Thursday, August 14, 2008

Thursday's Starting Five

1. CC Sabathia kept on keeping last night for the Brew Crew as he won his 7th game since arriving in Milwaukee. He's undefeated in his eight starts (with one no-decision) and is making a move to win the Cy Young Award in consecutive years in different leagues. Which has never happened before. EVER. Pedro won the NL Cy Young in 1997 with the Expos and then the AL version with the Red Sox in 1999.

2. Watching Mike Phelps. His greatness has been accepted by all. The mass media and the American public has gotten comfortable with referring to him as the greatest athlete alive and debating whether or not he is the greatest Olympian ever. We expect him to win gold in his remaining three events. In this way, we're done with discovering and appreciating Mike Phelps. The only thing left to do is watch so that we can be a part of the Phelps phenomenon. His swims are events to say you saw less than they are competitions whose results we are interested in. After all, Phelps already won (us over). According to Variety, "roughly 40 million were tuned in during the 10 o'clock hour to watch Phelps capture the 200-meter butterfly and his 10th career Olympic gold medal" on Tuesday night. And that home-viewing audience went on to reach 41.2 million in the 11 o'clock half-hour, which featured Phelps' second gold of the night.

3. Mo Williams. It is true that the Milwaukee Bucks seem on the verge of mediocrity (which means playoffs in the East), excitement and watchability with the acquisition of Richard Jefferson, the drafting of Joe Alexander and the new-coach-bump that should come in Scott Skiles first few months on the gig. And, yet today is a great day for Mo Williams who is leaving the team as a part of three-team, six-player trade. Williams is joining the Lebronaliers and figures to be the much-needed fifth option (options 1-4 are Lebron) for a team that was in the Finals the season before last. Williams is a point guard (6.3 assists per game last season) who can score like a shooting guard (17.2 points per game last season) which means he is ideally suited for an offense where LBJ will be bringing the ball up the floor on a regular basis.

4. Daniel Murphy. During the 11 games that this 23-year old has played at the Big League level I have heard/read him compared to Robin Ventura, Tony Gwynn, Lance Berkman and Don Mattingly. And, thus far he hasn't done anything to take away from such heady comparisons. After going 3-for-6 and scoring twice last night in the Mets rout of the Nationals, Murphy is batting .467 (14-for-30) since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans on Aug. 2nd.

5. Andre Iguodala. After going out and unexpectedly snagging free agent Elton Brand from the Clippers earlier in the summer the 76ers front office turned its attention to the new AI. The 24-year old 6 foot 6 inch small forward-ish shooting guard has reportedly agreed to a six-year, $80 million deal with the Sixers. I don't know how good he actually will become. Is he just an exciting young leaper who can get to the rim or is he going to use that athleticism to mature into a great on-the-ball defender? I don't know. But the Sixers decided that they couldn't afford not to find out for themselves.