The Dbacks come to Philly after getting ruffed up in Detroit, They lost 2 of 3 games but swept the Cubs in the series before that
The Diamondbacks have the same record as the Phillies do. That isn't that great especially when the Phillies have a much higher payroll than the D-backs do. The Phillies have the 3rd highest payroll in baseball this year according to the USA Today listing of each team. The Arizona Diamondbacks also are spending money, but about 55-65 million dollars less than the Phillies have spent.
Paul Goldschmidt has all of the top catagories for batters for the Diamondbacks. He is carrying this team and he'll face the Phillies on Friday night and a 4-10 Kyle Kendrick. What happened to Kyle Kendrick? He has been awful all season long, and hasn't found a groove at all.
Cliff Lee gets his second start on Saturday night for this series, I think he'll bounce back from his first game he pitched and was probably a little rusty as he came off of the DL.
Ryan Howard was benched for the afternoon game on Thursday afternoon, he also had a closed door meeting with Ryne Sandberg and had nothing to say about it afterwards.
Who will stay, and who will go is a distracting factor that will dog this team the next two weeks until something happens.
Baseball trivia: What team has the lowest payroll in baseball so far this year?
Answer: The Miami Marlins at just over $41M