No More Slip-Ups, Please: .500/Second-Place Phillies in Milwaukee to Face Reeling Brewers

No More Slip-Ups, Please: .500/Second-Place Phillies in Milwaukee to Face Reeling Brewers

The Brewers have won three out of their last 13 games. Two of those W’s came at the expense of the Phillies.

Despite last weekend’s series nearly turning into a complete catastrophe for the Fightins, they did salvage one game at least, and have since managed to climb back to .500 for the first time since April 15 by virtue of the current four-game winning streak. Their sweep of the Marlins is the club’s first since handling the Mets back on April 26-28.

Now the Phils are looking to move above the .500 mark for the first time in 2013, but it’s that same pesky Brew Crew standing in their way. Are they primed for yet another slip-up?

Nobody can say this team hasn’t had their share of chances to get on the right side of the win-loss column. The fifth time was finally the charm in getting it back to .500, while earlier this season they were having a hellacious time just getting within one game of even, failing to do so in eight consecutive attempts at one point.

It’s felt like one step back for every one forward to say the least, yet here is another opportunity to capitalize with a four-game set in Milwaukee. At 22-36, the Brewers still own the third-worst record in the Major Leagues, better than only Houston and Miami. They have the worst pitching staff in the NL (4.61 ERA), and their best player – Ryan Braun – is hurting (batting .213 with one home run in his last 15 games), not to mention under a dark cloud in the wake of this Biogenesis scandal.

With a series win, the Phillies could give themselves a little two-game cushion above .500, and perhaps even help them continue building some momentum. The current winning streak is their longest of the season, and they are 14-9 since May 11.

They’ll have to solve right-hander Wily Peralta (4-6, 5.94) first. Peralta held the Phils to two runs in seven innings of work on Saturday, by far his best outing of the season. The good guys could certainly use some more help from the bats versus the 22 year old this time around as Tyler Cloyd (1-2, 4.76) is being called upon for the Fightins.

In the grand scheme, this is not a huge game, but Milwaukee is one of those opponents the Phillies must beat if they are to be taken seriously. After the last series, and given the way much of this year has gone, it’s hard to go in with supreme confidence. Tonight would be a good way to continue putting the first six weeks to two months of the season behind them.

NFL Notes: Redskins name offensive, defensive coordinators

NFL Notes: Redskins name offensive, defensive coordinators

ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins turned to internal candidates to fill two critical vacancies, promoting Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator and Greg Manusky to defensive coordinator.

Cavanaugh was the team's quarterbacks coach and Manusky its outside linebackers coach last season. The Redskins announced the promotions Monday along with the hires of Kevin O'Connell as quarterbacks coach and Jim Tomsula as defensive line coach.

It has been an offseason of upheaval for the coaching staff after the Redskins fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry and a few assistants and offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to become head coach of the Los Angeles Rams.

In its efforts to replace Barry after ranking 28th defensively in consecutive seasons, Washington interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars coach Gus Bradley, former Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine and former Buffalo Bills assistant Rob Ryan before opting for Manusky. The 50-year-old Manusky has been defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers and 49ers and worked with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.

Known for his fiery personality and booming voice on the practice fields, Manusky had only been on coach Jay Gruden's staff for one season as outside linebackers coach. Middle linebacker Will Compton tweeted: "Congrats to Coach Manusky!" when players were informed of his promotion.

Cavanaugh was Washington's quarterbacks coach for the past two years as Kirk Cousins twice set the franchise record for passing yards in a season. Cousins' status for 2017 remains in doubt after playing last season on the franchise tag, but with McVay gone he'll have a familiar face as his offensive coordinator.

Is this Canadian model Joel Embiid's celeb crush?

Is this Canadian model Joel Embiid's celeb crush?

The Sixers earned another last second win on Friday night while Joel Embiid was sitting on the bench after banging up his knee against the Portland Trailblazers.

So with Embiid on the bench, someone else had to step up and be the MVP.

And then Embiid tweeted something mysterious following the game.

Who is this Danielle and why is she the MVP?

The folks over at CSNPhilly's Breakfast on Broad did some digging this morning and may have unearthed who the "Danielle" Embiid was referring to was.

This is her on Friday night.

🖤🖤🖤 Friday nights with my @melodyle . . . . #nyc #Friday #babes #love #bestfriends #grateful #everyblondeneedsabrunette

A photo posted by Danielle Knudson (@danielleknudson1) on

After going through the game footage, they found this shot of Embiid with a very pretty young lady who they believe to be Canadian model Danielle Knudson. Now, her Wiki page says she was dating some tenis player as of a year or so ago. But times and dating habbits can change.

Could Danielle Knudson be Embiid celebrity crush?

You'll also notice Embiid's latest Instagram was posted from the location listed as "Danielle's."

They see us rolling.. Another big time win #TheProcess

A photo posted by Joel "The Process" Embiid (@joelembiid) on

Another possible theory: Joel Embiid is messing with all of us regarding his "celebrity crush" and getting a date by making the All-Star game. He prob just has a crush on a model and made up the whole date-if-he-makes-the-ASG thing.