Phillies close out homestand hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks

After almost sweeping the Cincinnati Reds, the Phillies will continue their homestand by hosting the Arizona Diamondbacks for a three game series. This will be a nice test for the Phillies as the Diamondbacks are currently riding a four game winning streak after sweeping the Blue Jays in their last series. Along with their current winning streak, the D-Backs also have more wins on the road (19) this season than they do at home (14). 

Probable pitching matchups

Game One: Jerad Eickhoff (3-3, 4.14 ERA) vs. Taylor Clarke (1-2, 4.43 ERA) 

Game Two: Jake Arrieta (5-5, 4.29 ERA) vs. Jon Duplantier (1-0, 3.27 ERA)

Game Three: Zach Eflin (6-5, 2.88 ERA) vs. Merrill Kelly (6-6, 4.12 ERA) 

Although the Diamondbacks are hot right now, this is still a series that the Phillies can walk away from with at least two wins. In the first two games, the Phillies will face two pitchers who have been struggling as of late. Taylor Clarke has given up at least two earned runs and surrendered at least two walks in all of his last three starts. Along with that, Duplantier has given up at least three runs in two of his last three starts. These are two pitchers that have trouble staying in games long, and the Phillies’ offense could take advantage of that.

In this series, Jake Arrieta will take the mound in game two and will be looking to bounce back from a lackluster start against the Padres where he allowed five earned runs. One thing going in his favor is that he has pitched better this season at home. In the finale of this series, we will see Zach Eflin on the hill against Merrill Kelly. This has the potential to be an old-fashioned pitchers duel as both starters have been pitching great games in their past few starts. Hopefully the Phillies’ starters can ride the hot wave of pitching that they had in the series versus the Reds. 

Stats to keep an eye on:

  • Batters are only hitting .241 against Jake Arrieta at home this season (hitting .297 on the road).
  • JT Realmuto is on a great hot streak at the plate right now. Over his last seven games, he is hitting .370 and has an OPB of .414. 
  • Zach Eflin has a 2.15 ERA over his last seven starts.
  • Hector Neris continues to step up in late game situations. He is 13 for 13 in save opportunities this season.