Jim Adams: Note to MLB aces: stay away from dirt bikes
BUMGARNER DOWN/OUT — The Giants took another blow as pitcher Madison Bumgarner is ruled out until at least July 20. The culprit is a dirt bike accident suffered on April 20 during a day off in Colorado. It is Grade 2 strain of his throwing shoulder. He also suffers bruised ribs. Poor judgment for a player seen as the ace for the so-far struggling Giants. Come on, man. Focus on baseball and contributing to your team.
A TALE OF THE EARLY GIANTS SEASON — On Saturday vs. the Padres, Matt Cain turns in a solid five inning performance. Seven strikeouts and only one run. He is rewarded with three SF runs in the bottom of the fifth. However, Chris Stratton and Neil Ramirez combine for two innings in which they surrender 11 runs. Major bullpen issues for the G-Men. The relatively quiet Giants bats get one more run and lose by a count of 12-4 against the worst hitting team in the Major Leagues. Giants have the worst record in the National League.
CROSBY OUT FOR PITTSBURGH — Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby took a bone crushing his from Capitals Defenseman Matt Niskanen in the first period of Monday’s contest. It is yet another concussion for “Sid the Kid.” The Penguins lose 3-2 in overtime, but the absence of Crosby will make it more difficult for Pittsburgh to defend the Stanley Cup.
SPORTS ODDITY — In the second period of the Washington Capitals/Pittsburgh Penguins game on Saturday night, a second puck was spotted behind the Washington goal. The officials had failed to retrieve it. Thus, for approximately 90 seconds, two pucks were on the ice. Laughable, right? No! Watch for this crew to be disciplined and perhaps fined. The NHL does not take officiating errors like this lightly.
TEAM PREPARED FOR KERR’S ABSENCE — Draymond Green states that the Golden State Warriors are prepared for Steve Kerr to be absent for this playoff run. Neck, head, and back pain from a botched 2015 surgery have limited Kerr for each of the last two seasons. Assistant Mike Brown has plenty of NBA coaching experience. The team is ready to have him lead the Warriors deeper into the playoffs. Is this the end of Kerr’s coaching career?
WARRIORS TAKE 2-0 LEAD — It is six in a row for the playoffs for Golden State. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Clay Thompson seem to mostly be hitting on all cylinders. Thursday night’s 115-104 win was a balanced attack. For Green, no technical or flagrant fouls. Some suggest that today’s tilt in Utah will be a challenge. Whether or not that materializes, the Warriors will move on to the next round.
THE KING REIGNS — LeBron James is nothing less than a menacing force for the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Wednesday night, he moves into 2nd place in all-time leading playoff scorers. He is only behind Michael Jordan. He notches 39 points on 10 of 14 field goals. It is a 125-103 whitewashing of the Toronto Raptors, a squad that had the same regular season record as Cleveland. It is not only a franchise record for playoff points, it also marks their ninth straight playoff win. Storm clouds on the horizon for their opponents.
KENTUCKY DERBY TIME — It is the first stage of the Triple Crown. Post time is at 3:34 p.m. today. It is a wide open field. This is partially because four-time winner Bob Baffert has not entered a horse in the race. Gate positions will be crucial. No horse from Gate 1 has placed in the top 3 since 1988. NBC Sports pre-race coverage begins at 11:30.
KAEPERNICK STILL SPURNED — Yahoo! Sports calls the market for Colin Kaepernick “frigid.” He flees the 49ers and then finds no suitors. He is billed as a low-tier starter and back-up. Thus, little interest. His activism has hurt his cause. Thus, Kaepernick is teetering on getting another NFL chance. It is a slippery slope and he is clearly in a free-fall.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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