Phillies Opposition Roadblock: Arizona Diamondbacks

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Jun 22, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) celebrates his double during the eighth inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the game 5-1. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Odubel Herrera (37) celebrates his double during the eighth inning of the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the game 5-1. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jun 22, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Chris Owings (16) and third baseman Jake Lamb (22) celebrate down the line with center fielder Gregor Blanco (5) and left fielder Daniel Descalso (3) after the game at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Chris Owings (16) and third baseman Jake Lamb (22) celebrate down the line with center fielder Gregor Blanco (5) and left fielder Daniel Descalso (3) after the game at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

The Team: Arizona Diamondbacks

Last weekend was our first of two looks at the NL West’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Not much has changed since last weekend. The D-Backs won two out of three from the Colorado Rockies out in the Rocky Mountains this week.

They lost a tight one run game, but then destroyed their division rivals the next two nights. They outscored the Rockies 26-8 to pull into a tie for second place in the West. They are now sitting 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place.

The Diamondbacks are 26-9 at home this season and are only a week removed from sweeping the Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park. In both of those games, the Phils had a late lead, but the Arizona offense was able to charge back into it with clutch homers.

Now, the Phils enter a series against the same explosive offense, but have to deal with both Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke. On the road, this could be an incredibly difficult challenge for a struggling Phillies team.

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