The hidden-ball trick is a pastime within a pastime. It’s one of the rarest, sneakiest fits of baseball strategy, and when it’s executed properly, it’s a thing of beauty.
The Carolina Mudcats, an A-ball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, have sculpted a hidden-ball-trick Michelangelo. Here it is, from Wednesday:
The Mudcats are playing the Buies Creek Astros. The Astros run a double-steal, and the catcher throws down to third base. Both runners are safe, for the moment.
The one obvious “card” they can play is Jusuf Nurkic, who may finally be available after an injury kept him out of the opening two matchups. Nurkic gives Portland a real center, which will help the makeshift lineups involving Al-Farouq Aminu and Noah Vonleh they’ve been throwing out there.
Still, the Warriors haven’t really got a breakout game from Stephen Curry or Klay Thompson yet, with Curry leading the team in scoring in Game 2 with just 19 points. One of those two going off soon seems inevitable. Draymond Green, meanwhile, had one of the most incredible games you’ll see in the series opener, recording this line: 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five blocks, three steals on 6-of-10 shooting.
The Warriors are in the midst of the most impressive three-season run by any team in league history, and they’re heavy favorites to win the title.
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