PHILLIES’ STARTERS BAKE-OFF: ADAM MORGAN COULD TAKE THE FIFTH!

By Michael Donovan

The Phillies’ starting pitching bake-off is one of the best stories in spring training.

The fifth job is available, and the top three candidates appear to be Vince Velasquez, Brett Oberholtzer and Adam Morgan.

Velasquez and Oberholtzer each pitched three scoreless innings on Monday against the Pirates in Bradenton. Morgan pitched three scoreless innings in yesterday’s 4-2 victory over the Pirates at Bright House Field.

Morgan has allowed three hits, two runs and one walk in five innings this spring.

“The competition in here is just making everybody else better,” Morgan said. “So for them to go out and throw three innings scoreless, that’s awesome for them. We’re here to make the Phillies better, so you can’t really root against a guy like that, because we’re playing for the same team.

“You can’t play GM, though. That’s one thing I’ve learned. Once you think you’ve got it figured out, they throw you a curveball and you never know what’s going to happen.”

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