Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, April 25, 2011 11:55 AM Comments: 11
After scoring 12 runs in a four game span in San Diego, the Phillies head to Arizona for a three game series with the under-.500 Diamondbacks. A little over three runs per game is to be expected at Petco Park against a good, young Padres pitching staff. An uptick in run production over the next three games is needed. And all the ingredients are there for it to happen.
At 8-12, Arizona doesn’t seem to pose much of a threat on the surface. Their pitching staff has given up the second most runs in the National League while their offense has posted just one more run that the Phillies (96 to 95). It’s the perfect opportunity for the Phillies offense to finally step on the gas, open up the throttle, and score in heaps.
Arizona’s team ERA is a league-worst 5.16 and they are allowing opposing clubs to hit .281 against them, the second-worst average in the NL. Starting pitching has been the biggest issue. The rotation has only pitched 112 1/3 innings, the fewest in the National League, while compiling a 5.85 ERA. What better way to end your seven-game, scoring-challenged road trip?
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