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1. Harvey Two-Face

So Matt Harvey dictates how many innings he’s going to pitch towards the end of the season…THEN said he didn’t want the ball to start the NLDS…THEN claims to have forgotten a mandatory practice because of ummm traffic.  Seems that Matt is more princess than Ace and his act is becoming tiresome in New York.  Just think if he pitches GAME 3 like he does against the Marlins – New York is no place to be when the pimps and C.H.U.D.S want a piece of you.  Be careful Harvey, you could be traded to the Rockies.


Jonathan Villar and George Springer (PHOTO: Al Bello/Getty Images)

2. Houston Has No Problem

The #MLBPostseason kicked off last night and the Houston Astros launched 2 bombs, both on 1st pitches, to beat the Yankees.  Eventually losing 3-0, it is the 3rd time the Yankees have been shut out at home in a winner-take-all post-season game.  We are watching the progression of MoneyBall with a team that likes to spend $$$.  Analytics has changed the way the manager and GM interact, situational awareness, player evaluation and is all over organization’s scouting reports – of course it doesn’t hurt when you’ve had the number 1 draft pick several years in a row – however, it makes watching the Astros compelling to watch – more so because up next is the Royals who play the game the complete opposite of the Long-Ball Astros.

  • 9 awesome things about the Astros The Astros will look to return to the World Series for the first time since 2005 and secure the first world championship in franchise history. They will open a five-game series against the Royals on Thursday in Kansas City.  Here are nine awesome things about the Houston Astros…(continue reading)

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 1969, file photo, a black cat stands in front of the Chicago Cub's dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in New York. They were in New York, their lead over the Mets down to 1 1/2 games when a black cat crawled out of the Shea Stadium grandstand, looped once around Ron Santo in the on-deck circle, then stopped and stared at fiery manager Leo Durocher in the dugout for what seemed like an eternity. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff, File)

3. From Cursed to First?

There’s another Wild Card game tonight and some say it is unfortunate that the Cubs and Pirates are playing so soon – those same people that say that, think these are the two best teams.  Maybe, but it doesn’t feel like somebody knows something we should know and we should go with that somebody – it feels like it has already been written.  The Cubs have a good team, but surely something will happen – it has to right?!  Let’s look deep into the crystal ball and remember…diddly-doo…diddly-doo…diddly-doo….

  • A sad-sack history: The Half-Dozen ‘Cubbiest’ Moments Ever – Cubs manager Joe Maddon says he doesn’t believe in ”any of that stuff.”  That’s easy for him to say, since Maddon wasn’t around for any of it.  But the goat curse, the black-cat curse, the curse of Bartman and all their mutations combined can’t explain the century-and-counting World Series drought, can it? (continue reading)

4. Houston Chronicles

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans will increase Arian Foster’s workload for his game against the Colts this Thursday.  They have to right?  Being 1-3 doesn’t leave you with many options – especially after a 27pt beat-down in Atlanta on Sunday.  A score that could have been a lot worse!  Houston has issues, issues that now include the QB position – as Brian Hoyer came in to assist with Texans getting any points at all.

So everyone is talking about Andrew Luck and the Colts escaped against the Jaguars and littering and littering and littering and…Sorry, Flashback.  So the Colts are -1.5pt favorite tomorrow night and everyone is all over the Colts.  Not so fast my friend!  There is a little stat that has been a family secret for decades that you’ll want to know about – the team that got beaten-down the worst the previous week, covers the next week 85% of the time!  Houston is at home, the family secret stat, Andrew Luck has a shoulder problem the Colts are now denying (Insider-Trading, tampering with the injury report, etc…) and the Thursday Night Home team rarely loses, unless the visitor is a superior team.  Nothing I have seen from the Colts says they are superior to the Texans – make mine Houston ALL-DAY baby!


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5. I’m Tiger Woods and Now I Have Cable

That ol’grey mare she aint what she used to be… and neither is Tiger.  If those were the women he was hanging around with in the beginning, no wonder he became a sex-addict – wooof!  But this photo was 19 years ago when Tiger won his first of 79 PGA events, beginning at the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational, defeating Davis Love III in a playoff.

A lot has changed since those salad-days and Coleman McDowell of Golf.com wants us to reminisce:

Major Winners

Masters: Nick Faldo (Augusta National)
U.S. Open: Steve Jones (Oakland Hills)
British Open: Tom Lehman (Royal Lytham & St. Annes)
PGA Championship: Mark Brooks (Valhalla Golf Club)

No. 1 Ranked Player

Greg Norman. The Shark was in the midst of a historic run atop the rankings. He took the No. 1 spot from Nick Price in June of 1995 and held on for almost two full years before ceding the top position to Tom Lehman in April of 1997 for all of one week. Norman would regain the top rank for two months before, guess who!, Tiger Woods took it from him for the first of his 11 runs as the world No. 1.

Tiger’s World Ranking

Entering the Las Vegas Invitational, Woods was ranked 221st in the World Rankings. After his win, he vaulted to 75th. Fast-forward to 2015, and Woods had tumbled down to 331st, his lowest year-end rank since 1995.

Purses

Woods didn’t crack $300,000 for his maiden victory. In comparison, Ben Martin won the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (the same tournament as Tiger) and won $1.12 million. Jim Furyk won almost 50 percent of Woods’ earnings after withdrawing from the Tour Championship and claiming his 30th place winnings in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Jordan Spieth’s Age

When Tiger had won his first event, Spieth had just turned three years old. Now, the 22-year-old has two major wins and is the heir apparent to Tiger.

 

What You Need to Know for Tuesday Night Baseball

Before the NFL gets cranked up, we here at the DiRT Canon are going to provide you a cheat-sheet, if you will, of the full slate of games on Tuesdays and Fridays.  So here we go with the new roll out, let us know your thoughts and get ready for some exciting news in the next few days, that’ll get you pumped for football!

Heaviest Favorites – according to Vegas

Matt Harvey v. Colorado Rockies (-230) – Are the Rockies now the Phillies in Vegas’ eyes?  Since the trade-deadline, they have seemingly appeared here a lot.  Tonight the Rockies get Matt Harvey, who comes into tonight with a overall value number of 4.277 with a SO/inning of 1.889.  Harvey appears to be back as the pitcher we are used to seeing, and against RHB’s is giving up only .234 in weighted on-base average.  In the last two weeks, the Rockies have struck out more than any team, during that span – probably because of Drew Stubbs and Brandon Barnes.  Harvey will not be cheap, as he is the third most expensive pitcher tonight at $10,900. However, you never know with Colorado, he could be worth a 20 spot.

Drew Hutchison v. Oakland A’s (-185) – Another team that is struggling to hit the ball lately, is Oakland.  Wins are never a good indicator of a pitchers performance and Drew is a good example at 10-2.  His value tonight is 4.148, but he struggles to strikeout lefties and against righties he is a very expoitable .384 wOBA – second highest.  Oakland in the last two weeks has gone to worst in weighted on-base average at .274.  So considering that Oakland is hard to strikeout a lot, and they are playing in Toronto, yo have to think about the value of Drew at $5,700.  At that price you could expect a chance at 15pts and afford a hitter with greater upside.

Erasmo Ramirez v. Atlanta Braves (-180) – Erasmo enters the night below 4 in value at 3.767 and that could be an alarm.  But, at $5,800 there is some potential value here.  Erasmo at home is a very good .272 wOBA and against lefties, .261 wOBA.  For Atlanta, that means the only dangerous guys to get to Erasmo are likely Cameron Maybin or Chris Johnson.  I am not saying this is the steal of the century, but with a 1.56 SO/inning it is something to consider.

Top Overall Game per O/U

Philadelphia Phillies @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Chase Field) – [O/U 9] – Hellickson in his last few starts has been a solid pitcher, but when he is named in the highest run total projected by Vegas, you should shy away.  The Blue Jays and A’s are close with 8.5.  So this becomes more of someone you could really exploit and that guy is David Buchanan.  If he was a train, he would be wrecked.  It doesn’t matter if your left or right, you can hand out free tattoos on the guy and the way certain D’backs play at home, an Arizona stack could be a nice play here.

Worst Pitcher L/R matchup

  • Left handed batters
    • Zack Greinke LAD (LwOBA .241)
    • Carlos Rodon CWS (LwOBA .255)
    • Hector Santiago LAA (LwOBA .257)
  • Right handed batters
    • Matt Harvey NYM (RwOBA .234)
    • Zack Greinke LAD (RwOBA .210)
    • Taylor Jungmann MIL (RwOBA .240)

Best Pitcher L/R matchup

  • Left handed batters
    • Michael Lorenzen CIN (LwOBA .437)
    • David Buchanan PHI (LwOBA .428)
  • Right handed batters
    • Carlos Rodon CWS (RwOBA .394)
    • Anibal Sanchez DET (RwOBA .363)

All Pitcher Stats

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Hottest Hitters – last 7 days

  • Andrew McCutchen PIT – DiRT Canon Value – 101.34
  • Josh Donaldson TOR – DiRT Canon Value – 84.11
  • Matt Carpenter STL – DiRT Canon Value – 84.10
  • Ryan Zimmerman WAS – DiRT Canon Value – 84.68
  • Danny Valencia OAK – DiRT Canon Value – 87.67
  • Francisco Cervelli PIT – DiRT Canon Value – 82.91

Other notables:  Ian Desmond is 8 for 23, with 3 HR’s and 6 RBI, 6 runs scored and 3 stolen bases – Khris Davis is 8 for 22 with 4 HR’s, 12 RBI and 5 runs scored.

2nd Base BvP matchup Tonight

Robinson Cano vs. Chris Tillman- Cano is 12-29 against him with three extra base hits, two of those being home runs, and a 1.124 OPS.

Jose Altuve vs. Madison Bumgarner – Altuve hasn’t seen much of Bumgarner, but he has some decent success against him. Altuve is 5-14 with a home run and a .929 OPS against the Giants’ ace.

Neil Walker vs. Carlos Martinez- Three of the hits off Martinez, went for extra bases with two of them being home runs. Add that to a 1.231 OPS.


Weather

The Rockies and New York Mets have a threat of rain during their game tonight. It shouldn’t be enough to cancel, but it could disrupt their play. Watch this one closely.


A Pitcher To Consider

Taylor Jungmann ($8700) – Jungmann is good. He has some stuff that can get batters out, sprinkled in with some strikeouts and you could be hitting a gold mine for $8700. Truly, you can’t beat his price. It amazes me he’s still as low as he is. Tonight, Jungmann gets the strikeout happy Cubs, who have the highest strikeout % in the league for the past month at 23.8. Jungmann comes into tonight’s start with a 2.26 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 71 innings. His wOBA against righties is fantastic at .249 with a .300 against lefties. He’s done a fantastic job with keeping the ball in the park, giving up only two home runs on the season. Against a team that is struggling with power over the past month, 23rd during that time, and their struggles offensively as a whole, Jungmann is going to be REALLY tough to pass up at $8700.

Worth Considering

AJ Pollock ($4700) – Pollock gets that matchup against David Buchanan and his .362 wOBA against righties. Pollock has been solid this season, coming in with a .306 average with 11 home runs, 47 RBIs, and an .820 OPS. Averaging 8.8 points per game, Pollock has been hitting well against RHP this season. Entering tonight, Pollock is hitting .306 against them with nine of his 11 home runs on the season. If you want to get a bit more advanced, that’s good for a .361 wOBA with a .164 ISO against RHP. With how poorly Buchanan is pitching this season, Pollock sounds like a great option in your outfield tonight.

Save $$$…

Cesar Hernandez ($3400) – Hernandez continues to dwell in the lower tiered pricing on DraftKings, while he continues to rack up the points. He’s been a double digit scoring machine lately, with four out of his last five games. Enticed yet? He’s always a threat to steal a bag, with 14 of his 17 coming off RHP. His wOBA against righties sits a .311 on the season, which just continues to trend upward. Hernandez is not a power threat, with only one home runs on the season, but his ability to get on base, .342 vs righties, and his ability to swipe a bag, is always something you’d want to shoot for with these low priced players.


 

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May the DiRT Be With You…and also with you

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Super-Nintendo Punchout summarizes the fight –  from sports grid.

Ah the Romans – it was in full display – the Bread and the Circuses – except it seemed while we got the circus – they forgot our bread.  THE MOST SPECTACULAR FIGHT OF OUR TIME – YOU CANT MISS THIS ONE – TWELVE UNFORGETTABLE ROUNDS FOR ONLY $99.

That is the beautiful thing about pay-per-view sporting events – there are no sell outs, no waiting in line, no standing-room only, no one getting turned away at the gate by small giants and fire marshals for too much booze on your breath – none of that!  As long as you want it – you’ve got a better seat than any celebrity –‘Murica!

But the fight – ughh – it was just like I wrote back in December, #CalledIt.  Want to know what was a better fight than #MayPac?  Jamie Foxx staying in tune.  Clint Eastwood versus a chair.  Bob Barker versus Happy Gilmore.  Jay Z versus Beyonce’s Sister.  Kevin James versus skinny jeans, Deebo versus Craig – we get it!  The build up was Wrestlemania without the drama, The Royals have thrown more punches this year – it made you long for the days you dropped that kind of scratch on a Mike Tyson fight that was over in less than 90 seconds.  Mayweather handed out more hugs to Manny than his own kids.

If this was what people thought was the Fight of the Century – did they mean this actual century or the last 100 years – then Boxing is dead – maybe it survives as some bare-knuckled-quasi blood-sport on late night TV – but there will never be anything great about it ever again.  I preferred to watch a rerun of Hagler v Hearns – it’s what we expected Saturday – or relive the salad days of any of Muhammad Ali’s fights.  With Ali, we were lucky and privileged to live in the same century with him.  He was a true aristocrat of the spirit, I love the man.  He spoke to the best and bravest in us and his fights are priceless.  Floyd will never understand, and it seems he doesn’t care too – he’s just fine being the captain on the Titanic.


NBA Fevah!  Chris Paul was doing his best Steph Curry impression making an incredible shot, that I still don’t know how it went in, to beat the Spurs, 111-109.  This undercard was better than Saturday’s main event.  The Clippers needed all of the 8 for 14 beyond the arc points in the second half, before Paul’s lucky nail in the champ’s coffin.  Does this propel the Clippers to bigger things?  Is this the end of the Spurs as we knew them?  What I do know is; I could watch these two play the rest of the year and it would still live up to expectations.  The question though, is this:  will there be any other series as good as this one for the rest of the playoffs?


There he is, the favorite, American Pharoah.  The first horse to start in position 17 or farther and win the (141st) Kentucky Derby.  I had told you to leave him off because of that (and because they clearly don’t know how to spell Pharaoh) – what is the meaning of statistics if you cant remove the outliers.  Well the outliers win sometimes and sometimes they rough you up pretty good.  The break the horse made from the 18th position to be near the front of the pack and not get boxed in was remarkable.  He was given a clear shot – as was I, or so I thought for most of the race.  It was another lesson I got sloppy with from the harsh school of gambling, that dealt me another quick beating for leaving off the favorite – see I had Dortmund and Firing Line in an Exacta boxBlind spots are fatal – they’ll punish you every time.  So the questions will begin again about the potential of American Pharoah(sic) being the next triple-crown winner – and the answer is no, but I will not leave him off again, just to be safe.


The Houston Firs-tros have won 10 straight and own the American League’s best record at 18-7.  As the Astros celebrate their 50th year, you have to wonder when do they come back to Earth?  In the AL West they may never – the Angels have serious problems, the Rangers are terrible and The A’s and Mariners do not play consistently enough to challenge, so…It’s a long season and Houston is a young team that will have to prove it in the dog-days – but for now, how about dem Astros!

In other weird baseball news – the Rockies still can’t play in SoCal, and the Yankees swept the Red Sox for the first time since 2006.  David Ortiz failed to deliver a bases-loaded, down-by-three, in the bottom of the ninth – either further proving his PED use, or Adam Warren is that good – has not allowed a run in 10 appearances.

Matt Harvey is 5-0 for the 1st place Mets since Tommy John Surgery and it must be an “odd” year, because the Cardinals have the best record in baseball – World Series appearances in 2011 and 2013.


May the 4th be with you!

In honor of Saga and today being May 4th – #StarWarsDay – here is some entertainment:


It’s still fresh!