John Lannan was awesome on Monday night in the Phils series-opening victory over his former team, the Washington Nationals. Lannan got a standing ovation when he exited after completing the 8th inning with a zero under the Nationals' score. He allowed just four hits while striking out four and handing out two free passes. It's the kind of night you'd love to see Cole Hamels have this evening.
Hamels (3-11, 4.38) hasn't had that lengthy of clean outing all season. He's only pitched 8.0 innings or more on two occasions this year, and he hasn't done it since May 4th.
He is, however, coming off of two decent outings against the Pirates and Padres in which the Phils got the wins with Cole tossing 7.0 and 6.0 innings respectively.
Hamels will be up against right-hander Taylor Jordan (0-1, 2.70) this evening who is making just his third career start. Here's what you need to know about him from CSN:
A ninth-round pick in 2009, Jordan was 9-1 with a 1.00 ERA between Single A and Double A when the Nats called him up. He throws a four-seam fastball and a two-seam fastball in the 92-94 mph range and a slider and changeup in the low 80s. He’s thrown the sinker the most – about 46 percent of the time – and gotten beat the most with it. The opposition is 9 for 22 off it, compared to 2 for 20 against the other three offerings.
Just Say No to Joba
There were some troubling reports that the Phils could have some interest in Yankees' Joba Chamberlain. Beerleaguer does a nice job pointing out why a trade for him would make little sense for the Phils.
7:05 start at the Bank this evening. Look for Kulp in the stands. He says anyone who yells at him will earn a beer on him.
Position Title: Intern
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
Deadline: November 20
This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
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• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
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• Other various projects as assigned
1. Good oral and written communication skills.
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5. Must be 19 years of age or older
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7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA
Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.
About NBC internships
Another old friend is joining the Phillies' coaching staff as a guest instructor in Clearwater this spring.
Bobby Abreu will make his coaching debut, while Larry Bowa, Brad Lidge, Charlie Manuel, Dan Plesac and Mike Schmidt will all be back to assist in spring training.
Gabe Kapler has a lot of experience on his side as he prepares for his first camp as a major-league manager.
Abreu was a polarizing player in these parts, drawing criticism from fans for a perceived lack of hustle and not nearly enough praise for hitting .303/.416/.513 in his nine seasons with the Phils. He was one of the most complete players in the game during his peak from 1998 to 2006.
The Phillies' first workout with pitchers and catchers is Feb. 14 in Clearwater. Full-squad workouts begin on Feb. 19.