Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Series Preview- Padres

San Diego Padres (65-77) @ Philadelphia Phillies (66-77)

Pitching Match-Ups:
Tuesday - Andrew Cashner vs. Tyler Cloyd
Wednesday - Eric Stults vs. Roy Halladay
Thursday - Tyson Ross vs. Cliff Lee
*All game times 7:05

Friars Bats:
R - 543 (27th)
AVG - .247 (22nd)
OPS - .691 (26th)

Will Venable/OF is having a breakout season (.273/.819, 21 HR, 17 SB), while Chase Headley/3B is having an awful season (.239/.709 after .286/.874 last year).  Their offense is essentially built with a bunch of role players, with no real star power.

Friars Arms:
ERA - 4.11 (22nd)
WHIP - 1.36 (26th)

As per usual, all three starting pitchers this series have the ability to shutdown the Phils offense.  Of course, Jim Abbott's missing right arm could do the same thing.  Closer, Huston Street, as been on a roll this season, having only blown 1 save in 30 opportunities (can't say the same thing for Papelbum with 7 blown saves in 32 chances).

Prediction:
The Phils and Padres are nearly identical- bad offense and spotty pitching.  With that said, I'm going with the Phightins taking 2 outta 3.

5 comments:

GM-Carson said...

Tyler Cloyd was horrible. HORRIBLE.

Of course, the lineup Sandberg trotted out was extremely uninspiring. Galvis in LF? Bernadina leading off? Frandsen still playing 1st?

Bob D said...

They are seeing who they want to keep next year.
Bernadina wont likely be back.
Galvis, Hernandez, & Frandsen all maybe on the bench - but I hope Ruben will make upgrades in this area even if it means that Galvis and Hernandez stay in AAA one more year to improve and/or be back ups if injury occurs.

GM-Carson said...

Freddy Galvis just had himself one helluva game. If he could figure out how to contribute with the bat in a utility role where he started at short and 2nd one in awhile and possibly in the outfield, along with pinch hitting he'd be very useful.

Morak99 said...

He has hit as many HRs as Rollins this season in limited playing time. Galvis is something rare: a utility middle infielder that is a defensive wizzard and has good pop, but is poor at hitting for contact and only average at baserunning. I think his ceiling is lower than Hernandez, but he could well find himself a place.

Bob D said...

Galvis can play all over the place.

But look for the Phils to improve the bench to the point that Frandsen, Mayberry, Galvis, Hernandez, and Bernadina will all have to battle for a spot or even just be replaced.