Series Preview: Phillies begin seven game road trip with four against the Miami Marlins
The Phillies look to get back above .500 tonight, as they kick off a four-game set with the Miami Marlins. The Phillies currently sit in second place at 3-3, while the Marlins are just 1-4.
Phillies Pitching Matchups
- Kyle Gibson vs Sandy Alcantara (6:40 EST)
- Zach Eflin vs Pablo Lopez (6:40 EST)
- Ranger Suarez vs Trevor Rogers (6:10 EST)
- Zack Wheeler vs Elieser Hernandez (1:40 EST)
Kyle Gibson will get the ball tonight for the Phillies, looking to build upon his dominant first start of the 2022 season. Gibson got the win in the second game of the A’s series, throwing 7 innings, allowing just two hits, and striking out 10 batters. He’s going up against Sandy Alcantara of the Marlins, who threw just a 3.19 ERA in 33 starts last year.
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Zach Eflin will throw on Friday, going up against Pablo Lopez. Eflin threw four innings in his first start against the Athletics, surrendering two hits, two walks, and struck out three batters. He was on a pitch count, after an extra short spring recovering from an injury. His limit should go up to around the 80-85 mark, after being pulled at 68 pitches on Sunday.
Ranger Suarez will be on the mound on Saturday at 6:10 EST. Suarez got roughed up in his first start of the season, allowing three earned runs and five hits in 2.2 innings. Although his first start wasn’t a good one, he would still secure the win, after the Phillies put up 5 runs in the 8th inning to complete the comeback.
Zack Wheeler will get the ball in the series finale on Sunday at 1:40. Wheeler started off his season on a pitch-count, after recovering his arm from last season, all while dealing with the flu in spring training. The Ace threw 4.2 innings vs the Mets, allowing just two hits and one earned run.
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The Phillies’ offense has been disappointing over the first six games.
The Phillies offense has got off to a dead start, putting up just 13 runs in the five games that followed Opening Day. The team has been put in many positions to score runs early and has not been able to capitalize.
First 6 Games
- Bryce Harper: (3/21) .143/.308/.333
- Kyle Schwarber: (2/22) .091/.231/.227
- Didi Gregorius: (3/19) .158/.200/.211
- Matt Vierling (0/13) .000/.067/.000
Since Opening Day, Schwarber and Harper have combined to go 2-for-34 with 16 strikeouts. Yikes. Nick Castellanos, Alec Bohm, Rhys Hoskins, and Bryson Stott have been the four best hitters to start the year. Each of them has an average of over .275, with 19 of the Phillies’ 35 hits throughout the first 6 games.
This Phillies team was built to out-hit their opponent and that hasn’t been the case in the early-goings of the 2022 MLB season. Bryce Harper did hit his first HR of the season in his last at-bat yesterday, which hopefully pushes him out of his beginning of the year struggles.
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Jean Segura Injury Update
Jean Segura was hit by a pitch on Wednesday and “couldn’t even feel his left hand”, according to reports. Segura has been one of the better hitters for the team this season, hitting .353/.421/.765 with six hits and two home runs in 17 at-bats.
According to Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Segura regained strength as the day went on, and could even be ready to play tonight in Miami. Segura will avoid the IL, which is a huge sigh of relief for the Phillies.
The Miami Marlins, aka the Phillies’ nightmare.
The Miami Marlins are never a good team, but they always give the Phillies a problem, especially in Miami. They sit at a record of just 1-4 this season, with young second baseman Jazz Chisholm leading the way. He’s hit .308/.333/.846 this season, tallying four hits, two home runs, and five RBIs in just 13 at-bats.
Game 1 Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Phillies||-1.5 (+164)||-110||O8 (-102)|
|Marlins||+1.5 (-200)||-106||U8 (-120)|
It’s time to start hitting the baseball. Bryce Harper is 9-for-23 with a home run and 4 RBI in 30 plate appearances (.391 AVG) against Sandy Alcantara and I think we start seeing the reigning NL MVP get back to form tonight in Miami.
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