Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a summer Sunday

— One of many ways how baseball has changed over the years:
Justin Verlander will be a first ballot Hall of Famer; in his career, he has thrown 26 complete games total. His season high in innings pitched? 251 IP, in 2011.

In 1976, Padres had a pitcher named Randy Jones who started 40 games, and finished 25 of them; he threw 315.1 innings that year, going 22-14, 2.74 for a 73-89 San Diego team. That is 25 complete games, in one year.

Jones never had another winning season; after that year, he went 43-89 the rest of his career.

Like it or not, the modern approach to handling pitchers lets guys last longer, which is important when you’re paying them a boatload of $$$$.

— There were 15 baseball games Sunday; only six starting pitchers got a win. Lot of close games; four of them went to extra innings. Interesting day.

— Astros 9, Angels 8— Another weird game between these division rivals:
Angels led 3-1 after six innings; Houston tied it.
Angels led 7-3 after seven innings; Astros scored 4 runs in the 9th to win it.
Chas McCormick hit two homers, knocked in three runs.
Kyle Turner ended game with a great diving catch in right field.

— Phillies 7, Padres 6 (12)
San Diego led 4-1 in the 6th inning.
Schwarber walked it off with a 12th inning sac fly.
Padres, with their $250,806,874 payroll, are now 44-50- the ship be sinkin’

— Giants 8, Pirates 4 (10)
San Francisco has now won five games in a row.
Pirates are calling up two more of their prospects to play Monday.

— Mets 2, Dodgers 1 (10)
Max Scherzer allowed one hit in 7 IP
Guillorme walked it off with a 10th inning single.
Mets and their $362,985,805 payroll are now 43-50, 8.5 games out of a Wild Card slot.

— Brewers 4, Reds 3
Milwaukee goes 5-1 against the Reds the last 10 days, takes over 1st in NL Central.
Reds scored total of 3 runs in this series; they’re bringing up Christian Encarnacion-Strand Monday. He is a 1B/3B who was hitting .331 in AAA.

From this point on, Christian Encarnacion-Strand will now be referred to as CES. 

— Rangers 6, Guardians 5
Texas scored four runs in bottom of the 8th for the comeback win and a series sweep.
Cleveland has a played a lot of one-run games (17-20).

— Twins 5, A’s 4
Minnesota sweeps series; winning run in all three games scored from the 7th inning on.

— Orioles 5, Marlins 4
Bradish threw 7.1 innings, didn’t give up any runs.
Baltimore has now won eight games in a row.

— Colorado 8, New York 7
CJ Cron’s grand slam out Rockies up 5-3 in 8th inning.
New York tied game with two runs in 9th.
Jones/Trejo homered in the 11th; Jones’ 2-run blast tied the game.

— Movie of the Day: One on One (1977)— A small-town high school basketball star goes off to a big-time college and tries to impress his coach, tutor and teammates, not in that order, but he realizes that he has few skills outside of basketball.

Robby Benson is the player, a flashy passer whose overall game doesn’t impress his coach (then why did he recruit him???). GD Spradlin plays the coach; he also played Tom Landry in North Dallas Forty.

Annette O’Toole is the tutor; Melanie Griffith makes a cameo appearance at the start of the movie, as a hitch hiker.

I was a senior in high school when this movie came out; it seems kind of cheesy now, but I loved it when it came out.

The basketball scenes were filmed in Colorado State’s arena, which they still use today.

— College football Trend of the Day—
since 2013, UNLV is 32-18 ATS as a road underdog.
since 2013, UNLV is 10-18 ATS as a home underdog.

— Tennessee Titans are going to sign WR DeAndre Hopkins to a 2-year contract worth around $15M a year, if he hits his incentives.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel was the linebackers coach and later the defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans earlier in Hopkins’ career, so there is familiarity there.

— Phoenix Suns traded G Cameron Payne to San Antonio, will use the roster spot to sign Bol Bol. Phoenix saves more than $26M in luxury taxes for this season, but now they don’t have a traditional point guard on their roster.

— Tampa Bay Buccaneers are bringing back their creamsicle orange uniforms for a Week 5 game with Detroit.

— Tennessee avoided a bowl ban after the NCAA Committee on Infractions found the Vols’ football program responsible for more than 200 individual violations, including 18 Level I in violations— they were fined $8M, scholarships were reduced but they didn’t get a bowl ban, a big thing.

Former coach Jeremy Pruitt was hit with a six-year show cause order; in all probability, he’ll surface coaching in the XFL or USFL next spring.

— SEC football media days are this week in Nashville; four days of everyone putting their best foot forward for the media. Nick Saban might even smile once or twice. 

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.