Archive for May 17th, 2011

Minor Report: 5/17/11

May 17th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Minor Report: 5/17/11 | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

The Phillies 5th best prospect (3rd best pitching prospect)

In Clearwater, Trevor May has had his third stellar start after three of his first five starts were horrendous. In his latest outing, May went seven strong innings, giving up just one run via the long ball, but struck out eleven while walking three. May was a big part of why the Lakewood BlueClaws won it all last year and hopefully he’ll be part of the reason the Threshers win Florida State League.

In Scranton, the Iron Pigs visited the Yankees and saw the return of Domonic Brown to the lineup. In his first game back from a thumb sprain, Brown went 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs, and a run scored. Brown’s splits are now up to .358/.426/.642. If the speculation about when to expect Dom Brown back in his #9 Phillies jersey is true, June 18th can’t come fast enough.

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Western Conference Finals Preview

May 17th, 2011 by Brandon Pemberton | Comments Off on Western Conference Finals Preview | Filed in Basketball, General

Can Durant and Westbrook carry OKC to the NBA Finals?

By Brandon Pemberton

www.brandononsports.WordPress.com

Tonight the NBA’s Western Conference Finals begin with the 4th seed Oklahoma City Thunder versus the 3rd seed Dallas Mavericks. In the regular season the Mavs won the series 2-1, but that was before the Perkins trade and I don’t like to factor in regular season records when it’s playoff time because teams are usually way different.

Coaching: In just three years, OKC  Head Coach Scotty Brooks his taken this team from a 22 win season to the Western Conference Finals. The job he has done coaching and developing these players that management has put together has been tremendous. He has his team dedicated to playing defense, forcing turnovers, and getting out on the break using their athleticism. Also underrated is the job assistant coach Maurice Cheeks has done with PG Russell Westbrook.

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Western Conference Final Preview

May 17th, 2011 by Scott Dargis | 1 Comment | Filed in Basketball, General

Starting tonight we are in store for classic mid-west battle between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder are just two days removed from putting an end to the magical run of the Memphis Grizzlies in the first game 7 of the 2011 NBA playoffs. The Dallas Mavericks have done just the opposite, they have been on a nine day layoff since sweeping the Lakers on May 8th.

This is the perfect scenario for both teams, the Mavs could use the time off with the age of their team and the Thunder are so young that playing almost every other day benefits their momentum. Let’s take a look at the keys to this series.

Which superstar will rise up?

Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitzki have been the best players on their respective teams. Durant poured in 39 in his first ever game 7, this showed that he can thrive under the ultimate pressure of the playoffs. He did have some problems getting open against the Grizzlies though, or at least he did in the eyes of Russell Westbrook. The combo of Tony Allen and Sam Young did give Durant some fits, but he figured out how to get away from them when it mattered the most. Corey Brewer will give Durant some problems, but number 35 from OKC is too good to be held down for long.

On the flip side Nowitzki has been on fire, sorry Marv Albert, but there’s no other way to describe how he’s been shooting the ball, 50% from the field, he’s averaging 26.5 points in the playoffs. He has become unguardable throughout most of the game because of the soft touch on his fadeaway jumper. Serge Ibaka will have all he can handle and then some while trying to guard Dirk in this series. Ibaka is a fantastic shot blocker, on of the best in the NBA, however his one on one abilities aren’t as good and he may get put on an island throughout this series.

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Superstitous?

May 17th, 2011 by Mike H. | 1 Comment | Filed in General

So, I haven’t done my series previews in a while due to other commitments and the Phillies have been losing games and series left and right. I will make an effort to posting these previews for each series for the next week or two and see how they do. If they start winning series again

From The NEVER GONNA HAPPEN Files

May 17th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on From The NEVER GONNA HAPPEN Files | Filed in Baseball, Phillies

So last night we saw something that hadn’t happened in a decade. Baseball saw Albert Pujols play third base, a position he hadn’t played since 2002. I don’t know how long term of a solution Pujols at third is for the Cardinals, but IF, just IF, it is possible that he’d be willing to play there full time, Pujols may have just boosted his value. Read the rest at your own risk, as it is probably as far fetched as you are going to get from me, especially after a loss. (more…)