PHI: 29-33, 5th in NL East; MIN: 24-35, 5th in AL Central
When: June 12-14
Where: Target Field (Minneapolis, MN)
Tuesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-5, 4.44) vs Nick Blackburn (2-4, 7.75)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (8-3, 2.93) vs P.J. Walters (2-1, 4.42)
Thursday: Joe Blanton (5-6, 5.40) vs Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61)
Tuesday, 8:10, CSN
Wednesday, 8:10, CSN
Thursday, 8:10, PHL 17
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Player to Watch – LF Josh Willingham: Willingham is doing the most production on a team that doesn’t do much producing at all. He’s hitting .289, second on the team, while leading all Twins hitters with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs. Willingham is a former Marlins and National so he has familiarity with the Phillies. In 264 career plate appearances, he’s hitting .255 with 15 homers and 40 RBIs.
Series Overview: The Twins are the worst team in the American League by boasting a minus-67 run differential. This is a very important series for the Phils to try and regain ground within a division that they trail the Nationals by 8.5 games.
Minnesota’s other offensive stars, Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer aren’t what they used to be anymore. Morneau is struggling while hitting .241 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs and Mauer is nothing more than a .302 batting average.
A player that could be a pest for the Phillies is Denard Span, who is a speed demon on the bases and hits a decent .284 with a .350 OBP.
Jim Thome was incredible as the Phillies DH against the Orioles, going 6-for-13 with a double, homer and four RBIs. The Phils hope that he will stay hot for their last six games on the road in the AL.