Monday, June 24, 2013

Road Trip

                Our Phillies are heading west to face the Padres and Dodgers and then head back east to face the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. In their past ten games the Phillies are 5-5 and are coming off a series in which they lost 2 out of 3 to the Mets. The Phillies take a very bad and inexperienced bullpen and an offense with a power outage into three pitchers ballparks. It will be interesting to see which side will win out.
                Cliff Lee will toe the rubber Monday night at Petco Park. If he continues his dominance this year the Phillies will be in a good position to win this game. In the final two games of the series Kyle Kendrick will look to repeat his past outing while Hamels will want to turn around the worst year in his career. After this they head north to Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers.
                Yasiel Puig, the name that has been on the tongue of announcers, anchors, and fantasy nerds everywhere. The 22 year old Puig has been on fire ever since he set foot on a Major League field. In 19 games he has a .425 batting average, 6 home runs, and 12 RBIs. This has been one of the few bright spots for the Dodgers in a year when their name is not so fitting. In this 4 game series the Phillies will take on a last place team. That doesn’t mean it will be an easy task. If the Phillies avoid any brawls similar to the Flyers and Penguins, 2012 Playoffs, Game 3 I think the series will be a success.
                The third and final series of the road trip will involve a Pittsburgh team that is not as hated in Philadelphia as the Penguins. Pittsburgh has put together a nice year so far but they also did that last year. Last year’s surprise Pirates team fell apart and missed the playoffs for the 20th consecutive year. The Pirates will be well rested and will use their starting pitching to beat a lack luster Phillies offense. However the Phillies will avoid a second sweep to the Pirates.

Stay tuned for more Phillies coverage on this series and much more!

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