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Phillies-Mets thoughts: Rookies continue to thrive; Matt Harvey scratched

Phillies-Mets thoughts: Rookies continue to thrive; Matt Harvey scratched

Phillies (53-85) at Mets (59-79)
7:10 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App

Youth was served in the Phillies' 9-1 win over the Mets Tuesday night. 

There were the homer and four RBIs from pitcher Ben Lively, who also went seven innings and allowed just one run.

There was Rhys Hoskins reaching base in four of five plate appearances.

There was Jorge Alfaro's 3-for-5 night. 

There was the three-RBI game from Nick Williams.

And, of course, there was the debut of J.P. Crawford, who went 1 for 5 with a bloop single to center field.

As a result, the Phillies beat Jacob deGrom for the first time in his 11 career starts against them (see story)

• For as much as the Phillies have struggled in 2017, they're seeing some of what they need to see right now. Hoskins, Williams and Alfaro have all produced at the plate and created some hope and momentum for 2018.

In 417 combined plate appearances, that trio has hit .298/.369/.538 for a collective .907 OPS. To put that in perspective, that slash line falls somewhere between the 2017 seasons of Nelson Cruz, Marcell Ozuna and Ryan Zimmerman. Not bad for three rookies.

• Per Jayson Stark, Lively last night became only the fourth pitcher in the last 100 years to homer twice in his first 11 games. The others were John Montefusco (1974), Don Durham (1972) and Tom Griffin (1969). 

So this means that Lively is the first pitcher to do it in 43 years.

• According to CSN producer Dan Roche, last night was the first time since 2010 that all nine Phillies in the starting lineup scored a run.

Matt Harvey was supposed to start for the Mets tonight on short rest but has been scratched because the forecast calls for heavy rain. As of noon on Wednesday, the forecast called for more than a 70 percent chance of rain from 5 p.m. through midnight. 

In terms of postponement, this is the last time in 2017 the Phillies travel to New York. The teams do have a common off-day on Sept. 11. Making up the game that day could be an option, as could canceling it altogether since both teams are already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs.

If the game is played tonight, Robert Gsellman will make the start for the Mets.

Nick Pivetta (5-9, 6.28) starts for the Phillies. He's coming off his best outing since July 31 after limiting the Marlins to one run in six innings last Friday.

Pivetta has been able to keep the ball low more effectively in his last two starts and as a result, has induced 21 groundballs. That's more than he generated in his previous four starts combined.

Pivetta last faced the Mets on Aug. 11 and allowed six runs (five earned) in 4⅔ innings. The last time he faced them at Citi Field, though, he pitched seven innings of one-run ball.

Source: Phillies agree to $60 million deal with Carlos Santana

Source: Phillies agree to $60 million deal with Carlos Santana

The Phillies' busy Friday continued with a pricey free-agent signing.

The Phils have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with former Cleveland Indian Carlos Santana, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury.

It is by far the most expensive contract the Phillies have given out under the Matt Klentak-Andy MacPhail regime.

They had the money. When the offseason began, the only player the Phillies had signed to a multi-million dollar deal was Odubel Herrera.

Santana, 31, has always been a high-walk power hitter. From 2011 through 2017, he walked between 88 and 113 times each season, all while maintaining relatively low strikeout totals for a man with such power and plate selection.

In 2016, Santana set a career high with 34 home runs. Last season, he hit .259/.363/.455 with 37 doubles, 23 homers and 79 RBIs.

This addition provides the Phillies with much-needed pop to protect Rhys Hoskins and also gives the Phils added versatility. Santana is a switch-hitter who came up as a catcher, but he hasn't caught since 2014. The last three seasons, he has played primarily first base. In his eight seasons, Santana has also started 26 games at third base and seven in right field.

The move likely means Hoskins will play left field, and it could facilitate another Phillies trade of an outfielder such as Nick Williams, Aaron Altherr or Odubel Herrera.

Phillies trade Freddy Galvis for pitching prospect

Phillies trade Freddy Galvis for pitching prospect

Updated 12:25 p.m.

The Phillies have been aggressively shopping Freddy Galvis this offseason and they've found a suitor.

The Phils on Friday traded Galvis to the Padres for pitching prospect Enyel De Los Santos.

De Los Santos, 21, was ranked 13th on the Padres’ prospect list by MLB.com.

In the hitter-friendly Texas League (Double A) last season, De Los Santos went 10-6 with a 3.78 ERA, striking out 138 in 150 innings. De Los Santos was originally signed by the Mariners as an amateur free agent in 2014 before being traded to San Diego in November 2015 for reliever Joaquin Benoit (a former Phillie).

The Padres had done extensive homework this offseason on the Phillies' 28-year-old shortstop. Last season, the 71-91 Padres used 33-year-old Erick Aybar at shortstop for the majority of games. San Diego now has a top-notch defender at the game's most important defensive position.

Galvis has been a Gold Glove finalist two years in a row and was probably robbed this season when he committed just seven errors in 637 defensive chances but still lost out to Brandon Crawford.

A free agent at season's end, Galvis has hit .248/.292/.390 the last two seasons with an average of 28 doubles, four triples, 16 homers and 64 RBIs.

The Phillies were known to be looking for pitching in exchange for Galvis, but his trade value wasn't as high as it could've been because of his impending free agency.

J.P. Crawford will step in as the Phillies' everyday shortstop. The soon-to-be-23-year-old Crawford hit .214 with a .356 on-base percentage in 23 games as a rookie in 2017.