Zack Wheeler Cedes one run in loss
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 10:32 PM
Wheeler allowed one run on four hits and one walk across four innings in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates. He struck out five.
Analysis: Wheeler only threw 67 pitches in this contest as he likely earned time to recover in advance of the playoffs. Nonetheless, he made the most of his shorter outing by racking up thirteen whiffs. The right-hander has put together another fine season, pitching to a 3.61 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 192 innings with a milestone 212 strikeouts.
Kyle Schwarber Slugs home run in loss
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 10:31 PM
Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Pirates.
Analysis: Schwarber got the scoring going early with his long ball in the first inning, but it ultimately would not spark any momentum for the team. As of the end of Thursday's game, the left-handed slugger was tied with Pete Alonso for second-best in home runs with 46 on the season. This year, he has put together a .197/.344/.473 line in 157 games while eclipsing the century mark in both runs and RBI, with 107 and 101, respectively.
Bryce Harper Tossed from Thursday's game
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 6:28 PM
Harper was ejected from Thursday's game against the Pirates, Justice delos Santos of MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Harper appeared to check his swing on a full count in the third inning, but the third base umpire ruled that he went around. He voiced his displeasure with the decision and was ejected from the game as a result. Harper ended his day 0-for-1 with a walk.
Johan Rojas Day off Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:23 PM
Rojas is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Pirates.
Analysis: Rojas has slashed .342/.372/.488 over his last 45 plate appearances while taking over as the Phillies' primary center fielder, but he'll grab a bit of rest during Thursday's series finale versus Pittsburgh. Jake Cave, Cristian Pache and Nick Castellanos are starting across the outfield.
Brandon Marsh Not in lineup Thursday
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:18 PM
Marsh is out of the lineup Thursday versus the Pirates.
Analysis: Having already clinched the top NL wild-card spot, the Phillies continue to find rest for their regulars. Jake Cave will start in left field Thursday as Cristian Pache patrols center.
Bryson Stott Sitting amid slump
Thu, Sep 28, 2023, 1:17 PM
Stott is absent from the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.
Analysis: Stott has batted just .159/.232/.238 over his last 70 plate appearances and will take a day of physical and mental rest as the Phillies wrap up their three-game series versus Pittsburgh. They've already clinched the top NL wild-card spot. Edmundo Sosa is playing second base and hitting seventh Thursday.
Bryce Harper Three extra-base hits in win
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 10:54 PM
Harper went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a solo home run and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-6 win over Pittsburgh.
Analysis: After logging a pair of doubles earlier in the game, Harper provided the eventual winning run with a 427-foot homer off Jose Hernandez in the seventh inning. The 30-year-old Harper has been on fire down the stretch, going 9-for-18 with a pair of homers in his last six games. He's boosted his slash line to .296/.402/.503 with 21 homers, 84 runs scored, 72 RBI and 11 steals across 540 plate appearances this season.
Ranger Suarez Struggles vs. Pirates
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 10:36 PM
Suarez did not factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks over 4.2 innings against the Pirates. He struck out four.
Analysis: The Pirates got off to a fast start against Suarez, scoring three runs in the first inning. The left-hander has allowed 10 runs over 11.1 innings in his final two outings, a rough finish to an otherwise solid campaign. Suarez will end the regular season with a 4-6 record, 4.18 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 119 strikeouts across 22 starts (125 innings).
Aaron Nola Lining up for playoffs
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 6:04 PM
Nola won't pitch again during the regular season and is expected to start Game 2 of the NL Wild Card Round next Wednesday, Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Analysis: Philadelphia's playoff seed is stable for the No. 1 wild-card spot, so it's not a surprise Nola's turn through the rotation will be skipped this weekend. The right-hander ended up making his final start of the regular season Tuesday versus Pittsburgh, and he allowed just one run and struck out eight in 6.2 frames. Nola closes out the campaign with a 4.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 202:45 K:BB across 193.2 innings.
Alec Bohm On bench Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:41 PM
Bohm is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game versus Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Bohm is one of many Phillies regulars riding the pine following Tuesday's victory over the Pirates, which locked up a spot in the playoffs. Rodolfo Castro will take over at the hot corner and bat eighth.
Nick Castellanos Takes seat Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:26 PM
Castellanos is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh.
Analysis: It's a well-deserved day off for Castellanos after making 51 consecutive starts, and he was productive at the plate during that span with 11 doubles, 15 homers, 46 RBI and an .860 OPS. Cristian Pache will man right field after Philadelphia secured its spot in the playoffs Tuesday.
Kyle Schwarber Not starting Wednesday
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:22 PM
Schwarber is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game versus Pittsburgh.
Analysis: Schwarber will head to the bench for the first time since Aug. 9 after the Phillies punched their ticket to the playoffs with Tuesday's victory. The veteran slugger has clubbed 45 homers but is still hitting just .196 this season, though he slashed .230/.395/.566 during the run of 42 consecutive starts.
J.T. Realmuto Receives Wednesday off
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:16 PM
Realmuto is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.
Analysis: Realmuto started the previous five games but will take a seat after the Phillies secured their spot in the playoffs with Tuesday's victory. Garrett Stubbs will step in behind the plate to catch for lefty Ranger Suarez.
Trea Turner Steps out of lineup
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 3:14 PM
Turner is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pirates.
Analysis: The Phillies punched their ticket to the playoffs with Tuesday's win over the Pirates, so Turner will receive Wednesday off after making 18 straight starts. The 30-year-old delivered an ugly first half but has a .308/.361/.621 slash line since the start of August to improve his season-long OPS to .770
Rhys Hoskins World Series return not ruled out
Wed, Sep 27, 2023, 11:52 AM
Hoskins (knee) took batting practice and ran the bases at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, MLB.com reports.
Analysis: Hoskins hit a few home runs during batting practice and has been taking 70-to-75 swings per day, according to Phillies manager Rob Thomson. "It sure looks good," Thomson said Tuesday. While Hoskins still looks like a long shot to return from ACL surgery for the postseason, the team isn't ruling it out if they make a deep run. "We're looking more toward the World Series, if he were to get there," Thomson said. Hoskins is set to hit free agency this offseason.
Aaron Nola Solid in no-decision
Tue, Sep 26, 2023, 10:06 PM
Nola did not factor into the decision Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits and no walks over 6.2 innings against the Pirates. He struck out eight.
Analysis: Nola looked great Tuesday night against a feeble Pirates lineup, posting his third consecutive start allowing two or fewer earned runs. Over that span, the free-agent-to-be has thrown 17.1 innings to the tune of a 2.07 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 17:1 K:BB. Nola looks to finish the season strong in his last start, currently scheduled to be against the Mets in New York.
Erich Uelmen Finishes season healthy at Triple-A
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 4:49 PM
Uelmen (undisclosed) was reinstated from Triple-A Lehigh Valley's 60-day injured list and made his final appearance of the season Sept. 19, striking out three while allowing one run on two hits and one walk over one inning.
Analysis: Uelmen had been stuck on Lehigh Valley's IL since early June with the unspecified injury, but after completing a rehab assignment earlier this month, he received the green light to return to the Triple-A bullpen for the final week of the season. Though Lehigh Valley's season is over, Uelmen retains a spot on the Phillies' 40-man roster and could theoretically get called up to the big club over the final week of the season if Philadelphia has a need for an extra relief arm.
Drew Ellis Stays in Philadelphia organization
Mon, Sep 25, 2023, 8:43 AM
Ellis cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Analysis: Ellis is no longer on the Phillies' 40-man roster, but he looks set to remain in the organization at least through the end of the season. The utility infielder saw action in 12 games for the Phillies this season, producing an .858 OPS.
Cristopher Sanchez Punches out 10 in win
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 8:56 PM
Sanchez (3-5) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over seven innings Sunday, striking out 10 and earning a win over the Mets.
Analysis: Sanchez kept the Mets off the board until Ronny Mauricio belted a two-run shot in the sixth inning. Sanchez forced 20 whiffs for the second time this month; prior to racking up 21 swinging strikes against Atlanta on Sept. 13, his season high was just 12. He's been shaky since the start of August, posting a 4.24 ERA in nine starts, but he's recorded a strong 54:8 K:BB during that stretch. Sanchez will carry a 3.48 ERA into his next start, which is currently lined up to be on the road against the Mets.
Michael Lorenzen Notches first save
Sun, Sep 24, 2023, 8:45 PM
Lorenzen struck out one batter in a perfect inning and earned a save against the Mets.
Analysis: Lorenzen was blasted for four runs while recording just one out in his first appearance out of the bullpen Sept. 19 but rebounded with his first save since 2021 on Sunday. He posted an ugly 7.96 ERA over his last five starts before being shifted to the bullpen. It's unclear exactly what role the Phillies intend to use Lorenzen in moving forward and in the postseason. He owns a 4.26 ERA through 150 innings and a 5.89 ERA in 44.1 frames with Philadelphia.