Dom Brown is back with the Phillies today in Pittsburgh - for the first time all season
We've heard this a lot this year, the Phillies are again in danger of getting swept in a series and this time it's the Pittsburgh Pirates that can sweep them in Pittsburgh. It's a phenomenon that hasn't been discussed too much but the Phillies are really bad against the Pirates at PNC Park since that ballpark opened in 2001. The Phils are now 16-30 at PNC Park against the Pirates since '01, but most of those games have been very close so close that in the 46 games combined the Phillies have only scored 16 total runs less than the Pirates with that 16-30 record.
The Phillies road record now 7-25 or .219 is one of the worst stretches of road losses by this team. It is the worst road record in the MLB up to this point.
Pat Gillick says they (him and Ruben Amaro) know what they are doing in this 'rebuilding' process, but one has to wonder if that is truly the case. One thing is for sure, ownership is still buying in on that slogan because this team has spent over $800 million dollars in salary in the last five seasons and has drilled itself firmly into the ground in last place in the league.
The Pirates are looking for a sweep today, but not if Cole Hamels has his way though, Cole has been pitching lights out baseball recently. The Phillies faced a the Pirates just last month, the Phils relied on Cole to get them a win which the Phils did get back on May 13th, when the Phils won 3-2.
Dom Brown is back today, at the expense of Darin Ruf. Brown hasn't really earned the promotion with great play in the minors but the Phils look like they are trying anything to change up the bad things that have been happening on the baseball diamond with them.
Dom's career stats as a Phillie:
|162 Game Avg.||162||528||64||131||25||3||18||77||8||.248||.308|