Friday, June 17, 2016

Series preview: Diamondbacks at Phillies

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.

The games
Friday, June 17, 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, June 18: 3:05 p.m.
Sunday, June 19: 1:35

The matchups
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.

Key matchup
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.

12 comments:

ripjgarcia said...

Nice Friday night.. Sloppy play by the Phillies.. and empty seats.. I miss the days where I'd drive back from Atlantic City and see sold out.

ripjgarcia said...

We need a real fricking manager. Real ownership. (not a comglomarate of people) I won't give up on the GM quite yet.. You send a lefty out on the mound to pitch to 3 straight right handed batters. sigh.

Tim Broderick said...

I think Klentak has a clue. I hold out hope for him. I am not a fan of Mackanin. Lineups and situational pitching he sucks at.

Speaking of suck...the Phillies, am I right?!

ripjgarcia said...

"I'm not going to criticize guys for making physical errors," Mackanin said. "Mental mistakes I have a problem with, but physical errors I don't. I don't like them, but it's part of it. You strike out, I'm not gonna criticize you. You make an error, I'm not gonna criticize you. I wish you didn't strike out or make an error, but it just is what it is."

Losing mentality.

GM-Carson said...

Phillies will have a bottom 3 record by season end. They're terrible. And I just read Klentak doesn't want to promote Cozens yet. Cmon!!!

Bob D said...

Cozens will get promoted when Williams does IMO. Williams if he keeps doing good he could be in Philly in July sometime, then Cozens to AAA.

Hitting the pitcher 8th is not good, that spot will hit more often thru the season at least a few times. Right now the lineup has Franco, Joseph, Herrera, and a bunch of number 8 type of hitters.

GM-Carson said...

Joseph and Franco have been seriously struggling of late. I hoped to see growth/progress from players this year, but many are disappointing.

Hernandez, Galvis, Franco, Morgan, Araujo, and Goeddel should have improved this season, but haven't shown that to be the case.

GM-Carson said...

This is some of the worst baseball i can remember the Phillies ever playing. Everything has fallen apart. Offense has been silenced, starting pitching is shaky, defense is sloppy, bullpen is leaking. Just terrible.

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