Tim Fletcher Show: SEC West Predictions + Big Gift for LSU Hoops
What you missed on The Tim Fletcher Show.
The Texas Rangers certainly had their chances Sunday afternoon in a 3-2 loss to Toronto. In each of the last four innings, the Rangers had at least one runner in scoring position but failed to bring him around as part of a woeful 2-for-15 day with runners in scoring position. In all, Texas stranded a dozen runners on the day as they fell back to .500 with the loss (38-38). Next up for Texas, a four-game set in Baltimore.
Houston Astros rookie Carlos Correa scored on a misplayed double for the first run of the game in a 3-1 win over the Yankees Sunday. He doubled to lead off the seventh inning and scored on Evan Gattis' triple to give Houston a 2-1 lead. Preston Tucker added the insurance run in the eighth, scoring on Jason Castro's sacrifice fly after leading off the inning with a double. Meanwhile, Collin McHugh pitched eight solid innings and won for the third straight game to improve to 9-3.
Johnny Jones LSU hoops program continues to hit high notes in the off-season. 2016 top recruit, Wade Sims out of University Lab in Baton Rouge, committed to the Tigers over the weekend. The 6'6", 205 pounder is the reigning Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year after powering the Cubs to a second straight 3A state championship. Named the MVP in both title tilts, Sims scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win over John Curtis in March.
Meanwhile, the stars of the incoming class---Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney---are enrolled in the highly acclaimed, inaugural Nike Basketball Academy on the west coast this week. Simmons, considered one of the two top NBA prospects for the June 2016 draft, and Blakeney are the only two players of the 27 attending yet to play a minute of college basketball.
Phil Barbaree, Jr. finished the drill in the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions this weekend. The Byrd High School junior finished a wire-to-wire win in the most prestigious event on the AJGA Tour, completing the 72 holes. fourteen shots ahead of the second place finisher. Barbaree shot rounds of 66, 68, 64 and 66 to break the AJGA all-time and Rolex Tournament scoring record---set last year in the same event by then Calvary senior, Sam Burns according to the Shreveport Times' Roy Lang.
Phil Steele's college football magazine hits store shelves soon---LSU fans will more than likely be pleased with the college guru's predicted order of finish in the SEC. Arkansas and Dak Prescott fans---not so happy.
Steele pegs Alabama as the team to beat in the SEC West but has LSU in second and reminds readers the Tigers have won five of their last seven games in Tuscaloosa, where this year's annual showdown between the Tide and Tigers takes place. Steele believe Arkansas will continue to show improvement but little movement in the pecking order, pegging them fifth.
Despite selecting Prescott, a Haughton alum, as the top quarterback in the league, Steele has Prescott's Mississippi State squad dead last in the division.