In the big picture — and that's what has really mattered right from the beginning of this season — something quite positive happened for the Phillies on Wednesday night: A young, promising pitcher took a nice step forward and for the second straight start offered hope that he might just be a reliable piece of the rotation when this rebuilding club is ready to be relevant again. But in the narrow view, it was easy to look right past Nick Pivetta's six innings of three-run, 10-strikeout ball. That's how bad the losing has been. Every night offers a gaper delay on the highway to 100 losses. Did we say 100? How about 111? That's the Phillies' current pace after an ugly 7-6 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals
The Atlanta Braves set the world on fire on Tuesday. With first baseman Freddie Freeman 4-6 weeks away from returning from a broken wrist, manager Brian Snitker said that they’d consider moving Freeman to third base once he returned so fill-in first baseman Matt Adams could continue to play. The Braves acquired Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals in late May, just a few days after a pitch broke Freeman’s wrist.
The cover of the Dec. 14, 1964 issue of Sports Illustrated features an iconic image for a bygone era of the NFL. A Browns defender hurls his body over him, and a Cardinals lineman is sandwiched underneath the pile. Most young NFL fans probably don’t know this—and the details certainly surprised this millennial reporter—but the uprights were on the goal line until 1974.