After winning the series in Pittsburgh, the Phillies stay on the road as they travel to Detroit. They will face the Tigers in a quick two-game matchup. It looks like the Phillies are starting to pick up steam, and facing another poor team should help them stay hot.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Game one: Aaron Nola (8-2, 3.77 ERA) vs Matthew Boyd (6-8, 4.13 ERA)
Game two: Vince Velasquez (2-5, 4.87 ERA) vs Jordan Zimmerman (0-7, 7.51 ERA)
These are two easy wins that the Phillies need to pick up. Detroit is one of the worst teams in baseball this season, currently sitting 35 games under .500. There is no excuse for the Phillies not to win both of these games. Along with that, the Tigers have only won two of their last 10 games. Between their current cold skid and having Aaron Nola on the mound in this series, this should be an easy sweep for the Phillies to keep the momentum going.
Power of Momentum
Staying hot is crucial for the Phillies. A series with the Braves is right around the corner, and the Phillies want to have as much momentum as they can when they face the division rival. Game two will also be a good opportunity for Vince Velasquez to build up some confidence and earn his keep in the starting rotation. He will be facing Tigers’ pitcher Jordan Zimmerman, who’s winless with an ERA close to eight.
Beating up on teams that are not competing this year is a must. The Phillies took care of business against the Pirates and need to do the same against the Tigers. Staying hot heading into the Braves series could help get the Phillies to get back into the playoff picture heading into August.
Stats to keep an eye on
- The Tigers do not play well at home; their home record this season is 13-34
- Rhys Hoskins is batting .357 against the American League this season.
- The Phillies are 5-3 in interleague play this year.
- Aaron Nola has a 2.40 ERA over his last 7 starts
- Ranger Suarez has only allowed one earned run over his last 8.2 IP.