Friday, April 07, 2017

Series Preview: Phillies start first homestand with Washington Nationals

Two things looked good in the first series of the season. The Phillies showed more patience than they have in recent years. The team earned 12 walks over three games. That's four walks a game. I know, small sample size. But the Phillies walked just 2.6 times per game last season. Secondly, the pitching staff held the Reds two five runs over the first two games.
The bad thing is that the Phillies lost two games with the offense struggling. Pete's boys scored just eight runs in three games.
The offense needs to get going.

Friday April 7, 3:05 p.m.: Max Scherzer (0-0, 0) vs. Vincent Velasquez (0-0, 0.00)
Saturday, April 8, 7:05 p.m.: TBD (0-0, 0) vs. Aaron Nola (0-0, 0.00)
Thursday, April 6, 1:35 p.m.: Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 2.57) vs. Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 1.80)

2016 and 2017 series

The Nats, unsurprisingly hammered the Phillies last year, winning all but 5 games against them. The Phillies play Washington a lot in the first half this season. They visit Washington next week for a three game set then play six more times in May.

What to know about the Nationals

Washington is a serious World Series contender. With a dominant rotation and balanced lineup, the Nationals should breeze past 90 wins and into the postseason. The Phillies will face off against two of the league's best pitchers, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

What to look for

The Phillies got some runners on base. But they didn't come close to bringing them in. Howie Kendrick and Odubel Herrera have a combined on-base percentage above .500. But Maikel Franco, Michael Saunders and Tommy Joseph have three total hits.
That's not going to win you any games.
Breaking out against Strasburg and Scherzer isn't going to be easy. If Michael Saunders can get going, that could make it easier on the Phillies.


GM-Carson said...

That's it, I've lost all hope, this season sucks. It's gonna be worse than last year. I'm changing my win prediction to the Phillies for 2017 to 23 games, 26 max.

GM-Carson said...

Stranding runners on 3rd with less than 2 outs pisses me off so much. I'm looking at you Mr. Overrated Franco.