Man, has it been ugly of late.
The Phillies are 8-22 since starting the season 22-15.
So which stretch is the real Phillies? Is it the team that roared out of the gate or the team that has taken it on the chin for a month now?
I think it's somewhere in the middle.
One thing is for certain, the team - and the fans - could use a confidence boost. The Phillies will spend the next six games playing two teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Minnesota Twins, that are a combined 36 games below .500.
They should turn it around. Going 3-3 isn't bad. Going 4-2 would be great. going 5-1 shouldn't be out of the question.
Friday, June 17, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, June 18: 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, June 19: 1:35
Robbie Ray (3-5, 4.67) vs Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.33)
Zack Grienke (9-3, 3.75) vs Jerad Eickhoff (4-8, 3.40)
Archie Bradley (2-3, 5.66) vs Zach Eflin (0-1, 27.00)
What we know about the Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks were expected to be a good team this year, instead they're 10 games below .500. Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Grienke are doing their thing. Jake Lamb has 12 bombs and a .350 on-base percentage. Other than that, it's been a strange season. If the pitchers can keep Goldschmidt and Lamb from doing much damage, this is a series to win.
The first game. The Phillies are in dire need of a boost. Starting this series off with a win would be huge. If Adam Morgan can go six innings and keep the Diamondbacks to under 4 runs, there's a shot at a win in this game.
What we can't wait to see
Zach Eflin got rocked in his first start. That's OK. He's a solid prospect. Don't be shocked to see him bounce back on Sunday. If he can, the Phillies have a decent chance to take this series.