Philadelphia Descends Upon RFK

Philadelphia Descends Upon RFK

Somebody once told me there really is no such thing as a Nationals fan.  After attending Friday night's Phillies game at RFK stadium, I'd have to disagree.  There are about four of them.  I found it quite sad that in the final weekend of their ball park, nobody in DC seems to care about the Nationals.

The outfield was full of rowdy Phillies fans who made the quick trip down to our nation's capital to watch the Phils bats finally come alive.  Philadelphia lived up to it's reputation as being well traveled, loud, drunk, and obnoxious.  A group of about 50+ Phillies fans all sat in centerfield and formed what was the loudest cheering section of the entire ball park.

I caught a quick video of part of this crew on their way out of the stadium.  They just so happened to cross paths with a Mets fan.  Enjoy their chanting after the jump.

Also, Saturday night's game just got under way.  Chase Utley put the Phils up fast with a homer and a 1-0 lead.  The Mets have notched a win, so the Phils will need to keep pace.  Discuss it all here.

Even after beating the Nationals, Phillies fans voice their distaste for those New York Mets.  This video is NSFW, of course.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

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 makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

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.