(00:00-13:27) On the best of The Afternoon Show, Devon is in the big chair for the next two weeks with Tyler producing. Devon talks about the Phillies first half and what players impressed and what players disappointed. There are many things to be happy about this first half but there are also some players that need to step up their game to make a playoff push. Tyler gives his thoughts.
(13:34-24:06) Tyler introduces today’s Twitter poll. We know it’s a team sport, but if you had to choose…Which of these has stepped up the most for the Phillies in the first half of the season? Your choices are Aaron Nola, Kyle Schwarber, Rob Thomson, and the Bullpen. The early leader is the National League HR leader Kyle Schwarber. Devon and Tyler talk about how JT Realmuto has struggled with the bat but is still elite behind the plate.
(24:13-36:13) Tyler introduces a Twitter question. This is in response to the article on The Athletic by Seth Partnow who ranked the top NBA players based on tier. The question is, according to a list by The Athletic, Joel Embiid is ranked in the “1B” tier of the NBA, while Nikola Jokic is in the “1A” top tier. Devon wants to know: What does Embiid need to do to catch up to, and even pass, Jokic on these kinds of ranking lists? Devon and Tyler break down the list and give their thoughts.
(36:20-49:02) Devon talks about the recent James Harden comments about doing everything possible to win to include take less money. Devon also explains his expectations.