The Phillies ended their homestand much better than they had started it. After sweeping the Mets in a four game series to end the homestand, the Phillies look like they are getting back to their old selves. Now they head on the road for a nine game road trip that will take them up to the All-Star break. First stop, Miami, where the Phillies will look to seek revenge after the Marlins swept them at home last week.
Probable Pitching Matchups
Game one: Vince Velasquez (2-4, 4.40 ERA) vs. Elieser Hernandez (0-2, 4.34 ERA)
Game two: Zach Eflin (7-7, 3.26 ERA) vs. Jordan Yamamoto (3-0, 0.95 ERA)
Game three: Jake Arrieta (7-6, 4.33 ERA) vs. Trevor Richards (3-8, 3.94 ERA)
The Phillies should be coming into this series angry and looking for revenge. This is also a perfect opportunity to sweep the Marlins in their home ballpark the same way they just did to the Phillies. Miami is coming off getting swept by the Nationals, so it is a prime opportunity to take advantage of the last place team. Not to mention, the Marlins do not play well at home. In 40 home games this season, the Marlins have a record of 13-27.
Another reason that the Phillies should win this series is that they will be facing off against poor Marlins pitching. In two of the three games, the Marlins will be putting pitchers on the mound with losing records and close to four or above ERAs. With the Phillies’ offense heating up, these should be matchups that they can take advantage of. The Phillies will have to face Jordan Yamamoto, who has been excellent in his short MLB career, but they will be putting Zach Eflin on the mound to face him. This has the makings to be a good pitchers duel.
Righting the Wrong of a Week Ago
The Phillies need to win these games. Letting the Marlins sweep them at home was a huge mistake, and now is the chance to right that wrong. The Marlins are a poor home team, and the Phillies’ bats are heating up. There is no reason that the Phillies should walk away with less than two wins. The Braves currently hold a 4.5 game lead in the division, so winning a series like this is crucial to getting back within striking distance. Not to mention, the Phillies only hold a 0.5 game lead in the Wild Card race and need to put some breathing room between themselves and the Rockies. The Phillies want to have good momentum heading into the All-Star break, and taking advantage of poor teams is exactly how they can do that. Also, keeping their momentum high heading into their series against the Braves is a necessity.
Stats to keep an eye on
- As a team, the Marlins only hit .231 as a team at home on the year.
- Maikel Franco is batting .381 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs over his last seven games.
- Jean Segura is batting .313 with 10 RBIs over his last seven games.
- Cesar Hernandez is batting .500 with a .552 OBP over his last seven games.