Hamels in the Daytime: Phils Try to Salvage One in Arizona

Hamels in the Daytime: Phils Try to Salvage One in Arizona

The initially alarming news out of the Phillies camp this afternoon was that Roy Oswalt has left the team for personal reasons. After the first WTF?! reaction, just realize that Little Roy has some personal things that he needs to apparently deal with and the Phillies expect him back with the team. [Updated Below]

So Roy won't be with the team this afternoon as they take on Arizona and try to salvage a 'W' in the desert, but that shouldn't matter much, unless the game goes 17 innings or something and they need a left fielder. Cole Hamels starts for the Fightins.

Hamels (2-1, 2.92) will take on Joe Saunders (0-2, 4.98) who is arguably the best of the Diamondbacks rotation. Not very encouraging for the Phils team that has been beaten twice in a row by Arizona.

But if you are looking for a bright spot, the Phillies are an MLB-best 8-0 in games played in the daytime.

John Mayberry will get the start in left for the struggling Raul Ibanez (hasn't gotten a hit in eons) and will hopefully add some pop to the lineup.

3:40 start time from Arizona. We'll be watching on the couch if anyone wants to chat along in the comments.

Update from the Phillies: There  has been a tremendous amount of tornado activity near Roy’s home in  Mississippi resulting in several tragic deaths and significant  devastation to the area.  Because of this, Roy is concerned about his  family’s well-being.  He has chosen to take time to make sure there  wasn’t significant damage to his home, but more importantly, to make  certain that his wife and children are okay.

There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian


There aren't enough Chooch pillows for every Philadelphian

Carlos Ruiz has been traded to the Dodgers and it is sad.

Not in the sense that it's a move that remotely affects anything about the current state of the Phillies. It's sad simply because Chooch -- lovable and awesome and wonderful Chooch -- is no longer a Phillie.

Chooch will be remembered for catching Roy Halladay's perfect game and no hitter and that little dribbler down the line in Game 3 of the 2008 World Series. And, of course, dropping to his knees in celebration with Brad Lidge making them World Effin Champions.

But mostly he'll just be missed. What a guy to have aroud for so long.

Roy knows how hard it is not to have him around. I guess Chase won't need his any longer since the two will be reunined with one last chance of glory in L.A.

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phillies trade Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Jimmy Rollins. Then Chase Utley. Now Carlos Ruiz.

Thursday closed another chapter of the Phillies' golden era.

Ruiz, the Phillies' catcher since 2006, has been traded to the Dodgers (along with cash) for catcher A.J. Ellis, right-hander Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named later.

Rollins was dealt to the Dodgers in December 2014. Utley, still with Los Angeles, was traded to the Dodgers in August 2015.

Ryan Howard is now the lone leftover from the Phillies' 2008 world champion club.

In 11 big-league seasons — all with the Phillies — Ruiz has hit .266 with a .352 on-base percentage and has been lauded for his game-calling abilities. This season, the 37-year-old is batting .261 with a .368 OBP, three home runs and 12 RBIs in a reserve role.

"I met Chooch in 2009 for the first time and immediately sensed that he was a special player," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "But more importantly, over the years I grew to know that he is a special person. I'll miss him."

Ruiz caught Cole Hamels' no-hitter in July of last season, marking the catcher's fourth no-no behind the plate, tying him for most in MLB history with Jason Varitek.

"He’s a tremendous catcher and it just shows," Hamels said after no-hitting the Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 25. "If he wasn’t, he wouldn’t be catching this many no-hitter, perfect games. All of us have been fortunate enough to have him."

(More coming...)

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

HBO's Last Week Tonight

Philly Mayor goes to bat for Eagles fans, cheesesteaks against John Oliver

Charter schools. They're complicated!

After watching John Oliver's segment on them over the weekend, you'd agree there is plenty of nuance involved in the charter school debate. But also that some of them are dirty as all get out. An underground nightclub at a SCHOOL? Jeez. That can't be okay anywhere.

It's a solid segment. But it also took a couple of unneeded digs at the city of Philadelphia, its cuisine, and its sports fans.

That irked the Mayor of Philadelphia and he fought back today on Twitter.

"Agree on charter oversight but English soccer fan who eats fish from newsprint can't judge Eagles fans, cheesesteaks," Jim Kenney tweeted.

Take that you fish-eating Brit!

You can also watch the entire John Oliver segment from Last Week Tonight below.