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

13) Mariners 5, Blue Jays 0— James Paxton abused the A’s in his last start, striking out 16 hitters but the Seattle bullpen blew that game. That didn’t happen here; Paxton no-hit the Blue Jays. He is a Canadian kid from British Columbia, so this is a great, great thing for him, the Mariners’ first-ever no-hitter outside of Seattle.

12) Here’s how goofy the transfer epidemic in college basketball has become: 

According to ESPN, Michael Gilmore, who played his first two years at VCU, is expected to finish his career as a grad transfer at VCU- he had a brief stop at Miami but didn’t play there-  he played at Florida Gulf Coast last season, but now is headed back to the Rams. 

Gilmore is 6-10, was playing about 25 mpg at the end of last season in the Atlantic Sun. 


11) Royals 15, Orioles 1— Kansas City scored seven runs, hit four HR’s before they made an out.

In 1988, the Orioles started the season 5-30; they’re 8-27 now.  

10) Pirates 10, White Sox 6— Pittsburgh starter Ivan Nova needed 77 pitches to finish the second inning in the Windy City. Not as bad a night as Dylan Bundy had, but not a whole lot better. 

9) Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott made $4.8M in 2016, the most of any college commissioner. For $4.8M a year, you’d think Mr Scott could get the Pac-12 Network on DirecTV.

8) Mets shipped Matt Harvey to Cincinnati for Devin Mesoraco. Not sure what the Reds are thinking; their ballpark is so small and Harvey has been so bad, his numbers at home don’t figure to be very good. 

Since Mets are in Cincinnati now, Mesoraco just walks down the hall to join his new team. Reds lost Mesoraco’s last 21 starts, which isn’t good.

In an unrelated move, the Mets put 3B Todd Frazier on the DL 

7) Charlotte Hornets will hire former Spurs’ assistant James Borrego as its new head coach. Borrego is only 41 years old; he was Orlando’s interim coach a few years ago.

6) Chris Doyle is the strength coach for the University of Iowa’s football team; he makes $729,000 a year, more than any strength coach in the country. 

5) Toronto Blue Jays’ closer Roberto Osuna is on administrative leave because of a domestic violence situation Monday night.

4) Cavaliers swept Toronto four straight games, but with Cleveland up 30 and 7:38 Game 4, sub Rodney Hood refused to go in, which is bad form either in the NBA or junior high school. The coach puts you in the game, you go in the game. 

Hood played for Utah for 3.5 years before he got traded to the Cavaliers in February; he played one year at Mississippi State, then transferred to Duke, played a year, them jumped to the NBA. 

He had played 15.1 mpg for the Jazz this season, the most in his career— he played 12.7 mpg for Cleveland but his minutes in the playoffs had been greatly reduced. 

Hood is a restricted free agent after the season; he apologized Tuesday, but did he hurt his own career by putting himself ahead of the successful team he is on? 

3) UNLV has its graduation Sunday; students from 37 states and 57 countries will be walking across the stage to get their diplomas. 

2) David Price was scratched from tonight’s start in the Bronx and sent home; the numbness in his left hand has come back. He was removed from a game last month after only 35 pitches with the same problem.

1) They said this on the Mets’ telecast Tuesday night so it must be true: people in Cincinnati eat about 200,000,000 pounds of chili each year, topped by 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese,. Thats a lot of chili. And a lot of shredded cheese. 

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.