The Phillies couldn't deliver the rare San Francisco sweep yesterday but they certainly put up a fight trying. Still, a series victory at AT&T Park is something this team can build some confidence off of and try and carry a little bit of momentum into the desert in Arizona.
The Diamondbacks (19-15) are right in the heart of the NL West race, a game back of the Giants and .5 game behind the Rockies entering this evening's contest. Tonight's D-Backs starter has been a big part of that.
Second-year lefty Patrick Corbin (4-0, 1.80) apparently just made the rotation as Arizona's fifth starter out of spring training, but as MLB.com writes, he's been quite impressive and is even going for a team record this evening. Evan Peaslee writes:
In six starts this year, Corbin has worked six innings or more and allowed two runs or fewer, tying Dan Haren for the longest such streak in franchise history to begin a season.
His last time out, the 23-year-old sophomore gave up only one run in seven innings, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out seven against the Padres.
Their lineup has a few familiar faces as well. Corey Seidman has more on Martin Prado and Cody Ross being Phillies killers. More on their slugger Paul Goldschmidt and his hot bat (7 for 13 with four homers and nine RBIs in his last three games) over there as well.
The Phils will turn to Cole Hamels who has been his usual self after a rocky first couple of starts. He's been cursed by that no-support Phils lineup though and has only managed one 'W'.
It's a 9:40 start from from Chase Field. That's a little better than the 10:15 start times out in San Fran.
Three games into his NFL career, Carson Wentz might need a bigger trophy case.
The 23-year-old, who picked up his first NFC Offensive Player of the Week award for his performance against Pittsburgh, has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
Yes, Wentz's first NFL month was a special one.
The No. 2 pick from North Dakota State has completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 769 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He's the first rookie in NFL history to put up those numbers in the first three games of a career. And his 102 straight passing attempts without an interception is also a rookie record.
It's hard to believe that a little over a week before the season began, Wentz was scheduled to be the Eagles' third-string quarterback and have a redshirt year. That all changed when de facto GM Howie Roseman traded away starter Sam Bradford and the team decided to start the rookie.
While many thought the decision to start Wentz was the beginning of a long rebuilding year, the rookie has the Eagles off to a fast 3-0 start. Wentz has played very well, but has also been aided by a stout defense, led by NFC Defensive Player of the Month Fletcher Cox.
This week, Wentz is spending some time hunting while the Eagles are on their bye week. He bagged another trophy on Thursday.
The team will be back in action on Oct. 9 in Detroit to face the Lions.
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Joel Embiid really trusts the process.
And he'll tell you as much over and over.
In fact, JoJo said it so much yesterdady that he was cracking himself up about just how much he trusts the process.
By most accounts, Joel was a bit rusty in the first couple of practices to kick off training camp, but, you know, you've just got to trust the process.
And he does. Trust the process.