Friday, May 06, 2016

Series Preview: Phillies at Marlins

So that St. Louis series was terrible. Ryan Howard hit two home runs. Aaron Nola had a heck of a start. But everything that we worry about with this team happened.
The bullpen had back-to-back bad games. The offense scored eight runs in four games. Baserunners attempted to steal one base - and got caught. The Phillies hit a combined nine extra-base hits.
Still, they are 16-13 on the season.
Still, they have lost just three series since being swept by Cincinnati to open the season.
Look, no series in May makes or breaks a season.
But a bounce back series in Miami - on the road, against a good team - puts the Phillies back in a good place.
The Phils have their three best starters going in this series.

The Games
Friday, May 6: 7:10
Saturday, May 7: 7:10
Sunday, May 8: 1:10

The matchups
Vincent Velazquez (4-1, 1.44) vs Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.26)
Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.88) vs Tom Koehler (2-3, 7.25)
Aaron Nola (2-2, 2.93) vs Justin Nicolino (2-0, 2.70)

What to know about the Marlins
The Marlins are an interesting team. They're not a bad team at all, but no one expects them to win. Think 2003 Phillies. They do have superslugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has already knocked nine home runs. They also have strong offense coming from Christian Yelich (.330/.443/.511) and a resurgent Martin Prado. But they're going to miss Dee Gordon. Miami's pitchers have a 4.15 team ERA and a 3.82 FIP. That's not bad at all.

Key matchups
If the Phillies are going to bounce back from losing 3-of-4 to the Cardinals, they'll need another strong performance from Vincent Velazquez. Kid has definitely got some game and he matches up well against a right-handed-heavy lineup. Will the Marlins toss Iricho in the starting lineup against him to balance the lineup?

What we can't wait to see
I really want to see Aaron Nola square off against Giancarlo Stanton. This is going to be a battle that will play out over the next five years in the NL East and it will be interesting to see how they match-up.

10 comments:

Bob D said...

Well its May, if Bourjos does not come around soon - watch for a Cam Perkins promotion as he is currently hitting 344. Nick Williams I expect will be later in season as he is just starting to heat up in AAA. Also Ruf is in same boat with Tommy Joseph hitting 353 with 5 hrs.

This team is just 2 OF'ers, a 1B, and a 2B away from being good on the offense. It amazes me that Blanco doesn't get more starts at SS and 2B. He would provide a good bit more offense. Also Burris being 2 for 2016 he can easily be replaced by Featherstone another utility IF hitting 317 in AAA.

GM-Carson said...

Cesar Hernandez is passable at 2nd for the time being. The corner outfield really is killing the Phils though as is the Howard/Ruf platoon. If Tommy Joseph can become a productive MLB player, it would be an amazing story. Dude is still pretty young (24 or 25, can't remember). Would love for him to get a shot.

Bourjos needs to go. Tyler Goeddel is insufferable too. Lough has been okay at least.

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