Tuesday: @ Marlins (7:10 pm - Cloyd)
Wednesday: @ Marlins (7:10 pm - Lee)
Friday: @ Nationals (7:05 pm - Kendrick)
Saturday: @ Nationals (7:15 pm - Pettibone)
Sunday: @ Nationals (1:35 pm - Hamels)
Miami Marlins (3 Games)
Player to Watch: Justin Ruggiano - Ruggiano is only hitting .206 but leads the Marlins in seemingly every other offensive category. Ruggiano leads the Marlins in homeruns (seven), RBI (16), runs (18), and OPS (.688). He is a career .278 hitter against the Phillies with four homeruns and 11 RBI in 16 starts.
Washington Nationals (3 Games)
Player to Watch: Bryce Harper - The reigning National League Rookie of the Year has proven that he is, in fact, the real deal. He lead the Nationals in pretty much every single major offensive category: batting average (.297), homeruns (11), RBI (22), runs (26), and OPS (1.011). In his career against the Phillies, Harper is hitting .313 with two homeruns and eight RBI in 17 starts.
Phillies (6 Games)
The most shocking numbers come from the Phillies slash line (batting average/ on-base percentage/ slugging percentage) in a 3-1 count: .286/.583/657. Those numbers are not bad but, remember, this is the ultimate hitter’s count. The National League average sits at: .352/.686/.700 which is significantly more productive than the Phillies’ line.
When broken down by position, it gets interesting. For the Phillies, only second base (.272/.325/.464) and third base (.317/.400/.400) have batting averages higher than .258. Catcher (.201/.250/.284) and right field (.205/.299/.307) bring up the rear for the eight every day positions (pitcher excluded).
They have been dealt two blows to their pitching staff this week. Roy Halladay will be out for the next few months but did have successful shoulder surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles. In addition to Halladay's surgery, reliever Mike Adams has been suffering from back spasms and a trip to the disabled list is not out of the question as he had a setback earlier this week.
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