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