Atlanta Comes back and walks it off vs Giants, moving to 17-3 in their last 20 games

By: OutOfSightSports

6/23/22

Twitter: @OOSSports

Braves walk-off Giants, moving to 17-3 in their last 20 games

The Braves somehow were able to top off Orlando Arcia’s walk-off single just two nights later. Braves Starter Charlie Morton allowed 2 solo home runs off the bats Mike Yastrzemski and Darin Ruf in seven innings pitched. The Giants scored another run off A.J. Minter in the ninth before the Braves’ best inning of the entire season.

Charlie Morton must have felt rejuvenated to say the least, after the Braves’ second walk-off win in three days.

“I guess it was the energy and the sense that the guys could smell blood in the water right there,” Morton told a reporter who asked what he felt as he watched the final inning unfold.

Dansby Swanson’s homer, Marcell Ozuna’s smart baserunning, and Adam Duvall’s walk-off single gave the Braves a 4-3 win over the Giants on Wednesday night at Truist Park.

Atlanta was 2-24 when trailing after six innings, and 0-26 when trailing after seven or eight until tonight. They took advantage of a start that suggested Morton might be rolling like he did last year.

The Braves are looking like the defending World Series champions once again, thanks to their recent play. The club has won 17 of their last 20 games and are only a slim 4 1/2 games behind the Mets in the NL East with a lot of baseball to be played still

San Fransisco Giants reliever, Jake McGee, had Swanson down in the count 0-2 but Dansby was able to fight back into a full count, and then proceed to launch a fastball over the center-field wall. Ozuna then hit a clutch opposite-field single. Thanks to some heads up baserunning, Ozuna was able to tag up and advance on Matt Olson’s long fly ball to centerfield. Catcher William Contreras then went on to tie it with an RBI single.

“[Ozuna’s] play was one of the biggest ones because it got him in scoring position,” Dansby Swanson said after the game.

Morton must feel so much better than when he had a 6.85 ERA after his first five horrid starts. His early struggles may have been caused by the leg fracture he sustained in Game 1 of the World Series last year,

Morton wasn’t missing bats and his curveball wasn’t too effective early on. With that being said, he was able to complete the game by creatively mixing up pitches, a strategy he has been using to get to where he is now, with double-digit strikeouts in two of his last three starts.

In 20 innings pitched over his last three starts, Morton has struck out 32 batters and only issued one walk. In his last two starts, the righty went seven innings both times.

Swing-and-miss? Morton has induced more than 10 whiffs twice before June. In all four June starts, he’s struck out at least 10 batters.

Morton had this to say about the club and their recent play,

“I think the guys are in a really good spot, no matter of who we are playing,” Morton said. “There’s good momentum right now in the clubhouse.”

The defending champs are rolling without Freeman now, slowing climbing their way up everyone’s power rankings and don’t look like they plan on

Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview

6/12/22

By: OutOfSightSports

Game 5 NBA Finals Warriors vs Celtics Preview

After a 2-2 deadlock in the series, the NBA Finals return to Chase Center on Monday for Game 5. Both the Warriors and the Celtics have not lost back-to-back games this postseason. Even though the series has been decided by double digits in each game — the Warriors’ 10-point victory in Game 4 was the closest so far . With that being said, the series has been much closer than that, as demonstrated by the 2-2 tie right now. As a matter of fact, the Warriors have outscored the Celtics by only one point (422-421) through the first four games of this year’s NBA“` Finals.

Thanks to their Game Four victory Friday, the Warriors have reclaimed home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. The Warriors can and most definitely will take advantage of whatever they can get with three games left in the series and each club two wins away from an NBA Championship, as the Dubs have gone 10-1 at home these playoffs. The series will be determined in the second half if Monday’s Game 5 follows the pattern of the first four. The team that has won the second half of the first four games has won each game of the series. Each of the Warriors’ first four games ended with a third-quarter win, and they have a plus minus of 49 in those quarters, while the Celtics won Games 1 and 3 with overpowering fourth-quarter performances.

This is shaping up to be the biggest game in the history of the Chase Center so far.

Despite a close game, the Warriors were able to pull away late with a 17-3 run to win Game 4 by 10 in TD Garden. Wiggins had a career-high 16 rebounds to go along with 17 points.
Stephen Curry has been unstoppable so far in this series. Since the start of the Finals, he has averaged 34.3 points per game while shooting more than 50% from the field and more than 50% from three-point range. If he continues to play at this level, this will be Curry’s best NBA Finals performance and the third best playoff series of his entire career. With a sore left foot, Curry was able to log a team postseason-high of 41 minutes in Game 4 and had one of the biggest games of his career, which should ease any fears about his ankle.
However, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney have been steady contributors in this series as well, albeit quieter. Jayson Tatum’s All-NBA offense is a dauntingtask for Wiggins. Just as he did in the Western Conference Finals against Luka Doncic, Wiggins is making Tatum earn every bucket he has made this round. Tatum is averaging 22.3 points per game these finals and is shooting a mediocre 34.1 percent from the field, 17 percent less than what he averaged in his first three series of these NBA playoffs. Offensively, Wiggins has carried the Warriors a couple times, particularly early in games. He has been eating the glass this postseason, easily rebounding the basketball better than he ever has in his career, and he had eight straight Warriors points in the first quarter of Friday’s victory.

Wiggins and Looney are each averaging 8.5 rebounds per game in this series, which is tied for the most on the team. Looney has been a constant presence for the Dubs, whether he’s starting or coming off the bench. When it comes to the NBA Finals, no one has a better plus-minus rating than Looney’s (+9.0 per game) because of his consistent postseason play, which has included everything from finishing at the rim to setting screens to rim protection.

When things go wrong for Boston, they always find a way to get back up and play better the next time around. As of this postseason, Boston has gone 7-0 while coming off a loss, and 8-3 away from home. Jaylen Brown and Jaylen Tatum lead the way for the Celtics, each averaging 22.3 points in this series. Additionally, Boston forwards Marcus Smart, Derrick White, and Al Horford have all had their moments during these year’s Finals. Robert Williams III has made an impact on the defensive side of the ball, sending shots away pretty often. When it comes to blocking shots, he’s second to only Kevon Looney among players who play at least 15 minutes each game in this series, with an average plus-minus of (+5.0). The C’s will need to continue to be top road team in postseason to have a chance of winning the championship and that’s exactly what they have done so far.

Dodgers Star Out For Extended Period of Time

6/11/22

By: OOSSports

The Dodgers will be without star pitcher Walker Buehler for an extended period of time.

The team’s No. 1 starter will be out for at least six to eight weeks, after an MRI revealed an elbow strain. There are no plans for surgery, and Buehler is expected to return this season, but that depends on how well he recovers.

Before Saturday’s game, the Dodgers had already placed Buehler on the 15-day injured list.

Buehler left Friday’s start against the Giants after four innings due to elbow discomfort, setting up the MRI for Saturday.

It was yet another setback in what had already been the worst season of his career, with a 4.04 ERA, 1.2 WHIP, and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings, the lowest of his career. Buehler had just managed to complete the best regular-season of his career last year , finishing fourth in Cy Young Award voting with a 2.20 ERA and 212 strikeouts in 207.2 innings pitched.

The absence of the right-handed pitcher will extend a frustrating season for the Dodgers’ rotation depth. Earlier in the season, the team had been without Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney for a significant  amount of time. However, on Saturday, Kershaw made his return Saturday. Tony Gonsolin (1.58 ERA) and Tyler Anderson (3.07 ERA) have stepped up to keep the team’s rotation competitive, but the pitching staff’s season has not gone as intended.

After a blazing hot start to the season, the Dodgers have dropped four of their last six games. Now, they must overcome yet another obstacle to reclaim their NL West crown.

Week 3 Monday Night Football Free Picks

Brandon Graham selected to first Pro Bowl alongside fellow Eagles Cox, Kelce

By: @WildFireBets

9/27/21

Week 3 Monday Night Football Free Picks

PHILADELPHIA @ DALLAS | 8:15 PM EDT

At the beginning of the season, everyone and their brother had the Cowboys finishing 1st in the NFC East and the Eagles finishing most likely last. That narrative changed though. After we saw a solid outing by Philly Week 1 against the Falcons, these teams are a little closer than one would think in my eyes. The Eagles fast start was key, being able to bring in a healthy offensive and defensive front was critical, but they aren’t nearly as healthy anymore.

Fletcher Cox, a staple on the Eagles defense for years, has been dealing with an illness this week and the loss of Brandon Graham is not good at all. Not to mention, starting LT Brandon Brooks is out for the week. The Cowboys definitely are not contenders yet, but last week they captured a very resilient win. With this being said, take Dallas -3.5 or -3 if confident.

Final score prediction: Cowboys: 31  Eagles: 27 (58 points total)

Another MNF Free Pick: O 51.5

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