Series Preview: Padres

PHI: 70-57, 2nd in NL East
SD: 76-50, 1st in NL West
Where: PETCO Park (San Diego, CA)
Discussion: Liberty Bell Sports

Probable Pitchers
Fr: Roy Oswalt (9-13, 3.22) vs. Mat Latos (13-5, 2.33)
Sat: Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.32) vs. John Garland (13-8, 3.25)
Sun: Cole Hamels (7-10, 3.47) vs. Clayton Richard (12-5, 3.55)

Fri: 10:05, CSN
Sat: 4:10, FOX
Sun: 4:05, MyPHL 17
All games on 1210 AM

Hot (last 4) – Roy Oswalt: 3-0, 1.65 ERA, 27.1 IP, 19 H, 7 BB, 25 K.
Not (last 6) – Ryan Howard: .160 (3-for-24), 1 RBI, 12 K since returning from DL.

Player to Watch – Adrian Gonzalez: He’s leading the team in offense with a .298 average, 26 homers, and 82 RBIs. He’s only a few points off in both average and OBP (.389) in being the 3-4-5-type of player that teams covet. He’s been one of the hottest players on that team currently and is their main offensive threat. Hopefully the starting pitching and worn bull pen can keep him at bay.

Overview: San Diego is on a pretty good winning pace, holding onto a comfortable six-game lead in the West. They’ve won eight of their last 10 while the Phillies are coming off of a four-game sweep to a weak team like the Astros.

The Padres are a good 39-24 at homer while the Phillies are 28-31 on the road. But the Phillies have had recent success in San Diego, compiling an 15-4 record since 2004.

The two teams split a four-game series back in early June. But it’s a different part of the season now and both teams are in different positions. It will be interesting to see how the Phillies handle going into a series trailing in the division and wild card while going up against one of the better teams in the National League.

The Phillies are lucky to not have Kyle Kendrick on the hill but will also be missing their ace, Roy Halladay. Hamels and Oswalt will need to pick up the slack and Blanton will need to continue his solid streak as the Phillies hope to regulate the Padres offense.

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