After a terrible, terrible trip to Washington, the Phillies return home to celebrate the life and accomplishments of their late Hall of Fame broadcaster and to begin a seven-game homestand. The next four games will come against the surprisingly good 7-3 San Diego Padres and afterwards, they’ll play three with their NLDS foes of last year, the 3-6 Milwaukee Brewers.
The Phillies can breathe a sigh of relief in that they will not be facing Jake Peavy if all goes according to plan. They’re slated to face Chris Young, Shawn Hill, a replacement for Walter Silva, and Kevin Correia. The WFC’s will trod Cole Hamels, Brett Myers, Chan Ho Park, and Jamie Moyer to the pitcher’s mound in opposition.
The picture to your right comes from Todd Zolecki’s Twitter. In one of the many ways the Phillies organization is paying respect to Harry Kalas, they are putting his Hall of Fame signature on the baseball field for all to see.
Let’s get down to brass tacks and take a look at what the recent past tells us to expect in this unexpectedly interesting series.
The following two tables show, using OPS, how each team’s most frequent starting lineup fares against each of the starting pitchers they are slated to face.
There are only three Padres starters listed since we don’t know who Silva’s replacement is yet.
The following two tables show how each team’s pitchers fare against the opposing team throughout their careers.
As with the other previews, we’re dealing with small sample sizes here. Some players haven’t faced some pitchers, or only have a couple plate appearances under their belt. That’s how Kevin Kouzmanoff has a 5.000 OPS against Brett Myers: one home run in one plate appearance.
If the Phillies can handle Chris Young, this series should favor the Phillies, but these upstart San Diego Padres have been proving a lot of us wrong so far.