Monday, May 6, 2013

Series Preview: Phillies at Giants, May 6-8

The Phillies (14-18) head west to begin a three-game series on Monday night at San Francisco's AT&T Park. The hosting Giants (19-12) have won six straight contests.

The Phils' offense, which ranks second from worst in the majors with a .669 OPS, struggled over the weekend, as they tallied only five total hits in a pair of losses to the team with the worst record in the National League, the Marlins.

The first place Giants were victorious in four of six meetings between these two teams last year.

Read ahead for full details on the pitching match ups and other key stats for this series.


Monday. 10:15 PM.  Cliff Lee (2-2, 3.46 ERA) vs. Madison Bumgarner (3-0, 1.55 ERA). In five career regular season starts against San Francisco, Lee is 4-0 with a 0.63 ERA and two complete games.   Lee has a 0-2 record with a 5.04 ERA in his last four starts.  Pablo Sandoval is 2-for-12 (.167 avg) in his career against Lee.  Opponents are hitting just .181 against Bumgarner this season.  In three home starts this year, Bumgarner is 1-0 with a 2.37 ERA. 

Tuesday, 10:15 PM. Kyle Kendrick (3-1, 2.43 ERA) vs. Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41 ERA). Kendrick is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in five career outings against the Giants.  Kendrick has thrown 16 scoreless innings in two road starts this season.  Angel Pagan is 5-for-28 (.179 avg) in his career against Kendrick.  In 11 career regular season starts against the Phils, Lincecum has a 5-2 record with a 3.00 ERA.  Chase Utley is 5-for-30 (.167 avg) in regular season action agaisnt Lincecum.

Wednesday, 3:45 PM.  Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.24 ERA) vs. Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06 ERA).  Opponents are batting .286 through three big league starts.  Pettibone earned a win in his lone road outing in which he allowed three earned runs in five innings against the Mets.  In seven career regular season starts against the Phillies, Zito has a 3-3 record with a 4.60 ERA.  In four home starts this season, Zito is 3-0 with a 0.35 ERA.


Through six games, Carlos Ruiz is batting .100.  Ruiz is a .228 hitter with a homer and nine RBI in 31 regular season games against San Francisco.

In 14 road games this season, Jimmy Rollins is batting .200 with no home runs and no RBI.

In 11 career games against the Giants, Michael Young is a .189 hitter with one home run and two RBI.  Young has just one extra-base hit, a double, since April 10th.

Pablo Sandoval is a .268 hitter with four home runs with 14 RBI in 26 regular season games against the Phillies.  Sandoval entered action on Sunday tied for the National League lead in multi-hit games with 13 this season.

In 26 career games against the Phillies, Hunter Pence has a .340 average with 11 home runs and 22 RBI.  Pence is batting .305 in 15 home game this year.

Sergio Romo's 12 saves are tied for the MLB lead.  Romo has a 1-1 record with a 1.64 ERA in 12 games against the Phillies. 
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