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June 7, 2008

Saturday Morning Quick Hits

Filed under: Uncategorized — hoyler @ 9:39 am

MLB:

Well, now that Scott Kazmir is back to being, well, Scott Kazmir, let me revise my AL Cy Young pick. It’s Scott Kazmir. Talk about coming into your own.

I don’t think the question is if Brandon Webb will win the NL Cy Young, but if he will win it unanimously. I think Tim Lincecum will have something to say about that when all is said and done, but Webb is looking at a 25-27 win season right now.

Typical 2008 Yankees: Get their biggest win of the year against Toronto, then get shut down by Kyle Davies and the Royals. This team needs to start looking toward 2009, now. Considering the way Jason Giambi and Bobby Abreu are hitting, they should definitely considering getting what they can for them since both are attractive trade pieces in the last year of their contracts. Same goes for Mike Mussina. On the plus side, Hank Steinbrenner seems to want Brian Cashman back as GM. Anything less would be devastating for the franchise that has gone from bereft to awash in minor league talent.

If the Mets have any hopes of staying in the race this summer, they are going to have to win 85% of Johan Santana’s starts. Last night was not good; it’s obvious, but losing 2-1 to Randy Wolf is unacceptable when you get a very good start from your ace. I mean, it’s bad regardless of who is starting, but the Mets simply don’t have the depth or the leeway in the standings to lose these types of games when, outside of John Maine, they have no clue what they are getting on a day-to-day basis on the mound.

NBA

Must win for the Lakers tonight, and I think they’ll get one. The Celtics seem to have a good idea of how to defend Kobe Bryant, but he’s not going to shoot under 40 percent in two consecutive NBA Finals games.

Tennis

I know most outsiders must be thinking ‘Wow, another Nadal-Federer final,” but take into account last year’s classic Roland Garros final as well as the emergence of Novak Djokovic in the past year before passing this match up tomorrow morning. We may not get many more of them in the non-clay environment. I’m pysched for another chapter in one of tennis’ most underrated and exciting rivalries of all time. 

MMA

Quick hit picks for the televised portion of tonight’s UFC 85: Bedlam 

Matt Hughes TKO2 Thiago Alves

Jason Day SUB1 Michael Bisping

Marcus Davis TKO1 Mike Swick

Nate Marquardt UD Thales Leites

Brandon Vera SUB2 Fabricio Werdum

Belmont Stakes

Casino Drive wasn’t going to make a huge difference, so his scratch won’t change things. Big Brown is going to outlast the field for a Triple Crown victory over Ready’s Echo and Denis of Cork by 7 lengths. 

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