Phils, likely without Bryce Harper, close out first half vs. Marlins

Phillies‘ 13-game road win streak – which matched the franchise record set in 1976 – is over

More importantly, Philliesthose who travel miami marlins Will want to make sure star DH Bryce Harper is healthy, set for Sunday’s deciding three-game series

Harper, who had elbow surgery in November, did not make his 2023 MLB debut until May 2. Then, in the third inning of Philadelphia’s 5–3 loss to Miami on Saturday, Harper was hit by a pitch that had to be surgically repaired. .right elbow.

Harper, who was hit by a 90-mph sinker from Braxton Garrett, remained in the game until he was substituted for a pinch hitter in the fifth.

After the game, Harper said he was fine. X-rays were negative, although it is unlikely he will play on Sunday.

Harper said, “I don’t like getting hit.” “I don’t think anybody likes to be beaten. But it certainly could have been worse.”

meanwhile, marlins – who finished 24 games less than .500 last year – are one of the surprise teams in baseball this season

They head into Tuesday’s All-Star Game in a wild-card playoff position under rookie manager Skip Shoemaker, who is in line for postseason rewards if his team can keep this momentum going.

When asked about Miami’s 52–39 record, Shoemaker said, “The first half went really well.” “I think the most important part for a novice manager and his staff is having buy-in and believing that we can win.

“We all rely on each other and that’s been the No. 1 goal for me.”

marlins There are two All-Stars in second baseman Luis Araz, who leads the majors with a .388 batting average, and outfielder Jorge Soler, who hit his team-high 23rd homer on Saturday.

Shoemaker said, “Solar has been a monster.” “He’s batting really well and looks very calm in the box. He looks very ready to crush the ball.”

Miami’s bullpen, which pitched four scoreless innings on Saturday, has been solid. For example, Tanner Scott holds the franchise record for most strikeouts (64) by a reliever before the All-Star Game.

marlins Closer AJ Puck, who made his 15th save on Saturday, needs to feel a little more confident. He had missed chances to defend in his last two matches and conceded five runs in two innings.

“It’s always good to get back out there after some tough times and get the result you hope for,” Pook said.

Sunday will feature a pitching matchup marlins Against lefty Jesus Luzardo (7-5, 3.32 ERA) Phillies Right-hander Aaron Nola (8-5, 4.30)

Luzardo, who leads the marlins Miami starters have suffered in wins and tops in ERA. Phillies four times. He is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA against them.

is 5-9 with a 3.32 ERA in 21 starts against NOLA marlins, This season, his ERA was 3.58 for April, 4.93 for May, and 4.06 for June, but he is 1–0 with a 1.23 ERA in July.

If Nola doesn’t throw a complete game on Sunday, then Phillies Could turn into a solid bullpen that had a 26-inning scoreless streak that ended Saturday

–Field Level Media

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