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Back to work for Phillies facing the Cardinals at home

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The Cardinals have a bunch of gritty ballplayers that may not be household names, but can play very well

The schedule for the Phillies is a little strange, they just finished a road trip, came home after the game on Sunday in Milwaukee, and had a rare off day for Memorial Day. They start up tonight against the Cardinals in Philly to start a 3-game series, and then fly off to the West Coast for another extended road trip.

The Cardinals have had success over the past few years, but nothing in the last couple years. The last time the team won the Central Division was in 2015, it was the highlight of the run they put together also winning the division in 2014 and 2013. ’15 was the last year the team made the playoffs at all.

The Cards have put different combinations of players on the field in an attempt to regain their winning ways, this year earlier in the season they looked like they were going to do something good, putting a 5-game winning streak followed up by a 4-game winning streak but then they would lose 4 games in a row.

The Phillies are in first place, and according to Jake Arrieta, this team is one of the best teams in baseball. Ok, I’ll take that, maybe not one of the most consistent teams in baseball, but the Phils are in first place and who could argue against it?

We saw the play the other day where Manny Machado didn’t run out a ball that was bobbled by an infielder, who after he saw bobble it, he sort of smiled and didn’t even start running faster to first even still. If the Phillies would have signed Machado, I would have been done as a Phillies fan for the time that he occupied a spot on this team. I can take Harper’s slump that he’s been in so far, but I can’t take a player like Machado. We’ll see if Harper can emerge from his batting average woes and get some hits down, maybe he should concentrate on base hits rather than putting the ball over the fence.

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