Phillies-Giants: Five things to watch for during the series

Jun 7, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Philadelphia Phillies stretch on the field during warm ups before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 7, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The Philadelphia Phillies stretch on the field during warm ups before a game against the San Francisco Giants at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 5, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (48) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 5, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (48) against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. The Reds won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

Jerad Eickhoff will face the Giants for the first time in his career Friday night. He has faced just one player on their roster, Aaron Hill. Hill is just 1-for-5 in his career against Eickhoff, but that one hit was a double and he also has two RBI.

Eickhoff is coming off a rather pedestrian start against the Marlins, giving up eight hits and three runs in 5.1 innings. His ERA for the season stands at 4.74 with an 0-5 record. He has given up three runs or more in each of his last six starts.

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Eickhoff hasn’t been able to find success on the mound, especially in the last month. He was expected to be the team’s consistent workhorse this year, but that hasn’t been the case. Eickhoff has a blank slate with the Giants, so he has the chance to start fresh with a solid start and maybe even get his first win of the season.

Wouldn’t that be something.

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