Sarge Matthews Not Impressive in Debut

Sarge Matthews Not Impressive in Debut

  Gary "Sarge" Matthews 
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The boys of summer made their Comcast debut yesterday against the Yankees in spring training ball.  It was a beautiful Florida day, the sun was shining, the grass was green, and Harry the K's voice was heard on televisions all across the Delaware Valley.  It was a glimpse of warmer months ahead with flashes of Cole Hamels' brilliance.  It gave me that itch.

Fans also got to hear the sultry sounds of Gary "Sarge" Matthews in his new role as part of the Phillies broadcast team.  Level contributer Matt P. suggested Sarge sounds much like the creepy old guy from Family Guy.  Granted, it was their first day as a new crew, but put me down as not impressed.  His voice is very soft and somewhat monotone -- the kind of voice you'd expect to hear doing a PGA event.  Somewhat Ironically, while the Phillies were playing on Comcast on Sunday, the familiar sounds of Scott Graham could be heard on another Comcast station, CN8.  Graham was one of the announcers doing Drexel basketball's game against Virginia Commonwealth in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.  Drexel was downed 63-56, leaving them on the bubble.

I realize this was Matthews first day with the new squad and I won't write him off after one game, but it was not an encouraging performance.  Did yesterday's game leave other Phillies fans craving the Graham Slam?  Beerleauger gives a run down of some more serious observations, mainly outfield issues, from yesterday's exhibition.

Previously at The 700 Level: What Happened to Scott Graham?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: With only RHPs 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.