30 Results for month: 06/2015

Dave’s Free Plays, Tuesday 6/30/15

These are tough times for the Philadelphia Phillies. The front office has been a mess for too long and thanks to a combination of standing still and/or making bad decisions, the Phils are bottom feeders with very little reason for optimism. Maybe there's finally a tiny silver lining in the Phillies cloud. Andy MacPhail will take over as team president ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Monday 6/29/16

Most of us are probably in agreement that the annual Monday before the All-Star game Home Run Derby has had a tendency to run a little long. Okay, I probably should just edit the word "little" out of that previous sentence. So I guess congrats are in order for MLB as they've taken steps to shorten the event and they've converted it to a bracket format. ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Sunday 6/28/15

One does not have to be a Miami Marlins fan to feel lousy about the injury to Giancarlo Stanton. If you enjoy baseball even on a casual basis, this news is a big disappointment. Stanton fractured his wrist swinging the bat on Friday evening and he'll miss the next 4-6 weeks. From the Marlins perspective, it's not like they were a likely playoff contend... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Saturday 6/27/15

Quick blog tonight, with just the free play and the value opinion for FanDuel. Back to the regular commentary on Sunday. The Friday free play was a bummer as Justin Nicolino's second big league start was not as memorable as his first and the Marlins were overrun by the Dodgers. I'll tab a road dog for the Saturday comp. DIAMONDBACKS (Hellickson)  @ ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Friday 6/26/15

I think the right term here would be "wakeup call", and former UNLV basketball star Chris Wood got his on Thursday night. Only in this case the phone never rang. Wood decided to forego his remaining college eligibility following the 2014-15 campaign. Many local observers, myself included, thought this was a good decision. While there were still some ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Thursday 6/25/15

If the Toronto Blue Jays are going to start winning 1-0 games, everyone else is in trouble. It has become commonplace to see this offensive juggernaut put up some ridiculous hitting stats. The Blue Jays are by far the highest scoring team in the game and there just aren't many holes in that lineup. Even the guys who would previously have been considered ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Wednesday 6/23/15

I'm approaching senior citizenship, and it's said that people in that 65+ age group are the most resistant to change. Fortunately, I'm not much on tradition, especially when it comes to sports, so I'm all about new wrinkles if they figure to make a game better. When the NHL decided to get rid of the endless ties by instituting shootouts following any ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Tuesday 6/23/15

Pedro Martinez is going to have quite the week coming up in late July. He'll be in Cooperstown for his induction into the Hall of Fame on 7/26. Two days later, Pedro will be center stage at Fenway Park as his number gets retired by the Red Sox. Obviously, all the accolades and honors Martinez has earned are well deserved. He's truly one of the all-time ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Monday 6/22/15

Opinions on the golf course notwithstanding, the US Open delivered a spine tingling finish on Sunday. Jordan Spieth is halfway to the Grand Slam with wins at Augusta and now Chambers Bay. He's the youngest player ever, and by a big margin at that, to capture the Masters and the US Open in the same year. What's most amazing to me is the fact Spieth is ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Sunday 6/21/15

The good news is there's a four-way tie for the lead at the US Open. 14 players are within five shots of the top spot, so yes, it's wide open as to who's going to win and that's great. The bad news is the golf course at Chambers Bay is kind of a joke. I get it that the conditions are the same for every player, so it's not like there's an unfair ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Saturday 6/20/15

This has not been a good week for Padres GM AJ Preller. The media in San Diego won't say much negative, because they never do. But the fan base appears to be very unhappy, and it appears as though the majority are convinced the wrong man was let go last weekend. Bud Black is being looked upon as the scapegoat for Preller's bold off season moves, most of ... More

Dave’s Free Plays, Friday 6/19/15

This is the US Open, right? I'm only asking because while I'm pretty sure I was watching the best players in the world ply their craft on Thursday, the greens looked like they were borrowed from Craig Ranch. (Note that Craig Ranch is a no longer in existence public course that was located in North Las Vegas.) The Chambers Bay layout is fascinating. I ... More