Raise your hand if you guessed that the following would have all happened this opening series:
A) the Phillies would sweep the Braves
B) the Braves would not hit the ball at all
C) the Phillies would have dominant starting pitching
D) the Phillies’ bullpen would play a starring role in the sweep
Yeah, this was as surprising a weekend as I can remember. It’s not that the Phillies didn’t have a chance because as we have demonstrated pretty much all offseason long, we actually do believe in this team. But the manner in which the Phillies pretty well handled the Braves this weekend was more than surprising. They did seem to dominate them on the mound with Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin showing why the team is so, so high on their starting pitching this year. It was a masterful effort from the trio and a great way to start the season.
On to the links.
- With the offense held in the check somewhat by good Braves pitching, all the players wanted to talk about was the pitching.
- You may have noticed that there were more fans Sunday than Thursday. That’s because the capacity was raised a smidge.
- With a team having had to sit thanks to a Covid-19 outbreak coming to town, the Phillies are beginning their vaccination process.
- As you probably heard, the All-Star game was moved out of Atlanta in protest of the new voting law in Georgia.
- The Braves and Nationals aren’t playing today thanks to the outbreak among Washington, but they’re ready to go for Tuesday.
- One of the Nationals’ top pitching prospects is going to undergo Tommy John surgery.
- The Pirates are going to be without their best player for a little while.
- Apparently, the Mets do not want to lose Jacob deGrom at all, discussing an extension with him this spring.