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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 12, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I’m sure that Major League Baseball believes they’re not doing anything wrong and let’s face it they’re never going to admit to anything and why would they since this worked for them once before, but it’s clear there’s something going on with the baseball this season.

Some people used the termed juiced other say the baseball is wound tighter this season. I even heard someone say that with the increase in pitching velocity the number of home runs was bound to go up, but I think even the average baseball fan realizes that it’s the baseball.

Let’s go back to 1998 when baseball was coming off a strike and there was quite a bit of backlash from the fans. Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa had an epic home run battle that helped bring fans back to the game.

McGwire win the battle with Sosa as he hit a single season record at that time of 70 home runs. Sosa ended up with 66 home runs and won the NL MVP in 1998.

Of course Barry Bonds went on to break the single season home run record with 73 home runs in 2001 and he also has hit the most home runs by a player n baseball history with 762 for his career. Of course all three of these big time home run hitters have come under scrutiny for the use of performance enhancing drugs to help them reach those home run totals.

This season it doesn’t appear that any player is getting help hitting home runs from any other substance but a supped up baseball.

We’ve played about 1/3rd of the season and right now there are six players with 20 home runs or more. That would mean if these numbers held up all six of these players would reach the 60 home run mark for a season. Eight times in Major League Baseball a player has hit 60 or more home runs in a season; so just imagine if this season there are six guys who reach that number.

I’m sure with the short attention span society we live in today Major League Baseball probably thought it would be the right thing to do to add some excitement to the game and what better way to do that than make home run numbers go up. To be honest it just makes the game boring and hard to watch. You get one moment of a baseball flying into the stands in between a large amount of strikeouts and the baseball not being out in play. It’s bad enough that every single major league ballpark is designed to have regular flyballs land in the bleachers. Now with the baseball the way it is even pop flies are turning into home runs. How is this good for the game?

On Monday we had a firestorm of sabermetrics, analytics and a juiced up baseball put on a sad display of power at Citizens Bank Park as the Philadelphia Phillies hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Phillies and the Diamondbacks combined for a Major League record 13 home runs in a game. Now you would think with 13 home runs being hit in a game we’d see one of the higher scoring games in baseball history as well, but we didn’t. Some how with these two teams combining to hit 13 home runs they only managed to score 21 runs combined.

This is where the sabermetrics and analytics come into play. Since players no seem no long interested in doing anything but hitting home runs there just weren’t any runners on base when all of these home runs where hit.

I’m sure the sabermetric/analytic community has an excuse for this, but we all know that would be just complete garbage. There where runs scored in every inning of this game except the 7th. There where 27 hits in this game and 13 of them where home runs and the teams combined to leave 15 runners on base.

I’m kind of at my wits end when it comes to baseball. This is the game that I’ve been interested in the longest out of the four major sports. Now I’ve given up on the new style of play in the NBA and slowly but surly it’s staring the look like baseball might be next.

The Golden State Warriors kept their NBA title hopes alive with a 106-105 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 on Monday night.

There where quite a few interesting storylines to come out of this game, but let’s go with the most obvious of them all the Kevin Durant injury.

I find it very hard to believe how many people who watch the NBA game much, much closely than I do think that Durant was some how forced or conned into playing by the Warriors. Just think about that statement for a minute; then try to figure out how they’d be able to do that.

Durant was about to be the biggest free agent on the NBA market where there is a lot of money out there with the television deal they have. Why would he risk that? Do people honestly believe that Durant and his team of people only took the word of the Golden State team doctors before agreeing to play on Game 5? There is no chance at all that Durant didn’t consult his own physician before playing in Game 5.

Durant looked really good for a guy who hadn’t played in a month. He played 12 minutes and scored 11 points. He was 3 of 5 from the field, but he went 3 of 3 from behind the 3-point line. He also made all both free throws he attempted, grabbed 2 rebounds and blocked a shot before going down with a torn achilles.

It looks as thought this injury may keep Durant out all of next season, but there’s really no telling how long he’ll be out until surgery is performed.

After his injury again there where a lot of people saying that he wouldn’t be able to come back as the player he is now because big men have a difficult time coming back from this injury. The first question that popped into my mind was; since when is Durant anything like a normal big man in the NBA?

I actually don’t care how this affects the NBA Finals at all. I’m more interested to see how this affects the off season. There where quite a few teams that where making salary cap room to try to add Durant. Which direction will those teams go now?

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How was your week

Posted: June 8, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Speculation was that once the Major League Baseball draft was I the books it wouldn’t take ling for Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel to sign and they where right on the nose with that.

It was officially announced yesterday that Kimbrel has signed with the Chicago Cubs and that Keuchel has signed with the Atlanta Braves. Let’s see who got what.

Now if you listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast at all during the baseball off season I said over and over the Cubs needed to add bullpen help, but like always no one listened to me. I guess they had to learn their lesson on the field before they realized my idea wasn’t so bad.

Kimbrel received a 3 year deal for $43 million dollars from the Cubs. At first I thought they may have overpaid for him, but there where reports that the Tampa Bay Rays had upper their offer for Kimbrel to 3 years and $39 million dollars; so the Cubs had to out bid them and they did.

Now Kimbrel has been one of the best closers in baseball since his rookie year in 2011. He’s got a 50 save season under his belt and has never saved less than 31 games in a season. Kimbrel has also been one of the healthier pitchers in baseball and has appeared in at least 57 games in every season he’s pitched, but there have been some bumps in the road.

Kimbrel posted the second highest ERA of his career 2.74 last season, but his issues really showed up in the post season. While he did record 6 saves last post season in the 10 2/3rd innings he pitched he allowed 7 earned runs that’s an ERA of 5.94. Kimbrel gave up 9 hits and walked 8 batters last post season as well. Now Kimbrel’s struggles have been attributed to him tipping his pitches which is a correctable problem; so hopefully when he takes the mound for the Cubs he’ll be back tp his normal form.

The question now becomes how long will it take Kimbrel to get ready to join the Cubs bullpen? Kimbrel himself said he thought it would take two weeks while Cubs manager Joe Maddon went with three weeks when asked this question. Once Kimbrel is in the Cubs bullpen the other question will come up. Can he pitch on back to back days? Can he pitch more than one inning? Along with a few more questions; I’m sure.

It looks like a good signing for the Cubs as Brandon Morrow is still injured and while Pedro Strop did  solid job in the closer role he’s always been a better set up man though his career.

Did you like this signing?

I believe that it’s going to be easier for Kimbrel to get back into his role of closer than it’s going to be for Keuchel to be a top of the rotation starting pitcher like he’s been in his career. Just the last few seasons we’ve seen starters who have just reported to teams either at the end of spring training or right after spring training had ended and they’ve had rough seasons. Keuchel is joining a team with about 1/3rd of the season in the books. It makes you ask; what will the Braves get?

There was some talk mostly from Keuchel’s agent Scott Boras that Keuchel wasn’t going to sign a one year deal, but in the end that’s exactly what he got from Atlanta. Keuchel signed a 1 year deal for $13 million dollars with the Braves.

Keuchel made 34 starts last season and threw 204 2/3rd innings. The starts where a career high while the innings total was the second highest in his career. He did however give up more hits 211 than innings pitched and his strikeouts per 9 innings rate dropped a whole point. There where reports that Keuchel’s velocity was down and since he pitches to contact that could result in more hits off of him.

Now Keuchel is just what the Braves appear to need; a veteran top of the rotation starter. Don’t forget that Keuchel has not only won 20 games in a season, but is also a Cy Young ward winner. He posted an ERA of 3.74 last season, but that was in the American League and ERA’s are always higher there.

The question now just like for Kimbrel is; how long before Keuchel will be ready to join the Braves starting rotation? Keuchel is scheduled to make a start in Triple-A and it was agreed upon in his contract that he can only stay in Triple-A until June 18th. Even if Keuchel is injured he has to be called up and placed on the Injured List by June 18th. So expected Keuchel in the Braves rotation in 10 days.

Did you like the signing of Keuchel for the Braves? Who do you think made the better signing; Atlanta or Chicago?

Last night the Toronto Raptors took a 3-1 series lead over the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals as they won Game 4 by a the score of 105-92. There are many ways to look at this, but the one thing I’m wondering is did this series just set up for Kevin Durant to be the hero?

Durant hasn’t played in a month due to a calf injury. His last game was against the Houston Rockets in the second round of the playoffs on May 8th and after the Western Conference final series against the Portland Trail Blazers there where a lot of people convinced that the Warriors didn’t need Durant to win the title. I wonder if those people have changed their minds now.

Remember that we’re talking about a player who is considered by some to be the best player in the NBA. Don’t forget that Durant is a two-time finals MVP. He’s also won a league MVP. As well as being a 4-time league scoring leader. That’s a lot of offense for even a team like the Warriors to be missing.

It’s an interesting scenario for Durant who is headed into free agency once these finals are over. If he returns and Golden State runs the table; wins three straight games and their third title in a row; how big of a hero is he? Now if he returns and they still end up losing the title to Toronto he should still be covered because he returned and tried to help the team out while possibly being less than 100%.

In all honesty no matter which route Durant chooses to take it’s not going to impact his free agency at all as he’ll still be the top target for every team looking to add a top player. I guess maybe it’s just the visions of Willis Reed walking out of the tunnel or Michael Jordan being almost carried off the court with the flu that makes me wonder if Durant could have a moment like that over an entire three game span.

What do you think. Does Durant play in the NBA Finals?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 5, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I became a baseball fan at a very young age. My father use to bring the portable black and white television into our backyard and he’d watch the Cubs game and read the newspaper while I ran around and pretended to be whichever Cubs player was hitting or pitching. As time went on my enjoyment of the game grew more and more as I began to understand the ins and outs of the game. There was nothing more I liked than sitting down to watch a baseball game and seeing how a pitcher was trying to set up a hitter and how that hitter would try to counter wat the pitcher was trying to do to him. Now sadly over the last few seasons I’ve come to realize that I don’t enjoy the game as much as I use to and I think I’ve finally figured it out.

I’m drawing a blank on which game I was watching, but this team had runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Now normally this sets up for a big inning and can really put a game away for a team; well not this time. The first out came on a weak grounder to 3rd base and with a drawn in infield there was no chance for the runner on 3rd to score. this batter had an incredibly poor approach at the plate as he was trying to hit everything he saw out of the ballpark and never came close. So one out with runners on 2nd and 3rd still could play into a big inning, but the next man up chased a ball that was in the left handed hitters batters box and grounded out weakly to the first baseman. Again with the infield still in there’s was no way that the runner on 3rd could’ve scored. So after two really poor at bats with two runners in scoring position this team still had one more chance to try to drive those two runners home. One of their young and what they hope is a future superstar was up. This batter worked the count to 2 & 2, but sadly like all young players seem to do in todays game he swung at a curveball that just about bounced on home plate and struck out for the final out of the inning.

It became incredibly clear watching this team try to drive these two runners in what one of my biggest issue is in todays game. Situational hitting is dead; as none of these three batters that made the outs had any idea what to do at the plate except swing for the fences. When an average flyball would’ve gotten this team at least one run they couldn’t even get the baseball out of the infield when it counted. The pitch recognition in these three at bats was just terrible as well.

After watching these three horrendous at bats I started thinking what I miss in baseball. I honestly can’t remember the last time I saw a batter try to intentional hit behind a runner. There’s also a huge lack of quality two strike hitting. I know there are still a few players who will choke up on the bat and try to take the baseball the other way with two strikes, but there aren’t very many. With the stolen base pretty much legislated out of the game for some reason I was trying to figure out if teams still hit and run. These kind of things use to be considered as playing winning baseball, but no longer. Now if you can’t hit a home run very time you come up to the plate you’re looked at as a failure.

Now one of the reason I’ve heard that players no longer develop these skills because teams don’t pay for them and only power hitters get the big contracts. I’m not sure how much I believe this or how much truth there is to it, but if there is any truth to it then it’s a crying shame that baseball has went down this path.

Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not against home runs in any way. They’re one of the best parts of the game even though it seems like there’s something going on this season with the large amount of home runs being hit. My problem starts with the other stat that seems to come with home runs these days; strikeouts.

Bryce Harper has struggled with the Philadelphia Phillies after getting that big contract, but he does have 11 home runs. Of course Harper has also struck out 79 times in the 61 games he’s played this season.

Javier Baez is a legitimate MVP candidate for the Chicago Cubs and he hit his 15th home run last night. Now Baez has always had an issue with strikeouts and this season is no exception. In 57 games this season Baez has struck out 78 times while walking just 16 times.

Mitch Haniger and Domingo Santana of the Seattle Mariners and Will Myers of the San Diego Padres have each struck out 77 times this season. Haniger has 15 home runs in the 61 games he’s played while Santana and Myers have each hit 10 home runs. Santana has played in 60 games while Myers has appeared in 59 games.

While these five players are managing to hit some home runs they can’t get seem to cut down on those strikeouts, but that’s not the case for all of the home run hitters.

Last seasons MVP Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers has hit 22 home runs in 54 games while striking out just 39 times. Yelich has even drawn 36 walks this season. While Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers has hit 20 home runs in 59 games this season he is also one of just a handful of players who has more walks than strikeouts right now. Bellinger has 36 walks to just 35 strikeouts.

So as you see not every power hitter strikes out at a high rate, but you have to wonder if they had done some situational hitting in some of their at bats if those strikeout numbers may be lower. Of course the trade off may be they’d have a few less home runs depending on the situation they might have been able to exchange a strikeout or two for some RBI’s.

I still do get confused on what’s considered important in baseball today, but I do believe that the team with the most runs still wins the game and a few less strikeouts and a few more RBI’s could give your team some extra wins. Isn’t that the goal?

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How was your week

Posted: June 1, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’ll be the first one to complain about the extra days off in a playoff series. It’s become common place in the NBA no matter if it’s an opening round series or the NBA finals that at some point there will be an extra day off added into the schedule. Sadly now it seems that the NHL has adopted this terrible scheduling pattern for the Stanley Cup finals.

Now the main excuse given is always travel even though the last time I checked teams are no longer taking the train to get from one destination to the next. Most if not all teams have a team plane which should make their travel much easier than you or I, but they still need that extra day off.

To the point teams and leagues do this because of their television contracts and I don’t understand why they just won’t come out and admit that.

ESPN and TNT grossly overpaid to broadcast NBA regular season and playoff games. It was so bad at ESPN that they had to let quite a few employees go to save their bottom line; so you have to figure that they have quite a bit of control over the schedule; especially when it comes to playoff games.

Here’s how this could play out. The NHL started off okay as they had Game 1 on Monday and then Game 2 on Wednesday, but then they threw in the extra day; so Game 3 is tonight. The Boston Bruins where the prohibited favorite coming into this series, but the St. Louis Blues picked up a Game  win before the Bruins evened thing up with a Game 2 win. Even if one of these teams wins the next three games the NHL season won’t end until June 6th. If this series happens to go seven games the NHL season won’t end until June 12th. Except for fans in St. Louis and Boston; who pays attention to what’s going on in the NHL in the middle of June?

Over in the NBA the season could play out even longer. The Toronto Raptors picked up a Game 1 victory over the favorite Golden State Warriors and Game 2 is in Toronto tomorrow night. Now everyone expected Golden State to win this series and if they did win four games in a row to capture the NBA title the series would end on June 10th. Now if this series ends up going to full seven games in won’t end until June 16th. Since this is the first time the Raptors have ever made it to the NBA finals their fans will stay with this series no matter what, but if this does go all the way until June 16th there will be Golden State fans that won’t care who ended up winning.

Game 1 of the NBA finals was another example of how the television contracts these league get into doesn’t really help them.

Like I mentioned for the first time in team history the Raptors had made it to the NBA finals. Toronto also had the better regular season record; so they got hosted Game 1 and have home court advantage. What did that get for their fans? It got them a 9:00 p.m. start time for Game 1. Now you’ll hear the various leagues talk about growing the game and making it more available to kids. How many kids got to see the end of this game? The only reason I got to see any of this game was because I just happened to be on vacation from my job otherwise I wouldn’t of seen any of Game 1. To be fair tomorrow nights game isn’t much better as it will start at 8:00 in Toronto, but if that’s what television wants that’s what television is going to get. Sorry fans your not important to the NBA!

The Major League Baseball draft is coming up in a few days; I believe it ight be June 3rd, but I’m not sure of that date. I have to give baseball some credit for trying to make it out like it’s a big deal. They’ve created a draft show and it seems like there’s a commercial for it on the MLB Network ever time they go to break. I’m sure they’d love the MLB draft to be looked at and turned into a spectacle like the NFL and NBA drafts are, but that’s just not going to happen for them.

When your favorite NFL or NBA team makes a draft pick the player goes right to training camp with the team that picked him and in most cases will be on the field or court when the season starts. When you get drafted by an major league team you go to spring training, but you spend that time in minor league camp. Maybe the player that a team took with their #1 pick makes an appearance or two in the major league camp just so they ca be seen by reporters and the teams front office people, but there’s very little chance that player will see any time in the major league for quite some time.

Now’s there’s really nothing that MLB can do about this it’s just the nature of their game and it takes time for a player to develop until the NFL and NBA where they can walk into a training camp and compete for a job.

The Baltimore Orioles have the first pick in the MLB draft and in just about every mock draft I’ve read they’re going to select Bobby Witt Jr. a shortstop who is almost 19 years old and played at Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville Texas. If the Orioles don’t take Witt Jr. they may go with outfielder Riley Greene from Hagerty High School in Oviedo Florida or left handed pitcher Zach Thompson who pitches at the University of Kentucky.

Now maybe down the road one of these players will have a Hall of Fame career, but I don’t think any of them will be in the big leagues this season; so unlike the NFL and NBA draft we just have t wait and see how these players turn out.

If Witt Jr’s name sounds familiar to you that’s because his father Bobby Witt  pitched for seven different major league teams over a 16 year career.

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How was your week

Posted: May 25, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the way that sabermetrics and analytics have taken over baseball I’m not really surprised at anything that comes out. I’m to the point now where I’m more humored or curious on how they got to this conclusion. That was the case this week when I read one story and the heard a report on MLB Network that has Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo as an MVP candidate.

To be fair I haven’t followed Gallo closely this season except to plug him into my FanDuel home run derby line up; so I thought we could go over his numbers and see if or how he’s starting to be mentioned as an MVP candidate.

Gallo has played in 43 of the Rangers 48 games this season. Gallo is hitting .285; he came into the season as a career .203 hitter over the first four seasons of his career. He’s had 151 official at bats this season. Of his 43 hits this season 11 of them have been doubles, he has 1 triple and 15 home runs. At least right now he has more singles 16 than home runs. Gallo also has 35 RBI’s this season. His strikeout rate is still very high and he’s on pace to strikeout about 228 times this season. Gallo has walked 35 times and you can also add 3 stolen bases to his stat line.

To be honest his numbers are better than I thought they would be, but is he an actual candidate for MVP?

I can see why people would have Gallo in the MVP conversation right now. There really aren’t a lot of candidates in the American League. If I had to guess right now I’d say that George Springer of the Houston Astros is the front runner for the award. I’d think that Springer’s teammates Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley would garner some votes as well. You could add Gallo in as the 4th contender and just to round out a Top 5 you could throw Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees in the MVP race.

It is a bit of a down year right now in the American League. The Yankees have had a lot of injury to their key players who would grab a lot of those MVP votes from the East coast writers and at this point of their season there’s no one on the Boston Red Sox who’s an MVP candidate.

If this situation was to continue I’m not sure who all of those writers would cast their votes for; so that might make Gallo a viable contender for the MVP award. If I had to guess those writers would end up pushing Sanchez o the award as there would be no one else to vote for.

Gallo is tied for 2nd in the AL in home runs. He’s tied for 6th in RBI’s and his average puts him 27th out of all qualifiers. He is tops in OPS right now which is a big stat among the analytics community; so I’m sure that’s one of the main reasons we’re hear his name mentioned as an MVP candidate.

Now there’s still a long way to go in this season. Gallo and the Rangers still have 114 games to play, but right now I can understand why they have him in the MVP conversation. Will he win it? I guess will just have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out.

I wanted to drop in a quick update on the Sports Time Radio podcast instead of waiting to the end to do it. We’re going to be off the next five Sunday’s as Mr. Fantasy is on a European vacation. Then of course since Monday is the Memorial day holiday will be off because Dan the Man likes his holidays, but other wise will be rolling along like usual.

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The Golden State Warriors are still waiting to find out who they’ll be facing in the NBA finals and tonight there’s a chance that they might get that answer.

The Toronto Raptors host the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. The Raptors hold a 3 games to 2 lead in the series and with one more win will advance to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history.

If Milwaukee finds a way to win Game 6 on the road the series would head back to Fiserv Forum for a Game 7 on Monday.

No matter how this Eastern Conference series plays out the NBA Finals will start on Thursday May 30th. It also won’t matter which Eastern Conference teams wins as they both had better regular season records than the Warriors; so they’ll be hosting that Game 1.

With the finals on the horizon this brings up an interesting question. Would you rather be Golden State or the team that wins the Eastern Conference?

It seems as though the biggest advantage that Golden State has is they can get healthy; but besides that is there anything else that helps them being off this long? Golden State hasn’t played a game since May 20th when they swept the Portland Trail Blazers out of the Western Conference finals. That means that the Warriors will have 10 days between games. Now I’m sure they will have practices and scrimmages, but that doesn’t recreate an actual game. I mentioned earlier that health could be the Warriors one advantage, but even with this time off it’s being reported that Kevin Durant won’t be ready for the start of the NBA Finals; so that advantage might not mean anything.

Is it at all possible that it’s better to be the team still playing? That of course would be as long as one of your players doesn’t suffer an injury before the NBA Finals.

I don’t think that either the Raptors or the Bucks will beat the Warriors for the NBA title, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they look better than them when Game 1 rolls around. It wouldn’t even be a huge shock to me if that Eastern Conference team picked up a Game 1 win.

Feel free to let me know what situation you’d rather be in heading into the NBA Finals.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 22, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It seems that a Major League Baseball manager and NFL quarterbacks have at least one thing in common. When their teams win they get too much and credit and when the teams loses they get too much blame. At least in the NFL the quarterback gets his hands on the football when his team is on offense. A manager doesn’t get to hit or pitch, but he’s the one that loses his job when that team doesn’t perform. That seems to be the case in New York right now as Mets manager Mickey Calloway is on the hot seat after a prolonged slump by his team.

The Mets where on a 5-game losing streak and it looked like Calloway might be out of a job. First year General Manager Brody Van Wagenen came out and said that Calloway would be the Mets manager, but he used the term “for the foreseeable future”; so that really didn’t answer anything.

As it turned out the best thing for the Mets was to return home to face the Washington nationals another struggling National League East team. The Mets have taken the first two games of this four game series with the Nationals. Thursday the Mets picked up a 5-3 win and then last night the Mets won 6-5 on a walk off infield single by Amed Rosario.

With those two wins the Mets improved to 22-25 on the season and you’d have to think that for a short period of time Calloway’s job is safe. Of course who knows if he’ll last through another losing streak.

As early as it still is in the season I’m not sure that a managerial change would make that much difference on a team like the Mets.

The Mets have struggled with injury like a lot of teams have this season. Jed Lowrie was a big off season signing for the Mets, but he’s yet to play a game due to injury. Lowrie sprained his left knee capsule which kept him out of all of spring training as well as the 47 regular season games the Mets have played. It appeared that Lowrie was recovered from his injury, but had a setback when he strained his left hamstring. Lowrie is going to be re-evaluated in two weeks and there’s no set timetable for his return. Todd Frasier also started out the season injured, but has returned to play in 23 games this season. Frasier is off to a slow start hitting .206 with 2 home runs. You can add Michael Conforto to that injury list as he is currently on the IL with a concussion. Hopefully Conforto will just miss the 10 days that the Injured List calls for, but you never know with a concussion.

Then there’s the plight of Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes has battled injuries for the last three seasons with the Mets. In 2017 he played in 81 games, last season he played in just 38 games and this season it doesn’t appear as he’ll play any games for the Mets this season. Cespedes was sidelined after having surgery on both of his heels. While it’s unclear how Cespedes had an accident while working on his ranch and suffered multiple right ankle fractures. As of right now there’s no idea when he’ll be able to return.

The only Mets pitcher to miss significant time has been Jason Vargas. Even when he was healthy Vargas wasn’t very good. In 7 games 6 of which where starts Vargas was 1-2 with an ERA of 5.92 over 24 1/3rd innings. Vargas injured his hamstring and landed on the 10-day IL. He’s scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday and then a decision will be made on a return date. When Vargas returns the Mets will have to decide if he’ll go back into the starting rotation where he wasn’t very good or he’ll be oved to the bullpen. There’s also a possibility that the Mets could release Vargas when he returns.

Now injuries are out of the managers control, but they do affect a teams record and that indirectly can lead to the manager losing his job. Even at 3 games under .500 the Mets are only 5 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL East.

Do you think a change in manager would help the Mets? Or do they just need their players to get healthy and back into the line up?

While it’s really no surprise that the Golden State warriors are going back to the NBA Finals for the 5th season in a row it is a little surprising that they did it by sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers.

Now remember Golden State Played the entire series without Kevin Durant who is recovering from a strained calf. Andre Iguodala also missed game 4 of the Western Conference Finals with a calf injury.

Luckily for Golden State Iguodala’s injury isn’t serious and he’ll be ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals whenever that is. Durant’s stats for the Finals is still unclear.

The Warriors will now sit and wait for the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks/Toronto Raptors series. Toronto won Game 4 of the series last night 120-102 to tie the series at two games apiece.

If this series was to go seven games it wouldn’t end until Monday, May 27th. There’s never really a quick turnaround with these NBA series; so the NBA Finals might not start until mid-week or later.

That means the Warriors will have at least a week to get their players healthy and prepare to try and win their 3rd NBA championship in a row and their 4th title in 5 years.

Do you think this much time off is go for the Warriors? Or do you think it would’ve been better for them to only have a few days off before starting the NBA Finals?

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How was your week

Posted: May 18, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With a collection of veteran players on their roster there was a chance that the San Francisco Giants would bounce back this season and hopefully contend for a playoff spot. Now that San Francisco is 43 games into this season it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. So the question becomes when do they start rebuilding?

The Giants find themselves sitting in last place in the NL West at 18-25 and are already 10 1/2 games behind the 1st place Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Giants have one of the lower ranked farm systems in major league baseball. They do have two players ranked in the Top 100. Catcher Joey Bart is inside most Top 25’s as a prospect while outfielder Heliot Ramos generally sneak into the Top 100 in most rankings. The Giants do have some veterans on their roster that could be traded to help improve the farm system.

Of course, the name that everyone is going to talk about is Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner is in the final year of his contract and believe it or not only makes $12 million dollars. Bumgarner does have a list of 8-teams he can’t be traded to but that shouldn’t hinder the Giants in finding a trade partner for him.

In 9 starts this season, Bumgarner is 2-4 with an ERA of 4.04 over 55 2/3rd innings. Bumgarner has struggled with some injuries making just 17 starts in 2017 and 21 starts last season. While his starts where limited the last two seasons his ERA’s where very solid with 3.32 in 2017 and 3.26 last season.

The fact that Bumgarner is in the final year of his contract will limit what teams will be willing to give San Francisco for him but it should still be a decent return if they decide to deal him.

Now Bumgarner isn’t the only veteran or the only pitcher that the San Francisco has that could really help out a team, especially in the bullpen.

After being brought in to be the Giants shutdown closer, Mark Melancon ran into some injuries and ended up losing his closing job.

The Giants brought Melancon in on a 4-year $62 million dollar deal. He has this season and next season left in that contract and is due to make $14 million in each of these two seasons.

Melancon has appeared in 15 games this season and is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.76 over 16 1/3rd innings.

Melancon is 34 years old but with the numbers he’s putting up this season and a very reasonable contract number there is probably a contender out their that would be interested in added him to their bullpen.

The Giants also have veteran left hander Tony Watson in their bullpen. San Francisco signed Watson this off season to a 2-year deal. Watson gets $6.5 million dollars this season and he has a player option for just $2.5 million dollars next season.

Not only does Watson have an team friendly contract  he has also pitched well this season. Watson has appeared in 17 games this season. He is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.40 over 15 innings.

Watson is 34 years old, but with left handed pitchers age doesn’t seem to matter and if he can get people out their will be a contender interested in him.

Sam Dyson has been San Francisco’s main set up man out of the bullpen and seems to have found stuff when there was talk of him becoming a shutdown closer type of reliever.

Dyson did have a 38 save season back in 2016, but I don’t think there would be a contender out their looking at him to come in and close games for them, but with the success he’s had setting up there would be a spot in any bullpen for him.

Dyson has appeared in 19 games for the Giants this season. He is 1-0 with a 2.91 ERA and 1 save over 21 2/3rd innings.

Dyson has one more year of arbitration, so any team that acquired him would be able to hang on to him at a decent price next season if they where interested in doing that.

Believe it or not the Giants bullpen has one other pitcher that could draw some interest from teams as they look to strengthen there bullpens.

Will Smith has been closing games for San Francisco for almost a full year now. Last season Smith picked up 14 saves in 18 opportunities and posted an ERA of 2.55 in 54 games covering 53 innings. This season Smith is a perfect 11 for 11 in save opportunities. He has appeared in 17 games; he is 1-0 with an ERA of 2.70 over 16 2/3rd innings.

Smith is making $4.225 million dollars this season and will reach free agency at the end of this season.

Smith would give any contender a big time left hander coming out of their bullpen and with the success he’s had he could even be used as a fill in closer if a teams regular guy needed a day off.

I’m not sure how much interest he would draw, but there might be a team out there that would want to add a starter like Jeff Samardzija to the back of their rotation.

Samardzija has this season and next season left on his 5-year $90 million dollar deal the Giants signed him to. He’ll make $19.8 million dollars this season and is due the same amount next season.

Samardzija is 34 years old but has been solid for San Francisco this season. In 9 starts Samardzija is 2-2 with a 3.69 ERA over 46 1/3rd innings.

Samardzija does come with a pretty big price tag but you know how these trades go. The more of a players salary you pick up the less you have to give up to acquire him. If the deal was right Samardzija could be a good pick up as a 4th or 5th starter on a contender.

If the Giants are going to rebuild it looks like they’re going to have to use their veteran pitchers to get the process started. There might be a veteran bat or two that a team would be interested in, but I doubt the Giants could get much in return for any of them as they all have multiple seasons let on their contracts.

Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford are signed through the 2021 season and Evan Longoria is singed through the 2022 season. Maybe Joe Panik could get something in return. Panik is making $3.85 million dollars this season and has one year of arbitration to go through.

Now I left Buster Posey out of any possible trade talk as I don’t believe that San Francisco will deal Posey unless they’re overwhelmed by  an offer. Posey is the face of the San Francisco franchise, but you do have to wonder with prospect Joey Bart working through the minor league system how much longer Posey will be the Giants everyday catcher.

Let’s keep an eye on the Giants and see when or if they start making deals and try to get the rebuild under way.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 8, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

MLB

For the 300th time in baseball history there was a no-hitter thrown. Mike Fiers of the Oakland A’s accomplished the feat last night against the Cincinnati Reds. This is the second time in Fiers career that he’s thrown a no-hitter. Fiers no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers when he was a member of the Houston Astros in 2015.

Fiers was making his ninth start of the season last night and was having a rough start to his season. Coming into last night Fiers was 2-3 with an ERA of 6.81. It makes perfect sense that he goes out and no-hit one of if not the hottest hitting team in baseball. Baseball is an odd game.

Adding to the oddity of this game is the fact that it almost wasn’t played at all last night. There was an issue with some of the lights in leftfield. There was a meeting at home plate with the umpires, each teams manager and general manager with Major League Baseball on stand by trying to decide if the game would be played. After an hour and 38 minute delay the game was ready to start. Apparently this game was only 15 minutes away from being cancelled.

Once the game started it took Fiers 2 hours and 25 minutes to throw his second no-hitter. Fiers is the 35th pitcher in baseball history to have thrown multiple no-hitters. He is also one of just five active pitchers who have pulled this off. Fiers is also the 8th pitcher in baseball history to throw his two no-hitters with different teams.

Interestingly, you have to wonder how many managers would’ve left their pitcher in as Fiers threw 131 pitches last night. With the way pitchers are handled in today’s game once they hit that 100 pitch mark the bullpen is up and warming, but A’s manager Bob Melvin stayed with Fiers and allowed him to get his no-hitter.

Fiers had thrown 109 pitches through 7 innings and it was reported that Melvin told him if he allowed anyone to get on base he’d be coming out of the game. The A’s did have someone warming up in the bullpen the final two innings of the game.

Melvin was quoted as saying “I broke every rule in the book”. “It was no fun for me once he got past 120 pitches; I promise you that, but he deserved it”.

Now it a 1-0 game going into the bottom of the 7th, so Melvin wasn’t only managing a no-hitter he was trying to win a tight game.

Jurickson Profar gave Fiers and the A’s an extra run to work with when he hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 7th inning to make it a 2-0 game.

Now as with any no-hitter there seems to be a defensive play that stands out and the A’s made two last night both in the top of the 6th inning.

Joey Votto looked like he not only would break up the no-hitter, but the shutout as well, when he connected on a deep flyball to centerfield. Ramon Laureano went back to the fence timed his jump just right and caught what looked like it was going to be a Votto home rune to keep the no-hitter in going. Profar also added defensive gem to preserve the no-hitter. Kyle Farmer hit a shallow flyball to rightfield that looked like it was going to drop between A’s fielders, but Profar made a diving catch to rob Farmer of a hit.

The only what you might call controversial call happened in the top of the 4th inning. Jesse Winker hit a ball that went off of Matt Chapman’s glove. It would’ve been a tough play for Chapman to make and the call could’ve went either way. It took the official scorer quite a while to make a ruling, but in the end they called it an error on Chapman. It may have been a tough error to assign, but Chapman is a top defender and it was a play that he normally makes.

With the win Fiers improves his record on the season to 3-3. He struck out 6 and walked 2 and his ERA came down to 5.48.

Another rarity for pitchers these days is the complete game, but there was one of those last night.

Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw a complete game against the Atlanta Braves last night. Ryu gave up 4 hits while striking out 6 and he threw just 94 pitches in his complete game.

The Dodgers cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Braves as Justin Turner backed Ryu’s effort by hitting three home runs and driving in 6 of the Dodgers 9 runs.

This was Ryu’s 3rd career complete game, but it’s his first since 2013 his rookie season when he had 2. With the win Ryu improved his record to 4-1 on the season. He also lowered his ERA to 2.03.

Coming into last night, there had been just 6 complete games in baseball this season. So to have two in one night is special and then add the fact that one of them was a no-hitter and it was a great baseball night.

NHL

There is just one spot left in the NHL Conference finals and it will take a Game 7 tonight to decide who gets that spot.

The Boston Bruins and the Carolina Hurricanes have claimed their spots in the Eastern Conference finals and that series starts tomorrow night. The St. Louis Blues grabbed one of the spots in the Western Conference finals with a 2-1 double overtime win over the Dallas Stars last night.

So there’s only room for one more team. Who will it be?

The San Jose Sharks are hosting the Colorado Avalanche tonight to see who claims that last Conference finals spot. No team has won two games in a row in this series, does that mean that Colorado is on trouble since they won Game 6? It does look as though San Jose might have a slight advantage coming into this game but as we know with the way these NHL playoffs have went; you just never know.

Who do you have winning Game 7 tonight, the Sharks or the Avalanche?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 1, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now if you’ve ever listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast or just kept up with the blogs here you know that the NBA is my least favorite of the four major sports. I would check in on games from time to time to get the score and watch a few minutes of whatever game as on, but after Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals between the Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors I may be done with the sport as a whole.

Golden State won Game 1 104-100 and after the game I think that the Rockets complained more than any other team in NBA history. Now I’ve played enough basketball to understand that ever time you miss a shot you think you where fouled, but the Rockets really took it to another level.

James Harden took the Rockets final shot of Game 1 and like he always does he brought his legs forward to make contact with the defender. It’s clear that the contact had no impact on if Harden’s shot was going to go in, but he hit the floor like he had been checked into the boards in an NHL game. Now Harden gets a lot of these calls as evidenced by the fact that he shot more free throws than any other player in the NBA this regular season, but he didn’t get this call and that set the Rockets off.

Now after the complaining from the Game  loss had slowed down just a little bit the Rockets came out with some information on Game 7 of the Western Conference finals that they also lost to the Warriors.

Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey said that they had audited that Game 7 and the referees missed 81 calls that the Rockets should’ve gotten. At first I thought this was some kind of joke, but when I went back and looked at the article he actually said 81 missed calls. If the referees would’ve made all 81 of those calls; how long would that game of lasted?

Now of course Morey didn’t say how the game was audited, but obviously since he’s the Rockets General manager I could imagine the ticky-tac foul calls that he would’ve wanted the referees to make.

At first I thought all of this was a joke as I’m use to hearing players, coaches and just about everyone from the losing team complaining about the referee during the playoffs. This of course is done to work the referees a little bit and hopefully get some more calls in the next game, but it seems as though the Rockets where quite serious about their audit of that Game 7 and all their complaining from Game 1. This has led to the Rockets now becoming my least favorite professional sports organization in the entire sporting world and I hope they never win a championship.

All this led up to Game 2 which was played last night in Oracle Arena since the Warriors have home court advantage on this series and hosted games 1 and 2. There was drama right away for this game as Scott Foster was announced as one of the referees along with Ed Mallory and Eric Lewis.

Foster refereed a Rockets game back in February and James Harden complained so much about the way Foster called the game that he was given a fine by the league. Now Harden wasn’t the only Rockets player to complain about Foster officiating that game, but I believe he was the only one that was fined for his comments.

With Foster as one of the officials you’d had to wonder how this game would go. Would he end up inciting the Rockets with calls he made or would he unintentionally favor the Rockets so it wouldn’t look bad. In the end neither scenario really took place.

The Warriors ended up being called for 23 fouls in the game while the Rockets where called for 21 fouls. As things turned out there was much more interest in the injures to Harden and Stephen Curry than what foul calls the referees made.

As for the game the Warriors built a 14 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter and it appeared as Golden State might cruise to an easy Game 2 victory, but the Rockets came back and cut the Warriors lead to just 3 points with just under seven minutes left to play, but that was as close as they get. Golden State ran off 9 straight points to stretch their lead back out and in the end picked up their second win in the series 115-109.

Golden State won the first two games at home; so they have a 2-0 lead in the series. The teams get a bit of an extended break as the series shifts to Houston for Game 3, but that game won’t be played until Saturday night.

C.C. Sabathia made his 4th start of the season for the New York Yankees last night and while Sabathia ended up taking the loss 3-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks he did join some pretty elite company.

Sabathia pitched 5 1/3rd innings giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5 and it’s those 5 strikeouts that are important here.

Coming into this game Sabathia was just 3 strikeouts short of reaching 3000 career strikeouts. Sabathia struck out Arizona’s John Ryan Murphy to end the 2nd inning and record his 3000th strikeout last night. Sabathia is now the 17th player in Major League Baseball history to strikeout 3000 batters. He is also just the third left handed pitcher to reach that total following Steve Carlton and Randy Johnson.

Sabathia announced that 2019 would be his final season, but if he stays healthy and can make his starts he has a chance to move up the all-time strikeout list. Sabathia finds himself 82 strikeouts behind John Smoltz; so he has a good chance to catch him. Sabathia is also 114 strikeouts behind Curt Schilling and 115 strikeouts behind Bob Gibson; so he also has a chance to pass both of them as well.

One thins is clear; no matter where Sabathia ends up on the all-time strikeout list it appears as his next stop after the 2019 season will be Cooperstown when he’s inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.

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How was your week

Posted: April 13, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Tampa Bay Lighting where the best team in the NHL this season. They ended the regular season with 128 points easily claiming the President’s trophy. Tampa Bay was 21 points better than any other team during the regular season. Both the Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames had 107 points during the regular season. Tampa Bay headed into the Stanley Cup playoffs as the favorite, but as we’ve seen time and time again winning the President’s trophy doesn’t always equal playoff success and the Lighting have started off in a hole.

Tampa Bay opened their opening round playoff series hosting the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Lighting got off to a fast start in Game 1 putting up 3 goals in the 1st period, but what looked like an solid Game 1 win didn’t quite turn out that way. The Blue Jackets scored 4 straight goals; 1 in the 2nd period and 3 in the 3rd period including the game winner by Seth Jones at 14:05 of the period to take the win for Columbus.

Game 2 was last night as the Lighting looked to even up the series. This time it was Columbus that got off to the fast start scoring 2 goals in the 1st period. Of course you had to wonder if the team that got off to the fast start would be able to hold on in this game and the Blue Jackets did.

Columbus was the only team to score in the 2nd period and had a 3-0 lead heading into the 3rd period before the Lighting got on the scoreboard. While the Blue Jackets came back from being down 3 goals in Game 1 the Lighting was unable to make that kind of comeback. The Blue Jackets added 2 more goals in the 3rd period as they pulled away for a 5-1 win in Game 2.

Now this was just the third time this season that the Lighting have lost back to back games, but even down 2-0 there is some hope for Tampa Bay. Last season the Blue Jackets took their first two games against the Washington Capitals in that 1st round series last season and then proceeded to lose four straight games. After that series the Capitals went on to win the Stanley Cup. Can the Lighting repeat that scenario? or will they just end up being another President’s trophy winner that doesn’t win the Stanley Cup?

Now there is a chance that the Lighting will have to go into Game 3 without their leading scorer Nikita Kucherov. In the 2nd period of last nights loss a clearly frustrated Kucherov tripped Blue Jackets Defenseman Markus Nutivaara. Then while Nutivaara was on his knees Kucherov checked him into the boards. It was clearly a dangerous hit and Kucherov received a 5 minute major penalty and a game misconduct for that series of events.

Kucherov is scheduled to have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety about that boarding penalty on Nutivaara.

With Tampa Bay already down 2 games to 0 in the series they can’t afford to lose their leading scorer for length of time in this series.

Kucherov was the leagues leading scorer with 128 points. In 82 games he had 41 goals and 87 assists was a +24 for Tampa Bay this season. With those 128 points Kucherov claimed the Art Ross trophy and with the season he’s had you have to think he’s a front runner for the Hart Memorial trophy.

How will the Lighting do if they have to play without Kucherov?

Now we’ve mentioned the injury situation the New York Yankees have been going through this season and believe it or not they lost another starter to injury.

This time it was Gary Sanchez who landed on the 10-day Injury List. Sanchez was placed on the Injury List retroactive to April 11th with a left calf strain. Sanchez becomes the 12th Yankees player to land o the Injury List this season.

Sanchez had a rough 2018 as he played in just 89 games due to injuries and hit .186, but he got off to a good start this season. In 11 games Sanchez was hitting .268 with 6 home runs.

There’s no timetable for Sanchez’s return. The Yankees have called up catcher Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A to take Sanchez’s roster spot. Higashioka is expected to split time with Austin Romine behind the plate until Sanchez returns.

The Yankees did get some good news on the injury front as left handed starting pitching C.C. Sabathia will be activated from the Injury List to make his first start of the season today against the Chicago White Sox.

This passed off season Sabathia underwent minor knee surgery a well as having an angioplasty. This lead to the Yankees pacing Sabathia on the Injury List to allow him the time he needed to recover properly. Now Sabathia was technically on the Yankees active roster as he started the season off by serving a five game suspension for hitting Jesus Sucre with a pitch in a game late last season.

Sabathia; who’ll turn 39 in July signed a one year $8 million dollar deal with the Yankees this past off season; so he could play his 19th and final season in pinstripes.

Sabathia along with Masahiro Tanaka, James Paxson and J.A. Happ give the Yankees four solid starting pitchers in their rotation. What New York will have to decide is if Domingo German will continue to fill Luis Severio’s spot in the rotation while he works his way back from injury or if we’ll see Gio Gonzalez get a call up from Triple-A to fill that rotation spot.

The Yankees signed Gonzalez a little less than a month ago as some insurance for -A covering Severino’s injury. Gonzalez has made 2 starts in Triple-A covering 10 innings. With the late start to his season it might take Gonzalez another start or two before he’s ready to join the Yankees starting rotation.

With the Yankees off to a slow 5-8 start this season and with it looking like Severino is still going to be out for quite a while. Will the Yankees make a move for a starting pitcher? Or will they run with Gonzalez?

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