The San Francisco Giants will hope to get some revenge this weekend as they host the Philadelphia Phillies who recently swept them.
Almost a month ago the Giants were absolutely embarrassed in a four-game series in Philadelphia. They were outscored 32-8 in the series.
Now, the Phillies actually look like a legitimate playoff contender and a very good team. But still, what happened in Philly was ugly.
We’ll take a quick look at each matchup and how the Giants can get some revenge.
Chris Stratton had a forgettable month of May giving up 18 runs in 25.2 innings pitched. But this is a new month, and Stratton needs to pitch well to keep his job with Madison Bumgarner coming back soon.
The Phillies’ hitters don’t have much experience against Stratton, but Maikel Franco and Carlos Santana are a combined 4-for-5 against him.
Nick Pivetta has only given up 3 runs in his last four starts, including five shutout innings against the Giants.
Brandon Crawford, Evan Longoria, Andrew McCutchen and Buster Posey are all 1-for-2 against him. Hopefully, we can string some hits together this time.
Andrew Suarez should get the start on Saturday, and he hasn’t been very good in his last four starts giving up 17 runs in 19 innings.
He should have an advantage in this game as no one of the Phillies’ roster has any experience against Suarez.
Vince Velasquez was great in May with a 2.30 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched. Brandon Crawford has the best numbers against him among the starters with a pair of hits.
Pablo Sandoval is 2-for-6 against Velasquez.
It’s unclear who will start for the Giants on Sunday. It could either by Ty Blach or Dereck Rodriguez if he is healthy.
The one thing we do know, is that Jake Arrieta will be on the mound for the Phillies, and that’s not good for the Giants.
Arrieta has a 2.16 ERA this year in 58.1 innings pitched with 40 strikeouts. Giants’ hitters are batting a combined .204 against him.
Austin Jackson actually has the best numbers against him with 4 hits in six tries. Andrew McCutchen has the most experience against him with 53 at-bats, but just 12 hits.
Obviously, the Giants need to do whatever it takes to win the first two games of this series. If I’m being brutally honest, Sunday is a throwaway game for the Giants.
You have to hope the lack of experience for the Phillies hitters against the Giants starters will work in our favor. But I would not be surprised if the Giants lose this series.