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2012 Division Previews [Sticky]

Stay tuned as we preview all six divisions in Major League Basbeball.

American League: East (3/28), Central (3/29), West (3/30)
National League: East (3/31), Central (4/1), West (4/2)

NLDS Preview: Milwaukee Brewers vs Arizona Cardinals

Arizona: 94-68; 1st in NL West
Milwaukee:96-66; 1st in NL Central

Schedule
Game 1: Oct. 1, 2:07 PM – Yovani Gallardo (17-10 3.52) vs. Ian Kennedy (21-4 2.88)
Game 2: Oct. 2, 4:37 PM – Shaun Marcum (13-7 3.54) / Zack Greinke (16-6 3.83) vs. Daniel Hudson (16-12 3.49)
Game 3: Oct. 4 – Joe Saunders (12-13 3.69) vs. Shaun Marcum (13-7 3.54) / Zack Greinke (16-6 3.83)
Game 4*: Oct. 5 – Josh Collmenter (10-10 3.38) vs. Randy Wolf (13-10 3.69)
Game 5*: Oct. 7 – (TBD vs TBD)

Road to the Playoffs
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ALDS Preview: New York Yankees vs Detroit Tigers

New York: 97-65; 1st in AL East
Detroit: 95-67; 1st in AL Central

Schedule
Game 1: Sep. 30, 8:37 PM – (C.C. Sabbathia vs Justin Verlander)
Game 2: Oct. 1, 8:37 PM – (Ivan Nova vs Doug Fister)
Game 3: Oct. 3, 8:37 PM – (Freddy Garcia vs Max Scherzer)
Game 4*: Oct. 4, _PM – (TBD vs TBD)
Game 5*: Oct. 6, _PM – (TBD vs TBD)

Road to the Playoffs
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ALDS Preview: Texas Rangers vs Tampa Bay Rays

Texas: 96-66; 1st in AL West
Tampa Bay: 91-71; 2nd in AL East (Wild Card winner)

Schedule
Game 1: Sep. 30, 5:07 PM – (C.J. Wilson vs Matt Moore)
Game 2: Oct. 1, 7:07 PM – (Derek Holland vs James Shields)
Game 3: Oct. 3, 5:07 PM – (TBD vs TBD)
Game 4*: Oct. 4, _PM – (TBD vs TBD)
Game 5*: Oct. 6, _PM – (TBD vs TBD)

Road to the Playoffs
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Series Preview: at Atlanta Braves

PHI: 24-12, 1st in NL East. ATL: 21-18, 3rd in NL East.

Pitching Probables
Friday: Cole Hamels (4-2, 2.83) vs Brandon Beachy (1-1, 2.98) Saturday: Joe Blanton (1-1, 5.83) vs. Jair Jurrjens (4-0, 1.50)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (5-2, 2.05) vs. Tim Hudson (4-3, 3.09)

Broadcast
Friday: 7:35
Saturday: 1:10
Sunday: 1:35

Preview is short this series. Sorry for not reaching your expectations this weekend. Busy all-around for much of the site. Most importantly, the site’s very own Chris Bengel and John Russo graduated from Rowan University on Friday.

Series Preview: at Florida Marlins

PHI: 22-11, 1st in NL East; FLA: 20-13, 2nd in NL East

When: May 9-11
Where: Pick-A-Name Stadium (Miami, FL)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 5.92) vs. Javier Vazquez (2-2, 6.39)
Tuesday: Roy Halladay (5-1, 2.19) vs. Josh Johnson (3-1, 1.68)
Wednesday: Cliff Lee (2-3, 3.69) vs Ricky Nolasco (3-0, 3.23)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:10, CSN
Tuesday, 7:10, CSN
Wednesday, 7:10, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs Atlanta Braves

PHI: 21-9, 1st in NL East; ATL: 18-15, 3rd in NL East

When: April May 6-8
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.66) vs. Derek Lowe (2-3, 3.72)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (1-2, 2.08) vs. Julio Teheran (0-0, -.–)
Sunday: Cole Hamels (4-1, 2.66) vs. Jair Jurrjens (3-0, 1.52)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, TCN
Saturday, 7:05, PHL 17
Sunday, 8:00, ESPN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs Washington Nationals

PHI: 18-9, 1st in NL East; WAS: 14-14, 4th in NL East

When: May 3-5
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Cole Hamels (3-1, 3.13) vs. Livan Hernandez (3-2, 3.23)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (1-0, 0.00) vs Jason Marquis (3-0, 2.62)
Thursday: Roy Halladay (4-1, 2.14) vs John Lannan (2-3, 3.78)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, 
Wednesday, 7:05
Thursday, 7:05
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: vs New York Mets

PHI: 16-8, 1st in NL East; NYM: 11-13, 4th in NL East

When: April 29-May 1
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Vance Worley (0-0, -.–) vs. Mike Pelfrey (1-2, 7.23)
Saturday: Roy Halladay (3-1, 2.41) vs. Jon Niese (1-3, 5.10)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (2-2, 4.18) vs Chris Young (1-0, 2.65)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, PHL 17
Saturday, 1:10, FOX
Sunday, 8:00, ESPN
All Games on 1210 AM

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Series Preview: @ Arizona Diamondbacks

PHI: 15-6, 1st in NL East; ARI: 8-12, 4th in NL West

When: April 25-27
Where: Chase Field (Phoenix, AZ)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Cliff Lee (2-1, 3.91) vs Ian Kennedy (2-1, 5.64)
Tuesday:
Roy Oswalt (3-0, 1.88) vs Daniel Hudson (0-4, 5.92)
Wednesday:
Cole Hamels (2-1, 2.92) vs Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 9:40, CSN

Tuesday, 9:40, TCN
Wednesday, 3:40, TCN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to WatchSS Stephen Drew: Not gonna lie, you know your offense stinks when Stephen Drew is tied for your team lead in RBIs.

But Drew isn’t a terrible player. In fact, he’s very dangerous to get on base, posting a .344 average and .394 OBP in his first 16 games. His 14 RBIs is tied for a team high.

Overview: The Diamondbacks are heading into this series facing a very strong Phillies squad, who despite not scoring more than four runs in their last 13 games are 9-4 in that span and winners of five straight.

Arizona has some speed on the base paths with Drew, stolen base leader (7) Willie Bloomquist and Josh Upton. They also can get some good offense from outfielder Chris Young.

But with the potential for a decent offense showing looming, the potential to stave the Phillies offense any longer isn’t going to happen. The Phillies are about due for an all-out offensive display in Arizona, facing a team whose starter with the lowest ERA in this series is 4.98.

Raul Ibanez is one of those struggling Phillies, hitting an 0-for-19 dry spell that has dropped his average to a dismal .189. Carlos Ruiz isn’t doing well either as he’s seen his .357 average drop to .255 with his latest 0-for-16 run.

On another side note, tonight’s starter Cliff Lee has only faced the Diamondbacks once in his career, a complete game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts back in 2009.

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