I’ve always wondered: why do teams take a day off after a season opener or a home opener? Is the stress of playing in front of a packed stadium just too much for one day, they need to recuperate the next day? Do they just need a break after playing a few days in a row this early in the season?
Well whateve it is, it didn’t help the Phillies. After putting up some pretty impressive numbers in the home opener on Thursday, the team came out a laid an egg.
The team could only manage six hits against something called Adrian Houser. Yeah, I don’t know who he is either. Jean Segura had a nice game, homering as he accumulated three of the team’s total hits. Bryce Harper has a double, but it didn’t lead to much.
Meanwhile, Orlando Arcia tore the pitching staff apart, hitting a solo home run and two-run double that sealed the team’s doom in the seventh inning.
Speaking of pitching, it looks like virtual manager Me has chosen correctly and put Nick Pivetta in the bullpen. Zach Eflin made a nice start in this one, going six solid innings before the bullpen put this one out of reach by Robert Stock, who looks like he might be headed to Lehigh Valley soon enough.
But Nick Pivetta continues his solid work out of the ‘pen. If he can continue being a weapon, he looks like he could form a good triumvirate Hector Neris and Seranthony Dominguez.
Tomorrow wraps up two things. First is the series with Milwaukee. It also is end of the recent negotiations with J.T. Realmuto on a contract extension. Fingers crossed...