The last time the Phillies faced the Giants.... well, let's just focus on the present. The teams square off tonight in the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park.
The pitching matchup: The meeting of Vance Worley vs. Tim Lincecum features one pitcher who is five games over .500 with an ERA just a hair above two. That pitcher, of course, is not the Freak, but the Vanimal. Worley (6-1, 2.02) is 4-0 with an 0.81 ERA in his last five starts. Lincecum made the All-Star team this season and has a 2.90 ERA, but his record stands at just 8-8. He is 2-1 with a 3.17 ERA in seven career regular-season starts vs. the Phillies. He went 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in last season's NLCS.
The lineup: The Phils' card looks like this: Rollins, Martinez, Utley, Howard, Victorino, Ibanez, Brown, Schneider, Worley.
The bad news: Joe Blanton appears to be done for the year, according to Matt Gelb's tweet this afternoon. Blanton apparently has nerve damage in his elbow and is unlikely to return to the Phils in 2011.