The Phillies were really good.
Then they sucked.
Looks like they’re good again.
After winning their third consecutive series against the Braves earlier this week, thanks in large part to a stretch that saw the team smack 24 homers in 15 games and lead all of baseball in hits (169), Philly is inching closer to the .500 mark as the All-Star break approaches next week.
One series remains for the club before everyone (except for Philly’s lone All Star Odubel Herrera) gets to take a few days off —a four-pack of games in Colorado against the Rockies.
It’s good timing for the Phillies, who will look to continue their solid hitting in the most hitter-friendly park in baseball.
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Thursday things kick off at 8:40 p.m.as Adam Morgan makes a spot start, moving over from the bullpen to relieve Aaron Nola — who is being skipped over as he rests up for the season’s second half. Morgan has been less than stellar this season, with a 1-6 mark and 6.31 ERA on the year. He’ll be opposed by Chad Bettis (5-5, 5.85 ERA).
Game 2 on Friday night, an 8:10 first pitch,pits a revitalized Vince Velasquez (7-2, 3.34 ERA) against Colorado’s Jon Gray (5-4, 4.81 ERA).
On the weekend, two hot young arms take the hill as Jerad Eickhoff (6-9, 3.30 ERA) faces lefty Tyler Anderson (0-3, 3.03 ERA) Saturday at 8:40 p.m., and Zach Eflin (1-2, 4.30 ERA after his first career complete game Tuesday) is opposed by Tyler Chatwood (8-4, 3.08 ERA)Sunday at 4:10.
Philadelphia has four days off before returning home to host the Mets July 15.