Fun Fact of the Day: Last night, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters on his former team the Detroit Tigers, tying the major league record held by Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood, and Randy Johnson.
The Golden boys do it again. The Golden State Warriors are heading back to the Western Conference finals after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers 125-121. Warriors Klay Thompson led the charge with a barrage of 3-pointers and 2x league MVP Steph Curry finished them off late in the game. Meanwhile in the East… The Toronto Raptors got a big win against the Miami Heat (99-91) to lead the series 3-2. Raptors stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry finally got shots to fall after slumping most of the postseason. Wristy business. The Heat’s Luol Deng and Raptors’ DeMarre Carroll both injured their wrists during the game… TBD if they will be back for Game 6.
Another team that’s feeling blue… Last night the St. Louis Blues completely demoralized and embarrassed the Dallas Stars, beating them 6-1 in Game 7 of the series. Now, the Blues will advance to the Western Conference finals where they will play the winner of tonight’s Game 7 between the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks.
A pitch and a swing. Last night, Noah Syndergaard became the 2nd pitcher in N.Y. Mets history to hit 2 home runs in a game, helping the Mets to win 4-3 win against the L.A. Dodgers. (Psst--this was impressive because pitchers are usually known for pitching (obvi!) and not for their batting skills).
Here are a few more choice words: “one game suspension.” MLB has suspended Washington Nationals star and reigning NL MVP Bryce Harper for 1 game, after he dropped an F-bomb during Monday night’s game against the Detroit Tigers. Harper is appealing the decision. What happened? He was ejected for yelling at the umpire at the end of the 9th inning. Future-Bryce probably would have told him to cool his jets, because the Nats won moments later off of Clint Robinson’s game-ending home run.
Spotlight on Jake Arrieta
Despite last night's loss, the Chicago Cubs are still off to the best start in the league at 25-7, and they are already the favorites to win the World Series. A lot of their success has to do with their ace Jake Arrieta, so we thought it was time for a spotlight.
Don’t mention him to Orioles fans. Arrieta started off his career with the Baltimore Orioles where he was a mediocre pitcher at best, so they dumped him off in a trade to the Cubs.
Did he get better? Ohhh boy did he. Last year, Arrieta won the NL Cy Young award (psst—it’s given to the best pitcher in each league), because of his historically good performance. He had a 0.75 ERA in the 2nd half of the season, which was the lowest 2nd half in the history of baseball. (Psst— ERA stands for earned run average. If you need some perspective, an ERA under 3 is considered pretty awesome). He’s known for having a spectacular and wide repertoire of pitches at his command.
How’s he doing this year? He’s already on a roll. He is 6-0 to start this season with a 1.13 ERA, and had a no-hitter against the Reds earlier this year. He is doing so well that some of his fellow players even asked him if he was using PEDs. He wasn’t. But he was flattered.
That’s great, but how can I use this info to my advantage? If you’ve been trying to drag your boyfriend to Pilates, just tell him to man up and give it a try like Arrieta. He’s been using Pilates for the past couple of years to help him with his flexibility and strength, and even got half the players in the clubhouse into it. Maybe it’s the Cubs’ secret sauce?
The softer side of Cam. Panthers QB Cam Newton can be a polarizing figure. Cam-haters can’t stand his sore-loser attitude or his showboating after wins. This off-season Cam’s got a project that could change their minds. He’s starring in a Nickelodeon show where he meets talented kids and sets them up with mentors to help them achieve their dreams. Aww. If that doesn’t warm your heart, I don’t know what will.
Round 2 of the NBA playoffs continue!
- San Antonio Spurs @ Oklahoma City Thunder—the Thunder lead the series at 3-2. 8:30pm ET on TNT
Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continue!
- Nashville Predators @ San Jose Sharks—the series is tied 3-3. 9pm ET on NBCSN