So, a moment after I finished my recap of
the Flyers' 5-2 loss in Ottawa, their seventh straight up there and
fourth straight overall, I went to the team's video console site, which
proceeded to crash my browser. The post? Gone. My fault for not saving
it in World or something, and yeah I had about 10 tabs open.
I'm not redoing the whole post, which contained virtually nothing you
don't already know. Everyone from the players to the coach to the
analysts, media, fans... everyone can see this team is underperforming
and trending in the wrong direction as the season hurtles toward its
end. Just a few general points.
The Flyers' stagnancy continued on Tuesday night while the Capitals took
over the East lead (on a shootout winner by Mike Knuble) and the
Penguins climbed to within a point. While the powerplay finally got on
the board with a pair of goals, both by Mike Richards, it still looked
like crap overall, which is actually better than the PK looked in giving
up three Senators goals on the man advantage. Other than Richie, who
scored a pair of goals against the Sens for the third time this season,
Nik Zherdev showed some encouraging signs, and Sergei Bobrovsky was far
better than the four goals against would indicate. Ben Holmstrom got his
elbow out on a hit that may earn him a phone call. It wasn't too nasty,
but that cocked elbow near a head sets off alarms in the discipline
At this point, we're hoping the Flyers can go back to the well and
somehow become a far more inspired team once the playoffs start. Tonight
was a final confirmation that they won't magically be rounding into the
shape we saw for much of the season before round one starts. This
Flyers team, playing for a top seed and division crown, couldn't even
beat a team playing only to stay out of dead last in the conference.
Four losses in a row with two to play. Then, who knows.
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”
It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration.
A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.
Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.
Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.
General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.
Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.
After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored.
Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.
Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.
Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs.
After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career.
Here is tonight's lineup:
1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P