Dana Lane's Philadelphia Phillies vs. Texas Rangers 'Bookie Crusher'
Texas Rangers (0-0) vs Philadelphia Phillies (0-0)
Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 4:05 pm
A top-tier pitching matchup headlines the season opener between the visiting Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers on Thursday in Arlington, Texas.
The Phillies will turn to right-hander Aaron Nola, while the rebuilding Rangers will start their new ace, right-hander Jacob deGrom, who signed a five-year, $185 million contract during the offseason.
Nola, who went 11-13 with a 3.25 ERA over 32 starts last season, is making his sixth straight Opening Day start for the defending National League champion Phillies. His six straight Opening Day starts rank third in team history, behind Hall of Famers Robin Roberts (12 in 1950-61) and Steve Carlton (10 in 1977-1986).
This is a huge season for Nola, who turns 30 in June. He's entering the final year of a five-year, $56.75 million deal and could be among the sport's most coveted free agents at season's end. Nola and the Phillies recently halted talks regarding a contract extension, with the sides agreeing to resume them next offseason.
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