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Bamboo Brad Miller, Maikel Franco Power Phils Past Mets

BWanksCB - June 25, 2019

A night after cranking out 19 hits and pounding the Mets for 13 runs to snap a seven-game losing streak, it appeared early on the Phillies were quickly reverting back to the frustratingly familiar form that has plagued this team for much of the past three weeks.

Then the sixth inning happened, and what an inning it was.

They dropped five runs on the Mets, highlighted by back-to-back shots off the bats of Maikel Franco and Brad Miller, to erase a 5-2 deficit. It was no doubt the turning point in the game, and, quite possibly, it could be a turning point in the team’s season. Gabe Kapler seems to think so. After the game, he called Franco’s two-run blast a “huge hit in our season.” My guess is we can probably expect to see Franco in the lineup again tomorrow. Just a hunch.

Miller, meanwhile, was fired up–from what he could remember.

“Maik just hit a huge, huge homer that was an incredible inning for us, so you know, I was just fired up. And then I blacked out. It felt good,” he said.

Oh, and this happened, too:

To recap:

  1. It started with what might have been an intentional 94 mph up and in fastball from Wilmer Font that plunked Scott Kingery. Wilson Ramos was set up inside, but two emotional homers, some celebrations, and the Mets/Phillies recent history would lead me to believe there may have been a little more something to it.
  2. A rightfully pissed off Gabe Kapler was tossed for the second time in four games after going 237 consecutive games to start his managerial career without getting run.
  3. Joe West was doing Joe West things here with the quick hook. We see you, Joe. We get it. We all know you were there tonight. Good job.
  4. And finally, not that we needed further confirmation of this self-evident truth, but the Mets continue to be a joke. Have a week, Mickey Callaway!

After the game, Kapler explained that he was upset over the combination of Kingery getting plunked, along with feeling that a warning to the Phillies dugout created a competitive disadvantage for his relievers late in the game.

“I felt fairly emotional seeing the ball go near Scott’s face, right? And then when we were warned, I recognized that we were put in a tough spot with our relievers coming into the game to win the game, he said. “I felt like it put us at a disadvantage going up and in.” 

Maybe it’s the curveball machine (it’s not), or maybe it’s the bamboo (it might be), but whatever it is, the Phillies will take it after their first back-to-back wins in 17 days. For his part, Miller is happy to make another run over to Chinatown tomorrow to help grow the clubhouse collection.

“Yeah, I mean. I’ll do whatever it takes. They’re going to think I’m crazy going back to that place tomorrow. Third day in a row,” he said. “I told them I would see them tomorrow, so I mean, they’re just going to keep hiking the prices up on me or something, but it’s worth it.”

Kapler was also asked if he’s starting to believe in the power of the bamboo.

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The Phillies Seem All In On The Bamboo

BWanksCB - June 25, 2019

A day after Brad Miller’s bamboo plant possibly helped spark a 13-run outburst by a previously struggling Phillies lineup, I walked into the clubhouse today half expecting to see a plant in front of every player’s locker. That wasn’t the case, but there is now a larger bamboo plant serving as a centerpiece in the middle of the locker room.

Behold its majestic powers.

Miller told the gang of reporters huddled around his locker earlier afternoon that he walked from his hotel over to Chinatown to get the plant.

Was he surprised this story has taken off the way it has?

“Obviously, I know this is a huge sports town, something a little bit different for me, you know, playing in some smaller markets before, but I thought it was cool,” he said. “Anything to kind of show that we got some fight, we’ve got some resiliency in us, and it’s just a temporary thing. We’re going to get out of here and show our true colors, which I think we did last night.”

He also joked the plant has brought him more attention than he’s gotten after multi-homer games.

Gabe Kapler, who was wearing the same shirt he rocked yesterday, was also asked about the plant before the game.

This isn’t the first time Miller has gone to the plant for good luck, citing how it helped him turn around his struggles earlier in his career before reaching the majors. “I trust the plant,” he said.

#TTP Trust the…plant.

If the Phillies make it two in a row tonight over the Mets, maybe a new snack will make its way into the clubhouse:

Gritty Surprises Young Fan Who Got a Custom Prosthetic Leg

Russ Joy - June 25, 2019

We interrupt your regularly scheduled sports news for this cool story.

Gritty, the NHL’s Best Team Mascot, visited a 7-year-old fan who got a custom prosthetic leg featuring Gritty’s likeness earlier in the day:

Gritty brought young Caiden O’Rourke a customized sweater with his name and #8 on the back, after the jump:

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The Flyers’ Schedule is Out, And We Hope You Like Back-to-Back Games

Kevin Kinkead - June 25, 2019

Flyers schedule came out today.

Not sure about you, but I’m feeling 41 wins and a playoff push that comes up just short in the end. Based on the moves Chuck Fletcher has made so far, I…. don’t know if this team is much better than it was last season, yeah? Maybe Alain Vigneault can get some JAM back in the building, because the Wells Fargo Center was dead on the few occasions I was there.

Here’s the full slate, which begins in Prague against the Chicago Blackhawks:

Crossing Broad contributor Chris Jastrzembsiskski, or or however you spell it, pointed out in Slack that the Flyers have some difficult back-to-backs this season.

After the jump:

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David Heller No Longer a Part of Sixers’ Ownership, or “Governorship,” if You Prefer

Kevin Kinkead - June 25, 2019

Random Sixers news today via Yaron Weitzman over at Bleacher Report:

Right, so this is interesting because Keith Pompey reported last year that Heller was significantly involved in player-personnel decisions during the time in which Brett Brown was serving as interim GM after the Bryan Colangelo burner-gate disaster.

Wrote Keith at the time, in a story titled, Will Sixers’ GM Elton Brand get leeway from ownership to be a leader?, after the jump:

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Orlando Magic GM Has No Idea When Markelle Fultz Will Play

Russ Joy - June 25, 2019

I know I shouldn’t care about how Markelle Fultz’s career in Orlando is going, but the occasional update isn’t a bad thing. Orlando Magic GM John Hammond appeared on 96.9 The Game and was asked about Fultz’s Summer League availability:

“He will not play in summer league with us. We didn’t think there was any way that he was going to do that. We didn’t plan on him doing that. So, probably not the place for him right now.”

He then went on to say:

“…it’s just a matter of him just continuing to get more comfortable, continuing for him to get himself in a position where he’s ready to step on the floor and help us. And look, we have no idea when that’s going to be. We’re hoping much, much sooner than later. But once again, we’re trying to do this the best we can, and that’s have that word of patience.

Patience you say?

“We want to have patience with him and get him ready and put him on the court when he can be most productive.”

Full audio after the jump:

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Joe Banner Believes Kansas City Radio Host is a “Disgusting Piece of S***”

Kevin Kinkead - June 25, 2019

This morning we wrote up the story about the Kansas City radio host who drew parallels from Tyreek Hill’s child abuse investigation to Andy Reid’s family issues, explaining that Big Red is “is not good at fixing people.”

The feedback is… strong, as expected, and here’s former Eagles President Joe Banner twice referring to Kevin Kietzman as a “piece of shit” –


And from this morning, after the jump:

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Phillies Betting Preview: Long Live the Curveball Machine?

BWanksCB - June 25, 2019

Like I said yesterday, no matter how bad things may seem, you can always count on the Mets to somehow be even worse. A slumping Phillies offense smashed 19 hits, including four homers, against an overmatched Mets pitching staff en route to a 13-7 win that snapped a seven-game losing streak. Maybe it was the much talked about curveball machine that got them going? Probably not. By my count, four players used it during their pregame routine and two of them (Andrew Knapp and Sean Rodriguez) didn’t factor in the outcome. Maybe it was the debut of this bamboo plant?

Whatever. The Phillies will take it as they try tonight to win consecutive games for the first time since 6/4-6/8 when they won four straight. You could say that it has been awhile. It will be Jake Arrieta on the mound for the Phillies who will be opposed by Walker Lockett for the Mets. Lockett is making his second start in place of the injured Noah Syndergaard and will be looking to bounce back after allowing six earned runs while recording only seven outs against the Cubs in his debut.

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Phillies Mets Odds

Here are the Phillies-Mets odds for tonight’s game.

SugarHouse Sportsbook PA

Run Line Money Total
Phillies -1.5 (+118) -159 O 10.5 (-109)
Mets +1.5 (-136) +140 U 10 (-107)

DraftKings Sportsbook

Run Line Money Total
Phillies -1.5 (+117) -159 O 10.5 (-112)
Mets +1.5 (-136) +140 U 10.5 (-109)


Run Line Money Total
Phillies -1.5 (+111) -165 O 10.5 (-110)
Mets +1.5 (-131) +140 U 10.5 (-110)

If you’re looking to take the Phillies on the moneyline, you can get the best price at DraftKings Sportsbook or SugarHouse Sportsbook.  As of 10am this morning, PointsBet, DraftKings, and Sugarhouse are each offering the Mets at +140. If you’re looking to play the under, PointsBet is giving you a total of 10.5, so take advantage of it. Meanwhile, if you’re on another high-scoring affair tonight, then roll with DraftKings or Sugarhouse.

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