Eagles Draft: Day 1

Eagles Draft: Day 1

The Eagles seemed to get exactly who they wanted with their first two picks.  Bulking up both lines with impact caliber players.  Many local draft experts had the Eagles taking Winston Justice with the 14th pick so getting him at 39 makes the Eagles front office look brilliant.  Other experts had Bunkley going as early as 8th overall so it seems that they got good value at 14.  I was a little surprised they went DE with their third round selection, but knowing Andy I shouldn't be.  I'm not one to make too big a deal out of the draft until you see the players in action.

I was, like everyone, shocked that the Texans passed on Reggie Bush.  I'm also not that disappointed with any of the Eagles picks as many of the fans feel the Eagles needed a WR.  There wasn't one receiver who jumped out at me.

ESPN:

1 14(14) Brodrick Bunkley DT FLORIDA STATE
  Bunkley
has good size and the powerful upper-body strength needed to hold his
own against the run. More importantly, he has the quickness and motor
to excel in Philadelphia's scheme, making him a candidate to push for
playing time as a rookie.
Complete analysis
2 7(39) Winston Justice OT USC
  This
is one of the better picks thus far. After getting an impact player in
DT Brodrick Bunkley in the first round, the Eagles addressed one of
their greatest needs by selecting Justice, a first-round talent who
slid to the second round because of character issues.
Complete analysis
3 7(71) Chris Gocong DE CAL POLY

Fox Sports thought the Eagles had one of the best second rounds of any team.

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P