Eagles (2-0) vs. Redskins (1-1) Preview and Staff Predictions

September 21st, 2014 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, General, NFL, TalkSportsPhilly

On Sunday, the Eagles will head into battle with NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins. This game should be an easier matchup than the 30-27 thriller that took place on Monday Night. But, it should be more of a challenge than the 34-17 drubbing of the Jaguars in Week 1 (Albeit, not in the fashion that we expected..). Both teams will head into this battle with numerous wounded soldiers. Below, is the full injury report for both teams.

Injury Report:

Philadelphia Eagles:

Mychal Kendricks (Calf) Out
Josh Huff (Shoulder)- Doubtful
Earl Wolff (Knee)- Questionable
Matt Tobin (Knee)- Questionable
Todd Herremans (knee)- Probable
Nolan Carroll II (elbow)- Probable
Zach Ertz (knee)- Probable
Malcolm Jenkins (shoulder)- Probable
Brad Smith (groin)- Probable
Jaylen Watkins (hamstring)- Probable
Cary Williams (hamstring)- Probable
Fletcher Cox (back)- Probable

Washington Redskins:

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Jerome Williams: Fool’s Gold?

September 21st, 2014 by Mike H. | No Comments | Filed in Baseball, Phillies, TalkSportsPhilly

A wise man once said, “A fool and his money are soon parted.” With that being said, I thought we should take a minute to look at one of the few bright spots the 2014 Phillies have blessed us with: Jerome Williams. As a Phillie, Williams is 4-2 with a 2.45 ERA. Over eight starts, he’s averaging right around 6.1 innings per start with a slim 1.09 WHIP. He’s also limited opponents to a batting average just above the Mendoza line at .216. In fact, before Saturday’s start against the Athletics, Williams’ WAR as a Phillie, according to baseball-reference was at 1.1, his highest since 2005.

So what should that mean going forward? Williams is a free agent after the season and the Phillies will need arms until the likes of Nola, Biddle, etc. are deemed ready. So should the Phillies commit? Let’s look a little deeper. First off, Williams’ Fielding Independent Pitching, or FIP, is hovering right around 4.00, almost double his ERA. Secondly, opposing hitters’ Batting Average of Balls In Play, or BABIP, is .252, a career low. This tells us that opposing hitters have been very “unlucky”, hitting balls well within range of even our defensively challenged players.

While Williams has appeared to be more impressive than he actually is, we also need to take into account one other thing. Pitchers in general, tend to have more success when switching from the American League to the National League. They no longer have to face a designated hitter and, for the most part, they face hitters that they generally have little-to-no experience against. Don’t get me wrong, I totally appreciate everything Williams has done, but I don’t think he’s an “all in” option this winter.

I’d easily offer Williams a heavily incentive laden deal of one year at $3M. The incentives would be based on innings pitched, $1M at 125, 150, and 175 innings each. At 185 innings, a number Williams has never achieved, a vesting option for 2016 would kick in with a base of $5M with same incentives as 2015. That would max Williams out at two years and $14M if he were to hit all his incentives.

With that being said, I do think it’s very possible that National League teams look at his final ten starts or so, ignore the peripheral stats, and offer Scott Kazmir money (2 years/$20M). Hopefully Ruben Amaro Jr is not in place as GM, because you know he’ll end up in a bidding war with himself and end up being the fool parted with his money.

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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

picks

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

(AP Photo)

(Matt Rourke/AP Photo)

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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

PHI
IND
1st Downs 24 25
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