Posted: 12:00 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2013
Last week was another eventful one for Georgia Tech's pros, which was somewhat surprising. Mark Teixeira finally made his return off the DL, which was major news in the MLB, but that was the only excitement I expected. I wasn't expecting a Memorial Tournament win from Matt Kuchar on Tiger's course. I really didn't expect a Chris Bosh disappearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. And just to top it all off, I didn't expect all of Tech's pro baseball players to go cold. This turned into quite an eventful (or in some cases surprisingly uneventful) week, which makes my job much easier. Here's a review of everything you need to know from last week's pro events.
It was a tough choice determining who to put on the cover picture for this week's article, but Matt Kuchar earned it with his dominating performance over the weekend. Kuchar finished at -12 on the tournament, and excluding Kevin Chappell's -10, the next closest competitor was 5 strokes back. Through his four rounds, he made 20 birdies and 8 bogeys and was able to post four scores under par. The consistent Kuchar is back after a short hiatus and he is red hot. The U.S. Open is two weeks away, so I would imagine he'd take next week off. At this point he can only hurt his confidence by competing next week, so there's no reason to risk anything heading into the second major of the year.
Cameron Tringale, Roberto Castro, and Stewart Cink all had productive tournaments, but one bad day each really ruined their scores. Tringale finished at -2, which was much better than it sounds when you consider the 3rd place golfer only shot a -7. Castro and Cink finished at -1 and E respectively, which are nice performances to build on. Bryce Molder and Nick Thompson's fortunes weren't as positive though, as both missed the cut at +7 through the first two rounds. They really had rough tournaments and were unable to rebound off of some difficult starts.
As of right now (the Yankees and Red Sox are currently on Sunday Night Baseball), Mark Teixeira has started his season going 1-9 at the plate with 5 strikeouts. That's not too surprising however, given the amount of time he missed due to injury. Although he'll take a while to adjust to the speed of the game, his presence in the lineup should make an immediate difference for the Yankees. He's a feared hitter and he should provide some protection for Robinson Cano, meaning Cano should see more pitches since hitters will want to avoid Teixeira. The Yankees have struggled lately, but they have a favorable schedule coming up, and Teixeira should eventually start to round into All-Star form.
In other baseball news, every MLB Yellow Jacket is in a slump and it isn't pretty. If you can remember last week's article, I mentioned how Wieters and some others were starting to heat up. Apparently their spikes in performance were flukes though, because Wieters followed two weeks ago up with a 3 hit week this past week. He showed little power with just two doubles and failed to record a single walk. That's poor news for Wieters, who finally looked to be back on track.
Derek Dietrich has consistently received playing time, and he still sits around the same marks he had last week. He managed to have a respectable week with 6 hits, but the Marlins will certainly expect more than that as they continue to start him. Tyler Greene and Charlie Blackmon on the other hand have seen little to no playing time in recent days. They have been a non factor for their respective teams, which is somewhat disappointing given how well they have played with consistent playing time. Both of them will need to wait for an injury before they'll get more consistent playing time.
It's not often that the Miami Heat are mentioned this far down in sports articles relevant to them, but it's happening today. Chris Bosh and the Heat were unable to grab a road victory in either Games 4 or 6 and they now face a game 7 against the Pacers in Miami. Bosh has disappeared with Hibbert guarding him, and it has really affected the Heat's performance in the series. Lebron James has been a one man offense for much of the series and Bosh will need to perform in Game 7 if they want a win. He hasn't made his jumpers this series like he usually does and will need to help Haslem and Anderson protect the paint against Hibbert on defense. I mentioned last week that Bosh's numbers would be lower in this series, but his performance has been depressing so far. Miami fans will forgive him though if he can contribute in Game 7. Tonight's Game 7 will be on TNT at 8:30 P.M.
Finishing up last week's event's, Sasha Goodlett received some improved playing time for the Fever. She's still only averaging 5-6 minutes a game, but that's almost double her playing time from last season. Hopefully she'll see a more defined role on the team as the season continues, but for now it seems like she'll be on the bench for most of the games.
Last week was surprisingly more eventful than I bet most of us expected. Heading into this week though, there's more to get excited about. As I mentioned earlier, the Heat are playing their Game 7 contest against the Pacers tonight at 8:30. If they are able to pull out the win, they will welcome the Spurs into Miami later in the week for the start of the NBA Finals. There's also some exciting news in baseball, as the MLB First Year Player's Draft starts on Thursday and runs through Saturday. We'll have article updates for everyone when they're drafted, but I'll still do a recap next week. Thanks again like always for taking the time to learn about all of the major news related to Georgia Tech's pros.