Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings……..

13) Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, the Pirates big 3B prospect, Ke’Bryan Hayes, hit a home run in the first inning, off the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler, but there was one small problem.

Hayes never touched first base, so he doesn’t get credit for a home run, or even a hit. Pirates don’t score a run; it just gets recorded as a long out.

Watching the replay, it is unclear if the Pirates’ first base coach noticed the gaffe.

Pittsburgh lost 5-3. Oy.

12) Why I watch the whole NBA draft; the 41st pick of the 2014 draft was a kid from Europe named Nikola Jokic, definitely a project for the Denver coaches. He’s become a hell of a player, named MVP of the league Tuesday. Not bad for the 41st pick of the draft. 

11) Jazz 112, Clippers 109:
— Clippers led by 13 at the half, were outscored 32-19 in third quarter.
— Donovan Mitchell scored 45 points for the Jazz.

10) My nominee for most underrated basketball player ever; Rick Barry. The guy was awesome, scoring 24.8 ppg in his career, but he bounced around a lot between the NBA/ABA, before bouncing around between teams was a popular thing to do.

He shot 89.7% for the foul line, shooting underhanded, something more guys should try.

In 1971-72, Barry AVERAGED 45.2 mpg for the ABA’s Nets, playing in 80 games, scoring 31.5 ppg. Lets see one of today stars do that.

9) Golden Knights 3, Avalanche 2 (OT)
— Vegas scores 0:50 into OT to take a 3-2 series lead.
— #38 for the Knights is Patrick Brown, who is probably the only active NHL player with a legit shot to own part of an NFL team someday. His maternal grandfather was Wellington Mara, who owned the New Jersey Giants- his son John (Patrick’s uncle) still owns half the team.
— Patrick Brown’s dad and paternal uncle also played in the NHL. 

8) Blue Jays are now booked to play home games in Buffalo thru July 21st.

7) Was reading on the Interweb how lot of scouts/players think the talent gap between AAA and the major leagues is wider than ever, which helps explain how a prospect like Jarred Kelenic goes 8 for 83 and gets sent back down to the minors. Not having minor league games last year has put a damper on some of these prospects’ careers.

6) Hopefully someone has already told Kelenic this, but Mike Trout went 7 for 43 at the start of his career, and he’s doing OK now. Takes time for some guys.

5) Kris Bryant is having a terrific year for the Cubs, hitting .307 with a .959 OPS; he is listed on the All-Star ballot as a third baseman, but he hasn’t played there since April 20.

 He’s played all three outfield positions, some first base; he is useful all over the field, which is why he is going to become a lot wealthier this winter. Question is, will it be the Cubs who pay him, or some other team?

4) NBA teams who lose Game 1 of a playoff series at home are 69-48-1 ATS in Game 2, in their last 118 chances.

3) Washington’s new QB is 37-year old Ryan Fitzpatrick, who will be playing for his 9th NFL team; his W-L record as an NFL starter is 59-86-1. Against the spread, he is 69-69-8 ATS.

2) Happy 70th birthday to Dave Parker, the best baseball player (other than Pete Rose) who isn’t in the Hall of Fame. The Cobra was awesome, hitting .290 for his career, with an OPS of .810- he hit 339 homers, stole 154 bases, won World Series rings in Pittsburgh, Oakland.

Hopefully someday he’ll get inducted into Cooperstown; he deserves it.

1) RIP to football coach Jim Fassel, who passed away this week at age 71. Fassel coached the Giants from 1997-2003, losing Super Bowl XXXV to the Ravens.

Coach Fassel’s son John is special teams’ coach for Dallas; in 2016, he was the Rams’ special teams coach, and became interim head coach when Jeff Fisher got fired.

During one late season game, the Rams ran this great trick play in the red zone, but it fooled the refs, who threw a flag that shouldn’t have been thrown. As the teams jogged off the field for halftime, Jim Fassel was running after the officials, yelling at them for their mistake.

Jim Fassel was a QB in college, and threw the last pass in WFL history in 1975. I am told he was a decent guy, soft spoken for a coach. RIP, sir. 

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.