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Opponent Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

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A swing through the NL East starts with the home of the cheesesteak

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After an ugly (but successful) trip to Kansas City, the Twins are headed out east for the first time this season. They’ll touch down in the “City of Interleague Love” for three contests against the Phillies.

The Phillies are coming off a season that saw them make huge strides. However, their season still came off as a disappointment as they faded down the stretch and ended up in 3rd place. This offseason, they invested heavily in improving their team.

The Phillies added key players like Andrew McCutchen, Juan Nicasio, Jean Segura, David Robertson, J.T. Realmuto, Drew Butera, Trevor Plouffe, and some guy named Bryce Harper. These guys are joining a team with young studs like Aaron Nola, Maikel Franco, Odubel Herrera, and Rhys Hoskins, to create a potential juggernaut in the loaded NL East. The team comes into the Twins series at 4-1 after sweeping the 2018 division champion Braves and splitting two games with the Nationals. Let’s take a look at the roster.

Philly Roster

Position Name
Position Name
SP Aaron Nola
SP Jake Arrieta
SP Nick Pivetta
SP Zach Eflin
SP Vince Velasquez
RP David Robertson
RP Seranthony Dominguez
RP Adam Morgan
RP Hector Neris
RP Pat Neshek
RP Juan Nicasio
RP Edubray Ramos
C J.T. Realmuto
C Andrew Knapp
1B Rhys Hoskins
2B Cesar Hernandez
SS Jean Segura
3B Maikel Franco
INF Scott Kingery
RF Bryce Harper
CF Odubel Herrera
LF Andrew McCutchen
OF Aaron Altherr
OF Nick Williams

As you can seen, the rotation is rather top-heavy, although Aaron Nola and Jake Arrieta are one of the best pairings in the league. The bullpen is similar to the rotation, with a couple good names in Nicasio and Robertson, but no other real impact guys. The lineup is loaded with good bats from top to bottom, although their defense is suspect in a few places. Bryce Harper and Maikel Franco both have reputations of being bad defenders, and McCutchen is slowing down on the back end of his career.

All in all, this will be the biggest challenge for the Twins so far in the young season. However, they luckily will not have to face Aaron Nola, according to the probable pitching matchups. Furthermore, the Phillies cut the aforementioned Butera and Plouffe before the end of spring training. They must be avenged!

Pitching Matchups

Friday, April 5th, 6:05 PM CDT

Jake Odorizzi vs. Nick Pivetta

Saturday, April 6th, 1:05 PM CDT

Michael Pineda vs. Jake Arrieta

Sunday, April 7th, 12:05 PM CDT

Jose Berrios vs. Zach Eflin

Poll

How many games will the Twins win against the Phillies?

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    0. Not convinced by the hot start.
    (118 votes)
  • 32%
    1. They’re just better than us.
    (396 votes)
  • 46%
    2. I like our pitching matchups.
    (576 votes)
  • 11%
    3. Break out the brooms!
    (137 votes)
1227 votes total Vote Now