One of the most important series in recent memory for the Phillies
No series has been as crucial in recent memory for the Phillies as the series against Atlanta this week. Since the rebuilding era began in 2013 the Phillies have been in first place for three games, approximately .003% of their games over the last five and a quarter seasons.
As mentioned by Jayson Stark on Twitter, per Elias Sports Bureau this is the fourth time in 46 games Nick Pivetta and Mike Foltynewics have started in the same game this year.
It’s the first time this has happened since 1959 when Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Robin Roberts faced Lew Burdette of the Milwaukee Braves.
Foltynewics is 1-0 in three starts against Philadelphia with a 2.12 ERA this season and a 1.50 ERA in Citizens Bank Park.
Here’s everything needed for tonight’s game against Atlanta:
Date: May 21, 2018
First Pitch: 7:05 PM ET
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Stadium: Citizens Bank Park
Pitchers: Nick Pivetta (3-2, 3.72 ERA) vs Mike Foltynewicz (3-2, 2.87 ERA)
Radio Station: 94 WIP, WSAN AM 1470 WTTM 1680; KMOXX 1120, WJIR AM 880
TV Channel: NBCSP; FS-M
Live Online Stream: NBC Philadelphia (subscribers only)
- Cesar Hernandez, 2B
- Rhys Hoskins, 1B
- Odubel Herrera, CF
- Maikel Franco, 3B
- Carlos Santana, 1B
- Jorge Alfaro, C
- Nick Williams, RF
- Scott Kingery, SS
- Nick Pivetta, SP
Pivetta has a 3.48 career ERA against Atlanta in six starts dating back to last season.
Meanwhile, Rhys Hoskins is hitting .146 as the number two hitter this year compared to .303 as the clean-up hitter.
- Ozzie Albies, 2B
- Ronald Acuna, LF
- Freddie Freeman, 1B
- Nick Markakis, RF
- Kurt Suzuki, C
- Ender Inciarte, CF
- Johan Camargo, 3B
- Dansby Swanson, SS
- Mike Foltynewicz, SP
Foltynewicz has a 5.11 ERA in Philadelphia in five games and four career starts.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia learned starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff‘s season debut won’t come anytime soon after he suffered an injury in a rehab start.