The first day of the College World Series has come to a close, and both games delivered on their high expectations, the LSU-Florida State tilt in the evening session, in particular, was a raucous, rowdy affair with players flying all over the place, and these teams need to play more often.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have gone 11-8 in June despite being outscored by two runs on the month, and that’s also in large part due to the performance of their bullpen. While the offense has been scoring just over four runs per game, the bullpen led by Craig Kimbrel in what could end up being his top season to date has made sure every lead, regardless of size, ends up counting for Boston.
You can’t draw too much from the performance of either team: Boston’s pen as a whole is unlikely to remain as dominant as it’s been, with nearly every major contributor posting eye-popping numbers and zero after zero. However, their rotation is probably only going to get better as David Price shakes off the rust and Rick Porcello figures out what he’s doing wrong, and a solution at third base should be the focus to round out the lineup before the trade deadline.
The Yankees are in a position to add help both in the rotation and the bullpen, and even just the former would go a long way: If they had more starters they could rely on, they wouldn’t need to lean on the bullpen as heavily as they have. As is, the Yanks have one starter averaging at least six innings per start, and that’s 23-year-old Luis Severino, whose career high in innings in the majors changes with each frame he completes.
Concern about concussions in American sports has become a significant issue. Football and the NFL have been the primary battleground for this, because the NFL is the nation’s most powerful and lucrative sports enterprise. Hockey and the NHL, though, will not be able to continue ignoring its problem in this area forever: The longer it delays meaningful action, the greater the cost may become.
Suspending Wingels might not have meant a lot to the result of the Pittsburgh-Ottawa series. Wingels’ zero points and zero assists in these playoffs would appear to be easily replaced. That’s one reason players such as Wingels do these sorts of things: This way, they can contend they matter.
The biggest reason, though, is there is no consequence to such an action. Even if the officials had called a penalty, there would have been no power play that mattered. The punishment had to come from Player Safety, but that office has demonstrated one thing definitively: It cares little about either.
Niskanen was assessed a five-minute major and ejected for the cross-check.
Conor Sheary, one of Crosby’s wingers on the top line, also exited the game in the second period and did not return.
Afterward, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan deferred any update on his injury players’ health to Tuesday pending overnight evaluation. He told reporters I’d rather not share my opinion when asked about Niskanen’s hit and whether it should draw a suspension from the NHL.
Crosby was not made available to media, but a Pittsburgh radio host tweeted during the third period that Crosby was seen in a suit walking briskly with no sign of a limp.
Crosby just walked by me in the arena. Full suit. Winked at a worker and appeared to say im ok. Walking briskly. No sign of a limp.