PHI: 11-6, 1st in NL East; SD: 8-10, 5th in NL West
When: April 21-23
Where: PetCo Park (San Diego, CA)
Thursday: Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) vs Mat Latos (0-2, 5.84)
Friday: Cole Hamels (1-1, 4.32), vs Clayton Richard (1-0, 4.50)
Saturday: Joe Blanton (0-1, 7.27) vs Tim Stauffer (0-1, 3.27)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (2-1, 2.83) vs Wade LeBlanc (0-0,-.–)
Thursday, 10:05, TCN
Friday, 10:05, TCN
Saturday, 8:35, CSN
Sunday, 4:05, PHL 17
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Player to Watch – C Nick Hundley: Hundley is the only Padre off to any type of good start. Leading the Padres with a .339 average, three homers and nine RBIs, the 27-year-old Hundley is off to a good start in what could be a career season.
Overview: The Padres are a pushover team; there is no way around it. With that being said, this is the right time for Philadelphia to break out of their funk going up against a poor group of pitchers for San Diego.
The Phillies may be tossing the bottom of their rotation plus Roy Halladay at San Diego. But Roy Oswalt hasn’t had a bad start all season, Cole Hamels has been incredible his last two starts and Joe Blanton is coming off his first quality start of the season.
San Diego short stop Jason Bartlett has been struggling to start off the season but he’s 9-for-20 in his last five games, bringing his average up from a .118 to a .241. He’ll give the Padres a base runner from the bottom of the order if he keeps it up.
San Diego also has outfielders Ryan Ludwick and Cameron Maybin in their line up. Ludwick has been hitting better as of late now (8-for-21, HR, 4 RBI in his last five) and Maybin is in his first full season as a starter.
Placido Polanco is still raking for the Phils this season, hitting a team-high .352 with two homers and tied with Ryan Howard for the team lead with 15 RBIs. Shane Victorino is tied with Howard for the lead in doubles (5) and has a hit in eight of his last 10 games and has a .341 (14-for-41) average, two homers and four RBIs in that span.