Steve Mason thanks Flyers fans on Instagram; Here's a bunch of pictures of his bulldog

Steve Mason thanks Flyers fans on Instagram; Here's a bunch of pictures of his bulldog

As disappointing as the Flyers' first-round exit was, there is at least a silver lining. After his play over the final four games of the series, the consensus amongst Flyers fans is a cautious optimism that Steve Mason may indeed be the franchise goalie this club has been seeking for a long, long time.

The soon-to-be-26-year-old posted a 2.50 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 61 regular season games and a 1.97 GAA/.939 SV% against the Rangers in the playoffs.

On Friday, Mason took to Instagram to thank the fans.

I just want to thank the fans of Philly for making my first full year in town one to remember. It was truly a blast to play infront of a packed house every night. Already looking forward to next year and becoming a better goalie and a better team! Lots to look forward to.#thanksforthesupport #greatfans #packedhouse#seeyasoon

While a nice touch, we're a little disappointed his thank you didn't include more George the bulldog:

George Mason, a fine American name.

Separately, will any of these guys shoot the puck on the power play?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.