Worley Rocked in Tough Day for Phillies Subs

Worley Rocked in Tough Day for Phillies Subs

After being called up, sent down, re-called, asked to pitch relief, sent down again and ultimately recalled once more, Vance Worley's struggles on Sunday afternoon weren't altogether shocking considering his recently unorthodox travel and pitching schedules. Though Vance had performed plenty well in his previous appearances for the big club this season, the New York Mets saw to it that Worley encountered his first rough up of 2011 in the form of a 9-5 series-ending loss.

Before receiving the hook, Worley surrendered eight runs on twelve hits and needed seventy-one pitches to complete just three innings of work. Now, in fairness to Vance, only five of those eight allowed were of the earned of the variety, with the remaining three credited to a Jimmy Rollins fielding error in the first. That said, regardless of exactly how the runs came, the Phillies founds themselves in an eight-run hole after only the second inning.

In relief, the combination of Kyle Kendrick, J.C. Romero and Danys Baez would give up only one more run in the final six innings of play. While the pen was solid in terms of limiting any extra damage, Baez was especially lucky to work out of a messy bases-loaded jam in the eighth thanks to a timely (and somewhat lucky) double-play.

On the mound for the Mets, although neither Niese nor Bucholz nor Beato were particularly dominant in allowing five runs of a totals of eleven hits, they were all good enough to lock down an eight-run head start.

Actually, the five crossed and eleven knocks are pretty impressive considering the lineup Charlie marched out in Flushing Meadows on Sunday afternoon. With Chase Utley, Carlos Ruiz and Ryan Howard all getting the day off, Phils fans watched as Michael Martinez, Wilson Valdez and Dane Sardinha did their best to fill some bigs shoes. Deserved or not—and you're certainly free to weigh in with thoughts of your own below—the manager will no doubt be on the receiving end of at least some criticism for deciding to sit all three on the same day.

Leaving NY for DC, the team will be hopping the train this evening in preparation for tomorrow's Memorial Day match up with the Washington Nationals. As stated on the broadcast, Phillies' color commentator Chris Wheeler is really looking forward to the trip, and especially enjoys traveling by rail. "The scenery is really beautiful and it's just so easy to fall asleep once that train starts gently rocking back and forth."

There's truly nothing like a Chris Wheeler anecdote to make a bad afternoon of baseball even worse. Let's say we all forget this and get back to some barbecue. Enjoy the weekend, guys.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
 
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
 
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.