Phillies Will Test Recent Surge Versus AL-Best Rays

Philadelphia Phillies And tampa bay rays They are dueling rollercoasters in a three-game series starting Tuesday afternoon in St. Petersburg, Florida

since the 2008 World Series Phillies beat tampa bay in five games rays Have won 12 of the 19 games between the two East Division clubs in the opposing league, including the last seven matchups

After a poor start, he went seven games under .500 on June 2 Phillies National League wild-cards racing toward contention

Despite losing 5–4 on Sunday to the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia went on to an 18–8 mark in June after winning only 10 of 26 in May.

The battle in the NL East is fierce. The Atlanta Braves have the best record in baseball, but manager Rob Thomson’s group in Philadelphia’s hot June is well behind the second-place Miami Marlins.

However, his progress faltered at the weekend when he dropped two out of three starts on home ground at the Nationals.

on Sunday PhilliesNick Castellanos was named an NL All-Star for the second time, also in 2021 during his final season with the Cincinnati Reds.

After suffering a disastrous first season with PhilliesThe South Florida native is hitting .316 with 50 runs scored, 12 home runs and 54 RBI, almost equal to last year’s run production.

“Last year, I was not comfortable or relaxed in any part of my surroundings,” Castellanos said. “Also, building relationships with my coworkers, the city, the media. You know? I didn’t really have a grasp on all of that. I’m someone who[needs]to be connected.”

In the series opener, Aaron Nola (7–5, 4.51 ERA) would pitch against it for the third time in his career. rays, The right-hander is 0-2 with a 3.72 ERA over his last two starts. rays

Tampa Bay goes 3-3 on their recent road trips against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners after splitting a six-game homestand against the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals.

The American League East leaders have posted a 6–8 record since June 17, but have managed to maintain a comfortable lead over the second-place Orioles. He has been passed by the Atlanta Braves for the best record in baseball.

East Phillies Right-hander Zach Aflin will be on the field. rays to begin a week-long homestand that also includes a visit from the Braves

Eflin (9-3, 3.29) will make his 16th start in a breakout 2023 campaign and his first against the club he spent seven seasons posting a 36-45 record with a 4.49 ERA.

The 29-year-old Eflin’s presence has grown in importance as the staff, which was the backbone of a 13-game winning streak at the start of the season, has fallen short after the club went 22-6 in April.

Although former ace Tyler Glasnow is back from an oblique injury, front-end rotation starters Jeffrey Springs (Tommy John surgery) and Drew Rasmussen (elbow flexor strain) are out indefinitely.

Ace Shane McClanahan (Mid-Back Tightness) was named an AL All-Star on Sunday but likely won’t attend the game. He and fellow lefty starter Josh Fleming (elbow) are on the injured list.

“I’m speechless,” McClanahan said of the nod for his second AL All-Star. “It’s one of those things you dream about as a kid. I’m really honored to see it happen again.”

–Field Level Media