Phillies (34-64) vs. Astros (67-33) 7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App After being dominated by the AL-best Houston Astros on two consecutive nights, the Phillies attempt to avoid a sweep with their best pitcher on the mound. 1. Unstoppable offense As Nick Pivetta was cruising through the first five innings last night, retiring 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, you just knew the Astros' offense wouldn't be dormant for long. Sure enough, they put up a four-spot in the sixth and the game was over. Last night's game was the 64th time the Astros have scored five runs or more this season. The league average is 45. The Phillies have done it just 34 times, fewest
In the past 24 hours, I have had multiple executives play connect the dots, with the end result being Sonny Gray ends up a Dodger. Yet every time I check, I hear he is not a front-burner issue for them and that other teams will value the A’s righty more (translation: give up a better return than Los Angeles is willing to). Also, Oakland’s scouts continue to canvas mainly the systems of the Yankees, Astros, Braves and Brewers. Nevertheless, even as the Dodgers view their chances of landing Gray as slim at best, they were portrayed by a few executives as anything from a stalking horse staying on the periphery in case teams like the Astros and Yankees pivot elsewhere to one outside official calling
Moran (face) will undergo surgery later this week to repair a fractured cheekbone, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Astros manager A.J. Hinch previously hinted that Moran, who was hospitalized after fouling a ball off his face over the weekend, would likely need to undergo a procedure to address the broken bone. The Astros should release a recovery timetable for Moran once the surgery is completed. In addition to the fractured cheekbone, Moran also sustained a concussion during the at-bat.