Gameday: Giants (59-44) at Phillies (65-37)

Posted by Michael Baumann, Wed, July 27, 2011 05:59 PM | Comments: 7
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San Francisco Giants (59-44) at Philadelphia Phillies (65-37)

Matt Cain, RHP (8-6, 3.06 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels, LHP (12-5, 2.62 ERA)

Time: 7:05, Citizens Bank Park
TV: ESPN, Comcast SportsNet
Weather: Mostly Sunny, 85
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Maybe the turning point of last year’s NLCS was Juan Uribe‘s game-winning sacrifice fly off Roy Oswalt in Game 4. Otherwise, the most likely candidate game the day before, when Matt Cain outdueled Cole Hamels for a 3-0 Giants victory from which the Phillies never really recovered. The revenge subplot to this series has been entirely overplayed, but it is interesting to note that tonight represents a repeat of that pitching matchup.

If reports are correct, Cain could have a new teammate in the next day or two. The Giants, whose excellence in pitching is matched perhaps only by their ineptitude at the plate, have capped off a huge day on the trade market by setting up a trade of top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler for Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. Beltran was rumored to be a top target for the Phillies, who are trying to upgrade their own outfield, but while the Giants offered a top prospect for the free agent-to-be, the Phillies balked at doing the same. Beltran will obviously not join the Giants tonight, as he still must approve the deal in order for it to become official.

Lineup: Rollins SS, Martinez 3B, Utley 2B, Howard 1B, Victorino CF, Ibanez LF, Brown RF, Ruiz C, Hamels P

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Michael is a graduate student at Temple University who lost his childlike innocence when, at the age of 6, his dad let him stay up for the end of Game 6 of the 1993 World Series. Unsettled by the Phillies' recent success, he has threatened over the years to leave the team he loves if they don't start losing again, but has so far been unable to follow through. Michael spent 4 years as an undercover agent in Braves territory at the University of South Carolina, where he covered football and soccer for The Daily Gamecock before moving back up north. He began writing for The Phrontiersman in June 2009 before moving to Phillies Nation in January 2010.

  • Posts: 0 bart shart

    I predict a big game by Ryan Howard and Dom Brown. I think that Howard is heating up for the stretch.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Beltran to hit 3rd tomorrow for the Giants.

    As if the Giants werent already enough of a threat to the Phillies already

    Howard will have to hit in the playoffs vs the Giants this year or the Phillies will lose again.

    IMO Phillies need to answer this. Get pence please.

    I cant take another loss to them and another year of that moron Wilson doing commercials.

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    Breaking news. The phillies are now going to put brown in for pence. 3 sources. Do it. Brown is never google to be there and hunter is in his prime.

  • Posts: 0 Andrew from Waldorf

    Victorino should be on 3rd there

    and the more I see Brown the more convinced I am he needs to be in left field.

  • Posts: 49 bacardi

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    Any questions

  • Posts: 0 Jeff

    The Giants are a better team then us and we will lose to them in the playoffs.

    FEAR THE BEARD. He made Howard look like Brown.

    FEAR IT..

    Welcome to Philly Pence.

  • Posts: 49 bacardi

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    Early word Jeff the Pence deal isnt happening now they want to deal him in the offseason. If it isnt Beltran or Pence then its probably not worth giving up any high tier prospects. Quentin is a mediocre guy with some pop but other than 08 he just been mediocre.

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