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?

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?

Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.

Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.

Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."

If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.


Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.

Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.

"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag. 

“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”