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How was your week

Posted: April 20, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Since he NHL and NBA seasons run at the same time it’s inevitable that the leagues get compared to one another. In most of those comparisons, the NBA comes out ahead. They’re clearly the more popular league as well as being better marketed and having a better television deal but when it comes to the playoffs the NHL is far and away better than the NBA.

Now both leagues have 16 teams make the playoffs; 8 teams from the Eastern Conference and 8 teams from the Western Conference. That’s where the similarities stop.

Just look at the first round of the playoffs for example. In the NHL, we saw the #1 overall seed the Tampa Bay Lighting get swept out of the Eastern Conference playoffs by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Then last night the #1 seed in the Western Conference the Calgary Flames where also eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs by the Colorado Avalanche in 5 games.

This is the first time in NHL history that both #1 seeds have been eliminated in the 1st round of the playoffs. Now this is something that we’d never seen happen in the NBA.

Over in the NBA there was a lot of noise when the #1 seed in the Western Conference the Golden State Warriors blew a 30 plus point lead to lose the second game of their opening round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. Of course the Warriors turned around and beat the Clippers by 27 points in Game 3 to take a two games to one lead in the series. I’d actually be surprised to see the Clippers win another game in this series.

The other #1 seed in the NBA was the Milwaukee Bucks and in their first round Eastern Conference playoff series they’ve had no problems beating the Detroit Pistons and taking a 2-0 lead. The Bucks won Game 1 by 35 points and Game 2 by 21 points. Do you see Detroit winning a game in this series?

Now the NHL did have one higher seeded team dominate a 1st round series. The 2nd seeded New York Islanders swept the 3rd seeded Pittsburgh Penuins oout of the playoffs in their 1st round match up, but the other series could go either way.

The Toronto Maple Leafs won Game 5 of their series 2-1 last night to take a three games to two lead in their series with the Boston Bruins. Toronto has a chance to close out the series at home on Sunday.

The defending champion Washington Capitals are tied two games a piece in their first round series with the Carolina Hurricanes. Game 5 is tonight in Washington.

Over in the Western Conference the #1 seeded Nashville Predators are tied 2-2 in their opening round series against the Dallas Stars. Game 5 is this afternoon in Nashville.

The 3rd seeded St. Louis Blues currently hold a three games to two lead over the 2nd seeded Winnipeg Jets. In Blues will have a chance to close out the series tonight in St. Louis.

After dropping the first game in this series, the Las Vegas Golden Knights ran off three straight wins against the San Jose Sharks but San Jose bounced back to win Game 5. Las Vegas is at home for Game 6 tonight with a chance to close out the series.

While some of these series may end tonight each team in these series has won multiple games. That’s something that’s not going to happen in the opening round NBA playoff series.

We’ve already mentioned that Golden State and Milwaukee are leading their series and the Bucks look like they’ll have a good chane to sweep. How about the other series?

The Toronto Raptors have a history of struggling in the playoffs and when they lost Game 1 of their opening round playoff series to the Orlando Magic there was a lot of talk that we’d see the Raptors make another surprise playoff exit. Well the Raptors bounced back and won the next two games and now hold a two to one lead in this series.

The Philadelphia 76ers had the same trouble as the Raptors did dropping Game 1 of there playoff series to the Brooklyn Nets but the 76ers came back and won the next two games including a Game 3 win without Joel Embiid to take a two games to one series lead. Even if Embiid is out the 76ers should be able to win this series

The Boston Celtics look like they  might be on their way to a 1st round sweep of their opening round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers as the Celtics have taken all three game in this series so far. The Pacers host the Celtics for Game 4 tomorrow; so will see if Boston sweeps or if the Pacers can get a game.

Now the one NBA playoff series where we might actually see a 1st round upset is in the Western Conference. The 7th seeded San Antonio Spurs currently hold a two games to one lead over the 2nd seeded Denver Nuggets. Th teams split the first two games in Denver and San Antonio picked up in win in Game 3 at home. The Spurs are hosting Game 4 this evening looking to take a commanding lead in this series.

The Portland Trail Blazers held home court as they won the first two games in their playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Last night Oklahoma was at home and they picked up their first win of this series. This may be the most evenly matched payoff series and we’ll see if the Thunder can even things up at home tomorrow night.

So far the Houston Rockets have been the most dominate team in the Western Conference playoffs. They won Game 1 against the Utah Jazz by 32 points and in Game 2 they beat the Jazz by 20 points. The series shifts to Utah for Game 3 tonight and will have to see if Utah can slow down the Rockets and find a way to get a win in this series.

Now when you go through and you look at these series it’s quite clear that the NHL has the more interesting playoffs series going on right now. Does that means more people will watch. Probably not but maybe they should.

What have you watched more of, the NBA or the NHL playoffs?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 17, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in hockey, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

For the first time in NHL history a President’s trophy winner was swept out of the 1st round of the playoffs.

It was the Columbus Blue Jackets who sent the President trophy winning Tampa Bay Lighting home with a 7-3 win last night in Game 4 of their opening round series. Not only was this the first time a President trophy winner had been swept in the 1st round of the playoffs it was also the first playoff series win in Blue Jackets history.

If you go all the way back to Game 1 it started off looking like it would be the Lighting that would be the team that would be sweeping this series. Tampa Bay scored 3 goals in the 1st period of Game 1 and looked like they’d take that game easily. Maybe there was a hint of how this series would go when Columbus scored he next four goals and took Game 1 4-3.

In Game 2 it was the Blue Jackets that rattled off the first three goals in the game, but there was no comeback by the Lighting as Columbus was able to cruise to a 5-1 Game 2 win.

Now believe it or not this wasn’t the first time that the Blue Jackets won the first two games of an opening round playoff series on the road. Just last season they took the first two games in Washington, but then the Capitals won the next four games to eliminate Columbus. I’m sure that Lighting fans where hoping for the same thing to happen as the series shifted to Columbus for Game 3 & 4.

In the 1st period of Game 3 neither offense could put the puck in the net, but the Blue Jackets where able to wipe away some of those memories from last season as they scored the only two goals of the 3nd period which was enough as they picked up a Game 3 win 3-1.

I’m not really sure if it would’ve made a difference, but you have to ask yourself if Nikita Kucherov wasn’t suspended for this game if Tampa Bay might’ve been able to pull this one out.

Facing elimination last night it looked like the Lighting was in trouble as Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Tampa Bay was able to get one of those goals back in the 1st period and was down just 2-1 after the opening period.

The Blue Jackets struck first in the 2nd period to make it a 3-1 game, but this time it was the Lighting that came right back. Tampa Bay scored the next two goals to even the game at 3-3 and it appeared as though they might be able to force a Game 5.

The Blue Jackets picked up a goal at the end of the 2nd period to make it a 4-3 game, but Tampa Bay had to be feeling a little better than they had in the first three games.

Both defenses came up big in the 3rd period as it wasn’t until Tampa Bay pulled it’s goalie before anyone was able to score. Unfortunately for the Lighting it was the Blue Jackets who picked up an empty net goal to make it a 5-3 game.

Tampa Bay decided to keep it’s goaltender on the bench and that allowed the Blue Jackets to add a couple of more empty net goals to make the final score 7-3.

As the Lighting head home to try to figure out what went wrong the Blue Jackets advance to the second round of the NHL playoffs where they’ll face the winner of the Boston Bruins/Toronto Maple Leafs series. The Maple Leafs currently lead that series 2 games to 1 with Game 4 being played tonight in Toronto.

While the Lighting may have the distinction of being the first President’s trophy winner to get swept in the 1st round they are far from the first President’s trophy winner to be a disappointment in the playoffs.

It’s been six seasons since a President’s trophy winner went on to win the Stanley Cup. That was the Chicago Blackhawks in 2012-13. Besides the Blackhawks only the Detroit Red Wings have managed to win the President’s trophy and the Stanley Cup in the past 16 NHL seasons. Out of those 14 President’s trophy winning teams only one of them even made it to the Stanley Cup finals.

I guess you have to start to wonder if it better for your favorite NHL team to just get into the playoffs instead of having the most points in the regular season and winning the President’s trophy.

While Tampa Bay will get most of the attention for the way they where swept out of the payoffs they weren’t the only team to get swept out of the 1st round.

With a 3-1 win in Game 4 of their playoff series the New York Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the 1st round of the NHL playoffs.

Even though they Islanders had the better regular season record the Penguins had won two of the last three Stanley Cup title coming into this playoff series and any time you have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel your team is a threat to win it all. So this has to come as a bit of a surprise that the Penguins couldn’t win a game in this series.

I’ve always heard people say that a hot goaltender can carry a team in the playoffs and it looks like that’s that the Islanders have right now.

Robin Lehner posted a 1.47 Goals Against Average with a .956 Save Percentage in the Islanders opening round series against the Penguins. Lehner gave up three goals in Game 1, but after that he allowed just one in each in Games 2, 3 & 4. This was against a Penguins team that scored the 6th most goals in the NHL this season, so it was an impressive performance by Lehner.

The Islanders will get some time off as they wait for the winner of the series between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals currently lead that series 2 games to 1 with Game 4 being played tomorrow in Carolina.

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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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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 10, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

NBA

It’s been a strange year for the Los Angeles Lakers and some how it got even stranger for them.

The Lakers lost their final game of the season to the Portland Trail Blazers 104-101. The loss capped off a disappointing 37-45 season. While this was just another loss for the Lakers it was what came about afterwards that was quite a surprise.

Pretty much out of nowhere, Magic Johnson resigns as President of the Lakers. There were reports that the Lakers top brass was having a meeting and most if not everyone thought it was to decide the future of head coach Luke Walton. After that meeting broke up Johnson stepped up to the mic choking back tears as he announced his resignation.

I’m not sure if will ever know the real reason why Johnson decided to step down after just two seasons with the Lakers. Johnson said “I want to go back to having fun” and he also said that “he wants to go back to who I was before taking this job”.

What may be the most interesting thing about Johnson’s resignation was the fact that he went to the media first before informing Lakers owner Jeanie Buss or the team general manager Rob Pelinka. It was reported that Buss and Pelinka along with chief financial officer Joe McCormack, chief operating officer Tim Harris and manager of special projects Linda Rambis held an all hands on deck type of meeting in El Segundo California after Johnson’s announcement.

Johnson was the Lakers President for two years and even with the signing of LeBron James, the team improved by just two wins this season. The Lakers where unable to find their way into the playoffs in either of the seasons Johnson was President. The Lakers haven’t actually been to the playoffs since 2013.

Johnson is still the greatest player in Lakers history but he may not of been cut out to be President of an NBA team. It can be difficult for great players to transition into front office or coaching roles and this may just be another case of another player not knowing what he was getting himself into. Johnson is and will continue to be a very public figure and good will ambassador for the game of basketball but he may not of realized how many hours being a team President would require him to put in.

Do you think we’ll ever know the real reason Johnson resigned?

MLB

I’m not sure of it was last week or two weeks ago that I wrote about all the injuries the New York Yankees had been dealing with to tart the season off but some how with the news that came out yesterday, it got worse for them.

The Yankees top starter, Luis Severino went down right before the start of the season with an injury to his right shoulder. Severino was placed on the Injured List to start the season but reports were that he had begun throwing long toss.

Apparently, Severino was still having some discomfort after his long toss session. Severino had his shoulder examined yesterday and was diagnosed with a grade two lat strain and will be completely shutdown for six weeks.

Looking at that timetable Severino might be able to start throwing again right around June 1st.  Maybe it’s possible that Severino could be back before the All-Star break.

Severino is in the first year of a four year $40 million dollar contract. He won 19 games last season and was thought to be the Yankees #1 starter coming into this season. Severino is just 25. He has a lot of years ahead of him and just needs to get healthy.

Now Severino wasn’t the only starting pitcher that got some bad news injury wise the last couple of days. Both the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs had a starting pitcher get injured.

Mike Clevinger hasn’t given up a run in his two starts this season for the Indians but he had to come out of his second start this season due to an injury. At first it was thought to be just a minor injury but Clevinger ended up being diagnosed with a right upper back/Teres major muscle strain.  Clevinger will be shutdown for 6 to 8 weeks.

It’s unclear right now who the Indians will use to fill Clevinger’s spot in the rotation but they have some options. It actually looks like Cleveland is considering about six different pitchers for that spot. We could see Adam Plutko, Jefry Rodriguez, A.J. Cole Asher Wojciechowski or Cody Anderson. Ultimately, it might be Anderson who takes over that rotation spot until Clevinger returns but he’s still working his way back from missing the last two seasons with injuries.

Luckily for the Cubs it looks like Jon Lester suffered the most minor injury out of these three pitchers.

On Monday, Lester had to come out of his start against the Pittsburgh Pirates after two innings due to hamstring tightness.

After the game, Lester said that he planned on making his next start.  However, the Cubs aired on the side of caution and put Lester in the Injured List. This appears to be the right move and even though it might cost Lester a couple of starts.  It’s better to let him get back to 100% then make the injury worse trying to pitch though it.

The Cubs will turn to Tyler Chatwood to pick up those couple of starts that Lester will miss.

The Cubs signed Chatwood to a three year $38 million dollar deal in 2018, but he struggled with control and has started the 2019 season in the bullpen. Chatwood has appeared in three games as a reliever this season covering 5 innings but his control issues still appear to be there. Chatwood has walked 4 batters in the 5 innings he’s pitched and walks were the issue he had last season. Last season in 24 games (20 starts) over 103 2/3rd innings, Chatwood walked 95 batters.

With as poorly as the Cubs have gotten out of the gate this season they’re going to need Chatwood to be able to keep them in those games he starts for Lester. Can he find his control?

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How was your week

Posted: April 6, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, College Basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Now I still believe that it’s too early to panic if you’re favorite Major League Baseball team has gotten of to a slow start, but you do have to wonder how safe the managers of these teams are. A lot of these guys have won World Series titles, but that doesn’t make them immune to being fired. Let’s take a look and see which manager might be the first to go.

Right out of the gate I think the manager who might be in the hottest seat is Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs. Just a couple of seasons ago the Cubs won their first World Series championship in 100 plus years with Maddon as their manager. Last season was the first time a Maddon managed Cubs team hasn’t been in the playoffs, but this season they’re off to a 1-6 start.

Last night the Cubs out up 10 runs against one of their top NL Central rivals the Milwaukee Brewers, but that still wasn’t good enough to win as Cubs pitchers gave up 13 runs. This is the third time this season the Cubs offense has scored 10 or more runs, but on the other side the Cubs pitchers have given up 8 or more runs in five of the teams seven games.

The Cubs only win was on opening day in Texas and they have played all of their games on the road; so maybe heading home for the first time this season after this series with the Brewers will help, but will Maddon be the manager when the Cubs play that home opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Since we started with Maddon let’s go down his coaching tree a little bit. Could the Washington Nationals make a change at manager and remove Dave Martinez?

When the Nationals brought Martinez in he was looked at as someone who could relate to the younger players and hopefully help get Bryce Harper to stay in Washington. Obviously Harper got a better contract offer from the Philadelphia Phillies; which is really out of Martinez’s control.

The Nationals finished 82-80 in Martinez’s first season as manager and finished in 2nd place 8 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. With trades and free agent signings the NL East looked to be the most improved and possibly the toughest division in baseball. Washington is off to a 3-3 start, but they’re behind three other teams in the NL East already.

Martinez is in the second year of a three year deal; so right now I think that Martinez’s job is safe, but this is something that could be re-visited around the All-Star break if the Nationals aren’t in the division race.

After winning game 163 last season and getting into the playoffs is it possible that a 3-5 spot has Bud Black of the Colorado Rockies on the hot seat?

Before Colorado named Black as their manager he spent nine seasons with the San Diego Padres and never once made it to the post season. In his first season with the Rockies they where a wild card team. Last season which was Black’s second with the team the Rockies won the NL West. While the team has made it to the post season both season under Black they have yet to advance out of a round.

Now you’d have to think that Black has some job security after signing a three year contract extension this off season, but it seems like you just never know in today’s game.

Now it’s humorous to have these two managers on this list, but to be fair there teams haven’t gotten off to the start everyone expected them to and you know there are people out there blaming them for that. Is it possible that we could actually see Alex Cora of the Boston red Sox or A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros replaced?

Of course Cora just led the Red Sox to the World Series title last season in his first season as their manager. As Astros manager Hinch led that team to the World Series title in 2017. I doubt that either of these guys are anywhere close to being on the hot seat since they’re recent World Series champions, but you never know.

The Red Sox are off to a 2-7 start while the Astros are off to a 3-5 start.

Of course the Red Sox started the season off with an 11 game road trip; so they haven’t played a home game this season. Boston’s first home game is this coming Tuesday when they host the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Astros just opened their first home series of the season with a 3-2 win over the Oakland A’s. Houston’s offense has been a little slow out of the gate, but maybe the first series at home will help that.

Just like it’s too early to panic about a teams record it’s probably too early to make a managerial change, but it’s possible that one of these managers could be the first to go this season.

Is there a manager out there that I didn’t list? Let me know if you think I should’ve included someone else.

The NCAA Final Four teams play for the chance to go to the title game on Monday. The first game tonight has the Auburn Tigers vs. the Virginia Cavaliers. This game should start around 5:00 p.m. the second game has the Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. the Michigan State Spartans.

It seems like there hasn’t been a lot of talk about this four teams and I’m not sure why that is. For some reason everyone still seems to be focused on Zion Williamson even though Duke was eliminated by Michigan State. While Williamson looks like he’ll be heading into NBA stardom wouldn’t it be nice if someone tried to draw a little interest in the NCAA championship? Now as you know I’m not a college basketball fan and with the way the reporting has went on they haven’t given me a reason to have any interest in these two Final Four games or the championship game.

While we’re on the NCAA tournament how did your bracket play out? I did two brackets as one of my friends challenged me. I have one team left in each of those brackets. I had Virginia getting to the final game in one; losing to Duke. In the other bracket I have Michigan State winning it all.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: April 3, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We’re only a week into the Major League Baseball season; so it’s still to early to panic if your favorite team didn’t get off to the undefeated start that you thought they would. The one thing that you might have to worry about is if your favorite team got off to a slow start and they’re having to deal with a lot of injuries. Right now the New York Yankees fit into this category and you have to wonder how he healthy they’ll be this season.

The Yankees where a trendy pick to win the American League East this season coming off a 100 win in which they finished 8 games behind the Boston Red Sox in their division and had to settle for a wild card.

Coning into the season the Yankees knew that they’d be without outfielder Aaron Hicks who had a breakout season for them last season. Shortstop Didi Gregorius would also start the season on the injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Gregorius began his throwing program on Monday and is expected to return in July. Then towards the end of spring training the Yankees #1 starter Luis Severino experienced some shoulder trouble that landed him on the injured list. Add to this the fact that C.C. Sabathia who is pitching in his final season had to start the season off serving a 5-game suspension which was given to him at the end of last season. Then after being down two starters the bullpen took a hit as top set up guy Dellin Betances landed on the injured list with shoulder issues.

Now ever team deals with injuries at the start of or during the season, but I’m not sure if there’s a team out there that has paced more talent on the injured list than the Yankees have. Then to make it worse the Yankees weren’t done adding to their injured list.

On April 1st the Yankees added two more players to their injury list and I’m sure there fans where hoping in was a bad April Fools joke, but it wasn’t.

DH/Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton went on the injury list with a left bicep strain. He was joined on the injury list by starting 3rd baseman Miguel Andujar who has a right shoulder strain.

The diagnosis for Stanton seems to be a couple of weeks of rest and he should be good to return, but Andujar may be a different story. There’s a chance that Andujar nay need surgery to correct his shoulder issue and if that is needed his season would probably be over.

Now the Yankees are 2-3; so there’s no need to have a panic attack. Sabathia should be done with his suspension; so he’ll be back in the rotation and may ever get the start against the Detroit Tigers today. Baring any setbacks Severino and Betances should be returning soon and hopefully the projections are right on Stanton and he’ll only miss a couple of weeks. It will take a little linger for Hicks to return as he’s de back towards the nd of the month. The Big question will be Andujar and that will depend on if he needs surgery to fix his shoulder or if just some rehab will take care of the problem.

The AL East is the most top heavy division in baseball; so as long as the Yankees can tread water until the majority of their players return they should still be able to compete not only for the division title, but a wild card spot.

What’s your concern level for the Yankees?

With nothing left to play for this season the Los Angeles Lakers have shut LeBron James down for the remainder of the NBA season.

James numbers where very good as he averaged 27.4 points per game to go with 8.5 rebounds per game and 8.3 assists per game. The only problem with James numbers is the fact that he put them up over just 55 games this season. Those 55 games was the lowest numbers of games James has played in any season though his 16 year career.

Now there have been have been a lot of talking heads on television doing their best to cover for James and pushing the blame off on everybody else except him.

Now it was clear to just about everybody that the Lakers need to find some shooters to put around James. In today’s NBA you need those guys to hit 3’s around a player like James, but James wanted veteran players around him instead of the young core of players the Lakers had.

Los Angeles gave James his wish and signed Rajon Rondo, Lance Stevenson and JaVale McGee as well as adding Tyson Chandler when he became available. While these four are solid veteran NBA players none of them where the outside shooter that the Lakers needed on the court with James.

You also have to wonder how the recruitment of Anthony Davis by James dampen the sprit of the young Lakers players. Reports where that the Lakers would be willing to deal their young core of players who are all 21 or younger to acquire Davis. Will never know what kind of affect this non-deal ended up having on the team, but it seemed as though there was some type of impact. It will be interesting to see if the Lakers end up making a deal for Davis this off season and what they’ll end up giving up to get him.

With four games left in the regular season and since the teams isn’t going to be going into the playoffs this season I guess the best the fans could hope for is that the team drops these last four games and improves their lottery chances. I won’t be surprised at all if the Lakers end up improving their draft position in the lottery, but I’m not saying it’s fixed.

So looking at the Lakers season as a whole James had quality stats, but it was for a non-playoff team. He also put those stats up in his lowest numbers of games ever. It will be interesting to see how the mainstream media spins this Lakers season to cover for James, but I think all in all this has to be considered a failure for James.

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How was your week

Posted: March 30, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Coming into the 2019 baseball season I wasn’t as high on the Milwaukee Brewers as most people seemed to be. In the majority of the pre-season predictions had the Brewers repeating as NL Central champions. Where do I have the Brewers finishing; well I have them in 3rd place.

Now I know that most everyone is going to say that it’s just an over reaction after two games. Of course if you’ve listened to the Sports Time Radio podcast you know that I’ve been talking about the Brewers bullpen situation all off season and if the first two games are any indication it’s going to play out the way I was afraid it would.

I’ve been saying all along that with the Brewers manager their pitching staff that they would burn out their bullpen in the regular season and they’re on their way to doing that.

In the first game of the season the Brewers got 5 1/3rd innings out of their starter Jhoulys Chacin leaving those final 3 2/3rd innings for the bullpen to cover; which they did as the Brewers picked up a 5-4 opening day win.

Of course it took a great play by Lorenzo Cain for the Brewers to win pick up that win. Cain brought back what would’ve been the game tying home run by Jose Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals with two outs in the Top of the 9th.

Now I’m not saying that Milwaukee wouldn’t of won the game in the Bottom of the 9th inning or in extra innings, but if the game did go into extra innings the bullpen would’ve had to of been extended in the first game of the season.

As it was Milwaukee’s closer Josh Hader ended up pitching the final 2 innings to get the save for the Brewers. Of course after pitching 2 innings you have to wonder when Hader or Junior Guerra who pitched 1 2/3rd innings would be available to pitch again.

Coming into last nights game I’m sure the Brewers where hoping to get some innings out of young starter Freddy Peralta, but sadly he lasted just 3 innings in his start. That left the Brewers bullpen 6 innings to cover and they did using 5 different relievers, but Hader and Guerra didn’t appear. On the plus side only one of the Brewers 5 relievers that appeared in the game pitched more than 1 inning; so they should all be able to pitch today if needed.

Now in two games this season and I know it’s just a small sample size the Brewers have gotten just 8 1/3rd innings out of their starting pitcher. That leaves a large amount of inning for the bullpen to cover.

Don’t forget that the Brewers bullpen was battling some injury issues coming into the season and the news didn’t get any better yesterday.

Milwaukee knew that they’d be without starter Brent Suter for the season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. It looked like Jimmy Nelson was going to be back in the Brewers starting rotation from shoulder surgery that cost him all of the 2018 season. Unfortunately for the Brewers Nelson is starting the season on the Injured List.

The Brewers acquired Bobby Wahl from the New York Mets in the Keon Broxton trade and they where hoping he’d be able to help in the bullpen. Wahl however torn the ACL ligament in his right knee and will miss all of the 2019 season.

Jeremy Jeffress was a big part of the Brewers last season appearing in 73 regular season games picking up 15 saves. Jeffress also appeared in 9 post season games last season. Milwaukee was expecting Jeffress to not only be a big part of the bullpen again, but also help with closing games. Jeffress is another one of the Brewers pitchers who’s starting the season on the Injured List as he recovers from what’s being called shoulder discomfort. The timetable for Jeffress return is listed at two to three weeks.

Then the bad news hit the Brewers yesterday as it was reported that Corey Knebel has elected to have Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2019 season. Knebel has apparently been dealing with an elbow issue off and on for some time now and it spears as he just decided it was time to get that elbow repaired.

Knebel has been the Brewers #1 closer for the past two seasons, but injuries limited him to just 57 appearances last season. He did save 16 games in 2018 after picking up 39 saves in 2017. Knebel was healthy enough come playoff time last season. He pitched in 9 post season games and picked up 1 save for the Brewers.

The Brewers bullpen consists of Hader as the closer with Jacob Barnes as the main set up guy. Junior Guerra, Alex Claudio, Taylor Williams, Matt Albers and Alex Wilson will help fill in where needed. The Brewers did move former starter Chase Anderson into the bullpen to serve as the long man.

The Brewers do have veterans Jake Petricka and Josh Fields in Triple-A; so you have to wonder if we’ll see a lot of shuttling relievers back and forth between the major leagues and Triple-A.

The return of Jeffress will be a big help to the Brewers bullpen, but even with him back if the starting rotation can’t cover enough innings the bullpen is going to be out of gas in the second half of the season.

Now just a opening day was coming around there where quite a few reports that the Brewers had been in contact with free agent reliever Craig Kimbrel. There hasn’t been any updates on any talks between the Brewers and Kimbrel, but apparently the talks are “ongoing”.

With Knebel out for the season and Jeffress on the Injured List Kimbrel seems like the perfect fit for the Brewers bullpen, but he’ll com with some questions. Will Kimbrel come off of his demands of a 5 year contract? and then you have to wonder how long would it take Kimbrel to get ready? Then you’d have to wonder if Kimbrel would be installed as the Brewers full time closer or if he’d just ne added to the mix of reliver that close games in Milwaukee. Kimbrel has always been a full time closer; so could he adjust to being just a part of a bullpen mix if he had to.

Will have to wait and see how the Brewers bullpen plays out and if it holds up all season long, but as you know I have my concerns.

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Schaumburg Stu’s 2019 MLB Predictions

Posted: March 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Here’s how Stu see’s the divisions playing out

AL East

1st Yankees 2nd Red Sox 3rd Rays 4th Blue Jays 5th Orioles

AL Central

1st Indians 2nd Twins 3rd Tigers 4th White Sox 5th Royals

AL West

1st Astros 2nd Angels 3rd A’s 4th Mariners 5th Rangers

AL Wild Cards Red Sox & Angels

NL East

1st Phillies 2nd Nationals 3rd Mets 4th Braves 5th Marlins

NL Central

1st Cardinals 2nd Brewers 3rd Reds 4th Cubs 5th Pirates

NL West

1st Dodgers 2nd Rockies 3rd Diamondbacks 4th Padres 5th Giants

NL Wild Cards

Rockies & Brewers

World Series

Yankees over Dodgers

Individual awards:

MVP

AL Alex Bregman NL Anthony Rendon

CY Young

AL Gerrit Cole NL Aaron Nola

Rookie of the Year

AL Vlad Guerrero Jr. NL Nick Senzel

Manager of the Year

AL Aaron Boone NL Gabe Kapler

Comeback Player of the Year

AL Miguel Cabrera NL Yu Darvish

 

Dan the Man’s 2019 MLB Predictions

Posted: March 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Here’s how Dan see’s the divisions playing out.

AL East

1st Red Sox 2nd Yankees 3rd Rays 4th Blue Jays 5th Orioles

AL Central

1st Indians 2nd Twins 3rd Tigers 4th White Sox 5th Royals

AL West

1st Astros 2nd Angels 3rd A’s 4th Mariners 5th Rangers

AL Wild Cards

Yankees & Angels

NL East

1st Nationals 2nd Phillies 3rd Mets 4th Braves 5th Marlins

NL Central

1st Cubs 2nd Cardinals 3rd Brewers 4th Reds 5th Pirates

NL West

1st Dodgers 2nd Rockies 3rd Giants 4th Padres 5th Diamondbacks

NL Wild Cards

Phillies & Cubs

World Series

Yankees over Cubs

Dan’s individual awards.

MVP

AL Mike Trout NL Ronald Acuna Jr.

Cy Young

AL Chris Sale NL Max Scherzer

Rookie of the Year

AL Eloy Jimenez NL Victor Robles

Manager of the Year

AL Alex Cora NL Gabe Kapler

Comeback Player of the Year

AL Carlos Santana NL Kris Bryant

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: March 27, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We’re just one day away from the Major League Baseball season starting. I know, I know there where two games that counted, but we’ve been over this before and you know how I feel about that. Tomorrow all 30 teams are in action and that’s opening day!

Now I’ve seen a lot of predictions for the upcoming season and at Sports Time Radio we have made our picks as well. I decided that I’m going to do something different with our picks this season. Instead of building one giant blog just our picks I’m going to do individual posting of our picks. We had five different people make predictions for the upcoming baseball season and we would have or might have six people if Mr. Fantasy’s predictions show up before I get everything posted. I’m going to try and get them all up here by this weekend; so you’ll be able to see what we think will happen this coming season.

If you’ve made any predictions that you feel like sharing go ahead and leave them in the comment section and I’ll add them in with our predictions.

I saw a couple of interesting or some people might say surprise moves as teams finalized their rosters for the start of the season. Instead of sending their top prospect down to the minors to push back that players arbitration clock both the Chicago White Sox and San Diego Padres decided to start the season off with their best prospects o the major league roster.

With an injury to Jon Jay the White decided that Eloy Jimenez would be on the opening day roster. Of course now that the White Sox have Jimenez signed to a contract and they know he’ll be with the team for the next 8 years I’m sure this decision became much easier for them. Jimenez hit .250 in spring training with 2 home runs. Jimenez is just 22 years old and it will be very interesting to see how he’ll do as an everyday major leaguer.

In San Diego the Padres decided that 20 year old Fernando Tatis Jr. will be the opening day shortstop. I’m sure that it helped Tatis’ cause that Manny Machado has lobbied for him to be on the opening day roster. Tatis had a solid spring hitting .265 with 2 home runs.

It will be a big step as a 20 year old for Tatis to be the everyday shortstop, but he has a lot of veteran support in the Padres infield. Not only will Tatis have Machado next to him at 3rd base, but Ian Kinsler will be at 2nd base and Eric Hosmer will be the 1st baseman. All of these players have won Gold Gloves and will be able to help Tatis.

As big of a surprise as it was that Tatis will be on the San Diego’s opening day roster the fact that Luis Urias was the player who was sent to Triple-A to make room for Tatis.

Urias struggled in spring training hitting .213 with 2 home runs. Urias also struck out 16 times in 47 at bats. Urias played in 12 games at the end of 2018 for the Padres. He hit .208 with 2 home runs, but in 48 at bats he struck out 10 times.

There was some questions on why the Padres kept Jose Pirela and Greg Garcia on the roster instead of Urias. You’d have to think that’s it’s better for Urias to be getting full time at bat at the Triple-A level than sitting on the bench in the majors behind Kinsler.

Urias is just 22; so if he figures things out at Triple-A it probably won’t be long before he’s back in the major leagues.

Here’s a list of ever opening day starting pitcher in the order of the games start times.

Andrew Cashner-Orioles, Masahiro Tanaka-Yankees, Jacob deGrom-Mets, Max Scherzer-Nationals, Miles Mikolas-Cardinals, Jhoulys Chacin-Brewers, Julio Teheran-Braves, Aaron Nola-Phillies, Jordan Zimmerman-Tigers, Marcus Stroman-Blue Jays, Zack Greinke-Diamondbacks, Hyun-Jin Ryu-Dodgers, Justin Verlander-Astros, Blake Snell-Rays, Jon Lester-Cubs, Mike Minor-Rangers, Trevor Cahill-Angles, Mike Fiers-A’s, Madison Bumgarner-Giants, Eric Lauer-Padres, Corey Kluber-Indians, Jose Berrios-Twins, Kyle Freeland-Rockies, Jose Urena-Marlins, Jameson Taillon-Pirates, Luis Castillo-Reds, Carlos Rodon-White Sox, Brad Keller-Royals, Chris Sale-Red Sox, Marco Gonzales-Mariners.

Don’t forget to adjust your fantasy line ups for your weekly leagues and you’ll have to start doing your breakdowns for who you’ll start in daily fantasy tomorrow.

Clem Daniels passed away yesterday at the age of 83. Now that name might not mean a lot to people, but if you take the time to look into Daniels you’ll find out that he was the all-time leading rusher in the AFL.

In shot the AFL was the American Football League that was founded in 1959 and went head to head with the National Football League from he 1960 season until the 1970 season before he leagues merged.

Daniels played 9 season in the AFL. He started with the Dallas Texans in 1960, but had just 1 carry that season for -2 yards. In 1961 he joined the Oakland Raiders and sent the next seven seasons in a Raiders uniform. Daniels wrapped up his career after the 1968 season as a member of the San Francisco 49ers after one season with them.

Daniels best season was in 1963 when he rushed for 1099 with the Raiders. Now remember they only played 14 games in a season then.

In his career Daniels had 5138 career rushing yards on 1146 carries; so he averaged 4.5 yards per carry in his career. He played in 110 games in his 9 year career and scored 30 rushing touchdowns. Oddly out of those 110 games Daniels only started in 29 of them. Daniels was also a solid receiver as he caught 203 career passes for 3314 yards an average of 16.3 yards per receptions and he had 24 career touchdown receptions. Daniels also spent some time as a return man. He returned 57 kickoffs for 1206 yards and 8 punt for 103 yards. Daniels retired at the age of 33 after the 1968 season.

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