Your Wednesday Morning Roundup

Chris Jastrzembski - September 13, 2017

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The Phillies played 15 innings with the Miami Marlins. They won 9-8 on a Nick Williams walkoff double.

Speaking of their young core, Rhys Hoskins did the thing again. Twice.

Here’s some interesting Rhys stats:

Nick Williams, who also joined MLB Tonight after the win, believes Hoskins is an alien, and Hoskins is fine with that:

The lineup was one that we could see come 2018, with a move or two in the infield. JP Crawford started at second base before moving to third in place of Maikel Franco.

Meanwhile, Nick Pivetta continues to struggle. He pitched five innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits while striking out four. He needs more work.

Phils-Fish again tonight. Aaron Nola for the Phils against Miami’s Dan Straily.

The roundup:

The Phillies and the Atlanta Braves joined forces to make special accommodations for Marlin families:

The Braves provided tickets to the Six Flags and Stone Mountain amusement parks and the World of Coca-Cola museum, along with free tickets to the games at SunTrust Park. When the Marlins arrived in the visiting clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, they found a stack of complimentary tickets to the Franklin Institute, the Adventure Aquarium and the Philadelphia Zoo. Reliever Brad Ziegler said the Phillies also told the Marlins players they would be providing catered postgame food for family members.

“The Braves and Phillies have been unbelievable,” Ziegler said. “The Braves gave us a letter when we got there, and it basically said, ‘We’re sorry for the circumstances you’re in and we’re going to make your stay as comfortable as possible.’ They were extremely generous. It was right in line with Southern, Georgia hospitality.”

They also unveiled their 2018 schedule:

They might play the Mets in Williamsport as part of the MLB’s Little League Classic on August 19.

Turning to the Eagles, who made a number of moves yesterday:

IN: T Victor Salako, CB De’Vante Bausby (a former Kansas City Chief), K Jake Elliott
OUT: CB C.J. Smith, WR Greg Ward
IR: K Caleb Sturgis

With Sturgis on injured reserve, that means he’ll have to miss at least the next eight games, and he may have lost his job if Elliott can perform well in his absence. If not, he can be activated from IR after eight games and will be the first of the team’s two players they can take off of IR.

How did the local and national media react to the season opening win?

Kevin detailed the Eagles and their use of the “bubble screen.”

Jim Schwartz isn’t trying to overthrow Doug Pederson’s reign as head coach.

It’s never too early to preview Big Red’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Also, former Eagles Randall Cunningham, Donovan McNabb, Ricky Watters, Terrell Owens, Eric Allen, Brian Dawkins, and former head coach Dick Vermeil were named nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown thinks the next step in Joel Embiid’s development is his consistency to play top-tier basketball in the NBA.

Small forward Robert Covington was 55th in ESPN’s top 100 player rankings.

Stats & Info: You can make a case that no truly impact player flies under the radar more than Covington. Though he was named on just nine of 99 media ballot for All-Defense consideration, Covington led all non-bigs in Defensive Real Plus-Minus last season and, according to RPM’s wins metric, ranked among the 35 most valuable players in the league. Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and even JJ Redick will likely get more attention, but Covington is just as important to Philadelphia’s mission of making the playoffs in 2017-18.

Covington joins JJ Redick (87), Markelle Fultz (86) and Ben Simmons (84) on the list. The top 50 isn’t out yet, so hence no Embiid.

Flyers goaltender Michal Neuvirth is a new father.

Meanwhile, the Flyers have their rookie game tonight against the Islanders at the Wells Fargo Center.

One of those guys that’ll make an appearance is goaltender Alex Lyon, who is looking to take advantage of Anthony Stolarz’s injury and become the top netminder in Lehigh Valley.

Speaking of the Flyers, we have a new Flyers reporter:

Villanova announced their complete 2017-18 schedule, with all but one of their home games being held at the Wells Fargo Center. Josh Hart already has his season prediction:

Philadelphia is getting an indoor lacrosse team once again.

In other sports news, Charles Oakley still hates James Dolan.

The Cleveland Indians won their 20th straight game, tying an American League record.

Kobe Bryant will have both of his Lakers numbers retired later in December against the Warriors.

ESPN is having a great week so far!

Hill tweeted that President Donald Trump was a white supremacist. Think before you tweet.

Kyle: ESPN has no idea what they’re doing. First they give people platforms ostensibly to share their views – which in this case might not be all that far from the truth – and then they disavow that view if it doesn’t poll well with their Middle America audience that they’ve already pissed off by putting that person on-air in the first place. Just own what you do and stop trying to toe the line.

40-year-old Stephon Marbury hopes to make an NBA comeback later this season after wrapping up his Chinese Basketball Association season. He last played in the NBA back in 2009.

Jon Jones’ B-sample has turned positive after failing his drug test while fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 214.

Even though Sergio Dipp dominated Twitter Monday night and Tuesday morning, you probably missed out on Jim Mora:

From reader Alex, Andy Reid went back to the pickle juice last Thursday:

In the news, Apple has unveiled many of their new products in time for the holidays, especially the new iPhones.

Alligators are probably on the loose in Florida.

Interesting…

 

4 Comments

  • Knee grows September 13, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Yawn….

    Reply
  • Wake Up September 13, 2017 at 9:02 am

    J. Hill should be F I R E D. End of story.

    Reply
  • wow September 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    there is more info contained in this one post than there was on this site from June – September!

    Reply
  • REDUNDANCY September 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Dude, the Andy Reid pickle juice jawn was in YESTERDAY’S roundup…

    Reply
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