Monday, May 14, 2018

Phillies to play Orioles in brief 2 game series


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The Orioles are coming off a big 17-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in Baltimore on Sunday.


On Tuesday, the Phillies will play the Baltimore Orioles in a 2-game series down in Baltimore and then in July, the Orioles will travel up to Philadelphia for another brief 2-game series on July 3 - 4.

It was mentioned on a recent broadcast that the team will actually travel down to Baltimore from Philly on the day of the game. It will give the players an extra day to be home in the Philadelphia area, and they will no doubt be a bit pressed for time as they still have to check into a hotel and then get down to the ballpark for the game on Tuesday.

There will be a homecoming for Phils current Team President, Andy MacPhail, who got a job with the Baltimore Orioles on June 20th 2007, when Baltimore owner Peter Angelos hired him as Team President of the O's. Phils current GM Matt Klentak also met MacPhail there in Baltimore in 2008 when MacPhail hired Klentak as his Director of Baseball Operations.

Nick Pivetta and Vince Velazquez will be getting the ball on the mound to start the games for the Phillies. The Orioles have announced Andrew Cashner as facing off against Pivetta but have yet to announce the starter vs. Vince. The Orioles are in last place in the powerhouse AL East at 13-28 (15.5 GB) on the year.

The Phils will then travel to St. Louis for a 4-game series against the NL Central leading Cardinals. This should be another test to see whether the Phils are indeed for real this year with a 1 GB second place NL East spot that they have today just behind the Braves.

The Phils have 7 wins and 4 losses in the month of May so far, let's see what they can do on this road trip.

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