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Game Thread 4/24: Diamondbacks at Phillies

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The Phillies may be fresh off a four-game sweep, but this series is being billed as their first real test.

Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images

It’s no secret that the Phillies have faced some of the lousier teams the National (and American) League has to offer to start the season. Beating them has been enjoyable and necessary to reach the extremely promising 14-7 record with which the Phillies now find themselves. However, the Diamondbacks are storming into town, coming off a comparably hot start to the 2018 season, currently sitting atop the NL West by four games.

A pair of dominating pitching staffs and effective offenses will square off tonight at Citizens Bank Park, with Vince Velasquez getting the start in the opener. His season is four starts old, and with a 3.80 ERA while averaging almost six innings per appearance, he’s not exactly where you want him, but closer than he looked for most of last season.

Everybody don your slickest fedora and head on down to the ball yard.