Irving offered up additional servings of word salad about his flat Earth shtick in the interview, which you can read in full by following this link, but one particularly wild passage stood out after Deb informed him a middle school science teacher was unable to convince his students the Earth is round because they were taken by Irving’s past comments: I mean, history has shown even back then, our biggest scholars did think the Earth was flat. It didn’t just spark out of anywhere and then everyone just goes into their own groups….
Rougned Odor (L), 28 percent, Texas Rangers at Minnesota Twins (RHP Fernando Romero): As has been suggested in this space previously, it was just a matter of time before Odor’s underlying metrics that showed a high hard-hit rate proved to be fruitful. It’s only three games, but Odor has a homer and triple in that span. Romero throws the ball hard, but he has recorded only 40 punchouts in 45 1/3 innings, as opposed to 46 hits allowed.
Saturday doesn’t bring us any marquee matchups, but it’s still a pretty decent slate headlined by Aaron Nola, Zack Greinke and Trevor Bauer. While the streaming options aren’t necessarily of the high-upside variety, they all have solid-to-good matchups, which is equally important.
I’d say there’s a good chance at that, Boone said. I just like the way it sets up with our lineup, with our guys at the top, especially with (Aaron) Judge at the two-hole. Especially a guy of Gleyber’s quality down there. The idea that in the middle of the game you’re probably hitting for the pitcher there anyway, I think our personnel suggests that we do it this way.
There’s nothing more important to the Cardinals this season than protecting the oft-injured starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, and giving first-round rookie, Josh Rosen, time to develop.
The Cardinals think they have the offensive line to make that happen. That’s the word from Cardinals offensive line coach Ray Brown, who said he believes the Cardinals can have the best offensive line in the NFL. What I tell guys all the time, when I got this job and went into that first meeting, I said, ‘Guys, we really can be the best in the world. We can be the best in the league. We can have the best offensive line in the league.’ I was like, ‘Wow, I said that,’ Brown said. When you say things like that [out loud], you have to work toward it.