Doc vs. Rock: Halladay and Hudson Bring Another Possible Pitchers Duel

Doc vs. Rock: Halladay and Hudson Bring Another Possible Pitchers Duel

So, yesterday's outing was pretty frustrating, with Joe Blanton giving up homers to the first two batters he faced and the Phillies getting no-everything'd through five innings. Joey B settled down after the first, but the Phils wilted under the weight of a brilliant Jair Jurrjens start. A late-inning comeback attempt fell short while the Braves expanded their lead as the middle relief trio of JC Romero, Kyle Kendrick, and Danys Baez combined to walk four batters and give up four hits in just two total innings. And to top it off Starks got ejected Shane Victorino got nicked up.

The good news is we have a doctor in the house today, with Roy Halladay set to face Tim Hudson in the rubber match.

Hudson's having a solid season so far, including a win over the Phillies in early April. The Fightins hung eight hits on him, but only three runs. Hudson is coming off of a loss to the Nationals, but his previous start was a complete game shutout of the Brewers.

Not long after the bottom of the lineup got Carlos Ruiz back, the top of the lineup will be without Victorino for a bit, although he's not expected to go on the DL. Michael Martinez will replace him in the lineup, with John Mayberry Jr. getting the start in right field and batting seventh, per Ryan Lawrence.  

With both staffs boasting some serious pitching, the season series should be pretty interesting and tough to predict. The Phillies' rivalry with the Braves is based on more than regional hate, and we're in a pretty good chapter of it.

It's also the MLB's Civil Rights Game. Not exactly sure why the teams wore their Negro League throwbacks yesterday and will wear modified 1974 throwbacks today, but that is the case. If anyone knows, feel free to let us know in the comments. Both sets of unis look pretty sweet, so no complaints here. Love the ol' powder blues...

I've recovered just enough from an afternoon and evening spent drinking away the Phillies' and Union's inept offensive efforts (thanks, Troegs Flying Mouflan!) to ya know, start drinking and watching baseball again. Enjoy your Sunday.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P