Now that the Dodgers have officially clinched their spot in the World Series, with Clayton Kershaw winning Game 5 without expelling too much effort, some are left wondering if this is finally the time he puts his post-season woes behind him. With the Dodgers eliminating the Cubs on Thursday, and the World Series not starting until Tuesday, he'll be on full-rest for Game 1, and can likely also throw in Game 4, and Game 7, if Dave Roberts decides to push his ace (which he should.) With that said, since he may decide how the year ultimately plays out, let's see exactly what's been wrong in the past, and what he can improve upon moving forward.
I want to give everyone a piece of advice while some of you are grieving the loss of your baseball team from the post-season: do not crucify your manager for losing a series (unless he really deserves it).
Of course there are certain unforgivable things. For example, being from New York, I knew from years of experience that Terry Collins stole more wins from the Mets than Bernie Madoff. That fully warrants criticism. Still, the people wanting Joe Girardi and Dusty Baker to be axed need to take a long look in the mirror. Did they both make monumental mistakes that cost their team in the end? Sure, but how many mistakes warrant firing? More importantly, what would have happened even if they made the opposite decision? You know, that's a good question. What would have happened? Let's dive into it.
Baseball's playoffs are around the corner as the regular season winds down. Pro and college football seasons are in full-swing. Hockey and pro basketball preseasons have begun. College basketball is around the corner. The Champions League group stage is already well underway. The truth is, this is probably the best time of year to be a sports fan.
So, in the spirit of that, I want to celebrate how fun all of the different sports can be that we cover on SnapCall Sports. What's the best way to do that? Well, when preparing for a game in any sport, our Gamecasting team makes sure to slip some fun and interesting facts into the action, even if they're bordering on ridiculous. So, while you're checking our our schedule and deciding which games to join in on, take a peek at some of the facts we've put together for no other reason than to celebrate what SnapCall Sports can offer in one of the most exciting times of the year. Plus, you can impress your friends with them when you pass them off as your own:
Yu Darvish was traded to the Dodgers on Monday to solidify an already deep rotation on the best team in the league. Darvish is a proven ace with a 7-pitch arsenal and a 11.09 career K/9 average. Injuries have derailed some of his past 2 seasons after getting Tommy John surgery, but there's no sign of lingering injury these days, which is why Darvish’s latest inconsistencies have been odd. Is it just a small sample size, or is something wrong?
This Week on the Show:
0:34-Matt McCarthy of 98.5 The Sports Hub
14:35-Discussing Addison Reed and the Mets with Dan Budick from Sports On the Go 1
24:00-Celtics Summer League recap from CLNS Media's Nick Gelso
43:20-Rob Ninkovich Retires
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A lot going on this Friday afternoon, so we got together to record a show!
On this episode:
00:27-Patriots Training Camp Pt. 1
15:04-Patriots Training Camp Pt. 2
26:26-David Price to DL
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Winning the Gold Cup is something to write in the record books, somewhere, in books that people don't read. Getting Bruce Arena a trophy to raise as he stares down some upcoming World Cup Qualifying match-ups is a good way to build confidence in his style of play, and in the youngsters he chose for the roster. How many more people know who Jordan Morris is now, after his game winning goal? Probably a lot. After covering all of the USA games on SnapCall Sports throughout the tournament, and with WCQ matches coming up on the SnapCall schedule as well, we were left asking ourselves as the tournament ended...what does this win really mean in the bigger picture?