Ughla. Phils Lose on a Walk-Off Grand Slam

Ughla. Phils Lose on a Walk-Off Grand Slam

Cue Billy Zane. It's a walk-off.

After 8 innings of pitchers dueling in Florida, Tom Gordon entered the game with a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the ninth, walked two (including Wes Helms on four pitches), mixed in a hit, and then gave up a bomb to a free-swinging Dan Uggla. After it bounced around awhile, some Marlins fans moseyed over and picked it up.

Game. Uggla just tossed his tighty whities at us.

Cole Hamels and Andrew Miller were both dialed in tonight, with Cole
striking out 13 and allowing only three hits. Unfortunately, two were by Jorge Cantu, who put them both over the fence. He had the
fastball/change-up filth going tonight though, with a lot of strikes
coming on check swings, corkscrews, and even a launched bat.

Neither starter got any support, and there were some frustrating
moments on the basepaths, including a rare mental lapse by Chase Utley
that ended a rally in the making. We'll let him slide, but hopefully
when we do, he'll stay on the bag. Another questionable play was the
2-out bunt by Jayson Werth with the bases loaded, which ended the
Phillies half of the ninth after the they'd tied the game and had
reliever Kevin Gregg on the ropes.

It's easy to crucify Tom Gordon too, especially after the display
Hamels put on, but Flash's actually been decent this year (after Opening Day...) and was due for
a horrid outing. Bullpens are going to blow leads, and we've been
downright lucky at how few the Phils' have sharted away. If it makes you feel any
better, Billy Wagner coughed up a save tonight. (I bet that helps a little, doesn't

The bats have been curiously silent this series, letting the Fish creep back toward the top of the division. They'd better pick it up tomorrow to avoid the embarrassment of being swept in front of all those Florida fans.

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