Monday, April 11, 2016

Series Preview: Padres at Phillies

The first week of the season is in the books. Let's face it: It was kind of ugly. Sure the Phillies took two out of three from the New York Mets. But that bullpen is terrifying. In our first series preview - sorry I forgot to preview the second series; completely thought I'd done it - we said it would be important to see the who got what roles. Well, we know what role a lot of these guys should have: minor leaguer.
Meanwhile, the starters pitched well (a 2.97 ERA). The offense, which scored two or fewer runs in four of the six games, needs to get better. Now the Padres come to town for the home opener. Winning a second straight series is going to be difficult with this squad, but setting the tone by squeaking one out could be good for the young guys on the team.
The games
Monday, April 11: 3:05
Wednesday, April 12: 7:05
Thursday, April 13: 7:05
The matchups
Andrew Cashner ( 0-1, 11.25) vs Aaron Nola (0-1, 1.29)
Robbie Erlin (1-0, 0.00) vs. Charlie Morton (0-1, 14.73)
Colin Rea (0-1, 12.460 vs Jerad Eickhof (0-1, 3.60)
What to know about the Padres
Matt Kemp is not taking any prisoners. Fella is hitting .360 with three home runs in the early going. The Padres rotation is supposed to be better than it has pitched, so don't be surprised if Andrew Cashner returns to the mean.
Key matchup
Ryan Howard versus the Padres pitching staff: Thanks to an injury to Tyson Ross, the Padres have one lefty in their bullpen. That means Howard might get to feast on Kevin Quackenbush or Brandon Mauerer. It's been awhile since the Big Piece has been a key to anything for the Phillies, but he seems to be swinging a warmer bat, posting an .888 OPS and already having launched a pair of jacks. He also happens to be a career .304 hitter against the Friers.
If he can hit well, it just might force the Pads - and some upcoming teams - to pitch to Maikel Franco.
And that's something we want to see.
What we can't wait to see.
Today's home opener. Aaron Nola's going to be on the hill.
Big issue for the Phillies
The Bullpen is rough. There's only so much you can handle of Meathook James Russell (54.00 ERA), not-ready-for-prime-time Daniel Stumpf (40.50), Gascan David Hernandez (10.13) and Merry-go-Round Dalier Hinojosa.
Russell is the only guy I'm confident will have an ERA below 5.00 before this is all said and done.

27 comments:

Andrew said...

I'd give Hinojosa more of a look. He was solid last year (in 18 games).

GM-Carson said...

Enough with Galvis leading off already! An experiment that should have never happened.

Andrew said...

Hernandez is really shaping up to be a prototypical leadoff guy. Yesterday's lineup is probably how it should be for a while except put Howard ahead of Franco.

GM-Carson said...

Jeanmar!!!

Andrew said...

For what its worth, I guess we now have a closer.

ripjgarcia said...

Starting pitching with the exception of Morton's blow up in his first start has been a real welcome surprise.

GM-Carson said...

Starting pitching has been great for the most part. Offense needs to pick it up. The outfield especially!

Bob D said...

What I have observed is the starters are solid, Morton will likely throw a clunker in there from time to time. Hellickson has been impressive. The bullpen is a mess but give it a couple of weeks we may have an idea if anyone is going to pan out.

Herrera after a slow start is now hitting and Franco is still slugging away. Hernandez is the one I'm excited for as he has hit all spring and now into the regular season. I'm not really confident in his base stealing ability - he doesn't seem to have the instincts that we saw in Rollins as a base runner. Howard is well Howard, still useful in the power department. I'd like to see more of Hunter and Goeddel but those lineup spots with the SS, RF, LF, and pitcher are almost 4 automatic outs at this point.

Bob D said...

Ok, Stumpf is gone for now with a PED suspension (until July 10)
In comes Aruajo in the bullpen carosel

Bob D said...

Velasquez with 16K's in complete game shutout. Wow, just wow. Howard with his 3rd HR. Cesar Hernandez with his 3rd caught stealing. I really don't think he is a true base stealer. He is fast but does not have the instincts.

GM-Carson said...

Velasquez alone could make the Giles trade a win for the Phillies.

C.M.R. said...

jeremy hellickson is terrible.

GM-Carson said...

What the hell Hellickson? Seriously though, he's gonna have duds now and again.

Why is Burris on the team, and why the hell is he batting leadoff?!

ripjgarcia said...

Hellickson was solid for the first two games, so a bit of a stretch to call him terrible. Everyone has clunkers. Look at Bumgarner last night who gave up 7 runs.

GM-Carson said...

Nola got touched tonite. 3rd time through rotation looking ugly.

ripjgarcia said...

Did I just watch a repeat of last night's game?

C.M.R. said...

first the sixers' "process" fails, now this

Bob D said...

May1 will be a good time to see if they need to start changing out players. By then most will be able to stop any 2 week slumps and all that occur. I'm rooting for Hunter but if his BA is still around 100 in 2 weeks then change is needed. Burris, Bourjos also in same boat. Goeddell will get a pass for now. The team can afford to have 1 weak link as a rule 5 but not nearly the entire bench as a weak link

GM-Carson said...

Russell, Burriss, Bourjos, Hunter, and Goeddel all need to be gone. Goeddel might end up having 1 of the worst Rule 5 seasons if he remains on the roster all year. Bourjos just can't hit.

GM-Carson said...

I was in Disney World for a week. I'll post soon, I promise. It'll be about how the Phillies represented in Disney and this shitty offense.

Bob D said...

I'll help you Carson:
The Good: Herrera, Hernandez, and Franco
The Bad: 1B and C
The Ugly: Everyone else
The End

ripjgarcia said...

You could do a Seven Dwarfs comparison.. And the LF gets to be snow white, because they both hit like girls.

GM-Carson said...

Snow White would knock the shit outta our LF and RF.

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