Oh, those ding dong Phillies and Matt Stairs. Well, they are no longer the feared Phillies of 2008-2009. Today, they are languishing in fourth place in the NL East, 15 games back from the Washington Nationals. Their stars of yesteryear are gone or replaced, inlcuding Chase Utley, Matt Stairs, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, and Cliff Lee.
The new stars of the Phillies include Vincent Velasquez, 8-3, 3.33 ERA, center fielder Odubel Herrera (known as El Torito), and closer Jeanmar Gomez (29 saves). Tonight’s starting pitcher will be righty Zach Eflin who goes up against Julio Urias, who will be making his tenth start for the Dodgers.