September 10, 2011 – By Scott
The Philadelphia Phillies have gotten off to a great start in their four game weekend series with the Milwaukee Brewers. They took Thursday’s opener 7-2 and then won again on Friday 5-3.
It’s quite apparent that the Brewers have not found a way to get much offensive production against the Phillies’ starters. Five runs in two games is not a way to get wins as they try to close the gap on the Phillies lead in the National League. The Phillies currently are 10 1/2 games ahead of the Brewers for the best record in the NL.
Things won’t get any easier on Saturday night for the Brewers (85-61) as they will face arguably the hottest pitcher over the past few months in Cliff Lee (16-7, 2.47 ERA). After starting the season with a record of 4-5, Lee has rebounded quite well since and is 12-2 since the beginning of June with a 1.53 ERA. This stretch also includes five shutouts so it will be important for Milwaukee to get their bats going Saturday night.
The Brewers’ Prince Fielder however has had success against Lee. Fielder is 5 for 6 against Lee and has a homered off him as well. In addition, one positive for Milwaukee is that in two career starts against the Brewers, Lee is just 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA.
Milwaukee will send Randy Wolf to the mound for the start on Saturday night. Wolf is 12-9 on the year with a 3.47 ERA and has lost just one start since July. In his career against the Phillies, Wolf is 3-2 with a 4.25 ERA in six starts.
Philadelphia (93-48) needs just three wins to secure their spot in the playoffs. Also, they need just nine wins to win their fifth consecutive NL East title. MLB sportsbooks feel that Philadelphia will get the win Saturday night and have their moneyline set at -152. The Brewers have their line set at +137.