Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….

13) Milwaukee CF Jonathan Davis made one of the best catches I’ve ever seen Wednesday, as he took a double/triple away from a Rays’ hitter, on a ball hit over his head to straight-away center field. As he hit the ground, his neck/shoulder also hit the CF fence— it looked scary for a minute, but he finished the inning, though he would up leaving the game early. 

12) Read an article today that said these things:
— Automated strike zone is likely to become a thing in 2024.
— MLB wants to add two teams, a way to make up some of the money they didn’t make during the shortened 2020 season.
— Pitch clock will likely become a thing next year. I’ve seen minor league games with the pitch clock; you won’t notice the difference.

As for expansion, A’s/Rays have to settle their stadium issues first—both of those teams could move, but Montreal, Nashville, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Portland OR are potential expansion cities. 

11) Pirates 8, Nationals 7— Bryan Reynolds hit three home runs for Pittsburgh. 

10) Best records in one-run games:
17-6— Bronx
13-6— Houston
18-11— Toronto
15-9— Milwaukee
14-9— San Diego

9) Worst records in one-run games:
4-13– Texas
5-13— Oakland
8-15— Cubs
4-8— Dodgers
6-12— Angels

8) Kansas City Royals are 0-22 this season when they trail after the first inning; they’re 27-25 when they don’t trail after the first inning.

7) Astros 2, Mets 0— Verlander tossed eight shutout innings; there was a scary collision in left field— Yordan Alvarez/Jeremy Pena both left the game. Alvarez left on a golf cart. 

6) LIU fired basketball coach Derek Kellogg after five years; the guy had a 49-41 record in NEC games, never finishing under .500. June 29 is an odd time to be firing people.

LIU apparently wants G League Ignite director Rod Strickland to be its new coach.

Interesting twist on this is that John Calipari’s son Brad joined the LIU staff as an assistant this off-season. Kellogg played college ball for Calipari at UMass. 

5) NBA salary cap is expected to jump $11.6M next season, up to $123.6m per team. 

4) Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal turned down his $36.4M option for next season and is a free agent— he figures to make more than $36.4M, obviously or else he would’ve opted in, like Kyrie Irving did this week.

3) Denver-Washington made a trade, with veteran PG Ish Smith heading to Denver;; when he takes the floor for the Nuggets in October, they’ll be his 13th NBA team, an all-time record. 

2) Spurs traded Dejounte Murray to Atlanta, for Danilo Gallinari and three first round picks. 

Murray and Trae Young will be the first pair of teammates in NBA history who each averaged 20 points and 8 assists per game in the previous season.

1) Utah Jazz named Will Hardy as its new head coach; he was most recently an assistant with the Celtics, but also spent 11 years with the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach. He played college ball at Division III Williams College.

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.