The Philadelphia Phillies were swept out of San Francisco this week and they just can’t seem to beat their former Manager Gabe Kapler.  The Phillies now have an 0-6 record this season against NL West traditional contenders the Dodgers and the Giants.  Unexpected bad defense and a lack of timely hitting with runners in scoring position plus a starting pitching staff that hasn’t hit its stride yet have all been a part of the 2023 season which has the Phillies' overall record at 20-23.   The only "good news" for the Phillies is they are coming home to Citizens Bank Park where they have 55 percent of their wins this season (11).  In case you were wondering, the 2022 Phillies' record through the first 43 games of the season was also EXACTLY 20-23.

The Philadelphia 76ers were bounced out of the second round of the NBA playoffs for the fifth time during the Embiid era and the organization has not reached the Conference Finals since the 2001 season with another NBA MVP Award Winner, Allen version.  Joel Embiid, the MVP of this year's NBA regular season, has underperformed when it counts; in Games 6 and 7 when the 76ers could have eliminated the Boston Celtics, Embiid averaged 20.5 Points Per Game (that is 13 points less than what he averaged during the regular season) along with shooting 37.8 Percent Field Goal Shoot (during the regular season, Embiid shot 54.8 Percent shooting).  On Wednesday, the Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey met with the media to discuss the direction the franchise is heading in after another disappointment for the fans AND the team will be looking for a new head coach who will hopefully be a part of the solution to get this team past the second round.

On Saturday “The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown” is the 148th running of the Preakness from Pimlico in Baltimore. Post time is set for 6:50pm and we will have a preview on Saturday's edition of The Locker Room with Billy Schweim! 

PLUS this Saturday we will kick off The Beach Patrol report brought to you by McCann Realtors of Sea Isle City and by the Ocean City Lifeguard Alumni association.  For the past decade, The Locker Room has been talking with representatives of the Beach Patrols in Cape May and Atlantic Counties each summer, a tradition unlike any other on South Jersey Radio!

On Saturday’s show, Josh Hennig joins me in studio to cohost and "The Intern "Andrew Leeds joins me for another Saturday.  We have a lot to cover in sports this weekend!  The Sports Book Consigliere Dave Sharapan checks in from Las Vegas with his pithy comments on the NBA and NHL playoffs.  In Hour Two, we will hear from Jeffrey Nash, the purveyor of the fastlanehandicapper.comJeffrey will handicap the second leg of the Triple Crown.  Then we will have our first Beach Patrol report of the 2023 season: We will talk with former Chief of the Longport Beach Patrol Dan Adams and the Head of the Ocean City Beach Patrol Alumni Association Jack Brooks. 

On Sunday’s show, The Locker Room Youth Movement is back in the studio: Producer Danny Ryan and "The Intern" Andrew Leeds mix it up with me and discuss the latest news with the Phillies and Sixers!  Every Sunday we go “On the Mound” with former Phillies Pitcher Tommy Greene brought to you by the John R. Elliott Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers.  Tommy reacts to the Phillies rough road trip and previews Sunday’s game against the Chicago Cubs!

It's a busy weekend in The Locker Room with Billy Schweim heard every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to Noon on 97.3 ESPN Radio South Jersey.

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