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Aaron Nola's Cy Young chances take a hit in rare stumble vs. Cubs

Aaron Nola's Cy Young chances take a hit in rare stumble vs. Cubs

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Aaron Nola looked incredible early Sunday, striking out six Cubs in a row from the first through third innings with a wicked curveball and a dancing two-seam fastball.

Then things unraveled.

Nola, for the first time since September of 2015, his rookie year, allowed three home runs in a game. He was taken deep by Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rizzo within the span of three batters, then Javier Baez launched one to left-center two innings later.

Nola had the second-lowest home run rate in the majors entering Sunday's game. He had allowed just four homers in 91 innings at Citizens Bank Park before the Murphy bomb. 

"The way Nola came out firing, it kinda looked like we were going to see something historic today, the way he was getting after their hitters," manager Gabe Kapler said. "It turned into an 11-punchout game against the National League's best offense.

"In a couple ways, it was a really special performance from Nola. In others, you've got to tip your cap to their hitters."

This start will surely affect his Cy Young chances. Nola struck out 11 but allowed four runs in 5⅔ innings as his ERA jumped to 2.23. Jacob deGrom is at 1.68 and Max Scherzer is at 2.22 with 249 strikeouts.

The Phillies won 20 of Nola’s first 26 starts this season but have lost two in a row behind him for the first time all season.

It looks like Nola will have five more starts this season: Mets, Nationals, Mets, Braves, Braves again.

Scherzer (home vs. Cardinals) and deGrom (at Dodgers) both pitch Monday night.

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It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

It turns out Jeopardy host Alex Trebek isn't the biggest fan of the Phanatic

Jeopardy has been home to some great moments regarding Philadelphia sports in the past.

 I wish this was another one of these moments ... but it's not.

 It turns out, the show's host host Alex Trebek isn't a big fan of the Phillie Phanatic ... I know, I'm hurt too.


 The Phillies are in disbelief, we all are.
 
 Of course, fans had quite the reaction to the video that surfaced on social media. After all, the Phanatic is the best mascot in all of sports (totally unbiased, of course).




 

I don't even want to know what he thinks about Gritty.

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Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Bryce Harper shares thoughts on Nationals playing in World Series without him

Right around the time the Washington Nationals were clinching their World Series berth this week, a guy who left that team to come play in Philadelphia posted a cute photo to his Instagram story with his baby son. It included the caption, "cuddle time is the best time."

I made light of the juxtaposition of that photo with what Nationals players were currently doing in a tongue-in-cheek tweet, but it's hard not to think about Bryce Harper during this Nationals run.

We know exactly how Nationals fans down in DC feel about their former favorite slugger who departed DC for big time bucks. They won't stop telling us.

But what was Harper feeling? Thanks to a one-on-one interview Harper did with Jayson Stark of the Athletic, we now have a glimpse into Harper's mind during this unique time.

Stark says Harper was effusive in his praise of the city of Philadelphia during their chat. And the majority of Harper's answers are very savvy in a public relations sense. Harper is good at saying what you think he's supposed to say. But it doesn't come off as disingenuous.

Stark asked Harper if he was feeling any jealousy watching his old pals spray champagne in the locker room and his answer comes off as pretty honest. From the Athletic ($):

“No,” he said again, without a millisecond’s hesitation, “because like I said, I made my decision, and that was my decision. And it was the final decision that I made. You know, jealousy isn’t good. For me, it’s about having the gratitude to go out and do what I do each day and not having an attitude towards anybody else.

“I think it’s about being able to be the person that I am,” he went on, “and not saying to myself, `Oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m not a National.’ Or, `Oh my gosh, those guys are doing what they’re doing. I can’t believe it. I’m so jealous.’ No. I’m so happy for them. You know how hard it is to get into the postseason and win games. For them to be able to put it together this year the way they have, it’s an amazing thing.”

There's plenty more to the piece worth diving into. Stark also spoke with former National/Phillie Jayson Werth, who knows a thing or two about both cities/clubs and also what it's like to play alongside Harper.

The Nationals' opponent in the World Series is yet to be set, but whether it's the Nationals, New York Yankees or Houston Astros who are spraying champagne at the end of it, you won't see Harper doing that. Unless he and his little baby pop up in his Instagram stories getting wacky.

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