Friday, May 31, 2019

Phillies head west with beleaguered bullpen


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The Phillies need to cool down the hottest hitter in the league right now


The Phils couldn't sweep out the Cardinals at home but took the series from them. Not to say we didn't have chances late in the game yesterday either, the Phils were down by 1 run with 2 runners on base and Scott Kingery and JT Realmuto couldn't get the hit to tie the game up, the Phillies ended up losing 5-3 on the afternoon 'getaway game' giving the chance for the team to leave a little early to go out to LA to face the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are waiting for the Phillies and they are sitting up their in first place with a 38-19 record. The Phillies are in first in the NL East with a 33-23 record. That's all well and good but the Phillies bullpen is battered with injuries all of a sudden. One by one, the Phillies bullpen has lost a few key components that make it up. Adam Morgan and Pat Neshek are the latest to join the IL, already occupied by David Robertson and Tommy Hunter.

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Maybe the Phils and manager Gabe Kapler can cool off the Dodgers

We haven't had to rely on the bullpen in a few games, so that hasn't presented itself as a big problem that it is yet. When the time comes, we'll see just how big a problem it is. Hopefully the bats will come alive out in the West Coast road trip and we won't need the 'pen all that much.

LA has an 8.5 game lead on the nearest team to them, the San Diego Padres, but the Phillies have the Atlanta Braves in thier rearview mirror, they are only 3.0 GB in the NL East from the Phillies.

The player to watch is Cody Bellinger, he's leading a lot of offensive categories, not only with the Dodgers but in the NL itself. What can manager Gabe Kapler do to knock the Dodgers and Bellinger off his game. How about a couple intentional walks? We don't see any stealing from this Phillies team or any strategy coming from the manager in reference to walking players who are hitting the cover off the ball. 

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