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Blogging about the 5x NL East Champion Phillies

Series Preview: vs Milwaukee Brewers

PHI: 42-54, 5th in NL East; MIL: 44-50, 4th in NL Central

When: July 23-25
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Roy Halladay (4-5, 3.96) vs Randy Wolf (3-6, 5.60)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (1-6, 3.72) vs Zach Grienke (9-3, 3.57)
Wednesday: Vance Worley (5-6, 3.82) vs Marco Estrada (0-4, 4.10)

Broadcast Info
Monday, 7:05, CSN
Tuesday, 7:05, CSN
Wednesday, 1:05, CSN
All Games on 94.1 FM

Player to Watch – LF Ryan Braun: Braun is the reigning MVP and is in the middle of another very good season. Braun has a team-high 26 home runs and 65 RBIs as well as hitting .309. His 26 home runs are currently the most in the National League. The 28-year-old left field has also demolished the Phillies in his career. In 29 career games, Braun is hitting .358 (43-for-120) with eight homers and 19 RBIs.

Series Overview: Milwaukee is in the same situation as the Phillies: underperforming and a ways out of playoff contention at the half-way point. But unlike Milwaukee the Phillies actually field a winning roster that isn’t really doing much winning.

The Brewers do have some serious talent, and with how consistently inconsistent the Phillies are, Milwaukee could easily keep burying the Phillies deeper into irrelevancy for the 2012 season.

Besides Braun, who is having another spectacular season, the Brewers have rookie Norichika Aoki (.285, 5 HR, 21 RBI), Aramis Ramirez (.277, 10, 55) and Corey Hart (.258, 17, 45).

Carlos Ruiz is still the Phillies offensive leader, leading the team with a .346 average as well as hitting 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. Hunter Pence leads the team with 17 homers and 57 RBIs as well as hitting .271.

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