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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:

Philadelphia Launches Bid to Host 2026 World Cup Games

Kevin Kinkead - June 24, 2019

The summer of 2026 should be a good one.

Yeah, it’s a long way away, but we’re talking about America’s 250th birthday. We’ve got the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in town and the PGA Championship is coming back to Aronimink. We might get a World Cup game, too.

Today Philly launched its official bid to be a host city for 2026, the World Cup tournament that will be played in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. There are 23 cities interested in hosting right now, which will be ultimately narrowed down to 16 total, including 10 in the USA, three in Canada, and three in Mexico.

Here’s our competition, with my notes in parentheses explaining why Philly is a better choice:

  • Atlanta (basically just a big suburb)
  • Baltimore (small beans town, not big enough)
  • Boston (disgusting sports fans, disgusting sports teams, losers everywhere)
  • Cincinnati (whatever city)
  • Dallas (home of the Cowboys)
  • Denver (great city, bad altitude for 90 minutes of running)
  • Houston (too hot)
  • Kansas City (too boring)
  • Los Angeles (horrible traffic)
  • Miami (people more concerned about night life)
  • Nashville (people more concerned about country music)
  • New York/New Jersey (armpit of America, home of Giants and Jets)
  • Orlando (can’t be taken seriously as a sports town)
  • Philadelphia
  • San Francisco Bay Area (too expensive)
  • Seattle (too many hippies)
  • Washington, D.C. (too many politicians)

Clearly, Philadelphia is an easy choice to host a 2026 World Cup game. If we lose out to some shit town like Cincy or Baltimore, we riot.

Some details of the bid, via the official campaign website, after the jump:

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Larry Andersen Describes What He Sees as a “Lifeless” and “Listless” Phillies Team

Kevin Kinkead - June 24, 2019

Larry Andersen was on the WIP morning show today, talking about your red-hot Philadelphia Phillies.

Red hot in a bad way, since they’ve lost seven games in a row. But perhaps that changes tonight when they host the New York Mets, a team that had to apologize after manager Mickey Callaway called a reporter a “motherfucker” in the clubhouse.

Andersen said this about your team, your town:

“It just, it looks… I hate to say it, but it looked lifeless, and it looked listless, like there wasn’t energy, and not even getting something going, getting the crowd into it. You just don’t see it. And I’m not in the dugout so I can only say what I see. I’m not down there, I don’t know if everybody’s pulling for each other, if they’re making an effort. I don’t want to say that they’re not, and I’ve said this before, even as a player, when you’re not scoring and not playing well it looks like you have no energy and it looks like you don’t care. You can’t just say they don’t care, but I’d certainly like to see more energy. I’d like to see more of everything, you know?”

The Phillies were swept over the weekend by the Fish, which seems impossible, regardless of how poorly you’re playing.

Inevitably the conversation turned to accountability and the benching of players, with Andersen offering this take, after the jump:

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Phillies Betting Preview: Will the Losing Streak Stop Against the Mets?

BWanksCB - June 24, 2019

I’ll start this one today by telling you that I’m not exactly sure betting on a Phillies game right now is the most palatable proposition. Losers of seven straight games, Gabe Kapler’s team isn’t exactly inspiring much confidence. The Phillies’ offense managed only eight runs over the weekend, including just four hits in Sunday’s loss that solidified the Marlins’ first sweep of the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park since 2009. Making matters worse—far worse—the pitching staff yielded 16 hits and five walks yesterday to a Marlins offense that came into the weekend 29th in total runs scored and dead-last in team OPS.  Just how bad has it been for the Phillies? They’ve 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 trying to lose on purpose—have been worse across all of baseball.

On the other hand, it’s like the old roulette theory. You walk up to the table, see black hit seven straight times, and, like, red has gotta hit at some point…right? Actually, oddsmakers do in fact like red to hit tonight, which would be almost impossible to believe except that the Phillies welcome to town the New York Mets. No matter how bad things may seem, 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, Mets manager Mickey Callaway called Newsday’s Mets beat writer Tim Healey a “motherfucker,” among other things, while Mets pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from going after Healey. Obviously, because that’s completely ridiculous, the Mets had to issue both a personal and public apology to Healey. Turmoil aside, also working against the Mets is that, well, they’re not very good, so we have a hell of a baseball game on tap this evening at 7:05 in South Philly when Zach Eflin takes the hill against Steven Matz.

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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 (+155) -130 O 10 (-108)
Mets +1.5 (-182) +115 U 10 (-107)

DraftKings Sportsbook

Run Line Money Total
Phillies -1.5 (+155) -130 O 10 (-110)
Mets +1.5 (-182) +115 U 10 (-109)

PointsBet

Run Line Money Total
Phillies -1.5 (+150) -131 O 10 (-110)
Mets +1.5 (-180) +111 U 10 (-110)

If you’re looking to take the Phillies on the moneyline, you can get the best price at DraftKings Sportsbook or SugarHouse. You also get a slightly better payout (+115) with the Mets at those books. The totals market is set at 10 across all of the major books as of this morning and the prices have remained relatively similar.

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At Least the Phillies Aren’t Threatening to Beat Up Reporters, Like the Mets

Kevin Kinkead - June 24, 2019

Good morning.

The Phillies are losers of seven straight and just got swept by the Marlins.

The Mets are 37-41 and mired in mediocrity.

Tonight kicks off a four-game Phils/Mets series at CBP, which should be a doozy. We shall witness what happens when the stoppable force collides with the movable object.

Philly is really down on its baseball team, some people think Gabe Kapler lost the locker room, and others don’t think the roster was even that good to begin with. But at least our team isn’t threatening reporters with physical violence:

The reporter in question was Tim Healey of Newsday. Healey refused to leave the clubhouse, resulting in this, after the jump:

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Crossed Up: Crazy Bad

Russ Joy - June 24, 2019

Anthony and Bob discuss the Phillies’ crazy bad weekend and what it means for Gabe Kapler. Anthony wants to know where the front office is at, while Bob laments the team’s lack of depth, and the two discuss what the Phillies can do to save their season from spiraling completely out of control.

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Audio after the jump:

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Levante Brewing Shouts Out Philly Athletes With a New IPA

Kevin Kinkead - June 21, 2019

This is cool.

Levante Brewing out in West Chester has a new collaboration IPA called “Phrequently Phly,” and the cans feature the colors and jersey numbers of local teams and athletes:

Chase Utley, you are the man!

Here’s the description of the brew, after the jump:

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Jean Segura Failed to Hustle Last Night, Again

Kevin Kinkead - June 20, 2019

Fool me once, shame on you.

Fool me multiple times in a single season, shame on… Jean Segura. I think that’s how the saying goes.

We had another instance of the Phillies’ short stop taking his time on the base path last night, this time leaving him on first base when he quite clearly could have been on second here:

Scott Lauber at the Inquirer:

Segura didn’t run hard after hitting a flare into center field to open last night’s game and settled for a single when he should have been on second base. After the game, Kapler characterized the lack of hustle as “unacceptable.” Segura concurred.

“I don’t have an excuse,” he said. “That can’t happen.”

“It wasn’t a good effort,” Segura said. “I was hitting, and I kept watching the ball instead of running. I’m frustrated. I’ve never been in a slump like this in three years. As a player, sometimes you get into difficult moments and sometimes you do some bad things on the baseball field that you don’t realize. That can’t happen, especially the type of player that I am. It’s just a tough moment for me.”

Okay, so this just reopens the can of worms that I thought we might have sealed after Gabe Kapler and Angelo Cataldi went at it about two weeks ago, after Andrew McCutchen got caught in a rundown and tore his ACL.

At the time, Kapler said that Segura had acknowledged the mistake he made, via this exchange, after the jump:

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