MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Philadelphia0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 251
Texas0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 x 470
  W: J. Gray (3-3)   L: Z. Wheeler (6-4)   S: J. Barlow (13)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)2:05 PM CT, June 22, 2022
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 20,704

Phillies bank on Bryce Harper's return vs. Rangers

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Philadelphia Phillies at Texas Rangers

  1. The Rangers took both games from the Phillies on the road on May 3-4. These two teams have played 17 games against each other all-time, with the Phillies winning seven of the first 10 and the Rangers winning the last seven. The last Phillies win was March 31, 2014.
  2. The Phillies are 15-3 (.833) in June and have the third most wins this month behind the Braves and Yankees (16 each). The last time the Phillies won at least 80 percent of their games in a month was May 1976 (22-5, .815)
  3. Kyle Schwarber is hitting .284 in 18 games in June with seven home runs, 14 RBI and 21 runs scored. Since 2017, Schwarber leads all MLB players with 41 home runs in June.
  4. The Rangers split a four-game series at Detroit, winning the first two but losing the last two. After posting the third best record in the AL in May (17-10, .630), the Rangers are tied for the third worst record in the AL in June (7-11, .389).
  5. Corey Seager is hitting .348 (8-for-23) with three home runs and four RBI during his last seven games. He has a home run in each of his last two games. He has had a three-game home run streak three times in his career including one this season from April 28-30.
  6. Adolis Garcia has 14 RBI in June after 14 in April and 17 in May. He is one of four MLB players with at least 14 RBI in each month this season. The others are Pete Alonso, C.J. Cron and Bryce Harper.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/21/2022 thru 6/22/2022

The Philadelphia Phillies, who have dropped back-to-back games for the first time in June, will have Bryce Harper back in the lineup on Wednesday afternoon.

The Texas Rangers, meanwhile, are in an enviable position of having a deep roster that forces manager Chris Woodward to make tough lineup decisions.

The Phillies and Rangers close out their two-game interleague series on Wednesday in Arlington, Texas. The hosts cruised to a 7-0 victory in the opener on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia is 15-4 in June but has lost two straight.

The Phillies have been without Harper since last Friday due to a blister on his left hand. The slugger was available to pinch-hit on Tuesday but wasn't used.

Harper is listed as the team's designated hitter and will bat third in the lineup on Wednesday.

Asked pregame how Harper felt, Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said: "A lot better. Still a little swelling in there, and I really didn't want to irritate it by DHing (him) and having him get ready four times for at-bats."

The Phillies did get another player back in the lineup, as third baseman Johan Camargo returned after being sidelined since June 7 with a right knee strain. Camargo went 0-for-4 against Texas.

Before Tuesday's game, the Rangers reinstated infielder Josh H. Smith and catcher Mitch Garver from the injured list.

Smith started at third base in the series opener and went 1-for-3. Garver finished 0-for-3 as the designated hitter after returning from a two-week absence caused by COVID protocol.

Smith went on the IL on June 4 due to a left shoulder sprain. That same day infield prospect Ezequiel Duran was promoted from Double-A Frisco, and he has impressed, hitting .291 with two homers and eight RBIs in 14 games.

Woodward plans to utilize Smith and Duran at both third base and left field.

"It's a good problem to have," Woodward said Tuesday on his pregame radio show. "We have a lot of good players. Duran will definitely get some playing time. Smith will as well."

Wednesday's pitching matchup of right-handers features the Rangers' Jon Gray (2-3, 4.27 ERA) and the Phillies' Zack Wheeler (6-3, 2.69).

Wheeler will face the Rangers for the second time this season. On May 4, he tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings, striking out seven in a no-decision. He scattered six hits while walking one. The Rangers scored twice in the 10th inning and won 2-1.

In three career starts against Texas, Wheeler is 1-0 with a 0.86 ERA, having yielded just two runs in 21 innings.

Gray will be making his 12th start of the season but just his third at home. In 12 2/3 innings at Globe Life Field, he is 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA. In his nine road starts, he is 1-3 with a 4.47 ERA.

This will be Gray's second meeting with the Phillies. On May 3 at Philadelphia, the veteran was not involved in the decision in the Rangers' 6-4 win. In three innings, he gave up three runs on five hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

Gray is 4-3 with a 4.29 ERA in nine lifetime starts against the Phillies.

Throughout his career, Gray has traditionally pitched better at home. Before signing with the Rangers in the offseason, the 30-year-old was with the Colorado Rockies from 2015-21. His combined home record is 32-18 with a 4.51 ERA, compared to 23-34 and 4.63 ERA away.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 22, 2022

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