Game Chat: The Joe Blanton Experience with Some Wacky Weather

Game Chat: The Joe Blanton Experience with Some Wacky Weather

They say that animals have a sixth sense, so when the Phillies beat's resident koala says the forecast in Minneapolis tonight calls for "large hail" and "funnel-like storms," well, you best believe it's gonna get nasty.

But the Phillies obviously don't face the Twins again this year unless the two last place squads somehow miraculously face off in the World Series, so there could be plenty of waiting around this evening. Set your DVRs for that Rain Delay Programing.

That and Joe Blanton is looking to avoid a tying a franchise-worst sixth-straight outing in which five earned runs or more are given up. Should be a fun night!

Jim Thome will look to continue his torrid tear of Twins pitching as the DH and cleanup hitter for the Phils tonight. As we mentioned earlier, his 4-RBI performance last night pushed him over Matt Stairs in the Phillies record books for Oldest Slugger Who Is Awesome And Lovable.

The small balling of Juan Pierre gets the night off as John Mayberry Jr. starts in left with Ty Wigginton thankfully not playing third, instead rocking a first baseman's mitt.

The lineup:

1. Jimmy Rollins, SS
2. Placido Polanco, 3B
3. Hunter Pence, RF
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Shane Victorino, CF
6. Carlos Ruiz, C
7. Ty Wigginton, 1B
8. John Mayberry, LF
9. Michael Martinez, 2B

As for who the offense will face, that'd be left-hander Scott Diamond (5-1, 1.61.). Here's what you need to know from CSN:

Diamond is a 25-year-old Canadian who was signed as an undrafted free
agent by the Braves in 2007. He arrived in Minnesota as a Rule 5 pick in
Dec. 2010.

Diamond was never a top-flight prospect and has
mediocre minor league numbers in exactly 600 innings -- a 3.70 ERA and a
1.40 WHIP. There is little reason to believe that he’ll sustain the
success he’s had to this point.

And one last thing of note. The afformentioned Matt Gelb is tweeting from Minnesota that it is not looking promising for baseball. So there's that.

8:10 start if it happens.

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

LeBron James to the Sixers. It would take a miracle, right?

Sure, but one MVP is in on the push for the four-time MVP landing in Philly.

Enter Mike Trout.

The Angels' star outfielder, a two-time AL MVP and native of Millville, New Jersey, took to Twitter on Thursday to make a quick pitch for the King. Trout, a well-known fan of Philadelphia sports teams, responded to a 94WIP tweet about reporter Howard Eskin shooting down the LeBron James chatter.

First, it was Ben Simmons tweeting James. That's really how all the buzz started and now the idea is taking on a mind of its own. Clearly, it's being talked about. And what Sixers fan wouldn't want a player like James putting "The Process" into hyperdrive?

And hey, once James comes to Philly, he can then return the favor: bringing Trout to the Phillies.

We can dream, right?