MLB Game Preview: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

Apr 4, 2023

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Game: Philadelphia Phillies @ New York Yankees  

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Odds: Phillies +138, Yankees -149

Total: 8.5

The New York Yankees are off to a strong start after four games thanks to their power hitting. The Philadelphia Phillies, on the other hand, have lost all four of their games due to their inability to secure big hits and stop their rivals from scoring. In the middle game of a three-game series, New York hosts the winless Phillies and hopes to maintain its early power surge.

For the first time since 2011, the Yankees have multiple home runs in their first four games of a season. Gleyber Torres hit a solo home run and Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run blast in a five-run fifth inning on Monday as New York cruised to an 8-1 rout of the Phillies in the series opener. Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Kyle Higashioka connected on Sunday in a 6-0 blanking of the visiting San Francisco Giants.

The Yankees have 19 walks after getting nine on Monday, and they are hitting .260 heading into Tuesday. One of the Yankees off to an impressive start is Torres. He is 4-for-12 after reaching base five times on Monday when he recorded his 100th career home run. Torres added an RBI from an infield single and drew three walks. Yankees manager Aaron Boone likes how his team is playing so far in 2023.

The start for Philadelphia has been the worst since 2016. The last time the Phillies started 0-5 was in 1934 when they lost their first seven games. The Phillies have only scored 12 runs while batting .287. Despite Edmundo Sosa’s RBI single and Alec Bohm’s three hits on Monday, the Phillies were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and are currently 9-for-39 (.231) with runners in scoring position.

Phillies manager Rob Thomson made a good point after yesterday’s loss. He said that if his team lost four in a row in July, it wouldn’t be a big deal. However, Thomson and the Phillies do not want this to continue.

Domingo German makes his season debut for the Yankees after going 1-1 with an 8.71 ERA in four starts during spring training totaling 10.1 innings. German last pitched against the Detroit Tigers on March 17, when he was hammered for seven runs and nine hits over 2.1 innings.

Fourteen of German’s 15 appearances last season were as a starter, and he went 2-5 with a 3.61 ERA. On October 5 in Texas, he made his final regular-season start and surrendered four runs in 4.1 innings.

In three career appearances (two starts) against Philadelphia, German is 0-1 with an 8.68 ERA. On July 20, 2021, in New York, he made his last appearance against the Phillies and gave up two runs in four innings.

Matt Strahm of Philadelphia will make his 26th career start and his first start since July 2, 2019. Pitching for San Diego at the time, Strahm gave up seven runs on 11 hits in five innings against San Francisco. Strahm has a 4.10 ERA as a starter over the course of his career. On Opening Day, he made a relief appearance and pitched a scoreless inning in the Phillies’ 11-7 loss to the Texas Rangers. In 10 career appearances against the Yankees (one start), the left-hander is 0-2 with a 2.45 ERA. He had six innings of work with 10 strikeouts and three runs allowed against New York on May 27, 2019.

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