Friday, May 15, 2015

What's different about Freddy Galvis?

There is no denying that Freddy Galvis has played unbelievable this season. The 25-year-old shortstop has been playing out of his mind as of late. The young Galvis has not been that productive during his time with the Phillies, however now he is proving to be one of the most valuable players on the roster.  After the Phillies moved Rollins, there were questions whether or not Galvis would be able to step in. Galvis has not only surprised Phillies fans, but also baseball experts everywhere. This Freddy Galvis is not the same player we have seen over the last few seasons.

When looking at the success Galvis has had this season, people are now questioning how or why this is happening. Freddy Galvis is a completely different player this season; he is performing like a young Jimmy Rollins. There are several different reasons why Galvis has had so much more success this season. The main reason is his approach has changed. When looking at past videos of Galvis and how he approached the plate you can see distinct parallels between this season and prior. Galvis is approaching each at bat with the viewpoint to slap the ball. Rather then in the past when he would try to drive the ball and hit for power, the Phillies shortstop is getting on base. He now takes each at bat as a chance to get on base and do his job. Galvis is not a player that will knock in RBI’s nor hit home-runs, his job is to get in scoring position.

With this new approach Freddy Galvis has been able to basically reinvent himself. The shortstop that everyone saw struggle, now has great potential. He has proven that he has a unique skill and ability that is needed on this Phillies team. Though his hits are mainly singles, Galvis is doing his job, with an unbelievable average of .353. If Galvis can keep up his tear there is no doubt that he will be the Phillies All-Star this season. The ability Freddy Galvis has emulated his favorite player and idol Omar Vizquel. If Galvis turns into half the player Vizquel was the Phillies are in luck.



Saturday, May 2, 2015

What’s Next…

The baseball season is official in full swing, and we are starting to get into the dog days of summer. The question is now, what is next for the Phillies. It is obvious that they have struggled, but what path should they go on. Though they have struggled the other NL East teams around them have not performed very well either. To be frank this division is up for grabs, but the Phillies have to decide which direction to go.

The Phillies have to pick which path they would like to go down. In reality they are not playing well, however they have shown some glimmers of hope throughout the season. Though there will be some people that say the Mets look like the team to beat. The Mets, have struggled mightily on the road. The Nationals have clearly struggled, and currently are not the team everyone thought they were. The Braves and Marlins are on the same plan as the Phillies in the talent department as of right now. This now brings up the question to the Phillies, whether or not they believe they can perform. Whether or not they can reach the goal of the playoffs.

With the division struggles, the Phillies can easily take second place and fight for first place. This can only happen if the Phillies decide to make some changes. The question is whether or not the Phillies should. Should the Phillies trade their older players like Howard, Ruiz, Hamels, and Utley, and give up on the season. This will provide them with the opportunity to let the young players play, and allow them to grow. By doing this the team will be basically taking themselves out of playoff contention. The next question is do the Phillies think they can make a run. Can they go all out and bring in some pieces. If the Phillies bring in a good pitcher and another outfield piece they can compete. They may actually make a run, not because they are good but because the rest of the division isn’t. Some small changes may actually help drive this team to playoff contention, but only time will tell. Only time will tell how this season will end and it is still early.



Monday, April 20, 2015

The Biggest Joke in Baseball…

I’ll admit I was optimistic at the start of this season. I thought they would compete. Even though the Phillies on paper are not good, and I knew that they had a terrible season last year, I still had faith. I thought that though the Phillies may look bad, though production may be down on their former stars they can still produce. However, I will now admit after 13 games the 4-9 Phillies are not good nor do they have a bright future. When watching this team there is no doubt that there is nothing special about them, nor do they have any potential.

If you watched any Spring Training games over the past months you would’ve thought that this team might have some potential. That they would not be the second worse team in baseball like Vegas thought. However, now looking at this team that is not true. You know things are bad when the team’s best pitcher is a washed-up Aaron Harang. Who has in reality been the only good starting pitcher on the team. The rest of the starting staff averages over an ERA of 4.00. On the hitting side team is not doing much better. On paper there is only three starters that are batting over .300.  The team does not look good at all at the plate. There is no run support or true offensive production. The three leading hitters are all singles hitters, and they are not producing runs. A team can not win games if they don’t score runs or if they don’t get pitching.

This team has struggled throughout the season so far. They will continue to struggle it seems. It is not fun to watch this team, and if you look around the stadium it seems nobody wants to be there. Though production is coming from the guys in question like Asche, Galvis, and Herrera; do not think that they will produce like this all season. The entire Phillies season is truly in question and this team does not seem to be going in the right direction.



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Chip Chip Hooray for the Dictator

Chip Kelly is now the man in charge in Philadelphia. Whatever he says goes, and do not let him tell you differently. Kelly tries to elude a perception that the personnel decisions are group effort and not just his. The Eagles head coach does listen to other’s input, but he has the final say. Chip is the Kim Jong-Un of football. He was given control of the entire team. He has final say in every decision. 

It is not smart for Chip Kelly to make as large a number of changes as were made this offseason. But Chip could care less. He takes risks, and you cannot be known as a risk taker without being illogical. Kelly is a bias coach. He will do as he pleases until he gets the results that he wants. Moreover, he will take drastic action to get the results. In effect of all of these moves this offseason, it is evident that Chip Kelly wants to win now.

The Philadelphia Eagles head coach was trigger happy with making trades. Just like any Dictator, President, or newly appointed CEO if you don’t support him, you are out. Chip Kelly would like each of his players to be like a swiss army knife. Having players that can fill many different roles can help Kelly create mismatches to take advantage of the opposing defense’s weaknesses. The Eagles offense has many weapons to give the ball to. There is not one player that is relied upon. The opposing defense has to account for every position. The Eagle’s wide receivers do not need be superstars; they just need to be a part of the team to move the ball forward.

This is why Chip had LeSean McCoy sent packing. He brought in a more versatile duo of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews. Murray and Matthews are downhill running backs that fight for every yard. They do not dance for yardage like McCoy did. Darren Sproles fits Chip Kelly’s offense perfectly, because of the different roles he fills. It is great to see a return of multi-back attack.

All of the pieces that Chip Kelly acquired this offseason will need to jell together. It will be exciting to watch. Who knows what is to come? That is just part of the excitement of Chip Kelly. The only thing that we do know with Chip Kelly is that he will do what he wants. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Billy Cunningham Interview

Former Philadelphia 76ers head coach and forward/center, Billy Cunningham called into our show.
We discussed how he got into the NBA, his career, and coaching philosophies

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