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San Francisco Giants (72-60) at Philadelphia Phillies (76-53)
Brad Penny (7-8, 5.61) vs. J.A Happ (10-3, 2.63 ERA)
The Giants newest acquisition, Brad Penny, will be making his first start since August 21. In his last start with the Red Sox, Penny was roughed up by the Yankees for eight runs in four innings. Bruce Bochy, the Giants manager, said he would be satisfied with five innings from the righty.
In 20 games against the Phillies, Penny is 8-4 with a 3.72 ERA and 1.18 WHIP. Most of that success came with the Marlins before he was plagued with injuries. The Phillies only scored one run last night. It was enough for the win, but the Phillies need to score more runs than that. The offense has a perfect opportunity to explode against a struggling Penny.
Cole Hamels threw a complete game shutout last night. J.A Happ has a couple of those on his resume. He would like to become the first Phillies rookie to win 11 games since 1980. Happ has never faced the Giants in his career, but if he continues his consistency he should be able to handle the Giants weak lineup.