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Phillies To Consider In Fantasy Football

With 12 games left to play, the Philadelphia Phillies are still 4 games out of the final wild card playoff spot. Of those 12 games, six of them are against the team that just clinched the NL East, the Washington Nationals. If the Phillies want to make the playoffs, they are going to have to likely winner no fewer than five of those six games. What Phillies players have put up good fantasy baseball numbers against the Nationals so far this season.

Four of the five Phillies in the starting rotation are slated to face the Nationals in at least one of the six games. Only Cliff Lee is not scheduled to face them. It’s a shame too, because Lee is 2-0 in two starts against the Nationals this season, with a 0.64 ERA. Fantasy baseball stud Cole Hamels has faced them three times, going 2-1 with a 1.17 ERA. Hamels is scheduled to start the first of three games in Philadelphia next Tuesday when he faces John Lannan. Rookie Tyler Cloyd has not faced the Nationals this season, and Kyle Kendrick is 1-1 in three starts with a 2.37 ERA. Roy Halladay (who has had a disappointing fantasy baseball season altogether) has struggled the most against the Nationals going 1-1 in two starts with a 4.85 ERA.

From the plate, the two most successful Phillies on the season against the Nationals, are no longer members of the Phillies. Shane Victorino (now in Los Angeles with the Dodgers) hit .364 in 22 at bats against the Nationals with one home run and three RBIs. Hunter Pence (now a San Francisco Giant) had three home runs and six RBIs on the season against the Nationals. They are going to be searching for some offense for sure, but there is no telling who it will come from. Any player that you go with is really nothing more than a roll of the dice.

So the most effective fantasy baseball starters for the Phillies in their two upcoming series’ against the Nationals will probably come from their rotation in the form of Cole Hamels and Kyle Kendrick. Look for both of them to be solid pickups who could contribute quite a bit when it is all said and done. Remember that the Phillies still have an outside shot at winning the wild card spot and making a postseason run.


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