Phillies Successful Versus N.L. West as Visit From the Tribe Looms

Despite scoring a combined 10 runs in their four games (2.5 runs per game) against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Philadelphia Phillies split the series and finished the seven-game road trip at 4 – 3. It’s beyond comical to say, at this point, but the offense is still inconsistent.

In the last seven games, the Phillies are hitting a ‘just-okay’ .274 (66 for 241). That stat is slightly misleading. In their final game against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, the Phillies’ bats ‘went crazy’ (that’s a very technical term). They went 15 for 42 at the plate, good enough for a .357 batting average. Take away that performance and the Phils hit .256 in the first six games of the road trip. A team batting average that low will not get it done to make the playoffs, let alone to beat the better pitchers in the playoffs.

Speaking of teams making a run at the playoffs, the Phillies’ next opponent, the Cleveland Indians, are only a half-game out of the A.L. Central Division lead and a half-game out of the second Wild Card spot in the American League. It’s a fortuitous spot for the Indians to be but I think the Phils win tonight 3 – 2 and the Indians win tomorrow night 5 – 2.

What do you think? Will the Phillies split this two-game series with the Indians, or will one team sweep the other?

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