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:
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?
New Phillie Brad Miller is trying to break Phillies losing streak with some lucky Bamboo that he bought in Philly today
“This will bring us some wins. I can feel it”
Why every Phillie may have them in their lockers tomorrow
Story on NBC10 620pm pic.twitter.com/xH3JY9ueWY
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) June 24, 2019
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.
|Phillies||-1.5 (+118)||-159||O 10.5 (-109)|
|Mets||+1.5 (-136)||+140||U 10 (-107)|
|Phillies||-1.5 (+117)||-159||O 10.5 (-112)|
|Mets||+1.5 (-136)||+140||U 10.5 (-109)|
|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.
Sports Betting Updates
The Philadelphia Union sit atop Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference at the season’s midway point.
In years past, mid-table Union teams probably would have sat back, stood pat at the transfer window, and looked for winter reinforcements. This year, it was easy to justify a summer addition considering how well the squad is currently playing.
So in comes Andrew Wooten, a 29-year-old striker whose father was an American military member stationed in Germany. As such, he has dual citizenship – Germany through his mother and the United States via his father. That means he comes to the Union not requiring an international slot, nor did the team have to pay a transfer fee, since Wooten was out of contract with SV Sandhausen in the 2.Bundesliga.
For those reasons, it was a move that made a ton of sense right off the jump, and I didn’t even mention that the Union really could use a consistent goal-getter up top, since the scoring burden has been shared by numerous players this year.
Here’s our conversation:
Brian Sciaretta: I think it’s a very good pickup; you know what’s interesting about Andrew when you look at his career, generally he’s been playing for bad teams but still scoring goals. He’s been safe at Sandhausen and his year at FSV Frankfurt, but generally he’s been in relegation fights throughout his career. He made his debut actually in the Bundesliga for Kaiserslautern when they were in a relegation fight, which was unsuccessful. When I spoke to him last, which was at the end of last season, you kind of got the sense that he wanted to play for a winner in the worst way, that he wanted to play for silverware. He always wanted to come home and play in the States. I think a chance to go to a team where he can play and be part of a winner checks a lot of boxes and I think he’s going to heavily motivated to show his stuff here.
Crossing Broad: It’s kind of crazy to me, actually I need a minute to process the fact that someone would want to come play for a winner, and that winner would be Philadelphia Union… But in a way you don’t need any coaxing I guess, it’s easier to justify this signing or go up the chain and tell Jay Sugarman, ‘hey we’re in 1st place, let’s go for it here.’
Not a great 24 hours for Kevin Kietzman of Sports Radio 810 in Kansas City, who drew a parallel between Tyreek Hill’s ongoing legal issues and Andy Reid’s personal family problems. Hill is currently suspended from Chiefs team activities while a child abuse investigation takes place. Andy’s son Garrett died in 2012 of a heroin overdose and Britt served prison time on drug and gun charges
Kietzman seemed to lump those scenarios together as he delivered this on the radio, explaining that Andy Reid “is not good at fixing people” –
— Chiefs Focus (@ChiefsFocus) June 24, 2019
“Andy Reid does not have a great record of fixing players. He doesn’t. Discipline is not his thing. It did not work out particularly well in his family life, and that needs to be added to this, as we’re talking about the Chiefs. He wasn’t real great at that either. He’s had a lot of things go bad on him, family and players. He is not good at fixing people, he is not good at discipline. That is not his strength. His strength is designing football plays.”
Alright, listen, I don’t think this was delivered in a horribly offensive way; I think it was rather straightforward with an appropriately serious tone. But I think we can all agree that it’s probably best to not reference the struggles that somebody has had in their immediate family, yes? Especially when that includes the death of a child, yes? Probably good to not go down that road at all.
Here’s what Kietzman said late last night, in response to the backlash, after the jump:
The Phillies had scored 12 runs total in their last five games. They scored 13 on Monday.
And thanks to that offensive explosion, the “lifeless” Phillies got a much-needed jolt of life and a 13-7 win over the turbulent New York Mets at home, a team that’s also having their front office dictate moves during the game.
It was a back-and-forth affair early on, but the bottom of the fifth became a turning point in the game. The Phils got going with a Maikel Franco two-run home run, followed by an RBI double by Jean Segura. In the next inning, after a J.T. Realmuto triple, Cesar Hernandez drove the catcher home with an RBI single. That was followed by another RBI by Franco, this time on a single, before Jay Bruce smashed a two-run homer to right field.
The Mets did get seven runs off 15 hits in what probably would have been a win for them if the Phillies of the past week showed up to play. Zach Eflin gave up six runs off 11 hits with four strikeouts in what wasn’t a good pitching performance by either starter.
Could beating up on the Mets be the start of turning the team around? Maybe, maybe not. It’s still early to tell. But if you can make something positive about the win and apply it for another week or so, it’s worth it.
The two teams play again tonight at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Jake Arrieta is on the mound against Walker Lockett.
Hello there from Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies have lost 9 of their last 10 games, 16 of 22 overall, and are 6-14 in the month of June. That’s the worst record in the National League this month, and only the Tigers and Orioles—two teams that are basically trying to lose on purpose—have been worse across all of baseball. The Phils welcome to town the New York Mets this evening. No matter how bad things may seem here, you can always count on the Mets to somehow be even worse.
After blowing a late lead in an eventual 5-3 loss to the Cubs yesterday, Mets manager Mickey Callaway called Newsday’s Mets beat writer Tim Healey a “motherf——,” among other things, while Mets pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from going after Healey. Because that’s completely ridiculous, the Mets had to issue both a personal and public apology to Healey. Here’s Callaway explaining the situation earlier this afternoon:
"Billy Martin punched a reporter one time…I'm a passionate guy about baseball, I'm a tough competitor" – Mickey Callaway pic.twitter.com/GOz6UFml7H
— SNY (@SNYtv) June 24, 2019
With that cleared up, let’s run through everything else you need to know ahead of tonight’s game.
BLOCKBUSTER Flyers trade on a Monday evening.
Chuck Fletcher continues to WHEEL and DEAL, this time sending Ryan Hartman to Dallas:
BREAKING: We’ve acquired Tyler Pitlick from Dallas in exchange for Ryan Hartman.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 24, 2019
Hartman scored two goals and added four assists in 19 games for the Flyers. He came over in the Wayne Simmonds trade last year.
Pitlick is 27 years old, a center who scored 22 goals in his last two seasons with the Dallas Stars. He has one year remaining on his contract at $1 million. Hartman was a RFA, so I guess this was about getting some value back for him. Could have asked for too much money or didn’t want to re-sign here. Shrug.
Thoughts on the move?
I personally believe the Stanley Cup is coming home to Philadelphia.
New York Knicks –
Prime free agent destination?
It’s the latter, according to Iggy:
Andre Iguodala says Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson will re-sign with the Warriors and "nobody's going to the Knicks, sorry"
— Rob Lopez (@r0bato) June 24, 2019
“Nobody’s going to the Knicks, sorry.”
Probably true, but money talks, yeah? They will pay somebody this offseason. The question is if “somebody” is any good.