THE BEST OF THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS
CAPITALS vs. PENGUINS, GAME 1
Oh, man. Two of the three candidates for MVP on the ice at the same time, plus that Crosby kid. Should be tons of fun.
NASCAR Sprint Cup at Richmond
After some scary stuff at Talladega, NASCAR’s best slow things down under the lights. Jimmie Johnson goes for his fourth win in as many races there.
How many Game 7s will we get?
METS at PHILLIES
This has turned into a rivalry as intense as Yankees-Red Sox. But the last thing the struggling Mets need is a series against the team with the third-most runs in the National League.
TWT FIVE ” MOST SURPRISING STARTS THIS BASEBALL SEASON
1. Seattle Mariners — After a 101-loss season, the Mariners have come out strongly with great pitching and surprising performances from the likes of Endy Chavez and Russell Branyan.
2. New York Yankees pitching — After spending hundreds of millions of dollars on A.J. Burnett and CC Sabathia, the Yankees have a league-worst ERA of 5.88. Maybe that weird “wind effect” at the new stadium will go away as the weather warms up.
3. Pittsburgh Pirates pitching — For years, it seemed Pittsburgh pitching was made up of unrealized potential. But led by Zach Duke and Ian Snell, the Pirates have a team ERA of 3.41, tops in baseball.
4. Wandy Rodriguez, Astros — Rodriguez never showed ace stuff before, but he has been stellar this season, allowing just six runs in five starts.
5. Raul Ibanez, Phillies — It was no secret he could hit, but Ibanez has made Phillies fans forget about Pat Burrell by batting .359 with seven homers and 17 RBI.
HE SAID WHAT?
“He said as a sophomore he could barely bench-press 100 pounds. Six months later he’s bulked up 20 to 25 pounds, and he had increased his level from 100 pounds to 310 pounds. That’s a pretty shocking leap for six months.” — Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts on Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez