Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Velasquez looks for an encore against the Mets

Vince Velasquez looks to extend his scoreless streak tonight against the Mets.
Vince Velasquez takes the mound for the Phillies tonight in the second of a three-game set with the division rival New York Mets.

The 23-year-old right-hander put together one of the best pitching performances in franchise history last week when he tossed a three-hit shutout with no walks and 16 strikeouts against the San Diego Padres. He enters tonight having thrown 15 scoreless innings to begin his Phillies career, the longest franchise streak since Marty Bystrom tossed 19 innings in 1980.

Offensive Woes Continue
Entering tonight the Phillies have scored just 36 runs over 14 games, the lowest figure in the National League and 28th in all of baseball. Their average of 2.57 runs per game is last in the majors. The club also ranks last in batting (.207) and OBP (.267).

Opposing Velasquez
Mets right-hander Logan Verrett became the third pitcher in franchise history to allow five or fewer hits in each of first five starts following a no-decision last week against the Miami Marlins. He'll attempt to become the first hurler in franchise history to reach six contests if he holds the Phillies to less than five hits tonight.

Alfaro Sidelined
Phillies' top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro was placed on the DL with an oblique strain. Through eight games in Double-A Reading he was hitting .500 with seven runs and 10 RBIs. 

Today's Phillies Lineup 
1. Freddy Galvis, 6
2. Odubel Herrera, 8
3. Andres Blanco, 4
4. Ryan Howard, 3
5. Maikel Franco, 5
6. David Lough, 9
7. Cameron Rupp, 2
8. Tyler Goeddel, 7
9. Vincent Velasquez, 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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