Gamdeday: Giants (59-43) at Phillies (64-37)

Posted by Jonathan Nisula, Tue, July 26, 2011 06:45 PM | Comments: 10
2011 Gameday, Opinion, Posts

San Francisco Giants (59-43) at Philadelphia Phillies (64-37)

Barry Zito (3-2, 4.78 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (6-1, 2.02 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: MY PHL 17, MLB Network
Weather: Sunny, 86
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Tonight’s game will feature an unexpected pitching matchup as Tim Lincecum was scratched due to sickness. Pitching for the Phillies will be Vance Worley, who is currently the Phillies’ hottest pitcher. In his last 6 starts, he is 4-0 with a 0.94 ERA in 38.1 IP. This will be the first time Worley will face any of the Giants’ hitters, who collectively sport a wOBA that is good for 15th–or 2nd to last–in the NL.

Tim Lincecum Barry Zito will oppose Worley. This is very good news for the Phils because Lincecum has given up just 30 hits in 156  at bats (a .192 AVG) against all current Phillies. The two time Cy Young Award winner was almost as hot a Worley as well. In his last 7 starts, he was 3-4 with a 1.84 ERA  in 44.0 IP. On the other hand, Zito has an ERA very close to 5 in 37.2 innings pitched this year.

Both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley have done well against Zito, hitting .375 and .364 respectively. Ryan Howard, who went from being the most successful Phillies hitter against Lincecum, now will face a guy who he is 0-5 with 3 K’s against in Zito.

Howard is part of  a Phillies offense that has put up an average of over 5 runs per game over their last 10. That pace may just continue tonight. For the Phillies to win, they need to get to Zito early, make him work, and get a few runs to support Worley, who is due for a down game.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF,  Mayberry RF, Schneider C, Worley RHP

Victory Lager

Your gameday beer: Troegs Nugget Nectar

Poured a medium amber color with a thick white head that laces down the glass nicely. The aroma has an initial blast of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple, caramel malt, and floral sweetness. It was named one of the top beers in the world by Beer Advocate, whom I trust. It’s also a local beer (kinda) coming from Harrisburg, PA. It should be a nice beer to sip on for tonight’s game while you’re, hopefully, grilling steaks and asparagus on the grill. My mouth is watering for that. And a win. AND A WIN! -by Pat

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  • Avatar of The Original Chuck P

    Two out rally… Chase walk Big Piece RBI double, Vic walk and capped off by a RAUUUULLLLLLL bases clearing three-run HR! Yessiirrrrr!! Now, let’s see if the Vanimal can settle in- he looked a little off.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Beautiful first inning. We will see how bad the Giants offense is….Lets get a few more.

  • Posts: 0 Frank Riccard

    T-Mac: “The Nationals have traded for Johnny Gomes… not sure why they would do that…”

    ha ha ha ha

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    I really like Mayberry. Sweet homer

  • Posts: 1435 Pat Gallen

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    VANCE! He looks so good lately.

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Where is everybody? Vanimal is going for a complete game and the Phils have scored 7 runs and no one wants to comment?

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Nobody here tonight.

  • Posts: 161 therookie300

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    Raul flashing the leather…

    UZR what?

  • Posts: 0 Mostone

    Great job, Vance! (I really hope the Phils don’t trade him.)

  • Posts: 0 lou possehl

    OK OK; a comment …

    100 years ago or so, and as I recall it, Jack Sanford broke on the scene for the Phillies as a late bloomer and had a great first year. He was no kid at the time. The Phillies decided that maybe it was a bit too good to be true, and proceeded to trade him to the Giants for one Ruben Gomez and a bag of balls. Sanford proceeded to have a number of great years as a Giant; Gomez was utterly mediocre.

    All Vance Worley has done so far is perform beyond everyone’s expectations and pitch better than anyone on a staff that will go down in baseball history as one of the best ever, for any team. Is it another case of “too good to be true”? I have no idea, but as a Phillies fan since ancient times, I sure would hate to see the Sanford thing repeated once more. If he’s part of any trade; it damn well better be for something real good.

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