The Phillies come home off a long, difficult trip hoping to change their fortunes. The problem is that Ryan Zimmerman the Nationals are waiting.
Well, the Phillies really find interesting ways to lose. A 1-6 road trip was not what they set out to achieve, but they come home six losses worse regardless. They competed during most games and actually led in all of them. Now, they have to come home and try to handle their division-leading Washington Nationals.
Kris Bryant is a small piece of a very large offensive machine. The Cubs remind me of the Phillies during the run of five division titles. There are players throughout the entire order two can hurt the opposition. However, Bryant proved why he will be a perennial MVP candidate. His line of 8-for-15 with a walk, triple, homer, and three runs scored in the series. While he was not the only one coming up with key hits this week, the third baseman still made a solid impact.
Phils Grade: D
Jake Arrieta is obviously not the same pitcher that he was a few years back. His velocity has declined. However, he still has a ton of talent and some devastating pitches. In his six innings on Wednesday night, Arrieta allowed six hits and a walk on the way to three runs but striking out seven. The Phils, once again, had the lead late, but could not hold onto it. This loss, as others on this trip, was not on the offense.
Phils Grade: B