Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here…..

13) Mets 1, Reds 0— Noah Syndergaard threw a complete game 1-0 shutout and hit a home run; this is only the 7th time this has EVER happened, and only second time since 1971. Here are the other six times this happened (thanks to Andrew Simon for the research):

— Red Ruffing 8/13/32
— Spud Chandler, 5/21/38
— Early Wynn, 5/1/59
— Jim Bunning, 5/5/65
— Juan Pizarro, 9/16/71
— Bob Welch, 6/17.83

12) %age of runs scored on home runs the last four years:
2016: 40.2%
2017: 42.3%
2018: 40.3%
2019: 43.4% (thru Monday)

Before 2016, the all-time record was 37.3%. 

11) Milwaukee Brewers have pitching issues; only once in their last 18 games has their starting pitcher finished the 6th inning; in half of those 18 games, the starter didn’t even finish the 5th inning, so there has been a tremendous strain on their bullpen. 

10) Pac-12 is joining the ACC, Big 14 in moving to 20 conference basketball games, starting with the 2020-21 season. This does two main things:
— Creates more programming for the Pac-12 Network.
— Decreases the opportunities for mid-majors to schedule quality non-league games.

Now, if the geniuses who run the Pac-12 would allow their network to be shown on DirecTV. then maybe the league could get the exposure it deserves. 

9) Golden State Warriors’ TV guy Jim Barnett was in the SF Giants’ TV booth during the game Wednesday night; he was saying how when he played in the NBA (Barnett had an 11-year career, scoring 11.7 ppg), he went through four pairs of sneakers per season. 

Then he was saying that nowadays, Stephen Curry wears a different pair of sneakers every game.  Must make the Warriors’ equipment manager’s job a real joy. 

8) Apparently the family of a Chinese student admitted to Stanford in 2017 paid $6.5M to try to guarantee her spot there. My question is, why? Stanford is an excellent school, but still……

Why $6.5M? Why not $1M? Or $10M? 

Is it that difficult to get into these schools? Or that lucrative to be an alumnus of one of these schools? Why not just save the $6.5M and go to a state school?

7) Baseball injuries:
— White Sox put P Carlos Rodon (edema in left arm) on IL. 

6) College basketball transfer portal:
— Rutgers poaches Stony Brook grad transfer Akwasi Yeboah (16.7 ppg). 

5) Wednesday night was 7th time in Jacob deGrom’s career that he’s thrown 7+ scoreless innings without getting the win in that game. 

4) From the New York Post

“Over last three fiscal years, Madison Square Garden paid CEO James Dolan $75.6M, according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of his shareholders. The average salary for CEO’s at similar companies is $17M a year. 

The lawsuit claims Dolan is too focused on touring and recording as the frontman and guitarist for his band JD & the Straight Shot. In 2017 the band performed 50 times in six countries and 41 US cities.”

Lot fewer people would complain about Dolan if the Knicks didn’t suck every year. They’ve missed the playoffs the last six years, haven’t won an NBA title since 1973. NHL’s Rangers haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1994; that is their only title since 1940- they missed the playoffs the last two years. 

3) There are 16 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who weren’t drafted. 

2) Sounds like Auburn is going to have a freshman QB starting this fall, which isn’t always good for a coach’s job security.

1) Get well soon to Celtics’ GM Danny Ainge, who suffered a mild heart attack in Milwaukee  Tuesday night. He received immediate medical attention and is expected to make a full recovery.

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.