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Urban: Urbs' Daily 5 -- Should a pitcher be MVP?


Urban: Urbs' Daily 5 -- Should a pitcher be MVP?

Sept. 6, 2011


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Mychael Urban

Back to work and happily so, right? No? Let's change that right now. Avert your gaze from that daunting spreadsheet for a few minutes and soak up today's set of MLB-related questions, collectively and individually sure to put into your day a charge similar to that fifth cup of coffee you just banged down.1) Should a pitcher ever be considered for a league's MVP award?
Justin Verlander's season for Detroit has people talking, but he's got a teammate -- Miguel Cabrera -- going monster every day. Is every-fifth-day dominance enough to take the prize?
RELATED: 2011 MLB pitching stats

2) If the A's move to San Jose, will you go to fewer games?
This is assuming you're one of the faithful fans who goes to games in Oakland. Is that assuming too much? 3) Will the Giants sell out the rest of their home schedule?
The streak likely won't end this weekend against the Dodgers, but what if they're cooked by the time that Rockies series rolls around later in the month?4) How old is too old to wear a jersey with another man's name on the back?
Something seems wrong about a 37-year-old paying to rock a 24-year-old's gear. Proposed cutoff: 16.5) Runner at third, one out, tie game, fly ball to right field. If it's your squad, who do you want camped under that ball and ready to throw to the plate?
Ichiro Suzuki can still bring it. Locally, it's hard to ignore Nasty Nate Schierholtz. Hunter Pence? Torii Hunter? Justin Upton?Don't forget to leave your thoughts below, folks. Let us know how you'd handle today's Daily 5. Reader with the best answers wins a jumbo Chick-O-Stick.

Durant responds to Capela's bold claim by taking shot at Rockets center


Durant responds to Capela's bold claim by taking shot at Rockets center

After the Rockets beat the Warriors on Saturday night, Clint Capela made the following statement:

"We're confident because we know if we're doing what we're supposed to do, we're going to beat them ... we are better than them."

On Monday, Kevin Durant was asked if he caught wind of Capela's strong words.

"Yeah," Durant answered while smiling. "It's all a part of the game. They beat us twice this year. They should feel confident. Obviously, we're confident and we feel as though we are the best team in the league and we can beat anybody as well. But we can be beat. We can be beat on any night if we don't come to play.

"We don't want to give those teams that type of confidence but we let it happen. We gotta move on and if we end up seeing this team, I'm sure it would be a fun one.

"You hear that from guys like Capela -- who's usually catching the ball and laying it up from CP (Chris Paul) or James Harden. His job is not as hard. When your job is that hard, you know you can't come out there and just say sh*t like that. 

"I don't expect that from CP and James and Ariza and the rest of the guys because they know how hard it is to come out there and do that every night. Capela -- catch and dunk every night so it's pretty easy for him."

Capela recorded 18 points, five rebounds, four steals and a block in Houston's 116-108 victory.

The Warriors (37-10) lead the Rockets (32-12) by 3.5 games for the No. 1 seed in the West.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Reports: Bucks fire Jason Kidd; Giannis Antetokounmpo 'devastated'


Reports: Bucks fire Jason Kidd; Giannis Antetokounmpo 'devastated'

The Bucks are reportedly in the market for a new head coach.

Milwaukee fired Jason Kidd on Monday afternoon, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojarnowski.

But here's the thing:

The Bucks (23-22) enter Monday's action in 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is averaging 28.2 points, 10.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.3 blocks per game this season.

In NBA All-Star voting, the "Greek Freak" racked up the second most votes in the entire league -- 2,530,211.

The 23-year old is in the first year of a 4-year, $100 million contract extension he signed in 2016.

He is not a free agent until after the 2020-21 season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller