Tuesday: vs. Padres (7:05 pm - Halladay)
Wednesday: vs. Padres (7:05 pm - Cloyd)
Thursday: vs. Padres (7:05 pm - Lee)
Friday: @ Nationals (7:05 pm - Kendrick)
Saturday: @ Nationals (7:05 pm - Hamels)
Sunday: @ Nationals (1:35 pm - TBD)
Padres (3 Games)(Photo: Benny Sieu/USA TODAY)
Player to Watch: RF Will Venable - The 30 year old outfielder has really stepped up for San Diego this season as he leads the Padres in almost every major offensive category. He is batting .275/.320/.507 with 21 home runs and 51 RBIs, all of which lead the team. In 22 career games (15 starts) against the Phillies, Venable is batting .183/.234/.200 with no home runs, two RBIs, and 16 strikeouts in 60 at-bats. In seven games (four starts) at Citizens Bank Park, the Princeton graduate is batting .294/.333/.353 with a double and a RBI.
Nationals (3 Games)
Player to Watch: RF Jayson Werth - The former Phillies outfielder was the player to watch last week and he played decent. He is still having a solid month of September batting .308/.357/.462 with four doubles. In the second half of the season, Werth is batting .356/.441/.613 with 11 home runs and 33 RBIs in 49 games. In 13 games against the Phillies this season their former All-Star is scorching them. The 34 year old right-fielder is batting .400/.466/.640 with four home runs, 12 RBIs, and 10 runs scored.
Phillies (6 Games)(Photo: Philly.com)
One thing that the Phillies have begun to do is prepare for the future. The team announced that they have moved pitcher Ethan Martin from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee said that Tyler Cloyd would take Martin's spot in the rotation. It had been widely speculated that Martin would eventually be more suited for the bullpen than the starting rotation. In seven starts with the Phillies this season, martin is 2-4 with a 6.90 ERA and a 1.80 WHIP. He has a live arm but struggles with his command as evident by his 21 walks in 30 innings of work.
They have struggled with injuries throughout the season and now they have come around to bit All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown. Brown will not be doing any baseball activities "for a while, at least a week" due to tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon. He re-aggravated the tendon on August 30th against the Cubs while running out a ground ball. Brown, who just turned 26, is batting .274/.320/.513 with a team-leading 27 home runs and 81 RBIs this season. His loss is certainly felt with runners in scoring position as he was hitting .286/.354/.571 with eight home runs and 57 RBIs in 112 at-bats.
There are certainly storylines to follow with the Phillies as the season winds down; unfortunately, none of them involve playoff baseball in Philadelphia.
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