Phillies Opposition Roadblock: Cincinnati Reds

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May 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall (23) scores on a single by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jose Peraza (9) during the sixth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall (23) scores on a single by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jose Peraza (9) during the sixth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall (23) scores on a single by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jose Peraza (9) during the sixth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds left fielder Adam Duvall (23) scores on a single by Cincinnati Reds second baseman Jose Peraza (9) during the sixth inning of the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Reds won the game 5-2. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports /

The Phillies just can’t seem to get it together right now. After Mackanin’s team meeting, they hope to get back on track these last two against Cincinnati.

Things only get tougher and more difficult to watch every night. It was an impossible series to enjoy. The Rockies just hit the ball all over the field for three nights. Then, the Phils stole one. I have to apologize that this article is a day behind. I will not cheat though and promise to pick based on the next two days.

My pick here was about as poor as the Phillies offense. With their loaded team, the Rockies really found no home for Mark Reynolds the last few days, and who could blame them? There are just too many weapons to hold down on the bench. Reynolds played in the first and last games, going 1-9 with two strikeouts. When the Phils go out to Colorado, I think I may take a chance on that centerfielder no one knows about that is hitting like .900 against Philadelphia.

Phils Grade: B+

At this point, the following statement is no longer a surprise. (Insert pitcher name here) stymied Philadelphia’s offense. German Marquez was dominant over his six innings of work. He allowed ten runners to reach base, but only one crossed the plate. He struck out three over the course of the game, but it was easy to see how his stuff is going to translate to the majors. He is basically learning on the job and seems to be getting better with each start.

Phils Grade: D

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