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Ahead of today’s NLCS Game 3 matchup between The Fightins and D-Backs at Chase Field in Arizona, Phillies fans are buying up as many cheap tickets as possible to prevent Diamondbacks fans from attending.
Zero Faith in the Diamondbacks or Bad Postseason Scheduling?
Tonight’s Game 3 first pitch will be at 5:00PM EST and if we’re being totally honest, the MLB pretty much screwed over the Diamondbacks with a 2PM start time out in Arizona.
If ticket prices indicate anything, Diamondbacks fans are not planning on showing up tonight regardless, with prices as low as $16 on marketplace apps like Seat Geek.
There’s a growing movement on social media this morning with Phillies fans are buying up as many empty seats as possible for Game 3 to keep D-Backs fans from attending Game 3.
An honorable effort from Phillies fans for sure, but again, the ticket prices indicate that D-Backs fans, paired with a horrible start time, already know this series is over.
The marsh double was the end pic.twitter.com/QfKwl1hg8s— Phillies postseason (@leaguepass_) October 18, 2023
Not to mention, Phans of Philly is flying out HUNDREDS of fans to attend the games in Arizona.
The Ainsworth will be Philly central for all games in Arizona! It is across the street from the stadium!— Phans of Philly – Road Game Tailgates & Travel! (@PhansofPhilly) October 18, 2023
Friday we have a private area and it will be all-inclusive! Reach out if interested! https://t.co/XubQrV0zVB
Listen, the D-Backs are COOKED. The thought of rookie Brandon Pfaadt putting up a fight against the postseason killer Ranger Suarez in tonight’s game is at best, laughable.
From there, they have a bullpen game for NLCS Game 4? This is an unserious baseball team and if you’ve been paying attention, you would have known that already given the fact that Tommy Pham is batting in the 3-hole of their lineup…during the postseason.
@SportsRadioWIP @WIPMorningShow @MarksReeseWIP @WIPMiddayShow @JoeDeCamara @JamesSeltzer @JackFritzWIP @RitchieJon @Ike58Reese let’s either make the stadium @Phillies fans or empty in Arizona! I can’t go but I bought 4 tix. I can give to a #phillies fan or it’s empty #RedOctober pic.twitter.com/AE8lp7D7mZ— Eagles 👏🏽 PhilliesSZN (@downEy_fresh8) October 19, 2023
Phillies fans are scooping up the cheap tickets for today's NLCS game in Arizona, just so Dbacks fans don't get them. 😂— SPORTSRADIO 94WIP (@SportsRadioWIP) October 19, 2023
A Phils fan in Australia called the @WIPMiddayShow today to tell them he bought four tickets: "It's my contribution to the World Series, hopefully victory." pic.twitter.com/Godbd11AO6
The D-Backs will send Brandon Pfaadt to the mound, opposing Ranger Suarez. Pfaadt has allowed three earned runs over seven innings in the postseason against the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In Game 1 of the NL Wild Series against the Brewers, Pfaadt coughed up three runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings of work. In the NLDS, Pfaadt did pitch better, throwing 4.1 scoreless innings against a Dodgers team that looked completely lost on at the plate. He carried a 5.72 ERA in the regular season, with opponents hitting .282 with a .862 OPS.
As for Ranger, in case you didn’t know this already, he’s been one of the Phillies’ best pitchers in the postseason over the last two seasons. This year, Suarez is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA in two starts. He is 3-0 with a 1.16 ERA and one save in seven career postseason appearances (five starts).