You should be keeping an eye on the Diamondbacks this year

Earlier this week, we implored you to start paying attention to the Colorado Rockies. All the reasons you need to do so are in that article. But there’s another team in the NL West that you need to start paying attention to. In fact, the entire National League only has five teams with a winning record right now – three of them are in the NL West, and one of those teams just happens to be the Arizona Diamondbacks.

If this feels a little like shuffling deck chairs, that’s because it is. Changes to the coaching staff is the last thing a team can try before just firing its manager. And Mozeliak essentially said that the future is in manager Mike Matheny’s hands. He gave a four-to-six-week timeline for improvement and didn’t give any assurances to Matheny that his job was safe in the future. The only vote of confidence? Mozeliak said I want him to feel confident we trust him to do his job, but we need to do better. Yikes.

It’s not like there’s no hope for the Cardinals. They may be fourth in the division, but they’re just 4 1/2 games out of first place. They’re behind the Reds, who are supposed to be deep into their rebuild. And the Brewers are at the top of the NL Central, somehow. There are still a lot of games left to play, and that division is going to change a lot over the next three-plus months. This team may not be the best one the Cardinals have fielded in the past decade, but there’s still time for them to figure it out. And time for Matheny to save his job.

Charlotte Wilder found out that Noah Syndergaard loves hot sauce a lot. Like, a whole lot. Really, really, really a lot. And also: A hot dog is not a sandwich. Noah says so.

The super regionals for the 2017 NCAA baseball tournament started yesterday, and that means we’re even closer to the exciting College World Series.

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Golden State outscored Cleveland 36-11 over the next 9:05 of game time

Durant has been a monster in transition, averaging 6.5 points per game in transition during the regular season and 7.0 in the playoffs while doing so efficiently at 1.13 points per possession. It turns out having a 7-footer who can rebound and lead the break is a huge advantage. Go figure.

It’s still funny to see a James line of 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists and know he can be much better. But it’s true.

James had his turnover issues and shot less than 50 percent from the field (9 of 20), not to mention multiple defensive possessions where he was out of position. LeBron will do his usual LeBron things, as expected, but if the Cavs want to win back-to-back titles, he must be the best player in this series. That means putting him in positions to succeed.

The Cavs mentioned pushing the pace in Game 2, a dangerous proposition when you consider they had the worst transition defense in terms of efficiency during the regular season. But choosing spots to push the ball does allow James to gain momentum, and he is all but unstoppable at that point.

Monday, his take was proven correct. Apparently, it wouldn’t have even been a personal foul. James, the highest-profile player in the league, complained as well and didn’t get the same consideration.

After the no-call on LeBron’s dunk, Durant remained in the game. Golden State outscored Cleveland 36-11 over the next 9:05 of game time, a stretch in which Durant scored 13 of his team-high 39 points and added three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

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