|PHILADELPHIA ( LEE )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( BUMGARNER )
|vs Left-handed Starters||2-3||-1.5||3-2||3.6||0.251||0.290||3.8||0.181||0.270|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-3.4||3-4||2.9||0.178||0.257||5.7||0.272||0.337|
|vs Left-handed Starters||7-3||+3.9||4-5||4.4||0.267||0.298||2.8||0.231||0.294|
|Past 7 Games||6-1||+5.1||4-2||5.3||0.272||0.355||4.3||0.282||0.355|
|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)|| |
|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)|| |
|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|
|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 MATT BEARDMORE STATS Writer
Philadelphia (14-17) at San Francisco (18-12), 10:15 p.m. EDT
Madison Bumgarner isn't getting much run support, but the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants usually win when he takes the ball.
That's not happening for the Philadelphia Phillies when Cliff Lee does.
Bumgarner and the Giants try to extend their season-best winning streak to seven in Monday's night's series opener at AT&T Park, where Lee has a 20-inning scoreless streak.
Bumgarner (3-0, 1.55 ERA) has not earned a decision in his last three starts despite giving up three total runs. The Giants (19-12) have plated seven in those contests - just three while he's been on the mound - and won twice, including a 2-1 victory at Arizona on Tuesday when Bumgarner yielded three hits in seven shutout innings.
The left-hander, whose 2.66 run support average is among the NL's lowest, is the first Giants pitcher since Kevin Correia (seven) in 2007 to allow two runs or fewer in his first six starts.
"He could have five wins," manager Bruce Bochy told the Giants' official website. "We're not getting a lot of runs for him, but he's doing what we need, and that's putting up zeros for us."
Lee (2-2, 3.46) hasn't been doing much of that - he's 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his past three outings - but the Phillies (14-18) haven't done him many favors, scoring six runs while losing his last four starts.
The left-hander yielded five runs and nine hits in six innings of Wednesday's 6-0 loss at Cleveland.
The Phillies offense struggled again over the weekend, scratching out five total hits and two runs in a pair of losses to NL-worst Miami.
"When the game starts, we're up and ready to play. Then we have trouble scoring runs and hitting the ball consistently," manager Charlie Manuel told the Phillies' official website after Sunday's 14-2 defeat.
Jimmy Rollins is in a 2-for-18 slump, Chase Utley has gone 1 for 16 this month and Carlos Ruiz is 2 for 20 since his 25-game suspension ended.
If the Phillies can't get much going against Bumgarner - 1-1 with a 3.05 ERA in four appearances against them with two coming in the 2010 NLCS - Lee might be able to keep them in the game. Excluding two 2010 World Series losses while with Texas, the former AL Cy Young Award winner is 4-0 with a 0.63 ERA in five starts versus the Giants. In his last start at AT&T Park, Lee pitched a career-high 10 innings in a 1-0, 11-inning loss April 18, 2012.
Lee's regular-season scoreless innings streak in San Francisco is tied with Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa for the third-longest by a visiting pitcher since 2000. Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw's streak of 24 2-3 innings from Aug. 1, 2010-July 20, 2011, is the longest during that stretch.
Lee can expect to get his first look at Hunter Pence since the two-time All-Star was traded from Philadelphia to San Francisco on July 31. Pence, who spent a year with the Phillies after being acquired from Houston in another deadline deal, just went 5 for 13 in a weekend sweep of the Dodgers, driving in all of the runs in Sunday's 4-3 win.
Pence is a .340 hitter off Phillies pitching and 3 for 8 with a homer versus Lee.
San Francisco's Andres Torres, who had a season high-tying three hits Sunday, could get another start in center field should Angel Pagan miss another game with a strained hamstring.
The Giants are seeking their longest win streak since an eight-game run in September 2011.
They won four of six from the Phillies in 2012, including two of three in San Francisco.
|Last Updated: 3/20/2018 10:24:06 AM EST|