Audio: Mike Richards on Preston & Steve

Audio: Mike Richards on Preston & Steve

Mike Richards continued his whirlwind 24-hours by calling into the Preston & Steve Show this morning on 93.3 WMMR to discuss his impending move to Los Angeles and his thoughts on so suddenly leaving the Flyers organization. Link to the full audio after the jump...

Richie reiterates in the interview that he found out like the rest of us—via the internet—that he was on his way to Los Angeles and reveals that he has spoken to Jeff Carter on multiple occasions since yesterday afternoon. Now referring to the Flyers as "their hockey team" and no longer "his," listening to such a line brings forth a certain level of finality that, yes, we did indeed trade this guy Thursday afternoon. Mike also answers questions related to his relationship with the city, the fans, and whether he could ever see himself back in the orange and black.

Though we still lack any clear-cut answers as to why these moves were made, Preston and Steve are always good for asking the tough questions you know you're wondering, including "Did you drink last night?" and "Are you pissed? Can you swear for us?" Joking aside, it was good to hear him with is guard down, fielding questions about what it was like to be dealt from the team he thought he'd retire a member of. Mike also reveals he's looking forward to meeting Kobe Bryant and furthering, albeit from afar, his man-crush on Roger Federer.

Still, as alluded to above, one of the more interesting responses came when Richards characterized the front offices' actions as "a decision that's probably going to help their hockey team."

It's somewhat hard to say whether he meant exactly what he said, stating that his dismissal would "probably help" the club rather than qualifying that the Flyers "[think] it will probably help their hockey team." In all likelihood, it was just slip of the tongue not meant to imply much of anything, though on the other hand, as our own Matt P. was quick to point out, Richards may see that this wasn't just about shipping him and Carter out of town.

One thing is for sure, it's nice to hear Richie get along so well with some members of the local media. I honestly feel like I learned more about Mike Richards from this brief interview than I was ever able to glean since we drafted him in 2003, which, frankly, is a shame. Link to the full audio from the former-captain's appearance on the Preston & Steve Show can be found here.

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Watch: The Phillies pulled off the old double steal

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Watch: The Phillies pulled off the old double steal

The Philadelphia Phillies are attempting to salvage something this afternoon in Detroit this as they take on the Tigers. The Fightins got on the board early and hold a 2-0 lead midway through the second.

After a Peter Bourjos single scored Ryan Howard, Odubel Herrera came up to bat and didn't even have to move to get another run in.

The Phillies pulled off a double steal with Bourjos taking second which allowed Andres Blanco to come home easily.

With the Phils showing such little pop at the plate this season, a little hustle and ingenuity is needed.

Today's lineup: Phillies try to salvage game against struggling Anibal Sanchez

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Today's lineup: Phillies try to salvage game against struggling Anibal Sanchez

Justin Verlander mowed down the Phillies last night in a 3-1 Tigers victory, but the Phils have a chance to strike back this afternoon against a struggling pitcher who hasn't had much career success against them.

Anibal Sanchez will take the hill for the Tigers and oppose Aaron Nola in today's series finale (1:10 p.m. on CSN). To say Sanchez hasn't had a great start to his season would be an understatement. He's 3-5 with a 6.32 ERA and opponents are batting .270 against him.

In his career against the Phillies, Sanchez is just 4-8 with a 4.94 ERA. Granted, most of those numbers came in the early part of his career with the Florida Marlins, when he regularly faced powerful Phillies lineups. As one might expect, Ryan Howard, who is again in the lineup today as the designated hitter and batting fifth, has seen Sanchez plenty of times. His 42 at-bats against Sanchez are tied for third-most against the 32-year-old righty. Howard's done OK against Sanchez — 9 for 31 (.290 average) with two homers and four RBI. Maybe some familiarity will finally lead to a breakout game for Howard. But, if his massive slump is any indication, maybe not.

For as poor as Sanchez's start to the season has been, Aaron Nola's first six weeks of 2016 have been at the other end of the spectrum.

Today's Phillies starter is 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA. But he's been better than those numbers show.

His .900 WHIP is third in the NL, as is his 5.82 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His 6.45 hits allowed per nine innings is fourth in the NL, as is his 1.65 walks per nine innings. His 64 strikeouts rank eighth in the NL. Imagine if he got more than the 2.89 runs of support he's been getting in his starts.

As for the rest of the Phillies' lineup today, the only changes see Andres Blanco getting the start for Cesar Hernandez, batting seventh and Cameron Rupp behind the plate, batting sixth.

Phillies
1. Odubel Herrera CF
2. Freddy Galvis SS
3. Maikel Franco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Ryan Howard DH
6. Cameron Rupp C
7. Andres Blanco 2B
8. Tyler Goeddell LF
9. Peter Bourjos 1B

Tigers
1. Cameron Maybin CF
2. J.D. Martinez RF
3. Miguel Cabrera DH
4. Victor Martinez 1B
5. Nick Castellanos 3B
6. Steven Moya LF
7. James McCann C
8. Mike Aviles 2B
9. Jose Iglesias SS

Watch: Miguel Cabrera gives Jeremy Hellickson thumbs up for fooling him on nasty pitch

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Watch: Miguel Cabrera gives Jeremy Hellickson thumbs up for fooling him on nasty pitch

The Phillies once again couldn't find much offense and fell to the Tigers in Detroit last night by a final of 3-1.

But at least the pitching showed something.

There was a fun moment between Jeremy Hellickson and Miguel Cabrera after Hellickson threw quite a nice pitch that fooled Miggy.

Here's how Jim Salisbury described the fun battle:

Hellickson served up a down-the-middle fastball to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning and Cabrera swatted it for an RBI double. He has four RBIs in the first two games against the Phillies.
 
In the third inning, Hellickson struck Cabrera out on a nasty changeup for the third out. The pitch was so good that Cabrera flashed Hellickson a thumbs-up before spiking his helmet to the ground.
 
Hellickson’s changeup has been very good lately.
 
“I really feel comfortable with it right now and I’m throwing it for a lot of strikes,” he said.

And here's the thumbs up: