National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, July 25
(All times Eastern)
Arizona Diamondbacks (44-58) at Philadelphia Phillies (44-58), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Arizona - Wade Miley (6-6, 4.16)
Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (4-10, 4.87)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Wade Miley eyes his fourth straight win on Friday when
the Arizona Diamondbacks open a three-game series with the Philadelphia
Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Miley has been terrific of late for the Diamondbacks, pitching to a 1.74 ERA
with 19 strikeouts over 20 2/3 innings in winning his last three starts. His
most recent win came on Saturday versus the Chicago Cubs, as he allowed three
runs and seven hits in seven innings to even his record at 6-6 to go along
with a 4.16 ERA.
"He's just throwing the ball really well. It's coming out of his hand good,"
manager Kirk Gibson said. "The other thing, I think, in his head, he's
managing things a little better, as well. Really efficient with what's going
on out there."
Miley is 1-0 in two starts versus the Phillies with a 2.25 ERA.
As good as Miley has been, Philadelphia's Kyle Kendrick has been just as bad,
winning just one time in his past six starts. Overall, he's 4-10 with a 4.87
ERA and has surrendered 18 runs in 16 2/3 innings over his past three starts,
including two that resulted in losses.
Kendrick, who has pitched to a 10.80 ERA in the first inning, has pitched to a
5.30 ERA over the last calendar year, the worst among any starter who has made
30 starts in that span.
"It's just been a tough year for me," said Kendrick, who is 0-2 with a 5.45
ERA in eight games (7 starts) versus Arizona. "I don't know why. I just have
to keep pitching."
Philadelphia enters this series on a rare winning note, as it avoided a four-
game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants on Thursday by pulling out
a 2-1 win.
It was just the second win in nine tries for the Phillies, who for the second
day benched struggling first baseman Ryan Howard. The former NL MVP may be
among the league leaders with 60 RBI, but is hitting just .156 in the month of
"He understands the scuffling against left-handed pitching, but there are also
some left-handed pitching he handles," Sandberg said. "I'll take a look at
that ... I told him to be ready to go, continue to work at his game and be
Arizona, meanwhile, has won four of its last six, but dropped two of three to
Detroit this past week.
Philadelphia took two of three from the D-backs earlier in the year.
07/25 10:40:04 ET