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Pro Hogs Update: Former Hog Pitchers are Enjoying Early Success

Drew Smyly’s first start since 2016 goes well

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

MLB

In three appearances, Rays lefty Jalen Beeks has thrown 5 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts to just 1 walk. His longest outing was his first of the season in which he threw 3 innings and struck out 5. Beeks’ teammate Ryne Stanek has also not allowed run in 4 innings over 3 appearances. Stanek has struck out 5 with only 1 hit and 1 walk allowed.

In his first start of the season, Drew Smyly went 3 innings and allowed just one earned run (a home run) while striking out 2 and walking 2. Hopefully Smyly can build on the success and turn in regular quality starts as the season goes on.

James McCann collected two hits, including a double, against the Royals. He carries a .250 batting average after three games played. Brian Anderson also had a two hit game that included a double and an RBI against the Mets. After a rough start in his March games, he has a 3 game hitting streak in 3 April games.

NBA

Bobby Portis has logged three double-doubles over the last couple of weeks. He has 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 1 assist in a loss to Miami. A week later he scored 28 on 6-12 from three with 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and a block in a loss to Utah. And yesterday he scored 20 with 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and an assist in a loss to his former team the Bulls.

The Clippers had a very hot March, only losing 1 game the entire month. Patrick Beverley has been playing plenty of minutes, but his scoring has been down of late. He did, however, put up 12 and 11 against the Knicks and Timberwolves recently, but a recent hip injury seems to be biting into his playing time.