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A bounce-back chance for Aaron Nola as Phillies look to pile on Nationals

A bounce-back chance for Aaron Nola as Phillies look to pile on Nationals

Aaron Nola is back on the hill for the Phillies Tuesday night in an attempt to get back on track after a pair of uncharacteristic outings.

In his first start, Nola was a victim of a tight strike zone and walked a career-high five batters, though he was able to maneuver his way around the free passes to allow just one run over six innings.

Last Thursday in D.C., Nola allowed a career-high three home runs to the Nationals in his worst start since September 2017.

A great pitching matchup is on tap tonight with Nola (1-0, 7.00) opposing Stephen Strasburg (1-0, 2.84).

When: 7:05 p.m. ET — Pregame Live starts at 6:30
Where: NBC Sports Philadelphia+ and streaming live on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the MyTeams app 

2 close wins

The Phillies' victories Sunday and Monday were almost more impressive than their first-week offensive breakouts. You know that this Phillies team will bash the ball around the yard and hit home runs, but the big question was whether they could protect close leads.

In consecutive games, the Phils have won by one run. In consecutive games, they've thrown a runner out at the plate and not walked anyone. It's the first time since July 2016 that Phillies pitchers have gone two straight games without issuing a free pass.

Good teams win games like Sunday against the Twins and Monday against the Nationals. 

Last season, the Phillies went 32-69 when scoring four or fewer runs. So far this season, they’re 2-1. 

It looks like David Robertson has corrected himself, which would be a major boost to the Phils' bullpen.

Hoskins' power binges

Rhys Hoskins' power really does come in bunches. He has four homers and nine RBI over his last four games, and get this: Of his last 31 home runs, 19 have occurred in back-to-back games.

When the guy gets his timing down, he is fun to watch. The only National Leaguer with more RBI than Hoskins' 15 is Cody Bellinger.

On Monday, he adjusted midgame after a poor first at-bat against Anibal Sanchez in which he swung through two pitches in the low-inside part of the zone. 

He is not missing many mistake pitches right now, and Hoskins' solid approach has led to consistent power. He is mostly wrists and lower-body, as opposed to the herky-jerky power of Bryce Harper.

Gotta go to Mo

Adam Morgan continues to quietly thrive. He has faced 17 batters this season and just two have reached base. 

His slider has turned into a real weapon. He's allowed just one extra-base hit on a slider the last 383 times he's thrown it, and this season batters have whiffed or made an out on 12 of the 18 sliders they've swung at.

Morgan pitched a clean seventh inning Monday and seems to be climbing the list of relievers Gabe Kapler is confident in.

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Which of these Phillies batting orders do you like better?

Which of these Phillies batting orders do you like better?

The Phillies have 32 spring training games to figure out which infield alignment makes the most sense, who the opening day centerfielder will be and how the batting order shakes out. 

On yesterday’s Phillies Talk podcast, Ricky Bottalico and I discussed how much batting order flexibility the addition of Didi Gregorius gives Joe Girardi. Gregorius can really bat anywhere between first and fifth. 

This was Ricky’s batting order:

  1. Andrew McCutchen, LF
  2. Didi Gregorius, SS (L)
  3. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
  5. J.T. Realmuto, C
  6. Jean Segura, 2B
  7. Scott Kingery, 3B
  8. Adam Haseley, CF (L)

And here was mine:

  1. Andrew McCutchen, LF
  2. Bryce Harper, RF (L)
  3. J.T. Realmuto, C
  4. Rhys Hoskins, 1B
  5. Didi Gregorius, SS (L)
  6. Jean Segura, 2B
  7. Scott Kingery, 3B
  8. Adam Haseley, CF (L)

We will have to wait and see how much the new three-batter rule for relievers affects lineup construction, if at all. It could prompt managers to focus more on splitting up their lefties, which was the idea behind my splitting up Harper and Didi. 

Another option the Phils could go with is McCutchen and Segura at the top, where they were early last season. Forgotten in the totality of Segura’s disappointing first season as a Phillie is that he was hitting .330 in mid-May and his production didn’t crater until right around the time he didn’t hustle out the ball in San Diego, leading to the rundown in which McCutchen tore his ACL. Segura spoke this week about how much that ordeal weighed on him last summer. 

What’s your ideal Phillies batting order?

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Bryce Harper's headband collection continues to grow with latest design for his son

Bryce Harper's headband collection continues to grow with latest design for his son

Since his time in Philadelphia began just shy of one year ago, Bryce Harper has embraced the city with open arms from the moment he arrived.

One thing that Harper is known for, outside of crushing dingers and having a monster arm in right field, is his vast headband collection that was seen throughout the season.

It’s something that he carried over from his time in Washington, but let’s be honest — the ones that he has worn here have been way cooler.

Who can forget the iconic Phanatic one, that had just about every fan running to the closest team store or taking to their phones to place an order for their own.


(Image credit: USA Today Images)

Harper truly took a liking to the Phanatic (who wouldn’t?) and even embraced the mascot via socks and cleats. Notice the details in the laces? They’re fuzzy. Seriously, who designed those? Give that person a raise.



(Credit for Images: USA Today Images)

And let’s just hope the whole Phanatic ordeal gets settled before the start of the season, so Harper can continue repping his biggest supporter.

Let’s get back to the main reason for this post — headbands.

There were many other ways he sported his new team last season, including a headband in army green, one to match the Phillies’ home uniforms and even one with stars.



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His latest one though, looks to be a custom design from JunkBrands.com. It’s personalized with Harper’s number but more importantly, his son’s name, Krew.


(Image credit: John Clark/Twitter)

We’re not sure how Harper is going to top last year’s lineup … but he’s off to a pretty great start.

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