Quick Saturday Thread

by Dr Lefty

Today’s Games:
Yankees at Astros, 1 p.m., Luis Severino (14-6, 2.98 ERA) vs Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36 ERA)
Cubs at Dodgers, 5 p.m., TBD vs Clayton Backpfeifengesicht (18-4, 2.31)

Hello from the Sundance Resort, in the mountains above Provo, Utah. I’m here to give a couple of keynotes at a conference, one yesterday and one later this morning. Thought I’d squeeze in a new post/thread before taking off for the day.

ALCS Game 1

Just like everyone predicted: a pitcher’s duel. Neither team had an extra-base hit until Bird’s home run off Giles in the top of the ninth. Giles has the odd distinction of earning two saves in two postseason appearances while giving up home runs each time. Not a great habit to get into. Great outing by Dallas Keuchel, and now the Astros can trot out Verlander for Game 2. Life is good.

 

College Football

Saturday games haven’t even happened yet, and already two top-10 teams have gone down to unranked opponents, including defending national champion Clemson. And hoo boy, did Cal put a whuppin’ on Wazzu. The always quotable Wazzu coach, Mike Leach, had a few choice words about his team.

“There’s no bright spot. We were pathetic. We were a bunch of pathetic frontrunners.”

Don’t worry, boys. Coach has your back.

 

The Warriors

…they look to be ready for their opener against Houston on Tuesday night. Great outing by rookie Jordan Bell, starting in place of Draymond Green, and putting up a double-double. That’s three second-round draft steals by the Warriors in the last five years (Green, McCaw, Bell). Maybe the Giants need to hire someone from the Warriors’ scouting operation.

Tonight’s Games

Go Astros. Go Cubs. Crash and burn, Kershaw. This photo never, ever gets old. Hopefully we see a lot of this Kershaw face tonight.

San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey, second right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, left, reacts while catcher Yasmani Grandal, second from left, and home plate umpire Alan Porter watch during the third inning of a baseball game, Monday, May 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)