The National League West division’s first place San Francisco Giants (61-42) come to Philadelphia to open a three-game series against the Phillies (48-59) at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.
The Giants are winners of their last two contests, but previously dropped 11 of 13 games coming out the All-Star break prior to that short streak.
The Phils were expected to be active at the trading deadline, but did not make any significant moves leading up to Monday’s non-waiver cut off. They’ll head into battle at home with virtually the same group that has lost six of their last nine games.
Read ahead for loads of details on the upcoming pitching match ups for this series plus plenty more statistics.
Tuesday, 7:05 PM. Madison Bumgarner (10-6, 2.09 ERA) vs. Zach Eflin (3-4, 4.23 ERA). The left-handed Bumgarner has a 4-3 record with a 3.27 in eight regular season starts against the Phillies in his career. Bumgarner, who was the Giants’ 1st round draft selection in 2007, is winless in three starts since the All-Star break. Phils catcher Carlos Ruiz is 6-for-17 (.353 avg) with two doubles and a homer in his career against Bumgarner. In three home starts, Eflin sports a 1-2 record with a 2.61 ERA. In three night starts, the 22-year-old righty, Eflin, has a 0.38 ERA.
Wednesday, 7:05 PM. Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.63 ERA) vs. Aaron Nola (6-9, 4.78 ERA). Cueto, a 30-year-old right-hander, has also not recorded a win since the All-Star Break. On the road this season, Cueto has an 8-1 record with a 2.63 ERA. In 10 career starts against the Phillies, Cueto has recorded a 1-4 record with a 5.46 ERA. Nola, 23, has a 2-6 record with a 4.67 ERA in nine home starts this season. Nola allowed five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in his only career start against San Francsico back in June.
Thursday, 1:05 PM. Jeff Samardzija (9-7, 4.30 ERA) vs. Vince Velasquez (8-3, 3.32 ERA). In 10 career appearances against the Phillies Samardzija has a 1-4 record with an 8.67 ERA. On the road this season the 31-year-old righty has a 5-4 record with a 4.43 ERA in 13 starts. Velasquez, a 24-year-old righty, is 4-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a .174 batting average against in eight home starts this season.
Giants backstop Buster Posey has a .403 batting average in 30 career regular season games against the Phils. On the road this season, the 29-year-old is batting .283 with seven homers and 25 RBI.
Former Phillie Hunter Pence has a .318 average with 16 homers and 35 RBI in 42 career games against the Phillies.
Since the All-Star break, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is batting .196 with two RBI in 15 games. Against the Phillies in 30 regular season games, the 29-year-old Crawford has a .218 batting average.
Phils outfielder Cody Asche posted a .143 average with with three doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 25 July games. The 26-year-old is a career .267 hitter in 17 games against the Giants.
First baseman Tommy Joseph posted a .328 batting average in 22 July games. The 25-year-old was originally a 2nd round draft pick of the Giants in 2009 and was acquired in a trade for Pence back in 2012.
In nine career games against the Giants, third baseman Maikel Franco has a .314/.385/.629 slash line. At home this season, the 23-year-old Franco is batting .211 with seven homers and 24 RBI in 49 games.
Giants team ERA in July- 3.83 (16th in MLB)
Phillies team ERA in July- 4.12 (19th in MLB)
Giants team OPS in July- .705 (21st in MLB)
Phillies team OPS in July- .695 (23rd in MLB)