Something is up with this team. They just keep winning, and winning, and winning. Seriously, this is going so well that I had to check the settings on my PlayStation to make sure that I didn’t have injuries turned off (I didn’t I promise — AA is getting decimated with twisted ankles for some reason). As of mid-June the Phranchise holds a 10-game lead in the N.L. East, has the third-best record in baseball, and could land as many as 7 players in the All-Start Game – with none of them being named Bryce Harper.
See that list of awesome things right there? Sweet, right? Calm down kids, none of it is real.
And since none of it is real, we’re going to have some fun with our Twitch stream on Sunday, May 3rd at 7 PM Eastern as the Phillies host Miami. It’s going to be 100% up to fan votes; what jerseys the teams wear (options below to vote on), who pitches (Nola, Wheeler, or Peacock), the stadium we play in (anyone want to see a game at Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium?), the weather, it’s all up to you. This is a simulation, the Phils are crushing it, and we’re going to have some fun on Sunday night! Vote in the comments section!
6/2/2020: Phillies 9, Marlins 2; W: Zach Eflin (5-2), L: Blake Snell (3-8)
The Phillies absolutely exploded in the 5th inning to the tune of nine (yes, all nine) runs. Cutch (9) had himself a Grand Slam (our first of the year) while Didi and Adam Haseley each doubled in runs. Even Eflin, who struck out 7 in 5.1 innings, got in on the action with an RBI single to help his own cause. All nine starters collected at least one hit to get the series in Miami off on the right foot.
6/3/2020: Phillies 4, Marlins 3; W: Robbie Ray (4-4), L: Pablo Lopez (3-7), S: Osuna (18)
Robbie Ray got his time with the Phils off to a good start, striking out 9 in 5 innings before the bullpen stepped in to shut out the Marlins in 4 innings of work. The Phillies capitalized on 2-run shot from Jean Segura (8) in the 3rd inning and RBI doubles from an ice-cold Harper and a red-hot Gregorius to put the Marlins away and take the first two games of the series.
6/4/2020: Phillies 7, Marlins 3; W: Aaron Nola (7-2), L: Jordan Yamamoto (4-5)
The Phillies haven’t had the best luck in Miami over the past few seasons, but this series helps to soothe some of those old wounds. Didi (16) and Kingery (8) led the offensive onslaught with 2-run homers while Aaron Nola continues to dominate the N.L. East, going 8 strong innings and allowing just 2 runs. With this win the Phillies have swept two consecutive series, both against N.L. East opponents.
6/5/2020: Phillies 4, Braves 2; W: Seranthony Dominguez (2-2), L: A.J. Minter (1-3), S: Osuna (19)
Man, Wheeler is just crazy good right now. 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, and……. No win to show for it. A blown save by Robertson sent the game into the 9th inning tied at 2, but a 2-run Scott Kingery (9) blast put the Phils on top and allowed Osuna to collect his National League-best 19th save.
6/6/2020: Braves 9, Phillies 0; W: Cole Hamels (7-3), L: Brad Peacock (6-2)
Yes, THAT Cole Hamels.
6/7/2020: Phillies 6, Braves 5; W: Seranthony Dominguez (3-2), L: Will Smith (1-3), S: Osuna (20)
No, not THAT Will SMith. Not the best bounce-back game, but an emotional roller coaster for sure. The Phillies led until the bottom of the eighth when Dominguez gave up a solo shot to Freddie Freeman (that guy is a Phillies killer this year and I’m tired of him), but still snuck away with his third win on the season thanks to an unlikely wall-scraping pinch-hit home run from Kyle Garlick (1). A win is a win, and the Phils stay hot on a tough road trip.
I know many of TGP’s readers live and die by the numbers (even fake ones from pretend players recorded on some dude’s PlayStation in Colorado), so here you go, my beloved statheads:
Next up: Phillies return for a 9-game homestand that takes us into the third week of June.
We’ll see you on Twitch this Sunday night, 7 PM Eastern!