Rhys Hoskins Tops Phillies Arbitration Eligible Players

Like option eligible players, the Philadelphia Phillies only have a handful of arbitration eligible players heading into the 2022-23 MLB offseason. Players and the club must agree to a contract by January 13, 2023 or they will go to arbitration.  An arbitrator (duh) will hear the case from both sides and make a decision on 2023 salary.

Related: Important 2022-23 MLB Offseason Dates

Here are the Phils’ arbitration eligible players (2022 salary in parentheses). 

  • 1B Rhys Hoskins ($7.7M)
  • P Jose Alvarado ($1.9M)
  • P Seranthony Dominguez ($725,000)
  • P Ranger Suarez ($730,000)
  • P Sam Coonrod ($717,500)
  • INF Yairo Munoz ($700,000)
  • INF Edmundo Sosa ($715,600)

The trio of Alvarado, Dominguez, and Suarez were a steal for the Phillies at their 2022 salaries.  The trio, along with Hoskins, will see a significant bump heading into the 2023 season.  

How much? Let’s take a look. 

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World Series Game 6: Phillies Dream Run Ends, Houston Astros Win the World Series

The Philadelphia Phillies improbable run to the World Series has come to an end. The Houston Astros defeated the Phillies in World Series Game 6 by a score of 4-1 to win their second World Championship in 5-years.

Yordan Alvarez’s 3-run home run in the 6th inning turned out to be the game winner.

Both starters engaged in a classic pitches duel.

The Phillies struck first in the 6th on a solo home run from Kyle Schwarber off of Astros’ starter Framber Valdez.

It looked like that’s all the Phillies would need as Zack Wheeler was dealing through five. Things unraveled for the Phillies in the bottom of the 6th inning.

Wheeler hit Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, who may or may not have leaned into the pitch, to start the inning. After a groundout by Jose Altuve and a single by Jeremy Peña, Phillies manager Rob Thomson pulled Wheeler after just 70-pitches.

The move proved to arguably be Thomson’s first —and biggest— mistake as Phils manager.

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World Series Game 6: Zack Wheeler vs. Framber Valdez

It’s do or die for the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in Houston, Texas.  A win and the Fightin’s force a decisive World Series Game 7.  A loss and it’s the end of a magical run for the Phillies, and a lot of questions for management. 

In a rematch of World Series Game 2, the Phillies will look to Zack Wheeler to pitch the game of his life and Houston will counter with Framber Valdez.  First pitch is set for 8:03 PM/Eastern in the Lone Star State. 

  • Date: November 5, 2022
  • Where: Minute Maid Park – Houston, Texas
  • When: 8:03 PM/Eastern 
  • TV: Fox and the Fox Sports App – with Joe Davis and John Smoltz
  • Radio: SportsRadio 94 WIP and the Phillies Radio Network – with Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy

Pitching Matchup

Zack Wheeler (1-2, 2.67 ERA) vs. Framber Valdez (2-0, 1.42 ERA)

Wheeler’s Last Outing: 10/29 at HOU (World Series Game 2), 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Valdez’s Last Outing: 10/29 vs PHI (World Series Game 2). 6.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K

Phillies vs. Valdez in World Series Game 2

  • Kyle Schwarber: 1-for-2, BB
  • Rhys Hoskins: 1-for-2, BB
  • JT Realmuto: 0-for-3, 2 K
  • Bryce Harper: 0-for-3, K, GIDP
  • Nick Castellanos: 1-for-3, 2B, K
  • Jean Segura: 1-for-2, K 

Astros vs. Wheeler in World Series Game 2

  • Jose Altuve: 2-for-3, 2B
  • Jeremy Pena: 1-for-3 , 2B, RBI
  • Yordan Alvarez: 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI
  • Alex Bregman: 1-for-3, GIDP, HR, 2 RBI
  • Kyle Tucker: 0-for-2, BB

World Series Game 6 Storylines

  • Do or Die for the Philadelphia Phillies
  • Houston Astros blew a 3-2 lead in the 2019 World Series ( Washington Nationals) with Game 6 and Game 7 at home
  • Philadelphia has never played in a Game 7
  • Zack Wheeler is pitching on 6-days rest due to arm fatigue
  • Framber Valdez shutdown the Phillies in World Series Game 2
  • The Phillies offense has 26 strikeouts in the World Series
  • How long of a leash will Phillies manager Rob Thomson have with Wheeler, Ranger Suarez will be available out of the bullpen
  • Who other than Kyle Schwarber and Bryce Harper will set up for the Phillies offense

World Series Game 5: Astros Edge Phillies 3-2, Take 3-2 Series Lead

The Houston Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 3-2 series lead. The World Series will shift back to Houston on Saturday night with the Phillies facing elimination.

Houston took a 1-0 lead two batters into the game when Jeremy Peña drove in Jose Altuve with a single off Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard was able to hold the Astros to the one run in the inning.

Philadelphia punched back when Kyle Schwarber homered off Justin Verlander to lead off the Phillies half of the inning.

That would be all the Phillies could muster until the 8th.

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World Series Game 5: Justin Verlander vs. Noah Syndergaard

The Philadelphia Phillies look to rebound from Wednesday’s no hitter and take a 3-2 series lead with the World Series set to shift back to Houston.  The Fightin’s will send Noah Syndergaard to the mound to start the game. “Thor” is likely to only pitch three-to-four innings before the Phillies’ bullpen takes over.  The Astros will counter with Justin Verlander, who pitched for Houston in Game 1

First pitch is set for 8:03 PM/Eastern from Citizens Bank Park in South Philadelphia.  The game will be broadcast on Fox and the Fox Sports app with Joe Davis and John Smoltz on the call.  Phillies radio will switch to 1210 AM WPHT and KYW 103.9 FM due to Eagles-Texans airing on 94 WIP.  Scott Franzke, Larry Andersen, and Tom McCarthy will once again have the call. 

Pitching Matchup

Justin Verlander (1-0, 7.20 ERA) vs. Noah Syndergaard (0-0, 1.69 ERA)

Verlander’s Last Outing: World Series Game 1 vs PHI, 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, .302 BAA, 1.53 WHIP

Syndergaard’s Last Outing: 10/22/22 vs. SD (NLCS Game 4 ), 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, .158 BAA, .75 WHIP

Phillies vs. Verlander (World Series Game 1)

  • J.T. Realmuto: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Rhys Hoskins: 1-for-2
  • Bryce Harper: 1-for-2
  • Nick Castellanos: 1-for-2, RBI
  • Alec Bohm: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI
  • Kyle Schwarber: 0-for-2, BB, R
  • Brandon Marsh: 1-for-3, 2B
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“I Really Don’t Give a Shit.” Phillies Turn the Page on World Series Game 4

In the course of 48-hours the Philadelphia Phillies ended up on the opposite ends of history.  The Fightin’s offensive performance in World Series Game 3 –five home runs– was record breaking, so it was only natural the Phillies would be no-hit a day later.  In fact, for anyone following the 2022 Phillies, Wednesday’s performance is very “on brand” for the club. 

What’s also on brand, and it should be comforting for Phillies fans, was the response from Phils team leader Kyle Schwarber.

Kyle Schwarber postgame, via NBC Sports Philadelphia
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