The Philadelphia Phillies first Sunday game of the 2019 season came on Apr. 1, when they hosted the Atlanta Braves on Sunday Night Baseball. Jake Arrieta walked six batters, but managed to limit the Braves to just three hits and one run across six innings in a 5-1 Phillies win.
Pitching with a bone spur in his right elbow, the Phillies best chance at splitting their four-game weekend series with the San Francisco Giants may be for Arrieta to again labor through five or six innings and give the Phillies offense a chance to win on Sunday Night Baseball.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this evening’s Phillies-Giants tilt:
- Bryce Harper, right field
- Rhys Hoskins, first base
- Jean Segura, shortstop
- J.T. Realmuto, catcher
- Scott Kingery, third base
- Sean Rodriguez, left field
- Cesar Hernandez, second base
- Jake Arrieta, pitcher
- Roman Quinn, center field
- Brandon Belt, first base
- Mike Yastrzemski, left field
- Evan Longoria, third base
- Stephen Vogt, catcher
- Scooter Gennett, second base
- Kevin Pillar, center field
- Brandon Crawford, shortstop
- Austin Slater, right field
- Connor Menez, pitcher
Shibe Vintage Sports Starting Pitching Matchup
- RHP Jake Arrieta (8-8, 4.41 ERA and 4.88 FIP) vs. LHP Conner Menez (0-1, 5.73 ERA and 7.49 FIP)
- In six career regular season starts at Oracle Park, Arrieta is 4-2 with a 3.05 ERA. Of course, he didn’t have a bone spur in his pitching elbow in any of those starts.
- While Menez’s numbers in two major league starts this season aren’t impressive, the 24-year-old is 5-3 with a 3.29 ERA in 104.0 innings between Double-A and Triple A.
Pregame Phillies Nuggets
- Though Bryce Harper has four home runs in his first 10 games in August, he’s hitting just just .225 this month. Harper’s batting average for the season sits at .249 in 429 at-bats.
- A 19-6 month of July kept the Giants from aggressively selling before the trade deadline – while they made two small trades, they held onto Madison Bumgarner and Will Smith – but they are 3-7 in their first 10 games in August.
- Corey Dickerson has nine hits in his first 25 at-bats as a Phillie, including three home runs. That he’s not in the lineup Sunday suggests that the Phillies still don’t feel he’s fully recovered from a groin injury that has hampered him for much of the season.
- Oracle Park
- 7:05 p.m. ET
- SportsRadio 94 WIP
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