Schedule Release and Draft Reaction

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LJ (@ljharrell54) and Connor (@connorten) are back to react to the the schedule release and how the Eagles fared in the 2021 draft. They talk very early record projections, favorite matchups, favorite draft picks and answer some of the viewers questions!

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The guys breakdown the NFL schedule release, talk road trips, a potential Aaron Rodgers trade, and have a final word on the NFL Draft.

 

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Week 6 Preview: Union vs. New York Red Bulls

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By Siobhan Nolan, Contributing Writer

The Union are still searching for their first home win in MLS, and they’ll be even more motivated to get it against their longtime rivals, the New York Red Bulls. Currently sitting just outside of a playoff spot, collecting three points in this game could easily propel the Union into a more favorable position in the Eastern Conference.

The Red Bulls are coming off of two straight wins, while the Union are coming off of a win against the Chicago Fire and a last-gasp tie against the New England Revolution. While their results haven’t been bad per se, but their form has been noticeably suffering. They used to be a team that could look spritely and lively throughout the entire 90 minutes of a game, but it’s clear that they’re getting tired.

It’s not all that surprising, considering the fact that Jim Curtin has played more or less the same lineup (with slight adjustments here and there) for both MLS and CONCACAF Champions League games. These players are on the field week in and week out with little rest time in between, and the exhaustion is starting to creep into their performances.

The frustrating part is that it’s relatively easy for Curtin to rectify this issue. The Union arguably have the most prolific and talented academy in the league—so why doesn’t the first utilize them more often? Players like Matthew Real, Paxten Aaronson, Anthony Fontana, Matt Freese, and more often get looks on the bench, but rarely have they seen sufficient playing time this season. There are certainly instances where it would be a bit too risky to start the young guys, but there also instances where it would benefit the team as a whole to get some fresh legs on the field and give the regular starters some much-needed rest.

Predicted Lineup: Blake, Mbaizo, Wagner, Elliott, Glesnes, Bedoya, Flach, Fontana, Monteiro, Santos, Przybylko

  • Although this lineup could use some sprucing up, it’s not likely that Curtin will be inclined to make any major changes against the Red Bulls. He has expressed a desire to give Fontana more starts, especially in the interest of not overworking Jamiro Monteiro, and this would be a perfect opportunity for Fontana to show off his playmaking abilities.

Score Prediction: It seems as though every time the Union should win a game, they don’t. However, they have a lot to play for in this game. A chance to move into the top seven, a home win in the league, and a chance to claim victory over one of their bitterest rivals. Simply put, their slump can’t last forever, and they should be able to come out of it with a 3-1 win.


Adam Haseley is Back With the Phillies Organization

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When the Phillies opened the season, Adam Haseley was the team's starting center fielder.   However, after nine games and 21 at bats, Haseley left the team for undisclosed personal reasons.  A month to the day later, Haseley has returned.

Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports Haseley has returned:

The Phillies should have some decisions to make.

The current center fielder, Odubel Herrera has had ups and downs in his time with the big league club. Herrera is batting .231 with two home runs in 52 at bats.  However, Herrera has batted .360 in his last seven games.

Herrera has been known to be streaky in the past, so whether or not he has the opportunity to remain on the roster could depend on whether or not he can sustain this level of play.

As Breen notes, he can remain in the minor leagues to get himself back into playing shape and take what is essentially a rehab assignment before the Phillies make a decision.

The 40-man space occupied by Haseley has since been filled and the 40-man roster is currently full.  They also have to make a decision on Ronald Torreyes, who will come off of the injured list soon as well.  Since Torreyes was on the COVID-19 Injured List, he will need to be added back to the 40-man roster or designated for assignment. The Phillies center field landscape was certainly negatively affected by Haseley's absence; they will hope Haseley can put things together and be a long-term center field solution.


YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #116 - Make or Break

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The YWT Podcast is back and the Flyers season has come to an end. The final game of the season was Monday and exit interviews were held on Tuesday.

Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso are here to break it all down, from what went wrong this season to the final few games to Cam York's NHL debut and more. The guys also look ahead to the offseason and discuss the upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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