Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 23, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

this season. T,he Cleveland cavaliers granted Kyrie Irving’s wish and traded him to the Boston Celtics in Tuesday. All in all it looks like Cleveland got a pretty good deal for Irving. In return for Irving the Celtics sent point guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and the Brooklyn Nets 2018 1st round pick that the Celtics owned. It’s an unprotected 1st round pick; so the Cavaliers will receive the pick no matter where the Nets finish.

It was back in July when Irving met with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and said he’d like to be traded. In the meeting Irving mentioned that he’d like to go to a team where he could be the focal point and that he no longer wanted to play along LeBron James.

Irving is 25 years old and this will be his 7th NBA season. Irving has had some injury issues in his career, but he played in 72 games last season and posted his highest scoring average at 25.2 points per game while averaging just over 35 minutes a game.

Thomas is 28 years old, but is also heading into his 7th NBA season. The Celtics had the best record in the Eastern Conference last season at 53-29 as Thomas posted a career high scoring average of 28.9 points per game. Thomas also handed out 5.9 assists per game while playing just shy of 34 minutes a game. Now Thomas did have a hip injury that caused him to miss the final three games of the Eastern Conference finals series against the Cavaliers. Thomas has spent the off season rehabbing the injury as he opted not to have surgery. Interestingly the Cavaliers still acquired Thomas even though they don’t know when he’ll be able to return to the court.

Jae Crowder is 27 years old and is entering his 6th NBA season. Crowder averaged 13.9 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game, 2.2 assists per game and 1 steal per game for the Celtics last season in 72 games. Crowder has averaged scoring in double digits the last two seasons with Boston.

Ante Zizic was the Celtics 1st round pick in the 2016 draft, He was the 23rd pick in that draft, but he hasn’t played a game in the NBA since being drafted. Zizic played 20 games for Darussafaka in the European League. Zizic averaged 9 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game. Zizic started 17 of the 20 games he played in and averaged playing just under 22 minutes per game.

As far as salaries go Irving has 3 years left on his deal. He’ll make $18,868,625 next season. It goes up to $20,009,188 in 2018-19 and then in the 2019-20 season he’ll make $21,329,750. Thomas is in the final year of his contract and will make $6,261,395 before becoming a free agent. Crowder has three seasons on his contract. He’ll make $6,796,117 this season. In 2018-19 he’ll make $7,305,825 and then in the final year of his contract his salary will be $7,815,533. Zizic signed a two year deal that totals $3,597,960. Zizic’s contract has two options years for the 2019-20 and 2020-2021 seasons.

This is an interesting deal especially since it was made by the two teams that net in the Eastern Conference finals last season. The Celtics have added Gordon Hayward as a free agent and they used the #3 pick in the draft to take Jayson Tatum all in an effort to get past the Cavaliers and into the NBA Finals. Will the addition of Irving be enough for them to do that? Or do you still have the Cavaliers as the favorite in the Eastern Conference?

If you’re a Cavaliers fan the question you have to be asking is; how does this trade effect LeBron James status. James is in the final year of his contract and most people think he’ll leave the Cavaliers as a free agent after the season. Now getting that Nets 1st round pick that should be a lottery pick, but they’re not going to get someone the caliber of James with that draft pick. Of course James can get more money from the Cavaliers than he can from any other team, but it appears in all likely hood he’ll be moving on after the 2017-18 season. With James the Cavaliers are a threat to win the NBA title, but if he decides to move on where does that leave the Cavaliers?

Professional athletes use social media for quite a few things and it appears that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Von Bell used his Twitter account to imply he’ll return to the Steelers the day after the teams final pre-season game. Bell simply tweeted out 9-1-17 and the a tweet that said you’re welcome.

Bell was given the franchise tag by the Steelers and is scheduled to make $12.1 million this season. Bell skipped training camp and hasn’t signed his franchise tender yet as he tries to get a new contract done with the Steelers. You’d have to expect that when Bell and the Steelers agree to a contract he’ll be the highest paid running back in the NFL. Devonta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons is currently the highest paid running back in the NFL. Freeman’s new contract pays him an average of $8.25 million per season; so look for a number above that in Bell’s new contract.

The Steelers open the season on the road as they’ll travel to Cleveland to face the Browns on September 10th.

Now this is the third week of pre-season games for NFL teams and that means that the starters will play more than in any other pre-season game.

Now this will give the fans and of course fantasy players a good look at the starters. The first thing that jumped out at me was the fact that the Browns have decided to start rookie DeShone Kizer over Brock Osweiler at quarterback. Now does this mean that Kizer will be the Browns starting quarterback in Week 1; who knows, but remember when Kizer was drafted the Browns mentioned that the plan was to bring him along slowly and they even went so far as to say that he might not play in a 2017 regular season game. Of course this is Cleveland; so you never know what they’re going to do, but it’s something to watch.

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How was your week

Posted: August 19, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It seems as though just in the last few days some of the top contenders in the National league have lost some of the best pitchers to injury. Now I’m not sure if it’s the new shorter 10-day disabled list that makes teams quicker to put players on it or if there have just been a rash of injuries. Will any of these recent injuries help decide which team will represent the National League in the World Series?

The Washington Nationals have a 14 games lead in the N.L. East heading into play today. It looked as though the Nationals where going to get their starting rotation back in order as Steven Strasburg is scheduled to come off the 10-day disabled list to start Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Then before last nights game Max Schrezer was scratched from his scheduled start and was placed on the 10-day DL with neck inflammation. If you remember back on August 1st Scherzer pitched one inning against the Miami Marlins before having to come out of the game for the same injury. Now it’s being reported that Scherzer has the same injury, but that it’s on the opposite side of his neck.

Now when the Nationals placed Scherzer on the DL they made it retroactive to August 15th; so it appears as though Scherzer’s next start will be August 24th against the New York Mets.

Now just a week ago the St, Louis Cardinals where on and 8-game winning streak and appeared to back in contention for the N.L. Central title. The Cardinals have a 2-3 record since the winning streak, but are still just 1 1/2 games out of 1st place. Now the Cardinals will have to deal with injuries to not one, but two if their key pitchers.

First in Thursday the Cardinals placed closer Trevor Rosenthal on the 10-day DL with what they described as right posterior elbow irritation. Then after some medical tests on Friday the Cardinals placed starter Adam Wainwright on the 10-day DL with a right elbow impingement.

Rosenthal recently regained the closers role with the Cardinals and had saved 7 consecutive games until August 16th when he gave up 2 runs while not recording an out in the Cardinals 5-4 loss t the Boston Red Sox.

Rosenthal is going to seek a 2nd opinion next week before it’s decided if he’ll need surgery to repair the ligament.

Adam Wainwright made his scheduled start on Thursday, but threw just 55 pitches and lasted just 3 innings while giving up 5 runs. The Cardinals are hoping that rest not surgery will allow Wainwright to recover, but there is no timetable for his return.

Thursday continued to be a bad day for pitchers as Cubs starter Jon Lester lasted just 1 2/3rds innings in his start and threw just 46pitches. At the time it was reported that Lester left the game due to tightness in his left lat. On Friday the Cubs placed Lester on the DL with left shoulder fatigue. This is another situation where the Cubs believe that Lester simply needs a rest.

The same day Lester went on the DL the Cubs also placed reliever Justin Grimm om the DL. Grimm has an infection in his right index finger.

Is it odd that we seem to be seeing more and more injuries to pitchers when they throw less and less? It’s rare that a pitcher throws 200 innings in a season and as soon as a starter gets to the 100 pitch mark in a game the announcers start talking about him coming out of the game soon. How many pitchers even male more than 30 starts in a season? Even with things like innings limits and pitch counts in place teams just can’t seem to keep their pitchers healthy. Remember when Nolan Ryan took over as President of the Texas Rangers he talked about allowing pitchers to go out and throwing innings and the new style sabermetrics community killed him for that. Was Ryan on the right track? Would pitcher being stronger and throwing more innings in the minors not less help them develop into major league pitchers that could handle the grind of a 162 season.

If you’ve played baseball or just watched enough of it you’ve probably heard someone use the term “have a day”. Well last night Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles had a day.

Machado went 3 for 5 with all three hits being home runs and he also drove in 7 runs in the Orioles 9-7 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Machado’s night started off with a ground out in the bottom of the 1st inning, but he came back in the bottom of the with a 2-run home run to centerfield off of Angels starter Andrew Heaney. Machado then led off the bottom of the 5th inning with his second home run and second off of Heaney. This one was a solo shot to leftfield. In the bottom of the 7th inning Machado made the final out of the inning as he flew out to rightfield against Angels reliever Blake Parker. Machado’s 5th and final at bat of the night came in the bottom of the 9th innings with the Orioles down by two (7-5) and the bases loaded. Of course since Machado had a 3 homer night he hit a game winning grand slam to centerfield off of Angels reliever Keynan Middleton to give the Orioles a 9-7 win in walk off fashion.

Machado has had his struggles this season, but looks to be starting to get back in his groove. Going into the All-Star break Machado was hitting just .230. Machado had such a poor first half that he failed to make the American League All-Star team after making it the previous two seasons. Now after the All-Star break Machado has really picked it up as he’s hitting .343 and it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the better Machado played the closer the Orioles got to a playoff spot.

Baltimore is still an under .500 team at 60-62, but with Machado’s resurgence the Orioles now find themselves just two games out of the final American League wild card spot. Can Machado stay hot and lead the Orioles to one of those wild card spots? Who knows; there are currently 8 teams battling for just one playoff spot. The New York Yankees have one of the wild card spots and they have a 3 1/2 game lead over the Minnesota Twins and the Angels who are currently tied for the second wild card spot. The Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners are 1/2 games out of that second spot while the Texas Rangers are 1 1/2 games out of a wild card spot followed by the Orioles. Right behind Baltimore you’ll find the Toronto Blue Jays and the Tampa Bay rays who are 3 games out of a wild card spot.

Can you believe there where people who didn’t want to see baseball add these wild card spots. I enjoy tradition as much as the next guy, but by adding the wild card spots baseball has found a way to keep more team in a playoff race and that has to help keep their fans engaged with football season just around the corner.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 16, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now we’ve mentioned it a few times here that teams can still make trades as long as their player clears waivers. Now there have been some bigger name players that have cleared waivers. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays both made it through the waiver process, but neither player has been traded yet. Now a new name that I head for the first time yesterday that made it through waivers was Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.

Stanton has a full no-trade clause on his contract; so he’d have to approve any deal that the Marlins tried to make. Of course Stanton would come along with a huge contract. He is signed through the year 2027 with an option for the 2028 season. Stanton still has $285 million left ion his contract and the option year is for $25 million or there’s a $10 million dollar buy out. Now Stanton does have an opt out clause after the year 2020, but I don’t know why he would take that. Stanton also has some incentives built into the contract. He’ll receive $50,000 for every Gold Glove, Silver Slugger and All-Star appearance he makes. He gets $100,000 for every M.V.P. award he wins. He gets a $250,000 bonus if he was to win a League Championship Series M.V.P. and then he’d get a $500,000 bonus if he was to be named M.V.P. of the World Series.

Now with the monetary value of Stanton’s contract you could eliminate any small market team from acquiring him, but there are some big time contenders that wouldn’t have an issue adding a player like Stanton and that salary to their roster. If a team was picking up all of the money left on Stanton’s contract you’d have to think they wouldn’t have to give up as much in trade for him. Just imagine how he’d look in the middle of a contenders line up. Let’s take a look at the teams that could be a landing spot for Stanton.

How about the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox home run numbers have been down this season, but Stanton would fix that in a hurry. Now the Red Sox would have to move one of their outfielders in this type of deal. So maybe they package a Jackie Bradley Jr. and maybe a top prospect in a Stanton deal. I’m not sure if the Red Sox would really be willing to move Mookie Betts or Andrew Benintendi, but for a player of Stanton’s caliber they might.

Then there’s the New York Yankees. For years the Yankees have signed player to large contracts; so adding this type of a contract would be no issue for them at all. The Yankees would also have to move a starting outfielder in a deal for Stanton, but I don’t think they’d be interested in giving up Aaron Judge and would the Marlins have any interest at all in Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury. Adding a prospect or two in two sweeten a deal wouldn’t be an issue for the Yankees as they’ve built up their farm system the last few seasons.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are another team who’d have no trouble carrying the salary that comes along with Stanton. The Dodgers also have one of the top farm systems in baseball; so they’d have the prospects to add into a deal. Now who could headline a deal for the Stanton for the Dodgers; how about Yasiel Puig. The Marlins play in a highly Cuban populated area of Miami and Puig is Cuban born. If Puig was sent to the Marlins in this type of deal he could be the new face of the franchise for the new Miami ownership group.

The Chicago Cubs also fit into this category. The Cubs would have no problems with Stanton’s salary, but what could they send the Marlins back in return. The Cubs had traded pretty much every prospect in their minor league system, but what about someone off the major league roster. Would the Marlins be interested in someone like Kyle Schwarber and whatever minor leaguers the Cubs could find to make this deal. Imagine a Cubs batting order featuring Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hitting in front of Stanton with a healthy Willson Contreras behind Stanton in the order.

Oddly the first team I heard that had express interest at the trade deadline where the Philadelphia Phillies. Philadelphia is having a down year and are currently 31 games under .500 and 28 games out of 1st place in the N.L. East. Now the Phillies have a young team and Stanton would be a great add in the middle of that line up, but do they have the pieces to get a Stanton deal done and then would the Marlins be interested in trading him within the division.

Stanton would be a good fit for any team that would deal for him, but you have to wonder if this is a move the new ownership group would want to make. If you where to trade a player of Stanton status; would you alienate your fan base right as you’re taking over ownership of the team? Stanton is clearly the face of the Marlins franchise and could be on his way to winning his first M.V.P. award.

Stanton is a great player who has had some injury issues, but we’re seeing what he can do this season when he’s healthy. He’s owed a lot of money and there are a lot of years left in his contract, but just start to imagine what he’d look like in your favorite teams line up. Stanton has never been to the playoffs in his eight years with the Marlins, but how good would he look on a line up card hitting at the top of the order for a World Series contender.

I’m not sure if there’s another player who’s going to make it through waivers that could be the kind of difference maker that Stanton could be. Would you like to see your favorite team make a deal for Stanton with the money he’s owed and the years left in his contract? Please leave your comments.

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How was your week

Posted: August 12, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As we enter the dog days of August there are still three division races up for grabs and of course those four wild card spots are making things very interesting. At this time of the baseball season one good hot streak can get you back in the playoff hunt and there are a couple of teams that have used hot streaks to get back into contention.

The Baltimore Orioles recently went on a streak where they won eight out of ten games and out themselves back into the conversation for a wild card spot. Remember the Orioles took a lot of heat for being buyers at the non-waive trade deadline instead of sellers. Now a west coast trip has kind of slowed the Orioles momentum down, but they are still just two games out of a wild card spot.

Then there’s a team like the Minnesota Twins who actually did trade a starting pitcher and their closer at the non-waiver traded deadline. The Twins now find themselves with the longest active winning streak in the American League at six games and have came back to grab the second wild card spot. You have to wonder if they regret dealing those pitchers now.

The hottest team in baseball right now is the St. Louis Cardinals who have won seven straight games and not only got themselves back into the race for a wild card spot, but have mixed into 2nd place in the National League Central and are just one game behind the division leading Chicago Cubs.

Staying in the National League Central the Pittsburgh Pirates have won seven of their last ten games and have jumped back into the conversation of being a playoff team. Pittsburgh just like St. Louis finds themselves closer to the top of their division (3 1/2 games) than they do in the wild card race where they’re 6 1/2 games out of a wild card spot.

A hot streak at the right time can also help a division leader get a little breathing room at the top. The Boston Red Sox eight game winning streak just came to an end last night, but that streak helped the Red Sox to a 3 1/2 game lead in the American League East.

The Cleveland Indians used a none game winning streak at the end of July to try and separate themselves at the top of the American League Central. Cleveland has played a little under .500 baseball since the winning streak ended, but they currently have a 3 1/2 game lead in their division.

Of course on the flip side of this a badly time losing streak or just playing .500 baseball at the wrong time can cost you games in the standings and a playoff berth.

The Kansas City Royals had a nine game winning streak towards the end of July that them right back into the division race and a wild card spot. Now the Royals have lost five games in a row and seven of their last eight games. The losing streak has dropped the Royals to 3rd in their division and while they’re just 1 1/2 games out of a wild card spot there are three teams ahead of them in the wild card race.

Then there’s the case of the Milwaukee Brewers who where probably the best story from the first half of the season. Milwaukee is 9-18 since the All-Star break and are currently on a six game losing streak. After leading the National League Central for most of not all of the first half of the season Milwaukee is now tired for 3rd place with Pittsburgh and are three games out of 1st place.

Now if you’re going to make the playoffs out of the National League Central you’re going to half to win the division because there’s virtually no chance that a wild card team will come from that division.

Of course the amazing thing about baseball is the fact that any team on a losing streak can quickly turn things around and go on a long winning streak. Just look at the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox are tied with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the second longest winning streak in the American League at four games. Interestingly the first three wins in the White Sox current four game winning streak came against the team with the best record in the American League the Houston Astros.

While the Chicago Cubs showed some power last night hitting a couple of home runs and getting a 8-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks you have to wonder if they suffered an injury this week that will be difficult for them to over come.

Before Friday’s win over the Diamondbacks they placed their starting catcher Willson Contreras on the disabled list. It appears as though Contreras will miss four to six weeks with a right hamstring strain. Contreras had been the best player on the Cubs this season and joined the conversation as one of the best two-way catchers in baseball as well as an M.V.P. candidate.

The question now is can or how will the Cubs replace Contreras? Now the Cubs did go out and acquired Alex Avila at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Detroit Tigers and you have to think that he’ll handle the bulk of the catching duties. Avila has played in just five games for the Cubs and is hitting .182 with two home runs and four RBI’s. Victor Caratini was brought back from Triple-A to catch some games as well, but he struggled in limited playing time the last time he was up. Caratini played just eleven games the last time he was brought up. He hit .192 with just one home run and two RBI’s. Caratini has shown he can hit at Triple-A. He was hitting .344 for the Iowa Cubs and you have to wonder if he’s given some regular playing time if he’ll hit at the major league level. Now there is an interesting option for the Cubs, but there’s just no way Kyle Schwarber can catch on an everyday basis. Schwarber caught in college and did a little bit of catching coming through the Cubs minor league system and with the Cubs as well. Maybe Schwarber could be use to spell Avila who has had some injury issues the last couple of seasons. Avila played just 57 games last season and 67 games in 2015 due to injuries and you have to wonder if he can handle being the everyday catcher.

Now besides Contreras’ hitting the Cubs will have to hope that one of there catchers will be able to step up and replace him o the defensive side. Contreras has thrown out 28% of runners those season and this is while handling a itching staff that has Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta on it. Those are two of the easier pitchers n baseball to steal on.  There where four successful stolen base attempts with no one being thrown against Caratini during his first call up. Avila hasn’t thrown out anyone out in the three attempts against him since joining the Cubs, but he was throwing out 33% of runners trying to steal when he was with the Detroit Tigers.

I think that this was the worst injury that the Cubs could’ve had and they way they replace Contreras will be the deciding factor on if they win the National League Central and go to the playoffs or if they’re at home watching another team win the World Series this season.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 9, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Depending on how big of a fan you are football season may be sneaking up and you along with your fantasy draft. Slowly but surely I’ve been trying to take a look at which players I should target and which players I can let go. Now I’m just getting started on this; there is something I’ve notice. We run our league through the Yahoo website and as I was looking at their player rankings the one thing that jumps out is that running backs are back. Last season the rankings featured the wide receiver, but coming into this season running backs take up six of the Top 10 spots in the rankings. They also hold the first two spots with David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals at #1 and Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers at #2. This is quite a change from last season.

Now it’s not like the wide receivers have went anywhere. The Top 20 spots are split evenly with 10 wide receivers and 10 running backs holding down those spots. In case your wondering the first quarterback comes in at #30 and that’s Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers.

Now in our leagues where we actually start two running backs a week it can be tough to find guys and you normally have to hit your second running back to compete. Last season I was a big believer in LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills and he paid off big for me. Of course after the way he played last season I won’t be able to sneak him by anyone this season. So where do we go looking for running backs.

Maybe you’re buying one of the rookies and you’re going to try and land Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaquars or Christian McCaffrey of the Carolina Panthers. They should be the first two rookie running backs off the board. Then there’s Joe Mixon of the Cincinnati Bengals. I’ve really seen a lot of the fantasy experts high on Mixon, but he’s in a crowded backfield with Jeremy Hill and Giovanni Bernard. Are there enough carries to go around? As we get closer to the regular season we might be able to add Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings into the conversation. Depending on how the Latavius Murray injury goes Cook could pick up some carries. Now one more rookie running back to check in on could be Samaje Perine of the Washington Redskins.

If you’re not sold on one of the rookie running backs maybe you’re looking for a veteran player who needs to bounce back. C.J. Anderson of the Denver Broncos was a solid running back going into last season, but was slowed by an injury. He could be a bounce back type of guy. Can the San Francisco 49ers be improved enough to make Carlos Hyde a fantasy value this season? Adrian Peterson is another guy coming back from an injury, but he’s with a new team that throws the football more than they run it. It’s going to be interesting to see how he fits in there.

Now there are some old faces in new places to take a look at besides Peterson. Marshawn Lynch has returned to the NFL and is now with the Oakland Raiders. Eddie Lacy is with the Seattle Seahawks. LeGarrette Blount is now with the Philadelphia Eagles while Mike Gillislee is with the New England Patriots and the oft injured Jamal Charles is a member of the Denver Broncos.

Now with all the movement at the running back position it looks like there are two guys who could really benefit from it and pay off for you in fantasy. Ty Montgomery looks to be the #1 running back in Green Bay and Spencer Ware appears to be the #1 running back in Kansas City. If they get the touches a #1 running back would get both of these guys could be good fantasy options.

Now I’m sure there’s a running back or two I left out here, but as we get closer to the regular season will take another look at the position and try to come up with some type of draft order for these guys. If there’s a running back you think should be included please leave their name in the comments.

While we’re on football it’s being reported that the Atlanta Falcons have signed running back Devonta Freeman to a 5 year contract extension worth $41.25 million dollars. The deal also includes a $15 million dollar signing bonus. On average Freeman will make $8.25 million dollars per season. The only running back who will make more this season is Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now Bell is under the franchise tag and will make $12.12 million dollars this season, but as far as running backs under multiyear deals Freeman is now the highest paid of them all. Freeman unseats LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills as the highest paid running back. McCoy will make $8.010 million dollars in 2017. Doug Martin of the Tampa  at Buccaneers is next on the list as he’ll make $7.15 million dollars for the 2017 season.

Freeman is a two time Pro Bowl player and has put up back to back season of over 1000 yards rushing. Freeman also scored 11 rushing touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. Freeman is also an asset in the passing game as he’s caught 157 passes in his three year career.

Out of all of the four major sports baseball has to be the toughest one to predict on a game to game basis. Here’s just one example for you.

The Houston Astros are considered the best team in the American League while the Chicago White Sox have the worst record in baseball since the All-Star break. The Astros sent a Cy Young award winner in Dallas Keuchel to the mound on Tuesday night while the White Sox countered with 5-11 Derek Holland. The Astros are 30 games over .500 while the White Sox are 24 games under .500. So with everything pointing to what should’ve been an easy Astros victory the White Sox go out and beat them 8-5. Now this is something that happens multiple times in baseball on a daily basis which makes it so much different than any other sport. It’s rare in the other three sports that a team that is at the bottom of the standings beats a team that’s at the top of the standings unless it’s the NBA and the better team is sitting it’s top guys out. Now it’s true that most of the time the better team wins the game, but a situation like this is one of the reasons that baseball is always interesting to watch.

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Chicago White Hawk’in Cutler

Posted: August 8, 2017 by Daniel Kupres in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio

It’s been many moons since I’ve put the “pen to paper” but a couple stories really sparked my interest and I just had to put my two cents out there.  I may be a couple days late but whatever.

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Hawk Harrelson says he’ll never go back to Wrigley Feild.  Well lets get the obvious out of the way, Who cares!  He’s been broadcasting full time with the White Sox since 1990 and it takes him until now after announcing that he will retire after next season to say what a joke the facilities for the broadcasters and the visiting clubhouse are.  If it was so bad, why didn’t he just not go this year?  Like others have brought up, does it have anything to do with the fact that he can’t hold the White Sox World Series wins over Cubs and the fans?

Now anytime that I’ve mentioned how he annoys the hell out of me and it actually ruins me from watching White Sox games, Big Jack brings me back to Earth to remind me that he is the last of the old school broadcasters that are not cookie cutter and actually show some emotion and enthusiasm for the team.  I began to put my attitude for him to the side and respect that he is the end of the old school broadcaster that we wil never see again.

Now don’t get me wrong, i am not going to sit here and tell how great the Cubs television broadcast team are because they are not.  Casper fits that defininition of the cookie cutter and JD, well I never understood how when he was brought in, Theo and company kept talking about the Cubs way this, Cubs way that, bought the color announcer is a long time Astro.  Not to mention the fact with some things he says makes its hard to believe that he even played the game.  I digress but in the end, The Hawk should just take an early retirement and personally, I think it would be amazing if the White Sox went retro and just let Steve Stone call the games by himself, Vin Scully style.

Jay Cutler Jay Cutler

Now, Sunday was to many a baffling day to many, the Miami Dolphins went and signed Jay Cutler.  I don’t know a whole lot about the situation down there but my thoughts good for Jay.  What I think is hilarious is Chicago radio and the Super Bears fans who worshipped this guy when Lovie was Coach but now he’s trash.  Whether you like him or not, unless Mitch makes it 10 full seasons as the Bears starter, Jay will go down as one of the greatest QB’s in Bears history.  Now, I can sit here and list the records he holds but will you can use Bing and see for yourself.

Now I’m not back peddling and saying I was his biggest supporter because I wasn’t.  I think what Bears fans don’t want to recognize and I understand why, Loyalty to the Bears and being a life long fan of the team, but at some point we have to realize when it came to the Bears and Jay Cutler, they had no clue and still haven’t shown they have a clue as to what the hell they are doing when it comes to building an offense.  Let’s not forget Jay had a new coach every couple years and new coordinators and a line that couldn’t protect him.  They wanted him to be the QB he wasn’t.  When they used his arm, they overused it.  I’ll say it, I think he had all the talent but not the leader you needed to win a Super Bowl and sadly the Bears couldn’t find that coach was that man.

After it is all said and done, I think it will be interesting to watch both the Dolphins and Bears this season, but I really can’t wait until he retires and we give it some time and the response he will get when he comes back to Chicago as a Bears Hall of Famer but will he be an NFL Hall of Famer?  Only time will tell.

Dan The Man

How was your week

Posted: August 5, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The top two pitchers acquired at the trade deadline made their first starts for there new teams as Sonny Gray started for the New York Yankees on Thursday and Yu Darvish took the mound for the Dodgers on Friday.

Gray made his start on the road against the Cleveland Indians. He lasted 6 innings giving up 4 runs with just 2 of them being earned on 4 hits while striking out 6 and walking 3. Gray threw 98 pitches, but ended up taking the loss as the Indians won the game 5-1. The loss evened Gray’s record at 6-6 this season, but his E.R.A. came down a couple of points to 3.41 on the season.

Darvish also made his first start for his new team on the road as he faced the New York Mets. Darvish pitched 7 innings and didn’t give up any runs. He allowed 3 hits while striking out 10 and walking 1 in the Dodgers 6-0 win. Darvish threw 99 pitches in his outing and with the win improved his record to 7-9 on the season. He also brought his E.R.A. down to 3.81.

While it’s just one start for each guy and you wish people wouldn’t jump to conclusions you know they will. Darvish did have the better first start, but Gray was probably facing the better line up. Darvish also got more run support than Gray did, but I don’t know how many people will see that. These guys will each have more starts down the road to be judge on as it’s too difficult to say that the Dodgers made the better trade after just one start.

The one take away from the game for me was that neither guy threw more than 100 pitches. In this new era of baseball 100 pitches seems to be the magic number as to when you take your starter out of the game. With the kind of money players make in today’s game it’s smart for teams to protect their pitchers as it seems as though just about everyone of them has had Tommy John surgery already. I am starting to wonder if will ever see pitchers get into the 7th, 8th or even 9th inning of games. Now the specialties of major league bullpens have had some affect on this, but there are other reasons for pitchers being handle the way they are now.

It use to be that after baseball season you moved on to the nest sport of that season. In the fall most athletes would play football or run cross country. Then come winter time there would be the basketball team or the wrestling team to play on. Then it was time for baseball season. There may have been more options for you, but these where the choices I had when I went to school. More or less what I’m saying is the lids got a break from a sport even if it as the sport they where best at. Now they may have done workouts for the sport they where best at, but it wasn’t their lively hood like it’s treated now.

It seems as though the way it’s treated now if you show talent at one sport at a young age; that’s your sport for life. Now in some cases it works out wonderfully. Bryce Harper’s parents realized he had a talent for baseball at a young age and his father managed his career to get him into the majors as soon as possible. Of course the question is how many kids who are dedicating their life to baseball right now are going to be the next Bryce Harper?

Now in the majority of these cases it’s not the kids fault. They are just simply listening to their parents. Now it’s understandable that every parent wants to see their child excel at whatever their chosen field might be, but there’s a point in time when you have to know when to pull back especially when it comes to throwing a baseball.

Throwing a baseball is one of the most unnatural motions a body can do. Now imagine if your a 8 or 9 year old kid and you’ve shown that you have pitching talent. How many pitched are you going to throw in your lifetime? and how long will your arm hold up? Now the league the kids play in have been trying to do their best to limit how much these kids throw with inning and pitch counts, but there’s no holding them back in the off season when the parents are in control.

So your baseball season ends and instead of looking into a new sport to play you go right into specialized pitching training. Now these are kids that are anywhere from age 8 to college players. Now even under the best supervision in the world; how much throwing is too much throwing for an arm? There are kids in high school who have had Tommy John surgery.

Now I get it and it’s probably I don’t have a kid to push into a sport and try to live out my dreams through, but you have to learn when to dial it down and give the kids a break. I don’t want to hear the garbage that they could get injured playing another sport because they could get that injury anywhere. They’re kids!

Now it would be nice to see Major League Baseball step up and try to help this situation out, but they’re never going to come out and tell kids to play other sports. Too be fair though none of the other major sports league would do that, The fact that it seems you have to throw 100 m.p.h. to get noticed by a major league team doesn’t help either as kids work to get to that number.

Now I don’t know when or why how hard you throw is what natters instead of how good of a pitcher you are. Think about this. A pitcher like Greg Maddux who won 355 games in his career might not even get a second look from a scout now because he never lit up the radar gun when he was pitching. Let that register for just a minute. A pitcher who is in the Hall of Fame and went in on his first ballot may not of ever played the game because of the way scouting has changed. Maddux is just the one example that popped into my mind, but I’m sure there are many, many more out there.

I remember when getting people out was the most important job the pitcher had, but now it seems like it’s how hard you throw. Of course the idea is for a pitcher to do both; throw hard and get people out, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of pitchers who have put the two together.

Well there’s my soap box about pitching. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comment section. Don’t forget that you can listen to the Sports Time Radio podcast live on BlogTalkRadio.com but you can also listen to the podcast any time you want at TuneIn.com

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 2, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The non-waive trading deadline has passed and luckily both Sonny Gray and Yu Darvish where traded so I don’t have to listen to media talk about them until they pitch for their new teams this week.

Now of course teams can still make trades, but a player has to pass through waivers before he can be traded. If a player is put on waivers by their team and they’re claimed by another team I believe there are three choices the team can make with that player. They can pull him back off of waivers and keep him. They can attempt to work out a trade with the team that claimed him on waivers. Or they can simple let the team that claimed the player on waivers have him. The third option doesn’t happen to often, but if a player has a lot of money on his contract the team that claimed him on waivers and was allowed to take him would be responsible for the remained if that players contract.

With the non-waiver trade deadline past there of course are winners and losers and while it seems as though ever contender added at least a bullpen piece there was one team the Houston Astros that didn’t seem to be interested in making any deals.

The Astros did make one trade as they acquired left handed pitcher Francisco Liriano from the Toronto Blue Jays for two outfielders; Norichika Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez. The Astros have said that they plan to use Liriano out of the bullpen. Dallas Keuchel use the word “disappointing” to describe the Astros lack of movement at the trade deadline. Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow went on to say the Astros “did the math” on bigger trades and apparently they didn’t like what it added up to. Now just this week the Astros have placed three pitchers on the disabled list as Lance McCullers Jr. Tony Sipp and Michael Feliz all where placed on the 10-day disabled list.

With the lack of movement by the Astros you have to ask yourself if they’re too attached to their top prospects. Now I seriously doubt that the Texas Rangers would’ve ever given any thought at all of trading Darvish to the Astros. The Rangers have expressed interest in bringing Darvish back in the off season as a free agent. Imagine if he went on to help the Astros win a World Series and then decided he liked playing there and signed with them long term. Now the Oakland A’s had said they where looking for a young outfielder preferably a centerfielder in any deal involving Gray. Now that would’ve meant the Astros would’ve had to part with top prospect Kyle Tucker or the recently called up Derek Fischer in a deal for Gray. Now I understand that you draft these guys you develop these guys and you can get attached to them, but did the Astros just cost themselves a World Series by being to attached to their prospects?

Now last season the two teams that met in the World Series made significant additions to their bullpen at the trade deadline and they had to give up top prospects to do it. The Cleveland Indians sent four prospects Clint Frazier, Ben Heller, Justus Sheffield and J.P. Feyereisen to the New York Yankees for Andrew Miler. Miller was the best pitcher in the playoffs last season and the Indians don’t get to the World series without him. Now the Chicago Cubs also made a deal with the Yankees as they picked up Aroldis Chapman for Adam Warren and three minor league prospects Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney and Rashad Crawford. Chapman solidified the back end of the Cubs bullpen and was used so much in the post season by Cubs manager Joe Maddon that it may be effecting him this season. It’s another case here that the Cubs probably don’t win the World Series without Chapman. I don’t think the pick up of Liriano by the Astros is on par with the moves the Indians and Cubs made?

Should the Astros have looked for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline? They have Keauchel; who is a true #1 starter and can match up with any pitcher, but who’s after him. McCullers is hurt quite a bit and is out right now with a back injury and there’s no timetable for his return. Are Mike Fiers, Charlie Morton or Joe Musgrove enough to get the Astros through the post season. Fiers and Morton have been solid with E.R.A.’s under 4.00, but how will they hold up under playoff conditions. Brad Peacock may be the second best starter the Astros have, but they seem to like him coming out of the bullpen and with all the injuries they’ve had there it may be where he’s needed the most. Now the Astros should cruise into the playoffs and end up with the best record in the American League which means they’ll meet the wild card winner in the ALDS.

You have to wonder if we’re going to be looking back at this season and asking if the Astros would’ve picked up just one more starting pitcher if their season would’ve ended differently. The Astros have been the best team in the American League for pretty much the entire season and you’d have to think that they’d be disappointed if they didn’t get into the World Series. Of course at this point you have to wonder if they’ll be able to get through the first round of the playoffs.

As you may or may not know I’m an avid FanDuel player. I don’t think I’ve ever spent more than $1 or $2 on a game, but I enjoy playing. Last night I decided to pay for the most expensive pitcher for the night Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals. It all started out well for me as Scherzer worked a 1,2,3 1st inning. In the 2nd inning the Nationals put up 6 runs and part of that scoring was a 3-run home run by Scherzer. Now I don’t get fantasy points for Scherzer’s hitting stats, but a 6-run lead should’ve led to a win and another big fantasy point outing from Scherzer. Oddly as the Nationals came out for the bottom of the 2nd inning Scherzer threw one warm up pitch and took himself out of the game. As it turned out Scherzer has had a crick in his neck for a couple of days and while it didn’t affect his swing it took him off of the mound. I just had to laugh at myself as I normally don’t pay for the top pitcher on FanDuel, but I did last night. In the end I only lost $1, but like everyone else I prefer to win. I guess will see how my luck goes tonight.

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How was your week

Posted: July 29, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m to the point where I’m tired of the speculation and I just want July 31st to get here so we know if any of the big three starting pitchers are going to get traded. It seems like Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray and Justin Verlander where going to be traded six months ago and none of them have been. Instead of going over the same old thing about the players let’s take a look at the teams they’re rumored to be going to.

Let’s start with the New York Yankees. With the injury to Michael Pineda it appears that the Yankees could use a starting pitcher, but do they? New York just moved into 1st place in the A.L. East last night behind a great start by Masahiro Tanaka. Luis Severino has given up 4 earned runs in his last 5 starts while Jordan Montgomery and C.C. Sabathia both have winning records and E.R.A.’s under 4.00. Now it does look like the Yankees could use a 5th starter, but Darvish, Gray and Verlander aren’t 5th starters. The Yankees have used the last few seasons to build up their farm system an they’ve already said that #1 prospect Gleyber Torres won’t be traded and with the way #2 prospect Clint Frazier has played since being called up you have to think the Yankees would like to keep him. It’s going to take top prospects to land any of those pitchers in a deal and I’m not sure the Yankees are willing to give up the top guys to get them.

Let’s stay in the American League and look at the Houston Astros. Dallas Keuchel just returned to the starting rotation; so that will provide a lift to the team. Houston’s rotations just look like it needs to get healthy more than it does to add another start. Besides Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Joe Musgrove and Charlie Morton have all missed starts due to injuries. When they’re healthy though the rotation has been good. All starters have an E.R.A. under 4.00 with the exception of Musgrove and fill in starter Brad Peacock has been a huge surprise as a starter. Don’t expect Darvish to be wearing an Astros uniform as even though they said they would I don’t expect the Rangers to deal with an inter-state and division rival. Imagine if Darvish helped the Astros win a World Series and then they where able to re=-sign him as a free agent. I don’t think the Rangers want to deal with that. I’m thinking the Astros add bullpen help not a starting pitcher.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in a similar spot as the Astros. They appear to have the starting pitching, but it’s a matter of getting them all healthy. Of course the loss of Clayton Kershaw was huge. He’s do back in 4 to 6 weeks, bug if the Dodgers make a big move at the trade deadline it may tell us more about Kershaw’s health than it does about them just wanting to add a pitcher. Alex Wood has been a huge surprise for the Dodgers while Brandon McCarthy and Rich Hill have been quality starters. With a healthy Kershaw you have a good playoff rotation as Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu would be the long men in a playoff bullpen or could be left off of the playoff roster. The funny thing about the Dodgers is for three seasons now we’ve been hearing they should deal their prospects for whatever help they needed, but they held on to them. Those players that people wanted the Dodgers to deal. Joc Pederson, Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. Where would the Dodgers be without those three players in their everyday line up? Sometimes it’s better to hold onto a guy.

The Milwaukee Brewers have been a surprise team all season, but have struggled since the All-Star break and really need to figure out if they’re going to be in the market for a starting pitcher. You can quickly throw Darvish and Verlander off the list of pitchers the Brewers would be interested in. Since Milwaukee is young and still re-building they wouldn’t want to rent a pitcher like Darvish and the contract attached to Verlander isn’t something the Brewers would be interesting in carrying. Gray makes the most sense for the Brewers even of they don’t make the playoffs this season. He’s a young top of the rotation starting pitcher with controllable years before he hits free agency. With Chase Anderson and Matt Garza on the DL Milwaukee could use another guy in the rotation, but are they willing to pay the price for Gray. The Oakland A’s have said they want a young centerfielder in any deal for Gray which means the Brewers would have to be willing to part with either Lewis Brinson of Corey Ray who are their top two rated prospects. It’s a high price to pay for a pitcher who’s had the injury problems Gray has had throughout his career, but it looks like that’s what it’s going to take for Milwaukee to land him in a deal.

The Chicago Cubs have already made a move for a starting pitcher getting Jose Quintana from the cross town White Sox, but would they add another one? The Cubs have scouted all three of the available pitchers, but you have to think they’re out on Gray as it would take Ian Happ to bring him back in a deal and I don’t think that would happen. Adding a contract like Verlander’s is no issue for a team like the Cubs and the Cubs could take a shot at re-signing Darvish if he was brought in. The issue may be that the Cubs just don’t have the prospects to get either deal done. While the Cubs want to add a veteran catcher they won’t have to use a top prospect to do that, but both the Tigers and the Rangers are looking for quality prospects in any deal and the Cubs farm system has been dealt away. I’m not sure if a prospect laden centered around Jeimer Candelario is enough to bring either Verlander or Darvish to Chicago.

How about the teams that are in contention for a wild card spot.

The Boston Red Sox suffered a blow when David Price went on the DL with an elbow injury. This injury may make the Red Sox a little more active, but their name hasn’t really come up on any of these pitchers. Maybe they’ll jump in late now and try to add one of these pitchers.

Unless they worked out a deal for Gray the other American League wild card contenders like the Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays or Minnesota Twins aren’t going to make a deal for a Darvish or a Verlander as he doesn’t fit the teams long term plans or the way they manage their rosters.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies seem to control the National League wild card spots and both have added coming up to the trade deadline. Would either team be interested in adding a starting pitcher to their rotation.

The Diamondbacks had a scare last night when Robbie Ray was hit by a line drive, but luckily he’s okay and looks to be in line to make his next start. The Arizona rotation has been good as only one starter has an E.R.A. over 3.50 and Chase Field is a hitters ballpark; so that’s pretty impressive. Arizona added offense earlier and it looks like if they make another deal they want to pick up some bullpen help.

The Rockies have a very young starting rotation and could probably use a veteran guy to help mentor this rotation. Of course of they added a Darvish would he consider re-signing with Colorado. I’m sure they could handle adding Verlander’s salary, but how would he do pitching in Coors Field? It looks like a veteran starter would be a good add for the Rockies there not really known for their farm system. Do they have the young assets to acquire a rental like Darvish or a Verlander?

Now we wait and see if these three pitchers end up getting moved by July 31st or if they’re still with their teams.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 26, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Tuesday the Boston Red Sox called up another one of their top prospects in 3rd baseman Rafael Devers. Now Devers didn’t play on Tuesday night, but he made his major league debut on Wednesday night against the Seattle Mariners. Devers didn’t get a hit in four official at bats. Devers struck out one time, walked twice and scored a run in the Red Sox 6-5 loss to the Mariners in 13 innings.

Now the thought was that the Red Sox would be the team to go out and get Todd Frazier from the Chicago White Sox and allow Devers to play the full season at Triple-A. Instead Frazier ended going to the Red Sox rival the New York Yankees. After the release of Pablo Sandoval it appeared that the would use Frazier to hold down the 3rd base job until 2018 and then turn things over to Devers, but after the trade wasn’t completed it looked like the job would be Devers a little earlier than planned.

Now it appears that the Red Sox may be back to their original plan as they acquired 3rd baseman Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants. Nunez was a trade deadline pick up for the Giants last season and helped them get into the playoffs and now the Red Sox will look for Nunez to help get them into the playoffs this season.

The Red Sox sent two right handed pitchers to the Giants for Nunez. San Francisco will receive Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos in the deal. Anderson is 22 tears old and was a 3rd round pick of the Red Sox in 2016. He has split this season between Class-A and High-A. Anderson has made 18 starts this season covering 97 1/3rd innings. He is 6-3 with an E.R.A. of 3.42 this season. Santos is 17 years old and was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2016. Santos has spent two seasons playing in the Red Sox Rookie League. Santos has made 7 starts this season covering 30 innings. He is 2-0 with an E.R.A. of 0.90.

Even though Nunez is called a 3rd baseman though his career he has played multiple positions. Besides 3rd base Nunez has seen time at 2nd base, shortstop as well as left and rightfield. Nunez was hitting .308 in 76 games for the Giants this season. He had 4 home runs and 31 RBI’s, but has stolen 18 bases this season.

Nunez will be a free agent after this season; so he’ll probably be a rent a type player for the Red Sox as the plan still appears to be to turn the 3rd base job over to Devers starting in 2018.

To get Nunez on their 40 man roster the Red Sox designated left handed pitcher Luis Ysla for assignment. The Red Sox also swapped a couple of guys on the disabled list. Right handed pitcher Ben Taylor goes on the 10 day disabled list while another right hander Blaine Boyer comes off the disabled list.

The Milwaukee Brewers added an arm to their bullpen yesterday as they picked up Anthony Swarzak from the Chicago White Sox for minor leaguer Ryan Cordell.

Swarzak is in his 8th major league season and has put up good numbers out of the White Sox bullpen. Swarzak actually just picked up the first save of his career on Tuesday before being traded. Swarzak has pitched in 41 games this season. He is 4-3 with an E.R.A. of 2.23. Swarzak looks to be the main set up guy for the Brewers closer Corey Knebel, but if needed he can work more than one inning. It had been reported that the Brewers where looking to add arms; so are they done? or will they find another pitcher to deal for?

Cordell is a 25 year old outfielder who has also played some 3rd base. He’s spent this season in Triple-A where he’s hitting .284 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI’s in 68 games. Cordell was an 11th round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2013 and was the Brewers 17th ranked prospect.

Injuries are always a factor in a pennant race and a couple of contenders maybe be without one of their top of the rotation starters for a period of time due to injury. It does appear as both will be back and ready for the playoffs though.

The Los Angels Dodgers will have to play on without what many consider the best starting pitcher in baseball as Clayton Kershaw will miss 4 to 6 weeks with a back injury. In 2016 Kershaw missed a little over two months with a herniated disc in his back, but the Dodgers are saying that this injury doesn’t appear to be related to that. Given Kershaw’s past history with back problems; one can’t fault the team for being as careful as possible. With a 10 1/2 game lead in the National League West the Dodgers should be able to afford to give Kershaw the time off he needs to get right foe a playoff run.

Steven Strasburg of the Washington Nationals exited his last start after just 2 innings when he had some pain in his right arm. Strasburg was diagnosed with a nerve impingement. Oddly there was no MRI done on Strasburg’s arm, but the Nationals have said that the nerve impingement has been “alleviated”. Strasburg mentioned that he had some of the same issues in his start before, but pitched through it. That would’ve been July 17th when he pitched 7 innings while giving up 1 run and 4 hits while striking out 11 and walking 1.

Strasburg threw off flat ground on Tuesday and it looks like he’s going to make his next start on Saturday against the Colorado Rockies. Will have to wait and see if there’s a pitch count for Strasburg or if everything is fine and Strasburg can just pitch.

With all of the Kyrie Irving drama surrounding the Cleveland Cavaliers you have to wonder if the signing of Derrick Rose will turn out to be a need.

Rose the former M.V.P. agreed to join the Cavaliers on a one year $2.1 million dollar deal after one season with the New York Knicks.

Rose had a solid season with the Knicks, but did play in just 64 games due to injuries. Rose averaged 18 points a game and handed out 4.4 assists per game. In this new style NBA Rose is definitely the slash and pass type of guy as he shot 21.7% from behind the 3-point line last season.

Rose is no longer the same player who won that M.V.P. award and the Cavaliers would be better if they had both Rose and Irving on their roster, but if Irving gets his wish and is traded by Cleveland Rose could be a solid fill in guy with experience.

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