Series Previews 2018

Arrieta gets ball as Phillies begin series against first place Diamondbacks

Like the Phillies, Paul Goldschmidt and the Diamondbacks are in the thick of a competitive division race. (Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

Following their four game sweep of the Miami Marlins, the Philadelphia Phillies head on the road to face the first place Arizona Diamondbacks. The Phillies are looking to stay hot currently riding a five game win streak but are going to have a tough test on the road. One thing the Phillies have in their favor is that the Diamondbacks have been better on the road this season then at home but the Phillies have struggled this season playing outside of Citizens Bank Park.

In this series, the Phillies are going to have their hands full against this Diamondbacks rotation. In the opening game of the series, Zack Godley will get the ball for the Snakes. He’ll be followed by the Diamondbacks best two starters – Zack Grienke and Patrick Corbin – in the final two games of the series. 

On the mound for the Phillies, we will see Jake Arrieta, Nick Pivetta and Vince Velasquez. Arrieta has allowed just three runs in his lat two starts, which came against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox, two of the league’s better teams. After struggling in July, Pivetta allowed just two runs across six innings in last Thursday’s win over the Marlins. Velasquez has also been hot as of late, winning two of his last three starts and only allowing two earned runs in those three starts.

This series should produce some good baseball as both teams are looking to hold on to their first place spots in their respective divisions. Arizona is currently tied with the Dodgers for first place in their division, and the Phillies currently have a game and a half game lead on the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.

Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Jake Arrieta (9-6, 3.32 ERA, 3.96 FIP) vs. Zack Godley (12-6, 4.46 ERA, 3.92 FIP)

Game 2: Nick Pivetta (6-9, 4.75 ERA, 3.57 FIP) vs. Zack Greinke (12-6, 2.96 ERA, 3.43 FIP)

Game 3: Vince Velasquez (8-8, 3.80 ERA, 3.59 FIP) vs. Patrick Corbin (8-4, 3.31 ERA, 2.56 FIP)

Where to Watch/Listen

Game 1

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 2

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Game 3

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia, MLB Network

Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP

Series Notes

  • Jake Arrieta has more wins on the road this season (5) then he does at home (4.)
  • On the year Zack Greinke is 5-2 at home with a 2.44 ERA.
  • In his last 15 games Maikel Franco is batting .311 with 5 HR and 10 RBI.
  • Arizona currently has a lower winning percentage at home this year (.517) then they do on the road (.581.)


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  1. Ken Bland

    August 6, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    If you look at this year’s free agent class, two names headline any and all conversations.  I get that, can’t really say either Machado or Harper’s overhyped though to some degree, Harper probably is, but we’ll see a very unheralded FA pitcher this series in Patrick Corbin.  To me, his best years lie ahead.  Whether the Phils project having an opening is a little tough to mind read, especially with Vasquez showing a steady incline all year.  But if as much as 4 years would appeal to Corbin, he might fit real nicely.  

  2. Jeffrey Orbach

    August 7, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Arrieta pitched a great game, it’s too bad but I think Seranthony is fading a bit and needs a rest. I hope Gabe gives him a few days off and puts him in some lower pressure situations.

  3. Craig Glessner

    August 7, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I was just thinking the same thing as Jeff, Dominguez needs a couple of days to clear his head. Try not to use him against the Diamondbacks Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday is an off day. By Friday he can come back and dominate the padres which would be good for his confidence going forward. Arano and Neshek can hold things down the next couple of days. Keep fighting PHILLIES 50 games left we control the division. GEAUX PHILLIES

  4. Vernon Dozier

    August 7, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Hindsight is 20/20 and I realize that this team’s defense is horrendous, but I don’t like the idea of going to extra innings with Hoskins and Cabrera on the bench. I’m not even sure how much of a defensive upgrade Kingery is over Cabrera anyway. It’s not much. I don’t envy the conundrum that Kapler faces trying to close out a close game.

    #BeBold #ElTorito #RedOctober

  5. Ken Bland

    August 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    In today’s rubber match V The Snakes, I should parenthetically add that maybe there’s an injury or illness or the like that factored in, but there’s a lineup move by Kapler that fits right in with this reputation he’s built…managing his own way.

    Now Corbin, statistically, on the surface, this year, is tougher on righties than any other alternative at the plate. That’s lefties, if you’re scoring at home. So in that regard, it makes sense to sit Franco, and run Cabrera out there. Meaning as an excuse to sit Franco since Cabrera switches up. That leaves Kingery at short.

    Now all this meets up with my all important approval, but here’s what I could see doing, if not jumping up and down endorsing.

    Kingery, from rumors I’ve heard many times, is a born and trained 2B man. Yet, he’s played there this year I could see leaving Franco at third, sitting CeHe, and putting Kingery at 2B. Better defensive lineup.

    Not that the Phils are massive dogs today, but this would be one outstanding game to win.

    All important footnote. This date, 1977 Phils lead the East by a half game, similar to you know who. A month later, the lead was up to 9. There’s your can you top this gold star challenge for this year’s club to pursue. That’d shake ’em up in Port Richmond as this who’da thunk this season rolls on from atop the NL East.

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