Saturday, April 18, 2015

Phillies Morning Briefing: Harang aims to halt Phillies skid at six

Aaron Harang aims to halt Phillies' skid at six.

Aaron Harang looks to stall the Philadelphia Phillies six-game losing streak on Saturday when he faces the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET at Nationals Park.

The Phillies enter the contest with a 3-8 record and sit five games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
April 18 2015. 9:30 AM EST.
@PGordonPBR

On Deck: Aaron Harang has a 0.73 ERA in two starts, having surrendered just one run over 12 1/3 innings. He'll be opposed by right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (1-1, 8.64) who tied a career high by surrendering eight runs (seven earned) in his last start, on Monday at Boston. It also was his third-shortest outing (2 1/3 innings), and it was his first career start without at least one strikeout.

Harang has been a bright spot in the Phillies' rotation, holding opponents to a .140 batting average and putting up a stellar 0.73 WHIP.

Saturday Notes:
  • The Phillies pitching staff surrendered two more homers last night and already have allowed 15 in the first 11 games this season. The only team that has surrendered more in the majors (16) is the Toronto Blue Jays. 
  • The Phillies enter Saturday with the second worst OPS in the majors (.589) and the second worst team batting average with runners in scoring position (.154).
  • Ryan Howard and Chase Utley are a combined 11-for-72 (.152) through the first 11 games.
  • Domonic Brown is expected to be in the lineup for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Saturday as he continues his rehab assignment. He went 4-for-14 during his five game stint with High-A Clearwater. 
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