Randy Wolf was disgusted with his most recent outing.
Off to a discouraging start on their 13-game road trip, the Philadelphia Phillies will need a much stronger effort from their All-Star left-hander when they open a four-game series with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.
Philadelphia is 1-5 on its longest road trip of the season, and Wolf was dreadful in his lone start during the swing. He lasted just 4 1-3 innings on Wednesday, allowing seven runs and seven hits in a 10-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.
“I just got my butt kicked,” Wolf admitted. “In this one, I was just horrible.”
After getting swept in a three-game set at Milwaukee, the Phillies dropped two of three to the St. Louis Cardinals, including Sunday’s 3-0 loss. Philadelphia saw its lead in the NL wild-card race shrink to a half-game over the Florida Marlins.
The Phillies will now have to deal with Expos right-hander Livan Hernandez, who is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in his last four starts.
The Expos, who are four games behind the Phillies in the wild-card race, snapped a four-game losing with Sunday’s 8-4 win over San Diego.
STANDINGS: Phillies - 2nd place, 13 1/2 GB, NL East. Expos - 4th place, 17 1/2 GB, NL East.
PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Wolf (12-8, 3.75 ERA). Over his last four starts, Wolf is 1-3 with a 7.17 ERA. In 11 career games against the Expos, he is 6-3 with a 3.84 ERA.
EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Hernandez (13-7, 2.97 ERA). Hernandez has won seven of his last eight decisions. On Wednesday, he allowed six hits through seven scoreless innings of the Expos’ 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is 6-3 with a 3.89 ERA in 12 career games against the Phillies.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .316 avg.; Jim Thome, 36 HRs, 100 RBIs and 84 runs; Bobby Abreu, 17 SBs. Expos - Vidro, .322 avg.; Orlando Cabrera and Vladimir Guerrero, 17 HRs; Cabrera, 69 RBIs, 81 runs and 21 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Phillies, 9-4.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Phillies - 3B Placido Polanco is batting .357 (10-for-28) in his career against RHP Hernandez. … RF Abreu went 0-for-4 on Sunday, ending his 10-game hitting streak. … The Phillies have lost 13 of their last 16 road games. Expos - RF Guerrero is 0-for-9 with five strikeouts in his last two games. … SS Cabrera is batting .231 (6-for-26) in his career against LHP Wolf. … RHP Hernandez is batting .211 (12-for-57) with six RBIs this season.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Phillies - 31-33 on the road; Expos - 42-23 at home.
INJURIES: Phillies - 3B David Bell (back), 15-day DL; RHP David Coggin (shoulder), 15-day DL. Expos - C Michael Barrett (hip), 15-day DL; 3B Fernando Tatis (chest), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Scott Stewart (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP Claudio Vargas (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Dan Smith (shoulder), 60-day DL.