Archive for April 25th, 2011

It All Comes Down To This

April 25th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | Comments Off on It All Comes Down To This | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey

All of the trash talking, all of the goalie changes, and all of the amazing play between the Flyers and the Sabres will come to an end on Tuesday night. Who will be victorious remains to be seen, but just remember that we are talking about a Game 7 after going through three goaltenders and being down 2-0 in Game 6.

Early on, what worried me and probably many others while watching Game 6 on Easter Sunday wasn’t just  that the Flyers were down 2-0, but that they were outplaying the Sabres and still down 2-0.  Halfway through the first period, Ryan Miller faced 10 shots while Michael Leighton faced 4 and on the 5th he gave up the second goal.  The first goal he gave up was not his fault. The shot from Rob Niedermayer surprised Leighton, he didn’t think that the shot would be going to his short side. The other two goals should have never crossed the goal line; Leighton was just not ready to start Game 6.

Nevertheless, we got to see Boucher shine in another relief appearance.  I think it’s safe to say that any kind of sustained pressure that Boucher has to face in Game 7 will make everyone that is watching hold their breath.

Even though he only played 4 minutes and 33 seconds of ice time, it was nice to see Chris Pronger out there.  He is obviously not 100 percent and just trying to play through the broken hand that sidelined him for five weeks. H is presence can only help the Flyers, though he needs to not take any bad penalties.  I know he was cross-checked before he committed a slashing penalty, but he has to be the one to initiate the hit, not retaliate because the refs usually only see the retaliation.

I would have loved to been in the locker room when Danny Briere gave the speech during the intermission of the second period. Whatever Patrick Kaleta said to Briere and Hartnell, it was not the wisest choice.  Briere raised the level of his play and could be the difference maker in Game 7.

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Phillies vs. Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m.

April 25th, 2011 by Christian | Comments Off on Phillies vs. Diamondbacks at 9:40 p.m. | Filed in General

Phils vs. D-Backs at 9:40 p.m. ET

Sixers go on a 10-0 run in the last 95 seconds and avoid the sweep by winning Game 4 86-82

April 25th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | 1 Comment | Filed in General

Evan Turner scored 17 points and grabbed 6 boards helping led the Sixers to a 86-82 victory over the Heat in game 4.

By Brandon Pemberton

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Down six with a 1:35 left to play in the fourth, the Philadelphia 76ers rallied to stun the Miami Heat and force a game 5 in Miami. They rally started after Dwayne Wade’s tip in basket to give the Heat a 82-76 lead and their final basket of the game. On the following possesion, Evan Turner(17 points and 6 rebounds) hit a floater on the baseline to cut the lead down to four. Following a missed three point shot by Mario Chalmers, Jrue Holiday caught Dwayne Wade(22 points, 8 rebounds) sleeping on defense and hit a clutch step-back three point shot and the Sixers were only down by a point.  Wade misses another midrange jumper, and Lou Williams(17 points) nails a highly contested three over Wade, giving the Sixers a 84-82 lead. After the timeout, the Heat ran a play for Lebron James(31 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists) and he drove the ball to the basket, having his short jumper in the lane blocked by Elton Brand(15 points, 11 rebounds).

While its likely the Sixers won’t win the series, I liked the way they came out and fought and showed some testicular fortitude yesterday. Why the Sixers are far away from being a legit contender for a NBA title, I liked what I was from Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner in yesterday’s game. I was really impressed with the game Turner had, taking guys off the dribble, making shots in the lane and from midrange. Jrue Holiday’s game continues to mature and he shows a crafty ability to get to the rack and the use of his off hand is very underrated. Will they be All-Star players? I don’t think so but as for now I know Holiday is a starter in this league and he’s only 20 years old and has a huge upside. Evan Turner would benefit from a season without Andre Iguodala on the team so we can see what he really has. Doug Collins doesn’t really have a track record of developing young players in the past, but maybe he has learned from his past experiences and will do a better job this time around with Holiday and Turner.

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Phillies are 15-6, But Are There Concerns with the ‘Team to Beat’ in the National League?

April 25th, 2011 by Jeff Kerr | Comments Off on Phillies are 15-6, But Are There Concerns with the ‘Team to Beat’ in the National League? | Filed in General, Phillies

The Phillies lead Major League Baseball with a .714 winning percentage  after three and a half weeks in the 2011 season.

The starting pitching has lived up to the hype and the bullpen is one of the most reliable in the National League.

Placido Polanco continues to swing a hot bat in April and Ryan Howard is second in the National League with 19 RBI.

In spite of all the success the Phillies had in the beginning of 2011, have fans ever seen a 15-6 team with so many issues? Charlie Manuel’s squad has a few problems they need to solve as the club heads into one of the toughest portions of the schedule in a few weeks.

1. Will Jimmy Rollins continue to bat third?

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Victorino is Effective in Leadoff Spot

April 25th, 2011 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Victorino is Effective in Leadoff Spot | Filed in Baseball, General, Phillies

By Amy McCormick

At the start of the 2011 season, I had my doubts about Shane Victorino batting in the leadoff spot.  He wasn’t entirely successful in that position last season, when it seemed that our lineup changed nightly.  While Jimmy Rollins isn’t exactly stellar when batting first, I figured he was our best bet.  I admit that I was wrong.

First, let’s look at the numbers.  Last season, Jimmy Rollins played just 88 games due to injury.  He hit .243, which I don’t need to tell you is awful, and had an OBP of .320.  He stole seventeen bases and scored 48 runs.  The Phils currently have 22 games in the books for 2011.  Shane Victorino is hitting .295 with an OBP of .360; he has stolen four bases and scored fourteen runs.  Now, stay with me, because there’s math involved.  If Victorino in 2011 has played ¼ the games that Rollins did in all of 2010, then his projected numbers for 88 games this season would be 56 runs scored and sixteen stolen bases.  I realize there a lot of numbers here, but the bottom line is that when it comes to batting in the leadoff spot, Shane’s numbers are better than Jimmy’s were last year.

Now, let’s consider the functions of a leadoff hitter.  First and foremost, it’s his job to get on base.  Whether it’s by drawing a walk or getting a base hit, his job is to get himself to first and then into scoring position.  Both Rollins and Victorino are capable of stealing more bases than they have been, and I’d like to see them be more aggressive about it.   The leadoff hitter needs to distract and annoy the pitcher by taking a lead off the base in an attempt to keep him unfocused.  Jimmy and Shane are both good at accomplishing this.  Baserunning involves more than just stealing, though.  General speed is important; Rollins is quick, but Victorino is quicker. 

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Madson’s Time To Step Up

April 25th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Madson’s Time To Step Up | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Yet another cog in the Phillies machine needs to be replaced. Jose Contreras was placed on the 15-day disabled list with what is being called a strained right flexor pronator tendon in his right elbow. He will fly back to Philadelphia to see the team physician, Dr. Michael Ciccotti, either late Monday or Tuesday. It has yet to be determined if a MRI has been ordered, but with this type of injury, one definitely will. The MRI will show whether or not there is damage to the ulnar collateral ligament, which can lead to a pitcher’s three most hated words: Tommy John Surgery. If the UCL is damaged, Contreras will be done for the year, and possibly for his career. If it is only a strain of the pronator tendon, Contreras will probably be out 3-5 weeks resting and rehabbing the arm. With both Lidge and Contreras on the disabled list until the end of May, it’s time for Ryan Madson to prove he can close. (more…)

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