Boston Red Sox catcher, Kelly Shoppach had a lot going on for himself in the Red Sox home opener last week versus the Tamp Bay Rays. He caught a brilliant game from SP Josh Beckett, 1 run in 8 innings in a 12-2 win- for starters. On offense, the former Tampa Bay catcher for the last two seasons, went 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI.
And as our Best Stat nominee, Shoppach is now 1-1 in stolen bases. One steal, one attempt, in 446 games, a feat that even broke a MLB record held since 2005 for the amount of games played without an attempted steal. (They have records in baseball for just about everything, don’t they?) Unfortunately, his ‘steal’ of second base could possibly be the worst looking steal ever made since Nelson Doubleday had visions of creating the sport of baseball over a century ago!!
*Please excuse the poor quality in this home made video although you will still be able to capture the essence of one of the world’s worst steals, ever.
Nobody is hotter from downtown since the All-Star break than Steve Novak of the N.Y. Knicks! He has hit 30 3-pointers since returning from the break; 7 more in one less game than the 3-point leader this season, Ryan Anderson of the Magic, who plays twice the minutes! In fact, not only has Novak qualified for our ‘BEST STAT’ feature, but he has been a stat machine for most of the season.
#16 Steve Novak mocks Aaron Rodgers putting on his invisible championship belt after nailing a 3-pointer. Photo: Nathaniel S Butler/NBAE/Getty Images
Consider some of the other amazing stats that the 2nd round pick of the Houston Rockets in the 2006 draft has accomplished so far this season: He is currently shooting the third highest percentage in 3-pointers in the league. Ryan Anderson leads the league in 3-pointers made with 122. Steve Novak has 78 but has played half the minutes of Anderson.
In his last two games, Novak has made 10 of 18 3-pointers for a 55.5% average. In his last 12 games, he has shot 50% or better from beyond the arc in 9 of them for a 3.4 per game average. He has only averaged just under 17 minutes per game this year but is on pace to finish the season with 140 threes. If he would have played the same minutes as Ryan Anderson, he would finish the season with close to 250 threes!! And if other teams seems to be hurting by his pin-point shooting, rest assured that the Knicks are feeling no pain since they’re the ones with the Novakaine!
*For all those about to enter the fantasy basketball playoffs a week from Monday, keep in mind that if your team is lacking in 3′s Novak is available in 75% of most leagues.