After a very successful series sweep in Flushing, and before the Phils host the Fish at CBP, we have a stop for a quickie with the Cleveland Indians. As stated above, the Phils are fresh off their first series sweep against the New York Mets. If you were told that there would be a shutout between the Phils and Mets, you probably would have thought it would come from Cliff Lee, Matt Harvey or Cole Hamels. Nope, Kyle Kendrick provided a 4-hit complete game masterpiece in game two, while Jonathan Pettibone and Cole Hamels were provided with some clutch pinch hits from Ryan Howard to boost the Phils overall record to 12-14 on the season.
A two game series sweep against the Tribe would finally get the Phils to that illusive .500 mark, which is certainly obtainable against this Cleveland team. There's tons of firepower in Cleveland, including the always dangerous Mark Reynolds (7 HR, .291/.386/.620). Reynolds has surprisingly kept his strikeout total down, for his own standards at least.
We'll also see new Cleveland acquisition Nick Swisher. Former Phil Michael Bourn is currently on the DL, and with the way he was hitting (.975 OPS, 2 HOME RUNS!), is a good thing. Carlos Santana is the name to fear in this lineup. Oooooh good god in heaven is he. A line of .386/.456/.686, hold me captain I'm scared. We'll also see recently acquired prospect Trevor Bauer, and his funky mechanics and preparations. His skillset hasn't translated yet to the major leagues, but much like Tim Lincecum, he's got the stuff that can shut down this entire lineup.
On the Phils side of news, the series finale against the Mets brought forth THE RECHOOCHING, as Carlos Ruiz returned to the team after serving a 25-game suspension. Chooch went 1 for 4, with a double and reaching on an error in the 1st. Chooch looks to be a mainstay in that 5-hole spot. Where this will slot Domonic Brown and Michael Young will remain to be seen.
Finally, Delmon Young is off the DL, as you may have seen. A corresponding move was made with Zeke' Carrera being designated for assignment. What do I have to say about this? Well...watching him play defense will be fun...and frustrating.
What do you expect in this two game series? Seems possible, just pitch around the very hot Carlos Santana.