Phillies supervisor Gabe Kapler lauds Manny Machado | MLB


The Phillies have put collectively a strong begin to the 2018 season, at the moment sitting second within the loaded Nationwide League East.

Supervisor Gabe Kapler has his younger group hitting and pitching with confidence. The Phillies are within the midst of a collection in opposition to the Orioles, and Kapler is anxious with a selected participant on Baltimore’s roster.

“He’s an animal,” Kapler mentioned of Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. “He hits nearly every part within the strike zone. When he’s going good, he hits issues out of the strike zone, as effectively. He drives the ball to all elements of the ballpark. Proper now, he’s among the many league’s like 5 or 10 finest gamers.”

With the Orioles (13-28) final within the American League East, flirting with MLB’s worst general report, and Machado’s contract up on the finish of the season, Baltimore might commerce its star slugger earlier than the July 31 commerce deadline.

The Phillies (23-16) made an enormous offseason splash signing Jake Arrieta, and have loved nice manufacturing from guys like Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco.

Ought to Philadelphia stay in postseason rivalry, they might be a part of the rising listing of groups hoping to achieve Machado’s providers.

Shortstop is a place of want for the Phillies, with J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery struggling to make contact on the plate. The Phillies will not be World Sequence prepared now, however add Machado to the center of their lineup and abruptly issues get attention-grabbing.

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