What you may have missed this weekend: 4/18-4/21

In the midst of all the scavenger hunts for the Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies, you might have missed some of the biggest sports news over the weekend. But don’t worry I am here to keep you up-to-date on everything you didn’t get to watch while being with the family and putting all the eggs in one basket.

This weekend was full of great games and moments in sports. Unfortunately, we don’t have any breaking news about great players doing big things like we did last week, but we do have a lot of different sports to catch up on this week.

The NBA and NHL playoffs are starting to heat up as teams are taking over the series and looking ahead to the next round. While the MLB is continuing to get their season in high gear, we will also look at some news on the majors.

And without anything happening in the NFL this past weekend, we should look forward to the NFL Draft on Thursday night. Until then, let’s take a look back at this weekend.

“Albert Pujols” by Keith Allison is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

MLB:

Pujols passes Ruth on RBI list:

For those of you who don’t know Babe Ruth is, just watch the movie Sandlot because “you’re killing Smalls.” Babe Ruth has gone down in history as one of the greatest of all-time and until this weekend he was 5th on the RBI list.

That was after being passed by Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols. Pujols hit RBIs 1,993 off a solo shot in the ninth inning of a 6-5 loss against against the Seattle Mariners.

The big thing about Pujols RBIs is that he could likely get up to second if he hits well with runners on base. Coming into the Angels series opener with the injured New York Yankees, Pujols is now chasing two former Yankees and the top two home run hitters of all-time. In a good series against New York, Pujols could pass Lou Gehrig (1,994) and Barry Bonds (1,996) on the career RBIs chart. With a long season ahead of us, He could likely pass Alex Rodriguez (2,086) if he were to get 100 plus RBIs this season. He will likely finish behind Hank Aaron (2,297), but do expect Pujols to join each one of this guys in the Hall of Fame one day.

Daniel Norris gets first win since 2017

As a pitcher that has been battling back from an injury and not being in the rotation, this is a great moment. Norris was a replacement in the rotation and he should be able to stay there. It’s a good feeling to get the first win after two years, so now he can focus on playing baseball.

Norris led the Tigers to a 4-3 game against the Chicago White Sox as he struck out six batters in five innings. He allowed two hits and walked one.

Sabathia gets 1st win of season

The New York Yankees are going to have one of the toughest seasons in the teams history. That is due to the fact that they have 13 players in the IL. Pitcher C.C. Sabathia started the season on the IL before making his return last week and he might be the only hope the Yankees have to have a chance to win games due to the pitchers.

This first win was a big one for the Yankees as they beat the Kansas City Royals 6-2. Can Sabathia help keep this team in contention long enough for the sluggers like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton come back.

Injured List:

  • New York Mets’ SP Jake deGrom
  • Boston Red Sox’ Utility Eduardo Nunez and 2B Dustin Pedroia
  • Philadelphia Phillies’ SS Jean Segura, SS Scott Kingery, RP Victor Arano
  • Toronto Blue Jays’ SP Matt Shoemaker
  • New York Yankees’ OF Aaron Judge

NBA:

NBA Playoffs:

  • Boston Celtics swept the Indiana Pacers as Kyrie Irving proves he can lead a team.
  • Milwaukee Bucks looking to wrap up first playoff series win in 18 years after a 3-0 lead against the Detroit Pistons
  • Warriors showing why they are the defending champions after overcoming Beverly and the Clippers 3-1
  • Jazz (0-3) and Thunder (1-3) are in trouble after losing another home game and losing their series.
  • Jared Dudley still going at the Sixers “Big 3” despite being down 3-1.
  • Nuggets rally to tie series at 2-2 with Spurs.
  • Raptors and Kwahi are a game closer to the next round.

NHL:

NHL Playoffs:

  • Calargy Flames (1-4 against Colorado Avalanche) and Tampa Bay Lightning (0-4 against Columbus Blue Jackets) take an early 1st round exit
  • New York Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Capitals took a 6-0 victory in game 5 to take a 3-2 lead in the series that could change their playoffs as they look to repeat.
  • Dallas Stars look to close out Nashville Monday after taking a 3-2 series lead.
  • Boston and Toronto are will be playing game 7 on Tuesday for the chance to play Columbus in the second round.
  • St. Louis Blue closed out Winnipeg in six games.
  • San Jose Sharks battled through two overtimes with the Vegas Knights to focus a game 7.

NCAA:

Players to declare for NBA draft:

  • Western Kentucky’s C Charles Bassey
  • Missouri’s C Jontay Porter
  • Texas Tech’s G Jarrett Culver
  • Virginia’s F Mamadi Diakite
  • Georgia’s F Nic Claxton
  • Russian’ Nikita Mikhailovskii
  • Estonian’ Henri Drell
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