The Phillies have to decide by Monday whether to tender the contracts of pitcher Kyle Kendrick, outfielder John Mayberry, third baseman Kevin Frandsen,, outfielder Ben Revere, and relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo. Kendrick will most likely stay but his yearly salary could rise to $7 million and it’s widely agreed that Kendrick isn’t worth that kind of money. However, Kendrick will most likely get that because of the lack of pitching depth on the Phillies roster. GM Ruben Amaro appeared on CSN Philly’s “Philly Sports Talk” this past Monday and talked Roy Halladay’s future with the club. Ryan Howard’s health, and the resigning of Carlos Ruiz.
Amaro had this to say on Halladay, ” I’m not really sure what the future holds for Roy Halladay.” Amaro said this about Ryan Howard’s, ” I hope he’s playing 145, 150 games.” This comment seems a little bit like a pipe dream considering Howard has battled an Achilles injury and a knee injury. Amaro said this about the resigning of Carlos Ruiz, ” Clearly he’s most familiar with our pitching staff, our staff’s familiar with him.”
The questioning of who’s going to be the Eagles starting for the rest of the season is finally put to end by head coach Chip Kelly. Nick Foles was named the starter on Tuesday and Michael Vick is expected to be the No.2 quarterback on the depth for this week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Eagles resumed practice on Tuesday after the bye week and linebacker Mychal Kendricks practiced and is expected to play against Arizona. Rookie Safety Earl Wolff did not practice and isn’t expected to play against Arizona. The awards for Nick Foles keep piling up as he was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November on Wednesday. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians criticized the read option that the Eagles run and Chip Kelly simply responded, ” I don’t care what people think.” As the Eagles were spending time with their families on Thanksgiving, the team fell behind in the standings to Dallas Cowboys as the Cowboys defeated the Oakland Raiders.
The Flyers were defeated 3-1 by the Florida Panthers ending the teams 8 game point streak. The Flyers squandered a huge 5 on 3 power play in the second period and Tim Thomas made a couple of saves on the power play to keep the Flyers down. The club seemed to make to many passes on the power play. The Flyers failed to bounce back on Wednesday as they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 and the team record fell 10-12-1 (2 games under .500). This was Vinny Lecavalier’s first return to Tampa Bay since signing with the Flyers and the Lightning gave Vinny two video tributes for his time there. Lecavalier said this about the tribute, ” Seeing people with my jersey and cards saying, We miss you, it really got me. Really means a lot.”
The Flyers had no time to dwell on that loss and they didn’t as they bounced back with a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets in the Thanksgiving matinee 11:30am game. Goaltender Steve Mason was a big part of the win as he stoned 25 shots from the Winnipeg Jets.
Injured power forward Arnett Moultrie was at the Sixers practice facility on Tuesday afternoon. This doesn’t mean that he is coming back from October ankle surgery but it didn’t stop coach Brett Brown wondering how he can use Moultrie. Brown said this about Moultrie’s play, ” I’m excited to have another bouncy, energetic player and my mission with him is to get him to be energized on every play.”
Guard Tony Wroten and center Spencer Hawes were both out for Wednesday’s game against the Orlando Magic and the team fell 105-94. Center Nikola Vucevic keeps showing what Sixers have the potential to be as he scored 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds. Thaddeus Young returned to the Sixers after dealing with personal issues but looked as if he never left and scored 26 points and pulled 8 rebounds.
A report stated that the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Dion Waiters-Evan Turner swap but no deal is imminent. Jrue Holiday’s return to Philly was not spoiled as he scored 20 points, dished out 13 assists, and pulled down 7 rebounds. Evan Turner is staying consistent as scored 22 points, pulled down 6 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. Tony Wroten came off the bench a career high 24 points on 9 of 13 shooting in the loss.