Welcome back to the Nightly Roundup, where I recap the day that was. Been a while since the last one considering the looooong weekend. Did get a podcast in with The Prophet Greg, I’ll include the link below if you haven’t listened yet:
Bullpen Cart Podcast (From Sunday Night):
Great to have Greg on once again. We break down the All Star Game lineups and hand out midseason awards amongst other baseball topics.
Other Baseball Stories:
- Phillies lose to Pirates 5-2: Gerrit Cole deserves the full Player of the Game Award for this one. 6 IP, 8 Ks, 2 for 3, and 2 RBIs is quite the night for a major league pitcher. Sounds like a stat line for a Little League World Series pitcher rather than for a major leaguer. Ben Lively started off well but a rough 4th inning had him pulled but that wasn’t what killed the Phils tonight. Once again, the bats couldn’t capitalize as they left 8 runners on base off of 10 hits and 13 strikeouts. That’s the definition of not clutch. These two teams wrap up their four-game set with an early 6:00 pm start tomorrow so that the kids can see fireworks without parents having to worry about keeping the kids out incredibly late.
- Judge bombs his 29th, Yanks fall short of comeback. 7-6 lost to Toronto: 29 homers match Joe DiMaggio’s franchise rookie record and we’re not even at the All Star Game. Holy shit. Odds are that the mark Judge makes will be nearly impossible to replicate.
- A side story here was Logan Morrison of Tampa Bay complaining about Gary Sanchez making the Home Run Derby over him. Sanchez had missed nearly half of the first half but as most of you know, hits the cover off the ball. Morrison is playing well but if you hadn’t heard of this story before reading this paragraph, you probably didn’t know who Logan Morrison was. You probably still won’t. Sanchez sells.
- Cubs smack Rays 7-3: The Cubs have been shaky since moving into 2nd in the Central but this is the kind of win they need. A nice day for the bats collecting 10 hits and a solid showing from the bullpen after a so-so start from John Lackey.
- Check out the rest of the SCOREBOARD here
Markelle Fultz Lights Up Summer League, AGAIN
Oh boy. Oh boy oh boy. I know it’s the Summer League but this is just a taste. CJ McCollum lit up the Summer League and look at him now. My Lehigh + Sixers fans will appreciate that. Not Matty D though, he’s slowly crying himself to sleep knowing he has to pay me $50. Fultz ended up with 23 points while shooting 9 for 16.
Other Hoops Stories (Mainly Free Agency Notes):
- Swaggy P to the Dubs! I kinda love this move. Nick Young will basically be the media distraction for the rest of the team while the demolish most of the West. I say most because we still don’t know what the CP3/James Harden sharing the ball situation looks like.
- Dion Waiters to stay in Miami and Andre Robertson to stay in OKC–nothing too exciting unless you’re a fan of those teams.
- Rumors are swirling that the Celtics may deal Marcus Smart, Jae Crowder, and Avery Bradley to make some cap room for the recent Gordon Hayward signing. Doubt they’d move all three to the same spot so they are going to be multiple teams lining up here. It’d be interesting to see who the C’s get back for them, maybe a pick and a bench guy?
Quick Golf Note:
Rory McIlroy quit Twitter today after a spat with Steve Elkington a few weeks back during the US Open. If you missed it, Rory missed the cut at Erin Hills, Elk tried to call him out, and Rory shot right back. Didn’t think too much of it as Rory always speaks his mind, it’s part of why he’s my boy. His reasons make sense–doesn’t want it to be a distraction–but he’ll be missed nonetheless.
The PGA Tour returns to the Greenbrier after the region of West Virginia was flooded last year. Bubba Watson and Phil are hot picks here but I like David Lingmerth to finish what he started. I’d also love to see Gary Woodland break through.Follow @geordo9