Series Preview: Phillies begin 6-game September road trip tonight against the surging Milwaukee Brewers
After a strong month of August, the Phillies will begin September with six straight road games starting tonight in Milwaukee against the Brewers before heading to San Diego to face the Padres.
Phillies Hunt for Red October
The Phillies have won three consecutive series and currently sit in the No. 1 NL Wild Card spot three games ahead of the No. 2 Chicago Cubs and 4.5 games over the San Francisco Giants, with the D-backs, Reds, and Miami on the outside looking in.
Phillies September Schedule
- Phillies at Brewers
- Phillies at Padres
- Marlins at Phillies
- Braves at Phillies
- Phillies at Cardinals
- Phillies at Braves
- Mets at Phillies
- Pirates at Phillies
- Phillies at Mets (Oct. 1)
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As you can see in the schedule above, outside of the Atlanta Braves, and the Milwaukee Brewers this weekend, the month of September is relatively “easy” for the Phillies as they look to secure the No. 1 seed in the NL Wild Card spot.
Surging Brew Crew
The Brewers have been playing very good baseball and recently pulled off nine straight wins. They swept the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, and San Diego Padres then faltered against the Chicago Cubs, losing 2 of 3 on the road.
Milwaukee has won two of their last three home series and are 8-2 over their last 10 games.
In the AL Central, the Brewers have a 3 game lead on the Chicago Cubs and a 6 game lead over the Cincinnati Reds, two teams who are competing with the Phillies for the three NL Wild Card spots.
Phillies vs Brewers – Starting Pitchers
- Zack Wheeler (10-6, 3.59 ERA) vs Freddy Peralta (11-8, 3.95 ERA)
- Aaron Nola (12-8, 4.30 ERA) vs TBD
- Taijuan Walker (14-5, 4.05 ERA) vs Wade Miley (7-3, 3.17 ERA)
Zack Wheeler vs Freddy Peralta
In his last start, Wheeler limited the Cardinals to one run in seven innings of work to improve to 10-6 on the season. He’s allowed three or fewer runs in eight out of his last 10 outings. In 51 innings pitched against the Brewers, he’s posted a 2.47 ERA and a 3-2 record over his career.
Freddy Peralta has allowed either zero or one run in three of his last four outings and posted an impressive 2.10 ERA over five games in August. In his last start, he held the Padres to just two runs in 5.1 innings, earning the victory. He has a 3.95 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP accompanied by a 11-8 record in 139 innings on the season.
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Bryce Harper and the Phillies’ Power Surge
After a ridiculous recovery from offseason Tommy John Surgery, Harper returned to the Phillies months ahead of schedule and played well. The only thing missing was his power at the plate.
Needless to say, that changed in dramatically in August.
In August, Harper batted .361 with 35 hits, 10 home runs, 24 RBIs and 23 runs scored in 26 games. Over his last seven games alone, Bryce is batting .462 with four home runs and 11 RBI. In 99 games this season, Harper is slashing .308/.402/.503 with a .905 OPS. He has 15 home runs and 55 RBI.
Leaderboard: The Phillies Hit 59 Home Runs in August
Phillies at the Plate: August 2023
- Harper: .361 BA, 35 H, 10 HR, 24 RBI, 23 R
- Turner: .324 BA, 35 H, 9 HR, 26 RBI, 23 R
- Casty: .293 BA, 34 H, 8 HR, 23 RBI, 16 R
- JT: .288 BA, 21 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 13 R
- Kyle: .213 BA, 20 H, 10 HR, 20 RBI, 22 R
- Bohm: .260 BA, 27 H, 5 HR, 16 RBI, 20 R
- Stott: .268 BA, 26 hits, 5 HR, 17 RBI, 18 R
- Marsh: .412 BA, 14 H, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R
- Rojas: .268 BA, 19 H, HR, 12 RBI, 10 R
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Tonight & Series Prediction
This is going to be a rough test for the Phillies this weekend in Milwaukee. The Brewers and tonight’s starter Freddy Peralta have been phenomenal and as I stated above, outside of the Braves, this series is the the only one left from here on out against a postseason team.
Luckily, I’m confident that the Phillies know what’s at stake this weekend and will enter tonight ready to make a statement. There’s a ton of cowards online saying that the Brewers +110 is the play in game one but I couldn’t disagree more. I’ll take Zack Wheeler throwing seven strong innings and the Phillies winning tonight, before Aaron Nola takes the bump tomorrow.
Phillies take 2 of 3 this weekend. Ring it.
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