Friday, May 11, 2012

Padres Come To Town

Pitching Matchups:
Friday 7:05- Clayton Richard (4.89/1.37) vs. Vance Worley (2.84/1.34)
Saturday 7:05- Joe Wieland (4.55/1.27) vs. Roy Halladay (3.28/1.07)
Sunday 1:35- Edinson Volquez (2.98/1.23) vs. Cole Hamels (2.45/1.02)

Friars Offense:
Runs - 102 (29th)
AVG - .220 (29th)
OPS - .635 (28th)

Their bats are lifeless, but I'm sure they're enough to overcome the Phils craptastic bullpen.  Throw the stats out the window this weekend, all the Padres hitters become Josh Hamilton for 3 games.

Friars Pitching:
ERA - 3.33 (7th)
WHIP - 1.27 (15th)

The Padres already possess a solid pitching staff, mix that in with the fact the Phillies hitters are under performing and it's a recipe for Cy Richard, Cy Wieland, and Cy Volquez in this series.

My blind fandom says Phils sweep.  My heart says 2 out of 3.  My gut says 1 out of 3. My brain says this team sucks and this is just the begining on a long losing streak.  Either way, I'm right somehow.

Spotlight on the Minors:
Tyler Cloyd: 6-0, 7 GS, 45 IP, 37 K, 1.40 ERA, 0.84 WHIP. The 24 year old right-hander has split the season between Reading and Lehigh Valley.

Darin Ruf: .393/1.068, 21 R, 9 DBL, 6 HR, 26 RBI. The 25 year old 1st baseman continues to get better at every stop along his minor league journey (currently in Double-A). In 4 minor league seasons, he boasts a .309 average and .874 OPS in 351 games.