Tuesday: vs. Indians (7:05 pm – Pettibone)
Wednesday: vs. Indians (1:05 pm – Hamels)
Friday: vs. Reds (7:05 pm – TBD)
Saturday: vs. Reds (4:05 pm – Lee)
Sunday: vs. Reds (1:35 pm – Kendrick)
Cleveland Indians (2 Games)
Player to Watch: Ryan Raburn – In the two game series against the Phillies at the beginning of the month, Raburn could not have possibly done more damage than he did to the Phillies. He went 7-for-9 (.778) with two homeruns, five RBI, and three runs scored. His slash line went .778/.778/1.556. He has come back down to earth of late going 2-for-9 in his last 11 plate appearances but over the last 14 days he is hitting .484 with four homeruns and 10 RBI.
Cincinnati Reds (3 Games)
Player to Watch: Jay Bruce – Bruce is off to a slow start this season by his standards. He is hitting .258 with three homeruns and 20 RBI. He has heated up of late hitting .286 with two homeruns and five RBI in his last five games. He went 5-for-11 (.455) while driving in three runs during the Reds three game sweep of the Phillies in mid-April. In his career, Bruce has enjoyed Phillies pitching. He is hitting .308 (44-for-143) with 10 homeruns and 28 RBI in 35 career starts against Philadelphia. The Reds wins/losses seem to depend on Bruce’s hitting. He is hitting .315 (29-for-92) with two homeruns and 18 RBI in their victories this year but only .175 (11-for-63) with one homerun and two RBI in their losses.
Phillies (5 Games)
Friday’s starter against Cincinnati is still up in the air as Roy Halladay will undergo shoulder surgery. Last Friday, Tyler Cloyd took the mound in Doc’s place and pitched well. Cloyd went 6.1 innings allowing two runs on just two hits. The bullpen allowed Cloyd’s second run to score before Mike Adams came into the game in the eighth inning and gave a up a first pitch homerun to Miguel Montero en route to a 3-2 Phillies loss. Cloyd turns 26 years old on Thursday.
The Phillies offense has been inconsistent at best and has left Cole Hamels out to dry. The Phillies have scored two or fewer runs in four of Hamels’ eight starts. In those four games, he is 0-3 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. He has faced 113 batters in those games allowing just 20 hits and seven runs. That equates to a .196 batting average and an average of 1.75 runs allowed in those starts. Even more impressive is that Hamels has allowed just seven hits in 59 plate appearances with runners in scoring position holding the opposition to just three extra-base hits and a .143 batting average.
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