Daily Dojo 6-12-2013

NBA

Game 3 of the NBA Finals was not fun to watch last night. It was almost worse than a high school basketball game. The Spurs won in 113-77 rout. My prediction from yesterday was clearly off by a lot. LeBron had a terrible game as evidence by his failure to get to the free throw line. However, Tim Duncan did come ready to play with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Even with a double double, Duncan did not lead the way as Danny Green and Gary Neal combined for 13 of the NBA Finals record 16 three pointers made by the Spurs last night. The Spurs moved the ball extremely well and the Heat could do nothing to disrupt it. The Spurs also played LeBron very loose and gave him room the shoot his jump shot. However, he just refused to shoot it. He will need to take and make those shots in Game 4 or his team is going to be down 3-1 going into Game 5. And yes it is his team, it is not the Big 3’s team, its LeBron’s.

Other big news from Game 3: Tony Parker strained his hamstring. We’ll see how much or how well he plays in Game 4 tomorrow night. Check out a piece on Tony Parker and his style of play.

US Open

Rain at Marion Golf Club prior to the US Open

Rain at Marion Golf Club prior to the US Open

The US Open is traditionally a tournament where the course is really hard and fast, specifically the greens. I do not think that the Marion Golf Club is going to be able to turn their course into that after the weather they have had. The rain has completely soaked the course and it looked pretty swamp-like at points during and after the rain hit. Hopefully they will be able to dry out the course before tomorrow, but I think this US Open will play a little bit different than past US Opens. I expect much higher scores than a usual US Open, where shooting par is a good day. The group of Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods is one of the best groups I have ever seen to open a golf tournament. I think whoever comes out of this group on top, heading into the weekend, will be the favorite to win the tournament. This is a course that not many of the pros have played on a lot so I think that works out well for this group because their talent will help them pull away. But here’s my prediction: Tiger has 14 majors and I think he will definitely win another one and why not this weekend? I think Tiger finally picks up number 15 this weekend.

NHL

The Stanley Cup Final starts tonight. Again, I do not have as much knowledge in hockey as I do in the other sports. I do know that the Blackhawks are finally starting to play like they did when they were at the top of their game earlier in the season. However, I think the Bruins are the hottest team in hockey and Tuukka Rask is playing out of his mind. I think Tuukka’s insane play will be the difference and the Bruins steal a win in Chicago’s house. Bruins 3-1

MLB

I was wrong about Gerrit Cole… For a first start, you could consider what he did to be dominate. He only gave up 2 runs on 7 hits and did not walk anyone in 6.1 innings. He set the tone for the game when he struck out Gregor Blanco in the first at bat of the game on three pitches. He also drove in the first two runs of the game off, the once great, Tim Lincecum. Russell Martin said after the game that Cole’s fastball was the best fastball he has ever seen. That comment, from a catcher that has caught C.C. Sabathia, makes me think that he could turn into a true stud. Fantasy wise, I would say pick him up and start him against weaker hitting teams, like the Mets and Marlins. However, don’t go out there and spend all of your Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB) on him because there is always a chance that he gets sent back down to the minors.

Kenley Jansen has officially been announced as the closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen

Maybe¬†Don Mattingly read my post that complains about set-up men being better than closers and how Jansen is much better than Brandon League. Pick him up, if he isn’t already owned, because he has the potential to be a top 5 closer.

 

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