Myers to Start, Lidge to Close

Myers to Start, Lidge to Close

With the Phillies trade last night of Michael Bourn for Brad Lidge, Pat Gillick has stated that Myers will return to the starting rotation. 
"Brett Myers is better than any starter available," Gillick said.  Indeed he is, Pat.  Now how does Brett feel about being reshuffled once again?

"Pat asked me how I felt about it and I said I'd do whatever was best
for the team.  It's a little
disappointing because I felt closing was good for me. But the team has
other needs and I can do both. I'm not surprised. You could read
between the lines."

Whatever that means.

The day after thoughts from around the web seem to be of the opinion that the Phillies got the better end of this one.  Many people felt that towards the end of last season, Lidge looked as good as he ever has.  On top of that, a fresh start in Philly should do him some good.  Let's see how this one plays out before we call the guy the next Tom Gordon -- even though I was ready to last night.

Many Phillies fans were more upset about giving up local boy Mike Costanzo rather than Michael Bourn, but again, people around the web seem to think the third baseman's ceiling is fairly limiting.

It's barely November and we're already excited about the '08 Fightins!  That just shows how putrid the Eagles have been.

>>Phils trade Bourn for Lidge [The 700 Level]
>>Phillies get Lidge in multiplayer deal [Inqy]

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