Game Chat: The Season Must Go on for Hamels, Phillies in Twin Cities

Game Chat: The Season Must Go on for Hamels, Phillies in Twin Cities

We already posted about the Twins today and how they don’t do anything particularly well – hitting, fielding, pitching, the whole shebang. Of course, the Phillies haven’t exactly been lighting the world on fire themselves in any one of these areas, either, which is why they too find themselves back below .500.

Michael Young can say the sky isn’t falling all he wants. Losing three straight to the Brewers is no way to get people excited about your operation.

There are still 98 games to go though. That’s not necessarily a call to stick by the Phillies in case that’s not your thing. You could choose to interpret the remark with an inflection of dread, so that it reads like Ugh, there are still 98 games to go. Regardless, the show will go on, and the Fightins will try to make things right again beginning tonight in Minnesota.

Cole Hamels (2-9, 4.56) takes the ball for the Phils, which I haven’t decided yet is a good or a bad thing. Hamels has been furiously tapping the reset button all year, and finally got the start he was looking for against the Marlins last Wednesday, lasting at least seven innings for the first time in a month in the win. We’ll see if he can build on the one-run, 11-strikeout effort, but consistency hasn’t been Cole’s thing.

The Twins are throwing P.J. Walters, a 28-year-old right-hander who has had largely unsuccessful stints in the Majors with three teams since ’09. In three starts for Minnesota this season however, he’s 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

I know what you’re thinking. The Phillies have never seen this Walters fellow before, so they won’t be able to touch him. Actually, Walters started one game in the Minnesota series last year, allowing four runs and failing to record an out before exiting the game with an injury. He never looked right in that outing, so not sure whether it means anything one way or the other.

First pitch is at 8:10. Come for the off-chance the Phillies resume their climb to respectability, stay for the possibility of a Domonic Brown fireworks display.


NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales


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

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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.

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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).