It's one of those The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same deals. What do the Phillies do these days when they're looking to bust out of a slump? Beat up on the Nationals. What did the Phillies do in 1991 when they were looking to bust out of a slump? Beat up on the Nationals--then better known to non-time-traveling audiences as the Montreal Expos. Over a 13-game stretch in 1991, the Phils faced the Padres twice, the Cubs three times, and Les Expos a total of eight times, winning all 13 games. A 40-58 team when the streak started, the Phils moved from 21 1/2 to 12 1/2 games back by its end--not exactly making them contenders, but at least keeping them from being a total afterthought. On August 13th, 1991, though, whatever good vibes and good times the streak had started were finally put to an end.
Remarkably, as recent as 18 years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates were still a force to be reckoned with, and they were absolutely rolling as the Phils came to town that day in '91. Getting a quality start from reigning Cy Young champ (and current proud Phillies papa) Doug Drabek, the Pirates took the game 4-3 on RBIs from Andy Van Slyke and Jose Lind, padding their first place, 66-45 record. Unfortunately, the Pirates proved too formidable in general for the Phils in those days, as the loss marked, ironically enough, their thirteenth loss in a row to the Buccos.
Thus ended, the streak still tied the thirteen-gamer pulled off by the classic 101-win '77 team for the longest stretch of winning in modern franchise history (though they went for sixteen in a row a couple times in the 19th century, supposedly). Meanwhile, the Phils finished off the season a mediocre 78-84, while the Pirates won the division, eventually losing a seven-game NLCS to the pennant-winning Braves.
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ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.