|PHILADELPHIA ( KENDRICK )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( LINCECUM )
|909||PHILADELPHIA||+125||Ov 7,-110||+130||Ov 7,-115|
|910||SAN FRANCISCO||-135||Un 7,-110||-140||Un 7,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-15||-7.3||13-13||3.5||0.233||0.293||4.7||0.264||0.318|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3||4-3||3.0||0.187||0.277||5.9||0.281||0.331|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-9||+1.4||12-9||4.6||0.262||0.333||4.9||0.256||0.320|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+4.9||4-2||5.0||0.257||0.329||4.3||0.285||0.358|
|4/26/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||GEE(R)||4-0||W||110||7.5 ov||U||8||5||0||3||4||0|
|4/27/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ NY METS||MARCUM(R)||9-4||W||120||8 ov||O||12||7||0||8||5||1|
|4/28/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||NIESE(L)||5-1||W||-120||7 un||U||9||7||0||3||8||3|
|4/30/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ CLEVELAND||MCALLISTER(R)||2-14||L||-105||8 ev||O||5||5||0||17||4||0|
|5/1/2013||LEE(L)||@ CLEVELAND||BAUER(R)||0-6||L||-130||7.5 ov||U||3||9||1||14||12||0|
|5/6/2013||LEE(L)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BUMGARNER(L)||6-2||W||130||6 un||O||10||7||1||5||0||0|
|5/7/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||LINCECUM(R)|| |
|5/8/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/9/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||HALLADAY(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||LEE(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|5/14/2013|| ||CLEVELAND|| || |
|4/26/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||CASHNER(R)||1-2||L||-105||7 un||U||7||6||0||6||6||0|
|4/27/2013||ZITO(L)||@ SAN DIEGO||STULTS(L)||7-8||L||100||7.5 un||O||11||5||2||14||11||2|
|4/28/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||MARQUIS(R)||4-6||L||-125||7.5 ov||O||10||9||0||9||7||0|
|4/29/2013||CAIN(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)||6-4||W||105||8.5 un||O||10||8||0||7||7||0|
|4/30/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)||2-1||W||-115||8 ov||U||6||4||0||4||4||0|
|5/1/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)||9-6||W||100||9 un||O||10||6||1||15||8||0|
|5/3/2013||ZITO(L)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||2-1||W||+130||6.5 un||U||4||5||1||11||13||1|
|5/4/2013||VOGELSONG(R)||LA DODGERS||MAGILL(R)||10-9||W||-145||7.5 ov||O||15||13||0||15||11||0|
|5/5/2013||CAIN(R)||LA DODGERS||RYU(L)||4-3||W||-115||7 un||P||9||6||0||8||9||0|
|5/14/2013|| ||@ TORONTO|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: HITTING: This Phillies lineup had another subpar season, finishing 18th in the majors in homers (153) and 13th in runs (4.4 per game). The team re-signed free-agent SS JIMMY ROLLINS, especially because light-hitting WILSON VALDEZ is his backup. Raul Ibanez has left town, which allows OF JOHN MAYBERRY JR. to display his power on a daily basis. He had 15 HR in 267 at-bats last year. 1B RYAN HOWARD will not be ready for Opening Day after Achilles surgery in October, and will be replaced by a platoon of newcomers, JIM THOME and TY WIGGINTON. 2B CHASE UTLEY continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his knee, which has caused his numbers to drop significantly in the past two years. He will not be ready for Opening Day and no timetable has been set for his return. Veterans OF SHANE VICTORINO and C CARLOS RUIZ are both coming off typical productive seasons. OF HUNTER PENCE batted .324 with 11 HR after his trade from Houston and is poised for a huge 2012 campaign at age 28. 3B PLACIDO POLANCO is coming off his third Gold Glove season at the hot corner, but his .277 BA in 2011 was his lowest mark since 1999. Stud prospect OF DOMONIC BROWN is expected to begin the season in Triple-A. |
STARTING PITCHING: ROY HALLADAY won the Cy Young Award in 2010 in his first year in Philadelphia, but he was even better in 2011, posting a career-best 2.35 ERA and also reaching a personal best with 220 strikeouts. CLIFF LEE was also outstanding in his first full season in a Phillies uniform, tallying six shutouts, which included a stretch of three straight blankings midway through the year. He wasn't afraid to pitch in Citizens Bank Park, going 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA at his new home. Like Halladay and Lee, COLE HAMELS also notched a career-best ERA (2.79) and held batters to a .214 average. Although he has the stigma of being oft-injured, Hamels was able to start 30+ games for the fourth straight season. VANCE WORLEY was impressive once he was inserted into the rotation, going 11-3 with a 3.02 ERA as a starter and fanning 73 over 74.2 innings of his final dozen starts. JOE BLANTON rounds out the rotation, but he could be limited a bit after an elbow injury cost him much of the 2011 season.
RELIEF PITCHING: Not willing to shell out the big money for inconsistent and oft-injured closer Brad Lidge, the Phillies decided to spend their dough on JONATHAN PAPELBON instead. The former Red Sox closer was 31-of-34 in save chances last year with a career-high 87 strikeouts and just 10 walks. With the departure of free agent Ryan Madson, ANTONIO BASTARDO assumes eighth-inning duties. The southpaw allowed a microscopic .144 opponents' BA, won six games and saved eight others last season. JOSE CONTERAS (age 40) returns for his seventh-inning duty and appears healthy enough to pitch following last year's season-ending elbow surgery. He is 9-of-10 in save chances since 2010.
|SAN FRANCISCO: HITTING: The Giants scored the second-fewest runs in the majors. But the additions of OF MELKY CABRERA (.305 BA, 18 HR, 87 RBI, 102 runs) and OF ANGEL PAGAN (32 SB) at the top of the order will certainly help. C BUSTER POSEY's surgically repaired ankle should be fully healed for the start of the season, and the 25-year-old's .368 OBP is certainly needed. 3B PABLO SANDOVAL was the team's best hitter in 2011 (.315 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI) and was the only legitimate power source. The right side of the infield consists of veteran players past their prime. 1B AUBREY HUFF had his worst season, hitting .246 with 12 HR, but the 35-year-old will continue to bat in the middle of the lineup. 2B FREDDY SANCHEZ, 34, missed 50+ games for the third straight year as he suffered a torn labrum. SS BRANDON CRAWFORD has a slick glove but he's not close to being a legitimate major-league hitter (.204 career BA). OF BRANDON BELT, 23, has future star potential, but will be in a reserve role. OF NATE SCHIERHOLTZ (.756 OPS) provides a reliable bat in right field. |
STARTING PITCHING: San Francisco ranked second in the majors in ERA (3.28), strikeouts (5.4 per game) and Opp. BA (.237). TIM LINCECUM was the ace once again with a 2.74 ERA and 220 strikeouts, but carried a sub-.500 record (13-14). Including playoffs, Lincecum has thrown an average of 230 innings per season since 2008. MATT CAIN also had a phenomenal year, carting a 2.88 ERA, team-best 1.08 WHIP and fanning 179 batters. He allowed only nine home runs in 221.2 innings of work. 22-year-old lefty MADISON BUMGARNER had a solid first full season, finishing with a 3.21 ERA, and a 4.2 K-to-BB ratio (191 strikeouts, 46 walks). RYAN VOGELSONG was an unbelievable story, returning to the majors for the first time since 2006 and going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA. Although he's 34, his arm has plenty of innings left. BARRY ZITO will likely earn the final spot in the rotation as prospect ERIC SURKAMP gets more seasoning in Triple-A. Zito posted a career-worst 5.87 ERA while Surkamp carted a 1.84 WHIP in six starts.
RELIEF PITCHING: The success of the San Francisco bullpen hinges on BRIAN WILSON, who had a down year (1.47 WHIP, 54 K, 31 BB) because of elbow problems. Surgery was not required for his ailment, so expect a nice bounce-back season from this elite closer. If Wilson gets injured again, SERGIO ROMO could get called upon in the late innings. But even if he doesn't save a game, he still has plenty of value as a set-up man, notching a gaudy 13.1 strikeout rate and 0.71 WHIP last year. In 48 innings, he struck out 70 batters and only walked five. JEREMY AFFELDT is the top lefty in the Giants pen. He notched a strong 2.63 ERA and also tallied a career-best 1.15 WHIP last year.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (PHILADELPHIA-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Phillies-Giants Preview* =========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
Philadelphia (15-18) at San Francisco (19-13), 10:15 p.m. EDT
After one of Philadelphia's aces ended the San Francisco Giants' longest winning streak of the season, Kyle Kendrick hopes to keep showing he's now a solid piece in the rotation.
Kendrick tries for a fourth straight win Tuesday night while looking to help the Phillies to a second consecutive victory over the streaky Giants.
Cliff Lee threw eight strong innings and Michael Young had three hits with two RBIs as Philadelphia (15-18) snapped San Francisco's six-game win streak with a 6-2 victory Monday.
That kicked off a seven-game trip for the Phillies after they had lost four of six, including 14-2 to lowly Miami on Sunday. They hope Monday's performance could be the start of something positive.
"That's more of what we are right there, no doubt," Lee said. "We definitely haven't been playing up to our potential. We've been far short of that, to be honest with you. I think (Monday) is more of a real depiction of what we are.
"I expect us to pick it up a little bit. We underperformed this first month, and it's time for us to turn it on. Tonight was a good start in that direction."
Lee is 3-2 with a 3.26 ERA and the only one of the Phillies' star trio along with Roy Halladay and Cole Hamels - a combined 3-8 with a 6.19 ERA - to boast a winning record. Halladay was placed on the disabled list Monday with a shoulder injury.
Kendrick (3-1, 2.43 ERA), meanwhile, has been Philadelphia's most consistent starter. The team is 4-2 in games he's started.
The right-hander has yielded six runs - four on homers - in 35 innings to go 3-0 in his past five starts. Kendrick tossed a three-hit shutout against the New York Mets on April 26, then beat the Marlins on Thursday when he allowed two runs in seven innings of a 7-2 win.
"I've always kind of expected this," the seven-year veteran said. "It hasn't always been there. Hopefully now I can be consistent every time out. I feel comfortable and confident I can do that."
Kendrick pitched 4 1-3 scoreless innings of relief versus San Francisco last season, but he's 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in two starts against the Giants.
Young, who entered Monday in a 3-for-19 slump, is batting .333 both at home and on the road.
The only time he faced scheduled San Francisco starter Tim Lincecum (2-1, 4.41) came in the 2010 World Series while with Texas, going 1 for 6. Lincecum went 1-1 in three games versus the Phillies in the NL championship series that year, but he's since gone 3-1 in four regular-season starts against them with a 2.70 ERA.
Lincecum, however, is coming off arguably his worst effort of the season, giving up five runs and 10 hits in five innings Wednesday before the Giants rallied for a 9-6 win at Arizona.
"I could have done better hitting some spots," the right-hander said. "Balls were falling in here in there that I didn't like, but if I execute pitches and keep them down in the zone better, I'll fare better next time out."
Ex-Phillie Hunter Pence homered and had three of the five hits Monday for the Giants (19-13), whose last three weeks have included win streaks of six and four games as well as losing streaks of five and three.
Pence, traded from Philadelphia to San Francisco in July, is 10 for 20 with two homers and six RBIs in five games this month. He's batting .480 in the last six at AT&T Park.
|Last Updated: 9/18/2014 10:44:15 AM EST|