Welcome to the latest edition of The Cooler. Let’s get this started:
*The MLB Draft begins Monday night, and while the industry of mock drafting isn’t as big in baseball as it is in football or basketball, it does exist. So who are the Twins going to take with the No. 20 overall pick?
MLB.com takes a stab at a few possibilities, including left-handed college pitcher Shane McClanahan of South Florida and right-handed college pitcher Jackson Kowar of Florida.
Chances are it will either be a college pitcher or a high school hitter. That doesn’t narrow it down much, but those are at least two names to watch. The draft begins at 6 p.m. on MLB Network. The intrigue is quite a bit muted compared to last year when the Twins had the No. 1 overall pick and took Royce Lewis (pictured).
*The Lynx fell to 2-5 with their second loss of the season to rival Los Angeles on Sunday, and it’s now fair to wonder just exactly what is wrong with the team. Are they getting old? Are they just in a rough patch? Is the chemistry off?
Maybe it’s a little of all three, but they sure don’t seem to be getting much consistent production beyond Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles. If the overall excellence of the starting five has been the trademark of the Lynx during their run of four WNBA titles in seven seasons, this season might mark a transition to a “big two” and more help from the bench. We got a glimpse of that Sunday when Rebekkah Brunson played only 17 minutes and Lindsay Whalen just seven.
*If you were hoping Eric Kendricks’ brother Mychal would wind up with the Vikings after visiting recently as a free agent, it looks like that won’t happen. Yahoo is reporting that the older Kendricks, formerly of the Eagles and also a linebacker, is signing with the Browns.
*Here are three minutes of sadness: The uncut look at what happened after J.R. Smith’s Game 1 blunder in the NBA Finals.
This is heartbreaking! Long uncut footage of LeBron, JR Smith & George Hill after Smith’s mistake in Game 1. pic.twitter.com/MplQoAkk0a
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 4, 2018
*The Wolves have 80 to 1 odds of winning the NBA title next season, according to Westgate SuperBook odds released over the weekend. That’s all going to change when LeBron James signs here.
(Narrator: He is not).