Reasons to get excited for Phillies baseball: At least we get to watch Cliff Lee every fifth day

Reasons to get excited for Phillies baseball: At least we get to watch Cliff Lee every fifth day

They're not really built to be a win now team. They haven't been bad enough over the past few seasons to have promising young pieces to look ahead to a bright future. And their spring was one for the crapper.

So aside from "it's always nice to have baseball around" and "the lines at Citizens Bank Park won't be very long," what do Phillies fans have to look forward to over the next 162 games?

Admittedly, there aren't many reasons that will get you super stoked for baseball in Philadelphia this season, but it's opening day and we're trying to be optimistic here.

Cliff Lee

Without a doubt, the most redeeming quality about your favorite baseball team this season is that you can bank on Cliff Lee taking the ball every fifth day and working with incredible precision. Plus he's got that attitude many have come to love. No matter how bad the guys playing behind him are, you can count on Cliff to throw a gem every couple of weeks. That's certainly worth tuning in for.

Jimmy, Ryan, Chase, Cole

They're getting older, absolutely. But there's no denying these were the guys who gave us the greatest run in recent Phillies memory. Perhaps it's a bit foolish to hold on for so long, but we do have one last campaign with these players. There's probably something worth savoring in there.

Kid ain't afraid to get dirty

Cody Asche and Dom Brown

From a late season call up in 2013 to your opening day starter in 2014, Asche is one of the young guys who we're just getting to know who could be around when this team ever turns back into a legit contender. You could put Dom Brown in that category as well, but obviously he's had a rockier path. We know a little bit more about what we have in Brown, but we don't know if he plateaued in 2013 or if there's room for him to turn into one of the game's greats.

Ryne Sandberg

Loved Charlie Manuel to death but it was time. Ryne Sandberg clearly has a different attitude in running his club. We got a taste of it last year, but this is the first time it's his club from day one. It'll be fun to watch and learn what we have in a manager all season long. Early indications point to him wanting things done the right way all the time.

Ben Revere

Watching him run into a wall in centerfield every once in a while is pretty entertaining.

Franzke and L.A.

If anyone can make bad baseball a little more fun, it's these two.

Jamie Moyer, Matt Stairs, and Michael Jack

This is going to be one of the biggest changes to the fan experience this season. I don't think we got enough out of spring from these guys to really know what we have from the new TV crew.

Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle In Waiting

The kids could be the next studs we grow to love. Could get our first glimpse of them at CBP later in the season.

Nobody Expects a Damn Thing Out of this Bunch

Maybe Ruben Amaro Jr. does but everyone else expects very little out of the 2014 Phillies. When you expect next to nothing, they only have to play a tiny bit above expectations to surprise you. So maybe we'll all get a pleasant surprise this summer.

Hopefully it'll be fun for more than a few weeks.

First pitch today shortly after 2:00 pm.

Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

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Instant Replay: Marlins 11, Phillies 1

BOX SCORE

MIAMI — The Phillies came within one out of being shut out for the second time in as many games in an embarrassing 11-1 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon.

The Marlins roughed up Zach Eflin, who fell to 3-4 on the season.

The Marlins beat the Phils, 5-0, Tuesday night. A garbage-time RBI double by Cesar Hernandez with two outs in the ninth prevented the Phils from being shut out in consecutive games for the first time since July 8-9, 2015, when Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke got the wins at Dodger Stadium.

The Phillies are 4-9 in 13 games since the All-Star break. They are averaging just 2.6 runs in those games.

The Marlins are 55-46. They entered the day in second place in the NL East, four games behind Washington.

Starting pitching report
Eflin had pitched brilliantly in the month of July — he entered with a 1.80 ERA in four starts this month — but his success ended as the Marlins tagged him for nine hits, including a homer and two triples, and seven runs in five-plus innings.

Eflin had pitched a three-hit shutout at Pittsburgh in his previous start.

Lefty Adam Conley pitched 6⅔ shutout innings, scattered eight hits, walked three and struck out six. He pitched out of bases-loaded trouble twice.

Bullpen report
Andrew Bailey struggled. He faced three batters and gave up two hits, a walk and a run before Brett Oberholtzer cleaned up the sixth inning.

The Marlins eventually got to Oberholtzer for three runs in the eighth. The lefty picked up three innings to protect the bullpen.

At the plate
The Phillies did have 10 hits in the game, but they left the bases loaded twice and stranded 11 runners in all.

The Phils went 2 for 21 with runners in scoring position in the three-game series.

The Marlins got to Eflin early. They scored three runs in the first inning. The rally was highlighted by Giancarlo Stanton’s 22nd homer, a two-run laser beam to left that exited the bat at 112 miles per hour.

Don Kelly had a pair of triples against Eflin and scored two runs. One of the triples drove in two runs.

The Marlins had 16 hits.

Ejected
Bench coach Larry Bowa got the boot for arguing a called third strike on Cameron Rupp in the fourth inning.

Health check
Peter Bourjos' injured right shoulder could send him to the disabled list Thursday as the Phillies make room for Aaron Altherr.

Up next
The Phillies open a four-game series in Atlanta on Thursday night. Here are the pitching matchups:

Thursday night — RHP Aaron Nola (5-9, 4.75) vs. RHP Matt Wisler (4-10, 4.92)

Friday night — RHP Vince Velasquez (8-2, 3.34) vs. RHP Tyrell Jenkins (0-2, 6.17)

Saturday night — RHP Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.65) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (3-8, 2.71)

Sunday afternoon — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (6-12, 3.83) vs. RHP Lucas Harrell (2-2, 3.38)

Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

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Phillies minor leaguer makes amazing catch robbing a home run while crashing into the wall

This is a good baseball catch.

It took place on Saturday night when the Hickory Crawdads' Tyler Sanchez belted a ball with men on base but was robbed by Lakewood BlueClaws outfielder Zack Coppola.

It certainly saved a few runs in the first inning but the Crawdads would find other ways to score, topping the BlueClaws by a final of 3-2.

Coppola's Great Grab

The "Web Gem" of the BlueClaws last homestand was made by Zach Coppola on this catch in the first inning on Saturday night."

Posted by Lakewood BlueClaws on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

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Video of Marcus Vick running from the cops, getting captured at gunpoint is bonkers

You have to give Marcus Vick credit, he still has that breakaway speed. But it's not exactly "getaway" speed as he demonstrated in his failed attempt to elude police in an incident that took place back in April. 

TMZ posted video of Vick's attempt to elude the law on Tuesday. Here's how the Washington Post described the incident back in April:

The incident occurred at Onelife Fitness when a police officer tried to arrest him on an outstanding contempt of court charge in Montgomery County, Va., and Vick ran, according to the police report obtained by WAVY.com, damaging a door as he did so. As the officer tried to grab him, Vick pushed him and, after a brief chase on foot, he was taken into custody. Online arrest records originally indicated that he was charged with a hate crime, but Newport News Police spokesman Lou Thurston told WAVY that was an error.

Vick, 32, was charged with one count each of resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, destruction of property and felony assault on a law enforcement officer. 

The video ends with Vick on the ground and the police officer whose camera caught the whole chase with his weapon drawn and pointed at Vick. Scary and strange stuff for the brother of former Eagles quarterback Mike Vick.

TMZ posted the video on the same day that Vick accused former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy of giving his "baby mamma" herpes.