Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Philadelphia Phillies, May 14-15

Christian Petersen

The Indians complete a short five game road trip (after a quick detour home on Monday) and also conclude their interleague matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Tribe heads to Philadelphia to finish their home and home with the Phillies in Citizens Bank Park. The two game set is scheduled for Tuesday May 14 at 7:05 PM and a getaway on Wednesday May 15 at 1:05 PM. After that, they will take a day off before starting a home stand with the Mariners for four games and the Tigers for two. [MLB network has the Wednesday game as the alternate day game on tv]

Team in a Box

Philadelphia Phillies

Offense

NL Rank

Pitching

NL Rank

2013 Record

18-21

Runs/Game

3.4

12th

Runs/Game

4.2

11th

NL East

3rd

OBP

301

13th

H/9

8.3

8th

Last 10

5-5

SLG

377

12th

BB/9

3.0

9th

Last 30

14-16

Steals

18

9th

SO/9

7.5

7th

The Phillies have been very mediocre this year and the numbers reflect that. They are allowing almost a full run more per game and can't get on base very well. The once potent offense has eroded quite a bit. With Halladay going down and Hamels looking human, the power trio is just down to Phifer. Although Kendrick has also been effective so far. Defensively they are near the top in double plays turned and fielding percentage but many of the defenders do not have great range.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

SS

Jimmy Rollins

S

162

248

296

376

81

2B

Chase Utley

L

157

289

344

514

129

3B

Michael Young

R

146

310

390

395

114

1B

Ryan Howard

L

147

250

286

449

95

RF

Delmon Young

R

40

242

325

424

101

LF

Dominic Brown

L

143

250

301

417

92

C

Carlos Ruiz

R

43

200

256

225

32

CF

Ben Revere

R

129

237

286

263

50

This lineup is not doing much other than Utley. Michael Young has a high OBP but is truly a singles hitter at this point. Howard is not back to his dominant self and the Revere experiment has failed as Victorino is still playing well in Boston (injury pending). Ruiz looks rusty coming off his suspension and Delmon has been ok since coming off the DL. John Mayberry might get a look this series.

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

May 14

Jonathan Pettibone (Kazmir)

R

3.63

22.1

110

10.1

2.4

5.6

May 15

Cole Hamels (Kluber)

L

4.18

51.2

95

7.5

3.8

7.5

Pettibone has adequately filled in for John Lannan. However, his K rate is very low which means the Indians will either ramp that up, or fill in the stat sheet. He threw a lot of pitches against the Giants in his last start. He has pitched better than Hamels, which is kind of shocking. The Cy Young contender (no wins yet tho) is off to a rough start. His WHIP is the highest since 2009 with the walks concerning. His K rate is down 1.5 from last year as well. He was hit pretty hard by the Tribe in his only outing against them, but it was back in 2007, his sophomore season.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Jonathan Papelbon

R

1.15

15.2

351

4.6

0.6

6.9

Mike Adams

R

3.00

15.0

134

8.4

3.6

11.4

Antonio Bastardo

L

2.19

12.1

185

5.8

5.8

8.0

Papelbon has been excellent in 2013, except that his K rate is way down from his Boston years. He only has 16 appearances against the Tribe, but has been excellent in them, 1.69 ERA, 12.4 K/9, 0.563 WHIP. Adams continues to be very solid in his ninth MLB season. He has not been effective us in 7 appearances, 6.43 ERA, 2.000 WHIP and 9.0 K/9. Bastardo has never faced the Tribe. Phillippe Aumont has been wild, but ok so far and Jeremy Horst has been hit pretty good.

On the Shelf

  • SP John Lannan (strained quadriceps tendon left knee) - 15-day DL, possible early June
  • SP Roy Halladay (right shoulder) - 15-day DL, no timetable until after surgery

Lannan was scheduled to be the #5 starter, Jonathon Pettibone has taken his spot for now. Halladay went one more start after his last outing against the Indians before finally giving in to whatever is ailing in his shoulder.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

2

0

1000

20

2

985

2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Last 5*

0

3

000

10

21

205

Last 10*

2

4

333

36

37

487

All-Time

5

6

455

65

50

618

* Does not include 2013 stats

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