Monday, July 15, 2019

Walk-off win prepares Phils for Dodgers

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Maikel Franco has been coming through for the Phils, despite again a call that some others could do better at the position

The Phillies couldn't hold the lead again yesterday afternoon at CBP, the Nationals stormed back and tied the game by scoring 2-runs in the 7th inning, but the Phils and Maikel Franco was the hero of the day (again), as he hit the walk-off HR in the bottom of the 9th. That was his 100th HR of his career, in the last 7 games, Maikel is 9-21 (.429) with 3 HR and 4 RBI,

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Ryan Howard seemed like he would rather be back in uniform yesterday at his retirement party

It was Ryan Howard retirement day at the ballpark, it was a nice ceremony but I was surprised none of Ryan's close teammates made it to the ballpark to be with him on this special day. There were a few people including Charlie Manuel but not quite the amount I would have thought would be there. It was definitely an end to an era seeing Howard retiring at the age of 39.

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The Dodgers are a powerhouse, can the Phillies give them a run for their money (LA team salary $196.9M in 2019 4th highest in baseball)

Back to present day Phils, the LA Dodgers are now in town for an important 4-game series with the Phillies. The Blue Crew were taking on the Red Sox last night in Boston, and they handled the Sox 7-4 on Sunday Night Baseball.  

Bryce Harper went 0-3 for the Phils yesterday and 0-4 on Saturday, he was 2-4 on Friday. That's .181 for the series. I am wondering how much longer the fans are going to be patient with him. Yes, he does have 16 HR and 62 RBI - but I think he could do so much more with a few more hits. Hitting is contagious as well, if he starts hitting, maybe others will follow.

A lot of people are saying this series will make or break the Phillies, that may be all well and good, but the Phillies are still lacking some key pieces that are still going to be with this team even if the Phillies go out and sweep the Dodgers.

Pitching matchups for the series:

Tonight: Kershaw vs. Eflin
Tues: Buehler vs. Velasquez
Wed: Maeda vs. Pivetta
Thur: Stripling vs. Nola

Note: The Phillies are 13th in the MLB in team payroll, but right at this point, about a third of the overall payroll is on the IL right now

p.s. Jake Arrieta had a strong outing yesterday going 5.0 and yielding just 1 ER - let's hope other Phillies pitchers do as well with the Dodgers

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