Monday, May 19, 2014

Can Someone Help This Man?!

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Is it mathematically possible for a starting pitcher to have a miniscule ERA of 1.62 and be 0-4 with 5 no-decisions? In other words, have the second lowest ERA in the National League and somehow be winless in 9 starts?

The answer is a big fat-- YES!

That is the plight of Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija. Talk about NO HELP from your offense! Samardzija has pitch extremely well in all of his 9 starts and somehow the Cubs have managed to lose 8 out of the 9 games. In fact, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, his ERA is the lowest in major-league history for a pitcher who is winless in his first 9 starts.  Well at least since the ERA became a stat in 1913. Unbelievable!

Shame on the 106-year title-less Cubs!!!! I can't for the life of me figure this one out!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

California Chrome Does It Again!

2 DOWN, 1 TO GO!



....and thus continues his quest for the elusive Triple Crown.

California Chrome is the 13th horse to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown since the last Triple Crown winner (Affirmed) in 1978. The 12 before him have ALL failed!

Will California Chrome break the curse? He's the only one that can!

Next stop-- The Belmont Stakes

Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Eastern Conference Finals: Heat vs. Pacers: A No-Brainer!

The 2014 Eastern Conference Finals is all set up! It'll (once again) be the Miami Heat vs. the Indiana Pacers in a rematch of their 2013 conference finals clash. This matchup was perhaps the easiest in NBA recent history to predict as the Pacers and Heat were the undisputed No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the conference. Heck, at one point early in the season it seemed as if they were going to be the only 2 teams in the conference with winning records. As it turned out they were the only 50-game winners in the (somewhat) anemic East. So to think anyone else was going to reach the conference finals was simply wishful thinking.

The Pacers and Heat are the elite of the Eastern Conference, no doubt about it.

The Heat breezed into the conference final by going 8-1 in the first two rounds, barely breaking a sweat. The Pacers, however, had a bumpier road going 8-5 in the first two rounds. The Atlanta Hawks were a real threat to the Pacers taking them to 7 games (in the first round) but in the end Indiana managed to escape. They needed 6 games to dispose of the pesky Washington Wizards in the second round.

Although the Pacers are the No. 1 seed, it seems like the juggernaut in Miami is stronger than ever. Their dominant performances in the first two rounds coupled with Indiana's inconsistency make the two-time defending champions the perennial favorites. Something tells me they will not be denied the chance to 3-peat as NBA champions. At least not by the Pacers. Heat in 6. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

California Dreamin'


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.... and thus begins his quest for the elusive Triple Crown which has eluded 35 Kentucky Derby winners before him. Not since Affirmed in 1978 has the sport of horse racing seen a Triple Crown winner. Of the past 35 winners, 12 have gone on to win the Preakness Stakes only to fall short at the Belmont Stakes.

Will California Chrome break the 35-year curse? Another year, another candidate.... we shall see!

Next stop-- The Preakness Stakes!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Brew Crew: The Boys Of April

What a month for the Milwaukee Brewers! The Brewers ended the month of April with a 20-9 record which is tops in the major leagues and they did it the old fashion way-- with good hitting and great all-around pitching.

As a team, their hitting hasn't been overly astronomical but it has been good enough to complement their superb pitching. The team is a modest 6th in the National League with 114 Runs Scored and 5th with a .255 team batting average. They are, however, 2nd in the NL with a 2.82 team ERA. Only the Atlanta Braves (2.59) have a better team ERA. Opponents are batting a paltry .222 against them which is second best in the league to the St. Louis Cardinals (.218).

The Brewers' starting rotation also leads the entire major leagues with 22 Quality Starts which is a stat that is often overlooked. Quality Starts is a good indicator of how well the starting pitchers are keeping the team in a good position to win games. It is a crucial stat in my opinion. And for Milwaukee, their bullpen has also been fantastic with a league-leading 14 Saves. Quality starters and quality relievers will always win you many games, no doubt about it.  

Of course it's too early to tell how the team will respond to the long and excruciating season but with one month in the books, they are definitely headed in the right direction. We'll see how much gut they have as the wear and tear of the long season progresses.

Keep it up Brew Crew! A parade in the great city of Milwaukee is long overdue!  

Good Riddance!

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'Nuff said!