Spring Training Preview: Phillies @ Tampa Bay Rays

The Philadelphia Phillies (8-11-1) take on the Tampa Bay Rays (12-7) in about 40 minutes or so. Here are some things I’ll be watching in today’s game:

John Lannan, who was signed as a free agent for the back of the rotation, is making his fourth start of the spring and second start against the Tampa Bay Rays. In his first outing against Tampa, he gave up four runs on five hits in four innings pitched. He struck out three batters and didn’t allow a walk. After his outing on March 9th, Lannan said he had some trouble working out of the stretch. If and when he has runners on base today, I’ll be looking to see if he works out of the stretch, how effective he is if he does, or if he just pitches out of the wind-up.

Let’s see if Ben Revere can continue his torrid spring. He leads the team in at-bats this spring (47) and he’s hitting .340, to go along with his four stolen bases. He was 3-for-4 with an RBI in the last game against the Rays. I like the way this guy plays the game. If he makes the same plays in this video in the regular season, he’ll be an instant fan favorite in Philly in no time.

Which bullpen will show up for the Phils today? The one that pitched four scoreless innings on March 8th, scattering two hits and walking one or the one that pitched five innings, surrendering five earned runs on 11 hits on March 9th? Over the last four games, the bullpen has pitched much better. They’ve given up five earned runs in 211/3 innings for an ERA of just over 2.00. I think that trend of good relief pitching from the bullpen will continue today against Tampa.

Prediction: Phils 8, Rays 3

What do you think? Will the Phils win the game? Who will be the player of the game? Leave a comment below.

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