The weekend began with blowouts for the Phillies before things got better on Sunday.
The Brewers scored 12 runs on 13 hits in each of their two wins over the Phils on Friday and Saturday. Ryan Braun homered twice Friday night, while Ji-Man Choi recorded his first ever grand slam off Luis Garcia on Saturday.
So with Zach Eflin on the mound yesterday afternoon, the Phils avoided an embarrassing sweep with a 4-3 win. Eflin led the way with a nine strikeout performance. The Phillies scored all of their runs Sunday on either walks or plays that resulted in an out. So the offense, which recorded four hits, is still struggling.
The miserable road trip out west continued at home this weekend. After a hot start to the season, are the Phillies falling back to Earth? Rhys Hoskins came back Saturday and hit a three-run homer, which was the second best thing to happen this weekend for the team. Other than that, it wasn’t fun.
Well except for the reunion of the 1993 team sans Dutch, Lenny Dykstra, and Jim Fregosi. Curt Schilling, a former teammate of Gabe Kapler when they were with the Red Sox, still keeps in touch with the current Phillies manager:
Schilling says the two have texted each other frequently this season.
“I have been texting him all year, back and forth, been in his ear a little bit and trying to find from my side what it is like and what he is going through,” Schilling said.
Kapler was second-guessed in his first game as manager when he pulled Aaron Nola with a 5-0 lead, a runner on second and one out in the sixth inning after the righthander had thrown just 68 pitches in an eventual 8-5 loss to the Braves.
“I was laughing because I am a pitcher and I was offended when he went out there and took his pitcher out after five or six innings,” said Schilling, a noted workhorse who had 83 career complete games. “But he is never going to make the same mistake twice, and I think that is a huge thing. He is accountable.”
The Phils have a day off today to regroup. They’ll start a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Citizens Bank Park Tuesday night. After that, they’ll see the Brewers again, but this time in Milwaukee.
In two weeks, the team will play in Washington against the Nationals. For some reason, the game was picked for Sunday Night Baseball:
The Phillies-Nats game on June 24 has been picked for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. It’ll be the Phillies’ first time on since April 21, 2013.
— Matt Gelb (@MattGelb) June 10, 2018
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The Sixers can finally move on from “Collargate.” They’ll have a number of draft prospects coming in today, including Miles Bridges and Lonnie Walker IV. Mikal Bridges will workout for the team tomorrow.
Kevin dives into prospects the team might take with the 26th pick.
Some final “Collargate” stuff. Woj mentioned Bryan Colangelo wanted to get rid of Brett Brown and replace him with either Mike D’Antoni or Jay Wright. What if.
The big question is who will replace the man with the big collars? Brett Brown will assume Colangelo’s role until a permanent GM is found.
Speaking of Bryan Long Collars, Game of Zones and the Malamut brothers did a great job of mocking him and the entire burner account saga.
There’s video of Markelle Fultz shooting on his back, which matches what “Still Balling” tweeted out.
Finally, Joel Embiid is officially on LeBron recruiting mode:
Trust The Process!!!! Find a new slant @KingJames
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) June 9, 2018
The Eagles are off today, but start mandatory minicamp tomorrow, which runs through Thursday. They had some fun this weekend at the Kenny Chesney concert:
— Cindy Webster (@CindyWeb94) June 10, 2018
Super Bowl Champion Doug Pederson leading an EAGLES chant because he’s the GOAT pic.twitter.com/rPdakVzHVJ
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) June 10, 2018
So much for the team “abandoning their fans” last week. Stupid politics.
Everyone on the team wants to win another Super Bowl, including Brandon Graham, who enters this season on the final year of his current contract.
One of the new guys on the team is wide receiver Mike Wallace. He’s in love with the playbook:
“There’s enough to go around for everybody,” Wallace said. “So that’s what makes it great. It’s not just one guy do this. … Just studying my playbook, I got excited. I can see why they score so many points. The type of plays they have, it’s hard for us to learn, so I know it’s going to be hard for defenses to stop.”
Wallace added that the Eagles can put “anybody in any spot,” and coach Doug Pederson is fond of mixing personnel. Look for that to continue this season with the depth the Eagles have assembled on offense. There will be times when they play heavier packages with two tight ends after the addition of Dallas Goedert. They can spread teams out with four wide receivers. They can use multiple running backs, with Darren Sproles as a chess piece. It’s not just one player.
Rasul Douglas had an up-and-down rookie season. He thinks he’s gotten better, but so has the entire cornerback group:
“It’s just hard,” Douglas said this week about the crowded corner situation. “We all come here with the same goals to compete, and be the guys who play a lot of snaps, but we all don’t use that as a model of [hoping the other guy fails]. We all talk to each other. We’re all tight friends — we do everything together, play video games together, watch film. We’re a family.
“I feel like every spot is open right now. … You’ve got to show the coaches you can play, and that you understand everything mentally. Physically, we’re all in the league for a reason. Mentally, can you sustain the playbook, can you be a guy we can depend on to make plays and be the same person every day?”
Schwartz indicated recently that he sees Douglas as an outside corner. There has been talk that Darby could be traded, but if he is, Jones might have the inside track on replacing him, and Mills seems to have a firm grip on the other outside spot.
“I like myself outside, but I can play anything – I can play safety; I can play corner, nickel — it doesn’t really matter,” Douglas said. “I think [Schwartz] has given everybody a chance at practice one day to play the nickel spot.” Douglas acknowledged that smaller, shiftier players are more likely choices there.
Could the Eagles be interested in two players that might enter the NFL Supplemental Draft?
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— AntSanPhilly (@AntSanPhilly) June 10, 2018
Could the Flyers target center Jesperi Kotkaniemi, one of the top centers in the NHL Draft, as a option by trading up?
In other sports news, the Golden State Warriors won their second straight NBA championship and third title in four years after sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in what could be LeBron’s last game with the Cavs. Kevin Durant was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row.
Justify won the Belmont Stakes and became the 13th Triple Crown winner in history and the second in four years. Bob Baffert won his second Triple Crown. But did one of his other horses block competitors to help Justify win?
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In the news, flooding across the city forced I-76 eastbound to shut down earlier today.
We’re a day away from the monumental summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
At the Tony Awards, Robert De Niro said this:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 11, 2018