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