The Phillies are set to kick off the 2020 season
After going nearly 10 months without an official game, the Phillies will return to action on Friday for their season opener against the Miami Marlins.
The Phillies will now have an opportunity to make the playoffs for the first time since 2011 with an expanded playoff agreed to on Thursday where the top two teams from each division and then the next two teams with the best records will make the tournament.
Here’s how to watch the Phillies and Marlins on opening day
First Pitch: 7:05 P.M.
Location: Citizens Bank Park
TV: NBCS Philadelphia, Fox Sports Florida, MLB TV
Radio: 940 AM WINZ, WAQI 710 (MIA); 94 WIP (PHI)
Those who subscribe to FuboTV can watch whichever game is available in their market. You can start your FuboTV subscription by following the link.
The lineups for this game have not yet been announced, but we do know the starting pitchers.
The Phillies will be sending Aaron Nola to the mound for opening day
This will be the third consecutive opening day that Aaron Nola will be on the mound for the Phillies. Last year Nola earned a win after going six innings against the Atlanta Braves with eight strikeouts and only one run allowed off two hits.
In 2018 Nola also faced the Braves on opening day, going five and a third innings allowing one run off three hits with three strikeouts.
Historically, Nola has pitched well against the Marlins with a career 3.28 ERA in 13 starts averaging more than six strikeouts per appearance. He’s been on the losing end of six games with only three wins against Miami.
Philadelphia has won just two of their last five opening day games, including a walk-off loss to the Braves in 2018.
The Phillies are facing a young Marlins pitcher who’s gotten the best of them
Miami will be sending Sandy Alcantara to the mound on Friday, a young pitcher who has done well against Philadelphia.
In four starts Alcantara has a 2.81 ERA against the Phillies with 13 strikeouts in 14 innings. When pitching at Citizens Bank Park he has a 1.32 ERA in two games, but he let a game in Miami get away from him last year, allowing six runs in five innings.
The Phillies roster is also set for opening day
While the lineup has not yet been released as of Friday morning, the Phillies 30-man roster is printed and ready. Phil Gosselin is not on the initial published roster, but he will be with the team on opening day once his contract is set, as he came into camp as a non-roster invitee.
Here’s the full Phillies roster:
Catchers: JT Realmuto, Andrew Knapp
Infielders: Rhys Hoskins, Didi Gregorius, Scott Kingery, Jean Segura, Neil Walker
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Adam Haseley, Roman Quinn, Bryce Harper, Jay Bruce, Kyle Garlick
Pitchers: Jake Arrieta, Zach Eflin, Deolis Guerra, Tommy Hunter, Trevor Kelly, Reggie McClain, Hector Neris, Aaron Nola, Nick Pivetta, Ramon Rosso, Vince Velasquez, Zack Wheeler, Jose Alvarez, Austin Davis, Cole Irvin, Adam Morgan
Phillies manager Joe Girardi was 2-8 on opening day as the Yankees manager from 2008-17.
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