Series Preview: Giants Face Phillies, No Hopping Around Now

Brandon Belt

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Tonight, the Giants are facing the Phillies at AT&T Park. Tim Lincecum faces Roy Halladay, which is going to be the EPSN pitching duel of the day.

Tomorrow, Joe Blanton faces Madison Bumgarner. This one is going to be a matchup for the cupcakes and for the cows.

On Wednesday, Cliff Lee goes up against Matthew Thomas Cain. That might be another ESPN pitching duel of the day right there, too.

The recent rivalry between the two teams has been one for the blogosphere as of late. However, Jonathan Sanchez is now with the Royals and Eli Whiteside is hopping in Fresno.

And then the Phillies are 4-5 and Chase Utley is on the DL. But they have that centerfielder that no one outside Philly really likes to like. So who knows what’s gonna happen? It doesn’t seem like it’s gonna be an outcome without turmoil or anything.

Of course, it’d be nice if the Giants sweep the series, but at this point, a win is good. Setting the bar low so anything more exceeds expectations.

Today’s Giants lineup after the jump.

via Baseball Press

1. Angel Pagan (S) CF
2. Melky Cabrera (S) RF
3. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
4. Buster Posey (R) C
5. Aubrey Huff (L) LF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
8. Emmanuel Burriss (S) 2B
9. Tim Lincecum (L) P

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