MLB, NHL, NBA: Plenty of action tonight

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

MLB: Draft

The Washington Nationals have the number one pick overall, and we all know they need it.  There’s a 99.99 percent chance they will select Stephen Strasburg, the right-handed starting pitcher for San Diego State.  People are in love with Strasburg (pictured right) and his 100-plus mph fastball, but the Nationals won’t be in love with what it might take to sign him.  His agent is Scott Boras, who is notorious for giving headaches to general managers.  This time shouldn’t be any different.  He will demand a lot of money, and Washington will have no choice but to pay up.

North Carolina’s Dustin Ackley is expected to go number two to the Seattle Mariners.  The 1B/OF has impressed scouts with excellent hitting, great power, patience at the plate and above average speed.  If he isn’t picked at two, he won’t fall much further. 

After Seattle chooses its player, the rest of the top ten is up for grabs.  Anticipate at least six pitchers being taken from picks three through ten.  Guess who drafts at ten?  The Washington Nationals. 

Airs: 6:00 p.m. on the MLB network

Note: Rounds 1-3 will be tonight.  Rounds 4-30 will be tomorrow at 9:00 a.m., and rounds 31-50 will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.   


NHL
: Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals

The Detroit Red Wings will take its 3-2 series lead to Pittsburgh in what should be a great game.  Every home team has won this series, and the Penguins will hope that statistic continues.

Keys for Pittsburgh:

  • Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury needs to play a big game.  He can’t allow any soft goals like he did in game five. 
  • Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby must play like the stars that they are. 
  • A few players from the supporting cast need to give significant contributions.  Whether it’s Bill Guerin, Ruslan Fedotenko, Max Talbot or someone else, the other players must step up.

 Keys for Detroit:

  • Set the tempo of the game.
  • Goalie Chris Osgood needs to continue to make big saves.
  • Click on all cylinders like game five and don’t come out flat like game four. 

 Airs: 8:00 p.m. on NBC

NBA: Game 3 of the Finals

Game one showed why the Los Angles Lakers are a very good team, and game two portrayed the Orlando Magic’s inability to close out games.  What will tonight’s contest illustrate?

The Lakers know that they can finish the finals in their building, whether they’re up or down 3-2.  Orlando needs to win tonight and can’t afford to fall 3-0 in the series.  Add those together, and you’ll get a Magic game three victory. 

Orlando’s Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu hit their share of three-pointers last time.  Expect them to do the same.  Dwight Howard (pictured left) should be good for 20+ points, and 15+ rebounds.  The inside and outside presence will be more cohesive en route to a possible double-digit victory.

If J.J. Redick is on the court for 27 minutes like he was in game two, Los Angeles will have a great chance to win.  Redick can’t play in the pros.  It’s that simple.  If I were Coach Stan van Gundy, I wouldn’t give him any playing time tonight.  

Airs: 9:00 p.m. on ABC

 

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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