Hope is the best of things – June 4

Twenty-two years ago today I attended a Cubs-Mets game at Shea Stadium that saw the Mets blow the lead in the top of the ninth, tie it in the bottom of the 9th, lose the lead in the 11th, tie it again, and then win it on a Kevin McReynolds HR in the bottom of the 13th.  Twenty-two years later and I still haven’t forgotten that game.

One of my LEAST favorite Mets provided joy for Mets fans on this day 22 years ago

Wooden in Grave Condition

Reports from ESPN say that former UCLA Head Coach John Wooden is in grave condition in an LA hospital.  Coach Wooden was one of my idols when I coached high school basketball in the 1990s.  I have a letter that he mailed to me after I had contacted him.  That was back in 1999.  I looked at that letter this morning.  It is one of the most treasured things I own.  If you really want a good book to read, purchase “Wooden: A lifetime of observations and and reflections on and off the court”.  It’s a great book and will help people to prioritize things in their life.

Lakers grab 1-0 lead of Celtics in NBA Finals

Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson passed Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson last night for the most combined playoff wins for a player and coach by winning their 111th game.  Kobe scored 30 points and Pau Gasol had 23 in the win for the Lakers.  Game 2 is on Sunday at LA.

Most Postseason Wins By Player-Coach Combination NBA History

Kobe Bryant & Phil Jackson             111

Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson      110

Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson        105

Michael Jordan and Phil Jackson    105

Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich    105

Kobe and Phil now have the most wins for a player-coach combo in NBA playoff history

Braves win again and other notes around MLB

The Braves won their ninth straight game last night, defeating the Dodgers 4-3 and are now a MLB best 23-8 since May 1.  During their 9-game streak the Braves have tied a franchise-high by not allowing more than 3 runs in any of those games.

Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers "fell" short of stopping the Braves winning streak last night

Josh Johnson’s streak of scoreless innings ends at 31, but the Marlins defeat the Brewers, 3-2 taking 3 of 4 from them.  The Marlins now travel to Citifield where they have taken 6 of 7 games from the Mets this season (they are 2-1 at Citifield).

Most Consecutive IP This Season Allowing 0 ER

Josh Johnson        FLA     31

Mike Pelfrey        NYM    27.1

Ubaldo Jimenez   COL     26<

Ubaldo Jimenez   COL     25.1

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Ubaldo Jimenez has 2 streaks of at least 25 consecutive scoreless innings this season

The Boston Red Sox lost to the Oakland A’s last night, 9-8 despite collecting 18 hits and 10 extra-base hits.  It was only the second time in Red Sox history that they lost a nine-inning game in which they had 18 or more hits and 10-plus extra-base hits.

In Kansas City, Zack Greinke fell to 1-7 overall this season as the Royals lost to the Angels 5-4.  Greinke’s 1-7 start is the worst in MLB history for a previous years Cy Young Award winner.

Mets start 3-game series with Marlins tonight

The Marlins take their 6-1 mark vs the Mets to Citifield tonight.  The Marlins have now won 5 straight games vs the Mets.  Dating back to last year the Mets are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs the Fish.  At least the Mets won’t have to face Josh Johnson, who pitched last night in the Marlins 3-2 win over the Brewers.   Since losing on Opening Day to the Mets, the Marlins have won 6 straight vs them, averaging 6 runs per game in those wins.

Oh, how the Marlins, especially Jorge Cantu and Hanley Ramirez, love to hit at Citifield

Most RBI for visiting players    – Jorge Cantu: 13

Highest BA for visiting players – Hanley Ramirez: .389 (min 35 PA)

Most HR for visiting players     – Jorge Cantu: 4 (tied)

Most hits for visiting players    – Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu: 14

Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu love hitting at Citifield

Another disturbing trend for Mets fans is how badly outplayed Jose Reyes is whenever Hanley Ramirez is in town.   While Ramirez LOVES to beat up on the Mets, Reyes seems to disappear.

Reyes vs Marlins; Ramirez vs Mets

Last 2 Seasons

Reyes         Ramirez

Games                       10                 23

BA                             .130>           .356

Runs                            4                   13

RBI                              4                   14

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About Mark Kelly - CKMagicSports

Sports Historian that is well versed at the four major sports first, then College Hoops, Football, Olympics, Tennis, Golf and NASCAR. Former ESPN Researcher in Bristol, CT. After a 10-year career working in everything from SportsCenter to ESPNNEWS to Cold Pizza. Had to retire due to complications from Cancer treatment. I am a now 25-year survivor that still suffers everyday from the side effects of chemotherapy & radiation. Suffer from Crohn's disease and Lymphedema everyday and started a website called CKMagicSports.com that I do podcasts on that you can help support by clicking on KNOCKOUTCANCER link on my CKMagicSports website. https://www.gofundme.com/KOCANCER Read more about my 25-year battle with the disgusting side effects of this disease here. http://www.ckmagicsports.com/marks-story/
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