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Giants Set for Game 6
Jake Peavy, of the San Francisco Giants, is a fierce competitor who would do anything on the face of the planet, to help his team win a postseason game, except-apparently-complete six innings of play. Though he has wanted to go deeper-he always strives to go the distance-he has started eight postseason games in his career, and failed to complete six innings in every single effort.
Patterns do not dictate the future, but they do illustrate strong tendencies. Whether it is the emotion expended on a postseason start, which is responsible for limiting Peavy’s starts to under six innings, or possibly he comes into the game with insufficient stamina due to lack of sleep. No one can say for sure how these things go. For whatever reason(s), Peavy has failed to complete even five innings, exactly half of those eight postseason starts.
Just as Madison Bumgarner is programed to go at least seven innings, and has done so all six of his postseason starts in 2014, Jake Peavy has had eight opportunities to demonstrate that he can turn in a quality start, and has failed every time out.
With the Giants wishing to avoid playing two games in front of the rabid Kansas City fans, management should go all out, and avoid the path of the 2002 Giants.
Peavy is not a bad guy because he cannot do what MadBum can do; on the contrary, every Giants fan owes a huge debt of gratitude to Peavy, and most would welcome him back for the 2015 season, as a good teammate, and a guy who knows how to win. It’s just he has not proven he could win in the postseason. It’s that pesky sixth inning that has plagued both teams in this series. So do not give the Royals the opportunity to face a tired Peavy, with just enough gas left, to issue a pair of leadoff singles.
Oakland Raiders fans are waking up to sad news on Monday, as former first-round draft pick Mo Collins is dead at the age of 38.
Former Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Mo Collins, who played six seasons in the NFL, died on Sunday morning of apparent kidney failure. According to the Charlotte Observer, Collins missed his duties as head coach of West Charlotte High on Friday night while receiving dialysis. He would later succumb to kidney failure less than 48 hours later.
Collins was drafted by the Oakland Raiders back in 1998, taking him in the first round with the 23rd overall pick. He came into the NFL in the same draft class that saw Charles Woodson join the Raiders and the duo would play together for the next six seasons. Collins was part of the Oakland Raiders Super Bowl team in 2002, but never won a ring in Oakland.
Sharks forward John Scott has been suspended two games for his role in San Jose’s brawl with the Anaheim Ducks, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday afternoon.
Scott had a hearing with the NHL earlier Monday, as the league reviewed the incident Sunday night that saw Scott leave the Sharks bench on a legal line change, but head directly toward the Ducks’ Tim Jackman with 6:04 left in the third period.
Scott is the first player to be suspended by the NHL this season. The Sharks next game is Tuesday in Colorado against the Avalanche. As of Monday afternoon, there was no word on whether the Sharks or Scott would appeal the decision.
It’s the second time Scott has been suspended in his career, and he is now considered a repeat offender under the terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the player’s union. Last October, Scott was given seven games for an illegal check to the head of Boston forward Loui Eriksson.