Series Preview: Phillies kick off a 4-game set with the Padres tonight facing an elite opposing pitcher
The Phillies head out to San Diego to take on the Padres in a crucial 4-game series, kicking off tonight at 9:40 EST. Ranger Suarez (5-4, 4.43 ERA) gets the ball for the Phils, going up against Joe Musgrove (8-0, 1.59 ERA).
It’s been a rough few days for the Phillies. They have now lost three straight games and have been outscored by a miserable 20-5. Wheeler didn’t have his stuff yesterday, throwing just 4.1 innings, allowing two earned runs and three walks. Bellatti, Brogdon, and Alvarado, along with Wheeler combined for 14 strikeouts, and the Phillies still couldn’t win a ballgame. That’s bad baseball, folks. Can’t happen.
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A tough series is on the horizon, and it kicks off tonight with Joe Musgrove on the mound for the Padres who has been an absolute machine on the bump this year. Not exactly the guy you want to face while the you’re struggling at the plate. Sheesh.
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Series Pitching Matchups
- Thursday (9:40 EST): Ranger Suarez vs Joe Musgrove
- Friday (9:40 EST): Aaron Nola vs MacKenzie Gore
- Saturday (10:10 EST): Zach Eflin vs Blake Snell
- Sunday (4:10 EST): Kyle Gibson vs Yu Darvish
Ranger Suarez vs Joe Musgrove
Ranger Suarez gets the ball for the Phillies, making his 7th away start of the season. Suarez has thrown 35 total innings away from CBP, allowing 33 hits, 15 earned runs, and 13 walks, while striking out 31. He’s totaled a 4.43 total ERA on the season, with 54 strikeouts.
Joe Musgrove is set to get the ball for the Padres. He’s totaled a 1.59 ERA on the season, with a 3-0 record at home with a 1.41 ERA. The early Cy-Young candidate has recorded just a 0.92 WHIP, with 81 strikeouts, and is tied for 2nd in the league with an 8-0 record.
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The Phillies Need to Get Back on Track
After a 15-2 start to the month of June, the Phils’ offense has hit a bump in the road. Bryce Harper is the only player on the Phillies with an average above .300 over the last seven days, and he’s only played four games.
Last 7 Days for the Phillies Offense
- Bohm: .267/.290/.300
- Castellanos: .179/.258/.286
- Gregorius: .167/.259/.208
- Realmuto: .217/.333/.217
- Hoskins: .227/.370/.273
- Herrera: .000/.045/.000
Following four games out West against the Padres, the Phillies immediately fly home to play the Braves for three, followed by a three-game set against the Cardinals. The Phillies need to make it through July 4th playing above .500 baseball or things are going to get ugly heading into the dog days of summer.
San Diego Padres
The Padres are 44-27 on the year, tied with the Dodgers for the lead in the NL West. They’re being led by Manny Machado, who was the frontrunner for MVP before he tweaked his ankle running to first base. It’s been reported that Machado could miss “several weeks”, which could be a very big blow to this team.
Joe Musgrove, who the Phillies face tonight, has been leading the pack on the mound, leading the team in wins and ERA. Nabil Crismatt has been the best reliever out of the pen for San Diego, tallying a 1.35 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP in 23 games pitched.
Game 1 Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Phillies||+1.5 (-162)||+130||O7 (-128)|
|Padres||-1.5 (+134)||-154||U7 (+104)|
I haven’t bet against the Phillies once this season. I really do think the bats start to find their way tonight, but it’s going to be a battle against Musgrove. Take Phils ML tonight, and if they lose, it’s all my fault. Take the under as well.
- Series Prediction: Phils win 3 of 4
- Series MVP: Bryce Harper