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tage this weekend at Citizens Bank Park. The Philadelphia Phillies are just trying to end their season-worst losing streak.The National League East champion Braves and the Phillies open their final regular-season series of 2018 on Friday night in Philadelphia. The Braves (89-70) clinched the division with a win over the Phillies last Saturday and are hoping to gain home-field advantage in the NLDS with a few wins this weekend.Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (12-10 , 2.88 ERA) will be on the mound against Jerad Eickhoff (0-0, 9.00), who is making his first and only start of the year for Philadelphia.Article continues below ...The Braves will most likely face the winner of the NL West in the NLDS next week, and they had the same number record as the West-leading Colorado Rockies after Thursday’s action.The Rockies have surged into first place after sweeping the Phillies, who have completely collapsed in September. The Phillies (78-81), who were in first place and led the Braves by 1 1/2 games on Aug. 5, are 6-19 in September, in the midst of a season-worst eight-game losing streak and have fallen to third place in the division.Philadelphia’s skid started last Thursday in Atlanta, where they were swept by the Braves in a four-game series. The Phillies lost another four games to the Rockies at Coors Field and were outscored on the trip, 60-19.“It’s really bad baseball. There’s no excuse for it , none at all,” Phillies’ first-year manager Gabe Kapler told reporters after a 14-0 loss against Colorado on Wednesday. “We all have to look ourselves in the mirror, individually and collectively, and figure out how to get better. And we have to do it right now.”Foltynewicz faced the Phillies in his last outing, and he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He allowed just two hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings at SunTrust Park, as he helped Atlanta get the win that clinched the division last Saturday.“It was very different knowing what’s at stake, but at the same time you can’t get overhyped, like I tended to do in the past with bigger games,” Foltynewicz told after the win. “To be able to do it in front of our home crowd was pretty special.”Foltynewicz, a first-time All-Star in 2018 Dellin Betances Jersey , has a 2.08 ERA in five starts against the Phillies this season and is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.236 WHIP against the Braves’ divisional foe in 12 career appearances.Eickhoff, meanwhile, will be starting for the first time this year after his season was derailed by injuries. Eickhoff started the season on the disabled list due to a lat strain and his return was set back because of a nerve issue on his right hand. He was activated off the DL earlier this month and has made two appearances out of the bullpen.Eickhoff, 28, made a total of 57 starts for Philadelphia in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He has a lifetime 2.91 ERA against the Braves. Harrison is expected to be the team’s everyday second baseman."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsMLB Trade RumorsDetroit Tigers NewsTigers sign Josh Harrison to one-year deal, per reportNew,252commentsHarrison is expected to be the team’s everyday second baseman.ESTShareTweetShareShareTigers sign Josh Harrison to one-year deal, per reportBenny Sieu-USA TODAY SportsThe Detroit Tigers have signed former Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison pending physical, according to a report from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Financial details of the deal are not yet available, but Harrison is expected to be the team’s every day second baseman.Throughout the offseason Matt Holliday Jersey , Niko Goodrum has been presumed to be the Tigers’ everyday second baseman in 2019. With the signing of Harrison, however, Goodrum will likely return to being the team’s go-to utility player this season. It remains to be seen what this acquisition will mean for Tigers second base prospect Dawel Lugo, acquired in the J.D. Martinez trade in August 2017, not to mention other infielders like Ronny Rodriguez, Gordon Beckham, and Brandon Dixon.While Harrison only played 97 games in 2018, he was a cornerstone in the Pirates infield in his eight seasons in Pittsburgh, especially as the team’s everyday second baseman from 2014 to 2018. Harrison’s best season came in 2014, when he posted 4.8 fWAR Austin Romine Jersey , but his second-best season — a 2.8 fWAR 2017 campaign — came only two years ago. He is a career .277/.317/.408 hitter, and has been worth 11.2 fWAR in his career. Last season’s .250/.293/.363 performance (a 78 wRC+) was Harrison’s worst since 2012, though an early hand injury may have affected him throughout the year.Unfortunately, the strongest memory most Tigers fans will have of Harrison is not a happy one. Harrison’s ninth-inning single on May 18, 2012 spoiled what would have been the third no-hitter of Justin Verlander’s career.Here’s hoping for some similarly pesky at-bats from Harrison in 2019.

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