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Fan’s Preview: Will Cliff Lee or Matt Cain Win Phillies-Giants Series Finale?

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While the Tim Lincecum versus Roy Halladay matchup on Monday night had a disappointing result for San Francisco Giants fans, the home team will have a chance to win the rubber match after a 4-2 victory on Tuesday night. Led by Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner, the Giants would more than welcome four runs and 13 hits against tonight's starting pitcher for Philadelphia: Cliff Lee.

In three starts at AT&T Park in the regular season, Lee has put up an excellent 3-0 record, 18 strikeouts, and 0.72 ERA. On the other hand, Matt Cain also has a great track record against the Phillies. Coming off a one-hit shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cain has a 0.60 ERA and nine strikeouts against the Phillies in 2011. With two great pitchers entering a great situation, this matchup has the makings of a great pitcher's duel.

On offense, the Giants' leading hitter is Pablo Sandoval. With a hit in all 11 games so far, Sandoval will have a tough time against Lee who is 1 for 8 lifetime against him. For the Phillies, Jimmy Rollins and Hunter Pence, the No. 3 and 4 hitters for Philadelphia, have been the team's biggest contributors and will be the biggest challenges for Cain and the Giants bullpen.

The game:

The San Francisco Giants will take on the Philadelphia Phillies at AT&T Park located in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:05 p.m. PT. This will be the third game in a three-game series.

The season series:

The season series is currently tied 1-1.

Where to watch and listen to the game:

The game can be watched live on MLB.TV and MLB Extra Innings (local blackouts may apply), or locally at the following:

In San Francisco: NBC Bay Area, KNBR 680 (radio), & KTRB 860 (radio)

In Philadelphia: TCN, 1210 WPHT (radio), & 94 WIP (radio)

The starting pitcher matchup:

San Francisco: Matt Cain

2011 season: 12-11, 2.88 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 179 Ks

Numbers vs. Phillies in last five years: 1-3, 3.48 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 23 Ks

Philadelphia: Cliff Lee

2011 season: 17-8, 2.40 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 238 Ks

Numbers vs. Giants in last five years: 3-0, 0.69 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, 25 Ks

Team injuries:

San Francisco: Dan Runzler (aggravated strained left lat muscle), Freddy Sanchez (recovery from right shoulder surgery), Eric Surkamp (strained flexor tendon, left hand), Brian Wilson (right elbow sprain)

Philadelphia: Jose Contreras (recovery from right elbow surgery), Dustin De Fratus (right elbow sprain), Ryan Howard (recovery from left Achilles surgery), Michael Martinez (fractured right foot), Chase Utley (patella tendinitis, right knee)

Next series on tap:

Following this series, the Giants will visit the New York Mets from April 20-23 and visit the Cincinnati Reds from April 24-26.

Meanwhile, the Phillies' next two series will be on the road against the San Diego Padres from April 19-22 and on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks from April 23-25.


Lee, Cain bring dominance to series finale, MLB

Phillies-Giants Preview, AP

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Austin Chang is a lifelong San Francisco Bay Area native, baseball fan, and supporter of the San Francisco Giants. Follow this contributor on Twitter @_austinchang.

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