Archive for April 28th, 2011

Counterpoint: Have Phillies Fans Become Brats?

April 28th, 2011 by DJChris | Comments Off on Counterpoint: Have Phillies Fans Become Brats? | Filed in General

City of Champions

Our esteemed colleague, Christian, posed the question on TalkSportsPhilly.com; Have Phillies Fans Become Brats?

Reference: http://talksportsphilly.com/2011/04/have-phillies-fans-become-brats/

This lead me to wonder; Have Philadelphia Sports Fans Become Brats?

Without doing any research; just using my own sports acumen, I cannot recall a time when a city have continually and consistently sent multiple teams to the playoffs year after year. I’m a Steelers fan and I remember when the Steelers and the Pirates won championships back to back, 1979. Willie “Pops” Stargell and Terry Bradshaw were on the cover as Sportsmen of the Year. And I know you will say, well, they won championships. But wow, the City of Brotherly Love has consistently sent two or more teams to the playoffs to compete almost every year. Yet, we have some of the thee most disgruntled fans in America!

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My 2011 NFL Mock Draft

April 28th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | Comments Off on My 2011 NFL Mock Draft | Filed in General

How many QB's will get drafted in the first round?

By Brandon Pemberton

www.brandononsports.WordPress.com

This mock draft is based upon what I think the General Manager of these 32 NFL teams would do, also based on what I believe is team need and value at that time in the draft. Enjoy

2011 NFL Draft Order

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Have Phillies Fans Become Brats?

April 28th, 2011 by Christian | 1 Comment | Filed in General

What's Good Enough?

I’m hearing a lot of negativity about the 2011 Phillies lately.  Seems like downright anger at this team, especially the offense.  That’s a little starnge, considering the Phillies are 16-8, in first place in their division and have the 2nd best record in all of baseball.  At their current pace they will win 108 games this season. 

So what are people screaming about?  Has all of their recent success spoiled the fan base?  Have they become so accustomed to winning lately, that Phils fans are morphing into a Philly version of Yankees fans?  I sure hope not…

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Trade Bait: Matt Rizzotti

April 28th, 2011 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Slugging his way out of the Phillies organization?

The trade deadline is a very distant three months away, but it never hurts to take a look at what may head out the door. While Rizzotti isn’t a premiere prospect that will net you some value by himself, he may be an attractive complementary piece. Especially to an American League team in need of a cheap DH. Rizzotti is currently blocked at 1B, and unless MLB agrees to add the DH to National League in the next CBA, which expires this December, Rizzotti will have just about zero chance of ever playing for the Phillies. In 19 games this season, Rizzotti has an offensive line of .373/. 410/1.037. While he has been a steady hitter at the plate, he hasn’t hit for much power. If he can ratchet up his power numbers between now and the end of July, he may increase his value significantly. Not enough to get something of value by himself, but as I said, as a complementary piece. Defensively, Rizzotti isn’t a gold glover, or even a bronze glover, but he is not the cement-footed, lobster clawed defender that some make him out to be.

Chances are the Phillies are going to hold on all of their bullets for as long as possible barring an emergency. I would imagine that priority one right now is Chase Utley’s health. If it were to comeback that Utley would miss a significant portion or more of the remainder of the season, chances are that a combination of players that could possibly include Rizzotti would be likely.

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Phillies vs Mets Preview

April 28th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Phillies vs Mets Preview | Filed in General

The Phillies are coming home from their west coast swing after going 5-2. Normally, that would sound good, but the Phillies are coming off a series loss to the Diamondbacks. Hopefully Oswalt was just distracted with what was going on at home in Mississippi after giving up his first clunker since last August. Next up are the New York Mets. The Phillies won 2-0f-3 the last time the Mets came to town. They were also putting up almost 7 runs per game then too. (more…)

Minor Notes: Brown, Singleton, Reading

April 28th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Minor Notes: Brown, Singleton, Reading | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

Today marked the beginning of the road back for Domonic Brown. Brown started his rehab assignment today in Clearwater and started in good fashion. He went 2-for-4 with a single and a home run in Clearwater’s 8-6 victory over the Lakeland Tigers. Brown went yard as part of Clearwater’s 6 run bottom of the 5th inning. He would have had a couple of more RBIs if not for fellow outfielder, Brian Gump’s 3-run homer in the previous at bat.

It’s good to see Brown on the road to recovery, but I am starting to wonder about the Phillies other top hitting prospect, Jonathan Singleton. Singleton left a game with an undisclosed injury roughly two weeks ago. The game recap showed leg, some reports showed arm. He missed a week without going on the 7-day disabled list. He left early from the first game of a double header on Tuesday, did not play in the second game, nor did he play in Wednesday’s game. Hopefully everything is okay on that front.

Finally, the Reading Phillies exploded for 14 runs against Erie on Wednesday night. Steven Susdorf and Carlos Rivero combined for 9 of Reading’s 17 hits, 9 of 14 RBIs, and 7 of 14 runs scored. Villanova grad, Jordan Ellis shut down Erie in the 8th, only allowing 1 hit in his second consecutive game since being called up to Reading this week.

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