The Philadelphia Phillies will take a short trip to Tampa Bay to play a two-game series against the red hot Tampa Bay Rays. The Phillies took three games out of four to win the series against the Miami Marlins and will look to continue their good string of wins against a Tampa Bay team that sits in first place in the American League East.
The Phillies will have both Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin take the mound today and tomorrow for the quick road trip in Tampa. Wheeler has been on fire over the last couple of weeks. He is 4-2 with a 2.38 Earned Run Average (ERA) and has 78 strikeouts to his name. Wheeler has been dominant with his location and making hitters miss. In his last start against Boston, he went seven and a third innings and struck out twelve while only giving up three hits and surrendered one walk. Wheeler will look to continue his dominance today.
The Rays will send out Ryan Yarbrough who is a 29-year-old left-handed pitcher. He has started to find his groove, over the last seven appearances (3 were starts 4 he came out of the bullpen) he has a 2-1 record with a 3.25 Earned Run Average (ERA). He is a versatile pitcher who can start and come out of the pen when they need him to. Overall, he is hittable, so if you can get some hits off of him, you're good to go. However he has dominated the Phillies at home, two starts with a 2.25 ERA.
Zach Eflin will take the mound for Sunday's game. Eflin has been dealing himself as well, Eflin has pitched six or more innings in each of his 10 starts this season. It is the longest streak by a Phillies pitcher since a 12-start streak by right-hander Aaron Nola from April 10-June 12, 2018. Eflin though has struggled a little with his command in recent starts. We will see if he can back on track with a win in Tampa.
The Rays have yet to name a starter for Sunday's game. This article will get updated when they name a starter.
The Phillies offense still seems to be stuck in a rut. They can not get anything for their starters. Their offense needs to wake right now. They need to sweep and win this series and get hot.