Friday, April 22, 2016

Series preview: Phillies at Brewers

Phillies fans are still getting bent out of shape about the Hunter Pence trade.
The Phillies got an all-star caliber player for four young minor leaguers. One - Josh Zeid - flushed out awhile ago. Another, Jonathan Singleton, got a $10 million contract from the Houston Astros. They should have just set that money on fire. He hit .171/.290/.331 in his 114 games the last two years and was struggling in the early goings until he launched two homers yesterday. He's young, but it wouldn't be shocking to see the 'Stros ditch him if he continues to struggle. Then there's Jerrad Cosart, who looked like a big miss for the Phillies in his first two seasons.  Since then, however, he's had a 4.73 ERA and walked almost 5 batters per nine innings.
Then there's Domingo Santana, who now plays with the Brewers. He might be "the one that got away" in that deal. But we won't know for sure for a couple of years.
The Phillies will get to see Santana this weekend in Milwaukee.



The games
Friday, April 22: 8:10 p.m.
Saturday, April 23: 7:10 p.m.
Sunday, April 24: 2:10 p.m.

The matchups
Aaron Nola (0-2, 5.68) vs. Zach Davies (0-1, 19.29)
Charlie Morton (1-1, 3.86) vs. Chase Anderson (1-1, 2.25)
Jerad Eickhoff (1-2, 1.89) vs. Wily Peralta (0-3, 8.35)

What to know about the Milwaukee Brewers
Like the Phillies, the Brewers are struggling for relevancy. The team sits at seventh in on-base percentage, 11th in runs scored, 14th in stolen bases and eighth in homers. The Brewers also have two former Phillies prospects on their hands: Santana and Jonathan Villar. Both are off to solid starts for the Astros.
Their starting pitching, though, is in shambles. Take away Chase Anderson and Jimmy Nelson, and they have three starters with a combined ERA north of 10.

Key matchup
Aaron Nola got rocked last time out. The 23-year-old has given up eight runs in the last six innings he's pitched. He's got to turn that around. The Brewers might not have a spectacular offense, but he's got to limit the damage Ryan Braun and crew can do.

What we can't wait to see
Odubel Herrera has been an on-base machine. He's going up against a pitching staff that has given up the third most walks in baseball. If the Phillies stay patient at the plate this series, they could actually do some damage because they have so much speed with Herrera, Hernandez, Bourjos and Lough.

Big issue for the Phillies
The Phils have the lowest on-base percentage in the league despite Herrera. This is a chance to make a dent in that. They're not going to score runs without getting on base, and they're not going to see more fastballs if pitchers don't have to worry about base runners.

12 comments:

ripjgarcia said...

Nola in the 8 spot tonight ... this order changes everyday.. Hard to develop any type of consistency.

GM-Carson said...

Very encouraging to have Nola pitch well. He needed to rebound. Love to see the Phils take this series and leave Milwaukee at least at .500

GM-Carson said...

wow, the Phillies are a .500 team. This team is more competitive this year. If they can get bullpen squared away and more production from the outfield...they could remain .500

Charlie Morton looks to be DL bound. Adam Morgan?

ripjgarcia said...

If they win tomorrow, knock on wood.. they'd be above .500 for the first time in I dunno.. Someone wanna look that up?

GM-Carson said...

Philadelphia Phillies: 9-9
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs: 9-7
Reading Fightins: 11-5
Clearwater Threshers: 12-5
Lakewood Blueclaws: 3-14

Bob D said...

Good to see Goeddell with 2 hits. All of the others are having slow starts. The Orioles picked Joey Rickard 8th and he is the only one doing anything by batting 22-69 .319 with 5 doubles and 1 homer - not bad at all.

GM-Carson said...

Eickhoff did not look good today. Brewers were making him pay for plenty of mistakes he made.

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