|The Phillies host the Mets for a pivotal series this weekend. | PHOTO: Len Yancy|
The Phillies welcome the Mets, their division rivals, to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game set starting Friday. The Phils lag the Mets by half a game in the National League East and are looking for their first playoff trip since 2011.
It’s also the annual Phillies Alumni Weekend, so several former players and stars will be in town for the series.
Yes, this weekend is a big deal.
The club will celebrate front office director and club president David Montgomery on Friday. He died in 2019 after a long battle with cancer, but not before spending nearly four decades with the organization, rising through the ranks after starting in ticket sales. Montgomery was honored last year by the Baseball Hall of Fame for his continued dedication to baseball and the growth of the baseball community.
The club will honor former second baseman Manny Trillo on Saturday as a new member of the Wall of Fame. Trillo, who spent four seasons in Philadelphia, was MVP of the 1980 National League Championship Series and played a pivotal role in the first World Series Championship team in franchise history.
The weekend will end on Sunday as the club celebrate Roy Halladay and retire his number 34. Halladay, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019, spent four seasons with the Phillies and won the NL Cy Young Award in 2010. He died in a plane crash in 2017.
The Phillies enter the series on a five-game winning streak. The Mets, meanwhile, have struggled with just three wins in their last ten games.
âWe would love it no matter who we play because these games all matter and whenever you’re on a streak like us you feel great and you are excited to play,â JT Realmuto said after Thursday’s game. . 7-6 victory. “But it’s obviously a big series with the Mets. It’s going to be huge.â¦ He would be a great momentum builder for the rest of the year.”
The Mets will send Marcus Stroman to the mound for Game 1 of the series, while Kyle Gibson will make his home debut for the Phillies.
“It’s good to have momentum, but like I said the momentum starts with the starter the next day. [and] if this continues, “manager Joe Girardi said.” I feel good about Gibby and I’m sure they feel good about Stroman. This should be good.”
The Phillies haven’t been in first place since early May.
âI can’t wait,â said Bryce Harper. “Hope this place rocks, all the way to the top. I’m really excited to see it. Can’t wait to get there on Friday night and go.”