Photo of the Day: The Philadelphia Daily News

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I’ll give Philly, its fans and its media this much: for as insufferable as they can be when they’re cruising, they offset it rather appropriately with anger, recriminations and negativity when things go poorly.

You won’t hear a lot of “we got robbed” from those guys.  You won’t hear a lot of “oh well, see you next season.”  Things are either awesome or terrible, and it’s because the players are either invincible or dog crap.  Not a lot of in between, and there’s something kind of neat about that, even if it’s a temperament most of the rest of us can’t understand.

Anyway, it leads to stuff like this column in which Dan McQuade lists a bunch of potential “solutions” he’s heard from half-crazed Phillies fans since Friday night. It also leads to this cover of this morning’s Philadelphia Daily News:

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At some point over the summer I started to imagine the kind of needling stuff I’d write if and when the Phillies failed to meet expectations.  Turns out I don’t really have to. You don’t needle a guy when he’s busy trying to shove a sword in his own gut.

Mets claim Sam Coonrod off waivers from Phillies

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NEW YORK — The active New York Mets added another newcomer to their bullpen mix when they claimed reliever Sam Coonrod off waivers from the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies.

Coonrod had a 7.82 ERA in 12 appearances covering 12 2/3 innings last year for the National League champions. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA and five saves in 105 games over four major league seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He has struck out 95 and walked 44 in 97 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old Coonrod was designated for assignment by the Phillies last week when they signed free agent infielder Josh Harrison.

To make room on the 40-man roster, outfielder Khalil Lee was designated for assignment by the Mets.