D-Backs @ Phillies Preview: Helping the Weak

By Manny Nunez

Ever since the Diamondbacks had taken down San Francisco in a four games series, every team they face seem to have some sort of kick start to revive their season. Philadelphia is not like they were years ago, but after taking the first two games in the series against Arizona, the Phillies are now picking up some high hopes. The Phillies have won four in a row, including a 7-5 victory that gave the Phillies their longest winning streak of the year at four games.

It was nice to see Archie Bradley back on the mound after he suffered a facial injury on a line drive a few weeks ago, but his rust showed after allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in over two innings of work. The bullpen has been shaky as usual, as the team allowed another three runs while the D-Backs were mustering up a comeback.

Now, Arizona faces their second series sweep in the month of May. Some positive came about last night with Yasmany Tomas homering for the first time in his career. The important part of today is wondering how they will start, considering their bullpen was used frequently last night.

Things to note:

Phillies starter Sean O’Sullivan has not beaten Arizona in four years.

Philadelphia’s rotation has a 2.08 ERA during the team’s four consecutive winning streak.

Philadelphia has also won ten games in their last thirteen matchups.

Josh Collmenter is looking to rebound after suffering a horrific 11-1 loss against Washington, lasting only four outs. He hasn’t had much luck, where in his last outing he gave up a career high 11 hits in just under three innings. He did earn the victory, but the Diamondbacks offense was on point.

Aaron Hill has now become the hot bat, hitting .432 with three homers in his last 13 games.

Where: Citizens Bank Park

When: 10:35 AM

TV/Radio: FSN Arizona/KTAR 620AM

Pitching Matchup: Josh Collmenter (3-4, 5.27 ERA) vs. Sean O’Sullivan (0-2, 5.06 ERA)





Arizona Diamondbacks:

Bronson Arroyo

Patrick Corbin

David Hernandez

Matt Stites

Gerald Laird

Oscar Hernandez

Jake Lamb

Philadelphia Phillies:

Mario Hollands

Cliff Lee

Jonathan Pettibone