Tuesday: v. Nationals (7:05 pm - Hamels)
Wednesday: v. Nationals (7:05 pm - Lee)
Thursday: v. Nationals (7:05 pm - Kendrick)
Friday: v. White Sox (7:05 pm - Pettibone)
Saturday: v. White Sox (4:05 pm - Lannan)
Sunday: v. White Sox (1:35 pm - Hamels)
Nationals (4 Games)(Photo: Robert Sabo/NY Daily News)
Player to Watch: OF Scott Hairston - Hairston was acquired yesterday by the Nationals and he arrived just in time. He is a career .307/.348/.677 hitter with 12 home runs and 25 RBI in 45 games against the Phillies. His 12 home runs are the second most against any opponent except the Giants, where he hit 14 home runs in 84 games. Hairston is a career .268/.318/.500 hitter against left-handed pitching which is much higher than his career numbers against right-handers, which benefits Washington as they will face three lefties this week (Lannan, Hamels, Lee). Phillies radio broadcaster Scott Franzke thinks he stinks.
White Sox (3 Games)(Photo: AP)
Player to Watch: 1B Adam Dunn - Dunn has quietly become one of the top power hitters of the last decade. He strung together five straight seasons of 40 home runs or more. This year he leads the White Sox in home runs (23) and RBI (57) but is hitting an abysmal .202/.302/.470 in 80 games. In 84 career games against the Phillies, Dunn is hitting .235/.378/.512 with 22 home runs and 49 RBI.
Phillies (7 Games)(Photo: Alejandro Alvarez/Philly.com)
Where they sit right now, it appears as though the team is positioned to be a seller. Teams are reportedly interested in Carlos Ruiz, Michael Young, Chase Utley, and Jonathan Papelbon among other players.
The team is clearly growing restless as the team meeting Amaro and manager Charlie Manuel held on Sunday went over like a lead balloon.
Despite all of this swirling around, the Phillies have been quietly playing some good baseball of late. They took two out of three against the then-MLB leading Pittsburgh Pirates then followed it up by taking two of three against the NL East leading Atlanta Braves over the weekend.
The team is led by their two All-Stars, Dom Brown and Cliff Lee. Lee got his 10th win of the season on Friday night while Dom Brown blasted his team leading 23rd home run of the year while running his team-high RBI to 62 on Sunday.
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