I can't remember the last time the Phillies actually had a shot at making the playoffs. They have quietly taken a 1.5 game lead in the wild card race; there hasn't really been a buzz due to the fact that they have been on the West coast and the games don't end till most of us are fast asleep. That and the fact that the Phillies perpetually disapoint and Philly fans don't want to get fooled again. I lasted until about the 4-4 point last night. Cory Lidle didn't look too sharp and neither did San Fran's starter. Lidle supposedly was injured but I am unsure of the severity of the injury.
I'm looking forward to following the Phillies wild card race down to the wire. It will make The Month of Rick* rather entertaining. It looks like the Astros, Marlins, and maybe even the Mets could hang around till the end. I thought the Astros were the favorite a few weeks ago but lately I don't really have any idea who I think the favorite is, partially because I haven't had the chance to watch a lot of baseball.
*Details on The Month of Rick coming soon.
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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.