A night after Greg Golson poked his head up in a big spot for the Yankees, another old friend of the Fightins made his high-profile debut in Baltimore. Kyle Drabek, the young righty sent to Toronto as the centerpiece of the Roy Halladay deal, took the mound for the first time for the Blue Jays--coincidentally, the same night that Halladay got his 19th win for the Phils. Drabek performed admirably for a first-timer, going six innings and giving up three runs on nine hits (5K, 3BB) in a 3-1 Baltimore victory.
“He did a good job. He kept us in the ball game,” said Toronto manager Cito Gaston. “We just didn’t score runs for him.” (Well, one run--more on that later.)
The eyes of Phils fans will no doubt dart to Drabek lines in box scores for years to come, as we wonder what would have been. Not that Doc has given us any reason for second-guessing--his 19 wins are the highest for a Philly starter in almost 30 years, and his 210 Ks are still a league best--but we had been teased with Drabek's potential for a good few years before he was dealt, and though we certainly don't wish him ill in his major league career, we probably don't want to have given up a future ace, either. A nice, long career of unspectacular quality starts like this will do just nicely, thanks.
In other news from the same game, the Blue Jays scored their one run in the ballgame on outfielder Jose Bautista's 47th home run of the year--bringing him just three away from being the first major leaguer in three years to break the half-century mark. If you called Jose being the one to break the league-wide dry spell before the season, congrats on cashing on your 125,000-1 bet, and can we borrow $60 to get a copy of NHL 11?
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.