October 2, 2023

What to watch as Bryce Harper out of lineup again in series finale vs Mets


AP Photo/Noah K. Murray

Bryce Harper is out of the Phillies’ lineup Sunday for their series finale against the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Here’s what to watch:

No Harper

Bryce Harper is out of the Phillies’ lineup Sunday.

Harper’s left leg was hit by a Jacob deGrom changeup in Saturday’s 4-3 loss. Harper stayed in the game but removed himself when he felt something going out to his position the next half-inning.

Sunday’s game will be the 20th that Harper has missed this season because of a nagging back injury, a shoulder issue, a wrist injury caused by a ricochet when he was hit in the face by a pitch in St. Louis at the end of April, and now this.

At the plate, Harper has performed similarly to his first two seasons with the Phillies. In the first two, he hit .262/.385/.518. This season, he’s hit .272/.385/.492. All 11 of his home runs have been solo shots.

Travis Jankowski will get the start in right field against Marcus Stroman.

Wheeler starts

Zack Wheeler had a very uncharacteristic night against the Washington Nationals last Tuesday. He thre just three innings and allowed three earned runs.

Overall this season, Wheeler has been the ace for the Phils and is 5-4 with a 2.36 ERA.

Starting lineups

Phillies’ starting lineup vs. Mets’ righty Marcus Stroman:

  1. Odubel Herrera (L) CF
  2. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
  3. Andrew McCutchen (R) LF
  4. Rhys Hoskins (R) 1B
  5. Travis Jankowski (L) RF
  6. Alec Bohm (R) 3B
  7. Nick Maton (L) 2B
  8. Ronald Torreyes (R) SS
  9. Zack Wheeler (L) P

Mets’ starting lineup vs. Phillies’ righty Zack Wheeler:

  1. Jeff McNeil (L) 2B
  2. Francisco Lindor (S) SS
  3. Pete Alonso (R) 1B
  4. Michael Conforto (L) RF
  5. James McCann (R) C
  6. Billy McKinney (L) LF
  7. Kevin Pillar (R) CF
  8. Luis Guillorme (L) 3B
  9. Marcus Stroman (R) P


  • When: 1:10 P.M. E.S.T.
  • Where: Citi Field
  • Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: 94.1 WIP
  • Social media coverage: Philly Sports Reports’ Twitter & Instagram.

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