spooky Posts:4272 Followers:300
On 05/09/2013 05:39 PM in MLB

SPOOKY'S WHEN IS A HOME RUN NOT A HOME RUN THURSDAY EXPRESS

Thursday's Lucky Eleven: Random thoughts from the desert.........

11) Umpire Angel Hernandez has some 'splainin' to do after he refused to overturn an obvious mistake on a ball Adam Rosales hit over the fence in a 4-3 loss at Cleveland Wednesday. The ball was ruled a double.

What good is instant replay if an umpire doesn't have the onions to make the right call that decides winning/losing in the last inning?

If you read the Express a lot, you know I'm a big A's fan, so this annoys me beyond belief. This wasn't a difficult call.

10) Draymond Green is 9-18 behind the arc in eight playoff games for the Warriors, after making 20.9% behind the arc during the season. Golden State ended a 30-game (30 games!!!) losing streak in San Antonio Wednesday. In his last two years at Michigan State, Green made 37.8% behind the arc, not a bad number at all. Player development is under reported by the media- lot of teams have coaches dedicated just to that part of the game.

9) Davidson is heading to the Atlantic 10 in 2014-15; I've got no idea how many teams are in this league right now- they had 16 last year. The road trip from Charlotte to Olean for Davidson-St Bonaventure tilts should be fun.

8) In five home starts, Barry Zito has allowed two runs in 33 IP; in his two road starts, he's allowed 15 runs in 6.1 IP.

7) Shane Battier was +42 in 22 minutes Wednesday night, which means Miami was outscored by 5 points in 26 minutes he didn't play. Only reason I bring this up is that I've never really seen anyone ever have a +42 in a game.

6) Denver Nuggets won Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year, which really makes no sense when you think about it, especially when you think they got eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

If the executive was so great in building his roster, then how did the coach do such a great job? Maybe Tom Thibodeau should've won Coach of the Year for the job he did with the Derrick Rose-less Bulls.

5) I love hearing media nitwits who know nothing criticize Mark Jackson for playing Steph Curry 58:00, or Frank Vogel for calling a timeout, which was followed by a huge New York run; they have this thought process......

a) Steph Curry played 58:00 b) Golden State lost in double OT.
a) Indiana called a timeout when they were ahead b) Knicks went on a run.

a) and b) are both true. Therefore, a) caused b), which of course, is total BS.

4) Roy Halladay is out 3+ months with shoulder issues; he needs surgery; ESPN had a stat that said pitchers his age with shoulder problems averaged less than 60 innings for the rest of their careers, a figure skewed low by a lot of retirements. They won't know how serious the problem is until they get inside his shoulder.

3) It is amazing how much coverage ESPN gives to football; it is freakin' May, and they have daily shows for both the NFL and college football. Not a complaint at all, just an observation.

2) If I'm the Dodgers, I'm trading for Ricky Nolasco; he is the Marlins' highest-paid player, which means he will eventually gets traded.

1) They showed a stat on the Padre game Wednesday that said in the history of Petco Park, longest Padre hitting streak was Adrian Gonzalez hitting in 14 straight home games in 2007; it just seems low.

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spooky Posts:4272 Followers:300
05/09/2013 05:43 PM

Played a couple games this afternoon so only have a couple Im playing tonight. Rooting on Yankees Under and Nationals Over in the afternoon. And by the way what a joke there is no NBA on tonight. You cant teach stupid I guess.

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jimmythegreek Posts:10720 Followers:376
05/09/2013 06:46 PM

Watching Mike and Mike in the morning most viewers felt that a resolution to last night's HR gaffe was to let a 5th umpire in the booth make the final ruling to tell if home runs are actually dingers and not doubles. Excuse me Mr. Selig, or is it Mr. Torre, does that not defeat the purpose of the 4 on the field looking at the replay in the first place? That ruling or perception of what he would see up in the press box may not differ from what was called on the field. The idea is to get it right, and last night Angel's crew just flat out botched the obvious. No excuses.

Oh by the way as a side note, you saw me hit my 6th straight first 5 innings play right? Well FYI the 4-3 score after 5 went unchanged. Of course that call was the difference of me not hitting my over 8.5 for the game. Rest assured it may take ages for me to be on the right side of a call as such. Or perhaps optimistically, maybe not.

Give props to Mark Jackson for finally after years of Golden State being under the tutelage of Don Nelson stress defense in holding the San Antonio Spurs to 39% shooting in a 100-91 win at the AT&T Center. It was the Warriors first win at SA for the first time since February 1997, more than 16 years ago. This Warrior team can still run with the best of the NBA as Klay Thompson scored 29 of his 34 points in the first half, but Jackson finally has this team playing together on both sides of the ball.

Still 16 teams in the A-10 to date, however expect even more nationwide shifting which has collegiate basketball and football fans shaking their heads as to which team represents which conference.

George Karl has always been a beloved head coach in Denver especially since his Nuggets won 57 games in the 12-13 regular season. However, I can name at least a half dozen others that deserved to win the NBA Coach of the Year. If anything had Denver gotten past Golden State when it really mattered and competed further then the award may have been well deserved. However we all know that this is a "What Have You Done For Me Lately" business.

Hope they resume that Yankees/Rockies game spooky where they have been in a rain delay for a couple of hours now. 2-1 lead in the 5th would put you in an awfully good spot considering the weather conditions, though like Yogi said it ain't over til it's over. Coors of course is still known for it's high elevation for balls flying out of the park, so consider this delay an added advantage to you since the balls go through the humidors. Luckily the ball doesn't start usually carrying out to the fullest until mid-June or around early July.

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