The Pitcher: Dan Straily
With this series presenting the Phillies with Koehler and Conley, I had a difficult time taking either of them seriously as roadblocks. I have already focused an article on Straily and will use him again since the other two have had horrendous 2017 seasons to this juncture.
The Phils faced Straily back on May 31st in Miami and he had his way with them for 6.2 innings. The righty allowed nine hits and a walk, but set down ten on strikes, the most he has had in a single game this season. The Phillies mustered two runs against him and only one of them was earned.
Since that start, Straily reached six innings in five out of eight starts. More impressively, he has surrendered three or less earned runs in seven of those eight starts, but has not struck out more than eight in any start showing just how putrid this Phillies offense is.
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All of the Phillies that have faced him have at least one hit off him. Maikel Franco and Odubel Herrera have multiple hits against him, while Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez, Tommy Joseph, and Andrew Knapp all have one hit. Here is a shocker: None of them have an extra basehit off the 28 year old.
His 2.43 ERA at home is something to be aware of this week. Teams are also hitting a lowly .209 against him in Miami, which does not bode well for an inconsistent Philly offense.
Straily is more of a pitch-to-contact type pitcher who uses his fastball 51% of the time and his slider 29% of the time. His changeup would be his next most used pitch, but he wants hitters to swing at the fastball and put it in play.
The Phillies did him a favor by chasing outside the zone last time and if they do it again, it will be another long day in Miami.