Hope you've got a barbecue or somewhere to be to today, otherwise you might be tempted to witness a train wreck. That's how it went down for the Phillies on Tuesday night anyway, as the Mets thumped them 11-1 -- and it could have been a lot worse. No more analysis needed than that. They stink something awful right now.
Still two more to go before the club can make their escape from New York though. Your pitching matchups are below for the Independence Day matinee.
Cliff Lee (0-5, 4.13), what else is there really left to say? You can't lose complete faith in the guy, because he's battled periods in his career like this before. He's prone to incredible streakiness, so a stretch of dominance always seems like it's right around the corner for this guy. Hard to be confident at the moment though when he's this close to reaching the break without a win.
The Mets call on Chris Young (2-1, 3.30). The former All Star has been battling injuries for years, but the Mets are hoping he is finally healthy. So far, so good through five starts this season, which is already the most he's pitched since 2009. The Phillies saw the 6'10" righthander twice last season, and did not fare well. Young was 1-0 and allowed one earned run over 12.1 innings of work.
Even if you don't enjoy the Phillies, enjoy the holiday.
CHESTER, Pa. -- With little to gain in the Eastern Conference playoff picture, the Union went into Sunday’s match looking for a spark.
Instead, they found more of the same.
Bradley Wright-Phillips continued his scoring dominance over MLS, as the Red Bulls easily dispatched the lifeless Union, 2-0, in the regular season finale at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Union, who have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011, enter the postseason riding a seven-game winless run and three-game losing streak. They will face Toronto FC in a one-game playoff at BMO Field on Wednesday or Thursday.
The Red Bulls clinched a first-round BYE and the No. 1 seed in the East.
With the playoffs practically clinched heading into the match, Union manager Jim Curtin selected to start Roland Alberg for Tranquillo Barnetta, Fabian Herbers for C.J. Sapong and Eric Ayuk for Chris Pontius.
But the fresh legs wouldn’t help the Union, as Wright-Phillips notched his 24th goal of the season in the 26th minute. Aurelien Collin split the Union defense with a brilliant pass that broke the MLS leading scorer on a breakaway. Chipping the ball over an aggressive Andre Blake, Wright-Phillips followed up the volley for the 1-0 Red Bulls lead.
Alex Muyl doubled the Red Bulls’ lead in the 57th minute.
Though he didn’t need the scoring effort on Sunday, for the second time in three seasons, Wright-Phillips won the MLS Golden Boot for the most goals, edging out New York City FC’s David Villa. Luis Robles earned the five-save shutout.
While Carson Wentz may not have got a failing grade for his play on the field against the Vikings on Sunday, he bombed the sartorial decision he made postgame.
Wentz wore a bold blue check sports coat over what looked like an Under Armour v-neck.
The consensus on TV and Twitter may have been that Wentz bombed, there was one big supporter in the locker room.
According to a source, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie actually complimented Wentz on the blazer after the win.
Future Phillie Mike Trout was loving the Eagles win, sung the fight song
Grading the Eagles' 21-10 win over the Vikings