This stick figure video pretty much sums up my interest in the Phillies right now.
It’s not good at all. They played two against the Nationals yesterday and lost both. The first game was a 3-1 defeat and featured Spencer Kieboom losing a tooth and hitting his first career home run:
It appears Spencer Kieboom spit out a tooth before hitting his first MLB homer. This is incredibly strange. pic.twitter.com/wtPObNPnBs
— Gabriel Baumgaertner (@gbaumgaertner) September 11, 2018
You probably saw it on TV or social media during the game or after. If you saw it live at Citizens Bank Park, congrats? You’re part of a really exclusive club:
First pitch of Phillies-Nationals. There are more blowtorches than fans. pic.twitter.com/rgNuUTyWKa
— Matt Breen (@matt_breen) September 11, 2018
That’s god damn bad.
They played the second game shortly after, and it looked like it would result in a win. The Phils scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth, four of them coming with two outs. A Jose Bautista homer in the eighth made it a 6-3 lead. Nothing wrong could happen, right?!
The Nationals scored twice in the ninth before Luis Garcia walked Trea Turner with the bases loaded and two outs to tie the game. In the following inning, Juan Soto hit a solo dinger to give the Nats the lead and eventually the win.
Don’t look now but the team is 74-70 and is dangerously approaching under .500 territory. They’ll wrap up the Nats series tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Aaron Nola is on the mound, thank God, against Stephen Strasburg. Get yourselves ready (for the end) with the latest episode of Crossed Up.
The good news with the Phillies falling off a cliff is that the Eagles are 1-0! They play Tampa Bay this Sunday, who could be without DeSean Jackson and Vernon Hargreaves.
The team worked out a handful of players, including quarterback Paxton Lynch and wide receivers Breshad Perriman and Kamar Aiken. The team ended up re-signing Aiken, per his agent. That’ll help a ‘meh’ wide receiver group as Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins are still hurt. They also made a change in their practice squad.
It was time for both coordinators to talk to the media. Jim Schwartz said Fletcher Cox played a ton to limit Bruce Hector before the team gives him a bigger role, while Mike Groh answered questions about the team’s offensive struggles and mentioned that Doug Pederson might name the starter at QB later today.
If Mike Garafolo is correct, we won’t see Carson Wentz out there for Week 2. Or maybe even Week 3:
Well, define “anytime soon.” Before the end of the season? Sure, I would say. Nick Foles played OK. There’s still some things they’re getting going down there. I spent the entire down there [in Philadelphia], I covered the game down there, I still get the sense that it could be a couple of more weeks for Carson Wentz. And then you look — he’s doing great, by the way, it’s not a question of his recovery. It’s just a question of ‘Are we really going to rush this when we can win games with Nick Foles’ Foles is playing well.
I will say, from everything I have been told, it starts from the top down. That Jeffrey Lurie understands if we affect this year to save the next 10 years, and again, it’s not a great effect when you’ve got Nick Foles there, he’s OK with that. And when you get that from the top down, then you can really have patience all the way through your organization.
Here’s the only thing I know for a fact: there’s no hard and fast plan right now as, ‘OK, we’re aiming for Week 3 or Week 5 or Week [unintelligible].’
And once you start to get a little bit further into the schedule, it gets a little tricky because they have a Thursday game, so do you really want to bring him in on a short week? They have a trip to London […] and then they have the bye after that. If he doesn’t play until Week 6, it wouldn’t surprise me. Or, I think that’s a short week. Week 5. If he doesn’t play until after the bye that wouldn’t surprise. He’s doing great. They’re having patience. And once again, it starts from the top down.
Finally, the broadcast team is… less than ideal.
Robert Covington is a top 50 NBA player, according to Sports Illustrated. And people don’t like him.
The Sixers will also hold their Blue x White scrimmage at the Palestra once again on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 PM.
The team’s Gaming Club re-signed their head coach. This is actual news.
Morgan Frost and Carter Hart are some of the young guns that would like to be on the Flyers, but are realistic in their chances:
When camp opens, the Flyers will have an open competition for the third- and fourth-line center spots.
“Hopefully there’s a chance for me to make it, and I’m just going to work my hardest and try to win one of those spots,” said Frost, who has been noticeably faster than the other players in rookie camp.
Frost, who had 112 points and a plus-70 rating for Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League last season, is in his second camp with the Flyers after being selected in the first round (27th overall) of the 2017 draft.
“I think there’s a different comfortability level,” he said. “It’s nice to know most of the guys and know the staff and just be comfortable on the ice. It’s a little nicer coming back and kind of knowing what’s going on.”
Training camp starts Friday but the team’s rookie game against the Islanders is today.
In other sports news, Detroit Lions players already don’t like Matt Patricia.
Martavis Bryant is a Raider again.
Penn State landed Joey Porter’s son.
In the news, Hurricane Florence is still a Category 4 storm but has shifted south.
Sportsradio 94 WIP and the other Entercom stations (KYW, WPHT, WOGL) are moving to a new location.
You can get paid to participate in a cheesesteak focus group. That’s a real sentence.