Monday, April 16, 2012

4/17: Back in the Saddle

Greetings everyone... great to be back... let's go!
  • The Braves' 5-game win streak is no more. Dillon Gee threw 7 innings of 1-run ball for the Mets to stifle the Braves offense and one stray pitch from Tommy Hanson that ended up in a 3-run Ike Davis homer broke the game open for the Mets. One positive note for Fredi Gonzalez was that this was the perfect spot to get 2 innings out of Livan Hernandez and save the entire bullpen otherwise after Hanson went 7 innings. I'm reaching here, but I'll take it.
  • MLB Check - James Shields threw 8.1 IP of 4-hit, shut-out ball in the annual Patriots Day game at beat the Red Sox 1-0, and speaking of the AL East, there is mass hysteria in both New York and Boston as the teams sit at 5-5 and 4-6 respectively. Pitchforks ready! Keep an eye on the Nationals who are 8-3 and with Strasburg throwing like he did yesterday in their 6-3 win over Houston, it's scary. And finally, Matt Wieters may be arriving (finally) before our very eyes. 3 for 4 last night with 2 homers including an extra-inning grand slam, and showing signs of his "best catcher alive" ceiling we've all heard about.
  • Has there ever been a more Jekyll/Hyde team than the Atlanta Hawks? One night after failing to show up in an embarrassing home loss to Toronto, the same Hawks team faced off with the same Raps team in Toronto and ran them out of the gym 109-87. Ivan Johnson had one of the best games of his career (if not the best) with 21 points and 8 boards off the bench, and Jeff Teague led the starters with 19 points, 10 dimes and a team-leading +26. If only the offense looked that good every night...
  • NBA Check - The Clippers clinched a Western playoff spot with a 92-77 home win over the Zombies. Chris Paul had 12 points and 10 dimes for LAC, and Nick Young posted a hilariously "Nick Young" line with 19 points, 0 assists, and 0 rebounds in 21 minutes. There are no words for that. Rough night for OKC with Durant shooting 7 of 18 for 24 points and Russ going 4 for 16 with just 9 points. San Antonio ran Golden State out of their own building last night 120-99. No player played over 25 minutes for the Spurs. I love Pop. Utah and Dallas played a barn-burner last night with a 3-OT battle that ended in a 123-121 Jazz win. Dirk had 40 for Dallas, but Al Jefferson takes "line of the night" in this one with 28 points and 26 rebounds. Yes, I said 26 rebounds. Lebron took over the game late in New Jersey last night and finished with 37 points and 7 assists. In case you had forgotten, he's the best player on earth. And finally, Dwight Howard may miss the entire season with his back issue, but Orlando got a 113-100 win over Philly led by Ryan Anderson's 26 and 16. Obviously, Orlando is no threat to do anything playoff-wise without Howard, and if he will miss the regular season (as reported) with a 50/50 shot at missing the playoffs, it's uh-oh time for the Magic.

What to watch for on this Tuesday...

  • MLB - Mets @ Braves - 7:00 Fox Sports - Santana vs. Delgado - Worst pitching matchup of the series for the Braves, but Delgado threw well in start #1, so we'll see what he has here.
  • MLB - Rangers @ Red Sox - 7:00 MLB - Lewis vs. Lester - I firmly believe Texas is the best team in the Majors, and that lineup is worth watching any night.
  • NBA - Celtics @ Knicks - 8:00 TNT - Boston is playing the best of anyone in the East right now (yes, you read that right), and the crowd will be popping in MSG.
  • MLB - Phillies @ Giants - 10:00 MLB - Blanton vs. Bumgarner - Madison Bumgarner!
  • NBA - Spurs @ Lakers - 10:30 TNT - I could watch the Spurs play all day, every day. If Kobe doesn't play, they'll likely take the Lakers to the woodshed.


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