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Upcoming match-ups: Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner loom large

From Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum to Cliff Lee vs. Matt Cain, we break down the Phillies pitching match-ups through next weekend.

Upcoming match-ups: Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner loom large

Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum will face the Phillies on Monday. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)
Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum will face the Phillies on Monday. (Eric Risberg/AP Photo)

It won't get any easier for the Phillies offense -- not right away, at least -- as the team embarks on a 10-game west coast trip after tomorrow's series-finale with the Mets. Kicking off the trip is a date with the Giants and fearsome threesome Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner. Here's a look at the projected pitching match-ups through next weekend. 

Monday, April 16

at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

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RHP Roy Halladay at RHP Tim Lincecum

BREAKING IT DOWN: Through two starts, Linecum's ERA looks more like a yards-per-catch. The perennial Cy Young candidate allowed five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Diamondbacks and six earned runs in 2 1/3 innings against the Rockies. Giants fans are a bit concerned about the lack of velocity on Lincecum's fastball, as well as his hesitancy to use it, but Arizona and Colorado aren't the friendliest places to pitch. The last time the Phillies faced Lincecum, they managed just one run on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of a 3-1 loss at ATT Park.

Tuesday, April 17

at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

RHP Joe Blanton at LHP Madison Bumgarner

BREAKING IT DOWN: As if the Giants needed more pitching, the 22-year-old Bumgarner posted a 3.14 ERA, 7.9 K/9, 2.1 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9 in 51 starts in 2010-11. Last July, he held the Phillies to two runs on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in eight innings of a 3-0 Phils win.

Wednesday, April 18

at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m.

LHP Cliff Lee at RHP Matt Cain

Cain against the Phillies since the start of the 2010 National League Championship Series: 3 starts, 22 innings, 1 earned run, 2 extra base hits, 15 base runners, 14 strikeouts. Enough said.

Thursday, April 19

at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.

RHP Vance Worley at RHP Joe Wieland

BREAKING IT DOWN: With veterans Tim Stauffer and Dustin Moseley battling injuries, the Padres were expected to call on the 22-year-old Wieland to make his major league debut on Saturday, setting him up to open the Phillies series at Petco Park by facing Worley, who knows something about pitching as a rookie. Wieland might not be a Top 100 prospect, but he does have impressive minor league numbers: a 3.29 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 1.6 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 over five seasons in the Rangers and Padres organizations. Scouting reports say Wieland saw the velocity on his fastball jump last season, sitting in the 90-93 MPH range. The lack of consistent secondary pitches is why he is not viewed as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter, but we have seen first hand what a pitcher can do with a good fastball and unfamiliarity on his side (hello Worley, J.A. Happ and Kyle Kendrick).

Friday, April 20

at Padres, 7:05 p.m.

LHP Cole Hamels at RHP Edinson Volquez

BREAKING IT DOWN: Was it really only four years ago that Volquez embarked on a campaign that saw him go 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA, 9.5 K/9, 4.3 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 in 196 innings for the Reds? Since then, he has endured surgery that limited him to 21 starts in 2009-10 and a 50-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs (served while he was rehabbing from surgery). The Phillies battered him for four urns in 1 2/3 innings in Game 1 of the 2011 NLDS. He never achieved consistency last season, but Volquez pitched well in his first two starts of 2012, holding the Dodgers and Diamondbacks to four earned runs with 15 strikeouts and seven walks in 12 innings.

Saturday, April 21

at Padres, 8:35 p.m.

RHP Roy Halladay at LHP Corey Luebke

BREAKING IT DOWN: Luebke gave the Phillies some trouble last July at Citizens Bank Park when he held them to two earned runs with four strikeouts and one walk in five innings of a 3-1 Phillies win. He made a successful transition from the bullpen to the rotation late last June, finishing the year with a 3.31 ERA, 111 strikeouts and 29 walks in 100 2/3 innings over 17 starts.

Sunday, April 22

at Padres, 4:05 p.m.

RHP Joe Blanton at RHP Anthony Bass

BREAKING IT DOWN: Bass spent some time in the majors last season as a 23-year-old, posting a 1.68 ERA, 4.5 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and 0.6 HR/9 in 48 1/3 innings over three starts and 24 relief appearances. Injuries have forced the 24-year-old back into the rotation this season.

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