Phillies v. Marlins - Sunday, September 24
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The Phillies remain 1/2 game up on LA for the wild card.
Things aren't as they used to be at the ball park in South Philly. In recent weeks, when the Phillies take the field, I expect them to win.
In Sunday's series finale with the Marlins, Jamie Moyer got into a whole lot of trouble in the first inning allowing the Fish to take a quick 4-0 lead. My fellow fans (Birdman I'm looking at you) quickly wrote this game off as a loss. I felt like the Phillies were extremely capable of coming back from a four run defecit.
Then the 3rd inning went down.
In a matter of minutes, Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Chris Coste all hit home runs. Peppered in between the long balls were key plays by other guys: a nice sac bunt by Moyer, Shane's speed causing Hanley Ramirez to make an error, singles by Conine and Burrell, and even Abe Nunez took one for the team and got hit by a pitch. The tides turned when the Phils put up 7 runs in the fourth and the Fish were sent back to Florida with any remote hopes of a post season they had shattered.
The Phillies have been getting big contributions from almost everyone on the roster from the steady and expected J-Roll, Chase, Howard to the unheralded Coste, Ruiz, and Conine. Even Burrell made contact on Sunday, twice!
It was a great weekend for the Phillies, perhaps the only thing that didn't go their way was the success of LA and SD out on the west coast. The Phillies hold their destiny in their hands. The Dodgers are idle on Monday, so if the Phillies can beat Houston they can put a full game between themselves and LA leaving them both with 6 to play.
-Saturday's Game Post
The rain really came down during the delay:
If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.
He might also start the entire Braves series.
The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.
Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.
Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P
Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.
1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P
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Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.
The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.
But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.
Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.
Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.
The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.