Phillies announce Wild Card series roster, Game 1 starting roster


Phillies roster and Game 1 roster set for 2022 NL Wild Card Series.

Red October baseball officially returns Friday afternoon, when the Philadelphia Phillies take on the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

In Game 1, right-hander Zack Wheeler will face left-hander José Quintana – who was linked to the Phillies in trade rumors last summer, before the club instead acquired Noah Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels.

The Phillies’ 26-man Wild Card Series roster will consist of nine right-handers, four left-handers, two receivers, six infielders and five outfielders:

Right-handed pitchers (9):

  • André Bellatti
  • Connor Brodon
  • Seranthony Dominguez
  • Zach Eflin
  • Kyle Gibson
  • Aaron Nola
  • David Robertson
  • Noah Syndergaard
  • Zack Wheeler

Left-handed pitchers (4):

  • Jose Alvarado
  • Bailey Falter
  • Brad’s Hand
  • Ranger Suarez

Seekers (2):

  • JT Realmuto
  • Garrett Stubbs

Infielders (6):

  • Alec Bohm
  • Rhys Hoskins
  • Nick Maton
  • Jean Segura
  • Edmundo Sosa
  • Bryson Stott

Outfielders (5):

  • Nick Castellanos
  • Bryce Harper
  • Brandon Marsh
  • Kyle Schwarber
  • Matt Vierling

Like Gabrielle Starr Remarks, the playoff experience of current Phillies players prior to this past offseason was just 22 games combined. A World Series champion himself, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has since added 84 games of playoff experience via free agency or trade to the Phillies’ roster. Kyle Schwarber — the 2022 National League home run leader and 2016 World Series champion — accounts for 35 of those games.

Schwarber will leave for the Phillies, followed by Rhys Hoskins, JT Realmuto and Bryce Harper in the cleanup position. Matt Vierling will start in center field instead of Brandon Marsh, as the Cardinals starting pitcher is left-handed.

harpist recently told reporters that he’s thrilled to be back in the playoffs. His last appearance was in the 2017 National League Division Series against Schwarber’s former team, the Chicago Cubs. In five games and 23 plate appearances, Harper cut just .211/.304/.421 with a brace, a home run and three RBIs.

Harper has lost all four playoffs he has appeared in so far in his career (all with the Washington Nationals) – the other three being the 2012 NLDS against the Cardinals, the 2014 NLDS against the San Francisco Giants and the NLDS 2016 against the Angeles Los Dodgers.

Certainly, the reigning National League MVP is looking to break the skid and redeem himself against a Cardinals team he lost to as a 19-year-old rookie a decade ago. For the Phillies franchise, they’re looking to make amends against the team that beat them in their last playoff appearance 11 years ago.

Friday’s date is exactly 11 years since Roy Halladay and the Phils fell 1-0 to the Cardinals in the very disappointing and series-deciding NLDS Game 5.


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