In Rochester, late May is an interesting time for sports fans in the U.S. with major league baseball up and rolling, while the NBA and the NHL are swiftly heading toward their June championship battles. Of course there’s also the recently completed NFL draft to consider, along with numerous other interests in golf, racing, soccer, and the start of the WBNA season. Truly there is something going on for just about any interest. Here’s our latest Roc City Professional Sports Update.
Major League Baseball is nearing the quarter mark of its season, so while it is still way too early to make any predictions, some interesting trends have developed. The Houston Astros of the American League currently have the best mark in baseball at a .659 winning percentage, and, more surprisingly, the Colorado Rockies have the NL best percentage at. 622. The participants in last year’s Fall Classic – the Cubs and the Indians – are finding their footing after slow starts. Last year’s World Series was one for the ages and one of the best in ratings for MLB in many years. For local interests, the beloved (or despised!) Yankees are in first place and showing solid promise to be in the battle all year. The Minnesota Twins are holding their own after a disastrous season last year. The Twins actually are in first place in the crowded AL Central. Our own Rochester Red Wings are the Triple-A farm club for the Twins – the highest level of professional baseball before the Major Leagues. After a strong season last year, the Red Wings are up and down, hovering at the .500 mark. Support the Red Wings for an affordable family friendly night out throughout the summer. There are excellent fireworks after the game every Friday and Saturday night. (Check out a host of fantastic Red Wings promotions.)
The NBA and NHL are approaching the apex of their respective seasons: the final push for the Larry O’Brien Trophy in the NBA Finals and of course Lord Stanley’s Cup in hockey. The NHL finalists are not so predictable compared with what is expected in the NBA this season. Currently, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators are preparing for the ultimate in sports: a Game 7! With a win, the Penguins will make a return to the NHL Finals after winning it all last year; the Ottawa Senators have a Game 7 monkey on their back – they are 0 – 5 in Game 7s in their history. But perhaps they are due. By the time you read this, the determination will have been made. One of them will be facing the exciting Nashville Predators representing the Western Conference in their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance. Nashville and hockey – a strange but interesting mix!
In the NBA, it looks like the third straight appearance by the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is on the way – a rubber-match after splitting the titles of the past two years. The Boston Celtics showed their pride, however, by recently handing the Cavs their first lost in the entire post-season. As impressive as that Cleveland mark is, the Warriors haven’t lost any games in the playoffs and go into the Finals as the first undefeated team in NBA post-season history. Some lament the fact that the Cavs and Warriors haven’t been tested very much in the playoffs, providing a lackluster post-season. But others recall the great years when the Lakers and Celtics went at each other seemingly every year in epic Final series. The Cavs and Warriors Part III, if it happens, should be fantastic and make up for the earlier formalities. The NBA Finals tip-off on Thursday June 1st. Check out SportsTavern.com list of great Rochester area sports bars here and enjoy an NBA, NHL, or MLB game out at one of our many fine establishments!
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