Listen, sometimes we get duped. It happens.
But not all of us are national television sports talkers who fall for fake tweets about man boobs, which happened to Skip Bayless today.
Watch the video first, then I’ll explain what happened:
— cK (@ClipperKyle) June 19, 2019
Okay, anyway, that is obviously not true. Chris Paul did not make fun of James Harden’s man boobs at practice. The “report” came from famous Twitter troll “Sports Talk Barry,” who posted this last night, after the jump:
We haven’t done much on the NBA Draft this summer, probably for two reasons:
- There was a bit of Sixers fatigue after a long grind of a season and tough game seven loss to Toronto.
- They don’t pick until #24 anyway, so this draft isn’t as critical as it was last year and in years prior.
That said, there’s still a big opportunity for the Sixers to add a key piece tomorrow night. We’ve seen players like Pascal Siakam, Kyle Kuzma, and Landry Shamet selected in the late 1st round in recent years, an area of the draft that featured a lot of Sixer whiffs during the Bryan Colangelo years. With the franchise on a more accelerated timeline and holding higher expectations in 2019, you’re looking more for that 21 or 22-year-old junior or senior, somebody with a more polished game who can step in and contribute right away. There’s no time for developmental projects, not with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons now firmly established as NBA stars.
Here’s a roundup of Sixer notes from various mock drafts, after the jump:
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Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer broke his nose yesterday during pregame batting practice after a half-assed effort to lay down a bunt.
WATCH – Max Scherzer, who's scheduled to start Wednesday, was hit in the face by a ball during batting practice.
— Nationals on MASN (@masnNationals) June 18, 2019
Many a mortal man would have needed at least a day or two to recover from such an injury, but not Scherzer, apparently:
Max Scherzer update: Dave Martinez is convinced the ace will start the second game of the doubleheader tonight. Scherzer is going through his normal routine and, according to Martinez, the Nats had not heard from him by 11:15 a.m.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) June 19, 2019
Hockey player type stuff right there.
While a broken nose may not keep him from pitching, it’s possible the rain that has wreaked havoc on this series over the past two nights could keep him out. The weather forecasts in D.C. are once again less than promising, and that may not be such a bad thing for the Phillies.
Scherzer is 5-5 with a 2.81 ERA this season while striking out 12.3 batters per nine innings and holding opposing hitters to a .230 batting average. He’s been outstanding over his last four starts, pitching to a 1.29 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 28 IP while limiting opponents to a .530 OPS. In 18 career games against the Phillies, he’s 9-3 with a 2.60 ERA.
The banged up and slumping Phillies got a bit of a reprieve the last two nights from Mother Nature as poor weather conditions forced back-to-back postponements in Washington. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, who would’ve been out of the lineup each of the last two nights after taking a foul tip straight off, well, you know, is back behind the dish for Game 1 of today’s day-night double-header with the Nationals. Despite the Phillies’ recent struggles, they sit only 2 1/2 games behind the Braves in the NL East as play opens today, while the surging Nationals come in at 33-38 and look to get back into the division race. Let’s take a look at how the two teams stack up in the afternoon matchup–weather permitting.
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Phillies Nationals Odds
Here are the Phillies-Nationals odds for Game 1 of today’s double-header:
|Phillies||+1.5 (-130)||+160||O 9.5 (-115)|
|Nationals||-1.5 (+107)||-190||U 9.5 (-106)|
|Phillies||+1.5 (-120)||+155||O 9.5 (-115)|
|Nationals||-1.5 (+105)||-186||U 9.5 (-105)|
There are some pretty steep odds in this one as the Nationals come in as a strong favorite. If you’re looking to back the Phillies on the moneyline, you can get the best payout at DraftKings Sportsbook, while you can save a little on the Nationals with PointsBet. The totals market is fairly similar at both sportsbooks, with the over being the slightly more pricey side.
#Phillies Lineup 06/19/19
1. Jean Segura SS
2. Bryce Harper RF
3. Scott Kingery 3B
4. Rhys Hoskins 1B
5. J.T. Realmuto C
6. Sean Rodriguez LF
7. Roman Quinn CF
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Zach Eflin P
Starting Pitcher : Zach Eflin
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) June 19, 2019
Analysis: Cesar Hernandez had been struggling out of the leadoff spot recently, so the Phillies hope he can get it going in the unfamiliar No. 8 spot where he is hitting .286 this season in two games. Roman Quinn is back and will play for the Phillies for the first time since April 24. Jean Segura has been ice-cold lately, hitting only .185 with a .614 OPS in 62 plate appearances this month. He’s got a good matchup today against Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, who he is 7 for 11 against in his career. Bryce Harper has also had success against Corbin, going 5 for 13 with three doubles.
Zach Eflin has been the Phillies’ best starter this season. He’s 6-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 13 starts and is 2-0 with a 4.05 ERA in three career starts at Nationals Park.
#Nationals Lineup 06/19/19
1. Trea Turner SS
2. Adam Eaton RF
3. Anthony Rendon 3B
4. Juan Soto LF
5. Matt Adams 1B
6. Brian Dozier 2B
7. Gerardo Parra CF
8. Yan Gomes C
9. Patrick Corbin P
Starting Pitcher : Patrick Corbin
— Daily MLB Lineups (@DailyMLBLineup) June 19, 2019
Analysis: Trea Turner has a .997 OPS in 64 plate appearances this month. Gerardo Parra is 3 for 4 in his career against Eflin with a homer, while Anthony Rendon is 4 for 10 with a double.
Corbin, who signed a six-year deal worth $140 million this past offseason with Washington, has underwhelmed thus far. He’s 5-5 with a 4.11 ERA, which is decent, but has struggled in June. In two starts this month, he’s allowed 10 earned runs in only 10 IP, including three homers and seven walks. Ugly.
General Betting Trends
The Phillies are only 3-6 this season when a moneyline underdog of +130 or greater. If the moneyline closes in the same neighborhood as the current +160, this game will mark only the fourth time this season that the Phillies will be an underdog of greater than +140. They are 1-2 this season in such games. They lost twice in Los Angeles earlier this month, but did beat Washington on the road, 8-2, back on April 2.
Despite Eflin’s success this season, the Phillies are only 6-7 in his 13 starts and only 1-4 in his starts as an underdog. Meanwhile, Washington is only 5-6 as favorites when Corbin starts.
The Nationals have not been a good bet as a moneyline favorite this season. They are only 21-22 in this role, netting a $100 per game bettor -$846 in those 43 games. They are also only 3-5 this season when favored by -190 or more and 5-5 when favored between -170 and -200. That’s…not good. They’ve also struggled against right-handed starters at home this season, going only 10-14.
While all of that is working in the Phillies’ favor, they are only 3-8 against left-handed starters on the road this season and a miserable 1-7 against left-handed starters on the road as an underdog.
Certainly, Corbin hasn’t thrown well during the month of June, but this is a good matchup for him. The Phillies haven’t played well lately and they’ve been flat-out terrible against LH starters on the road this season. I’m not interested in dropping -190 on Washington, but I’ll grab them at a more reasonable price on the run line and lock them in to grab Game 1 of today’s double-header.
I did the “50 More Hot Takes” column last week and I’d like to refer you to hot take #50 to begin this post:
Parents who yell at their kids, the coach, or the referees at a youth sporting event should be immediately escorted from the premises and put on six months of probation.
I’d like to extend that to parents who beat the shit out of each other at little league baseball games, which happened Tuesday in Lakewood, Colorado:
These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in particular to ID the man in the white shirt/teal shorts. Several people have already been cited in this fight and injuries were reported. pic.twitter.com/ieenhwCrbU
— Lakewood Police (@LakewoodPDCO) June 18, 2019
Just total insanity, totally ridiculous behavior from these “adults,” especially the guy at the 20 second mark who clocks the other dude when he’s not even looking.
What is an appropriate punishment for these fools?
Probation? Jail? 100 hours of community service? Being forced to re-watch the Phillies’ 2015 season?
Chuck Fletcher is wheeling and dealing, though I’m not sure if his moves are any good. Radko Gudas for Matt Niskanen? Seven million dollars a year for seven years of Kevin Hayes?
Anthony and Russ discussed all of that on this morning’s Snow the Goalie podcast.
Here’s some of the national reaction to what the Flyers are doing:
In which Kevin Hayes, a 27 year old who has broken 20 goals once and 50 points once, now has the 18th highest AAV for a center in the NHL.
Unrestricted Free Agency. Catch the FEVER, BABY! https://t.co/o6XTxRlHTB
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 19, 2019
A handful of the guys in the same range as Hayes:
- Ryan O’Reilly – $7,500,000 AAV
- Evgeny Kuznetsov – $7,800,00 AAV
- Ryan Kesler – $6,875,000 AAV
- Patrice Bergeron – $6,875,000 AAV
All four of those dudes have posted multiple 50-point seasons. Bergeron is 33 and Kesler is 34, but O’Reilly is 28 and Kuznetsov is 27, so they’re more comparable in age to Hayes.
More after the jump:
Let’s check in on former Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra.
Well here’s a story on NJ.Com describing how Nails lost his dentures and had to go search the dumpster behind a Jersey Mike’s Subs in Linden, where he lives.
“The bread is so hard on those subs,” Dykstra told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday. “I took my teeth out and put them in a napkin, folded it up and forget them there.”
Dykstra left the restaurant which is about two miles from his home and later realized he’d forgotten his teeth in the napkin.
“When I went back, the workers said they threw all the napkins in the garbage,” Dykstra said. “I told them there was no f—- way I was leaving without my f—- teeth.”
The dentures are specially made with bone marrow and valued at $80,000, he said.
Hang on –
Lenny has dentures that are worth $80 grand? That’s wild.
I guess he chronicled most of this online, which I didn’t even notice until now. Those video clips after the jump:
It’s not every day you see the Flyers lead off the Morning Roundup in the summer.
But they do today. They made two notable moves on Tuesday, with the biggest agreeing to terms with recently acquired forward Kevin Hayes on a long-term deal.
It’s seven years and $50 million, an average annual value (AAV) of about $7.14 million. Which is a lot of money for a player that’s only scored 25 goals once in his career. He did have a career-high 55 points last year with the New York Rangers and Winnipeg Jets.
He’ll be the third-highest paid forward on the team behind Claude Giroux ($8.275 million) and Jake Voracek ($8.25 million) and just in front of James van Riemsdyk’s $7-million cap hit.
The reaction so far from the majority of people think he was overpaid, which I do agree with too. He does have a lot to prove with that cap hit, but if he can be at least a 25-goal a year guy and crack 55 or 60 points, it should be worth it. But the back-end of the contract could hurt the team in the long-term.
Prior to the reported signing, the team traded for another veteran defenseman, Justin Braun of the San Jose Sharks. Braun is a veteran right-hander that should compete for the sixth spot.
The team also released their preseason schedule if anybody cares.
And for all the reaction you need on Chuck Fletcher’s recent trades, listen to a brand new edition of Snow The Goalie.
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