Thursday, July 25, 2019

Phils sweep up in Motown, Braves test at home next


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Velasquez picks up a much needed win yesterday for the Phils

Alright, this is what we needed to see from the Phillies, a sweep in Detroit. Ok, the first game was a bit on the tough side. 15 innings in total with a team that is near to last in the standings in the whole MLB, but a win is a win, and even though it was 2-1 in a game that went 4:29 (which included a 38  minute rain delay) - the Phillies will take it.

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The Phils will have to keep a potent offense under wraps this series, Freeman, Markakis, and Acuna Jr. and a player who has hurt the Phils, Josh Donaldson

This weekend at home, the Braves will play the Phillies in yet another series that is very important to them. In fact, it's just going to be the rest of the season is very important now that the Phils are over the 100 games played mark.

The projected model on Baseball-Reference.com had the Phillies at a best case scenario of winning 90 games, and a worst case of only winning 77 games through the rest of the season, check it out, the computer model is always changing depending how the team is doing. I mentioned this on the Phillies Talk Podcast on the latest edition.

The Braves are slipping a bit lately, they were just swept in Kansas City, and now are only 5.5 Games ahead of the Phillies and 4.0 ahead of the Nationals. The curious thing is fan support, the Braves are ranked 12th in fan support, and the Phillies actually have had better fan support so far than the Braves have.

The probables for starting pitching looks like this in the series:

Fri: Arrieta vs. Soroka
Sat: Eflin vs. Fried
Sun: Nola vs. Gausman

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