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John Middleton Wants to be “A Little Bit Stupid” in Spending Money this Offseason

Kevin Kinkead - November 16, 2018

Phillies news!

Feels like it was ten weeks ago that the first Bryce Harper report came out, but now we’ve got a USA Today article from Bob Nightengale featuring quotes from John Middleton about how he wants to approach a really important free agency period.

From the piece: 

“We’re going into this expecting to spend money,’’ Middleton told USA TODAY Sports. “And maybe even be a little bit stupid about it.’’

Middleton laughed, then said without smiling: “We just prefer not to be completely stupid.”

But, oh, how they will be spending.

Yes, he is talking about you, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.


“It’s exciting to contemplate what we may be able to do this off-season,’’ Middleton said. “We know the free agent class this year is really, really good.’’

Could they spend in excess of $700 million to land the two biggest fish in the free-agent sea?

“I don’t know who you’re referring to,’’ Middleton said, with a laugh. “But we will be spending.’’

Yes please.

Please spend stupid amounts of money, because this is a major market team that should be spending like the Dodgers and Yankees and Red Sox. Let’s get some fucking jam in Citizens Bank Park.

Middleton says he wants to win. He celebrates like a madman in Jeffrey Lurie’s luxury box. So let’s go fucking win. Sign Harper, Machado, Keuchel, and Corbin. Send Carlos Santana wherever and move Rhys Hoskins back to first base.

Result = World Series


Report: Phillies Moving on from Pitching Coach Rick Kranitz

Kevin Kinkead - November 14, 2018

From The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal:

Bob says this move comes as a bit of a surprise.

Going back through the season, the Phils’ young starters took a step forward and kept the team afloat for much of the year, with those suppressed flaws finally surfacing in September when the squad collapsed.

In 2018, the Phillies were 6th in starter FIP, 7th in starter WAR, and 15th in ERA. That’s up from the year before, when they were 22nd in FIP, 21st in WAR, and 21st in ERA.

I don’t know a ton about Chris Young, but it’s interesting that Rosenthal says other teams had interest in him.


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Your Complete Eagles and Saints Betting Guide

In many ways, the Philadelphia Eagles enter their matchup with the New Orleans Saints this weekend in a similar spot to what their previous opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, found themselves in a week ago. More than a touchdown underdog on the road against what’s believed to be a far superior team, the Eagles appear outclassed and overmatched. Most people figured they were tuning into the Cowboys’ funeral a week ago, and just as many, if

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Every New Jersey Sportsbook Promo You Need To Know This Weekend

Black Friday is just about a week away, and if you’re like me, you could probably use some extra spending money to take advantage of all the hot deals that will soon be out there. Good news. There will be plenty of betting opportunities to find some winners this weekend. It’s Week 11 in the NFL and the race for the playoffs is revving up. Every Top 25 college football team is in action. There’s

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Do We Really Think the Phillies are Going to Land Bryce Harper?

Coggin Toboggan - November 9, 2018

If you read Bob Nightengale’s USA Today piece from earlier this week (and Joy on Broad’s sterling write-up on this site), you’re left with only one viable conclusion. Dear God, Bryce Harper, one of the best players in all of baseball, has NO OTHER CHOICE but to sign with your Philadelphia Phillies.

My God. Can you imagine it? His wavy locks flowing in the humid air on an August night as he tracks down a screaming line drive at the warning track, making a 10-point catch to cap off a wondrous 3 for 4 evening at the plate that saw him CRUSH his 30th home run of the season to put the Phillies 20 games above .500 and give them a comfortable five game lead in the NL East.

He’d give the ladies in the right field section his signature wink as he leaves the field, instantly soaking every pair of panties from row 1 to 50. He’d underhand toss the ball to a blind boy in the stands, miraculously curing him after medical science was nothing but a dead end for the young wretch, Harper’s fifth such miracle on the season.

The Phillies are the only logical franchise to sign Harper. They want Harper. They can afford Harper (and more importantly, overpay for Harper). Harper has every reason in the world to sign with the Phillies. Nightengale even guaranteed it:

He will be standing in right field with the Phillies on March 28 at Citizens Bank Park when they open the season against the defending NL East champion Atlanta Braves.

Bank on it.

But in the words of Winston “The Wolf” Wolfe from Pulp Fiction, “Well, let’s not start sucking each other’s dicks quite yet.”

Logic and reason have no place within these city boundaries.

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Ruben Amaro Jr. Gets a New Gig

Kevin Kinkead - November 6, 2018

Ruben is moving on up, according to Jayson Stark:

Van Wagenen was recently hired to replace Sandy Alderson, who had been the Mets’ GM since 2010 but took a leave of absence in the summer to address a recurrence of cancer.

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Red Sox Fans Can’t Aim, Hit Their Manager and World Series Trophy With Beers

Kevin Kinkead - November 1, 2018

When the Eagles paraded down Broad Street after winning the Super Bowl, head coach Doug Pederson caught a beer can thrown to him for drinking purposes. It was an accurate throw from an athletic and coordinated Philadelphia sports fan.

During the this week’s Red Sox parade, slovenly and unathletic Bostonians did the same thing but displayed incredibly shitty aim, hitting their manager and damaging the World Series trophy in the process.

See for yourself:

I agree with “Bo Tilly.”

Whoever threw a beer on Alex Cora is a POS and their mom is a hoe.

Here’s the thing- you don’t OPEN THE BEER before throwing it. You toss it to the player or coach, then they open it, as demonstrated after the jump:

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Report: Bryce Harper Not Currently Part of Yankees’ Plans

BWanksCB - October 29, 2018

We have an update on HARPER WATCH™. The Yankees were presumed to be one of the Phillies’ biggest competitors for the services of Bryce Harper this offseason, but Andy Martino of SportsNet New York reports that’s not the case:

As the Yankees wrapped their pro scouting meetings last week and determined a preliminary offseason strategy, a pursuit of free agent outfielder Bryce Harper was not part of the plan, according to major league sources.

I, for one, believe that’s a great idea. Stay far, far away, Brian Cashman.

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The Phillies are also Betting Favorites to Land Manny Machado

BWanksCB - October 29, 2018

There’s no denying the public perception of Manny Machado took a hit this postseason after this incident in Game 4 of the NLDS:

And this incident from last night:

And, of course, this, after the jump:

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Gabe Kapler is a Top 40 Coach in American Sports*

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2018

Not according to me, but according to “a panel of ESPN cross-sport experts” who put together a list of the top coaches in the United States.

*Specifically, the exercise was based on these parameters:

You’ve been handed the reins of a major North American professional sports franchise (and congratulations to you!). You now get to choose one coach who will lead your franchise to long-term greatness. Who’s your first choice?

More on the criteria from ESPN:

We stressed this was not a single-game exercise but was about “building a program,” and that respondents were permitted to consider age as part of their criteria.

Meanwhile, the ESPN analytics team devised a “résumé grade,” comparing achievements of leaders across the four major sports based on a formula factoring in win-loss records (regular season through Oct. 14), tenure and championships.

Make sense?

Your boy popped up at #39 overall.

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