MLB Winter Meetings: Phillies content without making a splash, Rob Thomson didn’t watch the World Series, and MLB Rule 5 Draft update
MLB Winter Meetings are underway in Nashville, Tennessee and I have a few updates for…
The Philadelphia Phillies jumped all over Zac Gallen and the D-Backs last night at Citizens Bank Park, taking Game 1 of the NLCS with a 5-3 victory.
Kyle Schwarber set the tone with a leadoff home run and two batters later, the birthday boy, Bryce Harper crushed a home run of his own to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead.
Nick Castellanos added a solo home run of his own, while Bryce Harper and JT Realmuto both notched RBI’s to put the Phillies up 5-0 in the game as Zack Wheeler dazzled on the mound.
Blowing out the candles after hitting a birthday bomb?— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) October 17, 2023
Just an epic celly from Bryce. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/IRGKTMvLP6
Absolutely love it. The best part is Bryce Harper “just doing stuff” and Trea Turner having zero clue what the celebration meant, thinking it had to do with Harper’s four postseason home runs. The Phillies are absolutely murdering the baseball right now and all things considered, NLCS Game 1 wasn’t as close as the scoreboard indicated.
The great thing about the MLB postseason is that we’re back at it tonight. Bad news for your liver, but we have Aaron Nola on the mound facing Merrill Kelly for the D-Backs. The Phillies will be looking to pack their bags to Arizona with a 2-0 series lead.
Worth noting, after Merrill Kelly goes tonight, the D-Backs starting pitching is absolutely horrible. Arizona sent rookie Brandon Pfaadt to the mound in Game 1 of the NL Wild Series against the Brewers and he coughed up three runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings of work. The D-Backs rookie carried a 5.72 ERA in the regular season, with opponents hitting .282 with a .862 OPS.