The Phillies have a chance to win every series during their 10-game home stand today when they hand the ball to right-hander Adam Eaton. Game time is 1:35 p.m. ET.
Preview: There's a big difference between 7-3 and 6-4, which is how the Phillies will finish the home stand after today's game. Both are winning marks - yes - but only one represents a step above mediocrity over the last 20, and a step in the right direction against beatable clubs. Past the quarter pole, the Phillies have yet to play consistent ball against anyone other than the league's bottom tier and have yet to climb above .500. After yesterday's thrashing, they're sitting at 21-22 (.488), 7 1-2 games back of the division-leading Mets. The Phillies will ask Adam Eaton (3-3, 6.42 ERA) to perform like they thought he would when they signed him to a three-year, $24 million contract. In his last two starts, he's answered the challenge, going seven-plus innings, allowing just three and two runs respectively. The Blue Jays counter with Jesse Litsch (1-0, 1.04 ERA), making his second major league start. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up just one run in 8 2-3 innings in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Baltimore.
It's not the sexiest Sunday match-up or the best way to end a 10-game home stand, but the outcome will go a long way in showing what the Phillies are all about. Huge game for the home team, and a great time for Eaton to get something started at home. Clear skies - enjoy the afternoon. [Live Boxscore available here]