Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….

13) I’ll start today by asking that you support local restaurants that need our help so they can stay open, and their employees can keep getting paid.

When I first heard the term “social distancing” a few weeks ago, I laughed because it described my life to a tee: “…..sit in your house and watch TV all day”, except that I went to lunch for a couple hours every day, then came home and watched games.

Now? No lunches, no games. I’m looking forward to going out to eat again.

12) I re-discovered an old hobby this week; reading books!!!!

Read Andre Iguodala’s book The Sixth Man and am now reading a book about a stock trader who became a sports bettor, Trading Bases, which inspired me to do some research on last year’s baseball season.

Not sure if we’ll have baseball this year, but have to be ready to roll if we do.

11) First of all, there is bad news for the Mets; Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery, is done for this season, and probably part of 2021.

10) Washington Nationals won the World Series last year, despite going 31-35 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs. That is unusual; they went 93-69 and won a World Series despite that.

9) San Francisco Giants went 77-85 in Bruce Bochy’s last year as manager, but they were an amazing 38-16 in one-run games, which means a significant regression would be in order this year, if there is a this year.

8) Chicago Cubs finished 84-78 LY, despite going 29-45 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs; they sent manager Joe Maddon packing and brought in neophyte skipper David Ross, because GM Theo Epstein doesn’t value the job of field manager as much as other GM’s.

Epstein told Terry Francona to take a hike in Boston after Francona won two World Series, then sent Maddon on his way three years after he won the Cubs’ first World Series in 108 years.

Francona’s wins in Boston: 98-95-86-96-95-95-89-90; how did he get fired?

7) Milwaukee Brewers went 51-30 LY in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, which signals that they could regress this season. Brewers are a team that does weird stuff with their pitchers, but they won 86-96-89 games the last three years— they stole Christian Yelich from the Marlins.

Elsewhere in the world…….
6) NBA players with highest all-time win %age in games they played in:
.753— Kawhi Leonard (.658 in playoffs)
.740— Magic Johnson (.674 in playoffs)
.736— Larry Bird (.684 in playoffs)

5) QB doings in the NFL:
— Carolina Panthers released Cam Newton, signed PJ Walker from the XFL; they previously had signed Teddy Bridgewater.
— Panthers then traded Kyle Allen to the Redskins for a 5th-round draft pick.
— Kansas City Chiefs signed QB Jordan Ta’amu from the XFL.

4) Pittsburgh Steelers have only one selection in the first 100 picks in next month’s NFL Draft.

3) Former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle threw two no-hitters in his major league career; the same umpire (Eric Cooper) worked the plate in both games.

2) How long do you think spring training will be, once they decide (if they decide) to re-start the baseball season? Toronto president Mark Shapiro thinks it should be four weeks; I’m thinking it’ll be a little less than that.

One thing I think will happen; they’re going to have scheduled doubleheaders, with 7-inning games, like they do in the minor leagues.

1) Odd fact: There are six state capitals that are located west of Los Angeles. 

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.