After two grueling road series, the Phillies return to Citizens Bank Park for their home opener Thursday afternoon. Here is how you can watch the game.
This Phillies season has certainly not started the way anyone had hoped. The pitching staff completely imploded in Atlanta before the offense dried up in New York in a two-game series shortened by snow.
The team now returns to Philadelphia Thursday to face the Marlins, hoping to start fresh in front of their home fans. It will be interesting to see how the fans react to the home debut of new manager Gabe Kapler.
Here is all of the information you need for the game:
Date: April 5, 2018
First Pitch: 3:05 PM EDT
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Stadium: Citizens Bank Park
Pitchers: Nick Pivetta (0-0, 6.75 ERA) vs. Caleb Smith (0-0, 1.69 ERA)
Radio Station: 94 WIP, WTTM 1680 WSAN AM 1470 (Phils); 940 AM WINZ, WZTU 94.9 HD-2, WAQI 710 (Marlins)
TV Channel: NBC 10 (Phils); FS-F (Marlins)
Pivetta will be looking to rebound after a weak first start where he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in four innings to the Braves. Kapler may have a longer leash on Pivetta with his new bullpen plan. Pivetta threw just 73 pitches in his first start before being replaced.
Here are the lineups for the game:
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- 2B Cesar Hernandez
- 1B Carlos Santana
- RF Scott Kingery
- LF Rhys Hoskins
- CF Odubel Herrera
- 3B Maikel Franco
- C Jorge Alfaro
- P Nick Pivetta
- SS J.P. Crawford
- CF Lewis Brinson
- LF Derek Dietrich
- 2B Starlin Castro
- 1B Justin Bour
- 3B Brian Anderson
- RF Cameron Maybin
- SS Miguel Rojas
- C Bryan Holaday
- P Caleb Smith
Right field will mark the fourth position Scott Kingery has played this year; none have been his natural position of second base. His use has certainly been questionable so far this season.
The game will also feature many of CBP’s new features, which can all be found on the team’s website.