After Wilting In Houston, Phils Turn to Cliff Lee In New York

After Wilting In Houston, Phils Turn to Cliff Lee In New York

The Phillies play the Mets tonight in New York. What's wild is that even after dropping 3 of 4 in Houston over the weekend to the lowly Astros they're still not totally dead. I mean, they're absolutely in need of a miracle, but the other team's vying for the second wild card spot simply won't put them out of their misery.

I don't know. I'm certainly not encouraged by anything this team did in Houston, and I am kind of out of things to say about this team. How about you? Are you feeling anything aside from indifference about this team at this point?

I can't recall one weekend series sucking so much hope out of this fanbase in ages.

The Phillies will turn to Cliff Lee (5-7, 3.36) tonight who has been absolutely stellar in his last four starts (3-0, 0.99) as the Phils face Cy-hopeful R.A. Dickey (18-5, 2.68). If nothing else, watching Cliff tonight will still be worth tuning in for, I'd say.

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It has not been a good season for Ryan Howard. [Crashburn]

You have to like the Cardinals chances for that second spot. [Beerleaguer]


7:05 start from Flushing tonight. There's baseball for another two weeks.


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Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds