Philadelphia Phillies (30-30) @ Milwaukee Brewers (22-36)
Thursday, 8:10- Tyler Cloyd vs. Wily Peralta
Friday, 8:10- Cliff Lee vs. Alfredo Figaro
Saturday, 7:15- Respect the KK vs. Undecided
Sunday, 2:10- Petite Bone vs. Kyle Lohse
R - 232 (21st)
AVG - .258 (12th)
OPS - .719 (16th)
That doping dope, Ryan Braun/LF, might not be able to weasel his way out of a suspension this time, as MLB seeks punishment for the players involved with the Biogenesis clinic. There is more to the Brewers offense beside him, as Aramis Ramirez/3B, Jean Segura/SS, Carlos Gomez/CF, and Norichika Aoki/RF all wield lethal weapons at the plate. Catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, is starting to heat up as well (last 10 games- .389/1.227, 6 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI).
Brew Crew Arms:
ERA - 4.61 (29th)
WHIP - 1.39 (27th)
This is a bad pitching staff. Lohse has been a disappointment, Figaro has made only 1 start to 16 relief appearances, Peralta has been a disaster, and this undecided guy has a straight fastball per scouting reports. They might get closer, Jim Henderson, back this weekend, moving Francisco Rodriguez back to a setup roll.
*The Phillies lead all of baseball with 41 quality starts (6+ IP with 3 runs or less allowed).
*Dom Brown has clubbed an NL leading 18 homeruns.
*Cliff Lee's 2.45 ERA ranks 7th and his WHIP of 0.96 ranks 4th in the NL.
*Jonathan Papelbon remains an elite closer, despite his lack of save opportunities. 11 SV, 1.25 ERA, and 0.69 WHIP over 21 appearances.
*Of qualifying first basemen in MLB, Ryan Howard's OPS ranks 20th (.740), RBI 15th (29), HR 16th (7), and WAR 23rd (-0.1). No matter how much Sir Alden argues that Howard was owed/earned this ridiculous extension, the facts say otherwise. He's been an overpaid mediocre first basemen for a few years now.
The Brewers are one of the worst teams in baseball and the Phillies are on a 4 game roll while almost being able to taste a winning record. Moving with the mystic mojo, I say Phils take 3 outta 4.