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Connelly’s Top Ten: McDonald Throws Like Ronald

Rajon Rondo (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

1. Boston Celtics:

* Paul Pierce 24 points in 17 minutes (that’s 68 points if he played 48 minutes)
* Rajon Rondo didn’t need to play 35 minutes in a 30-point game
* Greg Stiemsma has good hands
* Trade Rajon Rondo the day the playoffs are over, because his trade value will never be higher – (Imagine Lakers move Bynum for Rondo with Kobe, Gasol, Dwight Howard and Rondo / Celtics with Pierce, Bynum, Garnett, Deron Williams, Bradley)
* Old School NBA players must have looked at Josh Smith not giving it a go in Game 3 and been sick
* Brandon Bass is not showing well in the playoffs – hesitating to shoot and be pushed off rebound opportunities
* Celtics need the Knicks to beat up the Heat a little bit

2. Red Sox:

SUNDAY

* 6:07 – for anyone that stayed for the whole thing they might want to get a hobby
* 570 pitches
* Darnell McDonald has a 27.00 ERA / .184 batting average
* Orioles WINNING pitcher Chris Davis struck out 5 times at the plate and was 0-8
* Adrian Gonzalez was 0-8
* Clay Buchholz is now 3-1 with a 9.09 ERA (by the way his WHIP is f-ing 2.02)
* Clay Buchholz is on a pace to win 18 games and give up 60 home runs this year
* A Top Ten item for Friday – the ERA of Buchholz and Beckett after signing contracts

OTHER STUFF

* Aaron Cook getting spiked reminded me of Al Nipper getting spiked covering on a pass ball (1986?) Nipper came back to win a huge game over Yankees
* The good news about Saturday’s game – it was the first home game under three hours
* Smallest crowd of the year so far – 36,770 (not bad for a last place team)
* Only two Red Sox have multiple stolen bases
* No Red Sox has multiple triples

3. Former Red Sox around the league:

Hitting

  • Jed Lowrie: .338, 3 HR
  • Marco Scutaro: .271
  • John Damon: .167
  • Josh Reddick: .264, 5 HR
  • Coco Crisp: .194
  • Jason Bay: .240

Pitching

  • Jonathan Papelbon: 0-0, 0.82 ERA, 9 saves
  • Jamie Moyer: 1-2, 3.14 ERA
  • Derek Lowe: 4-1, 2.37 ERA
  • Anibel Sanchez: 2-0, 2.43 ERA
  • Eric Bedard: 2-4, 2.65 ERA
  • Carl Pavano: 2-2, 4.62 ERA
  • Bronson Arroyo: 1-1, 3.03 ERA
  • Jeff Suppan: 1-0, 0.00 ERA

4. Low Scoring:

In eleven Washington Capitals playoff games, there have been 48 total goals over 745 minutes, which equates to one goal every 15.5 minutes – not enough to keep the casual fan

5. How did defending champions do this year?

* Boston Bruins – did not win a playoff round
* Dallas Mavericks – Swept in first round
* San Francisco Giants – didn’t qualify for playoffs
* Green Bay Packers – lost in first round

6. How are the top 4 active hitters doing:

(Top 4 decided by career batting average)

Albert Pujols: .326 career / .194 2012 (Last five years average trend: .357 / .327 / .312 / .299 / .194)
Ichiro Suzuki: .325 career / .303 2012 (Last four years of average: .352 / .315 / .272 / .303
Joe Mauer: .323 career / .290 2012 (Last four years of average: .365 / .327 / .287 / .290)
Todd Helton: .322 career / .244 2012

7. Amazing Stats:

In 1972, Carlton Fisk led the league in triples with 9 (tied with Joe Rudi)

8. Old School:

Greatest Celtics? If there was a draft tomorrow, and you know what you know now, in what order would you draft the following: Dave Cowens, Sam Jones or Paul Pierce (that’s my order)

Paul Pierce – once All NBA second team
Dave Cowens – two time All NBA second team (MVP / Rookie of the Year)
Sam Jones – three time All NBA second team

9. Just a Little Bit Outside:

Payroll of the American League East, in order of the record:

  • Baltimore……….$81mm
  • Tampa Bay…….$64mm
  • Toronto…………..$75mm
  • New York……….$197mm
  • Boston…………..$173mm

10. Randomocity:

* Amare Stoudemire should donate $250,000 to a homeless shelter in New York City / Delmon Young should donate a month’s salary to an orphanage in Israel
* Weird to see Budweiser as the main sponsor of the English FA Cup at Wembley Stadium
* Junior Seau’s death the combination of head trauma and steroid use
* Can you believe the Red Sox allowed Fred Lynn, Carlton Fisk and Rick Burleson to leave?
* What does Tiger Woods do on a Saturday and Sunday when he gets cut on Friday?
* Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions have never been in a Super Bowl

About Michael

Lifelong Boston resident who finds equal enjoyment in celebrating the local team's success as I do complaining about their failures. I have been writing the Top Ten for the last decade as well as five sports books: 26 Miles to Boston, Rebound, The President's Team, The Great Book of Boston Sports Lists and NBA List Jam.

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One comment for “Connelly’s Top Ten: McDonald Throws Like Ronald”

  1. I’m with you on Cowens, but riddle me this:

    If there was a draft tomorrow, and you know what you know now, in what order would you draft the following:

    Kevin Garnett – 4 times All NBA first team; 3 times All NBA second team (MVP/Defensive POY)

    Tom Heinsohn – 4 times All NBA second team

    Kevin McHale – 1 time All NBA first team

    REPLY – MPC – McHale first / Garnett / Heinsohn

    Posted by TimU | May 7, 2012, 10:08 am

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