The playoffs start this week, and there should be some interesting developments on the Phillies’ postseason roster. Corey Seidman and Ricky Bottalico break down the wildcard series, the playoffs and more. 00:54 – Marlins vs.
Diamondbacks preview 10:22 am. – Phillies postseason roster 3:51 p.m. – Could Rhys Hoskins return 8:55 p.m. – Ricky Bone picks Spencer Strider NEW YORK — Built to win tight games, the Marlins are built to win tight games. The 90-win Phillies feature the 90-win Phillies in a best-of-3 wildcard round much differently than the Diamondbacks.
If Arizona is a more offense-oriented team, the D-backs probably would have been a better bet for the Phillies, as they would have used starter or struggling rookie Brandon Pfaadt in Game 1 along with top two starters Zac Gallen and Merrill Kelly. not before the usual break before games 2 and 3. Miami will start lefty Jesus Luzardo in the first game against the Phillies, and compatriot Braxton Garrett will likely start the second game. The Marlins chose not to start Garrett on the final day of the regular season to keep him in the opening round of the playoffs. The Marlins went 4-0 against the Phillies this season in games started by Luzardo and Garrett, despite posting a 4.43 ERA and being good in three of four starts.
They’re a good team, they won the season series on us,” manager Rob Thomson said after the Phillies finished their regular season 9-1. “They suit us well. We have a lot of preparation to do. They can hit you in many different ways. They’ve got speed, they’ve got a great shot and they’ve got some big guys in their lineup.”
Miami is also left-handed in the bullpen. Its four best-looking relievers are all left-handed: closer Tanner Scott, closer A.J. Puk, Steven Okert, and Andrew Nardi. The foursome held the lefty to a .198 batting average with 131 strikeouts and 32 walks this season. “These are their top guys,” Thomson said. “Lefties are pretty good in the Miami pen.”