Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports weekend

13) Last year, Baltimore Orioles were 52-110; this year, they’re 43-44, pretty good turnaround. Orioles have won their last eight games by a total of 14 runs; they’re only two games out of the third and final Wild Card slot. Brandon Hyde is doing a great job as manager.

Baltimore’s total payroll for 2022: $32,918,626
Max Scherzer’s salary for 2022: $43,333,333

12) Los Angeles Angels started the season 24-13; now they’re 38-49. They’re second team in MLB history to be both 11 games over .500 and 11 games under .500 before the All-Star break. 

11) Dodgers 11, Cubs 9:
— First inning had 81 pitches, most of any MLB game this season.
— Game was two hours old and was still in the third inning.
— Freddie Freeman went 4-5, scored twice, knocked in two runs. 

10) Miami Marlins (14-18) have played most one-run games of any team this season.

9) This week, Red Sox started a rookie pitcher four games in a row; before this week, last time they had done that was 1945. 

8) Johnny Cueto tossed eight innings in a win over Detroit Saturday; he was the first White Sox pitcher this season to get an out after the 7th inning. 

7) Portland Trailblazers’ rookie Shaedon Sharpe went to school at Kentucky last year, but never played in a game; he practiced some, but never played, which made him an intriguing draft prospect. Portland took him with the 7th pick in the draft.

Sharpe played six minutes in Portland’s first summer league game, then tore a labrum in his shoulder. He’ll be re-evaluated in a couple weeks.

Portland is the same franchise that drafted injury-prone Sam Bowie with the #2 pick in 1984, just ahead of a guy named Michael Jordan. Whoops. 

6) Chris Paul has played in 1,297 NBA games, starting them all; over the last 40 years, that is the most NBA games by someone who started all their games.

5) Chicago Bears’ rookie WR Velus Jones is a 3rd-round pick from Tennessee; what makes him unusual is that he is a 25-year old rookie.

He played four years of college ball at USC, two more at Tennessee. Players got a free year of eligibility because of the pandemic; Jones took advantage of his. 

4) Raiders-Jaguars is the NFL Hall of Fame game in Canton August 4th. 25 days away.

3) Golf nugget: Last 11 years, the British Open champ had played in the Scottish Open the week before seven times, the Quad Cities Open twice. Twice, he took the previous week off. 

2) All-Star break is a day shorter than usual this season; there are six games re-scheduled to Thursday of All-Star week, games that were supposed to be played in the first week of the season, the week that got postponed by baseball’s labor problems.

1) If the playoffs started today (they do not):
NL— Mets, Brewers, Dodgers. Wild Cards: Braves-Padres-Phillies
AL— New York, Twins, Houston. Wild Cards: Red Sox-Rays-Tor/Sea

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.