Phillies-Giants: What you need to know
Phillies (41-53) vs. San Francisco Giants (52-41)4:05 p.m. on FOX
After showing signs of life during their West Coast road trip, the Phillies’ return home Friday ended in a 7-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Phils starter Vance Worley was strong early but unraveled in the sixth inning, giving up a grand slam to shortstop Brandon Crawford (see game story)
Whether or not the trade deadline is hanging
over the Phillies' heads, Charlie Manuel is doing his best
to keep his team focused on what needs to be done on the field — and not what could be done off it.
Speaking of the deadline, as Cole Hamels remains without an extension, Saturday afternoon could mark Hamels' last start at Citizens Bank Park as a Phillie, given the team's schedule over the next 10 days.Starting Pitchers
Hamels is the owner of a 11-4 record, 3.07 ERA and 1.087 WHIP this season. In his lone start since the All-Star break, he stifled the Colorado Rockies over eight innings, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking out seven.
In 18 total starts this season, Hamels has a better record (6-1) and has allowed fewer baserunners per inning (0.978) on the road than at home (5-3, 1.097), but actually has a lower ERA at CBP (2.76) than away from it (3.38).
Should Hamels be dealt at the deadline and opt not to return to Philadelphia in the off-season, he will fall one outing short of his 100th home start as a Phillie.
Standing opposed, Matt Cain is 10-3 with a 2.56 ERA and a league-best 0.955 WHIP. He threw a perfect game against the Houston Astros back on June 13, but has been just a little erratic since, with a 3.38 ERA over his last four starts.Points of Interest
-- Cole Hamels' career numbers are remarkably similar to Cain's, and it's the latter's six-year, $127.5 million extension signed last off-season that has been in the background of any and every discussion surrounding the value Hamels' upcoming contract.
-- Against only two teams in the National League — the Houston Astros (5.02) and the New York Mets (4.39) — does Cole Hamels have a worse career ERA than he does against the Giants (3.95). He is 5-3 lifetime in 10 starts.
-- The Phillies have the worst home record in Major League Baseball and have now lost their last six at CBP. Their last home win came against Pirates on June 26, nearly a month ago.
-- Hunter Pence, who is hitting just .237 with runners in scoring position this season, leads the team with 57 RBI.Sound off
Will Saturday be Cole’s last home start as a Phillie?