Series Preview: Phillies Travel to Milwaukee for a 3 Game Series vs the NL Central Leading Brewers
The Phillies cleaned up a sloppy start to their series vs the Marlins with a win on Sunday. The team now sits 2 games back of the Braves in the NL East, and 2.5 games back of the second wild-card spot. The Phils will now travel to Milwaukee, to take on the red hot, NL central leading Brewers.
Coming off of a walk-off grand slam at home, the Phillies have a tough three games ahead of them. Facing one of the best pitching staffs in the league, the bats will need to get going again if the Phillies want any shot of a series win. Here is how the Phillies will match up on the mound.
Phillies Pitching Matchups
One of the best pitching matchups we’ve watched throughout the whole season will take place in the series opener today, at 2:05 EST. Zack Wheeler, the Phillies ace, will go up against Brandon Woodruff, the Brewers ace. Both pitchers are having Cy Young-like seasons, and are both in the top 4 in odds to win the award. Wheeler hasn’t been himself as of his last four games, allowing 19 earned runs and going 1-3. The Phillies will need Wheeler to get back on track today in this highly anticipated pitching duel.
Aaron Nola will take the hill on Tuesday night, going up against Eric Lauer of the Brewers. Nola has had a tendency to throw a good game, then a bad game this year. If his trend continues, all signs point to this being a good start for Nola on Tuesday. After getting shaken up in his last start, Nola will look to bounce back in a crucial game 2.
Kyle Gibson will round out the series for the Fightin’s, matching up against Freddy Peralta on Wednesday night. Gibson got roughed around in his last start, giving up 8 earned runs in just 5 and a third innings pitched. He’ll look to close out the series on a high note on Wednesday night, hopefully pitching for a sweep.
Bryce Harper, the backbone of this team, just keeps hitting. He’s slashing .368/.448/.737 over his last 15 games, with 5 HRs, 14 RBIs, and 21 hits. The Hunt for the NL MVP is still in full force, and it seems like Harper is going to keep making it interesting all the way until the very end.
Sitting just two games back of the division and 2.5 games out of the wildcard, every single game matters from here on out. The Phillies head to Milwaukee to take on the NL Central-leading Brewers in a massive three-game series, that could determine the final outcome of this season.
Game 1 Starting Lineup
Here’s how the Phillies will line up for game 1 of their three-game series. Realmuto will catch Wheeler, with Brad Miller playing first. Galvis will play third, and Herrera will lead off in centerfield. Sit down on your couch, grab a beer (or a few), and enjoy some Labor Day Phillies baseball. Go Phils.
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