The Tampa Bay Lightning took care of business on the ice in game five like I stated they would.
The Stanley Cup was beach bound for Tampa Bay after the 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. I tip my fork to Montreal in game five as they played tough hockey but just could not score a goal.
Tampa Bay becomes back-to-back Stanley Cup champions, a feat accomplished last by the 2016 and 2017 Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff’s most valuable player, went to goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Andrei was incredible between the pipes for all four playoff series. I thought he was the no-brainer winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy.
The NHL season is over and training camps will open up in September. Let’s hope the Red Wings can get involved in the NHL Playoffs next season.
The Detroit Tigers limp into the All-Star break on a four game losing streak. I guess that would suggest the All-Star break comes at the right time for our Motor City Kitties.
I would like to look at all the divisions in baseball as I always do when we hit the break. Let’s start in the National League with National League East.
The New York Mets lead the division by three games over Philadelphia. I feel as though this race can be won by those two teams along with Atlanta and Washington. This will be one of the best races in the second half of the season. I personally think, come the end of September, it will be the Philadelphia Phillies.
The National League Central will be a two team race between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds. The Reds are four games behind the Brewers and playing good baseball right now going 9-2 in the month of July. However, the Brewers pitching staff is super strong and that will be the difference come end of September. The Brew Crew win the Central Division in a close race.
The National League West is a three-team race between San Francisco, L.A. Dodgers and San Diego. Who would have guessed the San Francisco Giants having the best record in baseball? I can answer that — nobody! The L.A. Dodgers are the most talented team in the division and will win the division. All three teams will make the playoffs come October, as two of them will be wildcard teams.
Let’s get into the American League and my thoughts on the three division races.
The American League East is a surprise with Boston on top and Tampa Bay in second place. Where are the New York Yankees? I’ll tell you —not in first place and eight games out of first. This is a great division with four teams over five hundred. I see the Red Sox winning the division, but will not be shocked if it’s the Tampa Bay Rays.
The American League Central will be the Chicago White Sox hands down. The second-place Indians will not be a worry to the White Sox the rest of the summer.
The American League West will be a great two-team race between the Houston Astros and Oakland A’s. The Astros are in first by 3.5 games and should win the West. The Astros are such a good offensive hitting team and have decent pitching. I do think Oakland could win this division with a little luck.
The Detroit Tigers selected Jackson Jobe, a right-handed pitcher out of Heritage Hall H.S. in Oklahoma. Jackson has a mid-90s fastball and two other pitches to go with the fastball. I will say, the baseball draft is one big crap shoot. As Tiger fans, we all hope this is a home-run pick and he helps the Tigers on the mound real soon.
The NBA Finals are currently at 2-1 with Phoenix holding the edge over Milwaukee.
Let’s not forget the British Open is this week. Who will win this golf major? I have no idea, but it will be a great watch for golf fans!
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