The Philadelphia Phillies knew going into the season that they were going to have to lean heavily on their starting staff if they hoped to win the National League East again. With Cliff Lee now making his way to the disabled list, the offense is going to have to start carrying its weight. The Arizona Diamondbacks were having their own hitting problems during a five-game slide but broke out with a 6-4 victory Sunday.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were outscored 29-10 during the losing streak but scored more than two runs for the first time in four games behind Gerardo Parra’s grand slam Sunday. Justin Upton, Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt are each hitting .227 or worse. The Phillies added Lee to an expensive disabled list that already includes Ryan Howard and Chase Utley. Philadelphia split six games with Arizona in 2011, when both clubs bowed out in the first round of the playoffs.
Phillies Diamondbacks Betting
When: 9:40 PM ET, Monday, April 23, 2012
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
TV: 9:40 p.m. ET, WB17 (Philadelphia), FSAZ (Arizona)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Phillies RH Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks LH Wade Miley (1-0, 3.12 ERA)
Kendrick will be bumped up from the bullpen into Lee’s spot for now. Kendrick has had some success as a starter, posting a 38-27 record with a 4.50 ERA in 98 starts over the last five seasons. He is 0-0 with a 4.56 ERA in five appearances – four starts – against the Diamondbacks. Montero is 4-for-6 with a homer off Kendrick, but Upton is 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Miley will be an injury replacement as well, jumping from the bullpen to take Daniel Hudson’s spot after Hudson (shoulder) was placed on the DL. Miley pitched a total of seven scoreless innings in his first two appearances of 2012 and made seven starts last season, going 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in the role. He has never faced Philadelphia.
1. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson gave struggling players Willie Bloomquist and Ryan Roberts the day off Sunday.
2. Arizona rookie A.J. Pollock is 0-for-12 to start his career.
3. Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins snapped an 0-for-14 slump with a pair of hits in Sunday’s 6-1 loss to San Diego.