Philadephia Phillies: 8/8-8/10 Series

The Phillies have their eye on the wild card as they make their way to Pac Bell, where the Giants have been practically flawless. But with so many key players out with injuries, how will the Giants be compared to a more healthy Phillies team?

OVERALL PREDICTION: GIANTS
The Giants took their last series from the Pirates, even though their offense was lacking. The Giants' bench came back in the last game, scratching up seven runs, including a two run shot by newcomers, Jeffrey Hammonds.

With Ray Durham and Rich Aurilia both out of the lineup for sure for the entire series, the Giants will have to find more ways for offense because their recent abilities in the batter's box just isn't cutting it. New arm, Sidney Ponson suffered an undeserving loss because of the lack of run support, 2-0.

The Phillies come into San Francisco having lost their last game by one run to the Rockies. The Giants would love to get some revenge, and hits, off Kevin Millwood, but they will not see him in this series, or Brandon Duckworth, the other ace of the Phillies.

The Phillies are eying the wild card, and every game counts for them. They would like nothing better than to come into San Francisco to prove that they are a playoff team, but the Giants may have other things on their minds. Injuries.

SERIES QUESTIONABLES:
Philadelphia:

  • David Bell (3B): hip (15-day DL)

    San Francisco:

  • Ray Durham (2B): aggravated hamstring/hip (day-to-day status; likely to miss series)
  • Rich Aurilia (SS): recovering from appendectomy (out for three weeks)

    Starters:
    Randy Wolf (11-6, 3.38 ERA)

  • Giants batting .262 against him

    Vicente Padilla (10-8, 3.57 ERA)

  • Giants batting .308 against him

    Brett Myers (11-6, 3.58 ERA)

  • Giants batting .474 against him
  • has no strikeouts against Giants

    Jesse Foppert (7-8, 5.27 ERA)

  • Phillies batting .167 against him
  • only gave up one run to Phillies in last start against them
  • lost against Millwood in shut out

    Dustin Hermanson (2-2, 5.05 ERA)

  • Phillies batting .316 against him
  • Jim Thome is 4-4 against him
  • won his debut with Giants

    Jason Schmidt (12-4, 2.32 ERA)

  • Phillies batting .322 against him
  • only gave up two homeruns to Phillies (Abreu, Rollins)

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    One of Foppert's most impressive outings was against the Phillies, there he only gave up one run, but got the loss as Millwood shut the Giants' offense down with a no-hitter. He goes up against Randy Wolf, who has had decent success against the Giants.

    After struggling through the entire league, Hermanson has earned a well deserving starting spot in the Giants' rotation after an impressive outing last week against the Reds to become the stopper for the Giants on their worst road trip. The Phillies have decent success against him, but the Giants have just as much success against Padilla.

    In the last game of the series, Schmidt goes up against Myers. The Philles have hit Schmidt decently, and the Giants have great success against Myers. Schmidt only gave up two homeruns to the entire Phillies lineup, and Myers has not struck out any of the Giants, even though the Giants have not seen him much.

    First Base:
    Jim Thome (.258)

  • .302 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Foppert (0-2)
  • vs. Hermanson (4-4): one 2B, two RBIs
  • vs. Schmidt (2-6): two strikeouts

    J.T. Snow (.273)

  • .247 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (0-3): three strikeouts
  • vs. Padilla (2-6): one 2B, one homerun
  • never faced Myers

    Andres Galarraga (.308)

  • .222 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (3-15): two RBIs, five strikeouts
  • vs. Padilla (2-5): one 2B, two RBIs, two strikeouts
  • never faced Myers

    PREDICTION: PHILLIES
    Thome is one of the best hitters in the league. Snow has been swinging the bat well for the Giants, coming up with important clutch hits, and collecting three RBIs in the last game against the Pirates.

    Second Base:
    Placido Polanco (.301)

  • .241 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Foppert
  • vs. Hermanson (1-4)
  • vs. Schmidt (4-15): one 2B

    Tomas Perez (.290)

  • .286 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Hermanson
  • never faced Schmidt

    Neifi Perez (.259)

  • .346 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (2-3)
  • vs. Padilla (2-4): one 3B, one RBI, two strikeouts
  • never faced Myers

    PREDICTION: PHILLIES
    The Giants lose a lot with Durham sidelined for the series. Perez is good defensively, but offensively he is lacking. Polanco, on the other hand, has been the hottest hitter as of late for the Phillies.

    Shortstop:
    Jimmy Rollins (.265)

  • .231 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Foppert (0-3): one strikeout
  • vs. Hermanson (1-3)
  • vs. Schmidt (3-6): one 2B, one homerun, four RBIs, one strikeout

    Nick Punto (.217)

  • against Giants pitchers

    Cody Ransom (.222)

  • .000 against Phillies pitchers
  • never faced Wolf
  • never faced Padilla
  • never faced Myers

    PREDICTION: PHILLIES
    Again, the Giants lose a lot by not just losing Durham, but Aurilia as well. The middle of the infield now consists of bench guys, who are solid defensively, but need some work in the batters' box, which gives the Phillies the edge.

    Third Base:
    Tyler Houston (.275)

  • .250 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Foppert
  • vs. Hermanson (2-10): two RBIs, two strikeouts
  • vs. Schmidt (7-23): one RBI, ten strikeouts

    Edgardo Alfonzo (.251)

  • .250 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (4-32): one 2B, one RBI, four strikeouts
  • vs. Padilla (5-15): one 2B, two homeruns, four RBIs, one strikeout
  • vs. Myers (3-5): one RBI

    Pedro Feliz (.226)

  • .250 against Philles pitchers
  • never faced Wolf
  • never faced Padilla
  • never faced Myers

    PREDICTION: GIANTS
    Alfonzo is finally beginning to swing his bat better and more consistently. With the injury to Bell, Houston has not been performing too well for the Phillies. Feliz has also been swinging the bat well, filling in for whatever position he needs to fill in for.

    Catcher:
    Mike Lieberthal (.315)

  • .224 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Foppert (0-2): one strikeout
  • vs. Hermanson (5-17): three homeruns, nine RBIs, three strikeouts
  • vs. Schmidt (2-12): four strikeouts

    Tood Pratt (.292)

  • .205 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Foppert
  • vs. Hermanson (0-10): four strikeouts
  • vs. Schmidt (2-3): one 2B, one strikeout

    Benito Santiago (.286)

  • .228 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (3-11): two strikeouts
  • vs. Padilla (1-9): three strikeouts
  • never faced Myers

    Yorvit Torrealba (.250)

  • .182 against Phillies pitchers
  • never faced Wolf
  • never faced Padilla
  • never faced Myers

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Both Lieberthal and Santiago have been swinging the bat decently well for either teams, but the Giants may get a slight edge because of their back up catcher. Torrealba has proven time and time again that he is one of the leagues best back up catchers.

    Left Field:
    Pat Burrell (.197)

  • .333 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Foppert (0-2): two strikeouts
  • vs. Hermanson (2-3): one 2B
  • vs. Schmidt (2-2): one RBI, three walks

    Barry Bonds (.330)

  • .292 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (2-10): one homerun, four RBIs, eight strikeouts
  • vs. Padilla (1-7): one 2B, one RBI, one strikeout

    PREDICTION GIANTS
    Bonds has not been hitting too many homeruns lately, but he has been getting on base and getting a few base hits to start rallies. His presence is that important to the Giants, even when he's not hitting jacks, his on-base percentage is a big threat. Burrell has been slumping this season, batting under .200.

    Center Field:
    Marlon Byrd (.305)

  • never faced any Giants pitcher

    Ricky LeDee (.234)

  • .333 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Foppert (2-2): one homerun
  • vs. Hermanson (2-3): one 2B, two RBIs
  • never faced Schmidt

    Jason Michaels (.304)

  • .667 against Giants pitchers
  • never faced Foppert
  • never faced Hermanson
  • never faced Schmidt

    Marquis Grissom (.303)

  • .336 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (6-15): one 2B, two homeruns, four strikeouts
  • vs. Padilla (2-4)
  • vs. Myers (3-4): two homeruns

    PREDICTION: TIED
    Byrd has been doing very well for the Phillies lately, and Grissom continues his consistent play for the Giants. Grissom also has a good record against the Phillies pitching staff.

    Right Field:
    Bobby Abreu (.297)

  • .260 against Giants pitchers
  • vs. Foppert (1-3)
  • vs. Hermanson (6-25): one 3B, six strikeouts
  • vs. Schmidt (6-15): two 2Bs, one homerun, five RBIs, four strikeouts

    Jose Cruz, Jr. (.247)

  • .294 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (1-5): one 2B, one strikeout
  • vs. Padilla (1-3): one homerun
  • never faced Myers

    Jeffrey Hammonds (.176)

  • .333 against Phillies pitchers
  • vs. Wolf (3-5): one 2B, one homerun
  • vs. Padilla (3-6): one RBI, one strikeout
  • vs. Myers (2-5): one 2B

    PREDICTION: PHILLIES
    Abreu has been another hot hitter for the Phillies, but Cruz is slowly getting out of his slump (and back in again, sometimes). Hammonds was the hero of the last game for the Giants, hitting his second career homerun to put the Giants over a tied game against the Pirates.

    BULLPEN: GIANTS
    Relievers: Giants
    Jose Mesa has not been doing too well for the Phillies, but the entire Giants bullpen has been performing very well, either in long relief or short relief. Whenever they get into jams, they tend to get out of it, with the exception of Felix Rodriguez, who still hasn't redeemed himself of his Cincinnati problems.

    Closer: Giants
    Mike Williams and Tim Worrell both have twenty-five saves, but Williams has six blown saves and an ERA of 5.94, which is high for a closer. Since his trade from the Pirates, Williams has been solid for the Phillies. Worrell has had some shaky outings but has managed to get out of them undamaged.



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