Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

13) Pac-12 and Big 14 cancelled their fall sports schedule, which also means no pre-conference basketball games. Next spring could be a very busy time in the sports world.

12) Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 2, 5 OT’s— This game took over six hours to play; five freakin’ overtimes. Joonas Korpisalo had 85 saves in a losing cause for Columbus. This was the first game of the series; gonna be lot of tired guys for Game 2.

11) Portland 134, Dallas 131— Damian Lillard scored 61 points for the Trailblazers, who played only 8 guys- you think they took this game seriously? NBA teams never play only eight guys in a game. Blazers were minus-25 in the 39:00 with CJ McCollum on the floor; they were +28 in the 9:00 he sat out, which is hard to believe— never saw a split like that before.

10) Phoenix 130, Philadelphia 117— Suns are 7-0 in the bubble; before this game, the Suns’ starting lineup was introduced remotely by members of their family, which was a surprise to the players, who really seemed to enjoy it.

9) Colorado 8, Arizona 7— Game was 2-2 in the middle of the 8th inning, then both bullpens imploded; if you had the under in this game (why would you bet the under at Coors Field?) This was a bad beat, for sure.

They showed Rockies manager Bud Black in the Colorado dugout in the 8th inning; the TV behind him in the dugout had the Padres-Dodgers game on, which seems odd.

8) Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon is hitting .500; the freakin’ guy had COVID before the season started, then went 0-8 in his first two games, but is 34-60 since then!!!!

7) Colorado is in the midst of a stretch where they play 33 games in 34 days; they’ll be glad to have the DH, where guys can get a day off from playing the field now and then.

6) I still think it is weird when the DH bats 9th; the DH is the DH because he is a good hitter, right? Then why is he batting 9th? Some guys DH because they need a day off from the field, but why would you want a lesser hitter to DH?

5) Atlanta Braves aren’t messing around; they dumped P Mike Foltynewicz after a poor performance couple weeks ago, and Monday night, after Sean Newcomb got KO’d in the 2nd inning in Philly, he was also told to take a hike, demoted to the team’s research-and-development division in Gwinnett.

Short season equals little patience.

4) Orioles 10, Phillies 9— Leadoff hitter for Baltimore in the 10th inning (Austin Hays) hit a 2-run inside-the-park homer, the first-ever 2-run inside-the-park homer leading off an inning. Phillies led 3-0 in 6th inning, 6-5 in 8th inning, but let this one slip away.

3) Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Rangers’ OF Nick Solak hit a fly ball to the warning track in rightfield; the RF reached up, the ball tipped off his glove and went over the fence. Had he not touched the ball, it would’ve landed on the warning track, a foot or two in front of the fence.

The official scorer called it a 4-base error, which I totally agree with. No way should it have been ruled a home run, but Solak appealed the scorer’s decision to MLB, but he lost his appeal, much to the relief of whoever the pitcher was.

2) Hanwha Eagles beat Kiwoom 7-5 in 12 innings Tuesday; KBO games end in a tie after the 12th inning, so teams maxed out their bullpens in this game. Each team used 10 pitchers; time of the game was 4:58. Lot of pitching changes.

1) Nets beat Orlando 108-96 Wednesday; Brooklyn made 13-42 on the arc for the game, 25-46 inside the arc. Justin Anderson was 0-12 on the arc, which isn’t good; he played 31:00, but only scored two points. Tough day at the office. 

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.