PLAYER OF THE DAY
Casey Mize (MLB) was the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and is a top pitching prospect for the Detroit Tigers. On Monday, the righty made his Double-A debut for the Erie Seawolves (yes, that’s a real team) and what a debut it was. Mize hit the first batter he faced — yes, like ball to body — before recording 27 outs without allowing a hit, which marked only the fourth no-hitter in team history. It was basically a perfect game for Mize, who recorded the feat in only 98 pitches, including a four-pitch sixth inning. Normally, teams record an average of 146 pitches per game and the fewer the pitches, the better. This dude is shaping up to be a stud when he gets to the big leagues. A-Mize-Ing!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Revenge and Redemption
(NBA) The NBA Playoffs were on again last night. If you’re not used to it by now, you should be; playoffs are the NBA’s version of 40 days and 40 nights. Monday featured two games that yielded completely different results.
First, the Philadelphia 76ers found their groove against the Toronto Raptors after a somewhat embarrassing blowout loss on Saturday. In Monday’s rematch, Sixers’ star Jimmy Butler willed his way to 30 points in 43 minutes as “the adult in the gym” and fellow star Joel Embiid played better defensively even after missing Monday’s ‘shootaround’ with gastroenteritis, though he didn’t put it so modestly after the game. RT if you thought the “stomach bug” was a “regular persons'” illness, too.
In the nightcap, the Denver Nuggets outlasted the Portland Trail Blazers just days after squeaking past the San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 of their first-round series. The Blazers had five full days of rest after clinching their first series on a ridiculous buzzer-beater, while the Nuggets had just one since their narrow win. Sleep is for the weak. Serbian star Nikola Jokic made easy work of Portland’s defense in an eight-point victory.
But wait! There’s more…
(NHL) There was only one game on the ice on Monday, but it was a good one. Patrick Maroon, St. Louis Blues hometown hero, scored a goal in the final minutes for a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars, putting them up 2-1 in the series. Maroon’s goal with 1:38 left capped off a nearly six-minute stretch where both teams combined for four goals (cover your eyes, Vegas fans) before Maroon’s flick served as the punctuation mark to a wild third period.
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Cody Bellinger, We’re Not Worthy
Dodgers star breaks another record
(MLB) The season is still young, but Los Angeles Dodgers star first baseman Cody Bellinger is trying to wrap up MVP discussions before we even reach May. On Monday, he recorded an RBI single in the sixth inning for his 37th RBI this season —more than any player in MLB history before May 1. This, of course, came a few innings after he gunned down a runner at third with his cannon arm. Get you a first baseman who can do both…
It’s just one of the many records he’s broken this early in the season, including 88 total bases (most in MLB before May 1) and 13 home runs (most by a Dodger before May 1). Brewers’ sensation and reigning MVP Christian Yelich will give Bellinger a run for his money come awards time, but for now, let’s enjoy both of them smashing MLB’s fabled records.
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Except it’s too late…
(NBA) If you thought the Rockets complaining about the officials earlier this week was dramatic, get a load of this. On Monday, ESPN reported that Rockets management had audited Game 7 of last year’s Western Conference Finals against Golden State and sent a memo to the league claiming there were 81 missed calls or non-calls that could have swung things for Houston.
Another report from The Athletic claims the Rockets have been researching how the Warriors are officiated for years. Yikes. The NBA already admitted after Sunday’s game that refs missed three calls against the Warriors and should have fouled out star Steph Curry.
I’m not sure whether this looks worse for the NBA or for the Rockets, who are constantly complaining about referees. They complain so much that people were actually blaming James Harden for not getting calls on Sunday because of his constant whining and general manipulation of foul calls. What goes around…
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ON THIS DAY
In 1939, legendary baseball player Lou Gehrig (MLB) played his final game for the New York Yankees, which marked a record of 2,130 consecutive games played; a record broken by Cal Ripken when he notched his 2,131th in 1995. Gehrig was one of the original Yankee greats in the 1920s and 30s and was the first baseball player to have his uniform number (No. 4) retired. He delivered his famous “Luckiest Man” speech a few weeks later and died two years later of ALS, a disease so rare that it became widely known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” How to Leave a Legacy 101.
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