Vegas Confirms the Phillies Aces Are Still Nasty

Vegas Confirms the Phillies Aces Are Still Nasty

Of the six pitchers in the National League with the best odds of winning the 2012 Cy Young Award, three of them pitch on your Philadelphia Phillies. Roy Halladay (11/2) is a smidgeon behind favorite Clayton Kershaw, with Cliff Lee (15/2) tied with Tim Lincecum right behind Doc. Cole Hamels rounds out the top six. Check out the full NY Cy Young and NL MVP odds below.

Full NL Cy Young odds courtesy of Bovada.lv

Clayton Kershaw            9/2
Roy Halladay                 11/2
Cliff Lee                         15/2
Tim Lincecum                15/2
Adam Wainwright          12/1
Cole Hamels                  12/1
Ian Kennedy                  15/1
Josh Johnson                15/1
Matt Cain                       15/1
Yovani Gallardo             15/1
Zack Greinke                 15/1
Stephen Strasburg        18/1
Chris Carpenter             20/1
Mat Latos                       20/1
Daniel Hudson               25/1
Gio Gonzalez                 25/1
Johan Santana              25/1
Madison Bumgarner      25/1
Mark Buehrle                 25/1
Matt Garza                    25/1
Jordan Zimmerman      30/1
Tommy Hanson             30/1
Johnny Cueto               35/1

Now when it comes to NL MVP candidates, the days of the Phillies having too many players capable of winning the honor only to cancel each other out in the voting appear to be over. Hunter Pence comes in as the fourteenth ranked player on the list and is joined by Shane Victorino as the only Phillies position players. Lee, Halladay, and Hamels also receive nods as long shot MVP candidates.

Odds to win the 2012 NL MVP

Joey Votto                     7/1
Ryan Braun                   8/1
Matt Kemp                    9/1
Justin Upton                  10/1
Giancarlo Stanton          10/1
Troy Tulowitzki               12/1
Jose Reyes                   15/1
Matt Holliday                 20/1
Ryan Zimmerman           20/1
Starlin Castro                20/1
Buster Posey                25/1
Clayton Kershaw            25/1
Hanley Ramirez             25/1
Hunter Pence                25/1
Jay Bruce                      25/1
Carlos Gonzalez            30/1
David Wright                  30/1
Roy Halladay                 30/1
Brian McCann                30/1
Andrew McCutchen        35/1
Carlos Quentin               35/1
Cliff Lee                         35/1
David Freese                 35/1
Tim Lincecum                35/1
Cole Hamels                  40/1
Lance Berkman             40/1
Rickie Weeks                40/1
Shane Victorino             40/1
Aramis Ramirez             50/1
Mike Morse                   50/1
Stephen Strasburg         50/1
Johan Santana               75/1 

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P