Not What the Phillies Needed

Not What the Phillies Needed


You see that picture to the right?  That's Pat Burrell roughly 4 nanoseconds before watching strike three zoom into the catchers mitt.

It just so happened that I found myself with some great seats for Monday's game against the Cubbies at Citizens Bank Park.  When I walked into the suite I noticed the label on our neighboring suite read The Lieber Family.  If you've sat in a suite at CBP you'd know that you have your little inside area with a bar setup and TV, etc.  But in the outside seating portion you are basically sitting next to the suites to your right and left, much like any other seat in the park.

Perhaps one of the more awkward situations I've been in at a baseball game occurred when one of the young ladies I was with who had never been to a Phillies game said something to the effect of, "this guy is really sucking, huh?" This after Lieber gave up a 3 run homer in the first inning.  Being roughly 4-6 seats away, the look on many of the Lieber clan's faces was rather unpleasant.

Anyway, the Phillies performance as a whole was pretty similar.

The one positive from the evening was the atmosphere at the park for portions of the game.  The Phillies gave all fans a towel with the Phillies 'P' on it.  When Jose Hernandez came to pinch hit with the bases loaded, the vibe in the crowd was electric.  The entire park was waving their towels in anticipation and excitement even though the Phillies were down by 6 runs.  Hernandez hit a grand slam and the crowd ate it up.

I can't imagine what this place would feel like in a real playoff atmosphere.  It'd be awesome.

A video of Ryan Howard NOT hitting his 58th HR and a picture after the jump.

This video is a waste of your time.  It looked good before I uploaded it to YouTube, I swear.

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P