Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

— 59 years ago this week, one of the greatest pitching duels ever took place; Braves-Giants in Candlestick Park, San Francisco. Giants won 1-0 in 16 innings, on a Willie Mays home run.

Here’s the thing; each team used only one pitcher. Braves had 42-year old Warren Spahn, who threw 201 pitches (he struck out only two guys), 25-year old Juan Marichal threw 227 pitches (he struck out 10). 

If that happened today, both managers would’ve been fired, probably during the game; these days no one is allowed to face the same hitter four times, sometimes not even three times.

Atlanta had Hank Aaron/Eddie Mathews; they batted seven times each. Giants had Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, Felipe Alou, who all batted 6 or 7 times.

USFL championship game, at Canton, OH:
Philadelphia Stars (7-4)
— Stars won six of last eight games.
— Last eight weeks, they’re +11 in turnovers.
— Gave up 23+ points in nine of 11 games (over 6-2 last eight).
— Were outgained in every game but their three games vs New Jersey.
— 2-3 ATS as an underdog.
— 6-1 if they score more than 17 points.

Birmingham Stallions (10-1)
— Led 21-14 at half last week, most first half points they scored this year.
— Trailed at halftime in five of their 11 games
— Outscored opponents 143-79 in second half.
— 1-4 vs spread the last five weeks (6-0 first six weeks)
— Four of their last six games went over the total.
— Stallions are favored for 11th time in 12 games (6-4 ATS as a favorite)

First meeting:
— Stallions (-6) beat Philly 30-17 in Week 5.
— Stars led 17-14 at the half; Birmingham outscored them 16-0 in second half.
— Birmingham outgained Philly 377-253; both teams had two turnovers.

Major league records in series openers:
Home/Away….Total
Arizona 8-6/4-7….12-13
Atlanta 6-7/7-5….13-12
Cubs 6-7/6-6….12-13
Cincinnati 5-7/7-6….12-13
Colorado 5-9/3-8….8-17
Dodgers 8-3/10-4….18-7
Miami 6-5/3-11….9-16
Milwaukee 8-3/7-8….15-11
Mets 9-3/10-3….19-6
Philadelphia 7-6/6-5….13-11
Pittsburgh 5-8/2-10….7-18
St Louis 9-5/4-8….13-13
San Diego 7-4/8-6….15-10
San Francisco 6-8/7-5….13-13
Washington 5-8/5-7

Baltimore 5-7/6-7….11-14
Boston 7-4/9-5….16-9
White Sox 5-7/5-8….10-15
Cleveland 6-6/8-5….14-11
Detroit 7-6/4-8….11-14
Houston 7-4/8-6….15-10
Kansas City 4-8/7-7….11-15
Angels 6-8/3-8….9-16
Minnesota 7-7/7-4….14-11
New York 12-2/10-2….22-4
Oakland 1-10/3-11….4-21
Seattle 6-6/8-5….13-11
Tampa Bay 7-7/2-9….9-16
Texas 7-5/6-7….13-12
Toronto 9-4/6-6….15-10

— Phillies brought lefty hitter Darick Hall up this week; in his first three games, he went 3-13, but all three hits were home runs.

— Now we can figure out why Quin Snyder quit as coach of the Jaxx; Utah traded C Rudy Gobert to Minnesota this week, for five players and four first round draft picks, last of which is in 2029.

When this is all said and done, one of the players Utah acquired in this trade just graduated from 5th grade.

— Receiving TD’s in the red zone last season:
13— Cooper Kupp
10— Davante Adams, Stefon Diggs
9— Mark Andrews, Mike Evans, DK Metcalf, Hunter Renfrow

— Pittsburgh Pirates are first team ever to have three different players have a 3-home run game in the same month; Reynolds, Suwinski, Perez all had 3-homer games in June.

— Every July 1st until 2035, Bobby Bonilla will cash a check for $1,193,248.20 from the Mets; in 2011, they could’ve given him a check for $5.9M and have been done with it, but they deferred the payment and gave the $5.9M to Bernie Madoff to invest. Seriously, they did.

Hopefully, Bonilla sends his agent a nice gift every July.

— Cleveland Guardians’ P Kirk McCarty played high school football in Mississippi; one year, his team’s offensive coordinator was Brett Favre.

— Washington Nationals picked up the 2023 option on manager Dave Martinez, worth $3.5M. Nationals are expected to be sold soon, but Martinez will have a job next season, or at least he will have a paycheck.

— Cardinals 7, Phillies 6— St Louis hit four consecutive home runs in first inning.

— Dodgers 7, Padres 2— Los Angeles hit three homers in bottom of the first.

— Detroit Tigers hit a total of 12 home runs in June.  

So did Kyle Schwarber. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.