In the midst of fluctuating weather, Philadelphia Phillies moving in a positive direction
After two consecutive losses to the National League East-leading Atlanta Braves earlier this week Phillies bounced back with a 5-1 win over New York Mets on Friday
Even after those two failures against the Braves Phillies 14 out of 18 have been won and have put themselves back in the playoff race. They will be looking for another win when they host mets again on saturday
In Friday’s win, Trea Turner had a two-run single and Brandon Marsh had three hits and one RBI.
Turner has been inconsistent with Phillies Since signing an 11-year, $300 million deal in the offseason. He’s hitting only .244 with seven homers and 24 RBI through 74 games.
“I think we might be the best team in baseball,” Turner said in a postgame interview on Apple TV. “We expect a lot of ourselves.”
Phillies The team has been resilient since manager Rob Thomson took over after a 22–29 start last season. Joe Girardi was fired and Phillies came within two wins of the World Series title
Philadelphia started the year 25-32 but has been on the rise since then.
“(Friday’s game) was huge, especially after the last two games against the Braves,” Turner said. “It was a big win and a good team win. Everyone contributed.”
Phillies Will hand the ball off to Christopher Sanchez (0-0, 3.24 ERA) on Saturday. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA in three career games, including one start. mets
In his latest start, on June 17 against the Oakland Athletics, Sanchez pitched four scoreless innings. He could have lasted longer if the returner had not ricocheted off his pitching hand. X-rays were negative.
winch mets Will hit 14 out of 18 entering Saturday’s game. They have gone 34–41 in a season that began with high expectations and an expensive payroll.
Mistakes and mental errors keep haunting mets
Brandon Nimmo committed an error in center field in Friday’s loss. There was also an unusual play when left fielder Tommy Pham and shortstop Francisco Lindor let a ball fall between them, and it turned out to be an RBI single by Marsh.
“Tommy’s playing well out there,” mets said manager Buck Showalter. “There is only misunderstanding between two players who usually play smoothly.
During the current skid, these types of games have proved costly.
Showalter said, “Everybody’s trying to play their best game, trying to be everything to everybody every night.” “‘Desire’ is through the roof—sometimes through it, you end up straining for something that isn’t there.”
Nimmo’s solo home run was the only offensive production for mets
“We’re a much better team than what we’re showing right now,” Lindor said. “Hopefully we’ll make a change at some point. We’ve said it many times. We have to do it. I put myself at the top of that list.”
Earlier Friday, New York traded switch-hitting infielder Eduardo Escobar to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor league pitchers.
mets Carlos Carrasco was set to start Saturday, but he changed his rotation and will now send Max Scherzer (6-2, 4.04 ERA) to the mound.
Last time out, Scherzer allowed four hits and one run over eight innings during an 11-1 win over the Houston Astros on Monday. He struck out eight and scored one run.
Scherzer has had a lot of success in his career Phillies, going 17–5 with a 2.56 ERA in 30 starts. He has more wins against Philadelphia than any other team.
–Field Level Media