Sorry, Phillies Fans: Wilson Valdez Not In Reds Starting Lineup

Sorry, Phillies Fans: Wilson Valdez Not In Reds Starting Lineup

Sorry, Phillies fans. Wilson Valdez is not in the starting lineup for the Cincinnati Reds this evening as they face Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park. But a couple of other former Phillies do crack the Reds lineup this evening with Scott Rolen playing third and Miguel Cairo manning first.
In other news that could sadden Fightins fans, Hector Luna has been optioned to Lehigh Valley while Placido Polanco has been activated and will start at second base tonight.

Halladay (6-7, 3.80) will take on right-hander Mike Leake (6-7, 4.29) this evening in the first of four between the clubs. Roy is coming off a mediocre outing in Florida in which he allowed 6 hits and 3 earned over 7 innings while striking out 7. He's been much better over his last three starts overall, posting a 1.64 ERA over 22 innings of work with 20 Ks and just 2  BBs.

While the Reds may be one of the best teams in the NL this season, the Phillies have actually won six-straight games against Cincy and 11 of the last 12.

Wilson Valdez may not be starting, but that doesn't mean there isn't a chance you could see him pitching long after midnight.

Will you be flipping back and forth between the Phils/Reds and the Birds/Pats? Two TV setup?

Tonight's 7:05 Lineup:

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.