Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Phillies?

There is no doubt the Philadelphia Phillies are an enigma. They aren't a bad team in reality, but they haven't shown anything to peak my interest. They are basically sitting at average, they don't have any superstars and those guys that are supposed to be the future are either in the Minor Leagues or not playing well currently. The question that comes to mind is can/does this team have potential? My answer is at this moment at time I would have to say no. Now I know I'll hear from several people saying that the Phillies are still in playoff contention this season, that they have a great young pitching staff, blah, blah, blah. To be frank the Phillies potential stars have not proven anything, and this team is not in playoff contention.

When you think of the Phillies currently and their hitters three names come to mind immediately: Franco, Herrera, and Joseph. Those three players have played well and have shown glimmers of potential. However, they are not the superstars fans and management are trying to make them into. Starting with Herrera he is in my mind a .300 hitter who can steal bases and hit doubles. However, he is not a strong candidate for the leadoff spot. He has shown the most potential and skill of any of the others mentioned. However, the Phillies are using him wrong. Herrera likes to swing the bat, I see him more as a 2nd or 7th guy in the lineup. Someone who is given the ability to swing the bat and try to move guys over. He is not the type of player to take pitches and wait out a pitcher.

Joseph is another guy that has taken the league and the Phillies fans by storm. Their is no doubt in any fans mind that what Joseph was able to do in his first few weeks in the big leagues was amazing. The guy was truly a hitting machine with a great story. Tommy Joseph is a hitting machine in the sense that he makes strong contact with the ball and doesn't strikeout often. However, he is not a star or your 3 or 4 hitter. Joseph is the type of player that gets on base and does not like to have pressure on him. I think of Joseph as a Joey Votto type player, one that can do his job when needed but won't hit a bunch of home runs. Do I think Joseph could hit 30hrs in a season? Yes, but I do not think it is necessary for him to do that to be a success in the MLB.

There is no player with more pressure than Maikel Franco. Franco came up and was supposed to be the Phillies savior and future star. Though he has put up great numbers I don't think he is the power threat everyone wants him to be. From what I have seen is Franco is a guy that could hit a bunch of home runs 35+, but he would also hit .235 in doing that. I think Franco is a guy that is a gold glove 3rd baseman who should focus on hitting .280 with 25+ home runs. The homers will come for Franco due to his style of hitting. When he makes strong contact those balls will find themselves over the fence. But, this comes down to a player who is facing too much unneeded pressure. Franco needs to relax.

I agree with many of the fans and experts who say the Phillies have a good young pitching staff. Guys like Morgan, Nola, and Eickhoff have impressed me. However, they have a lot of work still to do. These guys are young and their stuff will develop with age. I only see the pitching staff getting better as the years go on. One thing I will state in regards to the strong Minor League players is that this does not mean they will succeed in the MLB. I believe that guys like Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens have proven themselves worthy of a call up. I believe that they deserve a chance to play no matter what the position, or we will have another Ryan Howard situation of a great player stuck in the Minors. All this being said Ben Davis of the Phillies said it best when talking about J.P. Crawford, "He may never make it to the Major Leagues." The future can be bright for the Phillies, but it is a waiting game at this point.



Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Hawks Flying High in Summer League?

The NBA summer league is now in full swing! This allows us to get a look at the NBA’s next batch of superstars! Whether you are watching to see how the first overall pick Ben Simmons is doing or the question mark in the draft Thon Maker, it will be an interesting summer. Saint Joseph’s University students and alumni are glued to their TV’s as well. As we watch how our former superstar DeAndre Bembry adjusts to the NBA, and our former most improved player Isaiah Miles tries to make an NBA squad. Both players bring different unique games to their respective teams. These two have much different paths, but both hope to be great assets to their NBA teams.

DeAndre Bembry- Atlanta Hawks 21st Overall
There is no doubt Bembry has continued his college dominance right onto the NBA summer league. Many reporters and fans are calling him the best player on the Hawks summer team, and his skills are truly being shown. Not only has Bembry brought his strong ability to take the ball to the rim, and his unbelievable defense to the NBA. But, he also brought along his never quit work ethic. Bembry has increased his basketball IQ, meaning he is taking shots that he is much more confortable with. DeAndre has also improved his ability to distribute the basketball among his teammates, something he was known on Hawk Hill for. In three games Bembry is averaging 10pts 4.7assists and 4.7rebounds. He is bringing his do all attitude right along with him to the NBA. It is clear to see the 21st overall pick will continue to garner a lot of attention and playing time. Look for Bembry to be in the headlines in Atlanta come this fall.

Isaiah Miles- Dallas Mavericks Undrafted
Unlike his former teammate, Isaiah Miles is taking a much different approach for his path to the NBA. Miles wasn’t drafted, nor was he high on many teams’ draft boards. Miles is looking to take an approach much like that of Langston Galloway his former teammate. However, the former Hawks big man is looking to translate his unique game to the NBA. As someone who is both tall and can shoot the three, there were many questions surrounding how Miles game would work in the NBA. Miles has struggled early on in the summer league only averaging 1.7ppg and 3.3rebounds in three games. Miles though has always been a late starter. Look for his numbers to increase has the summer season goes on. Miles will continue to do his job on the court, he will score when open and pull down rebounds when needed. Minutes will be the biggest enemy for Isaiah Miles. If Miles can continue to improve his shot and rebounding ability, he may find himself a valuable asset in the D-League for an NBA team.



Thursday, June 23, 2016

NBA Mock Draft

The NBA Draft is only a few hours away! Here is the draft order we may see tonight!

1. Sixers
Ben Simmons

2. Lakers
Brandon Ingram

3. Celtics
Jaylen Brown

4. Suns
Marquese Chriss

5. T-Wolves
Buddy Hield

6. Pelicans
Kris Dunn

7. Nuggets
Dragan Bender

8.  Kings
Jamal Murray

9. Raptors
Jakob Poeltl

10. Bucks
Deyonta Davis

11. Magic
Henry Ellenson

12. Jazz
Skal Labissiere

13. Suns
Timothe Luwawu

14. Bulls
Domantas Sabonis

15. Nuggets
Malachi Richardson

16. Celtics
Wade Baldwin IV

17. Grizzlies
Malik Beasley

18. Pistons
Denzel Valentine

19. Nuggets
Ante Zizic

20. Pacers
Tyler Ulis

21. Hawks
Ivica Zubac

22. Hornets
Malik Beasley

23. Celtics
Brice Johnson

24. Sixers
Paul Zipser

25. Clippers
DeAndre Bembry

26. Sixers
Thon Maker

27. Raptors
Taurean Prince

28. Suns
Zhou Qi

29. Spurs
Demetrius Jackson

30. Warriors
Ben Bentil



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Phuture Phillies Lineup!

I was recently asked what I believe the Phillies lineup and rotation would look like in 4 years! Well Phillies fans here is my best take on it! Though I think a few guys could be traded like Joseph or Herrera. Below is my starting lineup and pitching rotation predictions.

Batting Order:
1. SS Crawford
2. 2nd Herrera
3. 1st Hoskins
4. RF Cozens
5. 3rd Franco
6. LF Joseph
7. CF Williams
8. Alfaro

Pitching Rotation:
1. Nola
2. Appel
3. Eickhoff
4. Morgan
5. Eflin

I could see a few guys being traded for well established players or free agents moves. However, if the Phillies decide to stick with what they have this is the Phuture Phils.



Friday, May 27, 2016

Top 5 Greatest Records

In sports there are some records that are meant to be broken, and others that will never end. Over the past 50 years we have seen some of the most incredible achievements shattered. However, there are some that will never end. This season we got a taste of that in the form of JBJ and his hits. In honor of the failed streak by Jackie Bradley Jr. we decided to look at the top five sports records that will never be broken.

5. CY Young 749 Complete Games
This record will never fall in today’s game. Baseball has changed dramatically since the days of CY Young, and it is apparent that this record will never be broken for that reason alone. We can see that it will be almost impossible to find a player that can throw that many complete games. Going beyond that, today’s players are more prone to injuries causing this to be an impossible feat.

4. Barry Bonds 688 Intentional Walks
Lets be honest, steroids or not Bonds was a god among men playing the sport of baseball.  He was the most feared player not only during his time but also, of all-time. When Bonds came to the plate there was only one option in the minds of pitchers and that was to put him on base. Though we may see a player on the same level as Barry Bonds one day. I don’t think we will ever see the astronomical number of intentional walks ever again.

3. Wilt Chamberlain 100pt game
Now if you ask me on some days I would say this record is possible. Especially looking at the players in today’s NBA. The league is extremely soft, and the defense extremely lacking. Though I think that another coming of a Kobe could possibly match this feat. I have to say it is impossible for 4 reasons: Kobe, LeBron, Iverson, Jordan. If none of those guys could match it in the past 25 years of basketball then I have to say I don’t think it can be done.

2. Michael Phelps Medal Record
I do not think we will ever see quite an athlete like Michael Phelps. His determination and his abilities were unmatched. He never let age get the best of him, and he seemed to be timeless in the pool. Though his overall medal total of 22 may be broken some day, his 18 gold medals may stand forever.

1. Joe DiMaggio 56 Game Hitting Streak
This record will never be broken; some of the greatest hitters of all-time have challenged it and have failed. In the top 10 longest hit streaks only two players are from the modern era, Pete Rose and Jimmy Rollins. Both of these players missed the record by way over 10 hits. Most of the players that have challenged it have fell short once reaching 30 games. This feat looks as though it will stand the test of time.