The Philadelphia Phillies have lost eight games in a row. Taking a look at whom is starting this game for the Giants (Barry Zito, 9.39 ERA on the road), the way their lineup is constructed (Brett Pill, Jeff Francoeur, Guillermo Quiroz all in), and the Giants just got swept by the Cubs. Awful. Just awful. Speaking of awful:
Your lineup stacked up against a lefty in John Lannan. I know it looks like a Spring Training lineup, but don’t worry, this counts as a regular season game and they’re tied with the Minnesota Twins in the standings for fifth-worst record (Giants get the tiebreaker due to win percentage). Buster Posey is sick today. Meanwhile, the Fightin’ Phils throw this out:
Jul 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher John Lannan (27) throws a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Michael Young is in the lineup, and he nor the Phils think any deal is close, the only team sources have agreed on that he could be traded to, would be the Texas Rangers, as the team is closest to his family. Even if we don’t see Barry Zito for very long in today’s start, these are his pitches and how the opposition has fared against his repertoire in 2013:
A pretty high batting average against on all pitches, with a .511 slugging percentage against his slider, which is ludicrous. Want to know who has a .511 SLG? Jay Bruce and Buster Posey. Pretty encouraging to know when you throw your slider, you’re going to fare like pitchers have against Bruce and Posey in terms of SLG. As for Lannan and what he throws out there:
Now, a .561 SLG against on his four-seamer? That’s what Mike Trout has done in 2013, so hopefully the Giants can wake up their inner Trout when Lannan puts that four-seam grip on. Numbers suggest he’s a three pitch guy, and he uses that curveball and cutter sparingly enough that he catches the opposition off balance.
Other news and notes on the day starting with quotes on the White House visit:
On Brian Wilson:
On the trade deadline:
A side note, Marc Rzepcynski was traded to the Cleveland Indians, a speculated trade partner of the Giants for Javier Lopez. If they are unable to trade him, they will probably try to re-sign him in the off-season, no qualifying offer, of course.
On the promotion of Roger Kieschnick and Brett Pill:
Because the Brett Pill experiment hasn’t gone long enough and Brandon Belt is in a slump.
An update on Ryan Vogelsong:
The Giants and Phillies will square off at 4:05PM PST at Citizens Bank Park.