Series Preview: vs San Diego Padres

PHI: 61-36, 1st in NL East; SD: 44-55, 4th in NL Central

When: July 22-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Friday: Cole Hamels (11-5, 2.71) vs Corey Luebke (3-3, 2.57)
Saturday: Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.34) vs Mat Latos (5-10, 4.02)
Sunday: Roy Halladay (11-4, 2.57) vs Tim Stauffer (6-6, 2.83)
Monday: Cliff Lee (9-6, 2.83) vs Aaron Harang (8-2, 3.29)

Broadcast Info
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:10, FOX
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
Monday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch – Ryan Ludwick: The right-handed hitting outfielder Ryan Ludwick has almost twice as many RBIs (61) as the next guy on the team and is the only player with double digit home runs (11). With that being said, he is the only Padre that is capable of having some sort of offensive success this series against the two lefties and Kyle Kendrick.

Ludwick is still a name being mentioned in possible trades the Phillies could make in the next week. But he is not a player I would like to see them go after.

Series Overview: The Phillies are starting a 10-game home stand followed by a 10-game road trip in the next 20 days. The four-game set will feature all three of the Phillies’ aces, only setting them up to pitch one against the Giants in the following series.

Brad Lidge will also be back on the team tomorrow, adding more depth to the bull pen. It will be the first time all season Lidge will be on the major league roster. He’s confident his elbow and shoulder are fine.

The Phillies came out of the All-Star Break with a 4-2 record, holding a four-game lead on the Atlanta Braves, who won on Thursday. They are winners of eight straight series, not losing one since June 17-19 against the Mariners.

In a season that hasn’t been too exciting for the players and fans in SoCal, there are a couple players in a Padres uniforms that have at least given the fans some entertainment this season. Losing Adrian Gonzalez certainly killed this team’s offense and left San Diego without a marketable player.

For the past couple years, Chase Headley has tried to get his name into the talks for infielders but he’s just not quit good enough. He’s still leading the team in hitting with a .299 average. CF Cameron Maybin is exciting to watch play the field and SS Jason Bartlett is a speed demon on the base paths.


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