The Phillies will finish off a very tough stretch of 20 games in 20 days this afternoon and will enjoy their first off day on Thursday since way back on May 12th. They currently sit at 10-9 over that span, so a win today to avoid the series loss to the lowly Nationals would make that off-day juuust a bit more enjoyable for the Fightins.
It's Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60) against the Evil John Lannan (2-5, 4.40) for the Nationals.
Oswalt's Been Good
The CSN game notes does a little what-Roy's-numbers-would-look-like-minus-that-one-start, "If you discount the start before Roy Oswalt (3-2, 2.60) hit the DL, his season numbers stack up with any pitcher in the majors. In seven starts – without taking into account his injury-shortened loss to the D-Backs on April 26 – Oswalt has posted a 3-1 record with a 1.71 ERA, allowing just 39 hits in 42 innings with 29 strikeouts and nine walks. He is coming off a six-inning, one-run outing against the Mets, a game the Phils won 6-4."
In his last start, Roy pitched well against the Mets but did not figure in the decision of the Phils 6-4 victory. After some questions arose as to the velocity of his fastball upon returning from the DL, Lil Roy has allowed only 3 ER combined in his last 3 starts since returning.
After Dom Brown went 2-4 last night, many fans were hoping to see Dom Brown back in the lineup this afternoon against a lefty. Sadly, Charlie Manuel likes to do what Charlie Manuel likes to do, and Brown will not get the start. Instead, John Mayberry Jr. will start in center and bat second while Ben Francisco will man right field.
Vic On the Mend
Shane continued his rehab last night in Reading and made a couple of real nice defensive plays, he says he's feeling great, and could return to the team this weekend in Pittsburgh.
First pitch scheduled for 1:05 this afternoon.
If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.
He might also start the entire Braves series.
The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.
Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.
Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P
Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P
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Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.
The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.
But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.
Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.
Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.
The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.