It's Possible Chase's Slump Is Over

It's Possible Chase's Slump Is Over

After getting off to a painfully slow start, Chase Utley and the Phils are on a hot streak, with Utley going 5-5 in the team's 5th consecutive win. True they're playing a team many people picked to be the worst in baseball, but we'll take it. Utley had 3 RBI and 2 doubles, taking him to 13 two-baggers on the season, and raised his average from .250 to .296.

The Phils did nearly everything right tonight, with Jon Lieber turning in his second straight solid start since coming out of the bullpen last week. Howard crushed a homer. Rowand took his hitting streak to 13 games. Rollins hit his NL-leading 8th home run. The only negative was--predictably--Matt Smith, who walked three batters and had to be relieved in the top of the 7th. You're telling me there isn't a better LHP than this guy?

The Phils go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, when Cole Hamels goes up against Shawn Hill (1-2, 2.92 ERA).

Cat-lover Ben Simmons raises his 2 Savannah cats to support #RaiseTheCat

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Cat-lover Ben Simmons raises his 2 Savannah cats to support #RaiseTheCat

It all started with a simple tweet at 1:58 p.m.

Ben Simmons asked his Twitter following about the cat.

One hour and 19 minutes later, Simmons decided to participate himself.

With his two Savannah cats.

For those out of the loop, Sixers fan @GipperGrove started the social media movement — one we can surely affirm is one the world has never seen before — in which fans raise their cats after each Sixers win, which there have been plenty of recently.

The Sixers won their third straight game on Friday night, squeaking out a 93-92 win over the Trail Blazers and are now 8-2 in their last 10 games. Joel Embiid is legit, and this team, in Year 4 of The Process, is making basketball great again in Philly. And all of this without Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick who's still rehabing a Jones fracture in his right foot.

To celebrate Simmons' cat-raising, @GipperGrove pinned this to his Twitter page.

#RaiseTheCat lives on.