The Viral Roundup – Roger Dodger Edition
Greetings! Welcome to a brand new go-around of The Viral Roundup. We’re your daily one-stop shop for all the big news, big buzz and big developments headlining a new day in the world of sports. In today’s edition: Mike Bolsinger shuts down Atlanta, the Nationals topple an NL East foe and commish Adam Silver says there may be a shakeup to the NBA playoff structure.
Did You Hear?
The Dodgers enjoyed a quality outing from Mike Bolsinger and escaped matinee play with a 3-1 road in at Turner Field. Bolsinger held the Braves to 4 hits over 7 innings to collect his fifth win of the season and got offensive aid courtesy of RBI action from Alberto Collapso, Jimmy Rollins and Joc Pederson. The two clubs will now go their separate ways with Los Angeles heading north to play the Mets while the Braves to St. Louis for tomorrow’s set-opener versus the Cardinals.
Did You See?
In case you forgot (how could you?), Garbage Time with Katie Nolan is still an excellent slice of television. The latest episode is online and marvelous.
Did You Know?
- The Giants kept pace with the Dodgers in the NL West standings chase. San Francisco (a light -110 moneyline favourite) topped San Diego 7-1 in afternoon action getting a strong start out of Matt Cain. The game was knotted at 1-1 heading into the 7th when the Giants began to knock around the Padres. San Francisco currently sits 2.5 games back of Los Angeles for the division’s top spot.
- The Washington Nationals exit their mid July NL East set against the Mets with the 2-1 series victory. The Nats (who entered as the -115 moneyline home favourite) battled back in the 8th from a 3-1 deficit to pull out the 4-3 victory. Clutch hitting from Michael Taylor and Danny Espinosa can be credited with guiding Washington to victory. The contest also saw Nationals closer Drew Storen collect his 29th save of 2015. Pirates reliever Mark Melancon is the current save king at 30.
- NBA commish Adam Silver says he’s open to making some changes to the way the Association does things. Namely, he’s considering a new playoff format that’s still eight teams per conference but without the safety of a division titles equaling a postseason berth. This concept would simply have the top eight teams in the conference scoring a playoff opportunity. “First of all, it’s never happened before that a division winner did not finish within the top eight, and our basketball analytics folks calculate that there’s less than a 5 percent chance that it would happen,” ESPN reports Silver as saying. This switch isn’t set in stone, but it is something Silver says he’s “leaning towards.”
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