Tyler Cloyd to Make First Start for Phillies as Cole Hamels Is Scratched with Stomach Illness

Tyler Cloyd to Make First Start for Phillies as Cole Hamels Is Scratched with Stomach Illness

Typically, if you'd tell us that Cole Hamels was getting scratched for a game we'd be rather bummed about it. But the news that Hamels will not pitch this evening due to a stomach illness comes with the silver lining that it will allow red hot pitching prospect Tyler Cloyd to make his Phillies debut.

Cloyd, who relies primarily on a cutter, has put up sick numbers at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, going 12-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 22 starts for the IronPigs. He also added 3 wins and 0 losses at Double-A Reading in 4 starts earlier in the year.

Tonight's game against the Mets may not feature the best pitcher in the Phillies organization at the moment, but it will give you your first look at a guy who could surprise in years to come. As Matt Gelb points out, Cloyd doesn't have crazy stuff and has seen his strikeout rates go down a bit this season, which isn't a great sign. These are things some scouts worry about. But fans aren't known to let that damper a bit of prospect excitement.

Here's video from about 10 days ago of Jim Salisbury talking about Cloyd and how he deserved a September call up:

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.