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:
The Sixers made some roster tweaks on Wednesday night.
The team waived forward Carl Landry and center Tibor Pleiss, while officially announcing the signing of guard Anthony "Cat" Barber.
The Sixers were expected to cut Pleiss, who was acquired last Friday in a trade with the Jazz. On July 21, Barber and the Sixers reportedly agreed to a partially guaranteed deal.
Landy, a 32-year-old veteran, played one season with the Sixers after being acquired last summer in a trade with the Kings, a deal in which he was essentially a toss-in as it revolved around bringing Nik Stauskas to Philadelphia. Landry, who was under contract for 2016-17 at $6.75 million, battled injury to start 2015-16 and ended up playing in 36 games (12 starts), averaging 9.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Barber, 6-foot-3, 173 pounds, will fight for a roster spot at point guard during training camp. The 22-year-old went undrafted in June after declaring following his junior season at NC State in which he averaged 23.5 points per game, seventh most in the country and best in the ACC.
Ben Simmons' fellow NBA rookies may not think too highly of him, but when the best basketball player on the planet is giving him pointers, he must be doing something right.
On Tuesday, a photo of Simmons and LeBron James dribbling side by side started making the rounds on Instagram. That's right. The Sixers' number-one overall draft pick and franchise savior is apparently training with the four-time league MVP and reigning world champion.
Those workouts continued on Wednesday, when 12-time All-Star Dwayne Wade posted a photo of himself, Simmons and James, as well as Richard Jefferson and Jordan McRae. That's some good company for a first-year player to keep.
What does all of this mean for Simmons and the Sixers? Hard to say, but it can't be a bad thing that the rookie point-forward is spending time with a pair of future first-ballot Hall of Famers. Surely he must be learning something.
That's good news for the Sixers, who hope that Simmons can even come close to living up to the lofty comparisons some have drawn to James already.
Tommy Joseph is back in the starting lineup … as he's expected to be for most of the final month of the season. Joseph bats fourth behind third baseman Maikel Franco.
Joseph did not start Tuesday night in the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Washington Nationals. The 25-year-old is hitting .251 with 17 home runs and 34 RBIs.
The slugger has a significantly higher average against left-handed pitching than righties, despite clubbing 12 of his 17 homers against right-handed pitchers.
Joseph has yet to faced Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez.
In other lineup notes, Tyler Goeddel gets the start in left field and will hit eighth, while A.J. Ellis gets his second start as a Phillie. He'll catch Adam Morgan.
Here is the full lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Maikel Franco, 3B
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Aaron Altherr, RF
6. Freddy Galvis, SS
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Tyler Goeddel, LF
9. Adam Morgan, P
For more on tonight's game, read Steven Tydings' game notes.