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The Phillies are missing a big opportunity

September 13, 2019

Second place in the National League Baseball wildcard race is still wide open. If the Phillies could just win five to ten consecutive games out of the 20 that are left, they might make it. I don’t think this is possible though, since the team hasn’t won five consecutive games the entire season.

I think the Chicago Cubs will ultimately be the second wildcard team along with the first wildcard going to the Washington Nationals.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but this could be a good thing for the Phillies in the long run. Their pitching staff needs to be totally reconstructed. Aaron Nola needs stronger support in the starting rotation.

As I predicted would happen, the Philadelphia Eagles certainly looked rusty in the first half of their first game. Then thankfully, they came back and had a strong second half, beating the Washington Redskins by five points in the end. The Eagles offense was quite explosive. It was nice to have DeSean Jackson back. I really like that he goes deep for the passes almost every time. If they play like that for the whole game against the Atlanta Falcons this week, they should win. Being on Sunday Night Football will make for a late night for viewers.

The US Open tennis tournament ended on Sunday with one typical outcome and one surprise. On the men’s side Rafa Nadal won his 20th major tournament by outlasting Daniil Medvedev in a five set match which almost took five hours to play. Rafa, at 34, does not seem to be slowing down at all! I think he will eventually pass Roger Federer‘s record of 21 Grand Slams won.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams continues to be unable to win her 24th and record tying Grand Slam tournament victory. This time she lost to 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu in straight sets. Bianca is clearly a very good player and will likely win some more tournaments.

This loss has to be devastating for Serena, because at 37, she doesn’t know how many more chances there will be to win Grand Slams. I'm a Serena fan, so I think she deserves to have the record for the most Grand Slam tournaments won. She is the GOAT.

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.