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Phillies and White Sox set to battle in Sunday Interleague series finale

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Citizens Bank Park will be the scene of Interleague action on Sunday

The Philadelphia Phillies (58-52) held on for a 3-2 victory over the visiting Chicago White Sox (47-61) on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

With that win, the Phillies moved back into a tie with their NL East Division rivals, the Washington Nationals, for the second National League Wildcard spot.
The Phillies and Nationals are each six games behind the Atlanta Braves in the loss column in the race for the NL East Division crown.
Beating teams like the White Sox is imperative to any hope that the Phillies might have of ending their eight-year stretch of missing the playoffs.
The Chisox are one of the half-dozen worst teams in the game, both by record and by any statistical evaluation. Picking up a victory on Sunday would give the Phillies two of three here, winning the series. That is the minimum they must accomplish against losing teams. So, that makes this afternoon’s contest of great importance to the home squad.

SUNDAY STARTING LINEUPS

PHILLIES

  1. Corey Dickerson LF
  2. Jean Segura SS
  3. Bryce Harper RF
  4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
  5. J.T. Realmuto C
  6. Cesar Hernandez 2B
  7. Scott Kingery 3B
  8. Drew Smyly P
  9. Roman Quinn CF

WHITE SOX

  1. Leury Garcia CF
  2. Tim Anderson SS
  3. Jose Abreu 1B
  4. Jon Jay RF
  5. Eloy Jimenez LF
  6. Ryan Goins 3B
  7. James McCann C
  8. Yolmer Sanchez 2B
  9. Reynaldo Lopez P

SHIBE VINTAGE SPORTS STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP

Phillies – Drew Smyly: 1-0, 0.69 ERA, 1.91 FIP, 0.846 WHIP, 8 hits over 13 IP across two starts with a 13/3 K:BB
White Sox – Reynaldo Lopez: 5-9, 5.43 ERA, 5.10 FIP, 1.464 WHIP, 136 hits over 124.1 IP across 22 starts with a 117/46 K:BB

PHILLIES NUGGETS PREGAME NOTES

  • The Phillies will honor the 2009 National League Champions with a reunion this afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.
  • Phillies enter play today with a 24-13 record during day baseball and their .649 winning percentage in the afternoon ranks 2nd among all National League clubs and 4th in the majors.
  • Since the start of the 2018 season, the Phillies are 20-12 in Interleague play and their .625 winning percentage is T-3rd-best in MLB.
  • Phillies are 50-13 this season when they score at least four runs in a game and their .794 winning % when doing so is 2nd-best in the National League and 5th in the majors. The club’s .794 winning % when scoring four or more would be their highest in a single season since 2011 when they went 72-13.
  • Realmuto currently ranks 11th among all National League position players with 3.3 WAR this season (Fangraphs). The Phillies have not had a position player finish in the top 10 in the NL in WAR since 2011 when Shane Victorino posted a 5.6 WAR in 132 games. In 27 games since June 29, Realmuto is slashing .308/.330/.529 with 17 R, 13 XBH (8 2B, 5 HR) and 19 RBI.
  • The Phillies demoted third baseman Maikel Franco to Triple-A Lehigh Valley prior to today’s game. The presumption is that Scott Kingery will play the position for most of the rest of the season. Adam Haseley will rotation in the outfield with Quinn and Dickerson, as well as Jay Bruce once he is healthy.

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Nationals Deal Top Prospects to White Sox for Adam Eaton

Numerous reliable sources were reporting late this afternoon that the Washington Nationals had finally struck at baseball’s Winter Meetings. The deal has since been confirmed by the two teams.
All the previous rumors here had the Nats going after a starting pitcher. It turns out that they instead have apparently dealt away the future of their rotation for a hitter.
The Nationals have obtained outfielder Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox. In exchange, Washington is sending three of their top prospects to the Chisox.
Heading to the South Side of Chicago are Lucas GiolitoReynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning. Giolito is listed by most prospect evaluation resources as the Nationals top prospect.
An important part of the process we are pursuing is acquiring quality pitching talent. We feel like we’ve done that today—and yesterday—en masse,” White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement per Baseball America’s Kyle Glaser“Giolito and Lopez rank among the top prospects in baseball, while Dunning is another young prospect who possesses front-of-the-rotation potential.”

WHO IS ADAM EATON?

Let’s get this out of the way with: Eaton is not the former pitcher who had a 10-year big league career over the entirety of the last decade. There is no relation between the two same-named players.
This Adam Eaton was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft out of Miami University (Ohio) in the 19th round.
The White Sox obtained Eaton in a December 2013 three-team trade with the Dbacks and Los Angeles Angels. In that deal, Mark Trumbo and A.J. Schugel went to Arizona, with Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs going to the Halos.
Eaton was inserted into the Chisox starting lineup almost immediately. Over his three seasons in Chicago, Eaton has become one of baseball’s most anonymous stars.
In those seasons, Eaton has hit .290 with a .362 on-base percentage. He has scored 265 runs, rapped out 83 doubles, and homered 14 times in each of the last two seasons. He has also stolen 47 bases, and led the AL in triples in both 2014 and 2016.
Eaton is also one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. He was a Gold Glove Award finalist this year for his play in right field after previously being a finalist in 2014 for his work in center field.

The @Nationals (reportedly) get a CF who can hit a homer while BLOWING BUBBLES: http://atmlb.com/2hl7cUo  

WHITE SOX PROSPECT HAUL

The arms headed to Chicago in this deal rank as the #1, 3 and 6 prospects of the Nationals by MLB Pipeline, with Giolito ranking as the #3 prospect overall in the entire game.
Giolito is a 22-year old right-hander who was the Nationals first round pick at 16th overall in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of a Los Angeles high school.
Over five minor league seasons, Giolito has gone 25-15 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.192 WHIP. He has allowed 317 hits over 369 innings with a 397/123 K:BB ratio.
Giolito received his first shot at the big leagues this past summer as well. Over six games, four of them starts, he allowed 26 hits over 21.1 innings, striking out 11 and walking 10 batters.
Lopez turns 23 years old in January, and signed with the Nats as an international free agent out of his native Dominican Republic back in 2012. He also debuted this year, allowing 47 hits over 44 innings in 11 games, six of those starts.
Dunning turns 22 years old in two weeks, and was the Nationals first round pick this past summer at 29th overall in the MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Florida.
This seems like a heavy price to pay by the Nationals. They certainly shored up their center field position, adding another dynamic player to their lineup. Eaton has 15.3 WAR value over the last three seasons.
However, the Nats also gave up a huge piece of their future pitching puzzle. True, their best short term window may close after two more years. But you would think that the club hopes to not go completely into the tank before winning again after that.
Also, the club has other needs. They still could use a proven closer, and also perhaps another starting pitcher. Apparently not every Nationals player is happy with the deal.

On other hand, one  player sent me this text: “WTF?!?!” Team still needs closer. Likely out on big two. Melancon, Davis off board.