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Series Preview: at Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 7-9, 5th in NL East; ARI: 8-8, 3rd in NL West

When: April 23-25
Where: Chase Field (Phoenix, AR)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93) vs Wade Miley (1-0, 1.93)
Tuesday: Vance Worley (1-1, 2.37) vs Josh Collmenter (0-1, 10.22)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.95) vs Trevor Cahill (1-1, 284)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 9:40, TCN
Tuesday, 9:40, CSN
Wednesday, 9:40, TCN
All Games on 94.1 FM

D'Backs 2B Aaron Hill (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Player to Watch – 2B Aaron Hill (.236, 3 HR, 8 RBI): The player to watch would be Chris Young and his torrid start had he not crashed into the wall last week and injured his shoulder. Instead it’s Hill, who is second on the team with three homers and eight RBIs but hitting a putrid .236.

Series Overview: The Phillies are hurting offensively, and in a big way. They have failed to score more than two runs in 10 of their first 16 games. They are 22nd in average (.239), 29th in runs (43) and 28th in homers (7).

Juan Pierre is currently their hottest hitter, hitting .326. Hunter Pence leads the team with seven RBIs while Ty Wigginton has six. Both Wigginton and Pierre are turning into mainstays in the line up early on.

For the Diamondbacks, after Young’s impressive numbers through 11 games, there isn’t a single D’Back who is hitting all that well. Unfortunately for Arizona, they will be without Young for until the middle of May

Jason Kubel has the next highest average with .255 and Hill has three home runs while hitting .236. Guys like Paul Goldschmitt and Josh Upton are drastically underperforming right now. Upton has yet to homer or drive in a run.

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