Filed Under (Series Preview) by mrose at 4:30 PM on 07-30-2009
The Philadelphia Phillies are the only team starting a new series on Thursday night, so we will have a scaled down version just for them today, with a full version tomorrow afternoon. Enjoy!
|The Philadelphia Phillies(58-41, 1st in NL East) made a big splash before the trade deadling, obtaining Cliff Lee and Ben Francisco from the Indians prior to the deadline. Both should be meeting up with the team in San Francisco this weekend with Lee expected to debut on either Friday or Saturday night, which will shape the rest of the rotation. The Phillies continue to win and took two of three from the Diamondbacks this week and now will face the wild card leading San Francisco Giants for four. Check out Phillies Phandom for more Philadelphia insight.
The San Francisco Giants(55-46, 2nd in NL West 7GB, 1st in WildCardl) were also players before the trade deadline. The Giants acquired infielder Freddy Sanchez from the Pirates for a minor league player, and he didn’t have to travel far as the Pirates were just swept out of San Francisco, Sanchez will simply extend his stay. They also got the news this week that Randy Johnson has a rotator cuff tear and will be out for an extended period of time. They hope that they can extend their wild card lead, and take some games from the leagues hottest team at the same time.
Probable pitching matchups are below:
NOTE: Cliff Lee WILL make his Phillies debut in the series, it just has not been announced whether he will slot in on Friday or Saturday.
|Thursday @ 10:15PM EST – Lopez,PHI(3-0,3.09 ERA) vs. Sanchez,SF(3-9,4.92 ERA)|
| Friday @ 10:15PM EST – Blanton,PHI(7-4,4.11 ERA) vs. Sadowski,SF(2-3,4.81 ERA)
|Saturday @9:05PM EST-Moyer,PHI(10-7,5.32 ERA) vs. Lincecum,SF(11-3,2.30 ERA)|
|Sunday @ 4:05PM EST – Hamels,PHI(7-5,4.42 ERA) vs. Zito,SF(6-10,4.54 ERA)