What do you want first, the good news or the bad news? Let’s go with the good news first, since you need some when it comes to the Phillies: The streak of four straight games without a walk will almost certainly end Friday night. Pitching for the Cardinals is Jaime Garcia, who has absolutely shut the Phils down but has 11 walks in five career starts against them. He’s issued at least one walk in 86 percent of his starts. And no team has gone five straight games without a walk since 1920, so the odds are on the Phillies’ side. But here’s the bad news: The team-wide offensive funk will likely continue Friday, because this team doesn’t hit lefties and hasn’t been able to touch Garcia. We all intuitively know that these Phillies struggle against left-handed pitching, but the problems run much, much deeper than you probably imagine. The Phillies are hitting .131 this season against lefties. Guess where that ranks in MLB. They have a .180 OBP, a .190 slugging percentage and have scored two runs against lefties. Guess where those numbers rank in MLB. It’s nothing new, either. Last year’s Phillies hit .235 against lefties with a .300 OBP. Both were the second-worst ranks in the last 23 years among teams that had many ABs against lefties as the 2012 Phils.
Phillies face Jaime Garcia at the worst possible time
CSN Philly | Apr 19