There was a period of time in the NBA where a Michael Jordan slam dunk was the most exciting thing that could happen in a game. It didn't just start in the pros, MaxPreps discovered some footage of MJ throwing it down at Laney High School. Yep, it's pretty dope.
For a city who's team is down 2-1 in the Stanley Cup Final, Chicago sure is taking care of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Just one night after having their tab picked up at Chicago Cut Steakhouse by Charles Barkley. 20 members of the Lightning staff returned to the restaurant on Tuesday night, only to recieve another free meal. This time, by big time Blackhawks fan Vince Vaughn.
Lightning head coach John Cooper tried to pick up the check for Vaughn first, but the funny man was having none of that...
“Vince looks at me and says ‘I know that guy just called you over to pick up my check. That’s not how we roll in Chicago.’ He goes ‘This is Chicago, my town. This is how we treat people. I got his check.””
— David Flom (Managing Partner of Chicago Cut Steakhouse)
The Lightning may never leave Chicago if they keep getting free meals.
Gio Gonzalez - We wrote about Gio yesterday and since they were rained out we're going to stick with him today. Gonzalez has been on an absolute tear since the start of September. In 3 starts Gonzalez has gone 18⅓ IP while only allowing 3 ER and striking out 26. He also gets a matchup with a Baltimore offense who ranks near the bottom of the league with a 23.2% K-rate vs LHP.
Jake Arrieta - He'll be the most expensive player on the board, but Arrieta has the numbers to justify it. He has now thrown a quality start in 16 straight games and has only allowed 4 ER in his last 45 IP while striking out 46. Arrieta also gets a favorable matchup with a Brewers squad that has lost 11 of their last 13 and will likely be without slugger Ryan Braun.
Evan Gattis - Gattis won't provide you with great on base skills, but his .213 ISO shows his tremendous power potential. He also gets a matchup with Hector Santiago who is definitely homer-prone as evidenced by his 1.36 HR/9.
Xander Bogaerts - Bogaerts is always a great start vs LHP as he's batting .381 with a .911 OPS vs lefties. Matt Moore looked very good in his last outing, but has largely struggled greatly in his return from Tommy John. We'll need to see a few more good outings before we'll be scared off by Moore.
Brian Dozier - Your BvP Play of the Day: Dozier is 8/15 with 5 extra-base hits, including 2 HR's, vs Danny Salazar in his career.
Andrew McCutchen - An obvious name but we love him at Coors today. McCutchen has killed LHP this year hitting .349 with a .978 OPS and gets a great matchup with Chris Rusin. Rusin's 5.11 ERA and 1.56 WHIP tell the story of pitcher who's not long for this league.