Monday, April 04, 2016

Series Preview: Phillies at Reds

Hey, hey it's Opening Day!
The Phillies travel to Cincinnati, the birthplace of Major League Baseball, to face the Cincinnati Reds to start the season. Let's take a look at what to expect

The games 
Monday, April 4: 4:10
Wednesday, April 6: 7:10
Thursday, April 7: 12:35

The matchups
Jeremy Hellickson vs Raisel Iglesias
Aaron Nola vs. Brandon Finnegan
Charlie Morton vs TBD

What to know about the Reds
The lineup features some regulars we're all familiar with. Joey Votto hits the ball hard, takes his walks and is a perennial MVP candidate. Brandon Phillips is criminally underrated. Did you realize Phillips is going to retire with more than 2,000 career hits, 200 home runs and 200 stolen bases as a second baseman. The only other second basemen to do that are Hall of Famers Craig Biggio, Roberto Alomar, Ryne Sandberg. Jay Bruce has a ton of pop. Billy Hamilton has a bit of speed.
On the mound, the squad has some bright young arms.

Key matchup
It's sacrilege not to put Opening Day on here, but Aaron Nola versus Brandon Finnegan on Wednesday should be a gem. Two young arms who pitch very differently. Finnegan's fastball sizzles more than a sirloin. Nola twirls strikes like a machine. Their first games of the season, expect them to be pumped up, and the offenses to get mowed down.

What we can't wait to see.
Opening Day. The pageantry. The fun. Baseball's Back.

Big issue for the Phillies
Can the bullpen start to sort itself out? The Phillies can surprise with their bats and their rotation. The bullpen, however, figures to be a Dumpster fire. If the Dumpster was filled with toddlers, puppies and Jennifer Lawrence.


icybeck said...

Looking forward to a much more enjoyable year overall then last season, this year will be fun to see the young kids giving it their all everyday. Should be a very telling year of where we are as a franchise, LETS GO PHILS.

GM-Carson said...

Opening Day is better than Christmas and Thanksgiving combined!

GM-Carson said...

Ken Giles lost closer's role in Houston already. Wow!

Bob D said...

Giles not closer? Wow!

Looking forward to see Hernandez, Herrera, and Franco hit. I feel they may have their best years yet.

GM-Carson said...

I haven't been this excited for a Phillies season to start since 2011.

Bob D said...

Looks like that dumpster is starting to burn now that Hernandez has come in

GM-Carson said...

Lifting Hellickson after only 6 innings and 79 pitches was a mistake. This bullpen is shit and Mackanin should know that. The less the bullpen is used, the better off the Phillies will be.

ripjgarcia said...

It's not like Hellickson was gonna blow his arm out. He doesn't even throw that hard. I'm skeptical of the choices that were made in the bullpen outta spring training. The ghost of Ruben Amaro lives on.

GM-Carson said...

I recall Mackanin giving the early hook to starters last season too. Not a good thing.

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