Freddy Galvis went 1-for-5 on Monday, raised batting average to .056

Freddy Galvis went 1-for-5 on Monday, raised batting average to .056

No, the headline was not ripped from The Onion. Nor is the part about manager Ryne Sandberg batting Freddy Galvis second in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 3-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday.

Galvis went into the game with one hit in 31 at bats on the season. Thanks to a third-inning single, he exited 2-for-36, raising his 2014 batting average from .032 to .056.

He still has a long way to go to back to .100, let alone the Mendoza Line.

Even if Galvis continued to hit at that rate of 1-for-5 from here on out, it would take him somewhere between 16 and 20 at bats to get back to .100. If somehow he managed to collect seven base hits in a row starting right now, he could clear .200 in two short games!

As for batting Galvis second, Sandberg explained to reporters that he wanted to get Galvis into some better "situational hitting" spots in an effort to break his 0-for-23 slump entering the contest. In a way, it worked I suppose, since he did pick up a base hit.

Then again, he’s not necessarily out of the woods just yet. Galvis went down in his next three at trips to the plate, including the final out of the game.

That extra AB sure helped.

You don’t have to be Matt Stairs in the Phillies broadcast booth to tell the 24-year-old looks lost at the dish. The question is what it will take for him to break out of it.

Nobody was ever expecting Galvis to be a plus-hitter or anything, but this is getting ridiculous even for him. He was a lifetime .230 hitter in two seasons coming into ’14. Now his career average is beginning to crash, too, down to .216.

It’s quite clear Galvis could benefit from some time at Triple A to get the kinks worked out. Or perhaps he doesn’t belong in the Majors at all.

Yet Galvis will get the start at shortstop again on Tuesday in place of an injured Jimmy Rollins. Unfortunately, the Phillies need Galvis for his glove right now, but can they continue to overcome his bat?

The Sixers are for real (and Sam Hinkie had nothing to do with it)

The Sixers are for real (and Sam Hinkie had nothing to do with it)

The biggest sports story in town is the Sixers, winners of 4 of 5 and an exhilarating team on the floor, led by a superstar player who seems to actually get us as a fan base. And to think, all it took to bring us to this point was getting rid of Sam Hinkie.

Look at what a dark place the Sixers were in a year ago. They were in last place, with the league’s worst roster and no hope for the future except for a bunch of ill-defined future draft picks. And they were led by a general manager with absolutely zero interest in winning, explaining himself, or (worst of all) appearing on the WIP Morning Show. 

But now, there’s hope. Joel Embiid is the real deal. The supporting cast is rapidly improving, with guys like T.J. McConnell, Robert Covington and Dario Saric looking like valuable supporting players, and Ben Simmons joining them very soon. 

I know the Hinkie apologists are going to say these improvements are because of him and that he deserves credit -- please. To credit Hinkie with drafting Joel Embiid is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of in all my years of watching Philadelphia sports. We all know Hinkie wanted Andrew Wiggins -- therefore, he gets no credit for drafting Embiid. And as Bob Brookover pointed out last week, Embiid is a Sixer because of luck.  

Ben Simmons, of course, was drafted by Bryan Colangelo, who also acquired the best Sixer since Thaddeus Young, Ersan Ilyasova. And if the two first-round picks next year turn out to be stars, Colangelo will get credit for those, too

Hinkie did things like draft three centers in a  row, take Jahlil Okafor over Kristaps Porzingis, trade valuable players like Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels for nothing, and sign no veterans at all for three years. 

Joel Embiid is a winner, Sam Hinkie is a loser, and that’s all there is to it.  

In other Sixers news, it was nice to see Simmons warming up on the court last week against Boston- when Embiid did that, it meant he was 16-18 months away from returning to action. In the last two years, the Sixers lead the league in pre-game social media posts featuring players who aren’t active for that night’s game. 

And speaking of records, congrats to Nerlens Noel for breaking Shane Victorino’s longstanding local athlete record for use of “you know” in a single interview, when he talked to Woj last week

Other Philly sports takes: 

The Cowboys’ loss to the Packers on Sunday proves two things: Dak Prescott is a fraud, and the Cowboys were never very good anyway. The only reason they went 13-3 was the easy schedule. 

Can you believe Allen Iverson getting photographed in a Cowboys jersey? Doesn’t he know the rules? If you play in Philly, you must root for every one of the city’s teams, regardless of circumstance, for the rest of your life. 

Even so, shame on the Knicks’ Derrick Rose for no-showing a game. If you want to be a legendary NBA guard, you’re supposed to skip PRACTICES, not games. Not a game. 

Angelo made a good point: Embiid is so perfect as a Philadelphia athlete that it makes me notice how much Carson Wentz isn’t. Hunting trips? Shotgun gifts? Getting locked in a gas station bathroom? That’s just not cutting it. Carson, immediately, needs to start drinking Shirley Temples, imitating pro wrestler entrances, and insulting porn stars on Instagram, or else I fear he won’t last in this town. 

Another good column by Marcus Hayes -- the Eagles must sacrifice multiple draft picks to trade up for wide receiver Mike Williams. Whatever it takes. 

Come on Eagles- no room on the staff for either of Buddy’s sons? How about both? 

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time in program history

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Penn State men's hockey ranked No. 1 for first time in program history

At 16-2-1, Penn State's men's hockey team is ranked first in the nation for the first time in program history.

The Nittany Lions have improved each of the last four years under head coach Guy Gadowsky. 

Their record by year:

      2013-14: 8-26-2
      2014-15: 18-15-4
Last season: 21-13-4
This season: 16-2-1

Penn State received 30 of 50 first-place votes in the USCHO Division I poll. Denver is ranked No. 2, followed by Boston University, Minnesota-Duluth and Massachusetts-Lowell (see USCHO poll).

Penn State was ranked fourth last week before sweeping Michigan State.