Phils-Mets: Remember When At Least One of These Teams Was Good?

Phils-Mets: Remember When At Least One of These Teams Was Good?

-101. That's the combined run differential between the Phillies and Mets this year. Though the Phils tendency to led their bad losses get really bad means that their actual record (35-38) isn't as bad as their -50 run differential would indicate, the Mets have surely suffered for their -51, with a 28-41 record good for second-worst in the entire National League. Memories of the days when these two teams were the class of the NL East, dueling for division titles until the last game of the season, seem about as far away as the days when the Miami Heat were a 15-67 team with little hope for the future. (Both only five years ago, believe it or not.)

Anyway, the Mets were able to get a little glimpse into what they hope to be their future greatness when much-hyepd young rotation tentpoles Matt Harvey (brilliant all year) and Zach Wheeler (making his MLB debut) pitched back-to-back in a Super Tuesday double-header last week, both earning Ws for their troubles. That's a good start, but the rest of the rotation is pretty bunk--especially with Jon Niese's recent rotator cuff tear and accompanying DL stint--and their lineup has been across-the-board awful, with David Wright, Lucas Duda and (incredibly) 35-year-old Marlon Byrd the only three regulars with an OPS+ comfortably over 100.

Not to say that the Phils' lineup has been all that much better, especially with Erik Kratz injured and Dom Brown officially going Game 7 Danny Green cold, though at least they should get reinforcements tonight with the return of our most consistent hitter all year, Mr. Chase Utley. It'll be great to have Chase back in the swing of things, and as Kulp pointed out, even with Kratz injured, the return of Chase and Chooch means that our opening day starting lineup is now back in its full complement, which is almost certainly a good thing.

7:05 first pitch from CBP tonight, with Jeremy Hefner and Cole Hamels facing off in the first of three. Last time these two squared off, the Phillies swept at Citi, so here's hoping the Fightins can make it two straight and get back up to .500 in the process. Plus, ten losses on the season is really plenty for Cole already, thanks.

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.