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Senior writer, vlogger, creator, developer and personality at Nonsense Sports. Focus NFL, NBA, College Basketball, College Football, Soccer (El Mundial) among a variety of other sports. Overall sports enthusiast, fantasy football and baseball leagues strategist, novice (kick *ss) video gamer. Born in Bronx, New York of Dominican Parentage.

Are you not entertained? Is this not what you wanted? Cavs-Celtics Tie Series. A Reality Check.

Are you not entertained? Is this not what you wanted? Cavs-Celtics Tie Series. A Reality Check.

Cavaliers- Celtics was the closest game, in terms of final score, out of all the games so far, or was it? LeBron James dominated and from time to time seems to be toying with the Boston Celtics.  Did anybody else notice LeBron check in with about 8 minutes left in the game, as if he was just going through the motions into another win?  LeBron makes it look too easy at times and it is really unfair compared to a Boston Team that seem to be struggling with the easiest things (Tatum missed dunk, Brown wide open shot).

Marcus Morris was the LeBron stopper and for 2 games Brad Stevens had the formula to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stephen A Smith was yelling sweep.  The only talks were off the outcome of losing to the Boston Celtics would have on LeBron James’ epic career.  Then Saturday happen and yea that happen, good memories will forget the score.  Monday is gone and now we have gotten to a reality check.  Unlike the Warriors-Rockets series we are just hoping for a competition from one side of the equation.

3 games left tilt the bells are rang and one team has to move forward to the next round. 2 games are a must win, luckily for Boston, they play 2 games at home where they have played their best.  History is amazing, the Boston Celtics are 37-0 after leading 2-0 in a series, and LeBron James is now 7-0 winning the next games after being down 2-0.

We are experiencing history in sports whichever team wins. It is true poetic justice if the Celtics are the team that dethrones LeBron James especially without Kyrie Irving.  Also Historic would be if LeBron James once again makes it to the NBA finals.

The Celtics shouldn’t embraced full panic mode lose and go home mentality, because if they don’t is going to be Cavs in 6. There is not a scenario that doesn’t favor the Cavaliers, win game 5 and series is over in 6.  Cavs lose game 5, play a team that has only won 1 game on the road and go back to Boston with fiery LeBron James to deal with.

How can the Boston Celtics survived or have they ran out of luck?

I wrote previously an article called “2-0 is not end game for LeBron & the Cavaliers. Is far from over.” Now the series at 2-2. What happens next??

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Judge & Didi need to get back on track vs The Texas Rangers

Judge & Didi need to get back on track vs The Texas Rangers

Welcome back to the line-up Didi Gegorius, now let’s get you back on track and swinging for the fences.  Aaron Judge is no longer the home run leader for the Yankees since Gary Sanchez 2 homer game vs the Royals, honestly it just makes things exciting.  Speaking of 2 homer games, Tyler Austin is only 2 away from getting in to the double digits after his performance in game 3.  The New York Yankees are rolling and they should look to continue vs Rangers.

Is not really all that great in Texas, but Bartolo Colon is making it a great time.  At 44 years old and 242 wins, Colon is still kicking it and putting up a descent season with the Rangers.  Currently Colon is 3 wins away from breaking in to the top 50 for most wins all time (according to www.mlb.com).  14 strikeouts away from 2500, only CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander have more strikeouts than he does among active players.

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On the offensive side, the Rangers are led by Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara. The Rangers got embarrassed by the White Sox their last game only able to get 2 hits for the game.  Gallo who leads in Home Runs, 13, is on a slump of his own in the last 10 games, 5 hits and 1 Home Run.  The Rangers are a team with a lot of potential just seem to be in a wide team slump.

For the Yankees, once again on a 2 game winning streak playing a team that sits at the bottom of the standings. The main goal should be to not let up and play down to the competition.  Bartolo Colon should not be taking lightly and Yankees hitter should be swinging for the fences.  Judge hasn’t hit one beyond the faces in the last 5 games and Didi has almost but disappear.

Batters should bounce back and the Yankees should look get the sweep.  Also we can’t write about the New York Yankees without mentioning Giancarlo Stanton’s name, so there you go.

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Austin, Andujar & Romine homer Vs Royals to win the Series 2-1!!

Austin, Andujar & Romine homer Vs Royals to win the Series 2-1!!

Tyler Austin got 2 out of 4 Homers in Sunday’s game vs the Royals to finish out the series 2-1.  The New York Yankees get their 30th win and get on another 2 win streak track while keeping the best record in the American league, percentage wise.  Still a tight race against the Red Sox who are the other juggernaut team in the American League

Austin was the hero of the game with 2 homers raising his total to 8 for the season.  The 2 game homer was also his 2nd of the season.  Austin has been coming into this own in the 3 games that he played getting at least 2 hits in each.  Gary Sanchez is another Bronx hitter that has to be recognize because he also hit 2 out of the park in game 2 of the series to count Saturday’s game for the Yankees as another win.

Sonny Gray got the his 3rd win of the season and adds a little to his redemption story.  Even though he pitch a good game, there is still not that much faith in him.  Luis Severino got his 7th win of the season.  The loss came in game in to CC Sabathia, credit to the Royals’ Salvador Perez getting his 6th homer that game and Jakob Junis did a great job pitching.

The Struggles for Didi Gregorius continue as he was did not play for a 2nd game straight.  Stanton and Judge both know plenty about struggles and should be trying to get Didi back to his old days, Didi is another capable hitter.

New York Yankees now 30-13 will play the Texas Rangers 18-30 starting on Monday the 21st.

Kansas City Royals now 14-32 will play the St. Luis Cardinals 25-19 starting on Monday the 21st.

Notes – Gary Sanchez with 12 Homers is the leader of the pack.

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Wishful thinking Sunny Days Yankees vs Royals

Wishful thinking Sunny Days Yankees vs Royals

If you play fantasy baseball and you happen to have Stanton & Judge your team, like me, it was a rough couple of days.  Suspended and postpone was the conclusion of the Yankees-Nationals series.  Oh you Mother Nature with your fresh rain and environment loving self.  The Yankees and Nationals will play again June 18th, so both teams move on to the next opponent.  For the Nationals will be the Dodgers and for the Yankees the Royals.

40 Games into the season the New York Yankees hold the number 1 seed (percentage wise) in the American League.  Also have more wins than anybody in the National League, the Yankees are rolling as expected.  The Bronx is loud behind Judge, Stanton, Gregorious and Sanchez.  Miguel Andujar, Gleyber Torres and the recent game hero Neil Walker are coming in to their own.

Pitching have been good in some areas such as Luis Severino 70 strikeouts and 6 wins but other areas have been dreadful.  Sonny Gray giving up 5 runs is not winning production nor ideal for a starting pitcher.  CC Sabathia although 2-0 have not been having a great start, he has giving up 4 home runs and only 28 strikeouts, but the wins are wins.

The Royals have been going downhill on a 5 game losing streak and playing a tough Yankees team doesn’t provide much motivation.  They have shown signs of life, especially Mike Moustakas with his 10 Home runs keeping the offense alive.  There is some joy in not being the worse team in baseball but there is really not that much positive happening with the Royals.

 

Game 1: CC Sabathia 2-0 Vs Jakob Junis 4-3

  • Sabathia wants another parade. The Battle for the 1 spot is against the Red Sox. Every game counts
  • Junis is by far the best pitcher the Royals have with 4 wins 45 Strikeouts

Game 2: Luis Severino 6-1 Vs Danny Duffy 1-5

  • Severino and Corey Kluber lead the American League with 6 wins.
  • Duffy has allowed a home run in each of his last 5 games.

Game 3: Sonny Gray 2-3 Vs Eric Skoglund 1-3

  • This should be a redemption game for Sonny Gray, there is very little faith on him.
  • Aroldis Chapman has 9 saves this season, could this be his 10th?
  • Skoglund is on a 2 game losing steak himself.

What are you series predictions??

2-0 is not end game for LeBron & The Cavaliers. Is far from over.

Another win by the Boston Celtics over the Cavaliers making it a 2-0 series in a best of 7.  Honestly aside from LeBron James and Kevin Love the Cavs are really hard to watch, especially Tristan Thompson-Kardashian and JR Smith.  Boston looks so good and somehow the talks are more about next year “trading Tatum-Brown for Kwahi” or “Kyrie-Hayward for Kwahi” then how good this team is right now.  How interesting is it that Brad Stevens didn’t get any votes despite the team success.

2 games down and the celebrations, the memes, the conclusions and all the nonsense of the NBA playoffs are coming to live.  The “LeBron haters” bandwagon has to either be at full capacity or at least looking into upgrading to a greyhound bus.  The NBA playoffs are fun to watch and they are even more appealing when one of the greats (LeBron James) is losing.  People are more surprised, intrigued and involved in the Celtics-Cavaliers than the Rockets-Warriors.

The Celtics are playing great right now, but truly won’t know that until they win the fourth game. At no point in time can they let their guard down.  Game 1 a 25 point victory, game 2 a 13 point victory, both victories at home.  The Celtics have not lost at home this post-season, also they have only won 1 game outside of their home.  They have been deadly at home, taking full advantage and adding to the argument on how important it is to have home court.

Game 1 the Cavaliers looked lost, like they didn’t want to be there at all.  Game 2 looked a little better like they started to get it going (for about 2 quarters) and then went back to just kicking back.  The 2 performances from the Cavaliers is exactly what they have been doing all season.  LeBron putting up great or even amazing numbers and the team is still ending with a loss is nothing new, it has been happening all season.

Should the Cavaliers be worried? Yes, you are down 2-0. Is true that the Celtics are 37-0 all time in series when they lead the series 2-0.  So should the Celtics still be worried? Yes.  They are going to Cleveland to play a pair of games, which could even the series up (just like it happen with the Bucks series).  The Celtics have struggled winning on the road this post season.  Have we forgotten about the Bucks series that went to 7 games, last game played in Boston, hopefully not?  The series vs the Bucks showed the Celtics true colors and how dependent they are on home court.

While the Celtics have only won 1 game away from home, the Cavaliers have won 3, now why does this even matter? Because if we follow the pattern and Celtics don’t win at home then is 2-2 series going back to the Celtics (like with the Bucks).  Game 5, will be decisive, if the Celtics can’t get the win then we look at a game 6 on the road down 3-2.  Best case scenario for the Celtics is for them to close it out the next 2 games because if they don’t win on the road they could be looking at game 7 Vs LeBron James.

Would you bet against LeBron James on a Game 7?

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