Saturday, July 20, 2019

Phillies look comfortable winning again, but will it last?

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Bryce Harper has been a catalyst for hitting in the past couple days, it has inspired the Phillies to do better

It's always better to win than lose especially in baseball. The Phillies pulled off another victory last night and rose their record to 51-47 behind another strong outing from Jake Arrieta, a pitcher who since he said he may have bone spur issues, has actually pitched better than before this was known.


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Pittsburgh is currently in 4th place in their division

Last night the victory was over the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team that has had some good players over the years but has sold them off in an alarming rate similar to the way the Marlins sell their players off. The Pirates are a franchise with 5 World Series championships, and they have been playing baseball for around the same time the Phillies franchise has been in existence. The Pirates have won a chance into the NL Wild Card game playoff in both 2014-2015 (they lost both games) and in 2019 lost in the NLDS 3-2 against the Cardinals. Prior to this brief exposure to the playoffs though, you would have to go back to 1992 to find the next nearest time this franchise has been in the playoffs.

The Phillies need an appearance in the playoffs this year, another win last night puts them in the right direction to accomplish that, but can they keep maintaining a winning way? We've seen some more hitting and scoring from the team and that's a good sign.

The series continues tonight,  7-9 Zach Eflin vs. 6-8 Joe Musgrove are the projected starters.


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