 11-2. The current lineup is batting .284 against Halladay with 95 hits in 368 at bats; with just eight home runs and 34 RBIs. Jorge Posada has the hot bat against Halladay with a .278 average with 15 hits in 54 at bats with two home runs. Sabathia has typically been a hot second half pitcher, and against teams that aren’t Baltimore, Sabathia’s record is 2-3 with a 4.69 ERA. Lifetime against the Phillies, Sabathia has a 1-1 record and 4.35 ERA. The Phillies have a .291 average with 41 hots in 141 at bats with three home runs and 19 RBIs.  

GAME TWO: Kyle Kendrick (3-2, 4.80) at AJ Burnett (6-4, 3.86) 

Kendrick’s last outing against Florida was one he’d like to forget; going just five innings in while allowing six runs on six hits, including two home runs and a walk. In his previous six starts he had a 2.79 ERA. It will be Kendrick’s first start against the Yankees and at Yankee Stadium. He has only faced Mark Teixiera who is batting.083 against Kendrick with one hit in 12 at bats, with two walks. Burnett lost his most recent outing in Baltimore, his second consecutive, giving up four runs on eight hits in six and two thirds innings of work. In his first 11 starts of the season, Burnett had only given up four home runs, in his last two starts he has matched that total. Against the Phillies, Burnett is 5-8 with a 4.75 ERA in 17 games. Current lineup is batting .289 with 37 hits in 128 at bats, with five home runs and 21 RBIs; two of the five home runs have come from the bat of Ryan Howard. 

GAME THREE: Jamie Moyer (6-6, 5.03) at Andy Pettitte (8-1, 2.46) 

Moyer is recovering from the worst start of his long career: nine runs in an inning plus of work against the Boston Red Sox last Friday in a 12-2 loss. The current Yankees are batting .329 against Moyer with 74 hits in 225 at bats with 11 home runs and 30 RBIs. If he’s back in the lineup, Alex Rodriguez has six home runs and twelve RBIs off of Moyer. Pettitte earned his eighth victory of the season in his last outing against Houston going seven and a third innings allowing just three runs on four hits. In seven career starts against the Phillies, Pettitte has a 2-2 record with a 3.67 ERA. The Phillies are batting just .241 against Pettitte with just 20 hits in 83 at bats; only six of those hits were for extra bases, four of those home runs. 

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