Phillies on the Late Show With Mat Latos

Phillies on the Late Show With Mat Latos

It's never a bad time to head out to San Diego for a few days, whether you're coming off a few straight home wins or a series loss to the Brewers. It's really quite lovely out there.

The Phils will open a four-game series at Petco Park tonight with Roy Oswalt taking on Mat Latos. A quick look at the matchup annnnd a picture of our favorite sign currently sitting outside a random bar in New York, after the jump.

RoyO is making his first start since leaving his last turn a bit early after tweaking his back. Through 6 IP in each of his three starts, Oswalt hasn't allowed more than 2 ER in any outing. But, with a history that includes some back issues, we're watching to see if he's fully recovered from the spasms that locked him up last time out.

Latos is 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA, which is surprising given two things. One, Latos had a breakout season in 2010, with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 31 starts. Two, his 2011 WHIP is just shy of 1.00 at 0.97. With only two starts' worth of a sample size, we shouldn't be reading much into stats just yet. Latos started the season on the DL with a right shoulder strain, and after a solid start in his debut, he gave up 5 ER on 4 hits in 6.1 innings last time out. In 12.1 innings pitched, Latos has given up just 8 hits, but 3 of them have left the yard. Just WAIT til he has to face Sultans Shane and Placido...

Latos is a good young pitcher, and it's doubtful that 5/6 of his baserunners will score tonight, as was the case in his last start. Still, while correction is on the way for Latos at some point, it may not come in his third start of the season. Padres fans may yet have another appearance or two to worry about his 2010 inning spike and any residual fatigue.

And now completely unrelated, courtesy of reader NYPhilsPhan, the sign sitting outside Brady's on 2nd Ave right now: 

Ya know what I did the last time I was at Petco Park? I watched the Mets lose. Boom, related.

Matt Rhule thanks Temple, Philadelphia in full page ad in Inquirer

Matt Rhule thanks Temple, Philadelphia in full page ad in Inquirer

On Tuesday, the Matt Rhule era at Temple ended.

Rhule bolted North Broad Street for Baylor University, from the lowly American Athletic Conference to the Big 12, a natural progression in college football.

And, in a classy move, Rhule took out a full page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer thanking Philadelphia and Temple.

The full text of the ad.

On behalf of Julie and our children, I want to express our sincere gratitude to Temple University. The passion and pursuit of excellence at Temple allowed for our student-athletes to achieve success on the football field and to develop as young men off of the field. Temple and Philly will always be a part of us and we will be cheering on the Owls from afar.

As for Temple — to quote a common phrase Rhule used while at Temple — what's next?

We don't know yet, but we'll find out in the coming weeks.

Led by interim head coach Ed Foley, No. 24 Temple will face Wake Forrest in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland.

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

Best of NHL: Last-place Islanders take down rival Rangers

NEW YORK -- Andrew Ladd scored in the second period and Jaroslav Halak stopped 36 shots to lead the New York Islanders to a 4-2 victory over the crosstown-rival Rangers on Tuesday night.

John Tavares, Jason Chimera and Scott Mayfield also scored at the Barclays Center to help the last-place Islanders improve to 4-0-1 in their last five games.

Jimmy Vesey and Marc Staal scored for the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 28 saves. The Rangers have alternated wins and losses in regulation in their last eight games.

Halak beat Lundqvist for the ninth time in their last 10 matchups. Halak had won eight straight -- including the last five after joining the Islanders before the 2014-15 season -- before Lundqvist ended the streak in the Rangers' 5-3 win in the season opener Oct. 13 at Madison Square Garden. Lundqvist is now 1-6-1 in his last eight against the Islanders (see full recap).

Schwartz lifts Blues over Canadiens in OT
ST. LOUIS -- Jaden Schwartz got his second goal of the game in overtime, leading the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Paul Stastny also scored for St. Louis, which has won four of five. The Blues rallied from a 2-0 deficit and have a point in their last 13 home games.

Tomas Plekanec and Paul Byron scored for Montreal, which completed a five-game trip 2-3.

Goalie Jake Allen made 28 saves to improve to 13-3-3.

Schwartz lifted a backhander past goalie Al Montoya with 1:22 left in overtime.

Stastny and Schwartz scored in a 2:51 span in the third period to tie it at 2 (see full recap).

Blackhawks blank Coyotes to snap modest skid
CHICAGO -- Marian Hossa had two goals, Scott Darling made 22 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-0 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game slide.

Artem Anisimov and Dennis Rasmussen also scored to help Chicago maintain a three-point lead over St. Louis in the Central Division.

Darling made a handful of tough stops but wasn't heavily tested in his first shutout this season and third of his career. He started his third straight game in place of No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford, who had an appendectomy in Philadelphia on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Hossa scored his team-leading 13th and 14th goals in his 27th game -- surpassing his total of 13 last season in 64 contests (see full recap).