|SAN FRANCISCO ( ZITO )|
PHILADELPHIA ( LANNAN )
|907||SAN FRANCISCO||+130||Ov 8.5,-115||+115||Ov 9,-105|
|908||PHILADELPHIA||-140||Un 8.5,-105||-125||Un 9,-115|
|vs Left-handed Starters||14-20||-9||13-18||3.9||0.266||0.318||4.0||0.244||0.306|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-7.6||3-4||2.0||0.230||0.287||5.3||0.284||0.336|
|vs Left-handed Starters||11-13||-2.4||14-10||4.2||0.257||0.303||3.8||0.238||0.309|
|Past 7 Games||0-7||-7||3-4||1.4||0.189||0.224||6.7||0.316||0.388|
|7/23/2013||ZITO(L)||@ CINCINNATI||REYNOLDS(R)||5-3||W||-115||8.5 un||U||9||6||2||10||14||0|
|7/26/2013||CAIN(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||JACKSON(R)||2-3||L||-160||7 un||U||5||5||2||8||11||0|
|7/27/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||RUSIN(L)||0-1||L||-240||7 un||U||5||10||2||5||7||0|
|7/28/2013||LINCECUM(R)||CHICAGO CUBS||WOOD(L)||1-2||L||-145||7 un||U||5||9||0||5||5||2|
|7/30/2013||ZITO(L)||@ PHILADELPHIA||LANNAN(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||GAUDIN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||KENDRICK(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||CAIN(R)||@ PHILADELPHIA||HAMELS(L)|| |
|8/2/2013||BUMGARNER(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)|| |
|8/3/2013||LINCECUM(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||MOORE(L)|| |
|8/4/2013||ZITO(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRICE(L)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|7/19/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ NY METS||HEFNER(R)||13-8||W||110||8 ov||O||15||6||0||12||7||3|
|7/20/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ NY METS||WHEELER(R)||4-5||L||-135||7.5 ov||O||10||10||0||9||6||1|
|7/21/2013||LEE(L)||@ NY METS||HARVEY(R)||0-5||L||-105||6.5 un||U||4||5||0||7||3||0|
|7/23/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ ST LOUIS||MILLER(R)||1-4||L||200||8.5 un||U||7||6||0||11||10||0|
|7/24/2013||LANNAN(L)||@ ST LOUIS||WESTBROOK(R)||3-11||L||155||8 ov||O||9||6||0||16||11||1|
|7/25/2013||KENDRICK(R)||@ ST LOUIS||LYNN(R)||1-3||L||170||7.5 un||U||7||7||1||5||4||0|
|7/26/2013||HAMELS(L)||@ DETROIT||FISTER(R)||1-2||L||145||8 un||U||4||5||0||6||6||1|
|7/27/2013||VALDES(L)||@ DETROIT||SCHERZER(R)||0-10||L||240||8.5 un||O||2||2||1||15||6||0|
|7/28/2013||PETTIBONE(R)||@ DETROIT||PORCELLO(R)||4-12||L||210||9 un||O||9||5||3||13||10||0|
|7/30/2013||LANNAN(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||ZITO(L)|| |
|7/31/2013||KENDRICK(R)||SAN FRANCISCO||GAUDIN(R)|| |
|8/1/2013||HAMELS(L)||SAN FRANCISCO||CAIN(R)|| |
|8/6/2013|| ||CHICAGO CUBS|| || |
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER NL PREVIEW (SAN FRANCISCO-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Giants-Phillies Preview* =========================
By JORDAN GARRETSON STATS Writer
San Francisco (46-58) at Philadelphia (49-56), 7:05 p.m. EDT
The Philadelphia Phillies are on the brink of their longest losing streak in nearly 14 years.
Perhaps returning home to face Barry Zito, who has yet to win a road start this season, will help them avoid it.
Philadelphia tries to end an eight-game skid Tuesday night when it faces a struggling Zito and the San Francisco Giants.
The Phillies (49-56) started their trip with a 13-8 win over the New York Mets on July 19, then dropped the next eight games while being outscored 52-14. Three errors and three walks led to them allowing eight unearned runs in the sixth inning of a 12-4 loss at Detroit on Sunday.
Michael Young is 3 for 24 during the losing streak - he hit .342 in the previous 10 games - and 1 for 8 off Zito since the left-hander joined the Giants in 2007.
An 11-game slump from Sept. 4-14, 1999, marked the last time Philadelphia lost more than eight in a row.
"It's hard, man. It's tough," catcher Carlos Ruiz said. "We're not playing good baseball right now. It's embarrassing to see that."
The Phillies took two of three in San Francisco from May 6-8, though Zito (4-7, 4.92 ERA) started in the Giants' lone win, holding Philadelphia to one run and four hits over seven innings May 8.
Zito's season has taken a turn for the worse more recently. He's 0-4 in his last nine outings with a 6.35 ERA and only one quality start since his last win May 30.
He's struggled all year away from home, with an 0-6 record in eight games and a 9.89 ERA that is the highest among all pitchers with more than three road starts. Opponents are hitting .426 against him in those matchups.
Another loss Tuesday would mark his longest road losing streak since an eight-game slide in 2010.
Zito's last road outing, a 10-1 loss at San Diego on July 14, saw him allow four runs in two innings - his shortest start in more than two years.
San Francisco (46-58) is reeling after a 2-1 home loss to the Chicago Cubs on Sunday, its eighth defeat in 11 games. The Giants have homered once over that span while totaling 22 runs. They were 6 1/2 games out of first place prior to that stretch but now trail Los Angeles by 10.
Buster Posey accounted for the one homer but is 1 for 23 over his last eight games.
"We're not playing good baseball," Posey said. "That's about it. We have to play better. When you're struggling, the battle is sometimes trying not to do too much."
Philadelphia will counter with a southpaw of its own in John Lannan (2-4, 4.13). He limited opponents to one run over 16 innings in his final two starts before the All-Star Break, but after waiting 11 days for his next outing, he gave up four runs and eight hits over four innings in an 11-3 loss at St. Louis on Wednesday.
Lannan is 0-1 in three starts versus San Francisco despite a 1.74 ERA, though he hasn't faced them since a 5-4 road loss June 6, 2011.
Jeff Francoeur, 7 for 35 in 11 games since being signed by the Giants, is 15 for 28 off Lannan with six doubles.
Chase Utley is 7 for 20 off Zito, with four of those hits going for extra bases. John Mayberry is 4 for 8 with three home runs.
San Francisco has won five of its last seven in Philadelphia.
|Last Updated: 9/17/2014 8:36:19 PM EST|