The Phillies offense has just started to heat up but will the pitching now cost this team?
The Phillies starting rotation has taken a bit of a hit now that Aaron Nola has been placed on the 10-day DL. Clay Buchholz has probably already pitched his last pitch for the Phillies for this season. Talk about a short career with a team, Clay was 0-1 with the team in 2 starts with only 7.1 innings pitched, he will make $13.5 million for the season.
With Nola out now, the Phillies will look to AAA to fill the spot. The Phils already brought up Zack Eflin to fill out the spot vacated by Buchholz and now they will have to call another up today. Will it be Ben Lively?
Times like these can be a great time for a pitcher to jump on the major league roster and never look back. It's a chance for someone to step up and shine.
For the Phillies, this is all happening as the team has seen an upswing of late. They have rallied to a 9-9 record, and they moved up from near the bottom of the ESPN Power Rankings list, which this week say them rise from 28 to 22. ESPN also noted the tougher schedule that the Phils will embark on after this home series ends with Miami. The Phils head out to LA and then over to face the Chicago Cubs.
Team pitching for the Phillies hasn't been all that great so far, they are ranked 13 out of 15 NL teams in ERA. (Although several teams are very close to one another)