BIG TROUT, SMALL POND
Reminder: Mike Trout is good … Mike Trout is racing up the wins above replacement leaderboard like he’s coming to the end of a long career — and yet he’s only 27. Everyone knows Trout is great, but you’ll have to take a look at this list to get a sense of HOW great — nearly every player on it is a household name with a long and storied career, but Trout is passing them before he turns 30. Read More
THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
“[He’s] always a problem” … That’s how Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni described Draymond Green — admiringly, we can assure you. Green has been putting his stamp on the Warriors’ series with the Rockets in a way that demonstrates the unique combination of skills that define him as a player. It’s a reminder that for all the star power in the Warriors’ “death lineup,” it’s Green’s flexibility that really makes it work. Read More
From A-plus to, wait, F-minus!? … So far this MLB season, there have been a lot of dingers, a National League dogfight, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s debut (finally) and a not-so-champion-like performance from the Red Sox. As the calendar turns to May, we hand out April grades, identify the best storylines and give everybody a do-over on their biggest misstep. Read More
A lapsed fan’s guide to the Kentucky Derby … Haven’t followed horse racing since last year’s Triple Crown? Want to impress all your friends at your Derby party with more than just knowledge of mint juleps? Here’s the crash course you need to catch up on before Saturday morning. Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Winker waves it off
Meet the 2020 QB class
Brock Lesnar’s future?
“There is such a thing of having the odds so incredibly stacked against you, the only help you have is divine intervention.”
–Stephen A. Smith is worried about the Knicks this offseason, and believes the franchise has no chance to right the ship. Read More
On this date in 1939, Lou Gehrig’s streak of 2,130 consecutive games played finally came to an end. The Iron Horse’s record would stand for more than 50 years, until Cal Ripken Jr. finally broke it in 1995.
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
Astros at Twins (1:10 p.m. ET, ESPN+): The Twins were routed in the second game of this series before breaking out for six runs in a win on Wednesday. They’ll try to even it out this afternoon behind Jose Berrios and his 2.97 ERA.
Raptors at 76ers (8 p.m. ET, ESPN): The 76ers will try to take a series lead on the Raptors at home on Thursday night. Joel Embiid is still hampered by a sore left knee, but Philadelphia can take solace in Jimmy Butler’s Game 2 performance, where he dropped 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 5 assists.
Philadelphia Fusion vs. San Francisco Shock (10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN3): The Shock have not lost so much as a single round yet in Stage 2 of the Overwatch League, while the Fusion have struggled a bit, winning only one more than they’ve lost in the same stretch. That being said, a win here could go a long way toward improving Philadelphia’s Stage 2 playoff chances.
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