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The fine people over at Dunkin’ Donuts are considering adding an option for delivery. I would approve of that decision. But I only bring that up in order to have an excuse to show you this video of Big Papi & Rob Gronkowski singing in the latest Dunkin’ Donuts advertisement.
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KANSAS CITY ROYALS:
The Kansas City Royals took two high school pitchers in the first round of the 2015 MLB first-year player draft Monday night. The first pitcher, Ashe Russell, was selected with the no. 21 overall pick. Here’s what Keith Law of ESPN.com had to say:
“Russell has electric stuff, a mid-90s fastball and grade-65 slider that ranks atop the prep class. His delivery is of the high-effort variety and it causes some serious lapses in command, leading me to think Russell is likely destined for “closerdom.” He’ll have time to tone things down and learn how to pitch, but if the Royals are serious about developing him as a starter — and I suspect they are — he’s likely half a decade away from Kauffman Stadium.”
The Royals also had a “competitive balance” pick at the end of the first round because James Shields walked in free agency. With the no. 33 overall pick, the Royals selected another high school pitcher out of Indianapolis named Nolan Watson. Here’s what Keith Law said about the pick:
“Another Indiana prep pitcher for the Royals, who grab Vanderbilt commit Watson with their second pick. Watson’s stuff took a Godzilla-sized step forward this spring after his fastball sat in the mid-80s last year; he now sits comfortably in the low to mid-90s. He has feel for a slider and changeup, and both should be at least average in time, though the slider likely will end up better than that. That’s a midrotation starter’s repertoire. The way Watson’s stuff is trending, he might have even more in there.”
The St. Louis Cardinals took a high school outfielder named Nick Plummer with the no. 23 overall pick in the 2015 MLB first-year player draft Monday night. Keith Law of ESPN.com loved the pick.
“Nick Plummer: Plummer was a scouting opportunity of sorts — he hit very well last summer, but was hard to scout this spring because the competition was so poor and his league started hitters with a 1-1 count. That meant teams had to weigh last summer’s looks to an unusual extent, and focus on his mechanics and body this spring. It’s a great, short, quick swing that produces very hard contact with some power, so while it’s almost certainly a left-field profile — especially since his throwing was a little worse this spring than last year — I think the bat will profile there.”
The Cardinals also had a “competitive balance” pick at the end of the first round. With the no. 39 overall pick, the Cards took a high school pitcher out of Tampa. Here’s Keith Law’s analysis:
“Woodford was seen by everyone who came in to see his teammate Kyle Tucker and is a good prospect in his own right. He sits low to mid-90s with an average slider that projects above that, and he has a huge frame.”
“4. Jamaal Charles, Kansas City Chiefs: No back has better harmony between his eyes and his lower half, as Charles’ vision to find holes and cutback lanes is difficult to replicate, as is his ability to torque and maneuver his frame to get to those spots. He’s 28 and a player who will get dinged up because of the punishment he takes on hits (he’s less than 200 pounds), but Charles is exceedingly tough and has a special skill — straight-line speed — that hasn’t regressed yet and likely won’t soon.”
Women’s college basketball passed several rule changes on Monday. The changes include four 10-minute quarters as opposed to two 20-minute halves, the advancement of the ball following a timeout with less than a minute to go in the half and music is now allowed to be played during any dead ball situation.
Brian Stull of STL Baseball Weekly joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to talk all things St. Louis Cardinals including the Cards’ MVP through the first 50+ games, the need (or lack thereof) for the Cardinals to trade for a starting pitcher, and the impressive start to the season from Jhonny Peralta.
An argument could be made that former Mizzou softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas is one of the best athletes in Mizzou history. She joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss her experience as an assistant softball coach at SLU, her time playing for Coach E at Mizzou, and what it will be like to play at University Field for the first time since playing for the black & gold when she returns to Columbia next week.
All of that and much more in our conversation with former Mizzou softball pitcher Chelsea Thomas:
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KANSAS CITY ROYALS:
The American League All Star Game roster voting has gone off the rails. The Royals had five starters in the last update. They have now added Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales to that lineup, bringing the running total to seven starters. But there’s more! Omar Infante, he of a .230 on-base percentage, is gaining on Jose Altuve to start at 2nd base. And Alex Rios, who has started a total of 13 games all year, is fourth among AL outfielders in votes received. All of it is ridiculous. And all of it is so much fun.
HOT TAKE ALERT! The Kansas City Royals will take the best player available in the 1st round of the MLB Draft tonight, writes Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS:
The MLB Amateur Draft begins tonight! Feel the excitement! Keith Law of ESPN.com released his final mock draft. He has the Kansas City Royals taking a high school pitcher, and the St. Louis Cardinals taking a pitcher from the University of Virginia.
Mizzou football has picked up four commitments over the past three days. The first came from four-star Columbia Rock Bridge defensive end Tre Williams. His teammate, two-star cornerback Bryce Banks, was the next to pull the trigger and commit. Christian Holmes, a two-star cornerback out of Atlanta, committed to the Tigers on Sunday. And on Monday the Tigers added a commitment from the top rated kicker in the country, Tucker McCann.
“When the Tigers struggled in 2014, particularly in their losses to Indiana and Georgia, the offensive line had a tough time. If the Tigers want to win the SEC East for a third season in a row and get back to Atlanta and have a shot at a playoff berth, those types of days can’t happen. Establishing a successor to second-round NFL draft pick Mitch Morse at left tackle is important, and coach Gary Pinkel said Connor McGovern is most likely to start the season there. The talented Evan Boehm will anchor the unit at center and returning offensive linemen do bring experience, with a combined 97 starts under their collective belt. It’s just a matter of finding the right combination.”
Smith was already making decent money when he negotiated his deal with the Chiefs, which helped him lock in better guarantees from a player standpoint. He costs more than Andy Dalton. Is he appreciably better? He has certainly fared better in the playoffs.”
Dave Dameshek of NFL.com made a list of the top offensive “trios” in the NFL (aka QB, RB and WR). The Chiefs came in at number 13 on his list. More importantly, Dameshek had some high praise for Jamaal Charles, going so far as to call him a future Hall of Famer. As for the Rams, they came in at number 28 on Dameshek’s list. Here’s what he had to say about the St. Louis trio:
“Gurley ran over and/or past a lot of NFL-sized players during his time in the SEC. Look for him to keep on rolling, even in the brawny NFC West. If Foles is to have any chance at getting back to his 2013 form, he’ll need Austin to provide more consistent glimpses of his playmaking ability.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 2 of the NBA Finals by a final score of 95-93. LeBron James put up a triple-double of 39 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Steph Curry struggled mightily, scoring 19 points on 5-23 shooting, including 2-15 from beyond the arc.
In previous 30 postseasons, we saw 35+ pts, 15+ reb, 10+ ast twice. Once by Barkley, another by Worthy. LeBron has done it twice in 2 weeks.
Dr. Chris Johnson works with two groups: The U.S. Special Operations Forces including the Navy SEALS, and the Golden State Warriors. Cool story on the similarities between Steph Curry and Navy SEALS sharpshooters.
Brandon Spikes has been released by the New England Patriots just two weeks after signing a new deal with the team. Why? Because he got himself into a bit of trouble after abandoning his car following an alleged hit-and-run.
Brandon Spikes is meeting with State Police detectives today according to a source.
BK talked with his college advisor, Shawn Wallace, about his transition experience. Shawn was born a woman, self-identified as a male for the first time in the early 1990s, and took his first testosterone shot in 2003. It’s a great conversation about a subject many of us have questions about, for those interested.
“‘Cat ownership in childhood has now been reported in three studies to be significantly more common in families in which the child is later diagnosed with schizophrenia or another serious mental illness,’ the authors reported in a press release.” I’m not sure if I need to add anything more here.
Beyonce said she was a vegan. Nothing to see here.
BK is joined this week on The Inside Slant by his former advisor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Shawn Wallace. Shawn was born a woman, but always believed he was a male living in a female body. In November of 2003, Shawn received his first testosterone shot, his first step in his transition to identifying as a male.
Many of us have unanswered questions following the news of Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. Shawn can’t speak for others, but his story can prove to be a learning experience for all of us. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Shawn about what went into his transition, and what his life has been like ever since.
NOTE: In the interview, Shawn says his first testosterone shot was in 1993. He misspoke. His first shot was in 2003.
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Terrence Phillips is a 2015 Mizzou basketball signee, and he joined BK on Saturday on The Sports Wire. Phillips talked about his experience living in Rome, his time playing at Oak Hill Academy, and why he believes he can come in right away and be a leader on the Missouri basketball team. All of that and much more in our conversation.
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Dave Bartoo is one of the best college football analysts in the country. His college football digital magazine is a great resource for fans, and it’s FREE. Dave joined BK this morning on The Sports Wire to break down the Tigers’ schedule, the biggest competition for an SEC East title, and whether or not the over-under of 7.5 wins is disrespectful. All of that and much more on the podcast.
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Matt and BK were joined by Austin Kim of ABC 17 Sports to participate in the Super Futures draft. The rules are simple: We pick a franchise-level player at each position, aka the player we believe will have the most success in his/her sporting career. The open sports are as follows:
NFL – One offensive and one defensive player
MLB – One starting pitcher and one position player
Mizzou – One football and one non-football player (signed freshmen eligible)
BK: Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, Madison Bumgarner, Mike Trout, Evan Boehm, J’Den Cox
Austin Kim: Andrew Luck, Justin Houston, Felix Hernandez, Bryce Harper, Drew Lock, Tanner Houck
Matt: Marcus Mariota, Richard Sherman, Noah Syndergaard, Kris Bryant, Harold Brantley, Sophie Cunningham
Austin Kim – Andrew Luck, NFL Offensive Player
BK – J.J. Watt, NFL Defensive Player
Matt – Marcus Mariota, NFL Offensive Player
Matt – Noah Sindergard, MLB Pitcher
BK – Mike Trout, MLB Position Player
Austin Kim – Drew Lock, Mizzou Football Player
Austin Kim – Felix Hernandez, MLB Pitcher
BK – J’Den Cox, Mizzou Non-Football Player
Matt – Sophie Cunningham, Mizzou Non-Football Player
Matt – Harold Brantley, Mizzou Football Player
BK – Aaron Rodgers, NFL Offensive Player
Austin Kim – Bryce Harper, MLB Position Player
Austin Kim – Justin Houston, NFL Defensive Player
BK – Madison Bumgarner, MLB Pitcher
Matt – Kris Bryant, MLB Position Player
Matt – Richard Sherman, NFL Defensive Player
BK – Evan Boehm, Mizzou Football Player
Austin Kim – Tanner Houck, Mizzou Non-Football Player
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KANSAS CITY ROYALS:
The Kansas City Royals lost 6-2 in a rain-shortened game last night at The K. It’s the first time the Royals have lost a home series all year. The Royals are now 30-21, a game back of the Minnesota Twins for 1st place in the AL Central. Next up is a 3-game set against the Rangers, who have won 12 of their last 15 games. But, hey, at least we got to watch this from Alcides Escobar last night.
Dave Schoenfield of ESPN’s Sweet Spot Blog writes that the Cleveland Indians are still a team to be reckoned with in the AL Central.
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS:
The St. Louis Cardinals dominated the Los Angeles Dodgers last night, 6-1. Michael Wacha threw 7 innings of one-run ball, striking out five and not allowing a walk all game. Jhonny Peralta continued his marvelous season going 3-4 with a walk.
Former Mizzou wide receiver Bud Sasser has been released by the St. Louis Rams before ever playing a game due to an apparent heart condition. Sasser told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he doesn’t believe it’s serious, and he hopes to sign with another team.
Pro Football Talk reports there have been conversations, but no serious progress in contract negotiations between the Chiefs and Justin Houston.
An interesting question by Joel Thorman over at Arrowhead Pride: When was the last time Chiefs fans felt this good about their team? I think you have to go back to at least 2006. Maybe earlier than that. It’s a good time to be a Chiefs fan. *Knock on wood.*
Speaking of LeBron James… His volume statistics were incredible last night. And, I have to say this otherwise people will call me a “hater”, he’s my favorite athlete of all time. I believe him to be the best basketball player I’ve ever watched (I’m 22, so that’s not saying a ton). However, he did settle for too many jumpers in the 4th quarter and overtime last night. And this statistic from Jorge Sedano of ESPN Radio seems to confirm that fact.
LeBron James was 7-of-22 outside the paint in Game 1. That's his most attempts outside the paint in a game in his postseason career.