August 13-August 15, Philadelphia Phillies Series

The Giants were able to salvage a game in Pittsburgh, but hope to take that momentum and bring it into another part of Pennsylvania, where they'll face a team who is very much in the thick of the Wild Card race.

In the last game of the series, the Giants' bats have been heating up, in particular Edgardo Alfonzo's and Michael Tucker's. J.T. Snow also continues to hit well no matter where he is in the lineup, and Barry Bonds is back to his usual self.

However, the story as of late has been the bullpen. The Giants tried to fix this problem by moving Dustin Hermanson to the closer role, where he's been more effective than the rest of the relievers, However, Hermanson is just one more body in the bullpen, so the Giants will need to pick up another arm, or find a gem in their farm system, to boost this team's abilities to win.

This also puts the Giants' rotation out of order and short of an arm because of Jerome Williams' recent trip to the DL. Thankfully, the Giants found a starter in Noah Lowry, but have yet to fill another spot in the rotation, which currently belongs to Brad Hennessey. Because of this, the Giants will be sending their two rookies to start in this series.

In the first game, the Giants will have Hennessey (0-1, 7.71) pitch his second major league game against the Phillies' Brett Myers (7-8, 5.03). Hennessey had a decent debut, but got the loss against Greg Maddux's historical 300th win. Myers has not been effective against the Giants at all, with the team batting .467 against him. Alfonzo is 4-8, Marquis Grissom is 5-7 with two doubles and two jacks, Yorvit Torrealba is 2-4, and Snow is 1-3.

For the next game, newly named Player of the Week, Lowry (2-0, 2.43), will take the mound for the Giants to counter Eric Milton (12-2, 4.63). Lowry has been sensational ever since being called up to start, but has never faced the Phillies, with only pitcher, Cory Lidle, who has a 0-2 record against him. Myers has never faced the Giants, but a few players have records against him, and they haven't done well. Deivi Cruz is 7-29 with three doubles and a homerun, Ray Durham is 4-28 with a double, and Neifi Perez is 3-16 with a jack.

In the series finale, Brett Tomko (5-6, 5.06) will toe the rubber against Philadelphia's Vincente Padilla (4-5, 3.90). Doug Glanville is 7-20 against Tomko with a jack, and David Bell is 4-12 also with a homerun. Against Padilla, Alfonzo has the most at-bats and is 7-18 with a double and two jacks. Grissom is 7-11 with two doubles, and Cruz is 3-6 with a triple.

Hermanson (4-5, 4.60), in his new role as the Giants' closer, has done well in all his outings but one, where he gave up a game ending homerun. Against the Phillies, he has lots of success, except against Jim Thome, who is 5-7 with a double and a homerun against Hermanson. Other than that, Hermanson has been real good against the Phillies, including a 2-22 by Doug Glanville and a 0-11 by Todd Pratt.

With Billy Wagner out, the Giants will see a familiar face take on the Phillies' closer role. Tim Worrell (3-5, 4.14) has decent success against his former team, who are batting .250 as a team against him, but Bonds is 3-6 with a jack. However, Grissom is only 6-23 with a double and Cruz is 0-7.



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