Monday, May 16, 2011

Series Preview - Cardinals

Philadelphia Phillies (25-14) @ St. Louis Cardinals (23-17)

Monday, 7:10 Cliff Lee v. Jake Westbrook
Tuesday, 8:15, Roy Oswalt v. Jaime Garcia

Cardinals Pitching:
ERA - 3.75 (11th)
WHIP - 1.35 (24th)
BAA - .260 (25th)

How long can Jaime Garcia keep this up? In the last two seasons, Garcia is 18-8 with a 2.50 ERA, including a 5-0 record so far in 2011. At some point Garcia might falter but it won't likely be against the Phillies. For his career Garcia is 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA against the Phils.

On the other end of the pitching spectrum is the game one starter Jake Westbrook. Westbrook is struggling along with a 6.92 ERA and 1.80 WHIP. He's only faced the Phils once and did not have much success. The Phils touched him up for seven hits and four runs over 5 innings during a Phillies win last June.

As for the bullpen, our old friend Ryan Franklin is just a few more bad innings from being released. The one-time Phillies gas gan has an ERA approaching double digits. Unfortunately for the Phils, he's long since been removed from the end of the game and hard-throwing youngsters Mitchell Boggs, Eduardo Sanchez and Fernando Salas have combined for ten saves.

Cardinals Hitting:
AVG - .284 (1st)
OBP - .357 (1st)
SLG - .432 (2nd)
R - 217 (1st)

Albert Pujols is having a relatively down year, hitting in the .260's with seven homers and 24 RBIs. But opposed to the Phillies who have only one threat in their lineup, the Cardinals are still leading the league in numerous offensive categories because Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman are absolutely raking. Holliday is over .370 and Berkman has 11 homers and 34 RBI. Add to that solid contributions from the role players - Colby Rasmus (.305), John Jay (.298), Allen Craig (.289), Ryan Theriot (.285) and Yadier Molina (.289) - and you have one the strongest offense in baseball.


GM-Carson said...

I could see the Phils easily getting swept in this short 2 games series. Bad feeling Lee gets plastered tonight by the Cards' offense.

Bob D said...

Tonight is the best chance of a Phils victory. They can hit Westbrook and Lee has been good.

It would be good if Mayberry and Gload get starts and I'm starting to think Orr is a bit better than Valdez offensively.

Hopefully Oswalt comes back tommorow and Worley goes to AAA to keep him starting - it would be a waste to have him throw an inning or two every once in a while. By the next week/end of the month I hope to see Brown/Utley back with Martinez and Mathieson going. And when Contreras comes back good bye Baez.

I can see Amaro looking for a good RH OF bat - especially since there are no legit prospects on the horizon as one. This lineup lacks that one bat.

GM-Carson said...

Aside from striking batters out at a high rate, Cliff Lee is not performing up to expectations. I expect more, the Phils need more.

Corey said...

"They can hit Westbrook" - officially jinxed.

ripjgarcia said...

Wow.. someone must really hate you if you give up 10 earned runs in an inning and then they run you back out there. Check the Cle/KC box.. poor guy.

ripjgarcia said...

Not that that had anything to do with the Phillies pitiful offense again tonight but I thought it was worth a note.

GM-Carson said...

Garcia- it's okay to talk other teams on this site. Sometimes it's nice not to talk Phils, especially when the offense is sputtering like this.