JT’S MONDAY BRUNCH

SLUMP BUSTED! What a slump busting weekend for Jordan Spieth as he outlasted Patrick Cantlay in a playoff to win the Tartan Jacket at RBC Heritage, his first PGA tournament victory since winning The Open in 2017. If you read our guy Rob Record’s “Off The Record: RBC Heritage” article last week, you knew that he predicted a bounce-back performance from Spieth after he missed the cut at The Master’s the week prior. He didn’t disappoint, and while this likely means you can remove Spieth from your player pools for the next few years, good for him to get the monkey off his back!

KYRIE MAKING FRIENDS You’ll find Boston at the top of the list of cities that can be unwelcoming to opposing players right next to Philadelphia and New York. Nobody knows this better than Kyrie Irving, one-time Celtic, and he tripped right into their trap Sunday afternoon. Kyrie decided to, as he explained, return the fans hostility with some of his own in the form of the middle finger salute – several times. Intermittent fasting and fighting with the opposing fans are interesting ways to channel one’s attention during the playoffs, but Kyrie is a strange fucking dude. I’m sure Steve Nash appreciates this latest challenge to maintaining order for this historically disorderly franchise.

DAVE CAN’T CATCH A BREAK I usually get a good chuckle when I see Dave Roberts bouncing out of the Dodgers dugout to remove a pitcher early in the game. But, I also have to admit the criticism and grief he’s getting over pulling Clayton Kershaw amidst a perfect game last week in Minnesota is unwarranted. And with him lifting Julio Urias after just 5 innings and 65 pitches on Saturday, critics and Dodger fans are getting frustrated early. But, in the case of Kershaw, this is a pitcher who has had a slew of injuries over the course of his career and who had elbow inflammation shut him down for most of last season. Remember, too, that the Dodgers championship hopes were derailed largely as a result of injuries to their pitching staff and, of course, whatever is going on with Trevor Bauer and MLB. Kershaw and Urias are the two most important parts of the Dodgers’ championship hopes this season. Taking Kershaw out after 80 pitches on a cold, April day in Minnesota and lifting Urias in his second start against a hapless Reds squad were smart decisions designed to keep those pieces healthy for October.

NASTY NESTOR Such was the moniker that Yankees’ announcer Michael Kay bestowed on Nestor Cortes as he dominated the Orioles Sunday, striking out 12 – yes, 12 – over 5 scoreless innings. Sure, an already weak Orioles lineup was missing Cedric Mullins, but this follows Cortes’s brilliant first start where he held down the Blue Jays, striking out 5 over 4 1/3 scoreless innings. The Yankees offense was equally listless, however, as they dropped Sunday’s game 5-0 to lose 2 of 3 over the weekend in Baltimore. Cue up the Fire Aaron Boone memes!

WEEKLY BRAG ON RPS MEMBERS Yep, another week means more RPS winners! First, RPS member chaseaddienc – AKA Soccer Stud…really dude? – brought home $20,000 in MLB DFS, winning on both DraftKings and FanDuel.

Not to be outdone, cookiemonster snagged more than $30,000 in the NBA Playoffs.

And, last but not least, RPS founding coordinators BigT ($20,000+) and Hoop ($125,000+) each had big hits over the weekend in NBA and MLB respectively. Woo Hoo!

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