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Key games and dates in Phillies' 2019 broadcast schedule

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Key games and dates in Phillies' 2019 broadcast schedule

It's going to be a fun summer filled with electricity at Citizens Bank Park, and you can catch 147 of the Phillies' 162 regular-season games on the NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+, with 12 more airing on NBC10. 

And for the first time ever, Phillies game broadcasts will be available to live stream for authenticated subscribers on the MyTeams app, which you can download here.

The season opener, March 28 at 3:05 p.m. against the Braves, will be on NBC10. 

Game 2, March 30 at 4:05 p.m., will be on NBC Sports Philadelphia+. You can check out the full broadcast schedule here.

Key dates and games

April 2: Bryce Harper returns to Nationals Park for the first time since becoming a Phillie.

April 8: The Nats are in Philly.

April 15-17: The Mets are in town and you could get your first potential matchup between Aaron Nola and Jacob deGrom, if the schedule lines up the right way.

May 13: This begins a grueling stretch for the Phillies, where from May 13-June 2, the Phillies face all NL contenders — four vs. the Brewers, three vs. the Rockies, four at the Cubs, three at the Brewers, three vs. the Cardinals, three at the Dodgers. Talk about an early-season test.

June 14-20: The Phillies have an important seven-game road trip through Atlanta and Washington.

July 7: Final game before the All-Star break. The Phils are at Citi Field.

Aug. 16-18: The Phillies welcome the Padres to town for the first time since Manny Machado signed with San Diego.

Aug. 20-21: Phillies at Red Sox, both games on NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Sept. 9-26: Another very difficult span of games for the Phillies. They'll play 16 straight against contending teams — four at the Braves, two vs. the Red Sox, three at the Braves, three at the Indians, four at the Nationals.

Sept. 29: Final regular-season game of the season, 3:05 p.m. vs. the Marlins on NBCSP.

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At the Yard podcast: 3-batter rule, DH dynamic, NL East predictions

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At the Yard podcast: 3-batter rule, DH dynamic, NL East predictions

Ricky Bottalico and Corey Seidman discuss one big rule change, another on the horizon, and make their NL East predictions in the latest At the Yard podcast.

• How does the new 3-batter rule for relievers change their mentality?

• Which Phillies relievers does it affect the most?

• If the DH does come to the National League in the next two years, how would it help the Phillies?

• Both guys are still vehemently anti-DH.

• Fan Q&A.

• NL East win total predictions.

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The DH sucks but would undoubtedly help the Phillies

The DH sucks but would undoubtedly help the Phillies

The designated hitter coming to the National League is an inevitability. To some, it's a welcome inevitability. Personally, I hate it, but I acknowledge I'm probably outnumbered.

It's not about watching pitchers hit. That is the over-simplified one-line response from DH proponents. It is about many additional elements of strategy not having a DH adds. If you're a pitcher, it affects how you approach the 6-7-8-9 hitters. There is more thinking ahead. 

That goes for managers, too, who face the difficult of question of, "Do I pull Jacob deGrom with two outs and two on in the bottom of the sixth inning in a scoreless game for the extra offense?"

That doesn't happen in the AL. The Justin Verlanders of the world pitch until they're no longer effective. There is no difficult decision for the manager. 

There is also less need for a bench. AL teams sometimes run three-man benches. And plenty of AL bench players exist only as defensive replacements and/or pinch-runners.

But whatever. It's probably coming. Could be coming as early as 2021, according to Jim Bowden.

It would actually benefit the Phillies, though. The Phils face a potential logjam in the corner infield with Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm, Scott Kingery and Jean Segura. Only one of them can play third base. And Hoskins or Bohm would be at first base. If the DH came to the NL in 2021, the Phils could just slot Bohm into that position.

They could also use Hoskins, who isn't exactly an above-average defensive first baseman, as the DH. And toward the end of Bryce Harper's 13-year contract, his days of effective right field defense could be over and that may be the ideal spot for him.

It will be an adjustment when the NL rules change, and there will be some hard feelings, but the baseball world will probaby get over it within a few years. MLB has already adopted the three-batter rule for relievers, altered active rosters to 26 and prevented teams from utilizing their entire 40-man roster in September. These changes, in conjunction, are pretty significant too.

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