Expect to see Sergei Bobrovsky sitting in the upper deck of the Ottawa arena with his catching glove on prior to game time. He is starting his first game of the season tonight as the Flyers take on the Senators.
While it's easy to feel bad for the kid who earned a starting job out of camp last season but lost it to a big-name, big-money, big-years signing the next off-season, the end result for the Flyers and their fans is one of the best goaltending tandems in the league. It's great not to take a step back when a workhorse starter needs a break, nor to have your team's fortunes focus entirely on the health of one goalie.
Even the guys who regularly put in huge workloads can break down at a moment's notice, and the flyers have great insurance in Bob.
Plus, he was one of the more likable players and exciting story lines to develop from the start of last season, so he certainly has his share of fans walking around the Wells Fargo Center rocking his sweater. Hopefully he can get himself off to a hot start tonight and get the Flyers back to their winning ways.
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.
Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup 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