Tuesday Dregs

Today we are gonna sprinkle some FANTASY BASEBALL info with some other news.  Hopefully you won $$$ playing FANTASY GOLF like we did – that course was fun to watch regardless of all the nonsense that came afterwards.  We saw the best golfers sit in the top 10 – if you do not have the same kind of skill as the other guys Sergio then shut up and wait until the senior-circuit opens up for you.  Got to feel bad for Dustin Johnson missing his chance to win – but he still has Gretzky’s daughter to comfort him.  It could be worse – you could always be the guy that got fired for coming up with “Caucasian Heritage Night” for Rookie Minor League Baseball in Orem, Utah – serving sandwiches on Wonder Bread, while clips of FRIENDS will be shown.  It’s a joke in bad taste because 85% of the people in Orem are already as white as the baseballs – everynight is already Caucasian Heritage Night. The world is hand-made for those that aren’t cursed with self-awareness.

Looking at the report – remember that the top 4 pitchers are at the top – then those with the highest HR probability – and then the top 3 positional guys to choose from, with 6 for the outfield:  Send a message if you have questions about other guys you are considering and I’ll reply with that guys’ value:

6-23-15

Franco’s big night in New York

Rookie Maikel Franco recorded the first two-homer game of his major-league career in the Phillies’ 11-8 win over the Yankees in New York. Franco also banged out two other hits and drove in five runs in Monday’s game. The only other rookie in Phillies history to register at least four hits, including two home runs, and five RBIs in one game was Wes Chamberlain, who was 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBIs in a 9-3 Phillies victory over the Padres at Veterans Stadium on July 31, 1999. Franco is only the second rookie ever to produce a four-hit, two-homer game versus the Yankees. The first was the Marlins’ Bruce Aven on June 13, 1999 in Miami.

nullKris clouts two homers for the first time

Kris Bryant homered twice for the Cubs in their 4-2 victory over Clayton Kershawand the Dodgers. It was the first two-homer game for Bryant, who took Kershaw deep in the third inning and then victimized fellow rookie Adam Liberatore in the eighth inning. Bryant is the second Cubs rookie to hit two home runs in one game this season; Jorge Soler hit two homers against the Reds on April 13. The Cubs are the only major-league team to have two rookies with a multiple-homer game this year, just as they were last season (Soler and Javier Baez).

nullCabrera keeps hammering Cleveland pitching

Miguel Cabrera has recorded 24 hits, five home runs and 16 RBIs in 10 games against the Indians this season, though he was held to a pair of singles, two walks and one RBI in the Tigers’ win at Cleveland on Monday night. No major-league player has reached those levels in all three categories over 10 games against an opponent in any season since 1958, when Willie Mays had a 10-game stretch like that against the Dodgers (24 hits, seven homers and 18 RBIs from April 18 through August 10).

nullIt’s the end result that matters for Hutchison

Toronto starter Drew Hutchison improved his record to 7-1 this season with an 8-5 win against the Rays in which he pitched only five innings and allowed three runs. Hutchison has a 5.33 ERA in his 15 starts this season but the Blue Jays have averaged 7.3 runs per game when he starts, the highest average run support for any pitcher who has started at least 10 games. That run support is a big reason why Hutchison is the first pitcher in major-league history with no more than one loss in his first 15 starts of a season despite an ERA of 5.30 or higher. The previous high was Les Lancaster’s 5.28 ERA and 6-1 record for the Cubs in his first 15 starts in 1987.

nullOsuna fans five in his first save

Blue Jays rookie Roberto Osuna notched his first save in the major leagues by pitching two scoreless innings and striking out five batters in Toronto’s 8-5 win at Tampa Bay. The only other pitcher to post his first big-league save while recording at least five strikeouts and pitching no more than two innings was the Cardinals T.J. Mathews, who fanned five Colorado batters in two innings for his initial major-league save on Aug. 25, 1995.

nullVargas gets his first four-hit game

Twins designated hitter Kennys Vargas was 4 for 4, including a three-run homer, in Minnesota’s 13-2 rout of the White Sox. It was the first four-hit game for Vargas in his two seasons in the major leagues, and only the third four-hit game by a Twins DH over the last five seasons. The others were both in 2014, by Danny Santana(June 7 vs. Houston) and Trevor Plouffe (Septmber 23 vs. Arizona).

 

On the Hump…

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A kid from Ohio won a championship in Cleveland, and it wasn’t LeBron.  Now we have articles like this – and to me, completely missing the point of what we witnessed.  LeBron became the first player ever to lead BOTH teams in points, rebounds and assists – and the guy who guarded him gets the MVP?!  Sure, it’s a nice story, Iguodola’s rise from bench role-player to Finals MVP, but what are we evaluating anymore?  The current league MVP got 0 votes and 7 out of 11 voters voted for a guy who could not stop LeBron.  I doubt LeBron would have wanted it anyway…

Maybe my point is, we should appreciate a bit more what we saw – because after the guy in this picture got his tattoo – Love went down, then Kyrie went down, and it is like we have said around here before – you do not tempt fate – ask Kentucky fan and the other dopes about #KarmicRespnsibility.  Now, at least, we know we will never see a Finals MVP from a losing team again; if not last night, then never.  Clearly the dogmatic-media chumps are too rancorous to separate performance from result.  The Warriors went wire-to-wire, and deserved this title – none of that will be as memorable as James toting this sack of rocks up the hill like Sisyphus. James showed he’s still the world’s best, one of the best ever, and in losing, somehow managed to play the doomed, tragic hero archetype.  Who’d-a-thunk that?

  • Iguodala, Warriors finish off Cavaliers for first title in 40 years

    The Warriors clinched their first NBA championship in 40 years, defeating the Cavaliers, 105-97, in Game 6. Andre Iguodala, who was named Finals MVP, scored 25 points in Game 6 (tying Stephen Curry for the team-lead), marking his only 25-point game since the start of the 2014-15 regular season. Iguodala is the first player in NBA history to score at least 25 points in a Finals-clinching victory without recording any 25-point games in the preceding regular season or earlier in that year’s playoffs.

    nullGreen records triple-double in Game 6 clincherDraymond Green was a huge contributor in the Warriors’ road to glory as well, recording 16 points in Game 6 along with a team-high 11 rebounds and 10 assists. The 25-year-old became the sixth player to record a triple-double for the victorious team in a Finals clincher, joining Magic Johnson (1982 and 1985), Larry Bird (1986), James Worthy (1988), Tim Duncan (2003), and LeBron James (2012). Magic had been the only player before Green to achieve that feat on his opponents’ home floor – Johnson recorded 14 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists at Boston Garden in Game 6 of the 1985 Finals.

    For the 2015 playoffs as a whole, Green averaged 13.7 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game. Tim Duncan is the only other player in the last 30 years who won a championship, having averaged double-figures in both points and rebounds along with at least five assists per game throughout the playoffs; Duncan averaged 24.7 points, 15.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in the 2003 playoffs. Other players to reach those heights reads like a list of the all-time greats: Bill Russell (six times in the 1960’s), Larry Bird (1981 and 1984), Magic Johnson (1980 and 1982),Bill Walton (1977), Wilt Chamberlain (1967), Tom Gola (1956), and Neil Johnston (1956)

    nullLeBron falls short despite superhuman effort

    LeBron James did all he could for the Cavaliers, leading the team with 32 points, 18 rebounds, and nine assists in Game 6. James, who also led the Cavs in those three categories in Game 2 and Game 5, is the second player in the shot-clock era to lead his team (or tie for the team-lead) in points, rebounds, and assists at least three times in a single NBA Finals. Tim Duncan had three such games leading the Spurs in the 2003 Finals against the Nets.

    James had also led the Heat in points, rebounds, and assists in six of Miami’s Finals games from 2012 to 2014 (two per year). No other player achieved that feat even once in a Finals game over the last five years.


 

St. Louis Cardinals Hackers Facing Serious Federal Jail Time

Someone is going to jail.  As for the the organization, you would think a minimum, 8 figure fine.  I would give them a post season ban for a few years as well.  The Corporate Espionage that the Cardinals, knowingly and willingly conspired to, did not just impact the Astros – it impacted lots of other teams that compromised relationships with players and damaged salary and trade negotiations.  For some involved, this has to equate to lifetime banishment – this goes beyond Pete Rose’s transgressions or Shoeless Joe’s.  We have witnessed other leagues’ commissioners deal with some sort of league-wide crisis recently, but nothing like this – I wonder what Roger Goodell would do???

  • Home run derby at Camden Yards

    The Orioles played longball and then some against the Phillies on Tuesday, cranking out a franchise-record eight home runs in their 19-3 victory. Manny Machado started the barrage with a leadoff homer in the first inning and then homered again to begin the second inning for the O’s. Machado is just the third player in the last 50 years to lead off both the first and second innings of a game with a home run. The other two to do so in the last half-century are Chad Curtis, who achieved that feat with the Tigers on May 28, 1995 against the White Sox, and Stan Javier, who hit two leadoff shots for the Giants on April 11, 1999 versus the Padres.

    nullLong(ball) night for Phillies bullpen

    Dustin McGowan had a rough night in relief for the Phillies, allowing five of the Orioles’ eight home runs in 3.1 innings pitched. McGowan is just the fifth pitcher in the modern era – and the first in Phillies history – to surrender at least five homers in a game while pitching in relief. The four others to do so since 1900 are George Caster (1940), Craig Skok (1978), Frank Pastore (1979), and Andrew Lorraine(2002) – Caster gave up six homers while the other three pitchers allowed five.

    Justin De Fratus also allowed a home run in relief for the Phillies, as did Jeff Francoeur, who took the mound for the first time in his 11-year major-league career to throw two mop-up innings. The seven home runs allowed by the Phillies bullpen matched the major-league record for most homers allowed by a team’s relievers in a single game. There had been two previous instances of a team’s relief pitchers allowing exactly seven long balls – the Reds’ relievers did so on June 6, 1939 at the Polo Grounds against the Giants, and the Orioles’ pen served up seven at Toronto on September 14, 1987.

    nullHolt hits for cycle

    Brock Holt doubled to lead off Tuesday’s game for the Red Sox against Julio Teheran and the Braves, then singled in the fifth inning, hit a solo homer in the seventh, and tripled in his final at-bat to complete the first cycle in the majors this season. Holt is the first player to hit for the cycle against the Braves since the Mets’ Keith Hernandez did so on July 4, 1985. Atlanta’s streak of 4776 games without allowing a player to hit for the cycle had been the longest active streak in the major leagues by a wide margin. That distinction now belongs to the Blue Jays – Toronto has not allowed a cycle in its last 3954 games. The last player to record a cycle against the Jays was Hall-of-Famer George Brett on July 25, 1990.

    More goose eggs for Pirates

    The Pirates continued their mastery on the mound, blanking the White Sox, 3-0, to win their sixth straight game. Pittsburgh has kept its opponent off the scoreboard in five of those six wins, marking the first time in almost 20 years that a team recorded five shutouts within a six-game span. The Orioles were the last team with such a span, having finished the 1995 regular season with five consecutive shutouts. The only other time that Pittsburgh posted at least five shutouts over a six-game span took place 112 years ago! The Pirates posted six consecutive shutouts from June 2 to June 8, 1903 – two over the Giants, three against the Boston Beaneaters, and one versus the Phillies.

Thy Cup Runneth Over

No I didn’t. Honest… I ran out of gas! I–I had a flat tire! I didn’t have enough money for cab fare! My tux didn’t come back from the cleaners! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN’T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!!!  The scene from Blues Brothers was eerily similar to the actual events outside of the United Center last night.  Word of Tornadoes, flooding, severe weather, the roof leaking – all of it, delaying Lord Stanley’s Cup.

But it was delivered and it has been delivered to the city of Chicago, on home ice, for the first time since 1934, (1938, they never brought it).  This marks the 3rd time in 6 years the Blackhawks have won the Cup, and who knows if they could have had a three-peat if not for the Game 7 loss last year in the Western Conference Finals – either way the city of Chicago is excited as are Blackhawk fans who had to suffer for decades under Bill Wirtz to witness greatness.  Watch this fan describe how awesome the ‘Hawks are:

Notes I cannot put anywhere else:

  • Crawford’s shutout clinches Cup for Chicago

    With his 2-0 win over the Lightning, Corey Crawford became the fifth goaltender in the last 39 years to record a Stanley Cup-clinching shutout victory. The other goaltenders to do that since 1976 are Pittsburgh Tom Barrasso in 1991 (8-0 at Minnesota), Colorado’s Patrick Roy in 1996 (1-0 at Florida in triple-overtime), New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur in 2003 (3-0 vs. Anaheim) and Boston’s Tim Thomas in 2011 (4-0 at Vancouver).

    nullKeith’s game-winner cements Conn SmytheDuncan Keith scored only one goal in this year’s Stanley Cup Final but it was the game-winning goal in Chicago’s 2-0 series-clinching victory. Keith, who was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the 2015 playoff MVP, is the eighth player in the NHL’s expansion era whose only goal in a Stanley Cup Final series was the game-winner in the deciding game. The other players to do that since 1968 were J.C. Tremblay (1968 Canadiens), Bobby Orr (1970 Bruins), Ken Linseman (1984 Oilers), Ron Francis (1992 Penguins), Darren McCarty (1997 Red Wings), Mike Rupp (2003 Devils) and Alec Martinez (2014 Kings).

    No player scores three goals in Final

    For the second consecutive year no player on either team scored more than two goals in the Stanley Cup Final. Chicago’s Brandon Saad, Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette, and Tampa Bay’s Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette were the co-leaders with two goals each in this year’s Final, after three Kings and two Rangers shared goal-scoring honors with two goals apiece in the 2014 Final. Before last year, the only best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final in which no player managed to score at least three goals was the 1968 series in which the Montreal Canadiensswept the first-year expansion St. Louis Blues team in four games. The joint leaders with two goals each in that series were Yvon Cournoyer, Henri Richard and Serge Savard of the Canadiens, and Red Berenson of the Blues.

  • I’m also not buying that Bishop played with a torn-right-groin – Sorry, there is no physical way you could do that – a torn groin?!  Just say you had cramps like NBA guys do.

 

One Tree Hill – will also accept: The Joshua Tree

This golf course – Chambers Bay – looks like a course designed on the moon and planted in Scotland – it only has ONE TREE!  I am so enamored with this course, that I can not wait to waste hours watching guys spoiling a good walk.  I’m also gonna play my hand at winning a $1,000,000 with Draft Kings.   That should make it more entertaining to see if I can pick 6 golfers and watch Team Cartwright beat the field.  The golfers may not know it – but they play for me – muwahahahahaha!  You should play too & see if you can do better than us – it’s easy – just sign up here!  Here are some high-end guys you might wanna consider:

Justin Rose
Dustin Johnson
Phil Mickelson 
Henrik Stenson

 


Ty on third by Bill Purdom

Souza walks five times

Rookie Steven Souza walked five times in five plate appearances in the Rays’ 6-1 home win over the Nationals. The last major-league player to draw five bases on balls in a nine-inning game was another Tampa Bay outfielder, Matt Joyce, on April 25, 2014 against the White Sox. The last rookie to work five walks in a game was the Mets’ Mike Baxter, at San Diego on August 4, 2012.

nullCain homers in return to Milwaukee

Lorenzo Cain was 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in the Royals’ 8-5 win at Milwaukee. Cain, who broke into the majors with the Brewers in 2010 and was part of the package Milwaukee sent to Kansas City to acquire Zack Greinke the following winter, was making his first appearance against his former team. He’s the second ex-Brewer this season to homer in his first game after leaving the team, joiningNori Aoki, who connected at Miller Park on May 25. In the previous 15 seasons (2000-2014), only one ex-Milwaukee player did that against his former team: Jim Edmonds in 2010.

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Sanchez pitches another gem vs. NL

Anibal Sanchez threw a complete-game shutout in the Tigers’ 6-0 home win over the Reds. In his previous outing, Sanchez tossed 7.2 scoreless innings in a win over the Cubs. Since interleague play began in 1997, only two other pitchers have won two straight starts, both against the opposite league, while going more than seven innings and not allowing a run. Greg Maddux (1998) and Mark Mulder (2001) posted back-to-back shutouts in consecutive starts versus interleague opponents.

nullGoldy’s bat downs Halos

Paul Goldschmidt singled, doubled, and homered in the Diamondbacks’ 7-3 win over the Angels in Anaheim. It was Goldschmidt’s sixth game this season in which he recorded at least three hits and one home run. That’s the second-highest total in the majors behind Miguel Cabrera (7).

nullOdor raps three hits in return to majors

Rougned Odor, in his first game since returning from the minors, went 3-for-3 with two RBIs in the Rangers’ 4-1 home win over the Dodgers. In his first stint in Texas this season, Odor recorded just one multi-hit game (and no three-hit games) in 25 starts. The only player with at least 20 starts in 2015 who had more than one hit in a lower percentage of them than Odor (4%) was the Mariners’ Dustin Ackley (1 in 41, 2%).

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Molina finally goes deep

Yadier Molina‘s first home run since June 27, 2014 gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead and St. Louis held on to beat Minnesota, 3-2. Molina’s 342-at bat regular-season homer drought was the longest of his career, nearly 30% longer than his previous longest streak of 267 at bats in 2009.

nullLoMo plays an unconventional position for a leadoff batter

Logan Morrison, leading off and playing first base, was 3-for-5 with a stolen base in the Mariners’ 5-1 win at San Francisco. Only one other starting first baseman in the past 16 seasons has put up three hits and a steal from the top lineup slot: Brock Holt for the Red Sox on June 1, 2014.

nullDietrich scores twice in first start of season

Derek Dietrich, making his first start of the season, homered and scored both Marlins runs in Miami’s 2-1 home win over the Yankees. The last player to score all of his team’s runs in a one-run win while starting his first game of the season in June or later was the Angels’ Shawn Wooten, in a 1-0 win over the Royals on July 11, 2002.

Abstract Sand Trap

Chambers Bay

One time, I bet the director of a local country club $1,000 that he would slice into the woods. In a very snobby tone, he informed me that gambling was not permitted at their establishment. He followed that up by declaring that he never sliced. Predictably , he then sliced into the woods, which clearly upset him. Despite my amusement, I informed him that he could pay me the money some other time. He then informed me that he did not in fact owe me the sum of money I proposed in my bet.  So I went off and played my round – then this happened.

 

So get the 6 golfers you think will have a chance to win America’s National Professional Tournament, and secure YOUR chance at winning a $1,000,000, playing Draft Kings’ FANTASY GOLF MILLIONAIRE MAKER – starting Thursday.  Here are some guys on the “value-meal” side of things:

  • Danny Willet
  • Robert Streb
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Ben Martin
  • Retief Goosen
  • Erik Compton

 


 

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LeBron James scored 40 points as part of his triple-double in the Cavs’ loss (14 rebounds, 11 assists). Only three other players scored 40 points in a playoff triple-double: Oscar Robertson (twice in 1963), Jerry West (1969), and Charles Barkley(1993). West was the only player other than James to do so in an NBA Finals, famously doing so with 42 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists in a Game 7 loss to the Celtics.

James is the first player to produce two triple-doubles with 30 or more points in one Finals series. And including a 32-point triple-double with the Heat in the 2013 Finals, he now has three triple-doubles with 30-plus points in Finals competition, matching the total for all other players in the shot-clock era. (West, James Worthy, and Barkley had one each.)

James has been responsible for the last six triple-doubles in NBA Finals games. That ties the record set by Magic Johnson, who turned in six consecutive Finals triple-doubles from 1980 to 1985.

Stephen Curry scored 17 of his team-high 37 points in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ 104-91 win over the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. That matched the highest fourth-quarter output in any Finals game over the last 40 years. The other players with a 17-point fourth quarter during that time all did so in this century: Shaquille O’Neal (2000), Dwyane Wade (2006), and Kevin Durant andRussell Westbrook (both in 2012).


10455962_655482271219306_3463095868752109635_nCubs go walking with Castro on 2 straight nights

Starlin Castro‘s single in the bottom of the 11th gave the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Reds on Sunday night after Castro singled in the ninth inning for a 4-3 victory on Saturday. Castro was the first player since 2011 to deliver walkoff RBIs in consecutive team games. The last player to do so was Jacoby Ellsbury for the Red Sox. Even better for the historians out there, the last Cubs player to do so was Ron Santo in May 1966 and Santo did it in style with a pair of walkoff homers.

Scherzer is Ryan-like in his masterpiece

Max Scherzer struck out 16 batters and allowed only one hit-a broken-bat single byCarlos Gomez in the seventh inning-as the Nationals defeated the Brewers, 4-0. If you never saw Nolan Ryan pitch, Scherzer’s outing on Sunday was reminiscent of a signature Ryan performance.

In 1972, Ryan became the first pitcher in modern major-league history with more than 15 strikeouts in a game in which he allowed no more than one hit. He did that three more times-in 1973, 1990, and 1991. Scherzer was only the seventh pitcher since Ryan to compile such a game, and none of them did it more than once. The others were Kerry Wood(1998), Pedro Martinez (1999), Randy Johnson (2001), Curt Schilling (2002), Brandon Morrow(2010), and Corey Kluber (last month).

Pirates & Phillies reprise their series-for-the-ages from 57 years ago

Josh Harrison drove in the game’s only run with a single in the 11th inning as the Pirates defeated the Phillies, 1-0, on Sunday. Pittsburgh topped Philadelphia by the same score in 13 innings on Friday night. Prior to this series, the Pirates had faced the Phillies 2,266 times, and only six of those games were scoreless through 10 innings.

But here’s an amazing kicker: The last major-league series in which two games reached the 11th inning with the score 0-0 was also played at Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia was the visiting team. That was in 1958 and the games were played at Forbes Field; as they did this weekend, the Pirates won both games. There were no relief pitchers used in either of the games: Ron Kline defeated Robin Roberts in 12 innings on May 9; Bob Porterfield, making his debut for the Bucs, pitched an eight-hit shutout to top Curt Simmons on May 11.

Cabrera steals a win from Sale

Asdrubal Cabrera‘s two-run seventh-inning home run gave the Rays a 2-1 win over the White Sox. It was the latest go-ahead home run off Chris Sale in the last three seasons, and it marked the first time this season that Sale failed to win a game in which the Sox staked him to a lead (6-0 prior to Sunday). The only starting pitchers to be given a lead at least six times this season and win every one of those games are Gerrit Cole (9-0), Carlos Carrasco (7-0), and Michael Pineda (7-0).

Sale sets Sox strikeout mark

Chris Sale did achieve one noteworthy milestone on Sunday: With 12 strikeouts, he raised his total to 51 over his last four starts, resetting his own team record in the process. No other active pitcher has ever fanned more than 50 batters over a span of four consecutive appearances; the last pitcher to do so was Randy Johnson in 2004.

Prior to the 2013 season, only two White Sox pitchers struck out even 40 batters over four games: Juan Pizarro (40 in 1961) and Javier Vazquez in 2007 (42). Sale has done it in each of the last three seasons.

What’s better than triple-double? How about a triple-triple.

Eduardo Nunez, Shane Robinson, and Eduardo Escobar all tripled in the sixth inning for the Twins on Sunday. And if that doesn’t seem unusual enough for you consider this: Minnesota scored only one run in the inning, with Robinson getting picked off and Escobar getting stranded.

It was the first time since the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota in 1961 that the Twins had three triples in one inning. And it was the first instance in the expansion era of a team scoring only once despite three triples in an inning. The other 20 teams to do so averaged 4.6 runs in those innings.

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Chambers Bay, WA – June 18th, 2015

The Greatest Game Ever Played poster.JPGJune 18th begins America’s Championship in Golf, in Tacoma at Chambers Bay.  It also features Draft Kings and your chance at $1,000,000 with their FANTASY GOLF MILLIONAIRE MAKER.  But let’s remember the man who made Golf important in this country – Francis Ouimet.  In 1913, he was the original Cinderella story.  Robert Watson, (President of the USGA) asked if he would play in the national professional championship, which had been postponed to mid-September from its original June dates to allow for the participation of British golfers Harry Vardon and Ted Ray.  Vardon won America’s national professional championship in 1900 and our championship five times to that point; Ray also won the America’s national professional championship in 1912. The event was played at the course Ouimet knew best, The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Ouimet originally declined to play, having just returned from an absence from work to play in the National Amateur. His participation in the Open was soon arranged, however, with the cooperation of his employer.

It was Ouimet’s first appearance in the championship. After 72 holes of play finished in a three-way tie, Ouimet, Vardon, and Ray went on to an 18-hole playoff the next day in rainy conditions, won by Ouimet. His victory was widely hailed as a stunning upset over the strongly favored British, who were regarded as the top two golfers in the world. He was the first amateur to win America’s national professional championship, the biggest crowds ever seen in American golf followed the playoff, and his achievement was front-page news across the country.

Ouimet’s success is credited for bringing golf into the American sporting mainstream. Before his win over Vardon and Ray, golf was dominated by British players. In America, the sport was restricted to players with access to private facilities. There were very few public courses (the first, Van Cortlandt Golf Course in The Bronx borough of New York City, opened in 1895). Ten years after his 1913 victory, the number of American players had tripled and many new courses had been built, including numerous public ones.

It was not without controversy.  Ouimet never turned professional; he wished to remain an amateur for his whole career, as he decided before his success that he wanted to work in the world of business. In 1916, however, the USGA, in one of the most controversial decisions in their history, stripped Ouimet of his amateur status. Its reasoning was that he was using his celebrity to aid his own sporting goods business and was therefore making a living from golf. This was at the time when caddies were not allowed to continue caddying after they reached the age of 16, unless they declared themselves professionals. The decision was greeted with uproar from Ouimet’s fellow golfers. In 1918, Ouimet enlisted in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of lieutenant. After the war, the USGA quietly reinstated his amateur status. Ouimet did not bear a grudge against the USGA and served on several committees. He was also a golf member of Charles River Country Club in Newton Centre, and was a member of the Woodland Golf Club of Auburndale.

Ouimet won his second U.S. Amateur in 1931. During the 1920s, he lost several close matches to Bobby Jones, who dominated amateur golf for that decade.

So pick 6 golfers and follow along as they play Chambers Bay.  You cannot win $1,000,000 if you don’t play – hurry and enter, because it fills up fast!  Sign up here, or click any one of the pictures to enter – here are some Low Ownership guys with potential, to consider – and remember to never take the guy who won a tournament before a Major:

  • Adam Scott
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Jimmy Walker

Friday Dregs

Iguodala comes through for Kerr and the Warriors

Andre Iguodala didn’t start a game during the 2014-15 regular season and he hadn’t started a game during this year’s playoffs until Steve Kerr sent him to the floor to begin Game 4 of the Finals. Iguodala proceeded to score 22 points and grab eight rebounds, both tied for the Warriors’ team high, as Golden State topped the Cavaliers, 103-82, to deadlock the series.

Over the last 45 years, the only other players who started an NBA Finals game without starting a game during either the preceding regular season or earlier in that year’s playoffs were Terry Teagle (1991 Lakers), Marcus Camby (1999 Knicks) and Manu Ginobili (2013 Spurs). Ginobili (24 points in Game 5) and Iguodala (on Thursday night) are the only players among them who either scored 20 or more points or pulled down as many as eight rebounds in their first start during that year’s Finals.

Convincing road victory for Golden State

The Warriors’ 21-point margin of victory in Game 4 was the largest for any road team in an NBA Finals game in which they entered the game trailing in the series. The previous high was 16 points by Miami in its 109-93 Game 4 victory at San Antonio in 2013.

Cleveland off the mark from downtown

The Cavaliers made only four of their 27 three-point field-goal attempts in Game 4 (14.8 percent). There have been 474 instances in NBA playoff history in which a team launched at least 25 shots from three-point range; only four other teams that took 25 or more three-point shots made as low a percentage of them as did the Cavaliers, with the last such team doing it 18 years ago, when the Bulls made four of 27 three-point shots (14.8%) in an 87-80 loss at Miami in Game 4 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals. The only other team to hit such a low three-point percentage (minimum: 25 shots) in a Finals game was the Bulls, who made only three of 26 three-point shots (11.5%) in losing Game 5 of the 1996 Finals at Seattle, 89-78.

Not many turnovers in Game 4

The Warriors (seven) and Cavaliers (nine) combined to commit only 16 turnovers in Game 4. That is the second-lowest total of turnovers in a NBA Finals game in any of the last 15 years. The only Finals game with fewer turnovers during that time (2001-2015) was the opener of the 2013 Finals, when the Spurs (four) and Heat (nine) combined to turn the ball over only 13 times.

Kazmir limits the Rangers to one hit, again

Scott Kazmir threw eight innings for the Athletics as they topped the Rangers, 7-0, and the only hit he allowed was a fifth-inning single by Elvis Andrus. It was the 11th major-league game this season in which a pitcher had a scoreless outing of seven or more innings without allowing more than one hit. Kazmir is the only pitcher who has had two such games and both were against the Rangers in Oakland. He pitched seven scoreless innings versus Texas on April 8, allowing one hit (a bunt single by Leonys Martin leading off the game).

nullCuddyer’s first walkoff RBI since 2006

Michael Cuddyer‘s second go-ahead RBI of the night came on a game-ending single in the bottom of the ninth inning and gave the Mets a 5-4 triumph over the Giants. Cuddyer, who hadn’t produced a game-ending RBI since he hit a walkoff homer for the Twins on April 19, 2006, played 1140 major-league games in the interim. Cuddyer entered Thursday’s game with the longest current streak of consecutive games without a walkoff RBI among active major-league players, a distinction that now belongs to San Diego’s Clint Barmes, who has played 1090 games since the only walkoff RBI of his career (a game-ending homer for the Rockies off Trevor Hoffman in the 2005 season opener).

Trout and Pujols both homer for the Angels

Mike Trout homered in the sixth inning and Albert Pujols hit a four-bagger in the ninth to help the Angels beat the Rays at Tropicana Field. It was the fifth game this season in which both Trout and Pujols homered, tying them with Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and Logan Morrison for the most such games for any major-league teammates this year.

nullMarcum tosses a gem

Shaun Marcum pitched seven innings and limited the Mariners to two hits in the Indians’ 6-0 shutout on Thursday afternoon. Marcum joined Trevor Bauer (April 9) and Corey Kluber (May 13) as Cleveland starters who have won games this season in which they had a scoreless outing of at least six innings without allowing more than two hits. The only other major-league teams that have had starts of that kind by three different pitchers this season are the Athletics (Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmirand Drew Pomeranz) and Giants (Madison Bumgarner, Ryan Vogelsong and Chris Heston).

nullGonzalez allows a run

The Rangers’ Chi Chi Gonzalez saw his career ERA balloon to 0.42 by allowing one run in seven innings versus the Athletics as he suffered his first loss in his third major-league game. Fernando Valenzuela posted a 0.33 ERA through his first three starts in the majors (in 1981), but since then, the only other pitcher who accumulated at least 20 innings through his first three major-league starts while pitching to an ERA as low as Gonzalez’s is Pat Combs, who had a 0.41 ERA to that point of his career for the 1989 Phillies.

DiRTy Thursday

Toews scores 10th goal, Chicago ties series

Jonathan Toews scored his 10th goal of the playoffs, tying Patrick Kane for the team lead, in Chicago’s 2-1, series-tying win over the Lightning on Wednesday. The only other playoffs in which the Blackhawks had more than one 10-goal scorer were 1971 (Bobby Hull 11, Jim Pappin 10) and 2010 (Dustin Byfuglien and Patrick Sharp 11 each, Kane 10).

The first four games of this year’s Stanley Cup Final have been decided by the minimum margin. There have been just two other Finals in which the first four or more games were decided by one goal: all five games of the Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs series in 1951 and all four of the Canadiens vs. Blues series in 1968.

Brandon Saad‘s tiebreaking goal in the third period was the game-winner for the Blackhawks. Saad has scored seven goals in the Blackhawks’ 10 playoff games at United Center this year, which ties him with his teammate, Patrick Kane, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov and Anaheim’sCorey Perry for the most goals in home games in the 2015 playoffs. Going back to the second round of last year’s playoffs, Saad has scored 12 goals in his last 16 postseason games in Chicago.

Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig returned to the Dodgers’ lineup, and last night against the Diamondbacks he was a triple away from the cycle after the fourth inning. It was a very Puig game, complete with a opposite-field homer.

Cardinals have a pair of young aces

Carlos Martinez improved to 7-2 with a win over the Rockies on Wednesday; his fellow 23-year old teammate Michael Wacha is 8-2. The Cardinals are the first team to have two pitchers age 23 or younger win at least seven of their first 12 starts of a season since Dwight Gooden (8-2) and Sid Fernandez (7-2) did so for the Mets in 1986.

A surprising start by Morton

Charlie Morton, who had a 36-61 career won-lost record in the major leagues prior to this season, improved to 4-0 in four starts this year with a win over the Brewers on Wednesday. He’s the first pitcher to win his first four games of a season after entering the year at least 25 games under .500 since Red Ruffing for the Yankees in 1934. Ruffing, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1967, had spent the 1920s with some poor Red Sox teams, before being acquired by the Ruth-and-Gehrig Yankees.

Nationals stun Yankees with late comeback

The Yankees led the Nationals, 4-2 in the eighth inning on Wednesday, but Washington scored twice in the eighth and once in the eleventh to win, 5-4. It was the Yankees’ first loss after leading by two or more runs in the eighth inning or later since August 27, 2012 against Toronto.

The Yankees’ streak of 164 consecutive wins when leading by two or more runs in the eighth inning or later was the longest for any major-league team since the Twins’ 207-game streak from 2004 to 2007. The only longer regular-season streaks for the Yankees were a 183-game streak from 2004 to 2006 and a 174-game streak from 1998 to 2000.

Washington took three of the four meetings between the teams this season, despite trailing by multiple runs in all four games. The Yankees are 28-4 against all other teams this season when they have had a lead of at least two runs.

Hunter loses his mind

Royals return to throne

The Royals finished off their sweep of the Twins and moved two games ahead of Minnesota in the A.L. Central with a 7-2 win on Wednesday. It’s the first time since 1982 that Kansas City has swept a series from a division rival to move into first place, and force their opponent out of first place, at least 50 games into a season. The Royals won three games from the Angels from July 2-4 to move past California into first place in the A.L. West. California wound up winning the division by three games over Kansas City.

Pay DiRT

James leads the way for Cavaliers in Game 3 victory

LeBron James scored 40 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 96-91 victory over the Warriors and a 2-1 lead in the series. James also recorded eight assists, which is one more than the combined total of the rest of the Cavaliers team. No other player in NBA history scored 40 points and recorded at least half of his team’s assists in a Finals game before James. The last player to achieve that feat in any round of the playoffs was Rajon Rondo, who scored 44 points and tallied 10 of the Celtics’ 15 assists in an overtime loss to the Heat in 2012.

James, whose three-game streak with more than 30 field-goal attempts is the longest of his career, has scored 123 points through three Finals games, breaking the record for most points in the first three games of a NBA Finals. Rick Barry had previously held that mark, having scored 122 points in the first three games of the 1967 Finals for the Warriors against the 76ers. James and Barry are also the only players to miss at least 20 field-goal attempts in three consecutive Finals games; Barry had four such games in a row to conclude the 1967 Finals while James now has three such games to begin this year’s Finals.

nullFirst 20-point effort for Dellavedova this season

Matthew Dellavedova played a huge role in the Cavaliers’ Game 3 victory as well, contributing 20 points, including 10 in the third quarter. The scoring output marked Dellavedova’s highest scoring game of the season – his high in the 2014-15 regular season was 18 points (April 15), and his playoff-high was 19 points (May 14) prior to Tuesday. Only one other player in the last 10 seasons scored at least 20 points in a Finals game without recording any 20-point games in the previous regular season or first three rounds of the playoffs. That player happens to be one of Dellavedova’s teammates – Mike Miller scored 23 points in the Heat’s Finals-clinching victory in 2012 against the Thunder, marking his only 20-point effort of the 2011-12 regular season and playoffs.

Heston throws first no-hitter of 2015

In just his 13th major-league start, Chris Heston entered the record books by throwing a no-hitter at Citi Field against the Mets. Heston, who recorded 11 K’s without walking a batter, became the first rookie pitcher to strike out more than 10 opposing hitters without issuing a walk in a no-hitter. Heston’s three HBP’s resulted in the only baserunners for the Mets on Tuesday, and it also put Heston on a list by himself – no other pitcher in major-league history hit at least three opposing batters while completing a no-hitter.

Heston threw the fourth no-hitter for the Giants over the last four seasons – Matt Cain threw a perfect game against the Astros in 2012, and Tim Lincecum no-hit the Padres in 2013 and again in 2014. The only other team in major-league history to throw a no-hitter in each of four consecutive seasons is the Dodgers, though Los Angeles needed just one pitcher – Sandy Koufax – to achieve the feat.

Speaking of Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers great was the last pitcher before Heston to finish a no-hitter with three strikeouts in the final inning. Koufax K’d the last three Cubs in his perfect game on September 9, 1965.

Tuesday DiRT

A Hobbled Ben Bishop Is Good Enough

Have the Blackhawks run out of MeauxJeaux?  It seems like maybe they have.  Crawford appears to be too mercurial – that 3rd goal – it was like he didn’t expect anyone to be in front of his net. He made no effort to break up the pass or to get over. I don’t get it.  Every goalie lets up softies, but you rarely see an NHL goalie look like a soccer goalie does when a cross connects to the far side and he has no chance. Maybe it’s because the NHL nets are only 4’ wide.

Why does he stand up instead of just pushing across? He’s still on that post, but standing, as the puck goes in. He must not have known anyone was there, but with that many of his own guys you still have to respect the deflection. That looked lazy or confused. I think at times, he’s very good and underrated/unappreciated, but how easy that goal was, that one confounded me.

At the other end, Bishop was fighting the puck all night, but I think the possible-injury made him keep things simple. As the game went on, he largely let the puck just hit him and then tried to find the rebounds. Early he was aggressive — he had the horrible 2-pad stack on Hossa’s missed net and the attempted glove save where he reached far out in front and tipped it into his own net. Some big athletic goalies are better off when they can keep things simple, and he did that for the last two periods. I would like to find out what the injury is after the series – if there is one.

But…Then again it could be a replay of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013.  You know the one when Boston went up 2-1, after the Blackhawks won Game 1.  Toews did not record a single goal in those first three games, nor did Kane.  It caused plenty of panic in Chi-Town.  This team seems to operate at a different frequency than most.  They almost prefer to save their best hockey for when a series gets later, (see Western Conference Finals).  It typically starts right around Game 4.

Want to know how well the Blackhawks play in late in the series?  In games 1-3, under Quenneville, the ‘Hawks are 30-30.  In games 4-7, the ‘Hawks are 40-14!  But who knows, if you’re a fan of the Blackhawks, you have to worry a little – can’t keep pulling rabbits out of your hat – lose game 4 and it might be over.

Notes I can’t put anywhere else:

  • Cedric Paquette‘s goal with 3:11 remaining in the third period snapped a 2-2 tie and earned the Lightning a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. In Game 1, Chicago’s Antoine Vermette scored the go-ahead goal with 4:34 left to play in regulation time which provided the winning margin in the Blackhawks’ 2-1 victory. This is the third Stanley Cup Final since the NHL took exclusive possession of the trophy in 1927 in which there were two games with a tiebreaking goal scored in the last five minutes of the third period. The others were the Maple Leafs against the Red Wings in 1964 (Toronto’s Bob Pulford in Game 1, Detroit’s Alex Delvecchio in Game 3) and the Hurricanes versus the Oilers in 2006 (Carolina’s Rod Brind’Amour in Game 1, Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth in Game 3).
  • The Blackhawks posted a 2-1 win in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but the Lightning has won Games 2 and 3 by scores of 4-3 and 3-2. This is only the third time since 1977 that each of the first three games of a Stanley Cup Final series was decided by a one-goal margin. That also happened in 1998 (Red Wings vs. Capitals) and 2010 (Blackhawks vs. Flyers).

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DiRT on Monday

Is there no-one else out there besides Jeff Van Gundy who sees how terrible the refs are in this series, especially last night?  You either look at this series as Cleveland could be up 2-0, or Golden State could be – you could look at it that Golden State had a chance, even with the poor shooting of Steph Curry – and either way you look at it, last night was a game that was so ugly, it fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down – but that dumpster-fire was entertaining to watch.  Do you doubt why the league suffers from conspiracy theories?  Watch the Refs in game 2 again, and you’ll see why – none of the calls and non-calls make any sense – how does Lebron not get some of those call towards the end – it was worse than Hack-A-ShaQ?  About the only thing Lebron did not do to win this weekend, was ride American Pharoah.

What I believe to know is that, Lebron is the only guy out there who knows what it takes to win and he is doing everything he can about it.  But can he continue to overcome the obstacles and JR Smith?  Can Golden State stop playing outside-in?  When will Cleveland stop trying to blow it at the end?  I have no real idea on any of it.  Thankfully, this series is turning into an all-timer, Spurs-Clippers-esque.  Hopefully whatever side of the fence you find yourself on, you’re enjoying it as much as we are here.

Notes I cannot put anywhere else:

  • LeBron James produced game-high totals of 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Cavaliers to a 95-93 overtime victory over the Warriors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, knotting the series at one win each. James joined Jerry West as the only players in the history of the NBA Finals to achieve a triple-double with as many as 39 points. West scored 42 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and handed out 12 assists for the Lakers in their Game 7 loss to the Celtics in 1969.
  • James became the second player to produce outright game highs of points, rebounds and assists during the NBA Finals, joining Shaquille O’Neal, who did so at Los Angeles in the Lakers’ Game 2 victory over the Nets in 2002 (40 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists).
  • Stephen Curry scored 19 points in the Warriors’ loss on Sunday while making only two of his 15 attempts from beyond the arc. It was the first game of Curry’s NBA career, regular season or postseason, in which he missed as many 13 three-point field-goal attempts. His previous high was 11 missed three-pointers, done three times, twice during the regular season in the 2013 calendar year and once earlier in this year’s playoffs (7-for-18 against the Pelicans in Game 3 of the first round). The only other player in the history of the NBA Finals who missed as many as ten three-point field-goal attempts in one game is John Starks, who went 2-for-18 from the field, including 0-for-11 from three-point range, in the Knicks’ Game 7 loss at Houston in 1994.
  • The Cavaliers-Warriors series is the first in the history of the NBA Finals in which the first two games each required overtime and it’s the first series in any round of the NBA playoffs in which Games 1 and 2 both went to overtime since the Mavericks and Trail Blazers split the first two games of their best-of-five first-round series in 1985, both at Dallas, with the first game going to double-overtime and the second game decided in one extra period. It’s only the second time that two consecutive games of an NBA Finals went to overtime at any point during a series. The Knicks won Game 3 of the 1970 Finals and the Lakers won Game 4 of that series, both requiring overtime at Los Angeles.
  • Draymond Green blocked three field-goal attempts by LeBron James in Game 2, including two in overtime. The only other player who has rejected three of James’s field-goal attempts in one playoff game is Serge Ibaka, who did it for the Thunder in a Game 2 loss to the Heat in the 2012 Finals

If a tree falls in the forest, does it make a sound?  The same parable works for Horse Racing.  A triple crown winner has finally occurred after 37 years – will it save Horse-Racing?  Does it change the average persons viewpoint on the ponies?  Did you actually watch the race?  I mean before you told people on Facebook how awesome it was that it happened?  So what have we learned from an Egyptian of Jewish decent who’s horse was Grand-Sired by Empire Maker – the same horse that ruined Funny Cide’s Triple Crown in 2003 at the Belmont – you might have learned that the Triple Crown is hard in baseball and in horse racing – it’s the 12th time for horse Racing and Miguel Cabrera in 2012, was the 17th in baseball – the drought being 10 years longer in baseball.

So does this reinvigorate horse racing?  Not likely, but there is a cool stat to come out of it all – Miguel Cabrera, hit a two-run home run to give the Tigers the lead for good in their 7-1 win over the White Sox in Chicago Saturday.  The only other baseball player with a Triple Crown to his credit to hit a home run on the same day that horse racing welcomed a new member to its most elite club was Lou Gehrig. Gehrig, who led the American League in batting average, home runs, and RBIs in 1934, hit a homer on June 8, 1935, the day that Omaha won the Belmont Stakes, and two more on June 5, 1937, when War Admiral gained racing immortality.  Home Runs and Triple Crowns are hard – both on the same day is harder still.

Not sure why Bishop left in the third period, maybe he had to poop, but Vasilevskiy did just fine in stoning the Blackhawks.  In fact, the victory he earned in Game 2 is only the 4th time in NHL history that a goalie recorded a win in a Stanley Cup Final game, that he did not start.  The first time was in 1928 – one of the most famous in ‘Ockey ‘Istory – when Lester Patrick, the Rangers 44yr old coach, put himself in goal after Lorne Chabot was injured in game 2.  The “Silver Fox”, as he was known, helped the Rangers win 2-1 in overtime over the Montreal Maroons.  Vasilevskiy’s win was the first of his playoff career, making him the fourth goalie in 77 years to record their first playoff victory in a Stanley Cup Final game – the others:  Al Rollins, Toronto (’51), Hank Bassen, Detroit (’61), Jussi Markkanen, Edmonton (’06), and Patrick Roy, Montreal (’86).