PHI: 28-31, 5th in NL East; BAL: 32-25, 1st in AL East
When: June 8-10
Where: Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore, MD)
Friday: Joe Blanton (4-6, 5.27) vs Jake Arriete (2-7, 5.53)
Saturday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.38) vs Tommy Hunter (2-3, 5.59)
Sunday: Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92) vs Jason Hammel (6-2, 2.67)
Friday, 7:05, CSN
Saturday, 4:05, CSN
Sunday, 1:35, PHL 17
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Orioles CF Adam Jones. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Player to Watch – CF Adam Jones: Jones has been absolutely tearing it up at the dish this season, and should be well on his way to his second All-Star selection. Jones is leading the team with a .313 average, 16 homers and 35 RBIs. Jones was kept quiet in the series against Boston though, going 1-for-12 with an RBI in the series.
Series Overview: The Phillies need to desperately end the six-game skid they’re on and they hope to do it against the team in first place in the toughest division in baseball.
The Orioles are tied for first with Tampa Bay, combing some timely pitching with a deadly offense that hits a ton of home runs.
Hitters like Jones, Nick Markakis (on the DL), J.J. Hardy and Matt Wieters drive the offense of Baltimore. First baseman Chris Davis has been a surprise for the O’s, hitting .293 with nine homers and 23 RBIs.
Hardy is around those numbers, hitting .260 with 10 homers and 26 RBIs while Wieters has nine bombs and 25 RBIs.
Fortunately for the Phillies, the pitching hasn’t been so timely lately and it’s dropped the Orioles into a funk. Since May 26, the O’s are 3-8 and they will toss two pitchers this series who have seen their ERA’s balloon to over 5.00 in Jake Arrieta (5.53) and Tommy Hunter (5.59).
The Sunday battle will be the pitching match-up of the series. Cliff Lee (0-3, 2.92), seeking his first win of the season, will take on Jason Hammel (6-2, 2.67), the O’s best starting pitching this season.
SIDENOTE — Phillies will use Jim Thome as the designated hitter during their nine-game road trip against American League clubs. He’s hitting fourth tonight as the DH.