2018 Gameday

Gameday 2018: Braves (28-17) at Phillies (26-18)

braves2-300x113.gifWelcome to the biggest series of Phillies baseball in seven years.

The Atlanta Braves come to town for a three-game set, and here are the National League East standings:

  1. Braves – 28-17
  2. Phillies – 26-18

The Braves have the best winning percentage in the National League (thanks most recently to the Marlins), while the Phillies split four games against the Cardinals and have the third-best winning mark in the league. Both teams have played pretty well this season, and now that we’re past the quarter pole, we can say very honestly that this is a big deal. So here we are: the biggest series of Phillies baseball in seven years.

Are you ready? I am. These are going to be fun, annoying, stomach-churning, exciting, nutty games.

Gametime: 7:05 p.m.

The lineup:

  1. Hernandez – 2B
  2. Hoskins – LF
  3. Herrera – CF
  4. Franco – 3B
  5. Santana – 1B
  6. Alfaro – C
  7. Williams – RF
  8. Kingery – SS
  9. Pivetta – P

Pitchers: Nick Pivetta (3-2, 3.72 ERA) vs. Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 2.87 ERA)

How is Mike Foltynewicz THIS good? Look, he is good. But he’s THIS good? Tonight is about Pivetta putting it all together and stomping all over Atlanta.

Meanwhile the starting lineup has shifted. Maikel Franco is in the cleanup spot, while Jorge Alfaro moves up to six, pushing Nick Williams to seven. A lot of left-right-left-right tonight. Very interesting.

Your Gameday Beer: Bell’s makes really good beer. They just do it right. Tonight, grab a Hopslam Ale. Or a Two-Hearted. Or a Kalamazoo Stout. Whatever – all of it is good. Tonight is about the game. Focus. Attention. Root. Let’s. Go.

Go Phillies!



  1. bruce

    May 21, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    “Welcome to the biggest series of Phillies baseball in seven years.” Huh? Needless to say, it’s a L-O-N-G season (118 games to go for the Phillies). My point is that it’s premature to call this series BIG when obviously, there will be many more crucial series (be it with the Braves, Nats or the Mets) and it will get BIGGER toward season’s end. Of course, the presumption is the Phillies will hang in there as contenders throughout the season. We hope.

  2. Vernon Dozier

    May 22, 2018 at 9:36 am

    A nice win…probably the template for how this team needs to play to stay competitive. It will be very dependent on pitching – the lineup doesn’t seem to be one that will be able to get into many slugfests. Hernandez and Odubel have been consistent…other batters not so much. In his last 20 games Hoskins has a triple slash of .135/.244/.270. It’s time to get him out of that two slot.

    After this series, the Phillies don’t play the Braves again until September.

    #BeBold #ElTorito

  3. Ken Bland

    May 22, 2018 at 11:41 am

    In the midst of the long and winding road to the trade deadline, I wonder unknowingly how anxious the Phils should be to add a lefty starter to the mix. Compliments aplenty in hand for a staff that is faring nothing short of terrifically to date, the only lefty in sight is Adam Morgan, presently extremely useful in the pen, a situation that won’t change.

    Not that the Phils are a playoff lock, but if they get there, the only 2 teams YTD that haven’t shown well in the W-L column against lefty starters are Washington and Houston. Early as it is, all other contenders are fair or 12-3 against southpaw starters (NYY).

    I really have no feel for the importance of such an addition. We’ll see as time progresses if it’s of significance to Klentak and company.

    Speaking of lefty starters, reading Kevin Kernan’s piece in today’s NY Post was wild. Cole Hamels as a potential NYY mid-season addition turned Hamels into a waterfall of words. Maybe he’d be as verbose with scribes from other contending cities, but he sure sounded very open to being a Yankee. It hasn’t been a great year for Cole, but there’s a lot of time left to prove himself worth acquiring. When he left here, I was firmly convinced he’d be a Phillie again, a la Andy Pettitte leaving NYY for Houston. It still might happen at some point, but at least my own reaction to the quotes was that Hamels is already fantasizing about having that Yank lineup supporting him.

  4. teejayvee

    May 23, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    It’s pretty obvious the league has figured Hoskins out. He either adjusts or joins Ruf in Japan. Baseball is a cruel game,

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