Toronto Blue Jays (21-14) at Philadelphia Phillies (16-19): Game 36 Preview

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The Philadelphia Phillies return to the diamond after an off-day welcoming the Toronto Blue Jays to South Philadelphia for the first of a quick two-game set. 

The Phillies will look to build off of a 6-1 win on Sunday over the Boston Red Sox.  The Phils’ will start righty Aaron Nola.  Nola surrendered 7-hits and 4-earned runs in his last outing, a no decision at the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The Phils’ starter is 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA in four career starts against Toronto.  

The Blue Jays are fresh off a sweep of the Pirates in Pittsburgh.  The Jays outscored the Buccos 22-2 in the three-game sweep.  Toronto will lean on 25-year-old Alek Manoah, he will be making his first career start against the Phillies.  

First pitch is set for 7:10 PM/EDT from South Philadelphia.  

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Phillies (1-4) at New York Yankees (3-2): Game 5 Preview

Fresh off their first victory of the 2023 season, the Philadelphia Phillies will look to take the rubber match of the three-game set from the New York Yankees. The Phils will send Aaron Nola to the mound and the Yankees will counter with Gerrit Cole.

First pitch is set for 1:05 PM/Eastern from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

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Phillies, Aaron Nola Shut Down Contract Extension Talk Until After the Season

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The Philadelphia Phillies and star pitcher Aaron Nola have shut down contract extension discussions until the end of the season according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Alex Coffey.  Phils’ president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and Nola’s agent Joe Longo confirmed the report with both sides issuing statements. 

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World Series Game 4: Houston Astros Throw a Combined No-Hitter to Even the World Series

Houston Astros starter Cristian Javier threw six no-hit innings and the Astros bullpen— Bryan Abreu, Rafael Montero, and Ryan Pressly —held the Phillies hitless over the final three innings for the first postseason no hitter since Roy Halladay’s 2010 no hitter. It was the third no-hitter in postseason history. The Astros offense provided 5-runs of support en route to a 5-0 World Series Game 4 victory.

The Astros win ties the series at two games apiece and ensures the World Series returns to Houston.

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World Series: Phillies Pitching Depth to be Tested as the Series Shifts Back to Philadelphia

Let’s not get too crazy, the Philadelphia Phillies are sitting in an advantageous position with the World Series tied at one heading to South Philly on Monday. They are undefeated, 5-0, at The Bank and they’ve stolen home field from the Houston Astros.

That should not be understated.

But they’ve done it with both ace’s pitching well below expectations. Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler allowed 5-runs each in less than 10-total innings pitched in Game 1 and Game 2. This forced Phillies manager Rob Thomson to get creative with the bullpen, and by extension, the starting rotation.

This isn’t sustainable if the Phillies want a parade down Broad St in the next week or so. And now, thanks to the lackluster performances by Nola and Wheeler, the Fightin’s will be forced to go deeper into their pitching staff as the World Series hurdles towards critical mass.

There is no margin for error heading into Game 3 and Game 4 with Noah Syndergaard and Ranger Suarez on the mound.

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World Series Game 1: Phillies Erase a 5-0 Deficit, Win 6-5 in Extras


The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Houston Astros 6-5 in extra innings to take World Series Game 1 and hand Houston their first postseason loss.

Oh by the way, the Phillies trailed 5-0 after the 3rd and they were facing Justin Verlander who was perfect to that point.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola scuffled through 4.1 innings allowing 5-earned run, four off of the bat of Houston’s Kyle Tucker.

Tucker hit a solo homered in the 2nd to open the scoring. Astros catcher Martin Maldonado added an RBI single to make it 2-0 ‘Stros. Tucker added a monster 3-run homer in the 3rd to make it 5-0 Houston.

The Phillies, as they’ve done all postseason, began to chip away.

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Official: Aaron Nola to Start World Series Game 1

Philadelphia Phillies manager Rob Thomson joined SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Midday Show with Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie and hinted that Aaron Nola would start World Series Game 1 for the Fightin’s.

Now the move has become official.

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