The Viral Roundup – Furious Five Edition
Did You Hear?
Game 5s rarely come any wilder than the one in Toronto yesterday. The Blue Jays (a -160 moneyline home favourite) beat out the Rangers 6-3 in a very intense end to their ALDS series. Let’s smash-cut to the near hour-long 7th inning that saw Texas take a 3-2 lead on a controversial run Rougned Odor scored on a throwing error from Toronto catcher Russell Martin that led to near rioting in the stands and the Jays officially played the game under protest from that point on. Toronto would respond with a Donaldson RBI and a monster three-run from Jose Bautista followed by an elite level bat flip later in the inning. The Jays now advance to their first ALCS appearance since 1993 and that series is set to begin tomorrow.
Did You See?
Frank Kaminsky will make you believe in the power of dance. The Charlotte Hornets rookie brought his unique brand of choreography onto the court during Fan Appreciation Day in Shanghai. Why is the 9th overall pick employing non-Dougie dance maneuvers to the sounds of “Teach Me How To Dougie?” We don’t know, but we’re glad it’s in our lives. Speaking of the Hornets, oddsmakers see them as a colossal 250/1 longshot to win the title in 2015-16.
Did You Know?
– Johnny Cueto’s run in Kansas City hasn’t exacty been spectacular since arriving from Cincy but last night the 29-year-old hurler turned in a stellar performance. Cueto pitched a two-hitter over eight innings and closer Wade Davis was lights out in the 9th as the Royals smacked down the Astros 7-2. The win (which included Kendrys Morales hitting his third homer of the playoffs) bounces Houston out of the postseason and places Kansas City in their second straight ALCS with Toronto ready to challenge them.
– Columbus were pegged by pundits for a bounce back year in 2015-16, but CBJ dropped to dismal 0-4-0 on Wednesday night courtesy of a Sens thrashing. Perpetual Norris contender Erik Karlsson racked up four assists in Ohio as Ottawa clobbered Columbus 7-3 with Blue Jackets netminder Sergei Bobrovsky giving up six goals on 27 shots.
– Alex Ovechkin missing Washington’s Tuesday night tilt versus San Jose due to “personal reasons” ignited a firestorm of speculation. Yesterday, the real reason for Ovi’s absence was revealed: He was scratched due to oversleeping. A missed appearance at practice led to Capitals coach Barry Trotz scratching his superstar and Washington was lit up 5-0 with their captain out of the lineup. Ovechkin will be back in the lineup for tonight’s game against Chicago. If you inspect the futures board, you’ll see that the Caps are pegged as a 16/1 shot to win the Stanley Cup this summer.
– New England has received some unwelcome news about the health of 27-year-old left tackle Nate Solder. The O-line fixture appears likely to miss the remainder of the season with a torn right biceps injury sustained in Sunday’s pounding of Dallas. New England now has to sort out who will fill Solder’s spot on the line (Marcus Cannon may be destined for that role) before this weekend’s showdown with the Indianapolis Colts. Oddsmakers favour the visiting Pats by seven-and-a-half in Indy.
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