A major disappointment so far, right-hander Adam Eaton and the Phillies try to reverse their fortunes tonight against Micah Owings and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET.
Preview: Eaton, who signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Phils this offseason, is included on the short list of baseball’s worst starting pitchers this season. Through six starts, the former No. 1 pick is sporting an 8.18 ERA. … Owings (1-1, 3.38 ERA) is part of a rising Diamondbacks club peppered with young prospects throughout their lineup. Carlos Quentin is included in that group; Quentin singled home the winning run last night in the eighth inning as the Phillies bullpen coughed up another one … The Phillies need to win the next two games to finish their 10-game road trip at .500 … With Ryan Howard scratched from the starting lineup the rest of this series, it’s up to players like Pat Burrell to chip in with the long ball. Burrell went hitless last night and has just two hits in his last 11 games. PtBB hasn’t homered since April 6.
The good news is the rest of the NL East has been treading water lately. The Phillies (14-18) trail the division-leading Braves (19-12) by 5 1-2 games.
Arizona's lineup is still very young. This should be a nice opportunity for Eaton to get something started in some familiar NL West territory.