Phils-Mets: Put on Your Tacky Boots, There's No Raining in Baseball

Phils-Mets: Put on Your Tacky Boots, There's No Raining in Baseball

It's raining…again.

With a flood advisory in effect in Flushing Meadows, New York since early this morning, the Philadelphia Phillies find themselves in a bit of a dilemma. The effects of a rainy August and September have forced the Phils into two doubleheaders in the last eight days. The team hasn't had an off day since August 28th, in the hours immediately before and after Hurricane Irene.

With showers predicted for much, if not all, of the weekend, the Phillies need to find a way to play these games with the Mets before heading down to Atlanta for their final series of the year on Monday, unless Major League Baseball is open to scrapping a game entirely.

So break out the Mickey Mouse slickers, 'cause we're playing in the rain. The only question is when.

The wet weather is forecast to be less intense and frequent as the weekend progresses, meaning the teams have the option of trying to play through whatever baseballs gods throw at them tonight, attempting to schedule the Phillies's third doubleheader in the last two weeks, or trying to cancel the game altogether. Whatever they choose, at least some of this weekend's action is going to be rain-soaked assuming our friends at The Weather Channel aren't leading us astray. We're not meteorologists, people.

If baseball is played tonight, Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch, and the Phillies are out to avoid their first seven-game losing streak since June of 2006.

Hamels struggles in New York have been well documented over his career, and the change of scenery offered in the move from Shea Stadium to Citi Field has done little to help matters. Lifetime, Cole is just 1-5 in starts against the Mets in NY. He's 1-4 at Citi Field with a 5.05 ERA in six starts.

In his last appearance in Flushing on July 16th of this year, Hamels was tagged for 7 runs and 8 hits in just 4.1 innings of work. It should be noted that Hamels allowed no more than 2 runs in any of his 4 other starts that month. For whatever reason, there's something about New York that Cole doesn't like. Whatever it is, at least we won't have to deal with it in the postseason…we think.

Standing opposed for the Mets, R.A. Dickey is the owner of an 8-13 record, 3.35 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. Dickey is actually on something of a tear considering he's only allowed 7 runs in his last 5 starts. That stretch includes two seven-inning shutouts. Fortunately, Dickey did surrender 4 earned in 7 innings the last time he pitched against the Phils. The final score of that ballgame on July 15th: 7-2 Philadelphia.

Charlie's 9/23 lineup:

Rollins SS, Polanco 3B, Victorino CF, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Mayberry RF(D), Ruiz C, Valdez 2B, Hamels P

And for the Mets:

Reyes SS, Tejada 2B, Wright 3B, Bay LF, Pagan CF, Evans 1B, Harris RF, Nickeas C, Dickey P

See you post-game.

Nerlens Noel posts thankful message to Philly fans

Nerlens Noel posts thankful message to Philly fans

Nerlens Noel's tenure in Philadelphia wasn't characterized by a whole lot of winning, but he'll still likely be remembered fondly by Sixers fans as being one of the original members of the process.

It's always an emotional time when a fan favorite departs for another city and a new team instead of seeing the championship aspirations many had for them in Philly through to fruition.

Noel posted an emotional message to his Twitter account on Thursday evening thanking the city of Philadelphia and its fans for the support they showed him through the ups and downs. 

The tweet contained the hashtag #Philly with a couple of exclamation points with a screenshot of a note that read:

What an exciting journey it’s been… To have such an amazing city embrace a kid from Boston coming out of Kentucky the way y’all did, is something I’ll truly never forget. And even through the ups and downs I never doubted the love here and that won’t change. Thank you to everybody that’s believed in me and supported through #TheProcess.

Love! -NN4

Noel was traded earlier in the day to the Dallas Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a conditional first round pick that will likely turn into two second round picks.

Bryan Colangelo will address the media on Friday morning to discuss his rationale behind moving Nerlens.

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Joel Embiid: With Mavs, Nerlens Noel 'to get the chance he wanted'

Joel Embiid: With Mavs, Nerlens Noel 'to get the chance he wanted'

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Nerlens Noel emerged from the trainer’s room in a red sweatshirt and made his rounds of handshakes and hugs. It would be his last time in the Sixers' training complex as a member of the team, marking the end of the longest-tenured player’s stay in Philadelphia.

The Sixers traded Noel to the Mavericks on Thursday for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a top-18 protected first-round pick, according to a source (see story). He went through a portion of practice and was removed from it because of the deal. 

Noel’s now former teammates had a strong reaction to his departure. 

“Nerlens, he’s my guy,” Joel Embiid said. “He’s been my best friend since I got to Philly and I’m happy for him. He wants to start. I think in Dallas he’s going to get the chance to start and they’re going to re-sign him and they’re going to pay him a lot of money. Here it was kind of hard for him to start unless they were starting us together. But I’m happy for him. He’s going to get the chance he wanted.”

Noel’s future with the Sixers had been in question for two years as he enters restricted free agency this summer. Last season, the team struggled to find a way for him and Jahlil Okafor, both true centers, to play together. This season, the logjam was magnified when Embiid made his debut and took over the starting role. 

Noel candidly spoke out about the overcrowding at the beginning of the season but that situation was sidetracked when he missed 23 games because of injury. Once he returned, he quickly was on the short end of minutes. 

“I need to be on the court playing basketball,” Noel said in mid-December. “I think I’m too good to be playing eight minutes. Like, no, that’s crazy. That’s crazy. That’s crazy. They need to figure this s--- out.”

The Sixers did figure out his role, later making him the defensive leader of the second unit as Okafor became the odd man out. The Sixers also considered the possibility of pairing Noel and Embiid in the starting lineup, as they did with Embiid and Okafor, but that experiment played out only over a handful of minutes. 

“I’m a little bit disappointed,” Embiid said of not playing more alongside Noel. “I thought we should have tried that a little bit more. I think the few times we did, it actually looked pretty good offensively and defensively.”

Of the bigs, it seemed like Okafor would be the one moved at the deadline after being held out of two games because of trade talks. In the end, it was Noel as the one to go on Thursday. 

“He’s one of my favorite players here,” Dario Saric said. “He’s always ready for jokes, he’s always ready to enjoy every moment.” 

Noel was the only player remaining from Brown’s first season as head coach with the Sixers. Brown could not comment on the Noel trade because it was not official at the time he addressed the media. 

Ilyasova leadership missed
On Wednesday night the Sixers dealt Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks for Tiago Splitter, a 2017 second-round pick and 2017 second-round pick swap rights. Even though Ilyasova played only 53 games for the Sixers, the veteran leader left his mark.

“He was a consummate pro,” Brown said. “He helped teach our young guys about that professionalism and helped contribute to our culture. He was good. You add those things up and we’re going to miss him.” 

Ilyasova’s departure affects those who played with him and behind him. Embiid credited Ilyasova for stretching the floor when they were in the starting lineup together. 

Saric, though, is perhaps the most impacted by the trade. Saric moved to the second unit when Ilyasova took over the starting role. He learned from his fellow international power forward, who helped him adjust to the NBA on and off the court. Saric is likely to get the nod as a starter. 

“For me, it’s hard,” Saric said. “I lost in Ersan some kind of mentor.” 

Brown also plans to play Robert Covington and Richaun Holmes at power forward at times, as well. If Covington slides over from small forward, Brown eyes Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Gerald Henderson and Nik Stauskas as players who could fill in at the three spot. 

The Sixers will resume activity on Friday morning for shootaround ahead of their game against the Wizards. They will approach that contest without familiar faces on the court. 

“I lost two good friends,” Saric said. “But this is the NBA. This is part of the business, part of the job.”