Ben Revere Will Not Make the First Out Tonight for the Phillies

Ben Revere Will Not Make the First Out Tonight for the Phillies

The Phillies are back home tonight in South Philadelphia where they'll kick off an important series with the St. Louis Cardinals. After getting swept out of Cincinatti in truly horrid fashion, Charlie Manuel finally shook things up this evening by dropping Ben Revere out of the leadoff spot all the way down to No. 7 and also inserted Freddy Galvis into left field with Dom Brown tweaking his back last night. Yes, you read that right. Galvis will be manning the outfield and batting second tonight.

I didn't jump on the Revere Hate Train as quickly as many people, but after 15 games, his numbers at the top of the order haven't improved. They simply need their leadoff guy to get on base at a better clip.

The task of the offense turning things around won't be easy as they'll face Adam Wainright and Jamie Garcia in the first two games of the series. Beerleauger points out that after their solid starters, the Cards are weak in the pen.

Getting to the bullpen will be tough in these first two games, however.
Adam Wainwright goes in Game 1, after a four-hit shutout with 12 Ks.
Wainwright has 24 strikeouts and no walks this season. His curveball has
been devastating as always, holding the opposition to a .150 batting
average. From 2007-12 that number was .157.

The Phils counter with Cole Hamels this evening who is coming off a better start than his wretched season opener.

Pray that some home cooking is what the offense needs to get something going.

7:05 start per usual. Get these guys some mustache dogs or something.

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.