December 10, 2023

Phillies face Yu Darvish as they look to take series from Padres


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Yu Darvish, that’s the man the 38-41 Phillies will have to deal with as they try and win the series Saturday afternoon against the 49-35 San Diego Padres.

Darvish (7-2, 2.44 ERA) has allowed two runs over his last two starts, both wins for the Padres, and has a 3.21 ERA away from Petco Park (2.12 ERA). Darvish has allowed only an unearned run in 12 1/3 career innings at Citizens Bank Park, which includes striking out 10 over seven shutout innings of four-hit ball in 2019.

So yeah, the somewhat struggling Phillies offense should have fun Saturday dealing with him!

Zach Eflin (2-6, 4.20 ERA) will get the start for the Phillies. Former Padres first-rounder is tied for the MLB-lead with 1.1 walks per nine innings, half his career rate of 2.2.

The Phillies are 5-10 in Eflin’s starts.

Here’s the starting lineups for Friday night’s game.

For the Phillies:

  1. Odubel Herrera CF
  2. Jean Segura 2B
  3. J.T. Realmuto C
  4. Bryce Harper RF
  5. Andrew McCutchen LF
  6. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  7. Didi Gregorius SS
  8. Alec Bohm 3B
  9. Zach Eflin P

And for the Padres:

  1. Tommy Pham LF
  2. Fernando Tatis SS
  3. Jake Cronenworth 2B
  4. Manny Machado 3B
  5. Trent Grisham CF
  6. Eric Hosmer 1B
  7. Wil Myers RF
  8. Victor Caratini C
  9. Yu Darvish P

Here’s the essentials for Saturday afternoon:

  • When: 4:05 P.M. E.S.T.
  • Where: Citizens Bank Park
  • Broadcast: FS1, NBC Sports Philadelphia
  • Radio: 94.1 WIP
  • Social media coverage: Philly Sports Reports’ Twitter & Instagram.

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