Game Chat: Phils Turn to Blanton Tonight to Secure Series Win Over Mets

Game Chat: Phils Turn to Blanton Tonight to Secure Series Win Over Mets

As a fan base reacts to the Phillies losing Roy Halladay for at least 6-8 weeks, the game goes on this evening as the Fightins take on the New York Mets in the second of three at Citi Field.

The offense got an injection of Ty Wigginton in yesterday's 8-4 victory and hope the career day (6 RBI!) can spark Wiggy's bat to stay hot just in time for Hitting Weather™. He'll bat cleanup tonight.

It'll be Joe Blanton (2-2, 4.55) going up against right-hander Jeremy Hefner (0-2, 6.17) this evening in Queens.

Blanton is coming off an ugly no-decision in his last start in which he lasted only 4.1 innings and got beat around for 7 earned on 10 hits. That was the wild contest in which the Phillies beat the Cardinals 10-9. His ERA has jumped from 2.96 to 4.55 over his last two starts and he's been giving up the long ball at an alarming rate.

It'll be just the second MLB start for Mets RHP Hefner, who got shelled in his first go around on May 24 against the Padres at Citi.

Carlos Ruiz is not in the lineup this evening after being evaluated in Philadelphia on Tuesday as well. According to David Hale, Chooch has a mild hamstring strain but is available to pinch hit this evening.

Charlie's lineup this evening: 1. Rollins, 2. Pierre, 3. Pence, 4. Wigginton (BEAST), 5. Victorino, 6. Polanco, 7. Galvis, 8. Schneider, 9. Blanton.

7:10 start from Flushing.


Some levity in the Halladay situation:

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Brown says 'nobody has any fears' over long-term impact on Fultz's shot

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Brown says 'nobody has any fears' over long-term impact on Fultz's shot

DETROIT — If you’re under the impression Markelle Fultz’s shooting game has been affected by his sore right shoulder, you’re not alone.

Sixers coach Brett Brown thinks so, too.

“There’s no doubt that it factors into what people question right now about his shot. There’s no doubt,” Brown said prior to the Sixers’ matchup Monday night in Detroit. “You don’t just walk a certain way for a long period of your life, and then all of the sudden, start to limp.”

Brown’s comments come on the heels of another worrisome shooting performance from Fultz, who made just 1 of 5 shots en route to six points in Saturday’s 128-94 blowout loss in Toronto.

It marked the second straight game Fultz logged only six points after he made just 2 of 9 shots in the Sixers’ home-opening loss to the Boston Celtics.

“(Fultz) doesn’t let on much. He doesn’t want to let on much,” Brown said. “But nobody’s hiding anything. It’s just, none of us can dismiss that it doesn’t factor into some of the shooting concerns that he might have. 

“What I do know is that the work he puts in, the work on his shoulder, all that stuff, nobody is dramatizing it. It’s consistent and I think it’s heading into the path that we want.”

Brown acknowledged that Fultz’s shoulder woes remain a cause for concern. That said, it appears Brown has no intention of sitting the 19-year-old sharpshooter, who has yet to attempt a three-pointer in his first three regular-season games, despite shooting 41.3 percent from behind the arc in his lone season season at the University of Washington.

“I’m trying to grow him and find minutes for him, and become a part of what we’re doing,” Brown said. “He’s obviously a huge part of our future. That kind of stuff is what’s mostly on my mind.”

Asked whether he had concerns about whether continuing to play Fultz could affect his shot down the road, Brown was quick to dismiss the notion, citing the opinion of the team’s medical staff. 

“I’m advised mostly by the medical people — that’s what I get worried about the most. And nobody has any fears,” Brown said. “Like we’ve said to Markelle, this is not going to define him. This first season is not going to define him. 

“He’s so compliant. When you really dig in deeper, and not get tricked by just statistics, he’s been good. He really has been good.”