Last Week in Sports: July 4, 2022

Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park.
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Each of the last two weeks has seen a championship series concluded, with the Golden State Warriors and Colorado Avalanche taking home trophies. This marks the start of the down period in sports before September ushers in the best time of the year. This current time of year, in which fans have just MLB and WNBA is a period that we mark by taking some time to self-reflect, pick up a new hobby, meditate – who are we kidding, we just watch more MLB and WNBA than ever before. Let’s talk about who you should’ve been watching last week:

MLB Team of the Week

Do you think New York Yankees fans are nervous watching the Houston Astros? We would be. They’ve had the Yankees’ number for the past few years, and look as dangerous as ever, especially this past week, in which they went 6-0, beating the Mets twice, the Yankees once, and the Angels thrice. They are our MLB Team of the Week after making two of the top teams in the NL and AL head home with their heads down. They saw their pitching continue to absolutely dominate, arguably pitching better this past week than in the week prior, in which they no-hit the top lineup in baseball. The Yankees may still be the team to beat, but the Astros could be the most dangerous team in the American League at the moment.

Chicago Sky forward Candace Parker (3) reacts after receiving a technical foul during the first half of a WNBA game against the Minnesota Lynx at Wintrust Arena.
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WNBA Team of the Week

The Chicago Sky are our WNBA Team of the Week after a clean 2-0 week that saw a couple of big home victories. First, they knocked off the Connecticut Sun, who have been one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season, threatening the Sky for their top seed. Then, they took down the Phoenix Mercury in a rematch of last season’s Finals. While obviously Phoenix isn’t a complete team without Brittney Griner, they are still a threat to beat any team in this league, and the Sky sent them home with ease. The repeat threat is alive and well, folks.

Editors’ note: One important thing to mention is Brittney Griner’s absence from the court this season. She has been classified as wrongfully detained and held for over 140 days at the writing of this post. Bring Brittney home.