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Series Preview: vs Los Angeles Dodgers

PHI: 28-27, 5th in NL East; LAD: 33-21, 1st in NL West

When: June 4-7
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Monday: Vance Worley (3-2, 3.07) vs Clayton Kershaw (4-3, 2.32)
Tuesday: Cliff Lee (0-2, 3.00) vs Chad Billingsley (2-4, 4.09)
Wednesday: Kyle Kendrick (2-4, 4.02) vs Chris Capuano (7-2, 2.50)
Cole Hamels (8-2, 2.81) vs Aaron Harang (4-3, 3.90)

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

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Phils Announce Rotation 2.0

The fans who got tickets for the home opener were given a real treat today.

The Phillies announced their starting rotation for the season. And in a move popular with many, the lefties will be split like last season.

Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Vance Worley will take the mound for the Phillies in their opening series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. That means Cole Hamels will pitch in the home opener on April 9 against the Miami Marlins, a real treat for the fans.

Joe Blanton’s first start could be skipped. He’s slated to pitch April 11 but with there being a day off on April 6, Halladay could make his second start on that date.

On March 14, I wrote about how it would be a good idea for the Phillies to split the lefties, keeping a balance in the rotation while maintaining a clear advantage against opposing teams in every series.

Worley looks to avoid sophomore slump

Phillies SP Vance Worley. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

With all the talk about the four aces coming into the 2011 season, Vance Worley wasn’t expected to contribute much. In fact, Worley wasn’t even expected to make the big league club.

However, key injuries to guys like Roy Oswalt and Joe Blanton allowed Worley to make his way onto the major league roster in the middle of the season.

It was Worley’s play that allowed him to stay. The 24-year-old righty went on to go 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA in 21 starts for the Phillies.

He surpassed all expectations that anybody could’ve imagined.

But Worley will be expected to duplicate his 2011 success and and avoid the quintessential sophomore slump? The Long Beach State product could be a huge part of the Phillies pitching staff this year.

There are no more four aces but Worley is more than capable of holding his own.

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The Curious Case of Kyle Kendrick

Phillies pitchers Kyle Kendrick (left) and Cliff Lee (right) during Spring Training. (Matt Slocum/AP)

Lets talk starting pitching. Everyone loves it, everyone needs it.

For the Phillies, they have an overabundance of it. From established veterans like Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels to and up and coming star in Vance Worley.

That fills the first four spots in the rotation, and assuming Roy Oswalt isn’t coming back, who gets the fifth starter’s spot? It’s always seemed to be the biggest question since the dawn of time itself for the Phillies.

With the fifth starter’s spot still up in the air, three names come to mind when looking to fill that void. They are Kyle Kendrick, Joe Blanton and Joel Pineiro.

Though there are three names competing for that spot, only one should be picked. Let’s make a case for Kendrick.

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