The Philadelphia Phillies try to extend to a three-game winning streak when they take on the host New York Yankees in the first of a two-game interleague series on Tuesday night. The series opener is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. ET first pitch at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, N.Y.
Philadelphia won three of four in a series against the Miami Marlins over the weekend, improving to 47-45 this season. The Phillies are in second place in the NL East, trailing the first-place New York Mets by 2½ games and leading the third-place Atlanta Braves by two games.
The Yankees took the last two games of a series with the Boston Red Sox, including a 9-1 victory on Sunday night. New York is 48-44 and in fourth place in the AL East, trailing the third-place Toronto Blue Jays by a half-game.
The MLB odds for this game have the Phillies with a moneyline of -125, while the Yankees are listed at +115. The over/under for the series opener is set at nine runs.
The Phillies have won 10 of their last 14 games and four series in a row, making the case that they are a contender for the NL East division title. The players are hoping management sees that and becomes a buyer at the trade deadline to try to get the team back to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
“Hopefully, we’re making the right case,” Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto said after Sunday’s win over Miami. “We would have liked to not have to make the case this late. We would have liked to have played better earlier in the season.
“But now that we’ve got everyone back on the field and playing well, we’re doing all we can to try to convince them to go out and get what we need. We’re here to compete, and we want to get to the postseason. We have to keep playing well and keep winning series to put pressure on them to get us some help.”
Realmuto did his part on Sunday, finishing off a suspended game with a two-run walk-off homer, then driving in two in the Phillies’ 7-4 win in the series finale. The All-Star is batting .274 with nine home runs, 38 RBIs and 34 runs scored.
First baseman Rhys Hoskins leads Philadelphia with 24 doubles, 20 home runs, 56 RBIs and 51 runs scored. Outfielder Bryce Harper is batting .283 and has added 16 doubles, 15 home runs, 34 RBIs and 49 runs scored.
Right-hander Aaron Nola will be on the mound for the series opener. Nola is 6-5 with a 4.53 ERA this season, striking out 126 and walking 23 in 101⅓ innings of work.
Nola got a win in his first start against the Yankees this season, going 7⅔ scoreless innings on June 13, holding New York to just three hits while striking out nine and walking one. The 28-year-old’s last outing was a July 6 contest against the Cubs, as he picked up the win by going six innings and allowing four runs on six hits, including a home run, while striking out eight and walking one in a 15-10 Phillies victory.
The Yankees took two of three from the division-leading Red Sox, holding Boston to just two runs over the final two games of the series, though one was shortened to six innings due to weather. New York did this despite having six players out due to COVID-19, including slugger Aaron Judge.
Right-hander Domingo German will get the start for the Yankees in the series opener on Tuesday. German is 4-5 with a 4.72 ERA, striking out 75 and walking 19 over 82 innings of work this season. He’s started 15 games and appeared in 18 games overall.
German has worked out of the bullpen in his three July appearances, going a total of six innings and compiling an ERA of 7.50 in the month. In a start against Philadelphia earlier in the season, German took the loss, lasting 4⅓ innings and allowing seven runs on 10 hits while striking out two and walking one.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu comes into Tuesday’s game having reached base in 30 straight games, the top such streak in the majors this season. LeMahieu is batting .269 with 12 doubles, seven home runs, 37 RBIs and 47 runs scored.
Designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton had a rough weekend, going 0-for-12 with five strikeouts in the series against the Red Sox. He’ll need to be more of a presence at the plate with Judge sidelined. Stanton is batting .258 with 15 home runs, 43 RBIs and 30 runs scored this season.
Philadelphia swept the two-game series between these two teams in mid-June, averaging 7.5 runs in the victories. New York is 25-23 at home this season, while the Phillies have gone 20-28 on the road.
Left-hander Matt Moore (0-1, 5.25 ERA) will make the start for Philadelphia in Wednesday’s series finale. The Yankees have yet to name a starter for Wednesday’s game.
Phillies Take Opener
Nola dominated the New York lineup in his previous start against the Yankees, and that was without the COVID-19 troubles they’re having now. Philadelphia should be able to get some runs on the board against German and take the series opener.
When making your MLB picks, take Philadelphia to win on the road.