Phillies reinstate two bullpen arms, take on Sandy Alcantara and the Marlins tonight at 6:40
The Phillies take the field tonight at 6:40 EST against the Miami Marlins, looking for a series win before the All-Star break. Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.53 ERA) gets the ball for the Fightins, going up against the early Cy-Young candidate Sandy Alcantara (9-3, 1.73 ERA).
Prior to tonight’s game, the Phillies reinstated LHP JoJo Romero and RHP Connor Brogdon. The team now gets two bullpen arms back and has a fully healthy bullpen for the first time all season.
JoJo Romero pitched 23 games combined in 2020/2021 before receiving Tommy John surgery last season. Based on his stats, Romero struggled but did show high upside with his pitch movement, velocity, and command. He’s totaled a 7.32 ERA with the Phillies in 19.2 innings, allowing 25 hits and 16 earned runs.
You might remember JoJo Romero from this epic entrance back in 2020
The Phillies get a much-needed Connor Brogdon back, who was fantastic before hitting the IL on June 25th with COVID-19. Brogdon is 2-0 on the year with a 2.04 ERA in 19 games, allowing just 15 hits and 4 earned runs in 17.2 innings.
Tonight’s Pitching Matchup
The Phillies take the short end of the stick on the pitching matchup tonight, as Kyle Gibson is set to face off against my current pick to win Cy-Young, Sandy Alcantara. Gibson is 4-3 on the year with a 4.53 ERA and has totaled 75 strikeouts in 91.1 innings. He’s coming off a fantastic start in St. Louis, where he threw a two-hitter in 7 scoreless innings.
Sandy Alcantara gets the ball for the Marlins, set to make his 10th home start of the season. In those home starts, he’s thrown 68 innings, allowing just 43 hits and 12 earned runs, and holds a 5-2 record with a 1.59 ERA. He’s 9-3 on the season, with just a 1.73 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP, tallying 111 strikeouts.
The Phillies sit at 46-43 on the season after two ugly losses up in Toronto knocked them to a half of a game back of the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Wild Card race. The bats went absolutely silent, totaling a hitting line of just .138/.138/.246 as a tea, good for a .385 OPS. They struck out 23 times in two games, including 11 combined from Schwarber, Castellanos, and Hoskins.
The Marlins are coming off a series split with the Pittsburgh Pirates and are winners of two in a row. Miami is two games under .500 at 43-45, with a +3 run differential and a 22-19 record at home. They sit 12 games back of the Mets for first place in the NL East and 3 games back for the last NL Wild Card spot.
Phillies Starting Lineup
Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook
|Phillies||+1.5 (-152)||+150||O7 (+102)|
|Marlins||-1.5 (+126)||-178||U7 (-124)|
I think the Phillies somehow pull this game out. Schwarber goes yard and pushes the Phils to a 2-1 win.
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