Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Phillies - Brewers Series Preview

The Phillies are finally back at .500!!! After a 3 game sweep of the Marlins (and a walk off Grand Slam on Tuesday!) they sit at 30-30. Dom Brown has carried the offense and leads the National League in home runs. The Brewers are coming off a series loss to the Oakland A's. These teams met just last weekend, when Milwaukee took 2 outta 3 from the Phils. After a Brewers win on Friday and a controversial win on Saturday, the Phillies took the final game to avoid the series sweep. Here's what to expect this weekend.

Thursday's game - Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76 ERA) vs Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94 ERA)

The 4 game series kicks off Thursday with a pitching rematch of last Saturday's game, which the Brew Crew took 4-3. Can Cloyd keep the 4 game winning streak going and get the Phillies above .500 for the first time this season? Jonathan Lucroy will try his best to stop the Phillies momentum as he did last weekend when he owned the Phillies hitting 3 home runs in the series.

Friday's game - Cliff Lee (7-2, 2.45 ERA) vs Alfredo Figaro (0-0, 3.67 ERA)

Cliff shut down the Brewers on Sunday and led the Phillies to the victory. He'll look to continued dominance as he's won his last 3 starts and hasn't lost since the first day of May. The Phillies haven't seen much of Fiagro and it should be an interesting matchup. Keep your eye on the Cliff Lee-Ryan Braun battle, as Braun has had the better of Lee in his career. He's 8 for 16 with 3 home runs against Cliff.

Saturday's game - Kyle Kendrick (6-3, 3.12 ERA) vs TBA

It's hard to predict this game because Milwaukee hasn't announced a starter yet. Still, the Phillies should be in good position with Kendrick pitching. He has been the 2nd best pitcher behind Lee this year. Hopefully he won't get "picked off."

Sunday's game - Jonathan Pettibone (3-1, 3.40 ERA) vs Kyle Lohse (1-6, 4.39 ERA)

Pettibone has been solid so far this year while Lohse has been a major disappointment for the Brewers. Look for the Phillies to score early and often against Lohse. Howard will go deep and chase Lohse out of the game early.

Prediction - The Phillies extend their winning streak to 5 on Thursday. Cloyd doesn't dominate, but he does enough to get the 7-4 win. On Friday, Cliff continues his dominance and pushes the win streak to 6 with a 3-2 win. On Saturday the Phillies will look to win their 7th straight. Kendrick will pitch well, but I think the Brew Crew will win on a walk off, 4-3. But the Phils will take the series on Sunday as the they roll to a 8-3 win behind the home run ball.

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