Shane Watson Suspended

September 20th, 2014 by Mike H. | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Phillies minor league pitcher Shane Watson has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Watson did not test positive for a performance enhancing drug, but possibly marijuana. Minor league players aren’t subject to suspension after initial violation, so this is the second time Watson has been caught. He will serve his suspension starting the beginning of the 2015 season.

Shane Watson, 21, was the 40th overall selection in the 2012 draft. He missed the entire 2014 season due to a shoulder injury.

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Sam’s NFL Week Three Picks

September 19th, 2014 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Football, General, NFL, Sports


Last week: 10-6

Year: 21-11


Game                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Winner


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Washington Redskins (1-1) at Philadelphia Eagles (2-0)- Game Preview, Analysis, Predictions and more

September 17th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football

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Jonathan Papelbon’s suspended for seven games

September 17th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Philadelphia Daily News

Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon has not only been suspended yesterday for seven games, but fined as well for an undisclosed amount, after an incident two games ago in which he controversially grabbed his crotch in the dugout. Papelbon was perceived to have made the obscene gesture towards the Phillies’ fans, after they booed him for blowing a 4-1 Phillies’ lead in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game vs. Miami. Home-plate umpire Joe West subsequently ejected Papelbon from the game, after the latter argued with the umpire.

The Phillies released the following statement about the suspension:

“The Phillies fully support the decision of the Commissioner’s Office, which has exclusive jurisdiction for on-field player behavior. By Major League Baseball rules, the Phillies have no authority to make official judgments about activity which occurs on the field or to determine the appropriate penalty for misconduct. We apologize to our fans for the actions of our player yesterday.”

Despite the blown save, Papelbon has had a solid year this year, going 37/41 in save opportunities, with an ERA of 2.10 and only two home-runs allowed in 64.1 innings.

Should Papelbon be suspended, in my mind, for his actions on Sunday? Yes, and let me explain why.

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Philadelphia Eagles- 30 Indianapolis Colts- 27

September 17th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football

Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs 24 25
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Minor League Mondays: J.P. Crawford

September 16th, 2014 by Mike H. | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, Sports

With the 2014 minor league season over for the Phillies affiliates, I thought I’d highlight some of the prospects that stood out. Who better to start with than the 2014 Paul Owens Award winner for best organizational position player, J.P. Crawford. Crawford, the youngest player to receive the award other than Jimmy Rollins, followed up an impressive 2013 season with an even better 2014 season.

  • 2013 (GCL/Lakewood): .308/.405/.400 with 13 XBHs and 35:32 K:BB ratio
  • 2014 (Lakewood/Clearwater): .285/.375/.406 with 34 XBHs and 74:65 K:BB ratio

While his batting average and on base percentage dipped slightly, his slugging rose significantly. In 2013, Crawford’s isolated power, or ISO, was .092. In 2014, that number jumped to .121. While they aren’t Ruthian numbers, close to a thirty point increase, and more than doubling the total at bats is still impressive.

Crawford also improved his approach at the plate. In 2013, Crawford had a strikeout rate of 15.4% and a walk rate of 14.0%. In 2014, his strikeout rate dropped to 13.8%. While his walk rate slipped to 12.1%, one has to wonder how much the increase in plate appearances effected him. One thing definitely impacted was his aggressiveness on the base path. While he did successfully swipe 24 bases, he was also caught 14 times. As he moves along through the system, hopefully he’ll improve his ability to read pitchers as to when to advance.

Overall, there’s a lot to be excited about with Crawford. He shows the potential to be a 20/20 guy. He’s ranked as the 33rd best prospect in baseball after just his second season. He’s been voted a minor league all-star. He’s also been selected to play in the Future’s Game. All this before his 20th birthday. If the Phillies want to be aggressive with his career path, Crawford could start the season in AA Reading. That level of aggression could lead to the transition from Rollins to Crawford in 2016.

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Week Two: Eagles-Colts Predictions

September 16th, 2014 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

I would be lying if I said to you that looking at tonight’s game against the Indianapolis Colts didn’t feel a lot scarier in the first half of last week’s win against the Jaguars. However, the Eagles turned it up in the second half by putting up 34 unanswered points, looking like the team we all expected to see this season.

Tonight the Eagles face the reigning AFC South Champion Colts, who are coming off a similar game as the Eagles. Last week the Colts fell behind by 24 points in the first half against the Denver Broncos, and entered halftime with a 17 point deficit, just like the Eagles. In the second half the Colts looked like a different team, outscoring the Broncos 17-7, but eventually lost 31-24.

The argument can easily be made that the Colts have an advantage tonight based off of their rally and slim seven point loss to the reigning AFC Champions led by Peyton Manning. However, some can say the Eagles putting up 34 unanswered points to overcome a 17 point deficit, no matter who the opponent, is a very strong statement of the first half being a fluke.

Let’s see what the Talk Sports Philly staff thinks about this game:

Christopher Leomporra:  Eagles 35 – Colts 24

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