July 3, 2016 |
Triple-A Lehigh Valley The IronPigs will be sending three players to the triple-A All-Star Game on July 13 in Charlotte. Catcher Andrew Knapp, outfielder Cameron Perkins, and closer Edward Mujica will represent the Pigs. Knapp, 24, entered Friday batting .258 with a .327 on-base percentage and .402 slugging percentage. Perkins, who does not wear batting gloves, entered Friday batting .283. The 25-year-old can play all three outfield positions. The Phillies drafted him in the sixth round of the 2012 draft.
June 3, 2016 |
Jordan Matthews was the Eagles receiver with the lowest percentage of dropped passes last season, which, given his competition for that distinction, is a bit like being the least aromatic elephant in the circus. Pretty much, they all stunk. Still, it was better to be Matthews, who, according to sportingcharts.com, had just five drops in 128 targeted passes. Defining a drop isn't that easy, but guys like Riley Cooper, Nelson Agholor, and Josh Huff nearly doubled Matthews' percentage, so it's a reasonable measure to adopt.
October 6, 2015 |
Despite his gaudy numbers, Flyers goalie Steve Mason doesn't get much respect. Last season, Mason finished third in the NHL in save percentage (.928) and sixth in goals-against average (2.25) among goalies who played at least half of their teams' games. In five-on-five play, he led the league with a .944 save percentage. And, yet . . . Several national publications rank the 27-year-old Mason in the middle of the league's goalie pack, apparently disregarding the above numbers and fixating on his 18-18-11 overall record.
May 30, 2015 |
NEW YORK - It was only the second week of the season and Ryne Sandberg was already answering questions about Ryan Howard's struggles at the plate. Some of the first baseman's inconsistency stemmed from his not taking advantage of the abundance of fastballs thrown his way, the Phillies manager noted at the time. Six weeks later, Howard is still seeing a higher percentage of fastballs than he has in any season since his 2005 rookie-of-the-year campaign. But a big factor in his ability to turn a .380 slugging percentage on May 2 into a .519 clip less than four weeks later is that he has cashed in on more of those heaters.
December 4, 2014 |
Mark Sanchez has completed 63.4 percent of his passes this season, which is a significant improvement from his four seasons with the Jets. But he is still not completely satisfied with his accuracy, even though he never had a completion percentage better than 56.7 in New York. He wants it to be closer to his preseason, when he completed 80.7 percent of his passes. That might not be realistic - the top 10 quarterbacks in the league are between 65.1 and 70.3 percent - but Sanchez thinks there have been incompletions that should have been completions.
October 28, 2014 |
Nick Foles is a lesser quarterback this season than last in every meaningful regard, and this must change if the Eagles are to be taken seriously as Super Bowl contenders. These truths are clear when you watch him on the field, when you examine his statistics, when you listen to Chip Kelly fall back on the tired trope Monday of pointing to Foles' win-loss record as an accurate measure of his play and progress. "What's our record now, 5-2? Nick's 5-2, in my opinion," Kelly said one day after Foles threw two costly interceptions in the Eagles' 24-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
September 5, 2014 |
ATLANTA - Mario Hollands' season started in November, when he pitched for La Guaira Sharks in the Venezuelan winter league. The lefthander pitched there for a month and rested in January. He went to spring training in February, won a job with the Phillies, and threw fine until his left forearm stiffened Wednesday. Phillies coaches noticed a problem in the fifth inning of a 7-4 loss to Atlanta. Head athletic trainer Scott Sheridan accompanied them to the mound. Hollands was removed.
May 21, 2014 |
Tuesday is a big night for the 76ers. It's the NBA draft lottery. Their entire strategy of wink-wink-tanking the 2013-14 season - a smart and prudent long-term course of action - was predicated on increasing the chances that they would secure a high-enough pick to draft a difference-making player. And because the Sixers last year acquired a lottery-protected first-round pick from the New Orleans Pelicans in the Jrue Holiday trade, they are likely to end up with two selections among the top 10 in this year's draft.
May 9, 2014 |
THE NFL WILL NEVER admit it, but the telecast of its annual college draft - two networks, one red carpet, no waiting - is really nothing more than an elaborate drinking game: "waist-bender" . . . drink . . . "Wonderlic" . . . drink . . . and that's just the W's). Given all of that, there is the need for a little bit of sobering counterbalance. The 22nd pick in the first round turns out to be a productive player only about 60 percent of the time. He turns out to be an excellent player only about 19 percent of the time.
May 7, 2014 |
Ryne Sandberg adjusted the top of his lineup Monday, albeit not by choice. Jimmy Rollins tweaked his right groin when making one of three fifth-inning assists Sunday. The 35-year-old shortstop thought it best to rest one day. His manager agreed. "It'd be smart to get him off his feet today," Sandberg said. Rollins' absence illuminated one of the formulas behind the Phillies' solid start. Their starting pitching, of course, carried play for more than a week. But the top of the batting order produced with consistency and provided the rest of the lineup with chances.