|PHILADELPHIA ( NOLA )|
SAN FRANCISCO ( SAMARDZIJA )
|959||PHILADELPHIA||+100||Ov 8,+105||+110||Ov 7,-110|
|960||SAN FRANCISCO||-110||Un 8,-125||-120||Un 7,-110|
|vs Right-handed Starters||29-57||-23.2||39-41||3.9||0.249||0.310||0.384||0.694||5.0||0.266||0.327||0.433||0.760|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.1||4-3||2.7||0.213||0.270||0.309||0.579||6.0||0.276||0.337||0.494||0.831|
|vs Right-handed Starters||32-51||-23.6||37-36||4.1||0.246||0.302||0.375||0.677||5.0||0.280||0.336||0.448||0.784|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-0.6||2-3||3.3||0.250||0.310||0.346||0.656||4.6||0.281||0.333||0.434||0.767|
|8/3/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)||4-5||L||145||9 ov||P||10||9||0||6||7||0|
|8/4/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||@ COLORADO||FREELAND(L)||3-4||L||140||11.5 ov||U||10||8||0||7||11||0|
|8/5/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ COLORADO||GRAY(R)||5-8||L||180||11 un||O||12||7||1||10||6||0|
|8/6/2017||NOLA(R)||@ COLORADO||HOFFMAN(R)||3-2||W||100||11 un||U||9||7||0||7||8||0|
|8/8/2017||EFLIN(R)||@ ATLANTA||TEHERAN(R)||5-2||W||155||9.5 un||U||11||11||0||8||5||1|
|8/9/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ ATLANTA||NEWCOMB(L)||3-2||W||140||9 ev||U||5||5||0||9||6||2|
|8/10/2017||VELASQUEZ(R)||NY METS||DEGROM(R)||0-10||L||+140||8.5 ev||O||4||3||0||13||6||1|
|8/11/2017||PIVETTA(R)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||6-7||L||-110||9.5 un||O||13||11||1||13||6||0|
|8/12/2017||NOLA(R)||NY METS||MATZ(L)||3-1||W||-145||8.5 un||U||5||7||0||3||6||0|
|8/13/2017||EFLIN(R)||NY METS||FLEXEN(R)||2-6||L||+100||10 ev||U||7||9||1||12||7||0|
|8/14/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||WOOD(L)||4-7||L||110||8 ev||O||11||10||1||10||9||1|
|8/15/2017||LEITER JR.(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||LAMET(R)||4-8||L||155||8 un||O||6||3||2||8||6||0|
|8/16/2017||PIVETTA(R)||@ SAN DIEGO||RICHARD(L)||0-3||L||125||8.5 un||U||3||5||0||7||6||1|
|8/17/2017||NOLA(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||SAMARDZIJA(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||EFLIN(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||STRATTON(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||EICKHOFF(R)||@ SAN FRANCISCO||MOORE(L)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ SAN FRANCISCO||BLACH(L)|| |
|8/22/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/24/2017|| ||MIAMI|| || |
|8/7/2017||MOORE(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||ARRIETA(R)||3-5||L||+165||8 ev||P||9||7||0||12||9||1|
|8/8/2017||BLACH(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||QUINTANA(L)||6-3||W||+175||7.5 un||O||9||5||2||8||7||1|
|8/9/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||CHICAGO CUBS||HENDRICKS(R)||3-1||W||-115||7.5 un||U||9||8||0||6||6||0|
|8/12/2017||SAMARDZIJA(R)||@ WASHINGTON||JACKSON(R)||1-3||L||115||9.5 un||U||7||8||0||11||10||1|
|8/13/2017||STRATTON(R)||@ WASHINGTON||COLE(R)||4-2||W||140||9 ov||U||9||9||0||7||6||0|
|8/13/2017||MOORE(L)||@ WASHINGTON||SCHERZER(R)||2-6||L||225||8 un||P||6||5||2||11||6||0|
|8/14/2017||BLACH(L)||@ MIAMI||CONLEY(L)||3-8||L||135||8.5 ov||O||7||7||0||11||8||0|
|8/15/2017||BUMGARNER(L)||@ MIAMI||STRAILY(R)||9-4||W||105||7.5 ov||O||14||4||1||12||8||2|
|8/16/2017||CAIN(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||1-8||L||175||9 ov||P||8||8||2||10||9||1|
|8/20/2017||BLACH(L)||PHILADELPHIA|| || |
|8/23/2017|| ||MILWAUKEE|| || |
|PHILADELPHIA: 2016: 71-91, fourth place
Manager: Pete Mackanin (third season)
Who's new? LF Howie Kendrick, RF Michael Saunders, C Ryan Hanigan, OF Chris Coghlan, RHP Clay Buchholz, RHP Joaquin Benoit
Who's gone? C A.J. Ellis, 1B Ryan Howard, INF Andres Blanco, OF Peter Bourjos, RHP Charlie Morton, RHP David Hernandez
Projected lineup: 2B Cesar Hernandez (.294, 6 HR, 39 RBI, 17 SB), LF Howie Kendrick (.255, 8, 40, 10 with Dodgers), CF Odubel Herrera (.286, 15, 49, 25), 3B Maikel Franco (.255, 25, 88), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57 with Blue Jays), 1B Tommy Joseph (.257, 21, 47), C Cameron Rupp (.252, 16, 54), SS Freddy Galvis (.241, 3, 20, 17 SB)
Rotation: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-14, 3.65 ERA), RH Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78), RH Clay Buchholz (8-10, 4.78 with Red Sox), RH Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.12), Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.65)
Key relievers: Jeanmar Gomez (3-5, 4.85, 37/43 SV), Joaquin Benoit (2-0, 0.38 with Blue Jays), Hector Neris (4-4, 2.58), Pat Neshek (2-2, 3.06 with Astros), Edubray Ramos (1-3, 3.83)
Hot spots: Shortstop and closer. Philadelphia is waiting for the arrival of J.P. Crawford, the marquee name in the farm system. Crawford struggled in his first exposure to Triple-A last year, batting .250 with seven home runs in 123 games. In the meantime shortstop belongs to Galvis, who had an MLB-worst .274 on-base percentage last season. Crawford will get a chance once he's deemed ready. Gomez had a 19.13 ERA last September, possibly opening the door for Ramos, Neris or newcomer Benoit to seize the closer's job in spring training.
Outlook: On the long road back to respectability, the Phillies appear closer to the end than the beginning. Young starters Nola, Velasquez and Eickhoff showed flashes of brilliance last year. So did center fielder Herrera, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension. He's the only player on the roster with a guaranteed contract beyond this year. That points to 2017 as a major transition year with prospects and veterans auditioning for jobs in 2018 and beyond, when the Phillies can be active in free agency.
|SAN FRANCISCO: 2016: 87-75, second place
Manager: Bruce Bochy (11th season)
Who's new? RHP Mark Melancon, C Nick Hundley, IF Jae-Gyun Hwang
Who's gone? OF Angel Pagan, OF Gregor Blanco, RHP Jake Peavy, RHP Santiago Casilla, RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Javier Lopez
Projected lineup: CF Denard Span (.266, 11 HR, 53 RBI, 12 SB), 1B Brandon Belt (.275, 17 , 82), C Buster Posey (.288, 14, 80), RF Hunter Pence (.289, 13, 57), SS Brandon Crawford (.275, 12, 84), 3B Eduardo Nunez (.288, 16, 67, 40 SBs with Giants and Twins), 2B Joe Panik (.239, 10, 62), LF Jarrett Parker (.236, 5, 14) or Mac Williamson (.223, 6, 15)
Rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (15-9, 2.74 ERA), RH Johnny Cueto (18-5, 2.79), RH Jeff Samardzija (12-11, 3.81), LH Matt Moore (13-12, 4.08 with Giants and Rays), RH Matt Cain (4-8, 5.64)
Key relievers: RH Mark Melancon (2-2, 1.64, 47/51 SV with Nationals), RH Hunter Strickland (3-3, 3.10), RH Derek Law (4-2, 2.13), LH Steven Okert (0-0, 3.21) or Josh Osich (1-3, 4.71), RH Cory Gearrin (3-2, 4.28), RH George Kontos (3-2, 2.53)
Hot spot: Bullpen and left field. No team blew more saves last year than the Giants. The front office hopes it found the answer by signing three-time All-Star closer Melancon to a (then-record) four-year, $62 million deal, and by cutting ties with Romo and Casilla. They will need to replace Will Smith, a key lefty who tore his UCL in spring training. Veteran outfielder Pagan left after five seasons in San Francisco. Rather than fill his shoes via free agency or trade, the unproven tandem of Williamson and Parker is expected to share time in left.
Outlook: The Giants have an established core of position players, and an enviable 1-2 rotation punch in Bumgarner and Cueto. That's probably why the front office did little in the offseason besides overhaul the back end of the bullpen. Hwang, who hit 26 home runs and drove in 104 last year in Korea, is an intriguing addition to the bench. Mostly the Giants are counting on continuity. Former NL MVP Posey is coming off a below-average season by his standards, and sparkplug Pence missed nearly two months last year with a hamstring injury. Expecting both to bounce back isn't a stretch, and new closer Melancon is as good as they come. At full strength, this Giants team should be able to give the Dodgers a good run.
|Phillies, Giants begin series between NL bottom feeders|
SAN FRANCISCO -- The two losingest teams in baseball with little but 2018 draft order at stake begin a four-game series Thursday night when the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants meet at AT&T Park.
Two guys pitching their best ball of the season will square off in the series opener, with the Phillies sending right-hander Aaron Nola against Giants righty Jeff Samardzija.
The Phillies (43-75) are coming off a 3-0 loss at San Diego on Wednesday that capped a three-game sweep. The defeat was the Phillies' 10th in 14 games, further distancing them from the Giants (48-74) in the duel for last place in the National League.
The Phillies won two of three when the clubs met in Philadelphia in June. Neither Nola nor Samardzija pitched in that series.
The No. 7 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Nola (9-7, 3.02 ERA) has faced the Giants just once in his career, and it did not go well. He was bombed for five runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings, yet got no decision, at AT&T Park last season.
Nola has allowed just 13 earned runs in his past 10 starts, a stretch during which he limited all 10 opponents to two earned runs or fewer.
He has been even better since the All-Star break, accumulating the NL's third-best ERA (1.85) in six starts.
Nola will duel new Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the first time.
Waived by the Boston Red Sox in July, signed to a minor league deal by the Giants three days later and promoted to the majors earlier this month, Sandoval has hits in eight of his 10 games in his return to the team that he helped win 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series championships.
He was the only Giant to play in all six games on their just completed trip.
"With Buster (Posey) out, I wanted to keep him in the lineup," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said about Sandoval's start Wednesday at Miami. "His thing is, 'Hey, I've had enough days off this year.'"
Sandoval went 1-for-3 with a walk in San Francisco's 8-1 loss to the Marlins.
Samardzija (7-12, 4.74 ERA) will take the mound Thursday on a nice roll, but with no history of success against the Phillies.
He opened the Giants' 2-4 trip with a 3-1 loss at Washington, which ended his personal three-game winning streak. He has compiled a 3.29 ERA in those four games.
Samardzija has never gone head-to-head with a current member of the Phillies. He has a 1-4 record and a 8.67 ERA in 10 games, including four starts, in his career against Philadelphia.
Like Nola, Samardzija should expect to see an unfamiliar opponent on Thursday night. The Phillies demoted their Wednesday starting pitcher, Nick Pivetta, to Triple-A Lehigh Valley after the loss in San Diego, seeking to create a roster spot for an outfielder for the series against the Giants.
The Phillies are expected to make the promotion announcement before the Thursday game.
Outfield help is needed with Odubel Herrera sidelined due to a hamstring injury.
"I don't have a definite answer for that," manager Pete Mackanin responded when asked if Herrera, who sat out the Phillies' past two games, might be ready by the weekend. "In the meantime, we need a position player."
|Last Updated: 9/24/2017 9:02:56 AM EST|