How big is tomorrow?
The Phils are riding a two-game losing streak with their ace lefty on the mound and a three-game series at Shea Stadium on deck.
“We definitely want to get a split, get that win tomorrow and take a good feeling into New York,” right fielder Geoff Jenkins said.
Shane Victorino was the last one into the clubhouse after the loss today. The center fielder, who went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts to fall to 3-for-23 on the season, was taking extra batting practice in hope of working his way out of his current funk.
Here's a look at tomorrow's match-up. . .
Philles vs. Cincinnati
April 7, 2008
LHP Cole Hamels (0-1, 1.13 ERA) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
ABOUT THE PHILLIES: The Phillies haven't faced Arroyo since the 2004 season, when the righty was pitching for the Boston Red Sox. . .RF Geoff Jenkins has the most experience against Arroyo. In 21 career at-bats, he has six hits, one home run and four RBI. . .Pat Burrell is 2-for-12 lifetime against Arroyo; Pedro Feliz is 2-for-7, Jimmy Rollins is 2-for-6, So Taguchi is 0-for-7; No other Phillie has more than three at-bats against Arroyo. . .After going 2-for-4 with a double yesterday, 2B Chase Utley is 9-for-21 (.429) this season. . .Burrell went 2-for-3 yesterday to raise his average to .421.
ABOUT THE REDS: Hamels has two career starts against the Reds, including a complete game last year in which he struck out 15. . .Hamels made his made his major league debut at Great American Ballpark on May 12, 2006. . .Reds hitters are 4-for-29 lifetime against Hamels with no home runs and just 1 RBI. . .Arroyo is one of the most durable starters in the league, with three straight seasons of 34+ starts and 200+ innings.