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Matt Hammond

  1. Just hope Cole Hamels minor spring injury goes better than that one time with Chase Utley

    Feb 13, 2014, 11:31 AM EDT


    Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels announced he’s likely to miss Opening Day after experiencing discomfort in his pitching shoulder this offseason. But, ‘No biggie!’ Hamels and the Phillies would have you believe. Per CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury on Wednesday: “I see myself pitching in April,” Hamels said. “I just wanted to be up front with…

  2. Guess who led the NFL in ‘shots downfield’ … Nick Foles

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:34 AM EDT


    One of the biggest narratives to emerge from Nick Foles first season under Chip Kelly was that, Foles’ 27-to-2 regular season touchdown-to-interception ratio was much a function of his unwillingness to take shots downfield, bringing the sustainability of his production under intense fire in advent of Year 2. Funny thing about that. Foles this season…

  3. Time to put Foles, ‘Franchise QB’ convo on hold… for now

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT


    Sure, Nick Foles has made some history. Last week tied an NFL record with seven touchdown passes in a game, was one of only three guys even to do it without an interception, and was the only one to do it with a perfect quarterback rating. On Sunday became one of only three passers to…

  4. We can’t stop talking about Michael Carter-Williams’ debut

    Oct 31, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT

    Michael Carter-Williams

    Michael Carter-Williams’ Sixers debut was nothing short of scintillating. He dropped 22 points on 10 shots, 12 assists and nine steals — the latest a record for a rookie’s first NBA game — to lift a team with Vegas’ lowest over/under win total in a decade to a 114-110 win over the two-time defending World…

  5. DeSean Jackson worth the money, not a headache

    Oct 30, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT


    It doesn’t take much rolling up of the sleeves to establish that DeSean Jackson is a less than cost-efficient asset. Since 2011, he ranks 33rd among NFL wide receivers in receiving touchdowns, 17th in receiving yards per game and 13th in yards per catch. All account for the first eight weeks of this year, his supposed “breakout” year. Yet…

  6. You probably want to, but don’t write off Chip Kelly’s chance at being ‘revolutionary’ just yet

    Oct 28, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT


    With yesterday’s 15-7 downer against the Giants giving the Eagles two straight losses and Chip Kelly’s go-go/high octane/whatever offense two straight games without a touchdown, now seems a convenient time to mock that thing about that time Kelly was supposed to “revolutionize” the NFL. Count Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News among those who…

  7. Inexplicably, Chip Kelly opts for almost unprecedented onside kick with 4:11 left in Eagles’ loss to Giants

    Oct 27, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT


    For reasons unbeknownst to most all, Giants punter Steve Weatherford double-clutched kicking a high snap out of his own end zone and taking the safety, instead gift-wrapping a two-yard touchdown for Eagles special teamer Najee Goode. Crazier: With 4:11 to go, the score 15-7, and with the Eagle defense having to that point allowed 12 yards…

  8. What Phillies can learn from Red Sox rebuild: Sign short-term deals, survive bad deals, keep players motivated

    Oct 25, 2013, 1:44 PM EDT


    Last year, the Red Sox skidded to a 93-loss finish and, all things considered, one of the biggest underachievements in recent sports memory. This year, and after an 8-1 lathering of the Cardinals in Game 1, they’re three wins from a World Series crown. No matter the outcome, they’ve already capped a turnaround that’s nothing…

  9. Linc’s structure, playing surface a bigger problem than family-friendly atmosphere

    Oct 24, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT


    When a team’s home losing streak spans beyond both a Roman and Football calendar year, people tend to take notice. And when some of them believe the underlying reason is the owner’s insistence on turning what used to be the league’s toughest place to play (the Vet) to, basically, a country club, (the Linc), they…

  10. Eagles might not be in position to take a franchise quarterback in first round of 2014 NFL Draft

    Oct 23, 2013, 1:46 PM EDT


    A quick look at the NFL standings shows that, even with the Eagles 17-3 loss to the Cowboys and 3-4 record, if the season ended today, 13 teams would draft before Philadelphia in the first round of 2014: Tampa Bay (0-6), Jacksonville (0-7), NY Giants (1-6), Minnesota (1-5), Houston (2-5), Oakland (2-4), Washington (2-4), Pittsburgh (2-4), Atlanta (2-4), Tennessee (3-4), Buffalo (3-4), Arizona (3-4) and Cleveland (3-4). Save…

  11. No rule of thumb for Chip Kelly’s decision to kick 60-yard FG at end of first half

    Oct 22, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT


    Fans were less than enthused with Chip Kelly’s decision to attempt a 60-yard field goal during the Eagles 17-3 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. “Charlie College,” they called him on the blogosphere and talk radio airwaves, insinuating that the brains behind a college football revolution struggles to grasp basic NFL strategy. Turns out, there’s…

  12. Sad But True: Eagles may not have been able to do much better in fourth round than Matt Barkley

    Oct 22, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT


    It’s safe to say Matt Barkley’s NFL debut was… underwhelming. Three of his first 20 passes, all thrown after Nick Foles was knocked out of the Eagles 17-3 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday with what’s since been diagnosed as a concussion, were intercepted. A fourth was negated by a penalty. Poor decisions. Poor accuracy. Poor arm…

  13. Biogenesis Scandal, Suspensions Could Actually Help Phillies… If They Become Sellers

    Jun 6, 2013, 1:22 PM EDT


    Maybe the best news when the Biogenesis scandal, and possible suspensions, broke was no news locally. But one team’s likely loss could potentially be a gain for the Phillies, who otherwise might not have a lot to dangle at the trade deadline outside of Cliff Lee. Detroit’s Jhonny Peralta is one of the 20 players…

  14. DeSean Jackson Took Reps With… Third Teamers

    Jun 4, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

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    So far, Chip Kelly’s basically taken a jackhammer to the NFL’s standing conventional wisdom. Practice structure, player positions and even nutrition have all been up for referendum, and the first-year Eagles coach apparently isn’t stopping there. “Demotions” are in play, too. No matter your status. DeSean Jackson told Tim McManus of that he’s taken…

  15. Cliff Lee Pretty Much Ready for Anything at Trade Deadline

    Jun 4, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT


    When Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports paid a visit to Citizens Bank Park on Friday for Phillies-Brewers Game 1 and didn’t much talk to Domonic Brown, you began to wonder why he bothered. Welp… Said Cliff Lee, when asked if he is prepared to be shipped out in, oh, 56 days: “Yeah, pretty much.…

  16. Remind Me: Why, Exactly, Is DeSean Jackson-Jay-Z Thing Bad For Eagles?

    Jun 3, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT


    The knee-jerk reaction to DeSean Jackson’s recent flirtation with Jay-Z is that Jackson (a) must not be properly focused on football, seeing as signing on with a sports agent of 30 seconds and rap star of, like, forever has to be all about bolstering his career as a rapper and executive, right? and (b) is…

  17. The Good News In Kendrick’s Recent 0-2 Mark and 7.36 ERA

    May 29, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT


    Kyle Kendrick’s last two starts have made for a career first, something the 28-year-old hadn’t done as middling No. 4 or ambiguous starter-reliever tweener or anything until now. He walked four batters in back to back starts. That’s the good news in his 0-2 mark and 7.36 ERA over the span. Had Kendrick been beat with the…

  18. 9-3 Beatdown in Beantown Be Damned, Apparently: Phillies Lineup Exactly The Same As It Was Last Night

    May 28, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    lineup 05/28/13

    This season hasn’t really offered opportunities to note Charlie Manuel’s patience/loyalty/stubbornness/consistent lack of roster versatility which makes batting order shuffles a “Six One, Half Dozen The Other” proposition. Then came today’s lineup: exactly the same as it was in last night’s 9-3 whupping. The good news: Ryan Howard’s left knee apparently isn’t bothering him today,…

  19. Your NL Player of the Week, Domonic Brown, Hasn’t Walked All Month

    May 28, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT


    It seems Ruben Amaro isn’t the only one who doesn’t care about walks. Domonic Brown is your National League Player of the Week because he’s raked of late, hitting .348 in 23 at-bats with two home runs, seven RBI and five extra-base hits in six games. He hasn’t only been walk-less during the judgment period in…

  20. Carlos Zambrano ‘What If?’ Game Begins Tonight in Clearwater

    May 28, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT


    There are really only two ways to slice what little success the Phillies have enjoyed this season: they’re 11-5 against the Mets and Marlins, and are 14-7 in games started by Kyle Kendrick, John Lannan, Jonathan Pettibone and Tyler Cloyd, which has screamed “unsustainable” from the start. Further evidence: Cloyd’s six runs-in-2 1/3 innings battering…

  21. Why Not Move Dom Brown Up in the Order?

    May 28, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Dom Brown goes yard in Boston

    Domonic Brown bears the closest semblance to competence at the plate on the Phillies. So yeah, with injuries to Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz leaving the lineup in indefinite flux, it’s at least worth considering bumping Brown closer to the top of the order to snag him a few more at-bats, right? Maybe not. Said Charlie…

  22. The Phillies Really Need Cliff Lee to Pitch Deep Tonight in Boston

    May 28, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT


    Tyler Cloyd lasting only 2 1/3 innings in Monday night’s 9-3 drubbing in Boston didn’t happen in a vacuum. For only the second time all year, Charlie Manuel was forced to dip into his bullpen five times. For the rest of the series, starting with Game 2 tonight, that figures to leave an already iffy…

  23. The Reds Are Winning with the Help of Walks Just Like the Phillies Used To

    May 17, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT


    You don’t have to look hard to find the Reds’ warts. Their .251 batting average ranks 17th in the majors, just 2 points better than the Cubs. And this is for a team that doesn’t do much mashing. Their .394 slugging percentage this year, good for 20th in the game, is less than good, and…

  24. It’s Time for the Phillies to Give Younger Middle Relief Arms a Shot

    May 17, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT


    You could’ve pinned one of the losses that made for the Reds series sweep of the Phillies last month on John Lannan’s quad, which helped Cincy plate six runs in 1 2/3 innings 12 hours before it put him on the DL. As for the other two, those were on Jeremy Horst and Phillippe Aumont.…

  25. Cole Hamels Needs Better Command Today vs. Indians

    May 15, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT


    16 runs of support in eight starts for Cole Hamels clearly isn’t going to cut it. So the first words on the Phillies $144 million man’s ninth start today against the Indians at 1:05 p.m., absolutely need to be that the lineup needs to start producing for him. Like, now. That said, Hamels flimsy run…