The long-awaited and often-postponed Yankees-Phillies 2020 season series will finally end tonight, with the Yankees looking to take three out of four from the Phillies. The Yankees won in New York on Monday and split a doubleheader yesterday. Fortunately, we’re back to full nine-inning baseball tonight from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies will be wearing their retro, powder blue uniforms tonight, which is either a good or bad thing depending on your tastes.
Jordan Montgomery will toe the slab for the Yankees in his second start of the season. He threw 5.2 innings of one-run baseball vs. the Red Sox last Friday, and should see his pitch limit rise from 81 to a more regular 90+ range. Montgomery’s fastball velocity was up a few ticks in his season debut and during summer camp, and his changeup and curve looked sharp. He’ll face a powerful Phillies lineup in a hitter’s ballpark tonight in the series finale.
For the Phillies, Zach Eflin will make his season debut tonight, at long last. The MLB season is officially two weeks old today, but this is Eflin’s first start thanks to the Phillies having missed eight games due to rain or COVID-related postponements. Eflin is a sinker-slider guy, but averages almost 94 mph on his fastball. A 6’6”, 220-pound righty, Eflin has faced the Yankees once before, and was dazzling, tossing seven shutout innings vs. the Bombers in 2018 (a game I had the misfortune of attending). We’ll see if the Yankees can figure him out today.
How to watch:
Location: Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
First pitch: 6:05 p.m. EDT
TV broadcast: YES
Radio broadcast: WFAN 660/101.9 FM
Online Stream: Fox Sports Go