Jake Arrieta was dealing last night..
Just so we all know, that 3 year 75 million dollar for Jake Arrieta in the off season was well worth it. The Phillies won again last night 4-0, and are still now only a half game out of first place. There is an off day today, and then a weekend series with the Blue Jays. There are many positive things to take away from this Braves series, in its entirety. The Braves are for real.
Firs the series itself. We finally won a series against this team after losing the prior three, and are done with this team till September. The Phillies outscored the Braves 8-3 in the series, taking two of the three games, shutting the Braves and their number one ranked National League offense out TWICE!
The entire staff in this series was phenomenal, but the starting pitching was unreal. The numbers speak for themselves.
–Game 1: Phillies 3, Braves 0
Nick Pivetta’s Line: 7IP, 4H, 0R, 1BB, 7Ks, 107 pitches.
–Game 2: Braves 3, Phillies 1
Vince Valasquez Line: 4.1IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 3BB, 9Ks, 89Pitches
**He really was not all that bad this game as the numbers show, his defense made two very costly errors, directly leading to runs**
Game 3: Phillies 4, Braves 0
Jake Arrieta Line: 6.2 IP, 7H, 0R, 1BB, 7Ks, 109 Pitches
In 3 Games the starters splits, are filthy. Broken down it looks like this.
18IP, 17Hits, 1Earned Run, 23Ks, 3BB, and a filth 0.50ERA
All this would lead to a series win, as it should.
Jake is now 4-2 this season with a 2.45 era and his numbers at home are sensational.
.@JArrieta34 hasn't allowed a run in his last 15.0 innings at CBP dating back to his start on April 25th.
Overall this season, he is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in five starts at home. pic.twitter.com/R2ME1HxYtw
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) May 24, 2018
Here are some other very interesting takes on the staff, and the season it as well as the team are currently on.
Phillies have 6 shutouts in May
They had 7 all of last season 😳 https://t.co/dWneDiRLjS
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) May 24, 2018
Phillies starters have given up 1 run or less in 14 of 19 starts this month
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) May 24, 2018
Sure the Phillies, did not put up huge offensive numbers in this series, but you do not really need to when your getting starting pitching that good. The best part of last nights game, is that all the Phillies runs, came on 2 out hits. Clutch hits, big spots, that younger teams usually struggle with, but last night, that was not the case.
The team is 28-19, and has a chance to regain top spot in the NL East, it is Memorial Day weekend, and baseball in this town appears to be fun again. Keep in mind, I also expect the acquisitions of Cole Hamels and Manny Machado before the dealine. The playoffs are a real possibility.
Run at your own risk with Alfaro, behind the dish..
Speaking of Cole Hamels, do you remember the haul received in that trade. Most were excited about the upside of Nick Williams, and he was sold as the center piece. But his time in Philly, has seen limited playing time, although more is deserved. He has delivered big hits this year, in limited plate appearances, specifically off the bench in a pinch hitting role. He is starting to make the most of his limited chances.
How bout this Jorge Alfaro, kid? He has been unreal. My favorite part about him offensively, is that he runs, every ball out, as you are taught to at a young age. However, this kid is not here for his offense, and that was never the idea behind the move either. He has become the main stay behind the plate, and calls tremendous games for this entire staff, which as we hit on earlier, has been very good this year. The main reason he is here, is for this.
Kapler on this game-ending play/throw by Alfaro: "I don't know if there's another catcher that I've ever seen — and I played with Pudge — that makes that play in the ninth inning." #Phillies pic.twitter.com/AhoP10PCvB
— Meghan Montemurro (@M_Montemurro) May 22, 2018
Running on @_JorgeAlfaro11 is a risky proposition.
— #Statcast (@statcast) May 24, 2018
The defense like this, particular at gunning down the base runner has become common place. It almost seems like I see on of these every game and the throws are darts, there is no wasted movement, the player at the bag, does not even have to move to apply the tag. Also again, keep in mind Alfaro is only 25 is not arbitration ready till 2021, and can not become a free agent till 2024, and again the Phillies, call this as it is.