Preview: Kyle Gibson, Phillies look for series win at 4:10 EST
The Phillies take on the Padres at 4:10 EST, looking to take 3 of 4 in San Diego. Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.06 ERA) gets the ball for the Phillies, going up against Yu Darvish (7-3, 3.17 ERA).
A win has never felt more like a loss after the Phillies lost Bryce Harper for an extended period of time after being hit by a 97mph fastball in the hand. Losing your leader isn’t an easy thing to make it through, especially when you lose a guy that’s hitting .318/.385/.599, while being a candidate for the NL MVP.
It’s tough to move on, but that’s what the Phils need to do. There are still baseball games to be played, whether Harper is here for them or not. Mickey Moniak was called back up to the majors to have another outfielder on the roster, which would most likely send either Castellanos or Schwarber to the DH spot for the time being.
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Kyle Gibson vs Yu Darvish
Kyle Gibson is set to get the ball for the Phils, making his 7th road start of the year. Gibson hasn’t thrown great on the road, holding a 5.40 ERA with an 0-2 record, while recording just 30 innings in 6 games. He’s 4-3 total on the year, with a 4.06 ERA, and is set to faceoff against Yu Darvish. Darvish has thrown great at home, tallying a 1.34 ERA in 6 starts, allowing just 19 hits in 40.1 innings.
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Series Finale Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Phillies||+1.5 (-156)||+136||O7 (-120)|
|Padres||-1.5 (+130)||-162||U7 (-102)|
Phillies Starting Lineup
Lineup Notes: Castellanos, as the DH, moves down to Harper’s 3-hole in his first game absent. Didi will hit 5th, Garrett Stubbs is behind the plate, and Matt Vierling plays right.
The Phillies need to come out swinging today and get the hopes back up in the locker room. Phils win 7-3.
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