Coming off a sweep of the Atlanta Braves this past weekend, the Phillies hope to keep the momentum going. It will be no easy task though because the Miami Marlins are currently playing solid baseball. With three games to play before a difficult trip to LA and Chicago, the Phils are hoping to build on some momentum.
The Phillies are, simply put, on fire right now. It seems as though the team is clicking on all cylinders right now. The offense is finding the perfect moments for a big hit, the starters are keeping the team right in the thick of games, and (most of) the bullpen is holding leads. As they prepare to open up a series with the Miami Marlins, let’s take a look back at the roadblocks from the Atlanta series.
Freddie Freeman was not nearly as much of a thorn in the side of the home team as his right side teammate, Brandon Philips, but he still seemed like the right pick after all was said and done. He was 2-for-9 in the series with a home run, four walks, and three runs. However, only the homer seemed like a detriment to the Phils. They did not allow Freeman to be the reason they would lose.
Phils Grade: A
Again, Mike Foltynewicz would have been the “hindsight is 20/20” pick. I still believe Bartolo Colon was the best pick heading into the series. As a pitcher who has had Philadelphia’s number the last three seasons, he made the most sense. He was also the first matchup of the weekend series. And the Phils did not disappoint. Although Colon was able to take the Braves through the seventh inning, he was knocked around for 11 hits and four earned runs. The Phillies were able to shut them down to hand Colon his second loss of 2017.
Phils Grade: A+