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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches in the second inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game One of the Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

One win down, 3 more to go in the NLCS. The Phillies jumped on the Diamondbacks in game 1, hanging 5 runs, including 3 solo HRs, on the Ace Zac Gallen. Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber, and Nick Castellanos all hit homers off of Zac fallen in the first two innings. They get right back to it tonight though, with Aaron Nola set up to duel Merrill Kelly.

Kelly entered the playoffs with a 3.29 ERA. And he has continued to pitch well in the playoffs. He never faced the Brewers after the Dbacks beat them in just 2 games. But he pitched 6.1 shutout innings against the Dodgers, on the way to a 11-2 game 1 win. He has been resting for 8 days in between starts. And he has been as good as it gets this whole season when he gets that type of rest. In 5 starts with at least 6 days of rest, he had a 1.84 ERA.  

Merrill Kelly has been in the league since 2019, but has only faced the Phillies 3 times. And two of those times came in his rookie season. His first outing, in Philly, he shut the Phillies out across 7.2 innings. The next time he gave up 3 runs over 6 innings. So when he faced them in Arizona this season, it was the first time he pitched against the Phillies in 4 seasons. In it, he gave up 3 runs in 6 innings, including a solo shot by JT Realmuto.  

So his sample size against the Phillies is small. In fact, only one guy on the team has more than 10 at bats against Merrill Kelly. Trea Turner faced him a lot in his 1.5 seasons with the Dodgers and hit him pretty well. But despite the small sample sizes, how have the Phillies hit against the tough righty?  

Let’s look at how every Phillies hitter has performed against Merrill Kelly in the past: 

  • Kyle Schwarber

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 11: Kyle Schwarber #12 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning in Game Three of the Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .143/.250/.143/.393

    1 for 7, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 Ks

  • Trea Turner

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 11: Trea Turner #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the sixth inning in Game Three of the Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .429/.500/.571/.1.071

    9 for 21, 0 HRs, 3 2Bs, 0 3B, 6 RBIs, 3 BBs, 3 Ks

  • Bryce Harper

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 11: Bryce Harper #3 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a three run home run against Bryce Elder #55 of the Atlanta Braves during the third inning in Game Three of the Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .200/.333/.200/.533 

    1 for 5, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 1 BB, 0 Ks 

  • Alec Bohm

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 07: Alec Bohm #28 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on during the fourth inning against the Atlanta Braves during Game One of the Division Series at Truist Park on October 07, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    Has Not Faced Merrill Kelly 

  • Bryson Stott

    Bryson Stott

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    .333/.333/1.000/1.333

    1 for 3, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 1 3B, 0 RBIS, 0 BB, 0 Ks

  • J.T. Realmuto

    ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 09: J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a two-run home run in the third inning against the Atlanta Braves during Game Two of the Division Series at Truist Park on October 09, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia.

    (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

    .333/.333/.778/1.111

    3 for 9, 1 HR, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 RBIs, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Nick Castellanos

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 11: Nick Castellanos #8 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates after hitting asolo home run against the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning in Game Three of the Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 3, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 2 Ks

  • Brandon Marsh

    PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - OCTOBER 11: Brandon Marsh #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a single against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning in Game Three of the Division Series at Citizens Bank Park on October 11, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

    .000/.000/.000/.000

    0 for 2, 0 HRs, 0 2Bs, 0 3Bs, 0 RBIs, 0 BBs, 1 K

  • Johan Rojas

    Johan Rojas

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    Has Not Faced Merrill Kelly

  • Totals

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 07: Merrill Kelly #29 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game One of the Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 07, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

    (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    .288/.354/.441/.795

    17 for 59, 1 HR, 4 2Bs, 1 3B, 10 RBIs, 6 BBs, 14 Ks

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