How was your week

Posted: March 17, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, College Basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament started on Thursday and last night there was history made. For the first time in tournament history a 16th seeded team beat a #1 seed.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County or UMBC beat the #1 seeded University of Virginia 74-54 in 1st round tournament action last night. Not only was Virginia a #1 seed, but they where the #1 overall seed in the entire tournament.

The game was tied at 21 all after the 1st half and it looked as though the game was setting up the way Virginia likes to play. UMBC scored the first six points of the 2nd half and they where on their way to building a double digit lead. With 16:24 left to play Joe Sherburne hit a 3-pointer to give UMBC their first double digit lead at 36-24. Virginia was never able to get the lead under 12 points after that. As the game went on UMBC slowly added to their lead and in the end they picked up a 20 point win74-54 over Virginia.

Senior guard Jairus Lyles was the games leading scorer with 28 points for UMBC. Sherburne added 14 points while K.J. Maura had 10 points for UMBC. Arkel Lamar had a double-double for the Retrievers scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.

Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome each scored 15 points to lead Virginia in scoring. Seven players in total scored for the Cavaliers.

Of course with the win UMBC advances to the 2nd round of the tournament. On Sunday they will play the Kansas State Wildcats. Kansas State advanced to the 2nd round with a 69-59 victory over the Creighton Blue Jays.

Of course one of the first questions that’s going to come up with you and your friends after this upset is, how’s your bracket? Well here’s what I think is a humorous story about my brackets.

Now I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know and or watch a lot of college basketball, but like a lot of people I enjoy filling out a tournament bracket. Now one of the things I always do is just fill out one bracket. While I understand that the more brackets you fill out the better chance you have to be right I just can’t handle filling out more than one bracket. Accidentally this year I ended up filling out two. I joined the group I was in last year and set up e reminder for myself so I could go in and fill out the bracket. When I got the reminder I clicked the link and it brought me to a blank bracket; so I filled it out. What I didn’t realize was the link to me to a generic bracket and not the one I had set up earlier. Since I was to lazy to go in and delete the work I had just done that I decided to just go ahead and fill out the second bracket.

Now it’s time for me to show off my college basketball knowledge. In the first bracket I did I had the Virginia Cavaliers winning the whole thing. Yes, you got it the same Virginia team that was just upset by the #16 seed last night. My other three Final Four teams Houston, Michigan State and Purdue did all advance, but my champion in this bracket was gone.

Now admittedly I took a few more chances with my second bracket because I didn’t want it to look to similar to my other bracket. After listening to some of the experts who have been watching college basketball all season I thought that the University of Arizona would be a good choice to win it all in my second bracket. Well on Thursday Arizona was beaten 89-68 by the University of Buffalo. Now again my other three Final Four teams Xavier, Villanova and Michigan State (again) all advanced.

As you can clearly see my college basketball knowledge really helped me out in picking a tournament winner. So as you can guess my bracket is a bit of a mess. Feel free to let me know how your bracket held up through Round 1.

We’re inching closer and closer to the start of the baseball season and there are a few teams out there still adding some of the lingering free agents.

There had been reports that the Washington Nationals where interested in added one more veteran starting pitcher. It seemed as though Jake Arrieta was going to be their target, but they where waiting for his asking price to go down. After the Philadelphia Phillies locked up Arrieta with a three year $75 million dollar deal the Nationals had to start looking elsewhere. Of course the first name to come to mind would’ve been Alex Cobb, but the Nationals went with some one else.

The Nationals chose to go with former 2011 American League Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson, who they signed to a minor league contract with and invitation to the major league side of spring training. Hellickson made 20 starts for the Phillies last season before they traded him to the Baltimore Orioles where had made 10 starts. Over those 30 starts Hellickson was 8-11 with a 5.43 ERA covering 164 innings.

Hellickson pitched well for the Phillies in 2016, but didn’t have any luck on the free agent market then either and re-signed with Philadelphia for the qualifying offer of $17.2 million dollars. After what was a down year in 2017 Hellickson will be given a chance to earn the 5th starters spot with the Nationals.

Are you worried about Shohei Ohtani? In an inning and a third against the Colorado Rockies Ohtani gave up 7 runs on 7 hits. Now this was just his second spring start, but in his first start he also pitched 1 1/3rd innings. His numbers weren’t that much better in that start as he gave up 2 runs on one hit which was a home run.

I’m not sure if panic would be the right word to use here, but there has to be some concern from the Angels as Ohtani hasn’t hit particularly well this spring either. In 20 at bats Ohtani has 2 hits and has struck out 7 times.

I’m sure if you could get the Angels to comment on Ohtani they’d tell you that they expected their to be a learning curve, but with the season getting under way in less than two weeks you have to wonder how they’re really feeling.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 14, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Is anyone else confused with the way the NFL handles free agency? Or is it just me. There where reports of this player going here and that player going there and while all of this is going on none of these moves can be official until free agency starts this afternoon. Why doesn’t the NFL either start free agency earlier or just not allow teams to have contact with free agents until the actual date they can sign them. By the time free agency starts this afternoon there won’t be any actual free agents left to sign. Well let’s take a look at who’s going where.

As expected the hot position was quarterback with all three Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks from last season finding new teams. Case Keenum will be joining the Denver Broncos while Sam Bradford is headed to the Arizona Cardinals and Teddy Bridgewater is going to be with the New York Jets. The Jets also decided to bring back last years starter Josh McCown; so you have to figure him and Bridgewater will compete to be the starter. It was announced yesterday that McCown is the starting quarterback right now. I don’t know why they need to announce a starting quarterback in March, but the Jets did. Even though it was reported that Drew Brees was offered $60 million dollars in guaranteed money from a “mystery” team he choose to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints. Now the big quarterback on the free agent market was going to be Kirk Cousins. After being hit with the franchise tag two seasons in a row by the Washington Redskins Cousins was allowed to go out on the free agent market and every team that will sign a quarterback today was in on Cousins. So where did Cousins end up you ask, he will sign a three year deal with the Vikings for a guaranteed $84 million dollars. It’s the third highest amount of guaranteed money in a contract in NFL history. So that’s who’s going where today as far as the quarterbacks are concerned.

Interestingly I expect almost all of these teams to take a quarterback in the upcoming draft to develop as their future starter. Even though the Jets have five quarterbacks on their roster adding McCown and Bridgewater to Bryce Petty, Christian Hackenberg and Joel Stave I fully expect them to select a quarterback with their 1st round pick. The Cardinals not only added Bradford, but brought in Mike Glennon to back him up since Bradford hasn’t played a full 16 games since 2012. Arizona is currently sitting with the 15th pick in the 1st round of the upcoming draft. It wouldn’t be a shock at all if they moved up or took their future quarterback with that pick. The Broncos have the 5th pick in the 1st round and there are reports that General Manager John Elway is attending Baker Mayfield’s pro day at Oklahoma. If the Broncos decide that Paxton Lynch isn’t their future guy at quarterback they could take that guy at #5. I wouldn’t expect the Saints or the Vikings to spent their 1st round pick on a quarterback unless they see him as the best player on the board, but I wouldn’t be to surprised if they added a young quarterback with one of their draft picks.

Who do you think got the best end of the quarterback signings?

Now of course there will be many other moves made today, but the quarterbacks have been the big focus of the off season; so I wanted to stay with that position.

I’m sure there are some people out there rejoicing that when the New York Mets reassigned some players to minor league camp that Tim Tebow was one of them. I’m not sure why, but there are a lot of people who are very excited to see Tebow fail.

It wasn’t any real surprise when the Mets reassigned Tebow to minor league camp since he went 1 for 18 in spring training. Tebow also struck out 11 times in those 18 at bats.

Tebow was hampered a little bit this spring with a sprained left ankle. It was a very strange injury as Tebow hit a sprinkler head and turned the ankle, but he didn’t use that as an excuse.

Tebow isn’t on the Mets 40-man roster, but can still appear in games for New York he’d just have to be brought over from the minor league side.

Now on the Sports Time Radio podcast I like to tease Dan the Man and Schaumburg Stu as Cubs fans about the first big free agent signing Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer made for the Cubs. That of course was right handed pitcher Edwin Jackson who got a 4 year $44 million dollar deal from the Cubs in January of 2013. Jackson never played out of full contract with the Cubs as he was released by the team in July of 2015, but believe it or not he’s still in baseball.

Jackson was an All-Star in 2009 when he was with the Detroit Tigers. He was also a member of the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals that won a World Series. Don’t forget that as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks Jackson threw a 149 pitch no-hitter against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Jackson made his major league debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 9th of 2003. While Jackson never pitched in more than 8 games in a season for the Dodgers it was the start of a career that now sees Jackson with the Washington Nationals for a second tier of duty. In between Jackson has appeared in the major leagues for 12 different teams.

Jackson is just one team away from tying for the major league record of most teams played for. Jackson is currently tied with Mike Morgan, Ron Villone and Matt Stairs for 2nd place behind only Octavio Dotel who pitched for 13 major league teams.

Jackson has had a solid spring for the Nationals and has a chance to end up in their bullpen. Jackson has appeared in 4 games covering 9 innings. He’s given up 3 runs while walking 3 and striking out 8, his ERA this spring is 3.00. Do you think Jackson finds a spot in the Nationals bullpen? and if not could he be on to his 13th team to tie that record?

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How was your week

Posted: March 10, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the trades that they made yesterday and the fact that they own the 1st and 4th pick in the upcoming draft did the Cleveland Browns just make themselves a playoff contender?

Cleveland’s day started with the announcement that they’d be acquiring wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins. Landry was officially given the franchise tag by the Dolphins on Tuesday. Now the Browns have the most salary cap room in the NFL; so they have a good shot at signing Landry long term. Cleveland sent a 2018 4th round pick (#123) and a 2019 7th round pick to the Dolphins for Landry.

While Landry is coming off a 100 plus catch season a lot of experts don’t see him as a true #1 receiver, but in Cleveland if Josh Gordon is anywhere close to the play he use to be and he can stay out of trouble Landry cam freely operate as a top tier #2 receiver.

After building what looks like a solid wide receiver unit the Browns decided that they needed a different quarterback to run their offense. Cleveland sent a 2018 3rd round pick (#65) to the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor is in the final year of his contract and he is schedule to make $16 million dollars next season. Essentially this is a prove it season for Taylor as he looks for a new contract. What the Browns decide to do with their 1st round draft picks will also give a hint to Taylor’s future.

With Taylor appearing to be an upgrade at quarterback from last season the question then is what do the Browns do with last years starting quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Shortly after acquiring Taylor the Browns answered that question as Kizer was dealt to the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall. The teams also agreed to flip 4th and 5th round picks in the upcoming draft.

Randall was the Packers 1st round pick, #30 overall in the 2015 draft. In three seasons Randall played in 39 games making 30 starts. He has 10 career interceptions posting a career high 4 picks this past season. Randall has returned 2 of his 10 interceptions for touchdowns.

The Browns had 8 interceptions as a team last season; so it looks as though Randall will move right into a starting role in Cleveland’s secondary.

Cleveland made these deals in about two hours. Are the Browns done dealing? Or is there a chance will see them make some more moves.

If Cleveland doesn’t have anymore trades on the table they’ll be able to turn their attention to the April 26th draft. The Browns have the 1st and the 4th picks in the 1st round of that draft and that gives them an opportunity to add two more players who can contribute right away if they decide to go that route.

With the acquisition of Taylor it gives the Browns the chance to take the guy who could have the biggest impact as a rookie next season, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. There will still be a lot of experts saying that the Browns should select a quarterback with that top pick, but if they’re interested in adding a quarterback they can take one three picks after they add Barkley. While there are as many as five quarterbacks taken in the 1st round; so there will be another quarterback out there for the Browns to try and develop if that’s the route they want to go. Barkley is clearly the top running back in the draft and he may be the only one taken in the 1st round. He’s the best choice for Cleveland at the top of the draft and if there are any questions ask the Jacksonville Jaquars what a difference having Leonard Fournette in their backfield made for them last season.

How do you feel about the Browns moves they’ve made? Did they do enough to make themselves a playoff contender? Or do they need to do more?

In a few other NFL moves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Mike Evans to a 5 year $82.5 million dollar deal. Evans deal includes $55 million dollars of guaranteed money with an average salary of $16.5 million dollars in 2018. Evans base salary is $13.258 million dollars while his salary cap hit will be the same.

Evans has been a 1000 yard receiver in all four of his season with Tampa Bay, but his production was down a little last season. Evans caught 71 passes for 1001 yards and 5 touchdowns over 15 games last season.

Evans is a true #1 wide receiver and his signing gives quarterback Jameis Winston to top target to throw to.

In a move that’s been rumored all week long the Seattle Seahawks officially released cornerback Richard Sherman. The move will save the Seahawks $11 million dollars against the salary cap. Seattle also added a failed physical designation upon his release, allowing the cornerback to be eligible for a $1.15 MM injury guarantee if he never plays again.

Sherman has every intention of playing next season as he recovers from surgery on his Achilles. Sherman suffered the injury in the Seahawks November 9th 2017 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Sherman has said that he is months away from being fully healthy.

Sherman was the Seahawks 5th round draft pick (#154) of the 2011 draft. He’s played in 105 career games and made 99 starts. He has 32 career interceptions and has returned 2 of those for touchdowns. Sherman posted a NFL high 8 interceptions in 2013 and those 32 interceptions are the most by any player since 2011.

There are a lot of teams that could use a healthy Richard Sherman and there have already been a few teams linked to the new free agent. The New England Patriots name came up right away as did the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks themselves didn’t rule out attempting to try and bring Sherman back. Sherman himself has said that he’d like to play for a contending team. If Sherman can pass a physical and prove to teams he’s healthy he won’t be a free agent for long.

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles made a deal yesterday along with all the other action. Philadelphia sent wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for cornerback Daryl Worley.

Smith caught 36 passes for 430 yards and 2 touchdowns last season for the Eagles. Worley started 14 games for the Panthers last season, playing in 15 games total and had 2 interceptions.

It appeared as though the Eagles where going to declined the option on Smith’s contract for the 2018 season; so they where able to get something in return for him.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 7, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Yesterday NFL teams had to decide if they where going to give any of their players the franchise or transition tag and some choose to. There where five players given the franchise tag and one given the transition tag. Here’s who they are.

It comes as no surprise that the Pittsburgh Steelers gave the franchise tag to Le’Veon Bell. This is the second year in a row that Bell has been franchised tag and he has shown his displeasure and has threatened to hold out or retire. This is really the only move the Steelers had to make since they have been unable to agree on a new contract with Bell. It’s not like they where going to let Bell go out onto the free agent market and get nothing in return for him. Since this is the second tag in a row for Bell if he decides to play under the franchise tag he’d be guaranteed $14.54 million dollars for next season.

The Detroit Lions used their franchise tag on defensive end Ezekiel Ansah. Ansah has been the Lions best pass rusher for the last five seasons racking up 44 sacks over that time. After an injury plagued 2016 season Ansah bounced back and recorded a team high 12 sacks. Under the franchise tag Ansah will make $17.143 million dollars next season.

The Dallas Cowboys also used their franchise tag on a defensive end. The Cowboys decided to out the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence, but they’re hoping to work out a long term deal with him. The Cowboys have been looking for a top notch pass rusher for a long time and Lawrence seems to fit that bill. Lawrence had a team leading 14 1/2 sacks last season. If a long term deal can’t be worked out Lawrence would also play for the same salary as Ansah next season $17.143 million dollars.

The Los Angeles Rams have made quite a few moves this off season and yesterday they used their franchise tag on linebacker LaMarcus Joyner. The Rams waited longer than any team yesterday to announce who they where using there franchise tag on. The y had to decided between Joyner and Sammy Watkins and since the Rams went with Joyner Watkins will become a free agent. Joyner made 39 tackles last season while assisting on 10 other. He also defended 9 passes, intercepting 3 and returning one for a touchdown. Under the franchise tag Joyner would make $14.961 million dollars.

We’ve known for a while now, but the Miami Dolphins made it official yesterday as they applied their franchise tag to wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry has told the Dolphins that he will sign the tender. The Dolphins have allowed Landry to talk to other teams and see if there’s a possibility of a trade happening. Landry is coming off of a 112 catch 9 touchdown season. Under the franchise tag Landry would make $15.982 million dollars.

The Chicago Bears where the team that used the one transition tag yesterday. Chicago applied the transition tag to cornerback Kyle Fuller. Fuller was the Bears 1st round draft pick in 2014 and Chicago declined the 5th year option on Fuller’s contract before last season. Fuller went out and had the best year of his career causing the Bears to tag him. Under the transition tag Fuller will make $12.97 million dollars, but he is allowed to negotiate with other teams. Chicago can match any other teams offer sheets, but it will receive no compensation if it declines to match.

Will have to see which if any of these players can workout long term deals with their teams or if they play under the franchise or transition tag.

There’s been a lot of talk about “tanking” in sports, but the term really got it’s start in the NBA and it seems as though the league is going to try and crack down on these teams.

The league actually sent a warning to the Chicago Bulls and their head coach Fred Hoiberg about resting healthy players. Hoiberg has sat center Robin Lopez for the past six games as a healthy scratch. Swingman Justin Holiday has also been a healthy scratch in five of the last six games.

It is being reported that the Bulls are planning to play Lopez and Holiday “more extensively to close out the season” is how the team put it.

The Bulls of course wouldn’t admit to tanking, but come now what team ever has. The way the Bulls have gone about it is that after the All-Star break coach Hoiberg would be prioritizing minutes for the younger players over the veterans. It’s basically the nice way to say that you want your team to lose games or “tank”.

The Bulls are 1-5 since the All-Star break and have lost seven of their last ten games. For the season the Bulls are 21-42 which is the 8th worst record in the NBA. If the Bulls where to stay in that spot in the standings they’d have a 9.9% chance to move up into the Top 3 in June’s draft.

It would be interesting to know if the teams with the seven worst records than the Bulls where contacted about possibly tanking.

We do know after the Bulls where warned Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to all 30 NBA teams which made it clear that the league would not stand for teams blatantly tanking. This also comes after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 after saying that it would be better for his team to lose games late in the season.

From losing to winning in the NBA as the Houston Rockets picked up their 16th straight win with a 122-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. With the win the Rockets improved to 50-13 and are currently the #1 seed in the Western Conference.

The Rockets had seven players score in double figures led by Chris Paul with 25 points. James Harden had 23 points and a team high 11 assists, but also committed 10 turnovers in the game. P.J. Tucker led the Rockets on rebounds with 6.

Russell Westbrook was the games high scorer with 32 points and he also handed out a team high 7 assists while Steven Adams grabbed a team high 8 rebounds for Oklahoma City.

Houston has to turn right around and put their winning streak back on the line tonight as they travel to Milwaukee to face the 34-30 Bucks.

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How was your week

Posted: March 3, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, fantasy, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As we get closer to opening day, we also get closer to our two fantasy drafts. Now we have two leagues that we run through Yahoo. We have a straight up snake style draft league and then we have an auction league. We do have some openings in these leagues, but not too many. If your interested in playing in one or both of these leagues send us an e-mail to and will send you the link to sign up for the league you’re interested in. It is free to play, but I have to warn you these are deep 20 teams leagues; so you have to be a serious fantasy player to get into these leagues.

One of the things that you have to find in our leagues are those middle of or back of the rotation starters that are going to give you some innings and hopefully add up some other stats as our leagues are category leagues. With the addition last season of the 7-day DL teams aren’t afraid to out any player on there let alone a pitcher with a minor issue. With this being the case you have to look closely at any pitching injury that comes up and there where a few late in the week that didn’t look like a big deal, but you never know.

Drew Pomeranz of the Boston Red Sox left his last start with what was described as forearm tightness in his pitching arm. Pomeranz himself told reporters that he’s not concerned about the injury being serious, but at this point of spring training it’s better for the Red Sox to be cautious with him.

Pomeranz made 32 starts for the Red Sox last season going 17-6 with an ERA of 3.32 over 173 2/3rd innings. Those where all career highs for Pomeranz and he also posted the second best strikeout total of his career with 174. It was a big bounce back year for Pomeranz after he started just 13 games, appearing in 14 games in 2016 due to injury. Look for Pomeranz to be slotted as the Red Sox 4th starter where he could get some good match ups and with the backing of the Red Sox offense could put up a good number of wins this season.

Bud Norris made a spot start for the St. Louis Cardinals filling in for Carlos Martinez who missed the start do to a personal matter. Norris lasted 2 1/3rd innings in the start before having to exit with hamstring spasms after allowing 5 runs. It’s unclear right now if this will be an injury that could linger for Norris or if it’s just an early spring training bump in the road.

Until last season Norris had always been a starting pitcher, but after signing with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for the 2017 season a myriad of injuries forced Norris into the bullpen. Norris ended up pitching in a career high 60 games last season, but only 3 of those where starts. Norris went 2-6 with an ERA of 4.21, but did pick up 19 saves. It appeared as Norris could fill a significant role in the Cardinals bullpen; so you’ll have to monitor his injury.

While it’s unclear right now what type of injury Los Angeles Dodgers right hander Tom Koehler it could be the most serious of the three we’re talking about here. Koehler was pulled in the middle of the inning in his last appearance and is scheduled for an MRI. Koehler suffered from shoulder bursitis last season which limited him to just 72 2/3rd innings.

Koehler has been a starter for the majority of his career, but the Dodgers where hoping to plug him into their bullpen as a full time reliever. Koehler did have some success coming out of the bullpen for the Toronto Blue Jays last season. The Blue Jays acquired Koehler in August of last season and he made 15 appearances for them with 14 of them as a reliever. Koehler went 0-2 in those 15 games covering 17 innings, but had an ERA of 2.65. It looks like will have to wait for the results of the MRI before we know where to rank Koehler.

Are the Philadelphia Phillies going to try and upgrade their starting rotation? There have been reports that the Phillies talked to Jake Arrieta, but they where only willing to go three years on a contract with him.

The Phillies where also in touch with free agent Lance Lynn, but it doesn’t appear that talks went very far. It’s seems as though the Phillies didn’t want to meet Lynn’s demands of $50 million dollars guaranteed in a contract.

While it hasn’t been reported, but you have to wonder if Philadelphia also checked in on Alex Cobb. Cobb recently said that he’d accept on contract of 4 years at $70 million dollars with $50 million dollars being guaranteed. Cobb has originally stated that he wanted $20 million dollars a season in his contract; so his demands have come down a little, but have they come down enough for a team to sign him.

The Phillies are coming off a disappointing 66 win season in 2017. Right now the average age of their projected starting rotation is just under 26 years old. Jerad Eickhoff is the oldest projected start for the Phillies and he’ll turn 28 in July.

If the Phillies aren’t able to come to contract terms with Arrieta, Lynn or Cobb maybe they could bring back Jeremy Hellickson who was with Philadelphia the past two seasons and was their opening day starter last season before being traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline. Hellickson turns 31 in early April; so while he’s not that much older than the projected rotation guys he does have 8 years in the big leagues.

Speaking of the Orioles it’s being reported that they’ve shown some interest in Lynn and Cobb along with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Minnesota Twins. It does appear as Minnesota’s interest in Lynn may be waning. There where some contract talks between the too early, but the Twins offer was considered well shy of what Lynn was looking for in a deal.

We’re slowly running out of time and before you know it opening day will be here. How much longer will it be before Arrieta, Lynn or Cobb sings with a team. How much of a possibility is it that  they could all still be looking for contracts when the season starts?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 28, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The new NFL season doesn’t start until March 14th and right out of the gate the big free agent will be Kirk Cousins. There should be quite a few teams interested in Cousins, but what will they be willing to pay him?

The New York Jets have made it clear that they will be strong players for Cousins. Josh McCown made 13 starts for the Jets last season and played well, but they view McCown as their back up plan if they can’t sign Cousins. Bryce Petty did make 3 starts for the Jets last season, but Christian Hackenberg who was a 2nd round pick in the 2016 draft has yet to see the field. Does an add like Cousins make the Jets a playoff contender? Cousins could have some weapons to throw to as Robbie Anderson looked like he was developing into a big play threat towards the end of the season. Jermaine Kearse is a solid #2 type of receiver and if Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a good tight end as long as he can keep himself on the field. The thing that might keep Cousins away from the Jets is the fact that he’ll probably be looking for a team that can get into the playoffs and even with him at quarterback it’s unclear if the Jets could make that leap.

The Denver Broncos used three different starting quarterbacks last season and while the reports are they’re interested in Sam Bradford you have to think they’ll take a look at Cousins. While Bradford and Cousins may be similar Bradford has a history of injuries that Cousins doesn’t have; so that may put him at the top of the Broncos quarterback choices. While the Broncos don’t have a strong receiving tight end they do have two very good wide receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to. The Broncos also still have a top defense that could help them get right back in the thick of the playoffs. Also remember the Broncos had a 1000 rusher in C.J. Anderson; so there’s a running game to help Cousins out. Will see if the Broncos are set on Bradford or if they’ll take a look at Cousins.

The newest team to seem to be interested in Cousins are the Minnesota Vikings. All three of the Vikings quarterbacks from last season are free agents; so they’re going to have to find someone. Case Keenum played very well for Minnesota last season going 11-3 in 14 starts, but the Vikings have announced that they won’t use the franchise tag on Keenum and he’ll be allowed to become a free agent. Minnesota has on one of the better defenses in the NFL and if it’s weapons Cousins is looking for the Vikings have them as well. Adam Thielen had a breakout season in 2017 catching 91 passes for 1276 yards. Stefon Diggs missed a couple of games due to injury, but still caught 8 touchdowns passes and don’t forget tight end Kyle Rudolph. Rudolph also had 8 touchdowns catches to go along with 57 receptions. The Vikings will also have Dalvin Cook returning from injury to be their feature running back. Cook was averaging 4.8 yards per carry before he got hurt in Week 4. The Vikings may have the best set of weapons for Cousins plus the fact that they just went to the NFC Championship game might be enough to get Cousins to sign there.

With the retirement of Carson Palmer it’s clear that the Arizona Cardinals need to find themselves a quarterback and you have to think that they’ll also check in a Cousins. Even juggling three different starting quarterbacks the Cardinals managed to finish 8-8 last season. Where could they have ended up had they had one solid starting quarterback? Larry Fitzgerald has decided to return after there was some talk he might join Palmer in retirement. Fitzgerald is coming off a 109 catch season while gaining 1156 yards. Now the Cardinals need to find that 2nd receiver to compliment Fitzgerald and they have a group of guys that they could find him from. Jaron Brown, J.J. Nelson and John Brown can all fill that role it’s just which one will step up to take the spot. The most important thing for the Cardinals and something that could be a factor in Cousins coming to Arizona is the return of the David Johnson. Johnson played just one game last season, but he’s a duel threat out of the backfield and is looked at as a Top 5 running back in the NFL when healthy. With a veteran core of players and a returning top running back could the addition of a quarterback like Cousins get the Cardinals into the playoffs?

Depending on What Cousins is looking for he could get the most money from the Cleveland Browns. The Browns have the most salary cap room in the NFL this off season, but is this some place Cousins would be looking to play. Running back Duke Johnson was the Browns leading receiver with 74 catches as the team doesn’t really have a true #1 receiver. Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis tied for the most receptions by a wide receiver with 27. Corey Coleman the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft played just 9 games last season due to injury. He’ll be look at to establish himself as the #1 receiver. The Browns took tight end David Njoku with the 29th pick in the 1st round in the 2017 draft and while he was looked at as a talent that still needed to learn the game he did catch 32 passes an led the team with 4 touchdown receptions. Now Cleveland doesn’t appear to be a landing spot for Cousins and all the talk is that Cleveland will draft a quarterback with either the 1st or 4th pick in the upcoming draft, but it’s something to be looked at because the Browns have the money to offer him.

We’ve got to see a little bit of Shohei Ohtani as a pitcher and a hitter early in spring training. By hitting and pitching this season it will make him an interesting fantasy player. Now we use Yahoo to run your leagues and they’ve told us that he’ll be considered as two separate players. You’ll be able to draft Ohtani the pitcher or Ohtani the hitter. I have to see a few more at bats from Ohtani  before I’ll be able to figure out what kind of a hitter he might be. With that being said I think if I had to choose between them I’d take Ohtani the pitcher over Ohtani the hitter. Of course there is still quite a it of spring training left; so that could change. It will also help to know just how many at bats he’ll get when he’s not pitching.

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How was your week

Posted: February 24, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, basketball, football, NASCAR, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

After being upset in the 1st round of the NFL playoffs last season the Kansas City Chiefs have made some big trades this off season.

The Chiefs started making changes very quickly starting with trading Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins for cornerback Kendall Fuller and a 2018 3rd round draft pick. Looking at this deal now it’s interesting that the Chiefs acquired a cornerback in this deal and Fuller is looked upon as a starter.

Yesterday the Chiefs traded another Pro Bowler as they sent cornerback Marcus Peters to the Los Angeles Rams for what is being reported as a package of draft picks. It appears as though we might not find out the details of this traded until March 14th when the trade can become official.

While the Rams are getting a top cornerback in Peters he does come with some baggage. Just last season Peters had a meltdown after a penalty and ended up throwing the referees flag into the stands. After that he thought he had been ejected and went to the locker room, but it turned out he hadn’t been and returned to the field without all of his pads on and no socks. Kansas City did suspend Peters for a game after this incident. There where also times when Peters was seen yelling at Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton on the sidelines. Peters also had an issue in college where he was kicked off the team at the University of Washington in 2014.

Even with the behavioral issues that Peters has shown, he is a fantastic talent on the field. He was a 1st round draft pick (#18 overall) by the Chiefs in the 2015 draft. Peters led the NFL with 8 interceptions and 2 returns for touchdowns as a rookie. Peters picked up 6 interceptions in 2016 and 5 last season. His 19 total interceptions lead the NFL for the three seasons he’s been in the league. Peters has made two Pro-Bowl and was voted 1st team All-Pro in 2016.

Peters is moving to defense that’s run by Wade Phillips and most experts seem to believe that Phillips will be good for the temperamental Peters. Phillips has had success with these type of emotional cornerback before. Phillips has been given credit for corralling the emotions of Aqib Talib when he was running the Denver Broncos defense. When Phillips was with the Broncos they won a Super Bowl and Talib made his first career Pro-Bowl. Will have to see how the working relationship between Peters and Phillips goes next season.

The Houston Rockets beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 120-102 last night in a game that featured two teams will see in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Timberwolves may have lost more than just a game last night as All-Star guard Jimmy Butler was helped off the court with a knee injury. Butler grabbed an offensive rebound away from Nene and as he was going to go back up and try to score he went down and grabbed his right knee. The original fear was that it might be an ACL tear as Butler himself was heard saying “it’s torn” while being helped off the court. X-Rays where negative, but Butler will have an MRI today to try and see what the severity of the injury might be.

Butler is the NBA’s leader in minutes played, but that’s no surprise as Tom Thibodeau has always played Butler a lot of minutes going back to their days with the Chicago Bulls.

Butler has played in 56 of the Timberwolves 62 games this season and is averaging 22.2 points per game. Butler has always been considered an all around player as he also pitches in with 6.2 rebounds per game, 5.5 assists per game and 1.9 blocked shots per game. Butler is also a solid defensive player which is difficult to find in the NBA these days.

Butler’s injury will probably be the deciding factor on how the Timberwolves season goes. Minnesota hasn’t been to the playoffs in 11 years, but it looks as though that streak will come to and end this season as they are currently 4th in the Western Conference with a record of 36-26. While Minnesota is 10 games over .500 they are just 3 games out of the 9th spot in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves struggle mightily on offense without Butler.

If Butler was to miss the rest of the season or even say 10 to 15 games, would the Timberwolves be able to hang on to a playoff spot while he recovers?

We haven’t spent a lot of time talking about NASCAR on the Sports Time Radio podcast this year, but their season kicked off last week with the Daytona 500.

It was an exciting race that featured lots of crashes as most restrictor plate races in NASCAR do, but in the end it was Austin Dillon who found himself in victory lane when it was all said and done.

After a late race crash the Daytona 500 was headed to overtime. It appeared as though Aric Almirola was going to pick up the win, but Dillon received a big push from  Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. down the backstretch on the second and final lap of overtime. As Almirola moved up the racetrack to block, but Dillon made contact with Almirola’s rear bumper turning him sideways and turning him into the wall as Dillon and Wallace went by coming out of Turn 3.

Dillon and Wallace went on to finish one, two in the race in a couple of cars with iconic numbers. Dillon drivers for his grandfather Richard Childress, piloting the #3 car made famous by the late Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wallace posted the best finish ever by an African-American driver in the Daytona 500, surpassing the 13th-place result of NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in 1966. Wallace drives the #43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports. Of course the #43 was made famous by “The King” Richard Petty himself.

Rounding out the Top 5 at Daytona. Denny Hamlin #11 cane home 3rd with Joey Logano #22 in 4th and Chris Buescher #37 finishing 5th.

This Sunday the drivers head to the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500. Kyle Busch will start on the pole after posting a speed of 184.652 miles per hour. Ryan Newman qualified 2nd with Kevin Harvick 3rd, Daniel Suarez 4th and Brad Keselowski round out the Top 5.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 21, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We’re coming off NBA All-Star weekend and while the game itself is clearly the worst out of any of the major sports All-Star games there was some interesting talk about the league itself.

How would you like to see an NBA where there are four divisions and no conferences? In this format the best 16 teams record wise would make the playoffs with the four division winners getting the Top 4 seeds.

This type of format has been talked about quite a bit especially when the Western Conference was clearly the better of the two conferences. At one point there where teams over .500 or close to it in the Western Conference missing out on the playoffs, but in the Eastern Conference teams under .500 where getting into the playoffs.

It is a little odd that the talk of this really seemed to heat up during this All-Star break when right now there aren’t too much difference in the standings. Right now the Miami Heat hold down the 8th and final Eastern Conference playoff spot with a record of 30-28. If you where to take the Heat and move them into the Western Conference they’d be tied for 9th and one game out of the final playoff spot. There are still about 25 games left in the regular season for this to shale out; so will see how much the standings change, but right now there’s not a huge difference.

It’s an interesting idea for the NBA and it’s something I’d like to see them do. It could also give them a chance to finally move the Memphis Grizzlies out of the Western Conference. Would you like to see the NBA go away from the Eastern and Western Conferences and go to this four division set up? Or do you have another idea for them to get the best teams into the playoffs?

While I do think this is a good idea for the NBA to do it doesn’t change the fact that there are only three or four teams that look like they can win the NBA title without a major upset taking place.

In the Eastern Conference the Toronto Raptors currently have the best record, but I’m not sure how many people believe that they’re a threat to win the NBA title. The Raptors have won their division three of the last four seasons, but have only been to the conference finals one time. Toronto needs to prove it can win in the playoffs before they will be taken seriously as a title contender.

The Boston Celtics have the 2nd best record in the Eastern Conference right now, but after looking like the team to beat early in the season there have been some questions about them. The Celtics where a little flat coming into the All-Star break dropping three straight games and people are starting to think they might be running out of gas. These final 23 games will be a test to see where and how this team looks heading into the playoffs.

Of course you can’t forget about the new look Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland had won four games in a row heading into the All-Star break and looked like a true contender after their big trade. You have to wonder if the trade just energized the team for a few games or if it’s the turning point to their season. Again this is something will find out as the team plays out the regular season. Of course the Cavaliers are and always will be considered title contenders as long as LeBron James is wearing their uniform.

Believe it or not it was the Houston Rockets who had the best record in the Western Conference heading into the All-Star break not the Golden State Warriors. Now to be fair the Rockets only have a 1/2 game lead over the Warriors, but it’s something different and it looks like the Western Conference is a two team race.

The Rockets took two of three from the Warriors in the teams season series; so that may help them get over any kind of a mental hurdle they could have facing a team that’s won two of the last three NBA titles. Houston appears to be the only team in the NBA that can score with the Warriors. Golden State currently scores 1.7 points a game more than the Rockets do. Are the Rockets the team to represent the Western Conference in the NBA Finals this season?

Of course you can never write off Golden State as they’ve been to three straight NBA Finals winning two of them. The Warriors not only lead the NBA in pints per game, but they’re also the best 3-point shooting team in the league. Golden State is shooting 39.2% from behind the 3-point line. Something you don’t hear a lot about, but the Warriors are also the best free throw shooting team in the NBA at 81.1% and that could come into play in the playoffs. Do you have the Warriors going to a 4th straight NBA Finals?

Are these the five teams you have at the top of your list to win the NBA title? Or do you see a team like the San Antonio Spurs, Minnesota Timberwolves or maybe even the Washington Wizards being a surprise team in the playoffs this season?

We had a three team trade in Major League Baseball yesterday and here’s how it shakes out. The New York Yankees receive Brandon Drury. The Arizona Diamondbacks receive Steven Souza and Taylor Widener while the Tampa Bay Rays receive Anthony Banda and Nick Solak. It’s also been reported that the Diamondbacks will receive two players to be named later as part of this deal.

Looking at this deal it appears as though the Rays are going into rebuilding mode. In just the past week the Rays have traded Souza and pitcher Jake Odorizzi and designated outfielder Corey Dickerson. Add those players to the earlier traded Evan Longoria and the fact that they’ve allowed both Logan Morrison and Lucas Duda to become free agents and while both are still available the Rays have shown no interest in bringing either player back. If you’re a Rays fan you have to wonder how longer it will be before you see Chris Archer traded.

The Yankees had expressed some interest in Drury early in the off season, but couldn’t get a deal done with the Diamondbacks. The plan is for Drury to take over at 3rd base for the Yankees as their infield will feature a couple of new players. Starlin Castro and Chase Headley where dealt in the off season and while it looks as thought top prospects Gleyber Torres will be given a chance to win the job as the everyday 2nd baseman with Drury at 3rd. There was talk that Miguel Andújar would be given a shot at the 3rd base job it makes sense for the Yankees to bring in a younger veteran like Drury. Andújar has just 5 games of major league experience and Torres has never played in the majors. While Drury has played just 41 games at 3rd base in his major league career he does have two full years of major league experience. There was some talk that the Yankees would sign Mike Moustakas to play 3rd base for them, but with this move it looks as though the Yankees might be set. The Yankees had made it a point this off season to try and stay under or around the luxury tax line and signing someone like Moustakas would push them past their goal.

The Diamondbacks where trying their best to find a way to bring back J.D. Martinez, but he decided to sign with the Boston Red Sox; so they’re turning to Souza to help fill the power void Martinez left. It was a bit of a surprise for the Diamondbacks to add Souza. They had just signed Jarrod Dyson to a two year deal and they have a pretty solid outfield in place with A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Yasmany Tomas. Now Pollock will be a free agent after this season and Tomas hasn’t quite lived up too his contract, but it’s going to be tough for Arizona manager Torey Lovullo to find enough at bats for these guys. Who knows maybe Arizona has another deal planned that would move one of the outfielders they had on their roster.

What do you think about this deal? Who do you think got the better end of it?

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How was your week

Posted: February 17, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

There was a thought that once the Chicago Cubs signed Yu Darvish the free agent market would open up and we’d see some more signings. Well we have seen some more signings, but still no contracts for the bigger name free agents left on the market.

All three signings towards the end of the week where pitchers as teams look to add depth to their starting rotations. Let’s take a look at who ended up signing where.

The Toronto Blue Jays signed left hander Jamie Garcia to a one year $10 million dollar contract. Garcia’s money is guaranteed,. He’ll get $8 million dollars for the 2018 season with a team option for the 2019 season at $10 million dollars. Now if the Blue Jays don’t want to pick up Garcia’s option for 2019 the contract has a $2 million dollar buy out in it.

Garcia spent his first seven seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals before pitching for three teams last season. Garcia made 18 starts for the Atlanta Braves before being dealt to the Minnesota Twins where he made just 1 start before the Twins moved him along to the New York Yankees where he started 8 games down the stretch for them. Garcia did appear in 1 playoff game for the Yankees last season.

Garcia ended up going 5-10 in his 27 starts with an ERA of 4.41 over 157 innings. That ERA was a little high for Garcia as his career ERA is a very respectable 3.69. Look for Garcia to fit nicely into the back of the Blue Jays rotation.

Andrew Cashner also found a new team as he signed a two year $16 million dollar deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Cashner will get $5 million dollar for the 2018 season, $8 million dollars for the 2019 season while the other $3 million dollars is a signing bonus which is deferred to 2020 through 2022. Cashner a $10MM vesting option in the contract, in addition to $5MM available in yearly incentives. The option becomes guaranteed if Cashner throws 340 innings over the first two seasons of the deal. It’d become a $10 million dollar player option for Cashner in the event that he reached 360 total innings for those two seasons.

Cashner is coming off what most people think was his best season as a starter. Cashner made 28 starts for the Texas Rangers going 11-11 with an ERA of 3.40 over 166 2/3rd innings. Cashner has always been a big strikeout type of pitcher, but last season those numbers where down as he struck out just 86 batters with a Strikeout to 9 innings rate of 4.6. For his career Cashner is a 7.0 on his Strikeouts to 9 innings rate.

Will have to see where the Orioles pencil Cashner into their rotation. He be in the mix the Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy, but who knows how they’ll line up.

The New York Mets added another free agent as they signed Jason Vargas to a two year $16 million dollar deal. The contract also contains an $8 million dollar option for a 3rd season. Vargas can also has an $250,000 incentive clause based on innings pitched starting at 160 innings.

Vargas tied with three other pitchers for the most wins in baseball last season with 18. He went 18-11 with an ERA of 4.16 in 32 starts covering 179 2/3rd innings for the Kansas City Royals. Vargas will be 35 and is headed into his 13th season, but he’s had multiple 30 plus starts and 200 innings plus seasons and that’s something the Mets could use in their rotation.

If healthy the Mets should have a formidable starting rotation, but that health has been a big, big issue these last few seasons. With it looking as though Steven Matz will start the 2018 season on the DL Vargas will be the lone left hander in the Mets rotation. Vargas will probably end up as the 3rd starter for the Mets behind Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom and in front of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler. With the history of health problems this Mets rotation has had a 30 starts season out of Vargas could be a calming influence.

There was another pitcher to get a contract recently, but this time it was a reliever. Tony Watson has agreed to a contract with the San Francisco Giants, but terms of the deal have not been released yet. Since Watson is a Scott Boras client it’s believed that the deal will be for multiple years. It’s also expected that the deal won’t force the Giants past the luxury tax line.

Watson made his mark as a top left handed set up guy with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but once he took over the close role for them he had some issues. Watson was 5-3 with an ERA of 3.66 for the Pirates. He appeared in 47 games and had 10 saves. The Pirates dealt Watson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for the playoff run. Moving back into a set up role Watson appeared in 24 games going 2-1 with an ERA of 2.70.

With Mark Melancon returning from injury Watson should slide into the left handed set up role in front of him. This duo had very good success for four seasons for the Pirates before Melancon was traded.

We saw three starters and a top set up guy get new contracts this week, but still nothing on the Jake Arrieta or Alex Cobb front. Did their demands price them out of the market? Interestingly both pitchers had contract offers from the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs offered Cobb a 4 year deal for $72 million dollars, but Cobb turned it down believing he’s a $20 million dollar a season type of pitcher. The Cubs made a last n=minute pitch to Arrieta right before they signed Darvish, but Arrieta said he didn’t have enough time to look over the Cubs offer; so they ended up singing Darvish instead. With the way the pitching free agent market has played out you have to wonder if both of these guys will be kicking themselves for not taking those offers.

What do you think, do you see Arrieta and Cobb being signed before the season starts? Or do you they’ll have to wait for a team to see where they’re at before either of these guys get a contract offer.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: February 14, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, football, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I’m sure I’ve mentioned multiple times that the Sports Time Radio podcast emanates from the Chicago suburbs. The four of us that you hear on the podcast all live in the Chicagoland area and have a rooting interest in the Chicago teams. Sadly right now it seems as though we have just baseball season to look forward to.

For about 10 seasons the Chicago Blackhawks where a serious threat to win the Stanley Cup and they did actually win it three times in six seasons. Now the Blackhawks have fallen. Last season they did get into the playoffs, but they where quickly eliminated in the 1st round. This season it’s even worse for the Blackhawks as they are currently in last place in the Central division. Through 57 games this season the Blackhawks are 24-25-8 and have 56 points. Last night the Blackhawks lost their 7th straight game 5-2 to the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

Now there are some obvious reason for the Blackhawks slipping to where they are. They’ve had salary cap issues since winning their first Stanley Cup. Injuries are always a factor as they lots Marion Hossa probably forever and Corey Crawford has played just 28 games in goal for them this season. There is also the fact that the rest of the NHL has just caught up to the Blackhawks. Chicago was really one of the first teams in the NHL to embrace the speed side of the game and it paid off in multiple Stanley Cup’s.

How do the Blackhawks fix this, is what everyone wants to know. First off a healthy Crawford makes them a lot better, but they also need their young guys to perform like they’re expected to.

Nick Schmaltz is 20 years old and has 15 goals and 24 assists while Alex DeBrincat who is just 19 years old has 21 goals and 16 assists this season. Ryan Hartman is just 22 years old and is putting up solid number with 7 goals and 15 assists, but they’re really the only two younger Blackhawks who have been good this season. Connor Murphy looks to be coming along as a defenseman and is just 23 years old; so there are some guys who look like they can contribute in the future.

Of course the Blackhawks also need their top guys to stay as top guys. Patrick Kane is still that guy. Kane is tied for the team lead in goals with 21 and leads the team in assists with 32. Jonathan Toews is having another solid season as he has 15 goals and 21 assists. It’s difficult to believe that Duncan Keith doesn’t have a goal through 57 games and is a -13. Keith is a former Norris Trophy winner and his struggles on defense and the teams struggles on defense as a whole may be the biggest issues the Blackhawks will need to correct this coming off season.

Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp where both brought back to help this team out and it hasn’t paid off this season. Saad has 13 goals and 11 assists while Sharp has 6 goals and 8 assists. While it’s nice to see the guys who where here when the team started winning Stanley Cup’s, it would be nice if they added something.

Now any team that has Kane and Toews on it can turn things around quickly; so don’t be surprised if the Blackhawks are back in the playoffs next season.

Of course the other big time winter sport is basketball and in Chicago we have the tanking Chicago Bulls.

It’s humorous that the Bulls would prefer to lose games and they’ve some how managed to win 20 games so far this season. There are seven teams in the NBA with worse records than the Bulls and to rebuild and rebuild quickly you need to be drafting inside the Top 5 and in some cases inside the Top 3 to improve quickly.

As you look at the current Bulls roster it’s unclear if any of these players with the exception of Lauri Markkanen will still be with the team when they get back into the playoffs. There are high hopes for Zach LaVine, but he’s coming back from injury and has to prove that he’s more than just a highlight dunker. The Bulls where very interested in Kris Dunn in the 2016 draft, but the Minnesota Timberwolves took him with the 5th pick. Chicago acquired Dunn with LaVine and the draft pick that turned out to be Markkanen for Jimmy Butler and a draft pick that Minnesota used on Justin Patton. Dunn was solid for the Bulls until he got injured. It looks as though Dunn will return tonight against the Toronto Raptors, but it’s unclear how many minutes he’ll actually get. Do you see LaVine or Dunn being on a Bulls playoff team?

While it seems as though tanking is the way to go in the NBA. Remember that the Philadelphia 76ers started their rebuild in 2013 and they still haven’t found their way back into the playoffs and still aren’t close to contending for an NBA title. How far away from the playoffs are the Bulls? and how long will it take them to be an NBA title contender?

Luckily for us here in the Chicagoland area it’s almost baseball season. With the addition of Yu Darvish the Chicago Cubs should be considered a World Series contender.

The Cubs should have a very good starting rotation with Darvish being added to the likes of Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, Kyle Hendricks and Tyler Chatwood. The biggest pitching question the Cubs have is will their closer hold up. Brandon Morrow is taking the role for the very first time. Morrow was injury prone as a starter, but seems to have found a home in the bullpen. Morrow made 45 appearances last season covering 43 2/3rd innings, but as a closer he’ll be asked to pitch more than he did last season which was his first full season in the bullpen. The Cubs also signed Steve Cishek this off season. Cishek was the closer for the Seattle Mariners in 2016 until he had some struggles and was replaced by Edwin Diaz. Cishek has posted two 30 plus save seasons in his career and could be a good back up if Morrow struggles.

With an everyday line up that should be one of the best in baseball and now a starting rotation that should compare to anyone’s, the only question the Cubs may have is will that bullpen hold up.

Baseball wise Chicago also has the White Sox. Now the White Sox started their rebuild last season and where some promising signs heading into this season.

A young rotation featuring a healthy Carlos Rodon, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez should be interesting to watch. It’s possible that Rodon won’t be ready for opening day and there’s no reason for the White Sox to rush him. After struggling with the Washington Nationals Giolito was good in his 7 starts for the White Sox last season. Giolito posted a 2.38 E.R.A. while going 3-3 and pitching 45 1/3rd innings. Lopez made 8 starts and went 3-3 as well, but had a higher E.R.A. at 4.72 over 47 2/3rd innings.

The White Sox have held onto Jose Abreu so far and look like he’s the veteran they’re going to build around; so they’ll get at least 30 home runs and 100 RBI’s out of him. Will get to see a full season of Yoan Moncada. Avisail Garcia hit .330 last season; so maybe he’s going to get close to the player a lot of people though he was going to be. Don’t forget that Matt Davidson also hit 26 home runs in 118 games last season.

While the White Sox will probably be a sub .500 team again in 2018 there should be some interesting young players to keep an eye on.

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