Why Giants Fans Shouldn't Sweat Howard and The Phillies

Johnny BransfordContributor IJanuary 16, 2017


As the Philadelphia Phillies roll into town, it seems that Giants fans are hanging their heads, but think again Giants fans. I'm here to tell you why and how the Giants will win at least three out of the four games in this series.
This Giants are known for their phenomenal pitching, but it seems like whenever a big team rolls in the giants get down to business and decide to hit. Here's a statistic. The Giants hit above .350 when a team above .500 comes into San Francisco. And it looks like the Giants show no signs of slowing down, after marking 7 runs in the first game of this series.
Although Schierholtz and Torres are both injured, it appears a new star is shining for the Giants. Eugenio Velez who was called up from AAA Fresno less than a week ago is sure to be nothing less than a spark for the giants offense. Velez went 5-10 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, and 2 BB against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and shows no signs of slowing down. In the first game against the Phillies he went 3-5 with 3 RBI. Not only is Velez a solid contact hitter, he is one of the fastest players the Giants have had in a long while. In his short career he has 20 SB on 27 attempts. Now with an up and coming power hitter Pablo Sandoval is nothing less than a high caliber third baseman, hitting .331 with 16 HR and 63 RBI.
Another reason why the Giants will win at least three games in this series is their excellent pitching. The first game of the series Rodrigo Lopez, RHP (3-0, 3.09) takes on Jonathan Sanchez, LHP (3-9, 4.92). Lopez is an up and coming young pitcher, but I have a feeling won't be up for long because of velocity problems. Sanchez has proven he has filthy stuff after throwing a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. The first game of this series will go to the Giants. Now for the second game. Cliff Lee, LHP (7-9, 3.14) the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner will take on a young Ryan Sadowski, RHP (2-3, 4.81). Lee will be making his Phillies debut, and will be nothing but anxious to take on a young pitcher. Sadowski has lost three straight decisions and will be looking to answer for the Giants. The power hitting Phillies may not be able to wait back on Sadowski, that is why the Giants will take the second game of this series. For the third game of this series the Phillies better be ready because they will be taking on the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, RHP (11-3, 2.30). The Phils are going to throw Joe Blanton, RHP (7-4, 4.11). Blanton has had an above average year and is looking to only improve. It's going to be a hard task for Blanton as he takes on the "FREAK." As long as Timmy keeps up the good work the Giants should win this game with ease. Now headed into the fourth and final game of this series, Cole Hamels, LHP (7-5, 4.42) will take on Barry Zito, LHP (6-10, 4.54). Unless the Giants can keep up their great hitting, this one will be a hard one to win. I see the Giants losing this one because of the lack of effective pitching by Zito.
The Giants take three of four, and send the World Champion Phillies back to Philidelphia with a confused aura.