Moyer in NYC: Phils Get Their Voodoo On?

Moyer in NYC: Phils Get Their Voodoo On?


Jamie Moyer will be handed the ball this evening to try and help the Phillies bounce back from an 8-3 drubbing last night at Yankee Stadium. When Jamie takes the mound, you never know what to expect. His previous two outings demonstrate that perfectly.

Moyer pitched a fantastic complete game eleven days ago against the Padres at Citizens Bank Park in which he held San Diego to seven hits and two earned runs en route to a Phils victory. This past Friday night in Boston, Moyer got absolutely annihilated by the Red Sox to the tune of nine earned runs on nine hits in a whopping one inning of work. It made the already uncomfortable seats at Fenway Park even a bit more irksome for the Phillies fans in attendance.

Will good or bad Moyer show up this evening?

The Phillies will counter Alex Rodriguez's return to the Yankees lineup as DH by adding the potent bats of Greg Dobbs (DH) and Wilson Valdez to the lineup with Brian Schneider doing the catching duties.

You may be asking yourself, "why in the world is Greg Dobbs the DH?" I'm not sure entirely, but Charlie Manuel loves his matchups, and Dobbs is a career 4-6 off of Yankees starter A.J. Burnett while Schneider is a career 9-24 of the wild Yankees right-hander.

The Phillies may finally be trying to jump start their wretched play by mixing things up. Ruben Amaro Jr. reportedly met with all of the coaching staff this afternoon and Chase Utley's locker looked a bit strange today.

From Todd Zolecki, we hear that Chase Utley may have been tempting the baseball gods prior to the game with some sort of voodoo, "There's an
arrangement of bats, a banana, an orange, an apple and a Red Bull can
next to Utley's locker."

J.C. Romero was not impressed, via Ryan Lawrence, "I believe in God, I don't believe in that
(crap)."

It was just two weeks ago that I suggested they sacrifice a whole chicken to change their losing ways. Perhaps that's next?

First pitch around 7:05 from New York.

screen grab via JaysonWerthsBeard

>>For an Elder Statesman, Change Is a Constant [NYTimes]

Video: Phils try some voodoo:

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

Source: Phillies agree to 1-year deal with reliever Joaquin Benoit

The Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $7.5 million contract with right-handed reliever Joaquin Benoit, a source tells CSN's Jim Salisbury.

Benoit, 39, was the 11th-oldest pitcher in baseball last season, but he's remained effective as he's aged. Since 2010, Benoit has a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, he's struck out 10.0 batters per nine innings while walking 2.8, and allowed a .189 batting average.

Benoit has also maintained his velocity through the years. His fastball averaged 94.2 mph last season, which is actually faster than it was in 2010.

Benoit has been in the majors for 15 years, spending eight with Texas, three with Detroit, two with San Diego, one with Tampa Bay and a half-season apiece with Seattle and Toronto.

Benoit has experience closing but has spent the majority of his career as a setup man. Benoit, along with Hector Neris, figures to have a place in the eighth or ninth inning for the Phillies in 2017, perhaps pushing last year's closer, Jeanmar Gomez, back to the seventh inning.

The Phillies have not yet officially announced the signing of Benoit and will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster to make room for him.

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Not So Fast Joel Embiid: Nik Stauskas's dad claims his son is the original 'The Process'

Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.

After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" --  to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."

"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."

He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...

"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."

                         [Related: Joel Embiid feels 'The Process' is about him]

And if you hit up YouTube, there is is, a 21-minute documentary about a younger Nik Stauskas.

"If this does blow up, there may be some royalty fees he owes me," Nik adds. "I'll have to bring that up to Joel."

"He's got the cheddar," Paul says. "So he can pay up."

You can listen to the Stauskas family podcast in full below.