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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 13:59

Patriots Beat 5/23/17

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194: NFL Owners Meetings | Patriots Hall of Fame fan vote | Powered by CLNS Media

PREGAME vs. Cleveland Cavaliers | Boston Celtics Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 | Powered by CLNS

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker from The Step Back. First, they break down Game 3 of Cavs-Celtics, which the Celtics surprisingly won. Then, for most of the episode, they do a deep dive into the prospects ranked No. 6 through No. 10 on my 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. First, we talk De'Aaron Fox, who Cole and I differ somewhat wildly on.  Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can find Cole at @colezwicker on Twitter, and Sam at @Sam_Vecenie.

Monday, 22 May 2017 20:34

What is Xander Bogaerts Power Problem?

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Maybe I haven’t been paying enough attention, but when I saw Xander Bogaerts step to the plate yesterday in Oakland, I was shocked. He has no home runs this year? Are we sure about that? I could have sworn he’d hit one or two. Nope, he hasn’t and I’m starting to worry about the power in his game.

Bogaerts is flying under the radar right now because he has had a great batting average and seems to be spraying the ball all over the field. As of right now, he’s batting .320 with a .389 OBP, .433 slugging percentage and a .822 OPS. Bogaerts has 48 hits, nine of which are doubles and four of which are triples. He’s also running the bases well with seven steals and fielding decently. There isn’t a whole lot to hate about what he’s doing and in a weird way; he’s off to a really good start.

But two numbers really stick out in his stat line. He has zero homeruns and only 12 runs batted in thus far this season. That’s not what you want from a guy that is batting third in your lineup at all. This isn't unusual for his young career either. After an All Star campaign last year that saw Bogaerts hit 21 long balls and drive in 89 runs, many people thought his power had finally showed up. That doesn’t seem to be the case, as that year seems to be the outlier. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love a guy that can make some great contact and be a tough out like Bogaerts is, but we need more from him at the plate. I don’t want him to get away from having a good approach and start pressing, but something needs to happen. This offense is struggling and one reason is because he isn’t contributing by getting runs across to score.

[News] Amir Johnson Suffers Sprained AC Joint, Questionable for Game 4 | Boston Celtics 2016 First-Rounder Guerschon Yabusele to Miss NBA Summer League | Powered by CLNS

Boston Celtics def. Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108

Boston Red Sox beat Oakland A's 12-3 behind strong pitching and offense. 

Eduardo Rodriguez gets the ball for the Boston Red Sox as they try to avoid a sweep in Oakland. Mitch Moreland and Jackie Bradley Jr. return to the lineup to face right-hander Andrew Triggs. Brandon Workman is up from Pawtucket.

[News] Game 3 Resumes With Marcus Smart Starting in Place of Isaiah Thomas for Boston Celtics | Jaylen Brown One of Few Positive Takeaways Against Cleveland Cavaliers | Powered by CLNS Media

Kyle Busch wins $1 Million in his first All-Star Race victory.

The Boston Red Sox bullpen imploded to allow four home runs in an 8-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Drew Pomeranz only lasted four innings and the offense was ineffective after the fifth frame.

The Red Sox got another strong performance from Chris Sale as he made Major League history striking out at least 10 batters in a game for the eighth consecutive start tying his own record with former Red Sox ace and Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez. Unfortunately, the Red Sox waste another fantastic Chris Sale start as the offense could only score two runs for him before ultimately falling to the Oakland Athletics in extra innings on a Mark Cahna walk-off home run in the tenth.

Cleveland Cavaliers def. Boston Celtics 130-86

Chris Sale takes the mound tonight in Oakland searching for his eighth straight 10+ strikeout start, which would tie a record held by himself and Pedro Martinez.  Lineup notes include Andrew Benintendi returning to the lineup after a one-game rest, and a look at a rough outing for David Price with the PawSox.

Friday, 19 May 2017 23:56

Markelle Fultz The No Brainer #1 Pick

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Justin Poulin and Jon Duke can’t believe the Celtics actually won the Lottery.

Saturday, 20 May 2017 00:10

Patriots Beat 5/19/17

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193: Tom Brady's Concussion and LeGarrette Blount's Departure | Powered by CLNS Media

[News] Gerald Green to Start for Amir Johnson in Boston Celtics - Cleveland Cavaliers Game 2 | Isaiah Thomas Speaks Regularly with Markelle Fultz | Powered by CLNS

Friday, 19 May 2017 20:38

Did LaVar Ball Actually Go TOO FAR on FS1?

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In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Reags from over at Barstool about a variety of topics. First, they chat about the official All-NBA selections. Did the voters get it right? Were there snubs? Also, what do they think about the media voting on it? Sam also gives an explainer on an idea to reform voting to make all parties happy.  Then, they chat about the NBA Draft lottery, which leads into a bit of a longer discussion on LaVar Ball's most recent FS1 appearance. They then also chat about the Sixers, about De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, and about the Knicks and how the draft will somehow screw them in the end.  Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show on iTuners. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags, and you can follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie.