The San Francisco Giants, behind lots of close, tortuous games and an insane first 31 games, are finally in first place.
It’s no time to reflect on anything, but it’s remarkable that the Giants have rallied or won by one run in their last six games (all wins). San Francisco is now 19-12 and one game ahead of the Colorado Rockies for first place, and it looks to extend its lead on the idle Rockies.
Madison Bumgarner, he of the 3-0 record and 1.55 ERA, looks to get the job done. He will be facing Cliff Lee, who the Giants had success against in the 2010 World Series (Lee finished the series 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA). Lee has a 20-inning scoreless streak at AT&T Park, but he hasn’t been as good as Bumgarner this year.
Lee is 2-2 with a 3.46 ERA, and the Phillies have lost his last four starts. Lee is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his last three outings, so Bumgarner is definitely throwing the ball better. In his last start, he surrendered no runs in seven innings, but a lack of run support caused Bumgarner to take a no-decision.
The 14-18 Phillies haven’t had the same success with Lee on the mound. Philadelphia, a lefty-heavy lineup that can be shut down by a southpaw like Bumgarner, is not performing well, as it is 24th with 111 runs. The Giants have been able to score more, as they are ninth in runs scored and seventh in batting average.
Can Bumgarner continue his dominance, and can the Phillies, who have scored six runs in Lee’s last four starts, support the southpaw? Find out at 7:15 PM PST, and make sure to check back on Golden Gate Sports for complete postgame analysis.