Monday, September 12, 2011

Finding Their Stride

     The Phillies seem to have hit their stride at just the right time.  They have been playing extremely well against some excellent teams in clutch situations.  Entering their series against Atlanta, the Phillies could have seen their lead dwindle to a mere game and a half had they fallen into a slump or simply choked.  Instead they continued to build their comfortable lead into what appears to be an insurmountable lead.  Not only that, they also have placed themselves into position to have home field advantage for as long as they win in the playoffs. 

     Combining timely hitting with great pitching, the Phillies dashed whatever hopes the Braves may have had of catching them in the East, and the Brewers have only a "hope and a prayer" of coming out with the best record and home field advantage.  With a pitching tandem of Halladay and Lee along with Hamels, Worley and Oswalt following them, it would seem as though thre is little chance for either the Brewers or the Braves to catch them.  Additionally, the Phillies seem to be hitting their stride with the stick.  Ryan Howard has caught fire and Hunter Pence has provided significant punch.  With Rollins and Utley due to rejoin the team soon as starters once more, the Phillies look good for the duration of an interesting season that has seen them dominate.  I am anticipating the playoffs!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Eagles Excitement

This year there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to the Philadelphia Eagles.  Despite the loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles have shown some flashes of what they are capable of, and that leaves one to wonder what the top limits for this team will be.  With three shutdown corners and good depth behind them and four young safeties who are beginning to show up big, the Eagles should have an extremely tough defense.  With a defensive line that will place extreme pressure upon opposing quarterbacks, the Eagles pass defense should really show be one of the better ones in the league.  The speedy, young linebackers should also be an improvement over last year's linebacking corps.
While the Eagles improvement on defense is easy to see, the Eagles have the pieces in place to be a truly explosive offensive juggernaut.  Their depth and talent at running back is probably as good as it has been in recent history, and the talent and depth at receiver is simply outstanding.  The Eagles have as good a receiving corps this year as any team in the league.  While there are still questions along the offensive line, I believe they will have a tremendous year as they have a chance to jell.  Throwing the football or running, this group of quarterbacks looks to be extremely effective too.
Thus far special teams have been far better than any the Eagles have had in recent years.  With a plethora of return specialists who are better than adequate, the Eagles should be able to field a dangerous return team.  The kicking specialists have looked very good despite being rookies.  Granted that they will have their stumbles, the upside is huge for both kicker and punter.  Then the speed and tenacity with which the defensive specialists attack give the Eagles a great chance to win field position each game.