Tigers sweep the White Sox, WMU gets a big man recruit, Sharks make history and Lakers looking for a coach
Tigers get sweep
It may have been only two games but a sweep is a sweep. It is also always a nice thing to do that in the dump called US Cellular. Yesterday was another good win over a division rival and keeps them on top of the Central going into a big weekend series with Kansas City. Detroit didn’t do it right away, but eventually had good swings and chased White Sox starter Hector Noesi. The Tigers go into their series with KC with a 1 ½ game lead over the Royals. It may still be May, but these series with Kansas City should be big ones all season long. Here’s the good and bad from yesterday:
The Good: Max Scherzer. He was lights out again yesterday going six scoreless innings with only four hits and seven strike outs. His pitch counts still keep him from working deep into games. He was over 100 after six innings which got him out of the game. That still seems low to me for pulling a top pitcher like him from a game. He is going to get his pay day at the end of this season, but his inability to work deep into games could hurt what some teams would consider paying him.
Miguel Cabrera is hot right now too. Since his rough start he has picked it up in the average department. He is hitting .419 over the last seven games with multi-hit games in five out of the seven games. The extra base power is still not there yet though which means he still has plenty of room to get better.
The Bad: Andrew Romine has hit a skid at the plate lately. He is just 1 for his last 13. He is playing fine defense, but they still need a little offense out of him. I’m still not sold on him being the main shortstop over the long haul this season. I’m just not sure he can hold up in the long term. He is still the best option they have right now.
WMU gets Big Man
Western Michigan landed a new basketball recruit, and he has an interesting story. Khadim Dieng is a 7’ center from Grand Rapids, but he wasn’t playing high school basketball this year. Dieng is from Senegal and was ruled ineligible this past season where he hoped to play for Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian. Instead, he has just been playing AAU ball for the Grand Rapids Storm. He originally came to the United States for basketball reasons and now will get a chance to play division one college basketball. He will be a part of this year’s recruiting class. I’m not sure if you can expect him to step right in and play a role this season, but he certainly could have a big role in the future. To read about his story check out this MLive Story WMU’s new big man
The Shark Tank Job
The San Jose Sharks went down in infamy last night. They became the latest team to blow a 3-0 series lead when the Kings fought back and won game seven last night 5-1. It is so rare to see it happen, but the Sharks have been getting good at blowing these leads. We saw it a few years ago when the Red Wings nearly came back from 3-0 down against the Sharks. In NHL history only nine teams have ever gone to a game seven after being up 3-0 and San Jose has been two of those teams. Seriously, this stuff is not easy to do, but blowing 3-0 leads is something the Sharks make look easy. They have been one of the most disappointing franchises in the NHL over the past 10 years. Year in and out they always have one of the most talented rosters in the NHL, have a great regular season, but they never do anything in the playoffs. They have been to the conference finals just twice and have not been to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Sharks winning in the Playoffs is about as likely as North Korea getting a non-crazy dictator. Not gonna happen.
Get Ready…The Lakers are about to start dominating the headlines
The Lakers are looking for a new coach. Mike D’Antoni resigned yesterday after a very rough stint as the head man in LA. He finished his time there with a 67-87 record. He came there to coach a team with Kobe, Dwight Howard, Paul Gasol and Steve Nash. By the end of this season literally none of those guys were playing. So that means the search is on. And that is just fantastic. This just means that we now will get killed with who the next Lakers coach will be. So much for sitting back and enjoying the NBA playoffs. I’m pretty sure ESPN doesn’t like the NBA. If they actually liked it they’d focus on what’s going on during the playoffs and the teams in the playoffs. But I can guarantee you that they won’t be doing that now that the Lakers are looking for a coach.
On Tap for Tonight:
Nothing around here. Good NBA action going on tonight. Watch the Pacers try not to choke against the Hawks. Oklahoma City/Memphis and Clippers/Golden State both play game sixes tonight too.