Damn, Vincent Velasquez. Damn.
What Vinny and the rest of the Phillies rotation has done in the last week is pretty incredible, and has turned the Phils from an embarrassing 0-4 team to a respectable 5-5 squad that has won consecutive series against the Mets and Padres.
Led by Velasquez, Aaron Nola, Jerad Eickhoff, Jeremy Hellickson and Charlie Morton, the starters have covered up an offense that has struggled to score runs. Nevertheless, it was a fun week, and Calkins Media Phillies beat writer Kevin Cooney joins the show to talk about it, as does Statcast's and MLB.com's Mike Petriello.
Also this week, a Phillies Rule 5 pick is suspended for half the season and how important is it to get off to a fast start and/or avoid a slow one?