Phillies Changing Their Strategy in Attempt to End Losing Skid

The Philadelphia Phillies are changing their strategy in an attempt to end their losing skid.
The Philadelphia Phillies are changing their strategy in an attempt to end their losing skid. / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies have lost seven of their last eight games following an encouraging 3-1 start to the season. The offense isn't scoring enough runs and the pitching staff is getting crushed on a daily basis. It has led to manager Joe Girardi deciding to change his strategy on Wednesday.

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Girardi told reporters prior the the start of the season that catcher J.T. Realmuto would be given a day off every now and then in order to keep him healthy for the long run. One of those schedule rest days was supposed to be on Wednesday, but Realmuto is in the lineup to provide some pop at the plate.

Realmuto's ability to make contact has been on full display this year as he owns a slash line of .333/.378/.452 in 11 games. The veteran also leads the Phillies with 14 hits and is second with 8 runs scored. It's only a matter of time before he starts racking up home runs on top of everything else.

Keep in mind Realmuto's biggest impact may not even be his hitting. The 31-year-old is also tasked with calling pitches and making sure the pitcher follows through in the team's game plan. It's a role that shouldn't be overlooked given backup Garret Stubbs has only played in 54 major league games.

Zach Eflin will be on the mound Wednesday afternoon opposite Colorado Rockies' starter German Marquez. Odds released on FanDuel Sportsbook have the Phillies slated as a small -116 favorite on the moneyline, while the Rockies have odds set at -102. First pitch is schedule for 3:10 p.m. EST.

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