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Aaron Nola’s Latest Rough Outing Raises More Questions for Phillies

Bob Wankel - September 10, 2019

The last thing the Phillies need heading into an offseason loaded with pressing questions is one more bit of uncertainty, but it seems like that’s the way things are trending after another dud of a performance from Aaron Nola last night.

Under the microscope of a playoff race – if you want to call this a playoff race – narratives are susceptible to overreaction. As frustration or satisfaction intensifies, the takes get hotter, and thus it becomes easier to get carried away.

For instance, doubting Nola’s ability or overall worth would be foolish. That’s not what this is about because anyway you dice it, he’s been one of the National League’s best starting pitchers dating back to the start of last season.

But after another disappointing evening in which Nola again buried his team in an early multi-run deficit, I do think it’s fair to wonder where exactly he fits into a hypothetical playoff rotation when the Phillies officially turn the page to the 2020 season.

More specifically, is he good enough to headline one?

I think so. Maybe. Right?

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97.5 the Fanatic Plays Exclusive Audio of the F Lot Crew Prior to Mike Scott Fight

Kevin Kinkead - September 10, 2019

Good morning.

Today the 97.5 the Fanatic morning show aired some exclusive audio that was recorded prior to the Sunday fight between Sixers forward Mike Scott and members of the “F Lot Crew.” In case you’re living under a rock and haven’t seen the story, Scott was involved in an altercation with these folks while wearing his hometown Redskins jersey in the Lincoln Financial Field parking lots.

For context, the audio 97.5 played took place about five minutes BEFORE the fight, and features a member of the crew shouting over a microphone, talking general trash to other people in the area.

Audio, with more context from host Marc Farzetta, after the jump:

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Crossed Up Radio: Sept. 9, 2019

Russ Joy - September 10, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up Radio airs on 610 ESPN Philadelphia every Monday from 5-6PM. Listen on your radio or via the 610ESPN stream.

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ resiliency, the Ken Rosenthal report, the need for Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola to step up and whether or not there’s any hope at all left in this season.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [iHeartRadio] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @BobWankelCB

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

Audio after the jump:

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50 Hot Takes for the Philadelphia Sports Fan: Part Four

Kevin Kinkead - September 3, 2019

Yeah man.

You know what time it is.

It’s time for the hottest takes in the Delaware Valley, and I’ve gotta be honest with you – these stories have been doing a lot better than I thought they would. If something ain’t broke, then it doesn’t need fixing, as Bert Lance once said. That’s why I’ve decided to come up with 50 more hot takes for you, the Philadelphia sports fan, since parts one, two, and three obviously were not enough.

Before we begin, I’d like to share a part of a recent email from a Crossing Broad reader, an email which served as the inspiration for this story:

It was an uplifting message for me, and with the resulting energy and motivation I came up another list of takes for y’all:

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Crossed Up Radio: Sept. 2, 2019

Russ Joy - September 3, 2019

This episode of Crossed Up Radio airs on 610 ESPN Philadelphia every Monday from 5-6PM. Listen on your radio or via the 610ESPN stream.

Anthony and Bob break down Monday’s win over the Reds, discuss the path to the playoffs, and touch on what the Phillies might do with the front office and manager this offseason.

Please subscribe to the show ([Apple Podcasts] [Spotify] [Google Play] [iHeartRadio] [Stitcher] [RSS]), leave a 5 star review, and follow us on Twitter: @AntSanPhilly @BobWankelCB

Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossing Broadcast: A Philly Sports PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in PhiladelphiaCrossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast, and Broad Lines: Sports Betting Podcast.

Audio after the jump:

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Segura Out of Lineup, Bruce is Back, Phils Add Reinforcements

Bob Wankel - September 1, 2019

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Tonight’s game isn’t mathematically a must-win for the Phillies, but it’s about as close to a must-win scenario as there is for a team that’s 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot on September 1.

They will look to avoid what would be an embarrassing three-game sweep by the Mets in the nationally televised series finale.

It was a busy afternoon prior to the game with the team making a series of moves. Here’s the rundown:

Segura out of lineup

Jean Segura was originally slated to start at shortstop tonight, but he’s out of the lineup after learning of his grandmother’s passing. He’s headed to the Dominican Republic to attend to his family. Scott Kingery will shift from third base to shortstop, while Brad Miller steps in at third base. Miller will bat fifth.

Bruce back, Phils add reinforcements

Jay Bruce is back and available to hit off the bench tonight.

Meanwhile, the Phillies have recalled left-handed pitcher Cole Irvin and selected the contracts of infielder Phil Gosselin, catcher Deivy Grullon and right-handed reliever Nick Vincent from Lehigh Valley.  To make room for the additions, the Phillies have moved Adam Morgan (flexor strain) and Jerad Eickhoff (blister) to the 60-day IL. Right-handed pitcher Drew Anderson has been DFA’d.

Klentak supports Kapler

Matt Klentak was on MLB Network Radio earlier today and voiced his support of manager Gabe Kapler.

More moves to come

Expect more roster additions in the coming days. “Very good chance we see some more players come in the next three or four days,” Kapler said prior to the game.

Still, don’t expect to see the Phillies roll with 35 players on the active roster as Kapler explained the team is trying to find the right balance in terms of adding reinforcements.

“I might not mind if there’s 50 people in the clubhouse, but we live together, and so being sensitive to that, being aware of it being too many guys is something that we have all paid close attention to this season,” he said.

Phillies GM Matt Klentak: “I Love Kap.”

Russ Joy - September 1, 2019

This is sure to go over well with the Phillies faithful. GM Matt Klentak went onto MLB Radio and emphatically backed his manager saying, “I love Kap.”

Our own Bob Wankel has been beating the drum for weeks months that Kapler has done an admirable job of leading a group with massive holes and talent deficiencies this season, leaving those latter concerns at the feet of Klentak. Regardless of where you stand on Kapler/Klentak dynamic, I think it’s fair to say that the comments don’t come at the best time with the Phillies having dropped consecutive games to the NL East rival Mets. Either way, I’m sure Bob and Anthony will have plenty of thoughts on Monday’s Crossed Up Radio on 610 ESPN Philadelphia from 5-6PM.

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It Sure Feels Like This Season Has Gotten Away From the Phillies

Bob Wankel - August 31, 2019

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It was quite the afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Let’s recap this instant classic.

I guess we can start with Rhys Hoskins getting ejected after he took a called third strike that appeared to be out of the zone.

That was fun. Some other highlights included:

  • Phillies starter Jason Vargas failing to complete five innings after allowing 13 of the 25 batters he faced to reach base. He surrendered nine hits and three walks. He also hit a batter on his way to allowing five earned runs. Of note, It was the 32nd time this season that a Phillies starter failed to last five innings.
  • Chants of Let’s go Mets! filled the stadium after Joe Panik’s double that made it 5-1. Those chants overpowered the half-hearted boos mustered by Phillies fans in attendance.
  • Speaking of boos, Sean Rodriguez received another healthy dose of them.
  • The Phillies went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.

Good times.

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