Roy Halladay vs. the Mets. That just rolls of the tongue quite nicely, and Doc's stats last season against them back up that warm and fuzzy feeling. Halladay was 4-0 against the Mets last season in four starts in which he had 28 strikeouts to only 2 walks. Pretty good ratio, that.
Roy is coming off a solid first start of the season in which he gave up only five hits over six innings on the way to a no decisions despite the Phillies winning the game. Two of those five hits came off of the hot bat of one goateed Brett Myers. Hopefully Roy can find a way to keep Mets' starter Jon Niese off the base paths this afternoon.
Niese has had some success against the Phillies over his career. He's 1-1 in three career starts against Philadelphia, with his last victory against them coming in April of 2010 when he threw seven strong.
The only lineup change this afternoon for the Phillies is Charlie flip-flopping Raul and Benny in the five and six holes. Both players have swung a nice bat to start the season.
The Mets will have the potent 5-6 combo of Angel Pagan and Lucas Duda in their order this afternoon.
If the Phils can get the win today, they'll head off to Atlanta with a 5-1 record to start the season. I'd call that a very successful home stand. Hopefully the first of many this year. With Doc on the hill, I like their chances.
First pitch scheduled for 3:05. We're down at the ballpark so feel free to chat along in the comments.
Put a Ring On It
Ryan Howard and his girlfriend of three years, Eagles cheerleader Krystal Campbell, recently got engaged. No word on how big of a piece The Big Piece got her.
Charlie Manuel said today that he doesn't expect Brad Lidge back until “probably looking at maybe All-Star break or just before that.”
Ben Simmons is on track to return to the Sixers in January, Brett Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday.
Previous reports indicated that Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in the Sixers' final training camp scrimmage on Sept. 30, would be out three months. Friday's news jives with that, but this is the first time the Sixers have given a timetable.
"It's not doom and gloom," Brown said. "Ben is coming back in January. We are still trying to find information on Jerryd (Bayless). Jahlil (Okafor) is still trying to touch the court in his first preseason game."
With long-term ramifications in mind, there had been some speculation that Simmons' camp wanted him to sit all season.
This is rather encouraging news and it means the Sixers may avoid watching another of their top picks miss his entire first year.
Playoff soccer is returning to Chester for the first time in five years, and while fans prep for the Union’s first postseason games since 2011, there is no shortage of seating options for Union tickets on the primary market.
Perhaps most importantly, fans won’t have to break the bank to be on hand as the Union compete for their first MLS Cup in franchise history. Union field level seats are available for both the team’s final home regular season game against the New York Red Bulls and the Eastern Conference Semifinal on October 30 should they advance past the knockout round.
The team’s official website lists feet-on-the-pitch seating starting from $155 per ticket for this weekend’s game against the Red Bulls. The first-place Red Bulls head to Talen Energy Stadium with a first-round bye secured, but Union head coach Jim Curtin expects them to bring the pressure with them on Sunday. Fans can look on up close – and for relatively cheap - as the Union look to hand the Eastern Conference leaders their final loss of the regular season.
The Union will take on either New York City FC or Toronto FC in the knockout round either next Wednesday or Thursday. Pending a victory on the road, they’ll return to Talen Energy Stadium to host an Eastern Conference Semifinal game on October 30. Field level seating is still widely available for the team’s first home playoff game since 2011 and start from $178 per ticket.
2016 marks the franchise’s second MLS Cup Playoffs berth in its seven-year existence. They clinched a first-round bye in 2011 but fell to the Houston Dynamo by a 3-1 aggregate in the Conference Semifinals. The Union bring a much different vibe into the playoffs this season, however, after a formidable stretch from September on nearly drowned their postseason hopes. The team won its last game on August 27 against Sporting Kansas City, losing four games and drawing in two others since.
Despite the team’s recent struggles, there is a sense of renewment that will carry them into the MLS Cup Playoffs. Records are cast aside and the slate is wiped clean, beginning a new path on the long and often tumultuous road to a national championship.