Before they got here: Top Phillies' best moments against the Phillies
Before they were Phils
Bryce Harper put a hurtin' on the Phillies in the four seasons before joining them. He hit .281/.401/.612 and the Nats went 48-28 against the Phillies from 2015-18.
Wasn't the case with J.T. Realmuto. He hit just .253 with a .714 OPS against the Phillies, his lowest batting average and second-lowest OPS against any team he's faced at least 30 times. That lack of production against some bad Phillies teams was one reason why some Phillies fans didn't quite realize he was the best catcher in baseball until they saw it on a daily basis in 2019.
Let's look back at some memorable moments and games from current Phillies before they got here. Some had plenty to choose from. Others, like Jean Segura, didn't really have too many big games against the Phils.
Harper burned the Phillies twice in less than a month in 2017.
On April 16, he hit a walk-off three-run homer against Phillies legend Joaquin Benoit.
On May 13, hours after signing a record-breaking one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player ($21.65M), Harper did it again, walking the Nationals off with a two-run shot off Edubray Ramos.
But those were just the walk-offs. He also had three multi-homer games against the Phillies and eight with at least three RBI. (Oddly, after Cole Hamels hit Harper with that pitch in 2012 and was suspended for it, Harper was hit just once more by a Phillie in 444 plate appearances over seven seasons.)
Harper's best game against the Phillies was that April 16 affair. He drove in five runs in a 6-4 win.
It's weird that a player as well-rounded as Realmuto didn't do more damage against the mediocre Phillies pitching staffs he faced. He hit .253/.308/.406 against the Phils in 240 plate appearances, numbers not too dissimilar to someone like Cameron Rupp. You can chalk that up to randomness.
Realmuto's biggest hit against the Phils was a game-tying, inside-the-park home run at CBP in August 2017. He hit it deep to left-center and it caromed off the very top of the wall and back into shallow center.
He also hit two solo homers off of Jake Arrieta in a 2018 game the Marlins lost by five runs.
Realmuto had 14 multi-hit games against the Phillies in five seasons as a Marlin. He had eight multi-hit games against the Mets just last season as a Phillie.
McCutchen has had some big games and clutch moments against the Phillies. He hit a walk-off homer to center off Brad Lidge in 2009 and a walk-off double off David Herndon in 2012.
He hit .298 with a .914 OPS against the Phillies in 65 games, reaching base multiple times in 30 of them.
Keep in mind, too, that McCutchen had to deal with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels at the beginning of his career. He was 1 for 13 off Halladay, 2 for 13 off Lee and 7 for 24 against Hamels when Hamels was here.
Wheeler made 15 starts against the Phillies as a Met and had a 3.30 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 87⅓ innings.
His best-ever start against the Phils came just last season, on April 23, when he struck out 11 over seven scoreless innings. This was the night before the Jacob Rhame game and the slowest home run trot of the year from Rhys Hoskins.
Not having to face Wheeler multiple times per season helps. His ERAs by year against the Phillies: 3.18, 2.84, 2.51, 5.40, 3.19. The Phils had more trouble with him over the years than with Noah Syndergaard, who had a 6.62 ERA against Gabe Kapler's teams in seven starts.
When the Yankees came here two Junes ago, Gregorius batted third in between Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton. Not a bad place to be.
It was a productive series for Gregorius. In Game 1, his bunt single loaded the bases and led to the Yankees breaking the game open late. The next night, he homered off Jake Arrieta in another Yankees win.
That was Gregorius' only career home run and RBI against the Phillies in 15 meetings.
Arrieta's two strongest seasons were 2014, when he broke out, and 2015, when he won NL Cy Young. He was completely locked in throughout 2015 — 22-6, 1.77 ERA, three shutouts, the highest strikeout rate, lowest walk rate and lowest home run rate of his career. It was a truly magical season that extended into the wild-card game, when Arrieta pitched a shutout with 11 strikeouts against the Pirates.
He faced the Phillies three times across those two seasons and allowed four runs in 21 innings. The best start was in June 2014 when he shut the Phils out for seven innings, allowed two hits and struck out nine. The Cubs won 2-1, with the Phils' lone run coming from a Domonic Brown RBI double.
Phillies fans saw the good and the bad of Jay Bruce in 2019. He arrived last June and had a slew of clutch, game-winning hits in his first month. But from July 12 through Sept. 24 as injuries limited him, Bruce went 2 for 42 with 13 strikeouts, three GIDPs and no walks. Both hits were homers.
The Mets absolutely pounded the Phillies from 2014-18, going 62-33 and constantly turning Citizens Bank Park into their own Home Run Derby. Bruce was a big part of that in 2017 with a pair of two-homer games against the Phillies.
On April 10, 2017, Bruce's two homers carried the Mets to a 4-3 win, his second putting them ahead for good in the eighth inning.
Only nine days later, Bruce beat the Phils almost by himself. The Phils led 2-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, when Bruce got Vince Velasquez for a three-run homer. Two innings later, he took Edubray Ramos deep for another game-winning dinger.