May 28, 2023

What to watch as Phillies send their ace in attempt to win the series


Photo via Salt Wire

After a good looking win Friday night, the 21-18 Philadelphia Phillies look to win the series over the 20-17 Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ball park in Dunedin, Florida — the current home of the Blue Jays.

Here’s what to watch:

The ace

After a solid start from Vince Velasquez, the Phillies will send out their ace, Aaron Nola, to try and won the series.

Nola threw a career low 58 pitches in four innings in Sunday night’s loss to the Braves.

Since Nola’s complete-game shutout over the St. Louis Cardinals on April 18, Nola is 2-1 with a 5.09 ERA in four starts.

Lots of K’s

The Phillies struggled to get anything going offensively until the seventh inning Friday. They struck out nine times against a familiar foe in Steven Matz, four of them looking, including three in the fourth inning. This was the 15th time in 39 games the Phillies have struck out at least a dozen times. They’ve done so three more times than any team in the National League.

But they still won. They continue to keep games close, and this week they’ve scored late to tack on or come back and win. 

Starting lineups

Phillies’ lineup vs. Blue Jays stater Anthony Kay:

Blue Jays’ lineup vs. Phillies stater Aaron Nola:

  • When: 7:37 P.M. E.S.T.
  • Where: TD Ballpark
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: 94.1 WIP
  • Social media coverage: Philly Sports Reports’ Twitter & Instagram.

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