One of the Best: Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon, Street Fight, King of the Ring 2001

Kurt Angle vs. Shane McMahon, King of the Ring Street Fight

King of the Ring 2001 is home to one of the greatest matches of all time. In order to have a great match the two superstars must have great chemistry, an entertaining feud, and the willingness to risk their body for the fans while in the 20’ X 20’ squared ring. In Kurt Angle/Shane McMahon’s street fight in 2001 this battle had all three.

The feud began when Shane McMahon interrupted Kurt Angle’s Olympic Gold Medal Ceremony on Monday Night Raw. Shane O’Mac announced what he thought was more important news, his WCW is coming back. Angle in disbelief that his award ceremony was interrupted gave McMahon an Angle Slam.

Once the two got to King of the Ring everything was set for a great match largely because of their superior chemistry and respect for one another. The match begins with Angle and Shane O’Mac grappling and both showing off their skills. It really starts getting interesting however when the match gets outside of the ring. Both guys are willing to risk their bodies at any cost to please the fans and they did so in this battle. McMahon takes a beating from Angle throughout the fight however the worst is when Angle tosses McMahon through the glass. McMahon failed to go through the glass three times and takes three blows to the head as a result. After Shane has been bloodied and beaten to a pulp he is carted into the ring where he keeps going at it with Angle and eventually pulls off an Angle Slam on Kurt. Angle kicks out. After blows are traded and Shane is catapulted to the turn buckle Kurt gets Shane on his shoulders and performs an Angle Slam from the top rope and finishes off one of the best matches of all time. Check it out!

(The full match can be found alongside the promo)

Conner “Country Breakfast” Patch @connerpatch68

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Daniel Bard sent down to Triple A PawSox

As if none of us saw this coming, SP Daniel Bard of the Boston Red Sox, has been sent down to Pawtucket to try and maybe begin to throw something that lands over the plate. As I like to call him, Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Bard has been breaking records (not literally) for walking or hitting batters in his past few starts. As one of my friends has said about having Bard on his fantasy team, ” Bard could give up one run but score −13 points because he walks just about every batter he faces.” He wasn’t lying when he said it, Bard, who normally throws up around 95+, has been struggling with velocity and hasn’t seen a strike call since ‘nam.

In his first full season as a starting pitcher for the Red Sox, is 5-6 with a 5.24 ERA. While he has struck out 34 batters in 55 innings pitched, with a mind-blowing 37 walks. I mean 37 walks?! For gosh sake’s I could throw a have less walks then that, mind you I may let up some moon shots, but jeez louise, 37 walks! I know that Bard has been struggling as of late but he has the ability to be a great pitcher. Last season, Bard was spectacular in a setup role for closer Jonathan Papelbon. In 73 innings, Bard finished with a 3.33 ERA and a WHIP of 0.96. He had the ability to shut down batters with his electric stuff. When his fastball and slurve are on point, Bard has the ability to be an absolute stud on the bump. His inconsistency has been his biggest problem though.

Bard’s most recent start, a 1 2/3 inning effort against Toronto Sunday, was what made the decision an easy one. Bard allowed six walks, five earned runs and a home run, along with two hit batsmen, before Bobby V. finally pulled the plug on him.

Unfortunately, baseball is probably one of the most mental games you can play. As Tim Kurkjian says in his book, Is this a great game, or what?, “Dante Bichette was a really good hitter for nearly ten years, but he had told me, ‘Everyday I came to the park wondering if it’s the last day I’ll be able to hit in the big leagues'”. Bard told the Boston Globe after his start against Toronto he may have changed some things that made him successful as he made the transition from the bullpen to the rotation.

“I allowed something to happen when I switched roles,” Bard said. “I think it’s just maybe that we just tried to turn me into a starter rather than just take the same pitcher I was out of the pen and move that guy to the rotation, which is probably what should have been done.”

I also heard Bard say that when he is able to get his arm under the ball in a 3/4-type of release, he can get more velocity on the ball but he has no clue where the ball is going. And when he is throwing more over the top of his shoulder, he loses velocity but has more control. Whatever the issue may be Bard needs to figure it out, for his sake and for the Sox’ sake. The Red Sox, who now have an empty spot in their rotation, might turn to Daisuke Matsuzaka, who is nearly done with his rehab after Tommy John surgery on his elbow last season. Matsuzaka has made five starts for Triple-A Pawtucket, and has 18 strikeouts and just three walks in 27 innings.

Celtics vs. Heat

Now as we all know I am a big Celtics fan and chose the Celtics in 7 in my last Eastern Conference Final article. I look at this game and what the Celtics were able to do in Boston, and I truly believe the C’s can win not only tonight but this series. I could care less if Bosh is back, I could care less if it’s in Miami, I could care less about what Rondo said (which is supposed to fire up the Heat). All I know is the Celts are going to come ready to play and take this Game 5.

Who I’m Voting Into The 2012 MLB All Star Game

The Major League Baseball All Star Game is easily my favorite all-star game event in professional sports. Not that it has great competition or anything. In the NBA no one plays defense until the last minute of the game. In the NFL no one even plays in the game. In the MLB at least the game means something. Players are joined together from their respective leagues to win a nine inning game to capture home field advantage in the World Series. I also love the moves that have to be made by the managers throughout the games and the switching of positional players/pitching decision making. This year’s Major League Baseball All Star Game is being held in Kansas City, home of the Royals. With the game about a month away and voting already taking place for starting lineups I have put together my starting lineup for each league. I know this won’t end up being the exact lineup because it always becomes a popularity contest but here are the guys that deserve it.

American League All Stars

C: Jarrod Saltalamaccia, Bos, .271 avg., 10 HR, 25 RBI

1B: Paul Konerko, CHW, .376 avg., 11 HR, 33 RBI

2B: Ian Kinsler, TEX, .281 avg., 6 HR, 23 RBI

3B: Miguel Cabrera, DET, .315 avg., 9 HR, 42 RBI

SS: Derek Jeter, NYY, .339 avg., 5 HR, 19 RBI

OF: Josh Hamilton, TEX, .367 avg., 21 HR, 57 RBI

OF: Adam Jones, BAL, .317 avg., 16 HR, 34 RBI

OF: Josh Willingham, MIN, .277 avg., 10 HR, 35 RBI (Stat to note: .403 OBP)

DH: David Ortiz, BOS, .323 avg., 13 HR, 37 RBI

SP: Justin Verlander, DET, 2.54 ERA, 5-3 record

National League All Stars

C: Yadier Molina, STL, .329 avg., 8 HR, 22 RBI

1B: Joey Votto, CIN, .330 avg., 8 HR, 30 RBI

2B: Jose Altuve, HOU, .315 avg., 3 HR, 18 RBI

3B: David Wright, NYM, .366 avg., 5 HR, 31 RBI

SS: Rafeal Furcal, STL, .328 avg., 4 HR, 23 RBI

OF: Carlos Gonzalez, COL, .335 avg., 14 HR, 35 RBI

OF: Ryan Braun, MIL, .310 avg., 14 HR, 36 RBI

OF: Melky Cabrera, SF, .376 avg., 4 HR, 26 RBI

DH: (I know the NL doesn’t have a DH but they will need one in their lineup), Giancarlio Stanton, .302 avg., 13 HR, 40 RBI

SP: Gio Gonzalez, WAS, 2.04 ERA, 7-1 record

 

Odds/Numbers for 6/2

NBA

713 SAN ANTONIO SPURS 202.5 202 / 202.5 / 202 201.5 +155
714 OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -4 +02 -3.5 -05 / -3 -05 / -3.5 -05 -3.5 -175
TV: , DTV: 245

MLB

901 ATLANTA BRAVES (R) Beachy, B 6.5u20 6.5u20 / 6.5 6.5o15 +1.5(-190) betting closed
902 WASHINGTON NATIONALS (R) Strasburg, S -130 -127 -1.5(+165)
Overnight Pitching Change: Washington – S. Strasburg for G. Gonzalez (L) TV: FS-South, MASN, DTV: 640, 646, 725, 726
903 MIAMI MARLINS (R) Nolasco, R 7.5 7.5 7.5u15 +1.5(-160)
904 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (L) Hamels, C -165 -165 / -160 / -150 -153 -1.5(+140)
PHI-1B-Ryan Howard-OUT TV: FS-Florida, Comcast (Philadelphia), DTV: 654, 727, 728
905 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (R) Lynn, L -135 -130 / -125 / -120 -105 -1.5(+150)
906 NEW YORK METS (R) Dickey, R 7o20 7o20 / 7o25 / 7.5 7.5u15 +1.5(-170)
TV: FS-Midwest, WPIX, DTV: 671, 735, 736
907 LOS ANGELES DODGERS (R) Harang, A 10.5u20 10.5u15 / 10.5 / 10.5o20 10.5o15 +1.5(-155)
908 COLORADO ROCKIES (R) Nicasio, J -135 -135 / -140 -138 -1.5(+135)
LAD-CF-Matt Kemp-OUT TV: FS-Prime Ticket, ROOT (Rocky Mountain), DTV: 683, 693, 729, 730
909 PITTSBURGH PIRATES (L) Bedard, E 7.5u20 7.5u20 / 7.5u15 / 7.5u20 7.5u25 +1.5(-170)
910 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (R) Marcum, S -160 -160 / -155 / -150 -140 -1.5(+150)
MIL-LF-Ryan Braun-quot;?quot; TV: No scheduled television
911 CHICAGO CUBS (R) Garza, M 6.5u20 6.5u20 / 6.5u25 6.5u30 +1.5(-170)
912 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (R) Cain, M -165 -165 / -160 -157 -1.5(+150)
TV: FOX
913 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (R) Hudson, D 6.5 6.5 / 6.5u20 6.5u15 +1.5(-240)
914 SAN DIEGO PADRES (R) Volquez, E -120 -120 -110 -1.5(+200)
TV: FOX
915 CINCINNATI REDS (R) Latos, M -120 -120 / -125 -124 -1.5(+125)
916 HOUSTON ASTROS (L) Rodriguez, W 7.5 7.5 / 7.5u15 / 7.5u20 7.5u25 +1.5(-145)
TV: FOX
917 BOSTON RED SOX (L) Doubront, F -115 -115 / -120 -108 -1.5(+145)
918 TORONTO BLUE JAYS (R) Drabek, K 10 10 / 10u15 10u20 +1.5(-165)
BOS-CF-Jacoby Ellsbury-OUT TV: NESN, SN1, DTV: 628, 721, 722
919 OAKLAND ATHLETICS (R) Mccarthy, B 8o20 8o20 / 8 8o15 +1.5(-180)
920 KANSAS CITY ROYALS (R) Hochevar, L -115 -115 / -120 -125 -1.5(+160)
TV: Comcast (California), FS-Kansas City, DTV: 672, 698, 723, 724
921 BALTIMORE ORIOLES (L) Matusz, B 8u20 8u25 / 7.5 / 7.5u15 7.5u20 +1.5(-165)
922 TAMPA BAY RAYS (R) Hellickson, J -170 -165 / -160 / -150 -144 -1.5(+145)
TAM-3B-Evan Longoria-OUT TV: MASN2, SunSports, DTV: 641, 653, 733, 734
923 SEATTLE MARINERS (R) Noesi, H 9 9 / 9u20 9u25 +1.5(-155)
924 CHICAGO WHITE SOX (R) Floyd, G -165 -175 / -170 / -160 -144 -1.5(+135)
TV: ROOT (Northwest), WGN (America), DTV: 307, 687, 731, 732
925 NEW YORK YANKEES (R) Kuroda, H -125 -125 -107 -1.5(+140)
926 DETROIT TIGERS (R) Porcello, R 9.5 9.5 9.5u15 +1.5(-160)
Time-change to 07:15pm EDT TV: FOX
927 MINNESOTA TWINS (R) Walters, P 9 9 / 9u15 / 9u20 9u25 +1.5(-170)
928 CLEVELAND INDIANS (R) Tomlin, J -125 -125 / -130 / -140 -136 -1.5(+150)
TV: FOX
929 TEXAS RANGERS (R) Darvish, Y -125 7.5u15 7.5u20 -1.5(+155)
930 LOS ANGELES ANGELS (L) Wilson, C 7.5u15 +105 / +100 / -105 -107 +1.5(-175)
TV: FS-Southwest, West, DTV: 676, 692, 737, 738

NHL

3 LOS ANGELES KINGS -109 4.5o10 4.5o15 -1.5(+290)
4 NEW JERSEY DEVILS 4.5o10 +101 / -105 / -110 -115 +1.5(-390)
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS

NBA Draft: 1st Round Mock Draft

Round 1 Picks:

  1. New Orleans Hornets
  2. Charlotte Bobcats
  3. Washington Wizards
  4. Cleveland Cavs
  5. Sacramento Kings
  6. Portland Trail Blazers (via Brooklyn Nets)
  7. Golden State Warriors
  8. Toronto Raptors
  9. Detroit Pistons
  10. New Orleans Hornets (via Minnesota Timberwolves)
  11. Portland Trail Blazers
  12. Milwaukee Bucks
  13. Phoenix Suns
  14. Houston Rockets
  15. Philadelphia 76ers
  16. Houston Rockets (via NY Knickerbockers)
  17. Dallas Mavericks
  18. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Utah Jazz)
  19. Orlando Magic
  20. Denver Nuggets
  21. Boston Celtics
  22. Boston Celtics (via L.A. Clippers)
  23. Atlanta Hawks
  24. Cleveland Cavs (via L.A. Lakers)
  25. Memphis Grizzlies
  26. Indiana Pacers
  27. Miami Heat
  28. OKC Thunder
  29. Chicago Bulls
  30. Golden State Warriors (via San Antonio Spurs)
Round 1 Mock:
1) New Orleans Hornets:
Anthony Davis
School: Kentucky

Position: PF/C

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’10”, 220 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists

2) Charlotte Bobcats
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
School: Kentucky

Position: SF

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’7″, 232 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists

3) Washington Wizards

Thomas Robinson

School: Kansas

Position: PF

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’10”, 237 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists

4) Cleveland Cavs

Bradley Beal

School: Florida

Position: SG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’3″, 207 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists

5) Sacramento Kings

Andre Drummond

School: Connecticut

Position: PF/C

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’10”, 270 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists

6) Portland Trail Blazers

Perry Jones III

School: Baylor

Position: PF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’11”, 235 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists

7) Golden State Warriors

Harrison Barnes

School: North Carolina

Position: SF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’8″, 215 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists

8) Toronto Raptors

Jeremy Lamb

School: Connecticut

Position: SG/SF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’5″, 180 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists

9) Detroit Pistons

Jared Sullinger

School: Ohio State

Position: PF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’9″, 265 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists

10) New Orleans Hornets

Terrence Jones

School: Kentucky

Position: SF/PF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’9″, 252 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists

11) Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard

School: Weber State

Position: PG/SG

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’3″, 195 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 24.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists

12) Milwaukee Bucks

John Henson

School: North Carolina

Position: PF/C

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’11”, 220 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists

13) Phoenix Suns

Kendall Marshall

School: North Carolina

Position: PG

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’4″, 195 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 9.7 assists

14) Houston Rockets

Meyers Leonard

School: Illinois

Position: C

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 7’1″, 245 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists

15) Philadelphia 76ers

Tyler Zeller

School: North Carolina

Position: PF/C

Year: Senior

Vitals: 7’0″, 250 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists

16) Houston Rockets

Quincy Miller

School: Baylor

Position: SF

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’9″, 200 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 10.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists

17) Dallas Mavericks

Dion Waiters

School: Syracuse

Position: PG/SG

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’4″, 215 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists

18) Minnesota Timberwolves

Terrence Ross

School: Washington

Position: SG/SF

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’6″, 195 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists

19) Orlando Magic

Marquis Teague

School: Kentucky

Position: PG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’2″, 189 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists

20) Denver Nuggets

Austin Rivers

School: Duke

Position: PG/SG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’4″, 200 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists

21) Boston Celtics

Arnett Moultrie

School: Mississippi State

Position: PF/C

Year: Junior

Vitals: 6’11”, 230 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists

22) Boston Celtics

Moe Harkless

School: St. John’s

Position: SG/SF

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’8″, 208 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists

23) Atlanta Hawks

Tony Wroten

School: Washington

Position: PG/SG

Year: Freshman

Vitals: 6’5″, 205 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.6 assists

24) Cleveland Cavs

Evan Fournier

Team: Poitiers

Position: Shooting guard/small forward

Age: 19

Vitals: 6’7″, 206 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists (in Pro A France)

25) Memphis Grizzlies

Tyshawn Taylor

School: Kansas

Position: PG

Year: Senior

Vitals: 6’3″, 185 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 17.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists

26) Indiana Pacers

Royce White

School: Iowa State

Position: No Idea (but really SF/PF)

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’8″, 270 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists

27) Miami Heat

Fab Melo

School: Syracuse

Position: C

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 7’0″, 255 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists

28) OKC Thunder

Jeffery Taylor

School: Vanderbilt

Position: SF

Year: Senior

Vitals: 6’7″, 225 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists

29) Chicago Bulls

Doron Lamb

School: Kentucky

Position: SG

Year: Sophomore

Vitals: 6’4″, 210 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 13.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists

30) Golden State Warriors

Draymond Green

School: Michigan State

Position: SF/PF

Year: Senior

Vitals: 6’7″, 230 pounds

2011-12 Per-Game Stats: 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists

Odds/Numbers for 6/1

NBA

711 MIAMI HEAT 179 179 / 179.5 180 +105
712 BOSTON CELTICS -1.5 -03 -1 -05 / -1 -07 / -1 -1.5 -125
MIA-F-Chris Bosh-OUT TV: ESPN, DTV: 206

MLB

951 MIAMI MARLINS (L) Buehrle, M -103 -108 / -105 / -107 -105 +1.5(-213)
952 PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (R) Kendrick, K 8.5u08 8.5u08 / 8.5u15 8.5 -1.5(+195)
PHI-1B-Ryan Howard-OUT TV: FS-Florida, Comcast (Philadelphia), DTV: 654, 727, 728
953 ATLANTA BRAVES (L) Minor, M 7.5u20 7.5u20 / 7.5u21 / 7.5u20 7.5u15 +1.5(-137)
954 WASHINGTON NATIONALS (R) Strasburg, S -171 -171 / -180 / -175 -170 -1.5(+126)
TV: FS-South, MASN, DTV: 640, 646, 725, 726
955 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (R) Wainwright, A -103 -103 / -106 / -108 -106 -1.5(+154)
956 NEW YORK METS (L) Santana, J 7o17 7o17 7o20 +1.5(-167)
TV: FS-Midwest, SNY, DTV: 639, 671, 733, 734
957 CINCINNATI REDS (R) Leake, M -116 -116 / -120 -125 -1.5(+136)
958 HOUSTON ASTROS (L) Happ, J 8.5o13 8.5o13 8.5o20 +1.5(-147)
TV: FS-Ohio, Houston, DTV: 661, 678, 735, 736
959 PITTSBURGH PIRATES (R) Correia, K 8o17 8o17 / 8o20 8.5 +1.5(-165)
960 MILWAUKEE BREWERS (L) Wolf, R -130 -132 / -136 / -135 -145 -1.5(+152)
MIL-LF-Ryan Braun-Doubtful TV: ROOT (Pittsburgh), FS-Wisconsin, DTV: 659, 669, 741, 742
961 LOS ANGELES DODGERS (L) Capuano, C -103 9.5o10 9.5o15 +1.5(-195)
962 COLORADO ROCKIES (L) Outman, J 9.5o10 -103 / -106 / -108 -105 -1.5(+179)
LAD-CF-Matt Kemp-OUT TV: FS-Prime Ticket, ROOT (Rocky Mountain), DTV: 683, 693, 743, 744
963 ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (L) Miley, W 6.5o13 -116 / -125 / -120 -125 -1.5(+139)
964 SAN DIEGO PADRES (L) Richard, C -113 6.5o13 6.5o15 +1.5(-151)
TV: FS-Arizona, San Diego, DTV: 686, 694, 747, 748
965 CHICAGO CUBS (L) Maholm, P 7u23 7u23 / 7u25 / 7u30 7u20 +1.5(-143)
966 SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (L) Bumgarner, M -155 -155 -165 -1.5(+132)
TV: WGN (America), Comcast (Bay), DTV: 307, 696, 749
967 BOSTON RED SOX (R) Buchholz, C 10u16 10u16 10u20 +1.5(-168)
968 TORONTO BLUE JAYS (R) Alvarez, H -122 -122 -130 -1.5(+155)
BOS-CF-Jacoby Ellsbury-OUT TV: NESN, SN1, DTV: 628, 729, 730
969 NEW YORK YANKEES (L) Sabathia, C -150 -150 / -160 -175 -1.5(+102)
970 DETROIT TIGERS (L) Crosby, C 8.5 8.5 8.5o20 +1.5(-110)
TV: YES, FS-Detroit, DTV: 631, 663, 721, 722
971 MINNESOTA TWINS (R) Pavano, C 8.5o17 8.5o17 8.5o20 +1.5(-153)
972 CLEVELAND INDIANS (R) Lowe, D -140 -140 / -145 -150 -1.5(+141)
TV: FS-North, SportsTime Ohio, DTV: 662, 668, 723, 724
973 BALTIMORE ORIOLES (L) Chen, W 7o21 7o21 7o20 +1.5(-140)
974 TAMPA BAY RAYS (L) Price, D -160 -160 / -170 -165 -1.5(+129)
TAM-3B-Evan Longoria-OUT TV: MASN2, SunSports, DTV: 541, 653, 731, 732
975 OAKLAND ATHLETICS (R) Colon, B 8 8 / 8u15 8u20 +1.5(-159)
976 KANSAS CITY ROYALS (R) Paulino, F -137 -137 / -145 / -150 -145 -1.5(+146)
TV: Comcast (California), FS-Kansas City, DTV: 672, 698, 737, 738
977 SEATTLE MARINERS (R) Hernandez, F 7o14 7o14 / 7o17 7o20 +1.5(-172)
978 CHICAGO WHITE SOX (R) Peavy, J -130 -130 -140 -1.5(+158)
TV: ROOT (Northwest), Comcast (Chicago), DTV: 665, 687, 739, 740
979 TEXAS RANGERS (R) Lewis, C -119 -119 -130 -1.5(+135)
980 LOS ANGELES ANGELS (R) Williams, J 8.5o16 8.5o16 / 8.5o20 8.5o15 +1.5(-146)
TV: TXA21, FS-West, DTV: 692, 745, 746

Mark My Words: June

In order to be a great fantasy owner you must be able to predict and project how well players will do down the road. Owners have to see production before it is performed by players otherwise you might miss out on that player, it might be too late and another owner in your league snatched him before you. Just like last month I have decided to somewhat predict the future. I have put together a handful of things that I believe will happen in the month of June, a lot of statements in which you may be shaking your head now but when we look back on July 1st I will say “I told you so”.

1)      Mark My Words, Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Mike Trout scores more fantasy points than Texas Rangers Outfielder Josh Hamilton in the month of June: Josh Hamilton is having one heck of a season. Hamilton leads almost every statistical category by a large margin. Hamilton also leads the league in fantasy points. This season has been owned by Josh Hamilton, June will be owned by 20 year old youngster Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout is known as one of the most talented prospects in the league and he has shown off his abilities early on in the big leagues. Trout was the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft, and ranked the #2 best prospect according to Baseball America. Trout joined the Angels big league club five weeks into the season and has been raking since. He is currently hitting .302 and has 5 homeruns in his short stint with the club. In June 20 year old Mike Trout out performs Josh Hamilton.

2)      Mark My Words, Aroldis Chapman still has a 0.00 ERA: Aroldis Chapman is having a dominant season. A season in which he has yet to allow a single run. He also took complete control of the Cincinnati Reds closer role. Earlier this month I wrote about Chapman’s dominance https://boxseatssports.wordpress.com/fantasy-sports-insider/fantasy-baseball/an-eventful-week-dominant-season-aroldis-chapman/. I’m predicting the left hander continues this magical season and doesn’t allow a run in June either.

3)      Mark My Words, this one is a carry-over from last month to get the sour taste out of my mouth. Former Yankee A.J. Burnett has a lower ERA than Yankee ace C.C. Sabathia in the month of June: I had this same prediction last month and I fell one outing short of this coming true. In A.J. Burnett’s last five starts he has allowed two runs or fewer. During this five game stretch Burnett has a 1.57 ERA and a 3-0 record. I would’ve hit on this prediction last month if it weren’t for Burnett’s first outing against the St. Louis Cardinals where he allowed 12 runs over 2.2 innings. Burnett has had a lot of success as of late and so has his former Yankee teammate C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia has had no problem going deep into games, going at least seven innings in seven of ten outings, and going at least 6 innings in all of them. The Yankee ace had a 2.75 ERA in the month of May but just a 3-2 record to show for it. This month I get my revenge on this prediction when A.J. Burnett out pitches C.C. Sabathia.

4)      Mark My Words, youngster Bryce Harper has more extra base hits than league leader (in that category) Joey Votto: Joey Votto currently leads the league in extra base hits with 30 total. Votto has 8 homeruns and 22 doubles. This season Votto has done more than just get extra base hits for the Cincinnati Reds he has also been getting on base at a great clip. The talented first baseman boasts a .463 on base percentage ranking second in the Major Leagues behind New York Mets 3B David Wright. In June, Bryce Harper will get more extra base hits than Votto however. Harper was called up on April 28thby the Washington Nationals, the 20 year old right fielder has already found himself in the #2 slot in the Nats lineup card. Harper had 13 extra base hits in the month of May (5 doubles, 4 triples, and 4 homeruns).

Bryce Harper is just starting to feel comfortable

A statistic that is extremely impressive for a rookie. I first fell in love with Harper a bit later than everybody else. Of course I knew he was an incredible talent and I knew someday he would be a star in this league but I didn’t care too much about him until I saw him playing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Harper hit a soft blopper to left field and he exploded out of the box thinking double and with his hustle he got there. No other player in the league was stretching that single into a double, most guys would have just jogged down the first baseline. Since then I love the guy, he is always hustling.

5)      Mark My Words, Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has a lower ERA than Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in the month of June: I am a proud fantasy owner of Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale. Chris Sale is one hell of a pitcher and has unbelievable potential. Sale is currently 6-2 and has a 2.34 ERA in his first season moving from the bullpen to the starting rotation. In early May Sale was dealing with elbow soreness and there was discussions of him possibly moving back to the bullpen but an MRI revealed Sale is healthy. Sale has been dominant in his last two outings combining for 14.1 innings 1 run and only allowing 5 hits while also striking out 21. Tampa Bay Rays slugger Ben Zobrist compared Sale to a young Randy Johnson in one of his tweets after facing the Sox left hander. There was no rhyme or reason to why I have put Sale up against King Felix Hernandez in this prediction other than to prove Sale is becoming an elite pitcher in this league and can out play other elite starting pitchers like Felix Hernandez who is proven.

6)      Mark My Words, Edwin Jackson records more wins in the month of June than teammate Stephen Strasburg: Stephen Strasburg came out of the gates hot for the Washington Nationals, yet has fizzled in his last few starts allowing 4 runs in two out of his last three appearances. He has also failed to make it into the 6th inning in all three of those outings. Strasburg still posts a 2.64 ERA but recent struggles mean other pitchers in the Nationals rotation need to step up. Edwin Jackson is their man. Jackson is having a solid season himself however struggling to get run support from his club, giving him a poor record. Jackson has a 3.17 ERA but a lousy 1-3 record to show for it. Jackson has pitched well in his last 5 starts not allowing more than 3 runs in any of them however his club has lost all 5 games. I’m predicting Jackson continues his own individual success in the month of June and his teammates chime in with some run support.

7)      Mark My Words, Matt Moore has a lower ERA than James Shields in the month of June: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore has been somewhat of a disappointment in the early stages of 2012. Moore is 1-5 with a 4.76 ERA. Moore was a clear rookie of the year candidate coming into 2012 after his postseason appearance against the Texas Rangers where he was successful. Moore has struggled early on, he has struggled getting late into ball games and teams are jumping all over his fast ball. In his last seven starts Moore has gone 6+ innings in only two of them. In his last outing he showed promise, he showed everyone a flash of what we expected all season long. In Moore’s last start he toed the rubber against the Chicago White Sox where he pitched 7 innings allowing only two runs and striking out 10. Moore’s teammate James Shields has been up and down this season. Shields will log innings for you but he does get tattooed sometimes. He currently has a 3.95 ERA but does have a 6-3 record for the Rays. I’m not entirely concerned about Shields giving up a lot of runs as of late however I think things are starting to click for the young lefty Matt Moore and I think we will see what we have all been waiting to see out of Matt Moore.

8)      Mark My Words, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher James McDonald continues his dominant 2012 season and has an ERA under 2.70 in June: James McDonald of the Pittsburgh Pirates is putting together quite the 2012 campaign. The 27 year old right hander has been dominant all season long. He has yet to allow more than three runs in a single outing all season long. He also has no problem striking guys out, on May 17th he proved that against the Washington Nationals when he struck out 11. Prior to that outing he struck out 8, 7, 10 and 8 in the four games before. McDonald has a 2.20 ERA for the Pirates far lower than expectations. In 2011 McDonald had an ERA of 4.21 however recent mechanical changes has proven success for the Pirate. McDonald continues this success in June when he pitches below a 2.70 ERA.

9)      Mark My Words, Fernando Rodney leads the league in saves at the end of June: How do the Tampa Bay Rays pump out these dominant closers? In his first season with the Rays Fernando Rodney has been rock solid locking down 16 saves. The Rays have a new closer every single season last year it was Kyle Farnsworth the year before that Rafael Soriano, Percival before that. Rodney is getting a lot of chances right now because the Rays are winning games, by the end of June Rodney will catch saves leader Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles.

10)   Mark My Words, the San Antonio Spurs will win the NBA finals and they won’t need a 7th game to do so:Last month I predicted the Miami Heat would still be playing in the playoffs, this month I’m going a little tougher than that by saying the San Antonio Spurs win the NBA title in June and they do it in six games against the Miami Heat. Tony Parker will be your MVP. 

Conner “Country Breakfast” Patch @

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Mark My Words: I Told You So

Pujols’ Season Is Looking Up, Just Like Predicted

At the beginning of May I made ten bold predictions, so on May 31st I could tell you “I told you so”. Below are my bold predictions I made in May, let’s see how I did!  

1)   Mark my words, Albert Pujols will hit 6+ homeruns in the month of May:

CORRECT: Pujols entered the month of May with 0 homeruns throughout April, in May Albert got hot and launched 8 long balls making me 1 for 1 on the year with my predictions. Pujols is improving and getting himself back into form however he still isn’t quite there yet. He batted .263 in May, much better than his April total .217.

2)   Mark my words, Jose Bautista will get his average above .240 before the end of May:

WRONG: Much like Pujols, Bautista struggled in April. I predicted Joey Bats was going to turn it around in a big way in May. In order for Bautista to up his average to .240 from a lousy .181 he had to hit .300 in May. The Blue Jays slugger failed to do so. At one point Bautista had his average up to .234 on May 26th, but a recent slump has dropped him down to .223.

3)   Mark my words, former Yankee A.J. Burnett has a lower ERA than Yankee ace C.C. Sabathia in the month of May:

WRONG: This one didn’t look pretty after A.J. Burnett’s first start against the St. Louis Cardinals where he allowed 12 runs in only 2.2 innings. On the other hand Sabathia threw a gem against Kansas City going 8 innings and allowing 2 runs. Sabathia finished the month with a splendid 2.75 ERA, while Burnett finished with a 4.38. It looks bad, but if you really crunch the numbers here, take away Burnett’s terrible outing against St. Louis and he boasts a 1.57 ERA. I just missed on this one and it ticks off enough to repeat this prediction again in June.

4)   Mark my words, Japanese pitcher Hiroki Kuroda records more wins than Japanese Phenom Yu Darvish, in the month of May:

WRONG: In this debate neither pitcher really pitched well, Kuroda just got less run support. Yu Darvish finished the month with a 3-2 record and a 4.50 ERA for the Rangers. Hiroki Kuroda finished the month with a 2-3 record and a 4.25 ERA. Kuroda’s most impressive appearance was his last one on May 27th against the Oakland Athletics where he pitched 8 innings of scoreless ball. Once again I just missed on this one but this one doesn’t sting as much as Burnett vs. Sabathia.

5)   Mark my words, I had to put this one in… My boy Edwin Encarnacion remains the highest scoring 3B and is ranked #1 in total points for 3b come June 1st:

CORRECT: Edwin Encarnacion has been my man all season long and he continues to dominant in 2012. Encarnacion has already matched his 2011 total of 17 homers early into his 2012 campaign. At the beginning of the month Encarnacion led all 3B fantasy players in points ahead of Miguel Cabrera, David Wright, I predicted he was going to continue to stay at the top and he has. In my format Encarnacion has 199 total points ahead of the next highest player David Wright who currently has 180. I Knew I could depend on Edwin to pull through for me.

6)   Mark my words, Jose Reyes gets more hits in the month of May than league leader Derek Jeter:

WRONG: Wow this one hurts… This prediction might not have raised your eyes too much and you may not be surprised because Reyes is expected to out play the older Jeter. However, Jeter was leading the Majors in hits heading into May and Reyes was riding a big time slump. In the month of May Jeter had 34 hits, three less than he had in April. Reyes had 33 hits in May (one less than Jeter) and 15 more than he had the previous month. Tough hit, no pun intended but this one hurts falling just one hit shy.

7)   Mark my words, Alfredo Aceves records the most saves in the AL, in the month of May:

WRONG: Going into the month I felt as if this was going to be my toughest prediction to hit on, simply because it’s Aceves vs. the rest of the AL. I still felt confident however, Aceves fell short. Aceves had a solid month finishing with 8 saves and a 2.89 ERA and his Red Sox are now over .500 for the first time all season. The league leader in saves in the AL was a closer in his own division, Jim Johnson of the Baltimore Orioles. Johnson recorded 9 saves for the O’s.

8)   Mark my words, In the month of May, Matt Kemp has a higher total of stolen bases than homeruns hit: 

WRONG: My luck here has been pretty awful, but is it worse than Matt Kemp’s month of May? Kemp landed on the DL in early May with a hamstring strain and rushed back to the club too quickly putting himself back on the DL. Kemp recorded 0 homeruns in May and 0 stolen bases. Although this one should probably be a draw, I’m saying I’m wrong here.

9)   Mark my words, Gio Gonzalez finishes the month of May undefeated:

Correct: Gio Gonzalez is a stud. In his first season with the Washington Nationals Gio has a 2.04 ERA and a 7-1 record. He was also dominant in May, winning all five of his starts and finishing with a 2.25 ERA. The Nationals have a great rotation and a great one-two punch with Strasburg and Gonzalez.

10) Mark my words, the Miami Heat are still in the NBA Playoffs:

Correct: The Indiana Pacers put a little bit of a scare into this prediction running them into a game 6 series. I promise in June I’ll make my next prediction (non-fantasy related) a little bit tougher. Maybe something like… San Antonio wins the NBA finals and doesn’t need game 7 to do so. Yes, I like the sound of that.

I finished the month of May 4-10 on my predictions, looking to do much better in June to up the average a little bit. This month most certainly hurts just missing out on Burnett/Sabathia, Reyes/Jeter and Aceves. I’m excited to dive into next month’s list of predictions I promise you there are some good ones.

May 4/10 40%

Total 4/10 40%

Conner “Country Breakfast” Patch @connerpatch68

Were the Cavs serious last night?

Really?

I can now see why LeBron James left Cleveland. What a bunch of turds last night. I hope to God, Uncle Drew aka Kyrie Irving, did not come up with the outfits last night. In the era of hipsters, the “Cleveland Crew” did not disappoint. With the typical hipster shades, going with their matching bowties, the Cavs crew was ready for the lottery last night. Not only do I want to talk about what they are wearing, just check out the crew in general. Owner Dan Gilbert, his son Nick GIlbert, with Kyrie Irving, Bernie Kosar, Josh Cribbs and Joe Haden. Bernie Kosar? What in the blue hell was he doing there? Regardless, the Cavs came ready hoping and praying that projected #1 pick, “Mr. Unibrow”, Anthony Davis, fell in their lap. At least the Brooklyn Nets sent Irina Pavlova, they will at least definitely win the award for the most attractive guest

The NBA draft lottery is one of the most exciting and heart-breaking events in sports. It can make or break a team and how they look at their future. It can shatter dreams and it can make dreams come true. I remember 2005 very vividly. The Boston Celtics were projected to get a top 3 pick, as high as #2, where Kevin Durant was going to be sitting awaiting to play in the Celtic green. As the lottery balls were chosen the Celtics ended up with the 5th pick and fans were devastated. A true example of how fans are even affected by the random lottery balls. It ended up working out in the end for the Celtics and #1 pick that year, Greg Oden, has played a total of 82 games in his career. The lottery is as shaky as it gets. Good luck or bad luck, you never know how those balls are going to shoot out of that machine.

Going into last night, the Bobcats seemed to be the favorite to get the #1 pick, and get “Fear the Brow”. Here is a list of the  “Unibrow Odds” going into last night:

Charlotte Bobcats: 25%

Washington Wizards: 19.9%

New Orleans Hornets: 14.8%

Cleveland Cavaliers: 13.8%

Sacramento Kings: 7.6%

Brooklyn Nets: 7.5%

Golden State Warriors: 3.6%

Toronto Raptors: 3.5%

Detroit Pistons: 1.7%

Portland Trail Blazers: 0.8%

Just as I had said going into the lottery, it is a night of heart breaks and dream fulfillers. The Bobcats felt the heart break. Michael Jordan must have been sitting in his seat thinking, “Here we go again”, because Anthony Davis was a franchise-changing player, exactly what the poor, poor Bobcats needed. Instead, they will receive a great player in the draft such as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but he is not a game changer like Davis.

The team with the 3rd best chance to win the “Unibrow”, the New Orleans Hornets, won the NBA Lottery last night. The lottery went without any surprise until pick #4 went to the Cleveland Cavs, being punished for their ridiculousness, in the 4th slot. This is a big win for the Hornets as they embark on a new era under new ownership. This is the 2nd time that the Hornets have won the lottery and were given the #1 pick. They chose Larry Johnson out of UNLV in 1991.

Because I am into conspiracy theories and things of that sort, the Hornets winning this lottery begs me to ask this question, was this fixed or setup? Let me tell you why I ask this question before you begin calling me a roody-poo. This summer as well all remember, the N.O. Hornets wanted to deal PG Chris Paul to the L.A. Lakers, in a 3 team deal including the Houston Rockets. The proposed trade would have sent Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets and furnished New Orleans with three top-flight NBA players in Kevin Martin, Luis Scola and Lamar Odom as well as playoff-tested guard Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks. Not even 24-hours had gone by, by the time David Stern forced the trade to be cancelled. Players were rattled, owners were shocked, and look what happened to Lamar Odom… tough hit. Was this the NBA giving the Hornets what they deserved back? Was this lottery a way to say sorry? Who knows, it was just a question and something I wanted to poke at.

As usual the NBA Lottery left teams smiling, some teams crying, and the Cavs looking like God knows what. As far as the draft goes we will find out what happens and who the teams will choose. Until then let’s enjoy the rest of these playoffs. Go C’s.