Hamels vs. Kuroda As Reserves Get Chance to Prove Their Worth

Hamels vs. Kuroda As Reserves Get Chance to Prove Their Worth

Cole Hamels (7-2, 2.83) is coming off one of his tougher losses of the season, not because he pitched poorly, quite the contrary. Hamels threw eight innings of one hit, one run ball in Pittsburgh, but the offense failed to support him as the team fell 2-1.

The Phillies will turn to Hamels tonight to help them bounce back from a frustrating loss on Tuesday. He has nice career numbers against the Dodgers, with a 5-0 record and 2.52 ERA in eight starts including the postseason. Cole is looking for his eighth win of the season, which would tie him with Roy Halladay and two others for the league lead.

The struggling offense, which is without Utley and Rollins in the starting lineup tonight, will face Hiroki Kuroda (5-6, 3.46) for L.A. Kuroda has struggled in his past few outings, but has tremendous career numbers against the Phils. From the notes, "Kuroda’s numbers against the Phils are staggering. In four
regular-season starts, the lefty is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, surrendering
just seven hits in 26 2/3 career innings versus the Phillies."

First pitch scheduled for 7:05. It's down right hot tonight, even more so than last night. So the ball could be flying.

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


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