Knapp hit a game-ending pinch-hit homer just inside the right field foul pole in the 13th inning as the Phillies came from behind to beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 Sunday.
That was cool, Knapp said. That was a huge team win — huge team series.
We’ve got to start striking out less, putting the balls in play, driving in runs when we have the ability to drive in runs, Washington manager Davey Martinez said. But it’ll turn. Our offense is good. I know it’s good. And I truly believe that it’ll turn around.
We didn’t hear the Capitals mentioned much — if at all — on July 1, but don’t discount them as the big winners of 2018 free agency.
Remember, the big fish in this year’s sea (besides Tavares) was supposed to be John Carlson. The Capitals locked in their No. 1 defenseman to an eight-year deal, worth $8 million per season. The 28-year-old likely would have commanded more money on the open market.
Washington also locked in two of its big playoff performers, Michal Kempny and Devante Smith-Pelly, while fending off other suitors. They also let somebody else overpay for Jay Beagle. Stanley Cup champions in the salary-cap era rarely get to return the virtually same roster the next season. Washington will do so, minus its backup goaltender and a fourth-liner (whose role will be filled by a homegrown youngster). Not bad.
The Vancouver Canucks are in an awkward, post-Sedins era. There’s money on the roster in veteran players, and there is a collection of great young players, such as Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser.
Quarterback A is, well, a work in progress. And that’s being kind. There were 31 quarterbacks last season who had at least one game with at least 22.5 points. C.J. Beathard, Brian Hoyer and Brock Osweiler were among the QBs who reached that threshold at least once. Quarterback A did not. He failed to throw multiple TD passes in seven of his final 11 games and he finished poorly, tying Joe Flacco on a fantasy points-per-game basis in the second half of last season.