Tonight: Hollywood Hamels

Tonight: Hollywood Hamels

Cole Hamels will take the ball tonight for your Philadelphia Phillies for the first time this season as Ryne Sandberg's club looks to take the series from the Dodgers while playing within a Matt Stairs-moonshot-distance of the famous "Hollywood" sign up in the hills.

There a couple of mixed trends for Hamels season debut against the Dodgers tonight. Cole has been pretty awful in his first starts of the season, but he's had great career numbers against the Dodgers.

From the game notes:

Over the last five years, however, Hamels’ first start of the season has not been kind to him ... Since 2009, he is 1-4 with a 9.55 ERA (23 ER, 21.2 IP) in his season debuts and has not lasted longer than 5.1 innings in any of those starts ... But on the bright side, Hamels has thrived against the Dodgers in his career ... In 11 starts (including the postseason), he is 6-1 with a 2.41 ERA (20 ER, 74.2 IP) against the Boys in Blue, including a 3-0 record and 2.22 ERA (7 ER, 28.1 IP) in four starts at Dodger Stadium.

Sandberg is once again looking for solid defense behind Cole and will have the impressive Freddy Galvis at third base instead of Cody Asche who is still trying to find his way out of an early-season slump. Phillies beat writer Matt Gelb points out that this is the 6th time in 11 games that Asche starts the game on the pine.

The lineup will have their hands full with righty Zack Greinke who is 3-0 this season with a 2.42 ERA. Tony Gwynn Jr. has four hits off Greinke (1 HR) in six plate appearances so I'm surprised he's not in the lineup again. Chase Utley and Ben Revere have hit Greinke relatively well but the rest of the lineup not so much.

Another 10:10 pm EST start time for the Fightins. I've been able to stay up the past two nights to watch the complete games but it has not been easy. Hoping Hamels can make quick work of the Dodgers and really give this team some serious momentum.

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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Breaking down Joel Embiid's rough shooting night

Breaking down Joel Embiid's rough shooting night

Joel Embiid has joked in the past about his desire to be a guard in the NBA. All kidding and three-point shooting aside, the big man wants to play at the basket.

“We’ve got to do a better job of finding me in the post,” he said following the Sixers' loss to the Celtics on Friday. 

Embiid was candid about where he needs the ball following his 11-point performance. He didn’t score until the third quarter and shot 4 for 16 from the field and 0 for 6 from three in 28 minutes. 

“I felt like I needed to go to the perimeter to make something happen because I wasn’t getting the ball in the post,” Embiid said. “I think we’ve got to look at the tapes and find ways to get me the ball in the post. But I felt like because I wasn’t doing that, I had to go outside and make something happen to help us win.”

Embiid started off the game taking shots away from the basket. He went 0 for 2 from three in the first quarter and also missed a 20-foot jumper. His two points came at the line.

Embiid went scoreless in the second quarter and didn’t attempt any shots in the paint, either. He failed to connect on another three as well as an 11-foot jump shot and a 13-foot floater. 

He began the second half going 0 for 2 from long-range in the first four minutes. Finally, with 4:35 remaining in the quarter, he recorded his first field goal off a layup from Dario Saric. He scored off a dunk from Markelle Fultz late in the third and notched another point off a free throw. 

Embiid became more aggressive at the basket in the fourth quarter. He checked in with 5:37 remaining and the Sixers trailing by four. He knocked down a 13-foot pull-up and then missed his next four attempts: an eight-foot jumper, a layup, a trey, and a tip layup. Embiid made a layup with 16 seconds to play. 

The Sixers system has changed from last season when Embiid was the offensive go-to (20.2 points per game). As a rookie he made 63.6 percent of his field goals within three feet of the basket, according to Basketball-Reference.com.

The Sixers have added more scoring options, including Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, who drive the basket and are not perimeter-focused. Of the two, only Fultz made a shot outside the paint on Friday. The team as a whole scored 40 of their 92 points in the paint, compared to 28 by the Celtics. Below is a combined shot chart for Simmons and Fultz. 

Embiid's teammates will look to feed Embiid the ball at the basket. Just two games into the season, this newly-constructed squad still is learning how to play with one another. Embiid was limited in full-court practices for the majority of training camp and only played in two preseason contests.

The Sixers also are adapting to the offense when Embiid is both on and off the court as his minutes and availability fluctuate. He is not playing Saturday against the Raptors in the second night of a back-to-back. 

“If he’s in the game and he’s in the post, get him the ball,” Fultz said.

Embiid echoed, “He’s right. That’s the right answer.”