PHI: 71-39, 1st in NL East; SF: 62-49, 1st in NL West
When: August 4-7
Where: SBC Park (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday: Cliff Lee (10-7, 3.14) vs Madison Bumgarner (6-10, 3.80)
Friday: Vance Worley (7-1, 2.33) vs Jonathan Sanchez (4-5, 3.81)
Saturday: Cole Hamels (12-6, 2.62) vs Matt Cain (9-7, 3.10)
Sunday: Roy Oswalt (4-6, 3.79) vs Tim Lincecum (9-9, 2.77)
Thursday, 10:15, CSN
Friday, 10:15, CSN
Saturday, 4:10, FOX
Sunday, 4:05, PHL 17
All Games on 1210 AM
Player to Watch – Carlos Beltran: Both the Phillies and Giants will be featuring a new bat in right field this series. On the Giants side, it’s Carlos Beltran. Beltran was in the line up last week when the Giants played Philadelphia for the final of three games.
Beltran is having a strong season, hitting .287 with 15 homers and 68 RBIs. He has 7+ years of playing against the Phillies under his belt to provide the Giants with a spark this series.
Series Overview: The Giants took the first meeting, 2-1, last week. With four more games coming up, the Phillies could take the season series with three wins during this four-game set. I think Philadelphia will be happy with a split though a series win will be huge for either team.
This is Philly’s last chance to prove that the Giants are not in their head before the season ends because the next time these two teams meet, it may just be in the playoffs again.
Ryan Howard has been on an absolute tear the past five games, going 9-for-22 with three doubles, four homers and nine RBIs. When the Big Piece starts hitting the ball to left field, you know he’s locked in.
Hunter Pence is 6-for-21 (.286) with three doubles and three RBIs in his five games since joining the Phils on July 30. This will be his first series against the Giants as a Phillie. With a clear mind and no experience with the NLCS fiasco from last season, Pence can have a clear head and produce for the Phils if he feels no pressure of stepping up.
On a side note, the Phils need only to play above average baseball (29-23) to reach 100 wins in the regular season.