Monday, June 27, 2016

Series Preview: Phillies at Diamondbacks

So the system ate my Phillies at Giants preview and I didn't realize it. Well, it was about Nola and his recent struggles. I'll get into it for an upcoming post.
Let's preview this one by doing something you might not expect. There are some good things to talk about.
First off, the Phillies are winners of two of their last four games. After going 8-28, including seven and nine game losing streaks, that's a big improvement.
Second, The Phillies spend ten of their next 13 games playing against teams that are below .500. The team with the winning record has a .342 mark on the road. There's a chance to end the first half on a high note.
Third, the offense has averaged six runs a game over its past six games. Read that sentence again. Recall that it averaged fewer than 3.3 runs per game through it's first 71 games.
Now, if only we could straighten out the pitching. Hey, Vincent Velasquez is back tonight. That's a nice little shot in the arm, isn't it?
Let's look at what this series brings.

The games
Monday June 27, 9:40 p.m.
Tuesday June 28, 9:40 p.m.
Wednesday June 29, 3:40 p.m.

The match-ups
Vincent Valasquez (5-2, 3.65) vs Robbie Ray (4-6, 4.59)
Jerad Eickhoff (5-9, 3.36) vs Zack Grienke (10-3, 3.61)
Zach Eflin (0-2, 6.28) vs Archie Bradley (3-3, 4.50)

What we know about the Diamondbacks
They swept the Phillies in Philly. Revenge must be sought out. We're talking about Arya Stark level revenge here.

Key matchup
Tonight -if Vincent Velasquez can help the Phillies jump out to a win in their first game of the series, they'll have won 3 of their last 5 games. That's technically on a roll. If they can get a solid performance out VV and put up another six spot or so, that's a good thing.

What we can't wait to see
Zack Grienke is clearly a better pitcher than Jerad Eickhoff, overall. But Eickhoff isn't a slouch in this matchup. He's got a lower ERA than the Cy Young winner.


Bob D said...

This could be the revenge series. VV may come back with a vengance and dominate 6 innings. Eickhoff has been really good lately look for that to continue. Eflin has been getting better each start, watch for him to get his first ML win.
Araujo sent to minors so this means Morgan is lefty reliever out of pen for now.

rslitman said...

Not much hope for tonight. The Phillies usually lose on my birthday. One of the few exceptions was during that strange road series against the Blue Jays that was played in Citizens Bank Park in 2010. Batting in the top of each inning, wearing their road uniforms, and with Raul Ibanez serving as DH, they won by a score like 11-2. Both of Toronto's runs came on a Vernon Wells homer, which was the record-breaking blow that put Jamie Moyer on the top of the career homers allowed list, replacing Robin Roberts.

GM-Carson said...

Nice performance by Vince tonight. He's a big part of the future.

I'm liking Asche so far this season. He's still young and could be valuable if he hits enough. He's still learning LF, so hopefully that improves.

Look at me being optimistic.

Bob D said...

I remember when Borjous was hitting below 200, now he could be a trade candidate.
Asche is good for back up 3B and 1B, lefty hitter off bench, and LF. Phillies should keep him unless some team offers a good deal.

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