Phillies reel in a Trout

There is good news and bad news this morning for the Phillies.

And no, neither of them have anything to do with Jonathan Papelbon's neck. That's a blog for another day.

The bad news? Mike Trout is in town. The MVP and pride of Millville, N.J., will bring his California Angels to town for a two-game inter-league series.

Trout grew up as a Phillies fan and is generally regarded as the best young player in the game. Right now his stats boast a .273 batting average, 7 home runs, 22 RBIs and 4 stolen bases in 22 games.

So what's the good news for the Phils - coming off a devastating blown opportunity to sweep the Mets on Sunday? That's easy. Mike Trout is in town.

In case you haven't noticed, the Phillies are not attracting the sell-out crowds that used to flock to Citizens Bank Park in South Philly every night.

But a big contingent of South Jersey fans are likely to trek across the bridge to see their hero.

It's a crucial homestand for the Phillies, who have 16 of their next 19 games at the Bank.

They need to make up ground, and avoid the kind of giveaways that haunted them in New York.

But first they need to reel in a Trout.

Cliff Lee will get the chance tonight.

Jack McCaffery reports the Phillies, including Ryan Howard, are looking forward to seeing the local whiz kid in the flesh.