Phillies-Giants: What to watch for


Phillies-Giants: What to watch for

Programming note: Giants coverage begins at 3:30 p.m. today with a press conference announcing Madison Bumgarner's contract extension, and we'll stream it right here; Phillies-Giants coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.
SAN FRANCISCO Tim Lincecum is still trying to find his rhythm. Roy Halladay is not.The Phillies ace takes the mound Monday with a 2-0 record and 0.60 ERA in his first two starts of the season. He didnt face the Giants last year, so this will be his first start against them since the 2010 NLCS.RELATED: Roy Halladay game logs
Everyone remembers Cody Rosss two-homer game as Lincecum defeated Halladay in that series opener. Fewer recall that Halladay got even in Game 5, when the Giants played sloppy behind Lincecum.It remains a marquee matchup, even if Lincecum has a 12.91 ERA after his first two outings. He got hit hard in Arizona and Colorado, but is hoping to have better command of his fastball and more drop on his changeup now that hes removed from dry, spring training-like conditions.RELATED: Tim Lincecum game logs
Here are some other subplots to watch for in this series at AT&T Park:Manuels labor:Phillies manager Charlie Manuel didnt make any friends in San Francisco last year when he said that Lincecum and Matt Cain were good, not great pitchers and that the Phillies could handle their stuff. Manuel will get both pitchers in this series.Missing persons:Brian Wilson struck out Ryan Howard for the final out of that tense NLCS. Now Wilson is headed for Dr. James Andrews office in Florida for likely season-ending surgery and Howard remains out with an Achilles injury.History:The Giants lost three of four to the Phillies at home last year, but took two of three at Citizens Bank Park. That road series in late July was the high point of the Giants season, though. After adding Carlos Beltran in Philly, they proceeded to get swept in Cincinnati and went 11-18 in August.

The remainder of the series:Tuesday: Right-hander Joe Blanton (1-1, 2.35) vs. left-hander Madison Bumgarner (1-1, 3.97), 7:15 p.m. PDT.Wednesday: Left-hander Cliff Lee (0-1. 3.46) will oppose right-hander Cain (1-0, 3.00) on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. PDT.

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Dodgers call up top prospect day after Giants promote Arroyo

Anything you can do, I can do better.

A day after the Giants called up top prospect Christian Arroyo, the Dodgers have summoned their top prospect Cody Bellinger.

Like Arroyo, Bellinger is 21 years old. But the Dodgers' first base prospect is more highly touted.

Entering the 2017 season, Baseball America had Bellinger ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball while ESPN's Keith Law had him at No. 6. Since the beginning of the season, with prospects ahead of him graduating to the major leagues, Bellinger moved up to No. 3 on Law's list.

Arroyo and Bellinger are getting a taste of the Giants-Dodgers rivalry right away. Arroyo made his debut Monday and batted sixth. On Tuesday, Bellinger is batting eighth against Ty Blach and playing left field.

In 18 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger hit .343/.429/.627 with four doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI and seven stolen bases.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Dodgers optioned outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Joe Gunkel was designated for assignment.

Giants lineup: Arroyo moves up, Belt out against Kershaw

Giants lineup: Arroyo moves up, Belt out against Kershaw

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Dodgers-Giants coverage begins at 6pm with Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming right here.

A day after going 0-for-4 in his major league debut, Christian Arroyo gets to face Clayton Kershaw Tuesday and he's batting second.

Los Angeles Dodgers:
1. Enrique Hernandez (R) CF
2. Corey Seager (L) SS
3. Justin Turner (R) 3B
4. Yasiel Puig (R) RF
5. Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
6. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
7. Chris Taylor (R) 2B
8. Cody Bellinger (L) LF
9. Clayton Kershaw (L) P

San Francisco Giants:
1. Hunter Pence (R) RF
2. Christian Arroyo (R) 3B
3. Eduardo Nunez (R) LF
4. Buster Posey (R) 1B
5. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
6. Nick Hundley (R) C
7. Joe Panik (L) 2B
8. Drew Stubbs (R) CF
9. Ty Blach (R) P