There is definitely not a lack of good, compelling stories going on in the National League East right now. The Atlanta Braves, leaders of the division for a while now, managed to defeat the Dodgers twice in three days and ended up pulling young stud Ronald Acuna, Jr. on Sunday for not legging out a fly ball. The Washington Nationals keep on fighting, and they bounced back on Sunday to win 16-8 after they had fallen the day prior to the Brewers in a wacky slugfest. But perhaps the biggest piece of news to come from the day revolved around rookie New York Mets’ man Pete Alonso. With his 40th bomb of the season coming during the afternoon affair against the Kansas City Royals, in an 11-5 victory, Alonso went to the top of the charts for most homers by a rookie ever. The previous record belonged to Cody Bellinger just two years ago with 39. Alonso now has over a month left in the season to obliterate the record. If he stays on pace he will. As for the NL East battle, the Braves remain 5.5 up on Washington and nine up on the Mets. The Wild Card race, though, continues to be anyone’s best guess.
The relatively short tenure of Adam Gase with the New York Jets has been more than just interesting so far. It’s certainly not been dull. And he kept up that tradition by being totally honest on Sunday, admitting that he took the blame for the injury that prematurely ended linebacker Avery Williamson’s season on Thursday. The head coach admitted fault that he had left his man in for too long, leading to last season’s top tackler to come up lame with an ACL injury. Nevertheless, while Gase is remorseful about it, he doesn’t plan to not learn from it. Due to that, he will not be lining up running back Le’Veon Bell until the official season begins in September.
Dwight Howard isn’t the star he used to be in the NBA, far from it actually, but he is still around and will be hoping to make some sort of an impact come next season. That impact could be as a Los Angeles Laker, if reports are to be believed, with sources indicating he has been given permission by current team Memphis Grizzlies to talk to others that might be interested in his services. It’s thought that the Lakers are one of the teams showing some interest due to the fact that DeMarcus Cousins has an ACL injury and will miss much of, if not all, of the season ahead. Howard wouldn’t likely be a starter, but he could be seen as a rotation piece and a veteran presence.