Hamels vs. De La Rosa as Phils Welcome Rockies in For Two

Hamels vs. De La Rosa as Phils Welcome Rockies in For Two

The Phillies return home tonight to Citizens Bank Park under conditions that nicely match their offensive production as of late: crappy. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. says the team is just going to have to work through it, "I think we’ve gotta ride out the storm a little bit and get guys healthy and hope guys start performing a little better."

Ride out the storm, get healthy, and hope. Sounds like my plan for the Day of Rapture on Saturday, minus the get healthy part. Ribeyes and cheese fries for days.

The Phillies welcome the Colorado Rockies (22-18) to town for a quick two-game series before Texas comes in on Friday for four. The Rockies are coming off a two-game sweep of the Giants, beating Tim Lincecum and Jonathan Sanchez while posting way more runs than the Phils did in St. Louis. The Phillies have put up a total of 7 runs over their last four games while the Rockies plated 12 in their last two games alone.

Jorge De La Rosa (5-1, 3.70) will be the first in a string of tough pitchers the Phils are set to face to kick off their homestead. He'll take on Cole Hamels (4-2, 3.19) for the Fightins.

As for Charlie's lineup of the day? Jimmy will once again lead off while Michael Martinez will bat in the two-hole for the second straight evening. Chuck will ride John Mayberry Jr, who gets the start in right and bats fifth as Ryan Howard's protection. Raul, Ruiz, and Valdez will round out the bottom of the order.

First pitch scheduled for 7:05. Bring your poncho and jacket as the skies look rather ominous.

What do you think? What will it take to turn this offense around?

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Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.