Phils to Spot Pirates a Few All-Stars in Sweep Bid

Phils to Spot Pirates a Few All-Stars in Sweep Bid

When Charlie Manuel handed over Saturday night's lineup card—the first with 'Pence' scrawled below 'Howard'—it included a whopping eight players who have been All-Stars at least once in their career. In fact, all but two have been All-Stars more than once. Here's a look at the ASG resumes of last night's Phillies starters, plus today's lineup and pitching matchup.

Jimmy Rollins (2001, 2002, 2005)
Shane Victorino (2009, 2011)
Chase Utley (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Ryan Howard (2006, 2009, 2010)
Hunter Pence (2009, 2011)
Raul Ibanez (2009)
Placido Polanco (2007, 2011)
Carlos Ruiz
Cliff Lee (2008, 2010, 2011)  

Now, we all know the process of becoming an All-Star isn't the purest representation of the league's elite talent in a given season, from fan voting to manager selections and franchise representation, but that's still pretty amazing.

Today, Polly will get some rest, with Michael Martinez taking over at the hot corner. Chooch also gets the afternoon off, and obviously Clifton won't be in the lineup today (although if there's a need for a pinch-hitter…).

Vance Worley will face righty Jeff Karstens, who boasts a nice 8-5, 2.41/1.07 line. Karstens topped the Phillies on June 3rd, allowing just one run on four hits and no walks over seven innings. Since that time, he's pitched three zero-ER starts and not allowed more than three earned in any outing.

Hunter Pence's career numbers against Karstens? 8-19 for a .421 average, a homer and two RBI. 

St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

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St. Joe's to meet St. John's in 2017 Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase

With the matchups for Saint Joseph's men's basketball's conference slate already set, the Hawks have now added an old northeast corridor rival to the nonconference portion of their schedule.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Monday afternoon that St. Joe's and St. John's will meet on Dec. 20 during of the seventh annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Providence and Houston will play in the other contest of the two-game event.

“We are honored to be associated with the Basketball Hall of Fame, an organization that promotes all levels of the game," Saint Joseph’s head coach Phil Martelli said in a statement released Monday. "We're delighted for our players to have the opportunity to compete against the legendary St. John's program and are looking forward to an old-fashioned Philly vs. New York matchup.” 

The two schools have played just once in the past 37 years—when the sides met at Hagan Arena in 2013, the Red Storm pulled out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the NIT. But December's matchup will be the 58th all-time meeting between the programs.

Saint Joseph's last played at the Mohegan Sun Arena back in the 2015 Hall of Fame Showcase, losing to Florida before knocking off Old Dominion in the consolation game. The Hawks return nearly their entire roster for the 2017-18 season, including all five starters, led by the backcourt duo of Shavar Newkirk and Lamarr Kimble.

Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend


Utley made a sick diving play during a very Chase weekend

While things in the world of the Phillies are going about as poorly as anyone could have expected, Chase Utley reminded us over the weekend that he is still a bad man at the ripe old age of 38.

Check out this sick diving stop he made over the weekend during the Dodgers game against the Florida Marlins.

Just Chase being Chase.

Oh, and earlier in the weekend Utley is sprinting out of the dugout to get up in people's grills when Giancarlo Stanton even looks in his teammates' direction. Miss that guy. Always.

(Let's just ignore his numbers on the season (.205/.302/.289))