It's the Fourth of July in Philly. You win today. It's in the Declaration of Independence and Constitutionally obligated. Or Zombie Richard Henry Lee will hunt you down and roast you with marshmallows.
Monday July 4: 4:05
Tuesday July 5: 7:05
Wednesday July 6: 1:05
Joel de La Cruz (0-1, 4.50) vs Jerad Eickhoff (5-9, 3.38)
Mike Foltynewicz (2-2, 3.72) vs Zach Eflin (0-2, 5.75)
Julio Tehrehan (2-7, 2.72) vs Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 4.06)
What we know about the Braves
Atlanta is a bad team. They have the second worst record in baseball. Yet the Phillies are 3-3 against them. They have to expect to win two or three of these games.
The Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 games. This is the last home series before the All Star break and the Phillies need to end the first half in a strong maner. Starting this series off on the right foot is very important. They'll need a strong performance from Jerad Eickhoff to do so.
What we can't wait to see
Maikel Franco is heating up. Nay, he's aflame. I'm almost afraid that any teammate who touches him would end up on the disabled list for a burned hand. In his last 10 games, the third baseman is hitting .394/.489/.684 with two home runs, three doubles, a triple and eight runs batted in.