Philadelphia Phillies (49-53) @ Detroit Tigers (56-45)
Friday, 7:08 - Ol' Girl Parts vs. Doug "He likes to" Fister
Saturday, 7:08 - Cliff Lee vs. Max Scherzer
Sunday, 1:08 - Petite Bone vs. Rick Porcello
R - 509 (2nd)
AVG - .279 (1st)
OPS - .780 (2nd)
The Phillies went from the NL leader in batting average (Yadier Molina) to the AL leader in Miguel Cabrera/3B (.358/1.120, 76 R, 31 HR, 96 RBI), but he's currently day-to-day with a bum hip. The rest of the lineup is formidable too, with Prince Fielder/1B (.267/.810), Torii Hunter/RF (.308/.808), Jhonny Peralta/SS (.302/.806), and the returning from the DL Omar Infante/2B (.309/.787). Their only weaknesses are in left field and at catcher.
ERA - 3.82 (15th)
WHIP - 1.26 (9th)
Detroit's pitching staff strikes out nearly a batter per inning (904 K in 912.2 IP), so expects some whiffs this series. The 3 starting pitchers are having decent years, especial Scherzer with his 14 wins. The bullpen is a bit tattered, as Jim Leyland is currently using Joaquin Benoit as closer (after Jose Valverde and some others failed earlier this season).
Dom Brown to the 7-Day DL with concussion like symptoms. Steve Susdorf called up from AAA, who was a 19th round pick back in 2008 and has hit .304/.802 while playing left and right fields over the past 6 seasons.
Tigers sweep the plummeting Phils. Sad, but true.