The Viral Roundup – Lethal Lester Edition
Hello! Welcome to the Thursday 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: The Rockies strike out in droves at Wrigley Field, the Dodgers swing a deal and HBO offers up a sneak peek of Will Ferrell’s upcoming documentary.
Did You Hear?
Jon Lester racked up Ks galore at Wrigley on Wednesday. The Cubs (who entered the contest as a major -215 moneyline home favourite) scored a 3-2 win over the underwhelming Rockies thanks in part to Lester’s 14 strikeout performance. (By the way, new Colorado acquisition Jose Reyes was among the strikeout victims.) Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo both went yard for Chicago who are hoping to make some noise in the National League Wild Card picture.
Did You See?
Will Ferrell accomplished a herculean task earlier this year when he played 10 positions for 10 MLB teams on one fateful Spring Training day. (The box office megastar went on the labour intensive quest in the name of charity.) The experience will now be showcased on HBO in a documentary titled Ferrell Takes The Field. The film airs in September, but here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store.
Did You Know?
- The San Francisco Giants have been red hot of late and they’re gunning for NL West supremacy. A five run explosion in the 7th game San Francisco the offensive muscle necessary to blank the visiting Brewers 5-0. Brandon Crawford notched his 61st RBI of the season during that single frame blast and a combo of Jake Peavy, Hunter Strickland, Sergio Romo and Javier Lopez kept Milwaukee off the scoreboard.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired some new talent in their quest for the NL West pennant. In exchange for some minor league pitchers, the Marlins have sent over hurler Mat Latos and 1B Michael Morse. The deal helps out a Dodgers rotation that’s been leaning heavily on Zach Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Latos (who holds a 2.96 ERA since returning from the DL) offers up a veteran arm to help on the mound. Morse (12 RBI in 52 games) will likely settle into a role player spot with the club. Los Angeles are currently listed as a 17/2 shot to win this year’s World Series.
- Speaking of trades, ESPN reports that the Cole Hamels Sweepstakes have been won by the Rangers. The cable sports outlet says Texas have dealt a collection of prospects to Philadelphia for the star pitcher and southpaw reliever Jake Diekman. The Rangers currently sit eight games back in the race to capture the AL West title.
- The Minnesota Timberwolves have added a trusted veteran to their backcourt. 39-year-old Andre Miller is joining the team for the 2015-16 season and offers relief to a franchise that’s lost Ricky Rubio to ankle surgery and are developing rookie Tyus Jones. Miller spent last season playing for both the Wizards and the Kings.
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