Hopefully, the Phillies’ four-game losing streak-breaking thriller in extra innings against the Guardians puts some spark back into this team.

It was a tough last week for the Phils. After really finding their stride and placing themselves 10 games over .500, the Phillies dropped four straight, two at home against the Brewers and two on the road in Cleveland.

In this stretch, the Phillies bats dropped dead with 8 runs and 19 hits through the four losses. They were shut out twice.


Now, Philadelphia will head back to CBP in another important series against one of the best teams in baseball: the Baltimore Orioles.

Here’s what fans want to see in the early week home series.


1) Get a Big Performance from Cristopher Sanchez

Just over a week until the 2023 MLB trade deadline, relief pitcher turned starting pitcher Cristopher Sanchez could be fighting for his spot in the rotation.

Through 7 starts, Sanchez owns a 3.06 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 35.1 innings pitched. In almost every start, he’s kept the Phillies in the game (despite his 0-3 record) and has been a formidable back-end piece for a team in desperate need of a concrete fifth starter.

Now, I’m under the impression that the Phillies will trade for another rotation piece at the deadline. But, if Sanchez impresses in his starts before trading ends August 1st, I could see the Phils sticking with the left-handed pitcher as their fifth starter.

And shutting down the 61-win O’s on Monday would be impressive.


2) Move Up Bryson Stott in the Batting Order

Shockingly, this hasn’t been done sooner. Throughout the season, Bryson Stott has been placed in the bottom half of the batting order, usually either at the 5th or 6th spot. I say you change it up against Baltimore. 

Swap Stott with Turner. Make Stott the 2-hole hitter. He deserves it after having a .800 on-base percentage with 4 walks in Sunday’s win against the Guardians.

Turner just hasn’t been consistent at all. Maybe that changes with a kick to the bottom half of the order. Right now, Stott deserves much more love and consideration at the plate.


3) Keep Bryce Harper at First Base

Last weekend, Bryce Harper dazzled, and I mean dazzled, in his first career start at first base. You’ve got diving plays, scorching lineouts, double plays, and incredible catches while jumping into camera wells.

The career outfielder put the whole league on notice and made himself a highlight reel in just his first two games at first base.

The only problem? Harper will play one game at the hot corner against the Orioles. To get him acclimated to regular playing time at first, Rob Thomson wants to ease Harper into it by trotting him out to first every other game.

Do you want to know what I say? Give Harper the first base keys. Sure, it’s only been two games, but frankly, he looked like a natural out there.

And allowing Harper to play first more allows Schwarber to be DH more and allows for the more defensively sure-handed Brandon Marsh and Johan Rojas to play left field and center field, respectively.


The Phillies must come out and play their best ball against Baltimore, and these keys to the series would help them in doing so.

Photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP Photo

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