The Phillies went a disappointing 2-4 on their west coast trip. But, they return home for a seven game homestand. Although they start off with 2 games against the Red Sox, they then host the Mets for a rare 5-game series.
During the week, the Phillies bolstered their bench with the acquisition of Justin Bour. The right-handed first baseman is having a down year, but he has impressive numbers against his East Division foes. The cost was McKenzie Mills. I’ve seen Mills pitch and liked what I saw. But, if Bour can strength our bench and help us beat the Braves and Nationals a couple times, then the trade makes sense. Even if he doesn’t make a measurable difference down the stretch, it’s good to see the front office make a well-thought out trade like this.
J.P. Crawford was activated and Wilson Ramos made two rehab starts. And, the Phillies have gone to a 5-man bench temporarily. If Ramos comes off the DL before the end of the month, it will be interesting to see who goes to Lehigh. Probably Knapp, but Kingery or Crawford could also be considered.
In any case, the Phillies could run out a line up that includes Alfaro/Ramos, Santana, Hernandez, Cabrera, Franco, Hoskins, Herrera, and Williams/Quinn.
The Phillies have 45 games remaining, 25 at home, and 33 against division opponents – 7 v. Atlanta, 11 v. the Mets, 9 v. Washington, and 6 v. Miami. Their non-division series are against, Boston, Toronto, the Cubs, and Colorado.