Charlie Sics Righties, Blanton on Bumgarner as Phils Go for Three in a Row

Charlie Sics Righties, Blanton on Bumgarner as Phils Go for Three in a Row

After getting to Tim Linecum early on Monday night and starting off their 10-game road trip with a victory, the Phils will look to put together their first real winning streak of the season Tuesday night in San Fran as they go for their third in a row.
In a rematch of Game 4 of 2010 NLCS, Joe Blanton squares off against the newly-paid Madison Bumgarner. 

Just yesterday, the 22-year-old lefthander agreed to a 5-year, $36.56 million contract that will keep him with the Giants through 2019. Not counting his Game 4 no-decision, Bumgarner is just 0-1 in one career start against the Phillies, but pitched well in that outing on Aug. 4 of last year, surrendering just two solo shots over eight innings.
As the young pitcher has begun to put together a body of work, his career opponent batting average versus righties (.270) is .31 points higher than against lefties (.239). Consequently, this evening's Phils lineup is comprised entirely of righthanded bats and switch hitters, with Wiggington at first and Mayberry in left. With that strategy, they better get to Bumgarner before they need to pinch-hit for anybody, as they'll only have lefthanded bats remaining on the bench.

As for Blanton, he has a larger sample size against the Giants than Bumgarner against the Phillies, one that's pretty erratic. Joe has allowed no more than two earned runs in 4 of his 7 starts against the Giants for a 2-1 record. But the other three starts -- 0-2 with a whopping 10.66 ERA. In FireJoeMorgan-speak, that would be "inconsistent."
First pitch scheduled for 10:15 at AT&T Park on TCN. Manager Charlie Manuel's lineup for the night:

Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, Rollins SS, Pence RF, Wigginton 1B, Mayberry LF, Ruiz C, Galvis 2B, Blanton P

Can the Phils win three in a row for the first time this season as they play by the bay?

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Ben Simmons had himself a historic first week in the NBA and as a result, his MVP odds have changed substantially.

Listed by Bovada on Oct. 10 at 80/1 to win MVP, Simmons is now at 33/1, tied with DeMarcus Cousins and ahead of Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin and Damian Lillard.

Simmons became the first player since Oscar Robertson to produce at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in each of his first three career games.

Teammate Joel Embiid had a less successful start to the year, averaging 14.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two games but shooting just 35.5 percent from the field and missing all 10 three-point attempts.

And yet somehow, Embiid's MVP odds have changed from 40/1 to 25/1. He has the same MVP odds as Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis.

Griffin, at 50/1, is a sneaky good bet for MVP. The Clippers are his team now with Chris Paul in Houston, and Griffin has added long-distance shooting to his game, making three triples in each game. Two games in, he's averaging 29.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. 

If he can stay healthy (a huge if) and lead the Clippers to 52-plus wins in a loaded Western Conference, you'd have to think Griffin would be looked at more favorably in terms of MVP odds than someone on a star-studded team like any of the Warriors or Rockets, if Paul returns from his knee injury within a month and affects James Harden's stats even slightly. 

Giannis Antetokounpo and LeBron James look like the two players most likely to win MVP, but 50/1 for Griffin is good value if you think this is the year he stays healthy. If he didn't have a history of injuries, his odds right now would be closer to those of John Wall (28/1) or Towns (25/1).