13) This might sum up how weird the 2020 baseball season has been:
Mariners played the Angels in Anaheim this weekend; both teams wound up trading their catcher to San Diego, Seattle dealing Austin Nola, Halos sending Jason Castro to San Diego.
Apparently the two players hooked up after the trade, got car service from Anaheim to San Diego, and were then flown on a private plane to join their new teammates in Denver.
12) Phillies are 4-3 this season when they score 8+ runs.
The other 29 teams are a combined 148-11.
11) A’s-Mariners games in Seattle Tuesday/Wednesday have been postponed because of concerns about COVID.
10) Tampa Bay Rays have six pitchers out for the year with injuries, and five more on the injured list- they’re on a serious roll though, with a 25-11 record and a 4.5-game lead in the AL East.
9) Great trivia on the Padres-Rockies game Monday nite; Padres P Drew Pomeranz had a great-grandfather named Garland Buckeye, who played major league baseball in 1918, then again from 1925-28- he won 30 games as a major league pitcher.
Where was he from 1919-24? Garland Buckeye also played in the NFL; he was on offensive lineman for the Chicago Tigers, Chicago Cardinals. Must’ve been quite an athlete.
8) “The worst thing you can do defensively is foul a 3-point shooter.”
Stan Van Gundy, during Monday night’s Miami-Milwaukee game
7) Not for nothing, but if I owned FanDuel, and wanted to recruit people to play fantasy sports with my company, and I wanted to use a former NFL head coach to promote my company, my first choice wouldn’t have been Jeff Fisher.
Fantasy football is about offense; very few NFL head coaches have cared less about offense than Fisher, who was outstanding in building the Rams’ defense/special teams, but if he hadn’t been fired by the Rams, LA’s offense wouldn’t have taken off the way it has.
My choice for a FanDuel endorsement? Jimmy Johnson, Mike Martz, John Elway
6) When Jacob deGrom started against the Marlins Monday, he became the first pitcher since 1929 to make four consecutive starts against the same opponent.
5) RIP to the great basketball coach John Thompson, who passed away this week at age 78.
Thompson built a stellar program at Georgetown, leading the Hoyas to three Final Fours and the 1984 national title.
4) Clippers just beat Dallas in the NBA playoffs; things must’ve been at least a little awkward in Doc Rivers’ house, since his daughter is married to Dallas G Seth Curry.
3) Thunder 104, Rockets 100 (series 3-3)
— Total of only 30 foul shots were taken in this game.
— Houston was just 15-44 on the arc, OKC 12-36; not good.
— Chris Paul was +20; Thunder’s other four starters were all minus.
2) Heat 115, Bucks 104 (Miami leads 1-0)
— Milwaukee scored 40 points in 1st quarter, 64 the rest of the game
— Jimmy Butler scored 40; Heat’s other four starters scored 52.
— Miami held Giannis Antetokounmpo to 12 shots, 18 points
1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
AL East- Tampa Bay, New York
AL Central- Chicago, Cleveland
AL West- Oakland, Houston
AL Wild Cards- Minnesota, Toronto
NL East- Atlanta, Mia/Phil
NL Central- Chicago, St Louis
NL West- Los Angeles, San Diego
NL Wild Cards- Mia/Phil, Colorado