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The Phillies are falling apart

August 30, 2018

Baseball:
This past week has been very difficult for the very young Philadelphia Phillies team. They have only won 3 out of the last 10 games. This has put them 3 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves for the division lead. That will make it hard for them to catch up, with only about 30 games left.

I am usually the most positive fan ever, but the chances of the Phillies winning the division at this point, with their current unpredictable defense, would be a bit of a miracle. Their extremely young bullpen pitchers have worked hard. They have not had the backup they needed, with consistently poor defense from their teammates. The Phillies actually lead the league with 102 errors this season.

The Phillies weren't expected to do well and it's been a roller coaster ride watching them as they fall apart. Regardless, I am enjoying the ride and will be crossing my fingers that the rest of the season is entertaining and that the team continues to grow stronger for next year. 

Football:
The Philadelphia Eagles played a very sloppy game against the Cleveland Browns last week. The loss with the bizarre score of 5-0 was incredibly hard to watch. They better show up and act like a Super Bowl champion team in their first regular season game against the Atlanta Falcons. If they don't, we will all be holding our breath for the rest of the season.

Tennis:
The U.S. Open tennis tournament is underway in New York this week. The heat has been awful, with temperatures between 90° and 95° every day. A lot of players have had to retire from the matches because of the heat. I hope the weather breaks for the weekend events and final matches.

On Friday night, the Williams sisters will being playing one another. What a great match that should be. I think their story is one of the coolest ones in sports. They are both Hall of Fame level players and it will be tough to pick a favorite for this match.

Hard to believe September is here. Where did the summer go?

See you on the sidelines!~
  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.