PHI: 91-48, 1st in NL East; MIL: 85-59, 1st in NL Central
When: September 8-11
Where: Miller Park (Milwaukee, WI)
Thursday: Cole Hamels (13-7, 2.63) vs Chris Narveson (10-6, 4.26)
Friday: Roy Halladay (16-5, 2.49) vs Shaun Marcum (12-5, 3.11)
Saturday: Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47) vs Randy Wolf (12-7, 3.47)
Sunday: Vance Worley (11-1, 2.85) vs Yovani Gallardo (15-10, 3.71)
Thursday, 8:1o, CSN
Friday, 8:10, CSN
Saturday, 7:10, PHL 17
Sunday, 2:10, PHL 17
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Phillies starting pitchers for this series are a combined 56-20 and none have an ERA higher than 2.85. The Phillies are also fortunate to miss Zach Grienke this series.
It’s a statement series for both teams. The Phillies are trying to prove to Milwaukee who the marquee team in the National League is whereas the Brewers want to prove they can hang with the big boys.
The Phillies are without second baseman Chase Utley, who was hit in the head by a pitch Wednesday. They however activated Jimmy Rollins from the DL but the short stop won’t be starting tonight.
This series features arguably three of the top five MVP candidates in the NL: Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder (.293, 31 2B, 31 HR, 108 RBI, 946 OPS) and Ryan Braun (.332, 35 2B, 27 HR, 95 HR, .988 OPS) and Philadelphia’s Shane Victorino (.300, 22 2B, 15 3B, 15 HR, 56 RBI, .902 OPS).
Ryan Howard has been hitting the ball the past week, hitting .348 (8-for-23) with two homers, five RBIs and a whopping six runs scored for a guy who usually does the heavy load of driving in runs.
Since getting more playing time, Raul Ibanez is hitting .350 with a homer and four RBIs in his last five games. Not bad for Ibanez, who is in competition with John Mayberry Jr for playing time.