Philadelphia Freedom

As the Arizona Diamondbacks prepared to leave the friendly confines of Chase Field with their 4-game sweep of the struggling Houston Astros my exuberance for the victory was tempered by the fact that the schedule for the next couple of weeks did not look to favor the team. They would be making their northeastern swing meaning 3 games with the suddenly hot Philadelphia Phillies followed by a 3 game set with the National League East leading New York Mets. This coupled with an upcoming home stand with the rival San Francisco Giants and an inter-league series with the Boston Red Sox could mean a dramatic swing in the loss column for a young team. I was holding out hope that the Diamondbacks could at least come home with a winning record on the road trip or at worst a record close to winning. Each game though it seems like my confidence and that of the teams is starting to swell. I have absolutely no logical explanation for how the Diamondbacks have been able to shift offensive gears over these past 7 games.

Watching the team during the Houston series as the bats began to come alive I wasn’t totally surprised. For the past couple of weeks they have been hitting the ball hard it just happened to be that the balls were being caught. Now those same balls seem to be finding grass or in many case the outfield bleachers. Hitting is as contagious as any disease. One player catches it and suddenly another and soon you find yourself with an epidemic. I’m sure the Philadelphia Phillies wondered what they had run into. For a few innings the Phillies would look like they had found an answer to the Diamondbacks hitters shutting them down. Suddenly and what appeared to be out of nowhere Arizona hitters would jump on pitches and runners would begin their trek across the base paths. It wasn’t just the position players getting into the act either. The pitchers were helping themselves led by Micah Owings who nearly had his first career home run during the game last night. It even looked like Doug Davis might get the monkey off his back and collect a hit. Oh what am I saying, things weren’t that bad for the Phillies. In the end the Diamondbacks outscored the Phillies 20-12 for the series. Over the course of their 7-game winning streak the Diamondbacks have outscored their opponents 55-24. That is fairly impressive. The way Arizona is playing, probably the last thing they wanted was a day off tomorrow. Hopefully a rested team arriving in New York can keep the mojo going. It would be great to extract a little revenge for the pummeling the Mets gave the Diamondbacks back in Chase Field earlier this month.

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