Today in Philly Sports History: Carlton vs. Seaver, Round 15, 1981

Today in Philly Sports History: Carlton vs. Seaver, Round 15, 1981

Over the years, Tom Seaver and Steve have become somewhat inextricably linked, as being two of the best pitchers--if not the very two best--of their generation. Their careers spanned nearly the same time period, they both came to define a franchise and won World Series titles as that team's best pitcher, they both racked up Cy Youngs (three for Seaver, four for Carlton) and All-Star appearances (12 for Seaver, ten for Carlton), they even both struck out 19 batters in a game--the two first pitchers to accomplish the feat in the modern era. Despite being compared to Nolan Ryan for much of his life due to the two's sporadic competition for the all-time strikeout lead in the early 80s, it was Seaver that Carlton considered to be his greatest rival.

However, despite the two ending up as rough equivalents in terms of all-time numbers, their numbers when it came to head-to-head matchups were not quite so even-handed. Simply put, Seaver owned Carlton, going 11-3 in games pitched against the Cardinals and Phillies ace--even in Carlton's 27-game 1972 season, two of his ten losses came at the hand of Seaver's Mets. The two met for the 15th time in on August 18th, 1981, with the 36-26 Phils visiting the 38-25 Reds at Riverfront Stadium.

Sadly, the 15th meeting went much like the first 14, with Seaver emerging victorious. Carlton was strong, going seven innings and allowing only two runs, but Seaver was just a little better, going eight and a third and just letting up one run (both struck out five and walked four, oddly). A two-run rally in the sixth for the Reds on RBIs from Ray Knight and Sam Meijas proved to be the difference in the game, as the Reds won the game 3-1. Neither team made the playoffs in that strike-split season, but both came close--the Phillies losing a five-game entry playoff to the Expos, and the Reds missing altogether despite technically having had the best record in the NL over the course of the whole season.

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers' already-shorthanded backcourt will be down another key player against the Bulls.

T.J. McConnell will miss Wednesday’s game to attend his father-in-law's funeral. The Sixers, already down JJ Redick (leg) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), signed guard Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract Thursday. 

There’s no easy substitution for McConnell, who has averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in his last five games. So much of his contributions come from hustle.

“You’re especially going to hear us say that the energy and the sort of spark that he gives needs to be generated as a group through our defense,” Brett Brown said Tuesday. 

Brown plans to play starting point guard Ben Simmons more than his averaged 35.0 minutes. He also intends to utilize Drew, a familiar face who already has played on the Sixers through 10-day contracts and summer league. 

“I respect him,” Brown said of Drew. “He’s good. He’s solid. He’s a true point guard. He was a natural request from my side when these other injuries and circumstances, like T.J. is going through, happened.” 

Drew had been playing in the G League this season, averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Heat’s affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

“[Brown] gave me kind of the rundown of what he was expecting from me and I told him he has the man for the job,” Drew said. “Come in, run the team, just be a leader, get guys shots and take open jumpers when you have them. No turnovers, just take care of the ball.” 

Turnovers a hot topic
That last item on Drew’s to-do list was at the forefront of topics for Brown when he addressed the media the day after the Sixers’ 105-101 loss to the Grizzlies (see story). The team committed 10 of its 24 turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter, a number further magnified when those 10 errors led to 20 Grizzlies points. 

“We can say let’s just dribble it up the floor, post Jo (Joel Embiid), and I bet we reduce our turnovers,” Brown said. “Or you can say, we play with a pace, we play with a speed, we lead the NBA in passes, we’re amongst the elite in assists, we like the style of play. But it needs to be filtered, it needs to tempered. All those things end up my answer to where we’re feeling some pain.”

Brown said the players have to “own” their turnovers. Embiid (4.2) and Simmons (4.0) lead the team in that category. Brown noted it is his job as the coach to keep emphasizing it game after game. The Sixers rank worst in the NBA with 17.6 turnovers per game. 

“I don’t want to overreact to Memphis,” Brown said. “I’m not discounting it. It’s not in my bucket of, ‘Oh, there’s 82 games.' It isn’t that. It’s a stinky loss. It’s a poor loss. But we’re going to move on.”

Injury update
James Young (gastroenteritis) is questionable Wednesday against the Bulls.