Updated: Feb 14
The Seawanhaka Sports Rundown is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in sports news at the local, state, and national, and international level.
By: JOSEPH SIMILE / SPORTS CO-EDITOR
Jacob deGrom Expected to Miss Four Weeks
New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is expected to miss four weeks after receiving an MRI on April 1, 2022. The MRI revealed a stress reaction in his right scapula. DeGrom was expected to be the Mets opening day starter, and will now be sidelined for the first month of the season. DeGrom had pitched five innings in spring training, surrendering only five hits and one run. Last season, deGrom started 15 games before succumbing to inflammation in his elbow, posting a 1.08 ERA with 146 strikeouts to 11 walks in 92 innings. Had he kept up his ERA and strikeout-to-walk ratio, deGrom would’ve had the highest ERA since integration and the greatest strikeout-to-walk ratio in league history.
Ottawa Senators Goalie Mads Sogaard Makes Impressive Debut
Ottawa Senators former 2nd round pick goalie Mads Sogaard made his NHL debut on Friday, recording 27 saves and helping lead Ottawa to a win over the Red Wings, with a final score of 5-2. Ranked the second best goalie in the 2019 draft, the 6’7 Denmark native posted a .931 save percentage in his NHL debut. Sogaard said the stick from his first victory will be put in a safe place.
LA Clippers Set Franchise Scoring Record
The Los Angeles Clippers set the franchise record for most points scored in a game, dominating the Milwaukee Bucks in a 153-119 victory. Robert Covington led the way for the Clippers, draining 11 three pointers en route to his career high 43 points, paired with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks. Amir Coffey also had a career high, posting 32 points along with six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
eSports Playoffs Begin This Week
The ECAC eSports playoffs commence this week and LIU has nine teams competing. LIU Valorant Gold is taking on Friars Valorant White of Providence college. LIU Overwatch Sharks is set to take on Bees OW of Savannah College of Art & Design. LIU Winston Churchill is playing Wayne State College Madden Gold. LIU NBA2K Joe is taking on SAGU NBA2K22 HesiSwagz of Southwestern Assemblies of God University. All five of LIU’s Super Smash Bros teams also qualified for playoffs. Good luck to our student athletes competing this week!
Dodgers and White Sox Agree to Player Swap
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox agreed to a trade on Friday, with the Dodgers landing star shutdown reliever Craig Kimbrel in exchange for slugging outfielder A.J. Pollock. Kimbrel has been one of the best relievers over the past decade, he is the active leader in saves, and boasts a career 2.18 ERA. He spent the first half of last season with the Cubs, where he posted an impeccable 0.49 ERA over 39 games before being shipped across town to the White Sox, where he struggled, posting a 5.09 ERA in 23 innings. Over the last two seasons, Pollock has posted a 135 OPS+ for the Dodgers, including his 2020 campaign where he helped the Dodgers overcome the Tampa Bay Rays in the world series. No money or prospects are reportedly being exchanged, as Pollock and Kimbrel have very similar salaries.