The Philadelphia Phillies continue their Spring Training games against the New York Yankees at the George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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The Philadelphia Phillies are 11-12 (.478) in preseason play and are in the middle of the pack in the Grapefruit League. The Phillies are currently 4.5 games behind the league leaders and they entered Thursday’s Spring Training schedule as losers of four consecutive games.

Jerad Eickhoff will open on top of the mound for the Phillies. Eickhoff has started three games in preseason play and he has a record of 0-1 with an ERA of 6.71 and a WHIP of 1.88 in Grapefruit League action. Eickhoff has pitched a total of 5.1 innings and has struck out 11 batters in preseason action

Second baseman Phil Gosselin leads the Phillies with 14 hits in 35 at bats (.400) in preseason action. J.T. Realmuto and Shane Robinson also have 13 and 12 hits, respectively and the two have combines for 11 RBIs and four home runs in Spring Training. Nick Williams leads the team with 9 RBIs and Dylan Cozens has four home runs to pace the Phillies.

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The New York Yankees sit atop the Grapefruit League team standings with a record of 15-7 (.682).  New York currently holds a 1.5 lead over Washington and Miami for the overall lead. Entering Thursday’s games, the Yankees are 10-3 in their last 13 preseason games.

New York’s starter for Friday hasn’t been named yet but the Yankees’ pitching staff has the third best ERA in Spring Training at 3.89 and their WHIP of 1.20 is the best in summer league play. They’ve allowed the fifth least hits among the teams with only 197 hits allowed.

Third baseman Miguel Andujar leads New York with 15 hits in preseason play. Tyler Wade and Greg Bird are adding 14 and 13 hits, respectively and both have combined for 11 RBIs and four home runs. Aaron Judge leads the Yankees with 15 RBIs and six home runs while Luke Voit hs 11 RBIs and four home runs.

Prediction: New  York Yankees. The Yankees have been the best team in the grapefruit league and they’ve done so with excellent pitching a red hot Aaron Judge who has 15 RBIs and 6 home runs. Philadelphia entered Thursday’s schedule with four straight losses and the Phillies have a run differential of -9. The Yankees are on top of the standings and have the best run differential in the preseason at +48.

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