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8 things Phillies fans know about the Giants

San Francisco didn’t get here by accident.

8 Hit it — Giants’ offense was middle of the pack, finishing seventh in NL in average (.257) and eighth in hits (1,411). However, they struggled mightily in the NLDS, batting just 212.

7 Nice thong — Aubrey Huff led in nearly every offensive category (average, runs, homers, RBIs, OPS) — and he wears a pink thong that is considered the team’s good luck charm.

6 Even strength — The Phillies and Giants split six meetings this season. Since 2000, the teams are 36-36 against each other.

5 Busting loose — Rookie of the Year candidate Buster Posey went 6-for-16 (.375) against Atlanta. In the regular season, he hit 12 of his 18 homers vs. right-handed pitchers — and the Phillies will throw out three.

4 Pen pals — Led by Brian Wilson’s 48 saves, the Giants had the second-best bullpen in the majors, with a 2.99 ERA and 31-15 record. Left-hander Javier Lopez hasn’t allowed a run to the Phillies in his career.

3 Young gun — Madison Bumgarner, at age 21, is the youngest pitcher to pitch in and win a postseason game for San Francisco. He gave up two runs on six hits in the NLDS clincher last week.

2 Bad medicine — They aren’t scared of Roy Halladay. In fact, he has actually looked human in three career starts, going 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA, and the Giants handed Halladay his first loss back on April 26.

1 Freaky Friday — Ace Tim Lincecum got his nickname “The Freak” due to his awkward pitching motion, which he learned from his dad, Chris. The normal stride for a pitcher is 80 percent of his height. Lincecum’s stride is 129 percent, or 71/2 feet.

 
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