Series Preview: vs San Francisco Giants

PHI: 64-37, 1st in NL East; SF: 59-43, 1st in NL West

When: July 26-28
Where: Citizens Bank Park (Philly, PA)

Probable Pitchers
Tuesday: Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02) vs Tim Lincecum (8-8, 2.90)
Wednesday: Cole Hamels (12-5, 2.62) vs Barry Zito (3-2, 4.78)
Thursday: Kyle Kendrick (5-4, 3.45) vs Matt Cain (8-6, 3.06)

Broadcast Info
Tuesday, 7:05, PHL 17
Wednesday, 7:05, CSN
Thursday, 7:05, CSN
All Games on 1210 AM

Player to Watch -Pablo Sandoval: The Kung Fu Panda, who looks more like an athlete than the more rounder figure he was in past years, is having another fine season for the Giants. Sandoval is hitting a team high .303 with a team leading nine homers while driving in 35 RBIs.

Series Overview: It’s the anticipated battle Phillies and Giants fans have been waiting for once the All-Star Break hit. With both teams boasting the top two records in the NL, the series is setting up another possible NLCS match up between the two teams.

The rotation was lined up perfectly for San Francisco, on both sides of the hill. They not only of having the fortune of throwing out Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain against the Phils but will avoid both Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee while seeing rookie Vance Worley and Kyle Kendrick.

San Fran will see Cole Hamels though, who is facing Barry Zito and should have the upper hand in that match-up. Worley may stand a chance against Lincecum if he can hold the anemic Giants offense at bay and his bats can put a few runs up on the board. The same will have to go with KK.

Philadelphia’s offense certainly is much better than San Francisco’s shaky line up, which currently is without Pat Burrell. No on on the Giants roster has 10 home runs or 50 RBIs, an indication on how much pitching has carried this team, much like last year, all this season.

The Giants are 25th in the league in the offense, proof that their 59 wins is credited to the pitching, which has the lowest ERA in baseball with a 3.08. The Phils offense is 18th while their pitching is second to the Giants, 0.05 points higher in ERA. The Phils 337 runs allowed is a league low.

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