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Down But Not Out – Phillies Show Resiliency After Harper Injury

Bryce Harper’s nervous system only allowed him 75 milliseconds to process Blake Snell’s 97-mph fastball. Even for the best hitter on the planet, 75 milliseconds wasn’t nearly enough. In an instant, the Great Oak fell – struck down by Snell’s errant heater to the left-thumb and with him, the cautious optimism that had been building around this Phillies ballclub. Harper, it turns out, was human after all. The magic that hung in the night sky above Petco Park was sucked out of the air, the wind taken out of this streaky club’s sails, and their uphill path to contention – to relevance – made even steeper. In baseball, 400 milliseconds is all it takes to bring a six-month long season to its knees. Some game.
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What Are the Sixers Doing with Matisse Thybulle?

Now that the draft has come and gone, it’s just about time to get started with free agency. The Sixers are at a crossroads heading into the 2022-2023 season. After years of the “process”, they are left with one piece, the perennial MVP candidate Joel Embiid and a bunch of question marks around him. They acquired James Harden at last year’s trade deadline who was very hot and cold in his first half season in Philadelphia. They have Tobias Harris on a max contract who has failed to live up to expectations and they have Tyrese Maxey who has shown flashes of stardom but hasn’t shown the consistency on a night to night basis to be fully trusted.

Two Holes That Could Be Filled By Game One

The Eagles have been considered one of the teams that had the best off season in the NFL this year. They have filled almost every hole on the roster. Signing key players like Kyzir White and drafting Nakobe Dean helped fill in the hole at linebacker. The signing of James Bradberry solidified the corner position. They’ve added Jaquiski Tartt late in the off season helping to add solid depth to the safety room. With all these signings there is not many holes left on the roster, but lets take a look at three positions that could be upgraded.

Union Homegrowns Shining for USYNT

Union homegrowns Paxten Aaronson, Quinn Sullivan, and Jack McGlynn are lighting it up with the USYNT-U20s. The trio has 5 goals for the US in the 2022 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. While Brandan Craig is contributing to lockdown defense. The Union is missing their youth bench pieces. Despite the Union being...

Meet the Newest Sixer: De’Anthony Melton

The NBA Draft has gone by with the Sixers not using their 23rd pick. Instead of selecting an 18-22 year that most likely could not help the Sixers win, Daryl Morey used the 23rd pick and Danny Green to acquire De’Anthony Melton from the Memphis Grizzlies. Here are some fun facts if you haven’t heard of De’Anthony before.

Phillies Farm Report: Pitchers

With the MLB Trading Deadline about a month and a half away, this is the time when teams start to figure out where they stand. With a record of 37-34, the Phillies could consider themselves as “buyers” and go looking for an impact bat off the bench, another starter, or an established bullpen piece that will not forget how to get outs upon arrival. In return for these pieces, teams will be looking to add young talent to their farm systems in order to build for the future. If the Phillies want to add at the deadline, these are prospects that could be moved but only for equal value in return.

The Eagles Could Go All In This Year…

…But they don’t have to. There’s teams around the NFL that have already proven they’ve gone all in. The Rams have broken the bank for every big name they can get their hands on. While teams like the Dolphins threw all the picks they could at acquiring their missing pieces. The Eagles could be in the same boat.

Philadelphia Eagles Mount Rushmore

On Wednesday morning, Eagles reporter Eliot Shorr-Parks of WIP tweeted his personal Eagles “Mount Rushmore”, which essentially means who he thinks are the four most important/significant people in franchise history. Here are his selections:. I guess he thinks the Eagles were founded in the year 2000? ESP took...

Does Bryce Harper’s Bat Carry the Team?

Interim manager Rob Thomson handed the Phillies lineup card to the home plate umpire on Tuesday. It read: Schwarber, Hoskins, Castellanos, Realmuto. Stop right there. The question lingered in Phillies fans’ heads. Where is Bryce Harper batting? There’s no chance that the two time MVP would hit any lower then cleanup during a given game.

Eagles’ 2022 Season: Game by Game Predictions

After a surprising 9-8 season and a playoff berth in 2021, the Eagles attacked the offseason and made a series of moves that have positioned them for an even better 2022. On paper, the Eagles look like contenders but there are still questions about the coaching and quarterback which could potentially hold them back. They’ll be in a slightly tougher division than last year if the Giants and Commandes take a step forward which I think they can. But it should be the Eagles and Cowboys fighting for the division title come December and I think they have a real chance to win the NFC East.

Ranking Howie’s Off-Season Moves

The Philadelphia Eagles have had a monster off-season. No general manager has upgraded his team as much as Howie Roseman has this off-season. Howie went above and beyond to improve the team on both sides of the ball. The Eagles made critical additions to both the offense and defense. These additions should be able to make an immediate impact on the field.

Draft Night Expectations

The Sixers currently have the #23rd overall pick in the draft this Thursday, but it is highly unlikely the Sixers actually use that pick. While the Sixers do have needs all over the roster, they will be looking to fill those roles with veteran players who are ready to win now. With Embiid in his prime and Daryl Morey making the trade with Brooklyn for James Harden, it is clear the Sixers are in win-now mode. They are striving to win the championship and don’t have time for a 19 year old to develop into a good player over the years, but instead need proven and reliable veterans.

Same Old Union in Team’s First Game Back After International Break

In the Union’s first match following the international break, they tied for the eighth time this season against FC Cincinnati at Subaru Park on Saturday night. Captain midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored the lone goal for Philadelphia in the 17th minute as the team was not able to execute in the final third again. Brandon Vazquez tied it up in the 39th minute for Cincinnati and as for the scoring that was all she wrote.

Aaron Nola’s Heat Wave

Last year, Aaron Nola started thirty-two games. He threw seven innings or more in just five of them. This year, through June 18th, Nola has made fourteen starts – he’s pitched seven or more innings in seven of them. In eight of his starts he’s allowed only two runs or fewer and has held opponents to one or fewer baserunners per inning in nine outings.