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Gamethread 7/20: Phillies at Yankees

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The return of the 2009 rivalry

MLB: New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the Phillies get an extra hitter. Thanks to the game being played in the Bronx, the Phillies will have the ability to use a designated hitter instead of batting the pitcher at the bottom. This can help avoid unnecessary double switches and help add more offense to the lineup. It’s a win-win!

The DH still shouldn’t be in the National League.

The Phillies and Yankees go at it for a brief two game series in New York. Both teams still have starters out on the Covid list, New York being hit harder. The Phillies welcome back one of those players tonight in the form of their pitcher. Here are the lineups. For the Phillies:

Aaron Nola is on the bump, taking on a Yankees lineup that is missing a large piece. Here is that lineup for the Yankees:

Domingo German goes for the Yankees, meaning the Phillies will avoid Gerrit Cole in both series against the Yankees this year. This is a good thing.

Let’s talk about it.