The Phillies are in the midst of a free fall that could derail their chances of playing baseball significantly in September. The club looked anemic again on Thursday, falling to the lowly Diamondbacks who completed a three-game sweep.
âIt’s a team you don’t want to get dragged into,â Philadelphia ace Zack Wheeler said after Thursday’s 6-2 loss. âIt’s just true. We have to take this personally and go out there and finish strong. Start winning games. Start playing good baseball and be consistent. ”
The Phillies will open their series in San Diego four games behind the Braves in the National League East; this after having a two-game lead in the division less than two weeks ago.
âWe just have to do a better job to come in and consistently play the same baseball,â Phillies wide receiver JT Realmuto said. âI feel like we were at our peak a week ago and we were playing so well, and all of a sudden it blows up and we have no consistency. We need to be more consistent in all areas, no matter who we play. “
Left-hander Matt Moore will start the series opener for the Phils. He was exceptional last Saturday, pitching six clean innings against the Reds while recording eight strikeouts. The Padres counter with veteran left-hander Blake Snell who has a 1.58 ERA in his three previous starts.
The Phillies have only hit 0.180 in the past week, the Majors’ worst score. The club have also lost seven of their last nine games since setting up an eight-game winning streak.
“We haven’t hit for 10 days,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s not just something that just happened today or yesterday. We just haven’t rocked the bats, and it’s costing us.”
Zach Eflin will begin a rehab mission on Saturday with Double-A Reading. He could join the Phils’ rotation next week. The right-hander has been on the shelf since July 20 due to patellar tendonitis.