How was your week

Posted: April 7, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the spring training he had how many of you are surprised by the start Shohei Ohtani has gotten off to? Ohtani hit his 3rd home run in 3 games last night as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat the Oakland A’s 13-9 last night.

Ohtani is hitting .389 on the season with those 3 home runs and 7 RBI’s, he has also scored 4 runs. In 18 official at bats Ohtani had struck out 4 times while drawing 1 walk. Remember at the end of spring training there where people who thought it would be best for Ohtani to start the season in Triple-A. Ohtani was just 4 for 32 in spring training which is a .125 batting average. He also had 10 strikeouts in spring training. It appears that the adjustments he made from the end of spring training to the start of the season have been effective, but we’re still just 8 games into the Angels season; so there’s a long way to go.

Ohtani has only made 1 start as a pitcher as the plan is for him to start every Sunday. His first start was just average in today’s game. He pitched 6 innings and recorded the win in his start. He gave up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 batter and striking out 6. After 1 start his ERA is 4.50. Starting on a certain day is the way that the Japanese League handles it’s pitchers and it appears as though the Angels are going to try and keep Ohtani on that schedule.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who did this, but I actively stayed away from Ohtani in my fantasy drafts after the spring he had. Right now it looks like I may have made a mistake, but like I mentioned there’s a long way to go in the season and will see if Ohtani can continue to make adjustments as the league adjust to him.

On Thursday night the Chicago Cubs cruised to an 8-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers in the first game of their four game weekend series. It was just one of those nights for the Brewers and in the 9th inning they decided to give their closer Corey Knebel an inning of work. Now teams do this quite a bit in blowouts if there closer hasn’t thrown in a few days, but sadly for the Brewers this time it didn’t go their way.

Knebel struck out Addison Russell to start the inning. He then proceeded to hit Javier Baez before Jason Heyward hit his first home run of the season off of Knebel. This seems to be another thing that happens to closers when they come into games in non-save situations or games that aren’t close; they give up runs. Knebel then struck out Ian Happ for the second out of the inning. Tommy LaStella was announced as a pinch hitter and while Knebel was facing him he went down to the ground after throwing a pitch and grabbed his hamstring. Knebel had to be removed from the game and is expected to miss 6 weeks with that hamstring injury. The Brewers placed Knebel on the Disabled List after the game while utility man Hernan Perez ended up coming in to pitch.

Knebel appeared in 76 games for the Brewers last season and recorded 39 saves. in the 76 innings Knebel pitched last season he struck out 126 batters giving him one of the higher strikeouts per 9 innings ratios at 14.9. Knebel made 3 appearances for the Brewers this season and had 1 save.

It’s unclear who the Brewers will plug into the closers role while Knebel is out, but they have some options. Jeremy Jeffress has some closing experience while veteran Dan Jennings could be used against as a closing option against left handers. Jacob Barnes has a save this season; so maybe he’ll get a shot, but there’s a chance that Josh Hader could also get a chance as closer.

Fantasy players will have to keep their eyes on the Brewers bullpen to see who’s getting the closing opportunities and see if that guy could be worth a waiver claim.

Are the Philadelphia 76ers a threat to win the Eastern Conference?

Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 27 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists as the 76ers held on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 132-129 last night.

At halftime the 76ers actually had a 23 points lead 78-55, but the Cavaliers came back and actually had a chance to tie the game, but Lebron James missed the second of three free throws forcing him to intentionally miss the third. On the intentional miss Larry Nance Jr. had a shot at a tip in, but it didn’t go in and the 76ers held on.

It was the 76ers 5th straight win without Joel Embiid. Embiid is out with a fractured orbital bone and is dealing with concussion issues. It’s been reported that Embiid will miss 2 to 4 weeks.

Even in the loss James had a huge night. He had his own triple-double with 44 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

With the win last night Philadelphia and Cleveland have flipped flopped spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The 76ers have taken over 3rd place while the Cavaliers have fallen to 4th. If it stays this way the 76ers will meet the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs while the Cavaliers will face off against the Indiana Pacers.

Philadelphia has three games left in the regular season. They host the Dallas Mavericks tomorrow night. The travel to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Tuesday night (April 10th) and then their season wraps up on April 11th at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Cleveland has two games left to move back into 3rd place. Interestingly the Cavaliers final two games are against the same team; the New York Knicks. On Monday April 9th Cleveland travels to New York to face the Knicks and then on Wednesday April 11th the Knicks will visit the Cavaliers in Cleveland.

Both Philadelphia and Cleveland have clinched playoff spots; so all they have left is to play for seeding. Depending on how important it is to a team you might see them try to rest some of their players in these last few games.

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