A Sweep of the Mets Is Good for the Soul

A Sweep of the Mets Is Good for the Soul

Sometimes all a struggling team needs is a date with the New York Mets.

The Phillies have a much-deserved off day on Monday after completing a most enjoyable sweep of the Mets on Sunday.

Things really went about as smoothly as a Phillies fan could have hoped for. The offense put up four or more runs in each of the three contests while the starters -- Kendrick, Pettibone, and Hamels -- all earned wins.
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The three victories pulled the Phils to a 12-14 record on the season.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the NL East the Braves and Nationals have found some early season struggles of their own. The Braves have dropped four straight and are winners of only three of their last ten. You can't stay hot forever.

All of these things are just another reminder that baseball is a really long season. Couple a Phils weekend sweep of the Mets with the Braves getting the broom and the conversations at your Sunday dinner turn from "yeah, the Phillies suck," to "hey, they've been playing alright."

4 games back and it's not even May yet. It's a long season.

But a sweep of the Mets is good for the soul. It won't magically make the roster any younger, but it sure will make you feel better about flipping on the Phils on the TV/radio in the near future.

And we get to enjoy this one for an extra day before the Phils get back at it in Cleveland on Tuesday against a struggling Indians team.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.