The Phillies are coming off of one of the most embarrassing months of baseball in franchise history. They will be challenged to rebound against the Giants.
A sweep to end what was easily the worst stretch of Phillies baseball I have watched in my entire life. The month of May is one we want to all put in the rearview and speed away from down baseball’s highway. The problem is that we are more than likely going to deal with some stop and go traffic from now until September’s end.
Marcell Ozuna went into the series hitless against the Phillies dating back to last season. And after continuing that trend in game one of the series, he exploded. He was six for his next ten with two homers and four runs scored and four runs batted in the final two days of the series. I mean I could essentially give the entire staff a low grade simply for allowing 21 runs in three games, but definitely for not containing a guy who contributed to a fifth of those runs.
Phils Grade: F
The Phillies did not really hit any of the three arms put out against them this week in Miami. Dan Straily was no exception to what had become the rule this month. The 28-year-old righty cruised through 6.2 innings. On his way to his fourth win of the season, Straily allowed two runs (one earned) on nine hits and a walk. He struck out ten of the eventual 15 batters who struck out Wednesday. Essentially, Straily put the exclamation point on what was one of the lowest points in franchise history.
Phils Grade: F