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Rays vs. Phillies Match-ups

UPDATE: So, you watch the new episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, get ready for bed, the Rays are leading 7-0, you buy your plane ticket to Tampa, you throw a post on the blog, and then you wake up to the clock radio blaring about the Red Sox staging a miraculous comeback. So it turns out what you are about to read is a bit pre-mature. Nevertheless, the Phillies are planning on playing Tampa -- anybody catch former Rays GM and current Phils scout Chuck Lamar in the stands last night? -- and I am planning on the Phillies playing Tampa. Without further adieu. . .

Rays vs. Phillies Match-ups

UPDATE:  So, you watch the new episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, get ready for bed, the Rays are leading 7-0, you buy your plane ticket to Tampa, you throw a post on the blog, and then you wake up to the clock radio blaring about the Red Sox staging a miraculous comeback. So it turns out what you are about to read is a bit pre-mature. Nevertheless, the Phillies are planning on playing Tampa -- anybody catch former Rays GM and current Phils scout Chuck Lamar in the stands last night? -- and I am planning on the Phillies playing Tampa. Without further adieu. . .

We'll try to get a lot deeper into previewing this [potential] World Series, but for starters here are Pitcher-vs.-Batter match-ups for each team's starters. Neither team has seen much of the other, but the Phillies are extremely unfamiliar with Rays pitching. Kazmir is the only lefty in the rotation, but Shields and Garza have both been very, very good this season.

Blanton and Moyer's numbers against the Rays aren't great.

Here you go:

TAMPA BAY PITCHING VS. PHILLIES HITTING

RHP James Shields (14-8, 3.56 ERA, 160 SO, 40 BB, 215 IP)

Matt Stairs: 3-for-20, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Jimmy Rollins: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Ryan Howard: 1-for-3, 1 SO
Chase Utley: 0-for-3, 2 SO
Chris Coste: 1-for-2, 1 RBI
Pat Burrell: 0-for-3, 2 SO

LHP Scott Kazmir (12-8, 3.49 ERA, 166 SO, 70 BB, 152 1/3 IP)

Jimmy Rollins: 1-for-2
Ryan Howard: 0-for-3, 1 SO
Pat Burrell: 0-for-1, 2 BB
So Taguchi: 1-for-3, 1 SO
Matt Stairs: 0-for-0, 2 BB

RHP Matt Garza (11-9, 3.70 ERA, 128 SO, 59 BB, 184 2/3 IP)

Matt Stairs: 1-for-10, 2 BB, 5 SO

PHILLIES PITCHING VS. TAMPA BAY HITTING

LHP Cole Hamels (14-10, 3.09 ERA, 196 SO, 53 BB, 227 1/3 IP)

Willy Aybar: 1-for-3, 1 SO
Carl Crawford: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Rocco Baldelli: 0-for-2

RHP Andy Sonnastine (13-9, 4.38 ERA, 124 SO, 37 BB, 193 1/3 IP)

Matt Stairs: 4-for-12, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SO

RHP Brett Myers (10-13, 4.55 ERA, 163 SO, 65 BB, 196 1/3 IP)

Cliff Floyd: 12-for-33, 2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 3 SO
Willy Aybar: 2-for-6, 1 SO
Dioner Novarro: 0-for-3
Carlos Pena: 0-for-3

RHP Joe Blanton (4-0, 4.20 ERA, 49 SO, 31 BB, 70 2/3 IP)

Carl Crawford: 7-for-22, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
B.J. Upton: 3-for-11, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 5 SO
Carlos Pena: 4-for-7, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Akinori Iwamura: 2-for-6, 1 3B, 2 SO
Evan Longoria: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Rocco Baldelli: 0-for-8, 1 SO
Cliff Floyd: 0-for-6, 1 RBI, 1 SO
Dioner Novarro: 1-for-6, 1 SO
Willy Aybar: 0-for-4
Ben Zobrist: 1-for-3, 1 SO
Jason Bartlett: 2-for-14, 4 SO

LHP Jamie Moyer (16-7, 3.71 ERA, 123 SO, 62 BB, 196 1/3 IP)

Carlos Pena: 10-for-20, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 2B, 4 SO, 2 BB
Carl Crawford: 9-for-19, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 1 SO
Cliff Floyd: 3-for-9, 1 2B
B.J. Upton: 3-for-5, 1 RBI
Rocco Baldelli: 1-for-10, 2 SO
Dan Johnson: 2-for-9, 1 RBi, 2 SO
Willy Aybar: 0-for-3
Jason Bartlett: 1-for-3, 1 RBI
Dioner Novarro: 0-for-2, 1 BB
Ben Zobrist: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI

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