Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies (48-43) at St. Louis Cardinals (51-41)


The Phillies will yet again look to break out of another slump after a disappointing series in Chicago 3-1. It will be the second four game series against St. Louis this season.  In May, the Phillies won the series at Citizens Bank Park 3-1.

GAME ONE: Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 4.44) at Blake Hawksworth (3-5, 4.73)

In his last three starts, Kendrick has gone 16.2 innings with 1 win, a 2.16 ERA and 16 strikeouts.  Lifetime he is 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA against St. Louis, and in 2010 has limited Albert Pujols to one hit and one RBI in six at bats. The Cardinals lineup is batting .254 against Kendrick with 18 hits in 71 at bats; they have two home runs and just six RBIs against him.  Hawksworth has also pitched the same amount as Kendrick in his last three starts, 16.1 to be exact, however he is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 14 strikeouts.  He has faced the Phillies once in his career and lasted just 4.2 innings; going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA.  In just 18 at bats, the Phillies have five hits, three of them home runs.  Raul Ibanez has two home runs off of Hawksworth in three at bats, and Carlos Ruiz is 2-2 with a home run. 

GAME TWO:  Jamie Moyer (9-9, 4.88) at Chris Carpenter (10-3, 3.16)

Moyer’s last start was nothing short of awful; lasting just three innings of while giving up six runs on five hits against Chicago.  In his last three starts, Moyer has gone just 14.1 innings, going 0-3 with an ERA north of seven.  Against St.Louis in recent years, he has gone 3-0 with a .90 ERA with 21 strikeouts.  The Cardinals lineup is batting .284 against Moyer with 25 hits in 88 at bats.  Carpenter is also coming off a tough stretch; in his last three outings he has gone just 17 innings with a 1-2 record an ERA of 6.35 at 14 Ks.  Lifetime against the Phillies he is 3-2 with a 6.59 ERA.  The Phillies have a .250 average against Carpenter with 14 hits in 56 at bats with no walks. Both Brian Schneider and Jimmy Rollins each lead the Phillies with four hits each off of Carpenter.

GAME THREE: Joe Blanton (3-5, 6.21) at Jamie Garcia (8-4, 2.21)

In his last three starts, Blanton has gone 18.2 innings with no decisions on all three games with 6.27 ERA and 22 strikeouts.  His last start in Chicago was just as frustrating as his 2010 season; going seven innings while allowing three runs on five hits and walking three batters.  While Blanton did not pitch in the May St.Louis series at home, the Cardinals have a .261 average with 18 hits in 61 at bats with nine walks and 11 strikeouts.  For his career, he has a 3-1 record against the Cards with a 2.60 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work.  Rookie Garcia is having a great season for St.Louis, although the All-Star break may have swayed consistency.  Suffering one of the worst starts of the season, Garcia lasted just 3.1 innings against Los Angeles giving  up two runs on eight hits.  He is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA against the Phillies, who are batting just .211 with four hits in 19 at bats with just one RBI.

GAME FOUR: Cole Hamels (7-7, 3.63) at TBD

Hamels is 1-0 with a 1.66 ERA in 21.2 innings of work over his last three starts while fanning 17 batters.  Hamels recieved a no decision forhis stellar 7.0 outing against Chicago, which the Phillies went on to win, giving up just one run over eight hits and striking out six.  Lifetime, Hamels is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA with 40 Ks in 40 innings of work.  The current lineup is batting a mere .194 with 19 hits in 98 at bats.  Yadier Molina has the only hot bat against Hamels with a .308 average with 4 hits in 13 at bats and three RBIs.

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One Response

  1. Your website is great, just wanted to point one thing out though. Blanton actually DID pitch in the first game of the STL series on 5/3/10. He took the loss in his first game back from the DL. He went 6.2 with 10 hits and 4 ER. He walked one and struck out 4.

    Keep up the good work!
    -BW

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