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John Middleton, Where Are You? You Are the Phillies’ Only Hope

Anthony SanFilippo - July 16, 2019

Whenever the city of Gotham needed help, they would fire up the bat signal – a giant spotlight in the sky with a bat logo – in hopes that Batman would respond and come save the day.

Well, the city of Philadelphia is now sending their own talisman of hope into the night sky, crossing its fingers that Phillies managing partner/owner John Middleton might respond.

Because the time is nigh.

Middleton is the only person who can save this Phillies season – and by save it, I don’t mean get things fixed to make a run at the playoffs.

No. The Phillies are broken. They are so fundamentally flawed from top to bottom that there is nothing at this point that will separate them from the rest of the National League pack despite them being so close to an actual playoff spot.

No. Forget that.

Instead, Middleton is the only person who can save this season by holding his organization publicly accountable for the mess they have wrought.

Because this is no longer about Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto slightly under-performing.

This is no longer about an inadequate pitching staff, or overcoming a slew of injuries, or a too inconsistent offense, or shoddy defense or the worst bench in baseball or failed situational baseball, or a lack of hustle, or anything on the field.

No. This is much worse. This is an organizational failure. A complete swing and miss in philosophy, structure, approach and accountability.

And that’s what Middleton has to save at this point. The face of the team.

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Matt Klentak Would be Stupid to Give Up Anything for this Phillies Team

Coggin Toboggan - July 16, 2019

The Phillies are depressing. Really depressing. Forget to take your Zoloft for two weeks and watch Requiem for a Dream for 24-hours straight depressing. For all the money spent on this roster, all the talk about postseason dreams and championship hopes, it’s never been more obvious they’re not a well-constructed team.

They’re not healthy, they’re not hustling for their lenient, players-first manager, and key members are playing way under potential to think this team could even make it into October.

But then again this is baseball. They’re clinging to the final Wild Card spot like Angelo Cataldi clinging to the last garlic knot at Ponzios. The Phillies are brutal now, but next month they could be surging into the playoffs. It’s baseball. Crazier things have happened.

With the trade deadline just a little more than two weeks away, Matt Klentak is going to have to resist the urge to curl into the fetal position and flop-sweat his way through the rest of the season. Decisions need to be made to see if it’s even possible to salvage this garbage year of Phillies baseball.

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This New York Mets Bingo Chart is Pretty Sad

Kevin Kinkead - July 15, 2019

I got an email last month informing me that Philadelphia’s Recycling Rewards Program would be going away, effective July 1st. So if you had points saved up in your account, you were asked to use those points by the end of the month, or else they would be gone forever.

I had something like 24,000 points saved up from four years of recycling, so I went over to the redemption page and didn’t find much of anything. There were $1 off coupons for places like Arby’s and Cold Stone Creamery, some random promotions as well, but the most meaningful rewards were magazine subscriptions, so now I’m a Sports Illustrated subscriber, thanks to the now defunct Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program.

My first edition of SI came in the mail Saturday and featured this dig at the New York Mets, a rather sad bingo chart titled “The Amazin’ Mess,” featuring this subtitle:

“EVEN BY METS STANDARDS, 2019 HAS ALREADY REACHED COMICALLY BAD PROPORTIONS. KEEP UP WITH THE EVER-EVOLVING DISASTER IN FLUSHING BY PLAYING… METS BINGO.”

Here’s the chart, after the jump:

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Lenny Dykstra Offers a Message of Kindness and Love to the Bagel Boss Guy

Kevin Kinkead - July 11, 2019

Lenny Dykstra believes he should have been included in our top 10 list of short Philly athletes, which I admitted was cobbled together with little research. I think I spent seven or eight minutes on it, and in my haste, I omitted Mark Recchi, Danny Briere, and Brian Westbrook, among others.

But Nails is right, he was a short Philly athlete, standing just 5’10” but earning himself three All-Star appearances during his eight seasons as a Phillie.

I felt the need to apologize to Lenny for my oversight:

 

Sure. I can help spread a message of kindness, love, peace, harmony, and understanding.

Here’s Lenny’s video on the “little guy that went crazy at bagel boss” on Wednesday, after the jump:

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The MLB All-Star Game Did Not Get Great Ratings

Kevin Kinkead - July 10, 2019

In fact, it pulled a record-low number, according to Awful Announcing:

Tuesday night’s MLB All-Star Game on Fox drew a 6.2 overnight rating, a record low overnight. Last year’s game drew a 6.5 overnight, same as 2017, and the previous record low came in 2016, when the game in San Diego drew a 6.2 overnight.

Not a baseball problem, however. People just don’t care about All-Star games in this day and age, as evidenced by the ratings for the Pro Bowl and recent NBA and NHL events.

According to Sports Media Watch, Pro Bowl 53 (ESPN/ABC) pulled a 5.1 rating, down 4% from last year. The NBA All-Star Game pulled a combined 3.8 on TNT and TBS, down 12% from 2018.  And the NHL All-Star Game hit its worst number of the past three years, earning a 1.1 rating on NBC.

I watched a bit of the All-Star Game. It was okay, though only two runs in the first five innings was a bit of a snoozer. Could have used some earlier action.

But yeah, people are just not very interested in meaningless ASGs in 2019. There are other things to watch and other ways to spend your time instead of watching a glorified exhibition.

Andrew McCutchen’s Wife Threw Him His Own All-Star Party

Kevin Kinkead - July 10, 2019

Andrew McCutchen tore his ACL a while back.

Sucks even thinking about it, doesn’t it?

But this is great; here’s his wife throwing him an All-Star party, complete with balloons, a red carpet, and customized cake topper:

Maria McCutchen, you are the real MVP.

Despite Elbow Issue, Jake Arrieta is Expected to Make His Next Start

Kevin Kinkead - July 10, 2019

What’s the deal with Jake Arrieta’s elbow? Is he good to pitch? Does he need surgery for the bone spur issue we only recently learned about?

Phillies manager Gabe Kapler offered an update during his weekly appearance on the 94 WIP morning show:

“Jake’s elbow is limiting his ability to get into certain positions. He’s having a harder time getting extended the way he normally does, especially on that curve ball. This is limiting his ability to throw the ball where he wants to throw it. All of that said, Jake is a competitor, and for the Phillies, it’s always worth considering if Jake at 85% of himself is a better option than what we have at Triple-A. And finally, I think this is an important note in answering this question; it’s not terribly uncommon for veteran pitchers to successfully pitch with issues like this one. So as of now, Jake will make his start for us against the Nationals and we’re going to support him.”

Angelo Cataldi asked if the Phillies will have “clarity” on Arrieta’s long term ability, to which Kapler replied, after the jump:

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UPDATE: Kaitlin Bennett is Not a Mets Fan, It’s Her Fiance, Who Also Wears Yankees Gear

Kevin Kinkead - July 10, 2019

I’d like to apologize to Kent State gun girl Kaitlin Bennett, whom I misidentified as a Mets fan on Tuesday.

Turns out her fiance supports that disgusting and rudderless group of losers.

Perhaps I didn’t dig deep enough, but Justin Moldow alerted me to my error by taking umbrage with the fact that I labeled him as a Cleveland Indians fan:

Hmm.. see, that’s strange to me, because Moldow appears to be wearing a Cleveland Indians hat and t-shirt in the picture. That would probably mean you like the Cleveland Indians, yeah? Apparently not.

When you go through Moldow’s Twitter, it’s nothing but Mets tweets, like this one, after the jump:

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