Since last year, the Giants have come back down to earth. Cody Ross isn't hitting .350 with an OPS of 1.385, and probably never will ever again for the rest of his career, although he just so happened to have those numbers in the NLCS last year. Instead, he is hitting a whole 100 points lower at .250. Which, obviously is more normal for a generally mediocre player like Ross. From what i can remember during his times as a Florida Marlin, he was very entertaining to watch play the outfield. He would always seem to lose the ball, and he can't use the excuse that he lost it in the crowd, because the seats were bright orange and empty. So the fact that he played way over his head and hit not one but two home runs off of Roy Halladay still has me a little heated (can you tell?). Now not only is Ross the only player to come down off of their playoff run last year, but the entire offense has dropped in production. The team average right now is .240. Obviously, their pitching is what is keeping them barely on top of the NL West. They have the second best staff in the majors behind only the Phillies. Their best pitcher statistically this year has been Ryan Vogelsong. An unlikely person considering the rotation includes arms like Lincecum and Cain. Vogelsong is 9-1 with a 2.19 ERA. San Francisco has the 2nd lowest run differential out of all first place teams in baseball (+2, the lowest is Detroit who actually has a negative run differential). The NL West 2nd place team, Arizona has a run differential of +26 and just took 2 out of 3 from the Giants in San Francisco. Before that, the Giants were in Cincinnati and were swept. The Giants have shown this year that they are a very beatable team and the Phillies just need to get past their mental block that doesn't allow them to do so.
The Giants recently acquired NY Met Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline and so far he has helped the Giants to 2 wins in 7 games. Not what the Giants were expecting but Beltran has always been an opportunistic player. He started to drop in production for the Mets but when his contract year rolled around this year he started playing better and got a trade to a contender. Now, Beltran is still in this contract year and will look to get the most money out of the deal like he did when he went to Houston in 2004.
Tonight the Giants start Madison Bumgarner, who the Phillies did not see last week in town. In Bumgarner's last start, he was roughed up by the Reds for 5 earned runs in 4.0 innings. Phillies send out Cliff Lee who struck out 11 Pirates in 7.2 innings in his last start.
Phillies Lineup Tonight: