Friday -- Phillies 4, D-backs 2; Phillies rally against Arizona bullpen. Saturday -- Phillies 7, D-backs 5; Bradley doesn't last long in return. Sunday -- RHP Josh Collmenter (3-4. 5.27) vs. RHP Sean O'Sullivan (0-2, 5.06), 10 a.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
The 1-2 punch at 2-3
Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt have been a productive fit while hitting second and third in the batting order, and manager Chip Hale is likely to ride that for a while. It is shades of what Tony La Russa did in Oakland, when Carney Lansford hit second in front of the Bash Brothers. Trumbo has four homers, two doubles, eight RBI and eight runs while hitting second, ahead of Goldschmidt rather than behind him. Goldschmidt, being Goldschmidt, has two homers, three RBI and a 1.203 OPS since the move.
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The Diamondbacks' recent 3-4 homestand would have looked a lot better if the bullpen had held leads against San Diego and Washington, but that is water under the bridge. There were some good signs. The D-backs scored 43 runs and hit .294 with 12 home runs. They won a blowout (11-0) and a pitcher's duel (2-1). They came from behind to take a lead Wednesday, the next step Chip Hale wants to see in their progression, although they could not hold it.
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In the Chase
You know whose win-loss record is masking a very solid year? Chase Anderson, who is 0-1 with a 2.97 ERA. His WHIP (1.10) has dropped appreciably since last year (1.31) and is 15th in the NL, tied with Madison Bumgarner and ahead of Gerrit Cole. Anderson has given up one run in his last two starts but has two no-decisions, once when the bullpen failed to hold a 2-1 lead. The D-backs have scored 10 runs while he has been in the game in his first six starts.
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Phillies in flux
The Phillies are old and expensive, a bad combination for a team already 10 games under .500. The Phillies' payroll is about $145 million, most committed to Ryan Howard ($25 million), Cliff Lee ($25 million), Cole Hamels ($22.5 million), Jonathan Papelbon ($13 million) and Chase Utley ($10 million). Lee is on the disabled list. Utley, a former All-Star, is hitting .118. Hamels is their only tradable asset, but teams expect the Phillies to pick up part of his money in any deal.