Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Gerrit Cole (2-0, 3.09 ERA)
The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees are finally scheduled to meet this week after a delay. The Phillies got caught up in the coronavirus situation with the Miami Marlins, but fortunately were able to avoid a widespread outbreak in their locker room. A week later the Phillies have been cleared to resume play.
They’ve participated in only three games this season, with two losses and a win against the Marlins. In their most recent game, the Marlins beat the Phillies by a score of 11-6 last Sunday. It was an ugly day for the pitching staff, including the starter Vince Velasquez and bullpen.
Velasquez was chased out of the game after 3 innings of work, with 3 hits and 4 earned runs conceded. The bullpen was unable to pick up Velasquez and the Phillies suffered two bad losses in three days. I know that Bryce Harper wants to desperately get revenge on his former team, the Washington Nationals, but I’m not so sure about that in 2020.
While the Nationals are not in prime shape this season either, they just won a World Series immediately after Harper left. With that in mind, the only thing that will constitute revenge is winning a World Series of his own. The odds of that happening this season isn’t too favorable. There isn’t enough help to be had on the Phillies, especially their pitching staff which has holes throughout.
The Phillies have a team that could be streaky, so maybe the best-case scenario for them was a 60-game season. Harper is one of the streakiest hitters in baseball. For success to follow, though, it’s going to require a guy like Jake Arrieta to find his form again. He’s back on the bump after missing the self half of the 2019 season.
Arrieta is set to make his 2020 debut at Yankee Stadium tonight. He must find a way to slow down the Yankees’ bats, who just got done putting up a lot more runs on Sunday night. Aaron Judge is unstoppable right now. He’s the first Yankee in 13 years to homer in five straight games. He connected once again versus the Red Sox, as Judge spearheaded a come from behind 9-7 win Sunday night. Head below for our free Philadelphia Phillies vs. New York Yankees pick for August 3, 2020.
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You can’t turn your back on the New York Yankees. Just when you think you have them, nope they come right back and win. Despite James Paxton allowing 3 early runs and the Yankees falling behind by a couple of runs, they calmly responded led by an Aaron Judge 3-run blast. The Yankees were down a run in the bottom 8th, but put up 3 runs to take a 9-7 lead. They can strike in a hurry.
Note to Jake Arrieta heading into day, as he comes off a 357-day layoff. Arrieta needs a strong year in the final season of his contract with the Phillies. If he wants the money that he is going to be seeking, then a strong season must be required. Last season was not good for Arrieta, as he recorded an ERA of 4.64 and 1.47 WHIP. He was dealing with bone spurs for most of the season, and then had to sit down with a record of 8-8. Arrieta appeared in 24 games before having to head to the shelf.
Arrieta has regressed since a career-high in 2015 with the Chicago Cubs. He won a Cy Young in 2015, with an ERA of 1.77 and 0.86 WHIP. Since then, Arrieta has posted an ERA of 3.10, 3.56, 3.96, and 4.64, so he’s heading in the wrong direction. Improvements will have to be made in his contract year in Philadelphia. It’s likely not going to be a good debut. He gets the red- hot Yankees right out of the gate.
The prized free agent of the past offseason landed in New York with the Bronx Bombers. Gerrit Cole selected the Yankees for a $324,000,000 deal. Cole has been so-so in two starts with his new team. He’s posted an ERA of 3.09 and 0.69 WHIP in 11.2 innings. Cole conceded 4 earned runs and 5 hits against the Nats and O’s.
That’s more than fine for most pitchers, but I’d like to see more from a $324,000,000 pitcher. After more than a week off, I could see the Phillies’ bats a bit cool in this one, though. The Yankees on the other hand are on fire offensively. Look for the Yanks to pull away late for a comfortable win at Yankee Stadium over the Phillies.