Last week, although lacking in basketball playoff action, saw quite a few players heat up and perform well for their teams. Matt Kuchar seemed to regain his form that had him playing well early in the season, while Matt Wieters started hitting more consistently.
Georgia Tech had their full field (Duval excluded) participating in the Crowne Plaza Invitational last week, and it was a success for a couple former Yellow Jackets. Bryce Molder, Cameron Tringale, and Roberto Castro all made the cut, which was set at -1, and finished the tournament at +2, E, and -1 respectively. They probably didn't have the finish they were expecting, but they made the cut and had a successful tournament. The first two rounds weren't as kind to Stewart Cink, Troy Matteson, and Nicholas Thompson, however, as all four missed the cut by at least 5 strokes. I would expect the majority of Tech's pro golfers to compete in the next few tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open in three weeks.
Matt Kuchar finally showed up to the party after a couple of down weeks by his standards. Kuchar had the lead going into the final round of the tournament, but wasn't able to post a low enough score to withstand Boo Weekley's charge. Kuchar always seems to keep himself in contention, but wasn't able to keep his lead, losing by 1 stroke. Hopefully he keeps up his excellent play heading into the U.S. Open because he will have a good chance to win his first major.
Now that Chris Bosh is the lone remaining Tech pro left in the NBA Playoffs, I have started secretly hoping for the Heat to win it all. People may dislike Lebron and Dwyane Wade, but Chris Bosh is a great guy and he plays great basketball. His role in the series against the Pacers has been to move Roy Hibbert out of the paint, which creates driving lanes for his teammates. Bosh has scored 17, 17, and 15 points in the first three games of the series and has been efficient offensively. His rebound and block stats are clearly lower since he's operating further from the rim, but that doesn't take away from his value to the team right now. Without Chris Bosh on the floor, the Heat would be down in this series. Game 4 is tonight on TNT at 8:30.
In baseball news, Georgia Tech's most notable former player is finally set to come off of the DL. That's right, Mark Teixeira is scheduled to come off the of DL on Friday and should get immediate action. That's great news for the Yankees, even if their replacement players are playing well. He provides a huge power bat that can help give Robinson Cano some cushion in the batting order.
Matt Wieters has also finally shown some life for his team, hitting .310 with 5 doubles and 7 RBIs in the last seven games. He has finally heated up and is driving in runs like most Orioles fans expected. If he can continue to hit and add to his RBI totals, he should have a legitimate argument for making the All Star game.
Derek Dietrich, Charlie Blackmon, and Tyler Greene have all seen playing time over the last week, but their numbers weren't quite what they expected. Dietrich has filled in nicely for the Marlins, accumulating 5 hits, two of which were homers, in his last 7 games. He has cooled off since his hot start, but hopefully he can continue to get on base for a poor Marlins offense who desperately needs him. Charlie Blackmon hasn't been as fortunate as Dietrich when it comes to playing time. He only saw 10 plate appearances last week, and managed to get 2 hits and a stolen base. Both hits and his SB came in his most recent start though, which is hopefully the start of another good run for him. Much like Blackmon, Tyler Greene saw very limited playing time last week, only receiving two starts. He managed a double in one of those starts, but was otherwise ineffective. Dietrich obviously has had more opportunities to this point in the season than Blackmon or Greene, but all three need to keep playing well when given the chance if they want to stay in the majors.
Although it isn't news from last week, Sasha Goodlett and the Indiana Fever start their season on Friday against the Atlanta Dream. After winning the 2012 WNBA Championship, they are looking to defend their title. Goodlett rarely played last season, but she received more playing time this preseason and should get solid rotation minutes on Friday. The game is at 7 P.M. and will be on local Atlanta television.
Last week was surprisingly eventful for many of Georgia Tech's pros, but next week will be less exciting. Mark Teixeira will finally be back in action and hopefully he can make a splash early for the Yankees. By the end of the weekend the Heat should know their Finals fate and we'll also know if Kuchar is actually over his slump. This post was a little late, but I'll be posting the next article on Monday again like usual.