13) Stupid Scheduling Dept: Giants played in Denver Sunday afternoon, had a 1pm game Monday in Atlanta- they couldn’t play a 5:00 or 6:00 game Monday?
Dodgers play in Queens Sunday night, then had a 5pm game in Chicago; not quite as bad, but still, the teams that play on Sunday night and have to travel after should play a night game on Monday. .
12) Cubs 2, Dodgers 0— WP- Wood 3-0, LP- Wood 1-4. All of which reminds me that from 1971-75, a 5-year period, White Sox pitcher Wilbur Wood started 224 games, an average of 44.8 starts per year (most any pitcher starts now is usually 32 or so).
Wood was a knuckleballer who went 24-20 in 1973, 20-19 in ’74 and once started both games in a doubleheader. He also had 57 saves in an interesting career.
11) There have been six major league games this year where a team got only one hit for the game, but those teams are a surprising 3-3 in those games.
10) I watch these mini-series on Showtime, like Billions or House of Lies and I’m not eager to trust any human on the planet– is everyone a scoundrel? Can anyone be a trusted friend? On these shows, its almost like a WWE storyline, where people turn on each other at the drop of a hat. Every man for himself. Kind of sad.
9) Baylor hired former Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe as its interim football coach, after a string of off-field problem that caused Art Briles to get fired recently. I’ve long been a fan of Grobe; he won an ACC ttile at Wake Forest, a huge accomplishment.
Not sure what happens to Baylor’s assistants; don’t think they can fire them all, since that could lead to a mass exodus of players via transfer. No matter what the school says, they want/need a winning team and good players are responsible for that,.
8) Clayton Kershaw is making $34,571,429 this year, over $1M per start; not sure how you take him out in a key spot Sunday night to bring in a situational lefty in a big spot, when the reliever makes the major league minimum. By my count, Granderson is 3-17 in his career vs Kershaw, with a double in his first AB Sunday. Odd decision.
7) Dodgers have a payroll of $249,781,668, a huge payroll, yet they have an entry level manager running their games- it makes no sense. Roberts has never managed in the minor leagues- he ran one game in San Diego LY after Bud Black got canned.
I know teams that play “Moneyball” consider managers to be an expendable middle manager who just pushes buttons during games, but damn its an important job. To have a guy in charge who has never done it before this year puts you at a disadvantage.
And no, the Dodgers don’t play “Moneyball” but GM Andrew Friedman did when he ran the Tampa Bay Rays. I think he underrates the manager’s influence on a team.
6) Obscure major league record— July 30, 1991, Dennis Martinez vs Mike Morgan at Dodger Stadium– Major league record for most batters to make out in a game, before any batter reached base. 30 batters went down before there was a baserunner.
Tigers/Angels got to 27 consecutive batters retired last night, before CJ Cron singled to open the bottom of the fifth inning.
5) WeTV, a purveyor of bad TV programs, is bringing “Millionaire Matchmaker” back to the airwaves. This woman sets up millionaires with dates– she has had a ton of cosmetic surgery since this program was last on the air, I believe on Bravo Network. I actually felt bad for some of the guys she had the show on a few years ago.
Anyway, I’ll say this: any guy who is a millionaire and needs a dating service is a jackass. Exhibit A: Donald J Trump. He has the worst hair in America, but he also has $10B so he has a raving beauty tagging along behind him. Thats just the way it is.
Like it or not, attractive women are drawn to money like locusts to a rotting corpse.
4) There is an intersection in town of Banff, Alberta– Moose and Squirrel Streets. Obviously whoever planned this neighborhood is a Rocky/Bullwinkle fan from the old cartoon. No word on whether there is a Boris Badenov Blvd.
3) Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t been out of the eastern time zone since January 18, when they played in St Louis- they’re headed to San Jose for Games 3-4 of Stanley Cup finals- they were last in the Pacific Time Zone in December.
2) Watching the Oklahoma City Thunder play, you forget they are the old Seattle SuperSonics, who the NBA stole from the city of Seattle after the 2007-08 season, because the city of Seattle wouldn’t build (yet another) new arena for the Sonics. This was a horrendous injustice, since Seattle always supported their team very well.
1) Warriors 96, Thunder 88— Lot of the nitwits on social media who gave up on the Warriors last week can now eat their words. 10th time a team down 3-1 has won in a 7-game series, out of 233 tries. This series was good for the NBA, two great teams that people like to watch going at it for seven games. Solid entertainment.