The Philadelphia Phillies host the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday in the final game of a three-game series. The Diamondbacks won the series opener on Monday to improve to 35-32 while the Phillies fell to 37-29, not counting the results of Tuesday’s game. Right-hander Zach Eflin (6-5) gets the start for the Phillies while right-hander Merrill Kelly (6-6) is slated to get the start for the Diamondbacks. Game time is 7:05 p.m. Eastern at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Diamondbacks set franchise record for homers
The Diamondbacks have won 5 straight games to improve to 35-32 and move into a virtual tie for second in the NL West. Their latest win came Monday against the Phillies, who they beat 13-8. The Diamondbacks hit a franchise record8 home runs in this game. Eduardo Escobar had a monster game going 4 for 5 with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. Ildemaro Vargas also had 2 home runs along with 3 RBIs. David Peralta, Ketel Marte, Alex Avila, and Jarrod Dyson also hit home runs. Zack Godley (3-4) got the win.
The Diamondbacks’ offense has been firing on all cylinders. They average 5.3 runs per game, which is 4th in the MLB, They are batting .258 as a team, which is 7th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .459, which is 4th. They are 6th in home runs. Peralta leads the D-backs with an average of .300 with 9 HRs and 36 RBIs, while Eduardo Escobar is hitting .299 with 17 HRs and 54 RBIs. His 54 RBIs are tied for third in the league. Adam Jones is hitting .276 with 12 HRs and 37 RBIs. while Ketel Marte is batting .274 with 16 HRs and 46 RBIs. Dyson is batting .264 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs, while Christian Walker is batting, 252 with 11 HRs and 25 RBIs.
The Diamondbacks are 9th in the league with a team ERA of 4.07. They have a WHIP of 1.31, which is 10th in the majors. Merrill Kelly gets the start for the D-Backs on Wednesday. The right hander is 6-6 with an ERA of 4.12. Kelly was excellent in his last start, allowing 1 run in 7 innings.
Phillies get bombed
The Phillies have lost 2 straight to fall to 37-29. The losses have dropped them a half game behind in Atlanta in the NL East. They are coming off a really bad loss to the Diamondbacks on Monday. Starter Jerad Eickhoff was bombed for 7 runs in 3 innings in a 13-8 loss to Arizona. The Phillies pitching gave up a ridiculous 8 home runs. The Phillies had 5 home runs themselves, but it wasn’t enough. Sean Kingery went 3 for 5 with 2 home runs and 2 RBIs, while Rhys Hoskins went 3 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBIs. Jean Segura and Jay Bruce also hit home runs for Philadelphia.
The Phillies rank 14th in the MLB with 4.9 runs per game. They are 20th in team batting average at .244 and 18th in slugging percentage at .421. Jean Segura leads the Phillies with an average of .291 with 6 HRs and 27 RBIs. Cesar Hernandez is batting .270 with 6 HRs and 29 RBIs, while Rhys Hoskins is hitting .271 with 14 HRs and 46 RBIs. Bryce Harper is hitting .251 with 11 home runs and 45 RBIs, while Maikel Franco is hitting .209 with 9 HRs and 32 RBIs. JT Realmuto has been hot as of late, batting .273 with 10 HRs and 36 RBIs, while Sean Kingery is batting .324 with 6 HRs and 15 RBIs. Andrew McCutchen is out for the season.
The Phillies have a team ERA of 4.30, which is 13th in baseball. They have a WHIP of 1.38, which is 21st. Zach Eflin gets the start for the Phillies. The right-hander is 6-5 with an ERA of 2.88. Eflin won last time out, giving up 2 runs in 6.1 innings.
- Phillies are 25-7 in their last 32 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Phillies are 6-2 in their last 8 Wednesday games.
- Phillies are 18-7 in their last 25 games after losing the first 2 games of a series.
- Phillies are 7-3 in their last 10 home games.
- Phillies are 6-1 in Eflins last 7 starts during game 3 of a series.
- Phillies are 6-1 in Eflins last 7 home starts.