Phillies Opposition Roadblock: Miami Marlins

May 29, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop JT Riddle (39) fields a ground ball before throwing to first base for an out against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop JT Riddle (39) fields a ground ball before throwing to first base for an out against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
1 of 4
Next
May 29, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop JT Riddle (39) fields a ground ball before throwing to first base for an out against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
May 29, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop JT Riddle (39) fields a ground ball before throwing to first base for an out against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

It is getting more and more difficult to watch this Phillies team struggle every day. They are heading into a stretch of what should be winnable games. However, is there such a thing for a team approaching what seems like an eternity of consecutive series losses?

On the road again. Once again, I have to apologize for missing a game and getting to your roadblock article late. We should be getting back on track now that the holiday is a bit in the rearview mirror. It feels as though the Phillies are just really struggling to find traction at all. Having two guys as important as Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco struggling is really hurting them. Now they head into the heat of Miami in hopes of finding a groove.

Zack Cosart was not instrumental in the Sunday home run derby but was still effective throughout the series. In Saturday’s Cincy loss, he was 4-for-4 with a double, homer, and two RBI. On Sunday, he went 1-5 with a strikeout. His defense seemed as solid as ever, being a key to multiple double plays in big spots.

Phils Grade: C+

The Phillies handled Bronson Arroyo just fine on Saturday. In his five innings of work, Arroyo gave up five hits (three solo homers) while walking one and striking out four. While it was not the breakout game the Phillies were looking for, they were still able to get some key big flies from some of their struggling bats.

Phils Grade: B-