Phils, Lee Look to Declaw Randy Wolf and the Brewers

Hope you thoroughly enjoyed my pun in the title of this post. Took me hours to think of it. Okay, the Phillies won again last night thanks to another outstanding pitching performance by Roy Halladay. Doc went eight innings and gave up just one run while striking out nine. Ryan Howard hit a three run homer to spark the Phils offense in the 5-3 victory. Pete Orr, filling in for the concussed Chase Utley, had three hits in four at-bats. This marks the Phillies fifth straight win and 93rd of the season. Despite the win, Antonio Bastardo gave up two runs in the ninth. Six of the last eight hitters have reached base against the Phillies lefty. Before that, just seven of the previous 57 runners had reached base. Ryan Madson came in and saved his 29th game.

Here is the pitching matchup for tonight’s game, scheduled for 7:10pm at Miller Park.

Cliff Lee: 16-7, 2.47 ERA

This guy is pitching like his life depends on it. Lee completed his sixth shutout of the season in his last start along with his 200th strikeout of the season against Atlanta on Labor Day. He gave up five hits and struck out six for his seventh consecutive win. In that span, he has lowered his ERA from 3.14 to 2.47. Although Lee is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA over just 12 innings in his career against Milwaukee, he has not given up a run in his last 24 2/3 innings. The last time he gave up a run was August 18th. Cliff is 5-5 with a 3.18 ERA on the road this season, where opponents are hitting .248 against him rather than the .211 average at home. Again, he has won his last seven starts and has not given up a run in 24+ innings….I think that says plenty about the way he is pitching now. Lee faced the Brewers back on April 20th, where he took a no-decision in a 4-3 Phils win. Cliff gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in that start. As a team, the Brew Crew has a .225 average against Lee. In six at-bats, Prince Fielder has five hits, including a homer, and six RBI’s. Yuniesky Betancourt, Carlos Gomez, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Jonathan Lucroy have all gone deep against the Phils Cy Young candidate.

Randy Wolf: 12-9, 3.47

The former Phillies fan favorite is coming off of a great start against the Cardinals. Over eight innings, Wolf gave up one run on four hits while striking out five. He has won six of his last seven starts and was on the winning side of a blowout against the Phils on April 19th. The Brewers beat the Phillies 9-0 and Wolf pitched good enough for the win. He went just six innings but gave up just two hits. Randy is 7-3 with a 3.46 at Miller Park this season, where opponents are hitting .259 against him. He is 3-2 with a 4.25 lifetime against the Phils, who have a .285 average against him collectively. Hunter Pence has a homer and four RBI’s against Wolf in his career while Chooch also has a homer but has five RBI’s in his nine at-bats. Howard, Ibanez, Rollins and Victorino have homers against the Brewers left-hander and the four combine for 11 RBI’s.

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