Philadelphia Phillies (44-26) @ Seattle Mariners (35-34)
Friday, 10:10, Roy Oswalt vs. Michael Pineda
Saturday, 10:10, Vance Worley vs. Felix Hernandez
Sunday, 4:10, Cole Hamels vs. Jason Vargas
AVG - .228 (30th)
OBP - .298 (30th)
SLG - .342 (29th)
R - 247 (28th)
The Mariners home field of Safeco Park is ginormous and neutralizes power potential of even mammoth sluggers. It's amazing they have a winning record with as awful as the offense has been. They look like a lineup full of Wilson Valdez's. Even the wizard of the wand has fallen on hard times, as Ichiro is only batting .269, and he's their leader of that statistic. Justin Smoak/1B has 12 homeruns and Miguel Olivo/C has 10, but outside of those two there are no threats in the lineup. Poor Chone Figgins signed on there and instantly discontinued getting figgy with it (.198/.514).
ERA - 3.42 (6th)
WHIP - 1.21 (3rd)
BAA - .241 (5th)
Pitching is how this team gets by, and this weekend the Phils face two of their best starting pitchers. Tonight goes rookie sensation Pineda and he is dominating with a 2.72 ERA and nearly a strikeout per inning (80 K, 82.2 IP). Saturday Worley gets the unlucky task of squaring off against King Felix (3.30 ERA, 103 K in 106.1 IP). Sunday Seattle's "worst" man in the rotation, Vargas (4.13 ERA), finishes off the series.
In the bullpen is the astonishing David Pauley (4-0, 39.1 IP, 1.14 ERA) and Aaron Laffey (1.27 ERA). Closer Brandon League has 19 saves and journeyman Jamey Wright has 11 holds.
Legion of Broom, Phillies sweep. Why? Because they're on some kinda hot streak/winning streak that is destined to reach double digits (currently at 7).
An aside- screw Interleague play and screw the West Coast.
Free JC! Ruben Amaro did just that. Yesterday, Juan Carlos Romero was designated for assignment and the Vanimal (Worley) took his roster spot. Romero did a lot of good for the Phils early in his tenure (2007-2008), but was suspended, wild, injured, and ineffective during the latter portion (2009-2011). Phillies fans should hold no animosity towards him, and just be happy with the fond memories and WFC he helped produce. Career with Philly- 237 G, 165 IP, 6-6 record, 64 HLD, 4 SV, 2.73 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 117:133 BB:K. Peace out homey.