Conditions favorable for Phillies bats to breakout behind Nola on Sunday

Aaron Nola has thrown eight consecutive quality starts.
Aaron Nola has put together a pretty impressive run over his first 11 starts of the season, but oddly enough he's struggled in five starts at Citizens Bank Park, surrendering 16 runs over 32 innings.
 
The good news though for Nola is that he's tossed eight consecutive quality starts and the Phillies are 6-2 in those contests. He also collected a win against Milwaukee earlier in the year, surrendering one run over seven innings.

The Brewers beat the Phillies yesterday afternoon, 6-3. The three runs marked the 13th time in their last 18 games the Phillies put up three runs or less.

Over their last nine games the Phillies are averaging just 2.3 runs and hitting a woeful .197. The team is 1-8 over that span and now sit six games off the pace in the NL East. 

"Our guys give away too many at-bats," manager Pete Mackanin said. "You have to be consistent. Too many at-bats go away too quickly. They get two strikes and flail away at a pitch. Good hitters don't do that."

If seems the conditions are favorable to change though on Saturday as Brewers' starter Wily Peralta enters with a 6.51 ERA, the worst figure among qualifying NL hurlers. Teams are also hitting .365 off him over 12 starts this year.

Roster Move
Emmanuel Burriss cleared waivers and accepted a move down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In 27 games he hit just .121 over 33 at-bats.

Today's Lineup
1. Herrera, 8
2. Galvis, 6
3. Franco, 5
4. Joseph, 3
5. Paredes, 9
6. Rupp, 2
7. Asche, 7
8. Hernandez, 4
9. Nola, 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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