Phillies Starting Lineup, Roster Moves, and Injury Updates Ahead of Game 2
The Phillies won game one of their four game series last night, beating the Nationals in Washington DC by a final score of 7-5. Philadelphia got some familiar faces back today, but lost some key players to go along with that.
The Big Fella is back in the lineup tonight, after being sidelined for the Pirates series with a groin injury. Rhys Hoskins has hit .364/2 HR/6 RBIs over his last 7 games, with a slugging percentage of .773. Getting the big bat of Hoskins back in the lineup will be a great addition to the lineup, but a locker room morale booster to go along with it as well.
Connor Brogdon, one of the most consistent relievers on this Phillies team, will be headed to the injury list (retro to 7/31). According to Matt Gelb, Brogdon “tested his arm” ahead of tonight’s game, but something didn’t feel right. A big blow to the Phillies bullpen, as Brogdon has been outstanding for the team this year. Over his last 30 games, Brogdon has posted a 2.67 ERA, with 27 strikeouts and a 1.09 WHIP.
Mauricio Llovera has been recalled from Lehigh Valley as Brogdon heads out. In 29.1 innings pitched with Lehigh, Llovera has a 4.60 ERA, 31 strikeouts, and a 1.40 WHIP. I can’t imagine Llovera will be used that much while he’s up here, but with this team, who knows.
The closer situation will be interesting for tonight’s game. Ian Kennedy has pitched the last two games for the team, as well as Archie Bradley. Hector Neris is finally starting to settle into a early inning reliever, and if I were Girardi, I wouldn’t take him out of his groove. With Zack Wheeler on the mound, hopefully a bullpen isn’t even needed tonight.
What a journey for Seranthony Dominguez . From his early days with the Phillies, to being out for what feels like ages now. Dominguez is doing a rehab assignment with Jersey Shore tonight, according to the team. He has a 30 day window to prove that he is ready to pitch. Maybe, just maybe, we could see Seranthony back up in the majors come September.
Lineup for Tuesday Night’s Game
Hoskins is back, which means Drew is happy. Torreyes will play short, Luke Williams will play left, and Zack Wheeler (8-6, 2.45 ERA) will be on the mound to continue his dominant season, facing off against Patrick Corbin (6-9, 5.78 ERA). The team looks to take their third game in a row tonight, and close the gap to two games on the New York Mets.
Wheeler on the bump, Hoskins is back. HAMMER the Phillies.
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