Phillies pitcher Kyle Gibson takes the mound for the Philadelphia Phillies against the Oakland Athletics in the second game of the season. Gibson, traded midway through last season, struggled with the Phillies over 11 starts. After a 153 ERA+ in 19 starts with the Texas Rangers, Gibson struggled to a 82 ERA+ in Philadelphia. Looking at Gibson’s past statistics, his career ERA+ is closer to sub-100. In essence, Gibson has only had three out of nine seasons with an ERA+ over 100. Maybe we were expecting too much out of him?
Third basemen Bryson Stott received the start at third base instead of incumbent Alec Bohm. Stott picked up his first major league hit with a single in the bottom of the sixth.
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (1-0): Kyle Gibson (10-9, 3.71 ERA in 2021)
OAKLAND ATHLETICS (0-1): Cole Irvin (10-15, 4.24 ERA in 2021)
BETTING ODDS FOR ATHLETICS / PHILLIES
Philadelphia Phillies -263
Oakland Athletics +185
The Phillies offense exploded for five quick runs on Friday in their Season Opener. Kyle Schwarber led off the Phillies power with a leadoff homerun. Reigning Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper added a double on some aggressive base running.
The Oakland Athletics struggled at the plate which is to be expected. A ragtag lineup that has been decimated by organization trades met expectations on Friday with their lack of production.
Despite being heavy favorites and not much winnings available, the Philadelphia Phillies are the pick at -263.
GAME DETAILS FOR ATHLETICS / PHILLIES
Date and Time: April 9th, 2022 at 4:05 PM EST
How To Watch: MLB.tv / NBCSCA / NBCSP+
Bryson Stott notches his first hit as a major leaguer in his first game in the Show! pic.twitter.com/BWGw9OAQXk — NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 8, 2022
Kyle Schwarber has one at-bat as a Phillie and one home run. https://t.co/W1qxBiGuiK — Phillies Nation (@PhilliesNation) April 8, 2022
Is Mae’s tail wagging, @jaymehoskins? pic.twitter.com/OCVnKrVCHu — Phillies Nation (@PhilliesNation) April 8, 2022
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