Here are this week's pitching probables. Cole Hamels had an MRI on his shoulder today and will probably miss his next start, which would have been on Friday. I'm guessing that Kyle Kendrick will start Saturday's game, but that's just a guess.
This chart was unusually easy to put together since the three opposing pitchers this weekend are the same three guys who were supposed to start against the Phillies last weekend. Click here to read what I wrote about those guys in last week's post.
Other observations below the jump:
- Joe Saunders is once again one of the luckier pitchers in baseball. The last time he faced the Phillies, they ripped him for 6 runs (2 homers) over 5.2 IP. Interestingly, there are three Phils who have pretty decent head-to-head samples against Saunders - namely, the three guys who used to be everyday players in the American League (Ibañez, Polanco, and Francisco). All three are over 1.000 in OPS. Of course, Polanco won't be playing that day.
- Speaking of Polanco, tonight is his bobble head night. That should be quite epic.
- In contrast to Saunders, Ian Kennedy seems to have made himself into a very good pitcher. When he last faced the Phillies, he threw a 3-hit, 10-strikeout, no-walk shutout. His career average fastball velocity is only 89.6, and he throws it over 60% of the time. He must have really great command.
- Kendrick vs. Ryan Zimmerman lifetime: 9 for 19, 6 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 K, .474/.565/.947. Kendrick vs. Ian Desmond lifetime: 5 for 8, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 BB, 0 K, .625/.625/1.000. At least they don't have Willie Harris anymore, because he used to own him too.
- Anybody know anything about Josh Collmenter? I've got nothing.