Phillies Look to Remain Unbeaten in June, Take Back First Place

Phillies Look to Remain Unbeaten in June, Take Back First Place

The Phillies offensive slump has been unkind to the entire lineup, but the heart of the order has been particularly bad over this recent stretch. Jayson Werth didn't play in Monday's loss and and Charlie Manuel may have seen something in Werth's swing. "I think Werth needs a break. He needs to think about some things. We'll go to the cage and
work on his swing and stuff," Manuel said,

So today, according the Inquirer's Matt Gelb, Charlie did just that and spent some time in the cage one-on-one with Jayson Werth. Will a little cage work with Cholly help solve some of the Phils' problems at the plate? We'll get to see tonight as Werth is back in the lineup batting fifth.

If Werth puts up a doughnut or another golden sombrero tonight, I think it's time we start suggesting other activities besides cage work that the Phillies can do with Charlie to try and get out of their funk. Perhaps a little one-on-one bass fishing with Uncle Charlie or some one-on-one cooking lessons. Or maybe they can combine those two ideas, catch some bass, and then cook them up?

Or maybe they should just get Ryan Howard a whole chicken to sacrifice. Who knows at this point.

Cole Hamels (5-3, 3.82) takes on Tim Hudson (5-1, 2.24). The sure-handed left side of the infield of Wilson Valdez and Juan
Castro will bat second and seventh respectively.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 from Atlanta.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter:

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

Are we there yet? Philly Sports Talk examines the state of the Sixers

All week on Philly Sports Talk on CSN, we examine how our teams got to this point and where they are in the rebuilding process. 

On Tuesday, Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato takes a look at the state of the Sixers

How did we get here?
By now, you all know about “The Process.” The Sixers last competitive season was five years ago when they reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals in 2012. They began dismantling that group, and the following year, went 34-48 under Doug Collins. 

The Sixers then entered a three-year period of dismal basketball with a revolving door of players coached by Brett Brown that culminated in a 47-199 record. During that time, they stockpiled injured players, draft-and-stash prospects and a handful of future picks through transactions made by then-general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie stepped down from his role with a memorable 13-page resignation letter last April. The Sixers hired Bryan Colangelo as president of basketball operations, marking a new chapter in the organization. 

The 2016-17 season was the first glimpse into the potential of “The Process.” They finished 28-54, including a 10-5 month of January. Joel Embiid made his NBA debut after two years. While he was limited to 31 games because of (another) injury, he quickly proved he can dominate when healthy. Dario Saric came to the NBA two years after being drafted in 2014 and emerged as a Rookie-of-the-Year candidate after Embiid was shut down for the season. The Sixers landed the number one pick in the 2016 draft and are waiting on the debut of Ben Simmons, who suffered a Jones fracture in training camp. This season, the Sixers established legitimate pieces for their future, rather than players who could be on the summer league team. 

Are the Sixers on the right path back to prosperity?
The Sixers are on the right path back to prosperity, and it starts this offseason. They have the third pick in the 2017 draft, with the possibilities of adding another young talent or packaging the pick to land a more established player. The Sixers have flexibility with plenty of cap space — which they could use to acquire a key free agent. The team has maintained they will not rush into making a trade just for the sake of it  — Jahlil Okafor’s future with the Sixers is still uncertain — or spending money just because it’s available. The Sixers showed flashes of potential last season. If they gather the right pieces this summer and — a big “and” — they stay healthy, the Sixers will continue to move toward an upward trend of rebuilding with the longer-term goals (this isn't happening overnight) of becoming a contender again. 

Coming Wednesday: A look at the Phillies' rebuild