|PHILADELPHIA ( PETTIBONE )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )
|957||PHILADELPHIA||+135||Ov 8,+100||+145||Ov 7.5,+100|
|958||SAN FRANCISCO||-145||Un 8,-120||-155||Un 7.5,-120|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-3||-0.2||4-2||4.0||0.265||0.310||3.5||0.174||0.251|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||-0.7||4-3||3.6||0.213||0.300||4.1||0.235||0.278|
|vs Right-handed Starters||12-10||+0||13-9||4.5||0.259||0.328||4.9||0.259||0.324|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+2.5||4-2||4.4||0.243||0.301||4.6||0.301||0.372|
|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||10||7||0||3||8||2|
|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)||6-2||W||130||7 un||O||12||9||1||7||6||2|
|5/8/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|5/9/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ ARIZONA||CORBIN(L)|| |
|5/10/2013||CLOYD(R)||@ ARIZONA||KENNEDY(R)|| |
|5/11/2013||LEE(L)||@ ARIZONA||CAHILL(R)|| |
|5/12/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ARIZONA||MCCARTHY(R)|| |
|5/14/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||CLEVELAND|| || |
|5/15/2013|| ||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||ZITO(L)||@ TORONTO||ROMERO(L)|| |
|5/15/2013|| ||@ 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), 3:45 p.m. EDT
Strong starting pitching and a solid approach at the plate have the Philadelphia Phillies in position to complete their first three-game sweep at San Francisco in almost 29 years.
Rookie Jonathan Pettibone can help the Phillies achieve that feat when he tries to continue the strong start to his career Wednesday against the Giants.
One night after Cliff Lee allowed two runs in eight innings of a 6-2 win, Kyle Kendrick gave up two in seven frames Tuesday to help Philadelphia (16-18) beat San Francisco by the same score.
The Phillies have totaled 22 hits in the series after they were held to five and outscored 16-2 in two straight losses to lowly Miami.
"We've played two solid games," manager Charlie Manuel said. "We were really working on moving the runners and scoring the runs. Everything was very good."
Philadelphia, which dropped four of six before starting a seven-game road trip this week, last swept a three-game set in San Francisco from May 18-20, 1984.
Pettibone (2-0, 3.24 ERA) has been solid through his first three major league starts while filling in for the injured John Lannan. The 22-year-old Southern California native allowed a homer and four other hits in 6 1-3 innings of a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Friday.
The right-hander has walked two and struck out 13 through 16 2-3 innings.
"He's pitched real good," said Manuel, whose team is 3-0 in Pettibone's starts. "I like that he can take his fastball and hit both sides of the plate with it."
Chase Utley and Ryan Howard each homered and had two RBIs on Tuesday for the Phillies.
Howard is 6 for 18 with three homers in the last six games and reached base four times Tuesday. Utley had his first three-hit game since the season opener, and he's batting .360 with two home runs and five RBIs in his last six against the Giants (19-14).
While Utley is 7 for 17 (.412) with two doubles, a triple and a home run against scheduled San Francisco starter Barry Zito (3-1, 3.06), Howard has gone 1 for 10 with five strikeouts.
Zito allowed six hits, walked four and put the leadoff batter on base in each of his five innings Friday, but managed to yield only a run while not factoring in the decision of a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Though Zito was not satisfied with his effort, it was a better performance than his previous start when he gave up six runs - one earned - in 3 2-3 innings at San Diego on April 27.
"From a personal standpoint I'm not happy with the way I pitched at all (Friday)," Zito told the Giants' official website. "But baseball is like that sometimes. I kept trying to make pitches throughout the night and was able to make pitches when I needed."
The left-hander is 0-2 with a 6.16 ERA in his last three starts versus Philadelphia.
Marco Scutaro and Brandon Crawford each had two hits Tuesday for San Francisco, which in the last three weeks has enjoyed winning streaks of four and six games and endured slides of three, five and now two in a row.
"We just have to get those bats going," said manager Bruce Bochy, whose team has 12 hits over the last two games without drawing a walk. "It makes it tough when you aren't doing a lot offensively."
The Giants were last swept at home July 27-29 by the Dodgers.
Scutaro is hitting .462 in his last seven games.
Ex-Phillie Hunter Pence was 11 for 24 in the previous six games before going 0 for 4 on Tuesday.
|Last Updated: 8/31/2014 3:36:57 AM EST|