THE FIELD … ON THE FIELD … ON THE FIEL
DREAMS WILL begin to show signs of fulfillment in the next few days as the final night of high-school baseball’s regular season will have teams vying for postseason spots, while Texas City’s D’Onta Foreman and La Marque’s Brian Allen will be hoping for life-altering phone calls during the NFL draft to become the next pair of footballers in a long line of Galveston County natives to have played at the game’s highest level.
Lance McCullers looks to close out a strong April as he takes his 2-0 record and 3.38 ERA on the mound for the Astros at Cleveland Indians at 6:10pm. He won his most recent start when he struck out eight Los Angeles Angels over 6.2 innings on Thursday.
That day saw Indians starter Trevor Bauer earn his first win of the season, allowing just two runs on three hits over 6.1 innings against Minnesota Twins.
The futures of Foreman and Allen will officially be on the clock at 7:00pm when the NFL draft kicks off with the first of seven rounds in Philadelphia. The Texans, who have the 25th overall pick, are expected to address their offensive line with their choice, yet the rumor mills suggest the team could use the selection to bring in a quarterback to compete with projected starter Tom Savage.
The two quarterbacks most linked to Houston are Clemson’s DeShaun Watson, who led the Tigers to the national championship this past season, and Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes, who led the country with 5,082 passing yards.
While Foreman and Allen are not expected to be picked tomorrow, both could hear their names called during one of Friday’s second and third rounds. According to NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter, Forman is projected to be picked in the second round by Green Bay Packers with the 61st overall pick, with Allen slated to become a Jacksonville Jaguar if his name is called in the fifth round on Saturday.
The final night of high-school baseball’s regular-season action will have Clear Brook at Dickinson, Clear Falls at Clear Creek, Clear Lake at Clear Springs, Friendswood at Alvin and Santa Fe at Fort Bend Marshall, with each game beginning at 7:00pm.
Meanwhile, there’s little rest for the Astros, who arrive home in the morning before starting a weekend series against Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park beginning at 7:10pm. The game is the first of a seven-game homestand that continues on Monday when the Texas Rangers come to town for the first meeting of the season between the arch rivals.
Depending on the result of the game against Oklahoma City Thunder yesterday, Tuesday, the Rockets could be playing the opening game of the NBA Western Conference semifinals, sitting and waiting for the winners of the Memphis Grizzlies-San Antonio Spurs series or taking on the Thunder in the seventh and deciding game of the conference’s quarterfinals.
Houston had a 3-1 series lead over OKC leading into game five due yesterday and needed a win to close out the Thunder. The Rockets won game four on Sunday in a wild 113-109 victory in Oklahoma that saw them overcome a pair of double-digit deficits to put James Harden’s most-valuable-player rival Russell Westbrook and OKC one game away from a premature offseason vacation.