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How was your week

Posted: September 22, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

As I’m sure you know by now; the Cleveland Browns won a football game for the first time in over 600 plus days. Now not only did the Browns get win, but myself, Dan the Man and Mr. Fantasy start Week 3 off 1-0. Schaumburg Stu was the only won who picked the New York Jets; so he’s starting the week off 0-1.

With the Browns down 14-0 nd starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor out of the game with a concussion it was time for the #1 overall pick Baker Mayfield to make his NFL debut.

Mayfield led the Browns on two drives that ended in field goals to make it a 14-6 game. Mayfield almost threw the first touchdown pass of his career, but Jarvis Landry was brought down on the 1 yard line leaving it to Carols Hyde to pound it in to make it 14-12. The Browns decided to go to 2 and it was Landry and Mayfield involved in the play, but the other way around. Landry threw to a wide open Mayfield in the end zone to convert the 2-point conversion and tie the game at 14 all. The Jets turned around with their rookie quarterback Sam Darnold and kicked a field goal to take the lead back at 17-14. Now it was Mayfield’s turn again to try and see if he could lead the Browns down the field and to that first win. Now this is Cleveland; so I’m sure everyone was expecting them to find a way to lose the game, but not this time. Mayfield did lead the Browns down the field and again it was Hyde who scored on a 1 yard touchdown run to put Cleveland ahead 21-17. Now with 2:04 left in the game the question was; can Cleveland hold on? The Jets first comeback attempt ended when Joe Schobert picked off Darnold with 1:27 left to play. The Jets had all 3 of their timeouts left and with the Browns unable to generate a 1st down Darnold and the Jets where going to get one more chance to try and win the game with 56 seconds left. The Jets drive started with a 31 yard completion to former Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor for 31 yards, but after an incompletion the Jets where down to just 15 seconds. Darnold took a shot down the left hand side of the field for Robbie Anderson, but Terrance Mitchell intercepted the pass and sealed the win for the Browns.

Mayfield went 17 for 23 in the game for 201 yards. While he didn’t throw a touchdown pass he also didn’t throw any interception, but he was sacked 1 time. He also caught the pass to complete the Browns 2-point conversion.

The Browns are now 1-1-1 on the season, but could easily be 3-0. In Week 4 Cleveland travels west to face the Oakland Raiders and the question now is; do Mayfield be the starting quarterback for that game? I don’t think that anyone was surprised when Cleveland’s head coach Hue Jackson said he wouldn’t announce a starting quarterback until next week.

This is an interesting decision because if the Browns decide to go to Mayfield under center I think they have to stay with him as their starting quarterback for the rest of the season.

I’m also sure that you’ve heard the term in football that you don’t lose your job because of injury and to be fair Taylor has been solid at quarterback in his three starts. He’s 41 for 84 (48.8%) for 462 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Taylor is also a very mobile quarterback as he’s ran the football 16 times for 125 yards (7.8 yards per carry) with 1 touchdown. Taylor is actually the Browns 2nd leading rusher.

Now Mayfield truly did look ready to take over the Browns quarterback job, but remember all the talk there was about Darnold after Week 1 when he looked so good against the Detroit Lions.

If you’re Hue Jackson what do you do? Are you starting Taylor or Mayfield in Week 4?

The Colorado Rockies went into a 3-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers five days ago with a 1/2 game lead in the NL West. The Rockies left Los Angeles in 2nd place after the Dodgers swept them in that three game series to take a 1 1/2 lead in the division.

The Dodgers have won 7 of their last 9 games and with the sweep over the Rockies showed that they are the best team in the NL West, but will they win the division?

Now Colorado is 2-5 in their last 7 games, but did get a win last night against the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Rockies look to have the tougher schedule down the stretch. Colorado has two more game with Arizona before wrapping up the season at home against two NL East teams. They’ll host the Philadelphia Phillies for 4 games and then finish the season with 3 games against the Washington Nationals. All three team the Rockies will play have fallen out of their respective playoff races, but they’re still quality teams.

The Dodgers have 2 more games against the San Diego Padres; who they lost to last night 5-3. After the Padres series the Dodgers not only go on the road, but stay in the division. The head to Arizona for 3 games before they wrap up the season with 3 games against the San Francisco Giants. The Diamondbacks are the only team over .500 that the Dodgers will play, but you have to think that if those final 3 games against the Giants mean anything that San Francisco would want to do everything they can to knock their rival out of the playoffs.

Down the stretch; who do you got, the Dodgers or the Rockies?

The NL Central is set up the same way coming down the stretch. The Chicago Cubs have a 1 1/2 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs are now dealing with an off the field distraction as their shortstop Addison Russell was placed on leave after allegations of abuse from his now ex-wife surfaced in a blog. How will the Cubs deal with the Russell situation and a pennant race?

It didn’t start off good for the Cubs as their crosstown rival the Chicago White Sox roughed them up 10-4, but the game wasn’t that close. The Cubs will close out the season with 2 more games against the White Sox. Then they’ll play their last 7 games at Wrigley field. The Pittsburgh Pirates visit for 4 games and then the season ends with a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals who might need those games to get into a wild card spot.

Milwaukee picked up some ground on the Cubs with an 8-3 win over the Pirates. The Brewers have 2 more games against the Pirates before they head to St. Louis for 3 games against the Cardinals. Milwaukee heads home to wrap up their season with 3 games against the Detroit Tigers.

Just like in the NL West; who are you going with to win the NL Central, the Cubs or the Brewers?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 19, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well our Week 2 NFL picks didn’t really work out as Mr. Fantasy was the only one who was over .500 at 9-7. Schaumburg Stu rolled in right at .500 at 8-8 while Dan the Man was 7-9. As for me; well I was at the bottom of the barrel at 6-10. Through two weeks Schaumburg Stu is 19-13. Mr. Fantasy is 18-14, I am at 17-15 and Dan the Man is at 13-19. Hopefully Week 3 goes better for us.

Now when it comes to the NFL I have to tell you I am very disinterested in the game through two weeks. To me the NFL is heading down the same road that the NBA has and that is defense is a thing of the past. Now in the NFL they’re trying to reduce injuries, but they have to figure this out so players are still allowed to make contact with each other. I’m actually going to take this week off from watching football and see how much or if I miss it at all. I think I’ll treat it like I do an NBA game; which is I’ll turn it on to check the score, but I won’t watch more than a minute of it at a time. Right now I have no interest what so ever in watching football and that’s sad because it use to be one of my favorite things to do on Sunday’s.

A couple things that drove me up the wall this Sunday was the roughing the quarterback calls and the fact that no seems to be able to make a field goal. The add in the fact that there was an obvious replay call that somehow wasn’t overturned.

It’s quite clear that however the referee was for the Green Bay/Minnesota game on Sunday he had no idea what the term roughing the passer meant and if you’re a Packers fan he actually cost your team the football game in regulation. Somehow this referee thought that Clay Matthews slammed Kirk Cousins to the ground when he sacked him late in the game and he threw his flag and made the terrible roughing the passer call. It’s easily one of the worst calls ever made in a regular season game and I actually have to wonder if the guy had money on the game; so he threw the flag to line is pockets.

What makes things even worse is when these guys blow calls like this nothing happens to them. They’re not fined or reprimanded in any way and that just doesn’t seem right.

Then there’s the replay official who somehow couldn’t see that the referee missed a call and didn’t overturn it. I believe it was a Tampa Bay wide receiver who made a catch and got his left foot down in the end zone and then the rest of his body landed in the end zone. No maybe the on field referee didn’t have a good look at it or something to that affect, but he called it an incomplete pass. Now on the replay it was clear that this was a touchdown, but somehow the replay official upheld the call on the field and it was an incomplete pass.

Here’s another case of a official completely missing a call and an obvious call at that, but will he be penalized for it; no. He’ll probably be in the replay booth again this weekend and hopefully get those calls correct.

Going back to the quarterbacks. Plain and simple if you don’t want them to get hit and just allow them to stand in the pocket and pick defenses apart just make that a rule and give them a time limit to throw the football or else the closest defensive player to him gets credit for a sack. Or maybe you can just put some flags on the quarterback and instead of tackling him and trying to get some moron referee to try and interpret a rule a defensive player just has to pull a flag off him for him to be down.

I understand that the NFL has to find ways to make the game safer in hopes that the media will stop trying to persecute them for every injury that a player gets, but while they’re trying to do this they have to make sure that they don’t ruin the game that people grew up watching. Sadly for the NFL they haven’t been able to find that line and they’re ruining the game that I grew up loving and playing and they’ve gotten me to the point where I don’t even want to watch it anymore.

I’d be very interested to know your thought on the NFL two weeks into this new season. Is it something you still enjoy watching? and if so why? Please feel free to leave your comments here for me.

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays just won his 20th game of the season last night and has to be the front runner for the American League Cy young award, but it will be an interesting vote. Sabermetricly wins don’t mean anything; so that could really hurt Snell in the voting depending on how many Sabermetric people have ballots this season.

I don’t understand why wins no longer mean anything or maybe Sabermetrics look at it as just luck like I’ve heard them say about RBI’s. The more I hear people talk about Sabermetrics the less I understand about it and I have to start questioning the value it actually has when it comes to measuring a player. One of the first things Sabermetrics did was discount batting average and introduce WAR which is a stat that you can actually adjust to get it to say what you want it to. So now two of the three stats that compromise the Triple Crown don’t mean anything in the Sabermetric world. I guess that explains why they where pushing Mike Trout over J.D. Martinez for American League MVP even though Martinez has a chance to win a Triple Crown.

I’m done trying to figure it out.

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How was your week

Posted: September 15, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well the second week of the NFL season just kicked off and I’m already confused by who teams are. I mean the Baltimore Ravens came out of the gate in Week 1 and just destroyed the Buffalo Bills while the Cincinnati Bengals had to find a way to make a comeback to get their win over the Indianapolis Colts. With both teams rolling into Thursday nights game it looked as though the Ravens where the better team after one week.  That all went out the window as the Bengals cruised to an easy 34-23 victory. I guess it’s just going to be one of those seasons.

I know the NFL was hoping for a close game being that it was Thursday night, but this one wasn’t. Cincinnati jumped out to a 21-0 lead and I’m sure there where quite a few people who turned the game off and found something else to watch like I did. You have to think that the only people who stayed with the game where Bengals fans and people who had money in the game.

To be fair the Ravens did try to make a game out of it and actually cut the Bengals lead to 5 points at 28-23 on a Joe Flacco to John Brown touchdown pass at the start of the 4th quarter. Cincinnati added a field goal giving Baltimore a chance to tie the game with another touchdown and a 2-point conversion, but Flacco fumbled while being sacked with the Bengals getting the recovery. One more field goal by Cincinnati got the game to it’s final score of 34-23.

Now fantasy wise it was a good night to be playing either Flacco or Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

While Flacco did throw 2 interceptions and he also had that fumble he racked up 376 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns; he even ran for 8 yards. Dalton didn’t throw for as many yards as Flacco did since his team was in the lead, but his total of 265 yards is very respectable. Of course when you add in his 4 touchdown passes it makes his night look much, much better.

Joe Mixon was in and out of the game with some injury concerns, but he still ran for 84 yards on 21 carries while catching 1 pass for 3 yards. There where no rushing touchdowns in the game making Mixon the only running back who was worth playing in fantasy.

If you paired A.J. Green up with Dalton in your fantasy league you week got off to a fantastic start. Green only went for 69 yards on 5 receptions, but 3 of those receptions where for touchdowns. Tyler Boyd also had a good fantasy day for his owner as he was the Bengals leading receiver with 6 catches and 91 yards with 1 touchdown. For Baltimore John Brown had 4 catches for 92 yards ad a touchdown while Michael Crabtree caught 5 passes for 56 yards. I’m not sure how many fantasy owners have Ravens tight end Mark Andrews or how many fantasy owners played Andrews, but he had the Ravens other receiving touchdown. Andrews totaled 3 receptions and 17 yards to go along with that touchdown.

If you have kicker on your fantasy team Baltimore’s Justin Tucker was one of the better kickers to have. Sadly Tucker only had one field goal attempt on Thursday, but he made it and it was from 55 yards out. Tucker also made both of is extra points. While Tucker is one of the top kickers in fantasy it might of been the night to go with Randy Bullock of the Bengals. Bullock made all 4 of his extra point attempts while connecting on both of his field goal tries as well. Bullock’s long field goal in the game was 40 yards.

I am lucky enough to have Green on one of my fantasy teams; so that team got off to a good start. I hope you had the right players in to start Week 2.

As far a our game picks got go for Week 2 Mr. Fantasy was the only one of the four of us who picked the Bengals to win. Schaumburg Stu, Dan the Man and I all thought Baltimore was going to win the game. To hear who else we’re picking to win tune I to Sports Time Radio Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com.

With just a shade over two weeks left to play in the baseball season you have to think that the Washington Nationals will be happy when it’s done. With just a .500 record of 74-74 the Nationals have easily been the most disappointing team in baseball this season. Max Scherzer who along with rookie outfielder Juan Soto have been the only bright spots for the Nationals had his issues last night.

Scherzer came into last nights start against the Atlanta Braves he appeared to have the inside track on another Cy Young award which would the 4th of his career and his 3rd in a row. You have to wonder how much last nights start hurt Scherzer’s chances.

In what may have been his worse start of the season Scherzer lasted just 4 inning against the Braves. He gave up 6 runs. all earned while giving up 7 hits, He did strikeout 6 batters, but he also walked 3 while hitting a batter. Scherzer took the loss making his record 17-7 on the season as the Braves easily beat his Nationals 10-5 last night. Scherzer also managed to throw 102 pitches in his 4 innings of work.

Soto who I mentioned earlier is in a battle for the Rookie of the Year award with Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna and this is looking like it it’s going to be a close race.

Soto hit his 20th home run of the season last night off of Braves starter Kevin Gausman. That home run makes Soto only the third teenager o major league history to reach the 20 home run plateau. Soto Joins teammate Bryce Harper who hit 22 home runs as a 19 year old in 2012 and Tony Conigliaro who hit 24 home runs in 1964 before turning 20 years old that season. It looks like Soto will have a chance to set a new home run record for teenagers.

Acuna also helped his case for Rookie of the Year in last nights game. Acuna went 3 for 4 with a double and a triple, both off of Scherzer. Acuna also drove in 2 runs while scoring 2 runs. With the night he had Acuna improved his batting average to .297.

It’s going to be neck and neck for the NL Rookie of the Year award and these final couple of weeks may determine who wins the award.

If you had a vote, who would you cast it for?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 12, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in Auto Racing, football, NASCAR, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the NFL season starting last week; so did our yearly pick contest. Schaumburg Stu and I got off to a solid start going 11-5. Mr. Fantasy went 9-7 in Week 1 while Dan the Man had his struggles getting out of the gate a 6-10. Just one week in Dan ha plenty of time to get back into it.

Week 2 of the NFL season kicks off on Thursday night with an AFC North match up as the Baltimore Ravens at the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams are 1-0 after Week 1 of the season, but they got their in different ways.

Cincinnati found itself down 23-17 heading into the 4th quarter against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Bengals then ran off 17 straight points capped off by an 83 yard fumble return by Clayton Fejedelem to put the Colts away 34-23.

The Ravens on the other hand had the biggest bow out of Week 1 as they easily beat the Buffalo Bills 47-3. The three points was the lowest number of points given up in Week 1 and it brought back some memories of the old Ray Lewis led Ravens defenses.

With just one week in the books we have to try to figure out if the Ravens where as good as they looked on Sunday or are the Bills just going to be that bad this season. Then with the way the Bengals ended the game you have to wonder if that’s what their team will look like or if they’ll be more like the team that struggle early on against the Colts. Cincinnati does have the advantage of being at home, but for me I’m going to take the Ravens to start the season off 2-0.

One of the most disappointing teams in Week1 was the Pittsburgh Steelers who ended up in a tie with the Cleveland Browns. While the Steelers where disappointing James Connor wasn’t.

Connor was the NFL’s top rusher for Week 1 as he racked up 135 yards on 31 carries and added 2 touchdowns. Connor also caught 5 passes for 57 yards. Connor did have 1 fumble which he lost, but as still the top running back from Week 1.

Of course Connor was in the starting line up because Le’Von Bell never reported to the Steelers and there have been no reports of Bell planning on reporting this week. By skipping the game Bell forfeited just a little under $900,000 dollars in game pay.

Of course money is the issue where all of this lies. Bell wants a long term deal and while the Steelers don’t seem to have an issue with giving him a long term deal; it’s the money that’s the hold up. Bell wants to be paid right around $20 million dollars a season which would be about $5.5 million dollars more than Todd Gurley and remember Gurley just signed a new contact before this season. I would be surprised to see the Steelers set the market like that for a running back; so if Bell isn’t willing to lower his contract demands this may be a long hold out.

As long as Bell reports to the Steelers by Week 11 I believe it is; he’ll get credit for this season and be able to go into free agency when it’s over. Bell is 26 years old and has played for the Steelers for 6 seasons. Bell is clearly one of the top running backs in the NFL, but would a team be willing to commit $20 million dollars a season on a running back. On average running backs have shorter career than any other position in the NFL; so it makes sense for Bell to try to cash in while he can, but are his salary demands too high?

Bell wants to factor in that he is a quality receiver as well as a top running back, but I’m not sure that teams will go in for that. Bell did have 85 catches last season, but there’s no way of knowing how many of those where actually meant for Bell or if they where just check down throws. Now a catch is still a catch, but there is a little bit of a difference when you’re the primary receiver.

Oddly the biggest detriment to Bell being paid could be James Connor. If Connor goes out and has a good 11 weeks it will make Bell look more like a product of the Steelers offense rather than a top running back. Also with the way Connor played this Steelers will be in no hurry at all to pay Bell; so it’s a bit of a double-edged sword for Bell. Does he or would he root against a player on his own team to help his own cause?

Heading into Week 2 the Steelers have left Bell completely off if their depth chart for their game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 10-race NASCAR playoffs start this Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Right now there are 16 drivers chasing the Cup. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keslowski, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Eric Jones, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillion, Aric Almirola, Jimmie Johnson and Alex Bowman all have the chance to win the title right now.

The field gets cut to 12 drivers for the 2nd round. Then the field drops to 8 drivers in round 3 and then it goes down to the final three drivers at Homestead Miami Speedway to crown a champion.

This season has been dominated by the big 3 of Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. and with the bonus points each driver has received this season they have an easier path as long as they don’t have any on track issues to advance in the playoffs.

Will we eventually see Kyle Busch, Harvick or Truex Jr. raising the cup at the end of the season or is there someone else in the field that you think could win it all? Maybe you like the hot driver as Keslowski has won the last two races heading into the playoffs. Is it possible one of the younger racers (Elliott, Jones or Larsen) surprise everyone and grab the title and don’t forget that even though he didn’t win a race this season Johnson is in the field and he has 7 title to his credit; the last being not that long ago in 2016.

Who’s your pick to win it all?

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How was your week

Posted: September 8, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Why is it that when I see someone on television talking about the NFL who doesn’t work for the NFL Network they always mention that the ratings are down. While it is true that the NFL’s ratings are down what they always seem to forget to mention is that television ratings are down across the board. No matter what your favorite show is the ratings for it are down. I’m sure part of the reason is that there are just so any choices on television now, but you also have to include the fact that there’s no good way to track the audience that’s streaming a show or game. Maybe you watch that show a little later because of your schedule or you’re not at home to catch the opening kickoff; so you pick it up on your phone or other device. While you are watching the game your number doesn’t count in the ratings. I just wish one of those people would mention this when they’re talking about the ratings being down, but I guess they don’t want to ruin a story with facts.

So how did this Thursday game do in the ratings. In the 25-54 demographic; which is the main group advertisers want to reach the game started at a 4.6 and peaked at an 8.3. The next highest rated show had a 1.9 ratings. so while they’re promoting the fact that ratings are down the NFL is still wiping out the competition when it comes to those ratings. I did see that the games ratings where down 0.6 from last season, but there’s a very good chance that the 45 minute weather delay had a lot to do with that.

Now I’m not asking for much here; all I want anyone to do is tell the whole story when they’re talking about NFL ratings. The funny part about this entire thing is while I’m here defending the NFL I actually find myself less interested in it this season. I’m hoping that a full slate of games on Sunday will turn me around and get me excited about the NFL again.

In the season opener the Philadelphia Eagles started their defense of there Super Bowl title with a 18-12 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. For a game that set up as something that could be very offensive and exciting it was anything but that. Besides the 45 minute weather delay to start both offenses still looked as though it was pre-season. I can’t say that’s a huge surprise since not a lot of the starters got quality minutes in the pre-season.

Of course the Eagles where without their starting quarterback Carson Wentz, but they have one of the better back ups in the league in Nick Foles. I’m sure you remember that Foles just happened to win the MVP award in Philadelphia’s Super Bowl victory. I wouldn’t say that Foles looked like a Super Bowl MVP, but his counterpart Matt Ryan was much better for the Falcons.

Foles went 19 for 34 for just 117 yards with 1 interceptions and he was sacked 2 times. Foles did manage to catch another pass like in the Super Bowl, but this one didn’t get into the end zone as Foles was knocked out of bounds after gaining 15 yards. Ryan was a little better going 21 for 43 for 251 yards. He also threw 1 interception and was sacked 4 times.

Sadly for fantasy owners if you started one of these guys in Week 1; especially Foles you’re going to be in a big hole come Sunday. I’m sure every fantasy owner that has these two is finding it hard to believe that neither of them managed to throw a touchdown pass.

All the touchdowns in this game came on the ground and the fantasy player to have was Jay Ajayi. He was the games leading rusher with 62 yards on 15 carries, but more importantly he scored 2 touchdowns. The other rushing touchdown went to Atlanta’s Tevin Coleman and if you started him this week that touchdown may save you. Coleman had 9 carries for just 19 yards; so that touchdown will be huge for fantasy. Coleman did have 1 receptions for 26 yards. Devonta Freeman was the Falcons leading rusher, but he had just 6 carries for 36 yards. Freeman did add 3 receptions for 14 yards. If you happen to be in a deep league and started Corey Clement he racked up 26 yards on 5 carries.

The only receiver who’s going to be big in fantasy this week in going to be Julio Jones; no surprise there though. Jones ended up catching 10 of his 19 targets for 169 yards. Mohamed Sanu had 4 catches, but for just 18 yards while Austin Hooper caught 3 passes for 24 yards. With Alshon Jeffery out with an injury Nelson Agholor was expected to step up and be the Eagles top wide out. Agholor ended up catching 8 of his 10 targets, but managed to gain just 33 yards. Zac Ertz was also targeted 10 times. He caught 5 of those targets for 48 yards. Darren Sproles is back from an injury that cost him all of last season and he caught 4 passes for 22 yards while DeAndre Carter and Dallas Goedert each had a reception.

If your fantasy league scores kickers Jake Elliott made his only field goal attempt and his only extra point as the Eagles went for and converted a 2-point conversion on their second touchdown. Matt Bryant made both of his field goal attempts, but missed his lone extra point attempt.

Not only did the Falcons end up losing a close game, but they’ve also lost their starting safety for the season. Keanu Neal will miss the rest of this season with a torn ACL. Neal was injured I the 1st half of Thursday’s game, but managed to come back and play a little in the 2nd half before having to leave the game for good.

This could end up being a big loss for the Falcons. Neal is a big hitting in the box safety who made his first Pro-Bowl last season. He started all 16 games in 2017; recording 81 tackles and assisting on 32 other. He had 1 interception and forced 3 fumbles for Atlanta last season.

It’s unclear who will try to step in and replace Neal, but it looks like the Falcons have four players to choose from. Nickelback Brian Poole, Damontae Kazee, Jordan Richards and recently acquired Richardo Allen will look to take Neal’s spot.

I’m not sure if any of these four players can be as physical as Neal is at the safety position; so the Falcons might have to make some defensive adjustments with Neal out.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 5, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The NFL season kicks off tomorrow night as the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons. We had our fantasy drafts over the weekend and with Week 1 just  day away I was hoping that I’d be more excited about football, but I’m just not. I was so uninterested that I didn’t even bother to ask the other hosts of the Sports Time Radio podcast to send me their season predictions until yesterday. If I get their predictions I’ll add them into the Saturday blog, but to be fair it’s difficult to get Mr. Fantasy to pick anything these days. I am going to go ahead and give you my picks for this NFL season now.

AFC East

  1. New England Patriots 2) Miami Dolphins 3) New York Jets 4) Buffalo Bills

AFC North

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers 2) Baltimore Ravens 3) Cincinnati Bengals 4) Cleveland Browns

AFC South

  1. Jacksonville Jaquars 2) Houston Texans 3) Tennessee Titans 4) Indianapolis Colts

AFC West

  1. Los Angeles Chargers 2) Kansas City Chiefs 3) Oakland Raiders 4) Denver Broncos

Wild Card teams

Texans and Ravens

Wild card round

Texans over Chargers and Steelers over Ravens

Conference semi’s

Patriots over Texans and Jaquars over Steelers

Conference Finals

Patriots over Jaquars

NFC East

  1. Philadelphia Eagles 2) Dallas Cowboys 3) Washington Redskins 4) New York Giants

NFC North

  1. Green Bay Packers 2) Minnesota Vikings 3) Chicago Bears 4) Detroit Lions

NFC South

  1. Carolina Panthers 2) New Orleans Saints 3) Atlanta Falcons 4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC West

  1. Los Angeles Rams 2) Seattle Seahawks 3) San Francisco 49ers 4) Arizona Cardinals

Wild Card teams

Vikings and Seahawks

Wild Card round

Vikings over Panthers and Packers over Seahawks

Conference semi’s

Vikings over Rams and Packers over Eagles.

Conference Finals

Vikings over Packers

Super Bowl

The Minnesota Vikings over The New England Patriots

Let’s see about the individual awards.

Offensive MVP: Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)

Defensive MVP: Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers)

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Sam Darnold (New York Jets)

Defensive rookie of the Year: Derwin James (Los Angeles Chargers)

Coach of the Year:  Bill O’Brien (Houston Texans)

There you have it. This is what I’m going with for the upcoming 2018 NFL season. Please let me know if you agree or disagree and who you’re going with this season.

It appears as the biggest question heading into Week 1 of the NFL is season is; what is the status of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell.

Bell has yet to report to the Steelers and it’s being reported that he missed this morning 9:00 a.m. team meeting.

Pittsburgh start practice for their Week 1 game today and you have to wonder how much leeway head coach Mike Tomlin will give Bell. This is pretty much the same ting Tomlin had to deal with last season when Bell held out, but I believe he reported for practice before Week 1 of the 2017 season.

Obviously it’s a bigger concern for the Steelers, but there is also a whole bunch of fantasy owner that need to know what s going on with Bell. He was a Top pick in both of the standard drafts I did over the weekend. I believe he was the first player taken in one draft and the second player taken in the other draft. That’s a big investment for a fantasy owner to make in a player, but right now they’re going to have to wait and see what the Steelers do with Bell for Week 1.

Now if your in a big fantasy football league like mine; 20 teams you have to be able to find a sleeper or two to be successful. Now one of our 20 team leagues we start two tight ends which can be a nightmare if you’re not ready for it. It’s not too difficult to find two tight ends to start, but how do handle the bye weeks? Well this could be of some help.

The Dallas Cowboys are trying to find a replacement for one of the best tight ends in team history Jason Witten. After a 15 year NFL career Witten decided to retire and move into the television booth. So where do the Cowboys go at that position?

The Cowboys released their depth chart and Geoff Swaim was listed as the #1 tight end. Now Blake Jarwin did play more snaps in pre-season than Swaim, but it appears that the Cowboy will go with Swaim because he’s the better blocker. Even though he was arrested Friday night for marijuana possession the Cowboys held onto Rico Gathers. In the pre-season Gathers got the majority of the snaps at tight end on the red zone and if that continues into the regular season he could be the under the radar tight end in a big, big fantasy league. Of course after his arrest Gathers may face a suspension; so you’ll have to pay attention to that. The Cowboys are also carrying rookie Dalton Schultz on their roster, but that may be them just waiting to see if there’s some fall out from Gathers arrest.

Now it’s clear that you don’t want to go into your fantasy football season with one of these Cowboys tight ends as your first tight end, but if you’re in a big league or like our league where one have to stat two tight ends a week one of these names could become very useful for you; especially a tight end who could get red zone targets.

One of the other hot names coming into my drafts this weekend was Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones. There was quite a bit of talk that Jones was going to be the starter for the Buccaneers, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to go that way.

The Buccaneers have also release their depth chart and there where a lot of fantasy owners that must’ve been disappointed when they saw Jones listed as the #3 running back. Peyton Barber is listed as Tampa Bay’s #1 running back with Jacquizz Rodgers listed as his back up.

Of course these depth charts can change from day to day, but as of right now Jones is starting out as the most over drafted player in my fantasy leagues.

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How was your week

Posted: September 1, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Yesterday was the end of the second trading deadline in Major League Baseball and there was quite a bit of action as teams tried to add players to fill the needs they think they have as they get ready to make a run for the playoffs. We’ve explained a couple of times how players are traded after July 31st; so we’re not going to get into that. Humorously players can still be traded, but if they’re dealt now they won’t be eligible for post season play.

Let’s take a look and see who went where.

The New York Yankees started the trade frenzy as they acquired former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants. The Yankees sent two minor leaguers infielder Abiatal Avelino and right handed pitcher Juan De Paula.

After spending the first nine years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates he was dealt to San Francisco in the off season. He made the move to right field this season and in the 128 games he’s played out there he’s made just two errors. McCutcheon has Appeared in  130 games for the Giants this season. He’s hitting .255 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI’s and has stole 13 bases.

Since Aaron Judge has been injured the Yankees have played Giancarlo Stanton, Neil Walker and Shane Robinson in right field; so it appears McCutcheon will take over as the full time right fielder for New York. Clint Frazier may have been an option to fill in for Judge, but he’s injured as well and has just started a rehab assignment. McCutcheon still has the ability o play all three outfield positions; so if and when Judge returns he’ll still be a useful piece for the Yankees.

The Yankees also went out and pick up an insurance policy in the infield as they acquired shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria from the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Hechavarria actually started the season in the American League East as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. After being designated for assignment by the Rays the Pirates made a trade for him. He played just 15 games for Pittsburgh. Hechavarria has always been considered a quality defensive player who wasn’t going to hit much. This season combined he played in 76 games and is hitting .254 with 4 home runs and 29 RBI’s. He has a .987 fielding percentage at shortstop this season as he’s committed just three errors.

With Didi Gregorius working his way back from injury Gleybar Torres has taken over at shortstop full time. Adding Hechavarria the Yankees have a quality defensive shortstop they can use until Gregorius is 100% healthy and Torres can slide back over to 2nd base if they choose. They could also use Hechavvaria as a late inning defensive replacement.

The Yankees weren’t the only contender to make two deals yesterday. The Los Angeles Dodgers also made two deals while the Milwaukee Brewer made three deals.

In their first deal the Dodgers sent minor league right hander Andrew Istler to the Washington Nationals for reliever Ryan Madson. The Dodgers also went out and got David Freese from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league infielder Jesus Valdez.

Madson is a quality bullpen arm with a lot of experience, but he’s had a down year for Washington. Madson is 2-5 this season with an ERA of 5.28 with 4 saves. Madson appeared in 49 games this season covering 44 1/3rd innings. If Madson is right he could be the set up guy the Dodgers need in front of Kenley Jansen.

Freese is another solid veteran add by the Dodgers. He spent the last three seasons with the Pirates where he played 1st and 3rd base for them. This season in 94 games Freese was hitting .282 with 9 home runs and 42 RBI’s. Freese brings a good bat off of the bench and provides the Dodgers with back up at the corner infield positions.

I’m not sure how many people remember this, but Freese was the MVP of both the NLCS and the World Series back in 2011.

There was a lot of talk about the Brewers adding a starting pitcher before the deadline and not only did they do that, but they also added a bullpen arm and a veteran outfielder.

Milwaukee sent KJ Harrison who’s done some catching, but has mostly been used at DH this season and infielder Gilbert Lara to the Washington Nationals for left hander Gio Gonzalez.

Gonzalez is a former 20-game winner who like a lot of Nationals is having a down season in 2018. In 27 starts he’s 7-11 with an ERA of 4.57 over 127 2/3rd innings. Gonzalez will take his turn in the rotation. Since becoming a full time starting pitcher in 2010 Gonzalez has made 30 plus starts every year, but one and he should hit 30 or more starts again this season. Milwaukee will be looking for Gonzalez to be more the pitcher he was in 2017 when he posted an ERA of 2.97.

The Brewers not only added a left hander to the rotation they also added one to the bullpen as hey acquired Xavier Cedeno from the Chicago White Sox. It’s unclear what the White Sox will be getting in return for Cedeno, but I’m guessing it’s a player to be named later or cash.

Cedeno has appeared in 33 games for the White Sox his season. He’s 2-0 with 1 save and an ERA of 2.84 over 25 1/3rd innings. With Dan Jennings possibly injuring his knee in a rundown of all things Cedeno is the perfect guy to fill that role if Jennings misses any time.

Milwaukee wrapped up their trade frenzy by picking up veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league outfielder Demi Orimoloye. Toronto is also sending Milwaukee $5 million dollars to help cover the remainder of Granderson’s 2018 salary.

Granderson is in his 15th major league season; his 13th as a full time player. He’s hi 40 plus homer twice in his career and while he no longer has that type of power he still is a versatile outfielder who can play all three outfield spots.

Granderson has appeared in 104 games for the Blue Jays this season. He’s hitting .245 with 11 home runs with 35 RBI’s. Granderson should give the Brewers a veteran left handed bat off the bench who can spell any of their outfielders if needed.

Toronto made another move as they found a taker for injured 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson. Oddly Donaldson ended up going to a team that wasn’t mentioned in any of the rumors involving him the Cleveland Indians.

The Blue Jays will get a player to be named later, but there was an attachment that said “of some value” for Donaldson and just like in their other deal the Blue Jays send some cash t the Indians to help cover some of Donaldson’s salary.

This is easily the biggest risk reward deal that was made at the deadline. If Donaldson is healthy the Indians are getting a former MVP who not only has big power, but is a top defender. Now id he’s not healthy the Indians might just be getting the guy who hit .234 in 36 games earlier this season.

With the lead the Indians have on the AL Central there’s no need for Donaldson to come in a produce immediately as this is more a move for the post season.

You’d have to think that a healthy Donaldson would take over at 3rd base full time bumping the Indians current MVP candidate Jose Ramirez to 2nd base with Jason Kipnis dropping into a utility role.

So there you go. Which team do you think made the best deal? And how do you think this affects the division or playoff races?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 29, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I jut like a lot of you have a fantasy football draft coming u this weekend; as a matter of fact I have three of them. Most of the time the drafts happen over the Labor Day weekend since it’s the last weekend before the regular season starts and this season is no different. This year my drafts are Saturday night, Sunday night and Monday morning.

I’m not sure why, but this season I’m having a very difficult time getting ready for my drafts. For some reason I’m just not that interested in the NFL, but I’m hoping that will change as the drafts get closer.

As I try to do my research and keep up with which players are injured and which players won’t be starters this season, but I seem to be coming up with more questions than answers. I’m just going to go position by position and see if you can help me answer them.

Quarterback may be the premier position in the NFL, but as far as fantasy goes depending on your leagues scoring system you don’t need to draft one to early. There are always going to be people who’ll grab their favorite quarterback too early, but I find it’s better to wait and see who’s left later in the draft. The issue is; which quarterback to draft?

Is Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts going to be a good gamble?

Luck hasn’t shown much during the pre-season, but he does appear to be healthy; so that’s a plus. He completed 62.5% of his passes, but he only averaged 6.38 yards per attempt; so there have been questions about his arm strength. I’m not sure if I’d want to go into the season with Luck as my starter though.

How about the quarterbacks that went #1 and #2 in the 2015 draft Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans.

Right out of the gate Winston is a tough choice since he’s suspended for the first three games of the season; so if you did decide to go with him you’ll need someone else for the games Winston will miss during his suspension and then his bye week. Winston did put up good pre-season numbers; so he could be a guy to take as the back up to your starter if he’s around longer enough. I smaller leagues he may even go undrafted.

Mariota will be working with a new head coach and new offensive coordinator, but that could go either way. Mariota only attempted 18 passes in the pre-season and while 2 of them went for touchdowns he also threw an interception. Of course Mariota’s mobility makes him and intriguing choice as it gives him the opportunity to turn broken plays into big yardage. I think I’d be willing to go into this season with Mariota as my starter.

How about those quarterbacks that changed teams this off season. Sam Bradford now with the Arizona Cardinals, Alex Smith now with the Washington Redskins, Kirk Cousins now with the Minnesota Vikings, Case Keenum with the Denver Broncos and Teddy Bridgewater now with the New York Jets.

If you’re willing to wait long enough in your draft and focus on other positions there’s a chance that you could end up with one of these quarterbacks as your starter this season.

The biggest question with this group is whether or not Bridgewater will end up being the starter for the Jets or if they’ll go with rookie Sam Darnold. Bridgewater has looked like the better quarterback in pre-season, but Darnold has been making all of the starts. There have also been quite a few reports about the Jets looking into trading Bridgewater. Also with the Jets rebuilding it might be better for them to have Darnold get snaps instead of Bridgewater who’s just on a one year deal. Unless something changes I think I’ll stay away from Bridgewater.

Out of the other four quarterbacks in new places it appears as though Cousins is in the best position to succeed. Smith has always had the “game manager” tag hung on him, but he’s shown that he can go downfield. Keenum stepped up last season and does have a pair of good veteran wide receivers to work with. Bradford is just the place holder until Arizona decides that Josh Rosen is ready and with Bradford’s injury history that may be sooner rather than later.

Besides Darnold it looks as though the only other rookie who might start at quarterback is Josh Allen for the Buffalo Bills. While the Baltimore Ravens have said that Lamar Jackson will be used in their offense; I doubt he’ll score enough on a weekly basis to be your starter. There is a chance that Rosen and Baker Mayfield could see playing time, but I don’t think either will be the starter in Week 1.

It probably won’t be a good season for you if you go into Week 1 with one of these rookies as your starter, but if you happen to be in a keeper league it might not be a bad idea to grab one or maybe even two of these quarterbacks and stash them on your bench. In this case you may only have to play him on your starters bye week.

Now the quarterbacks that we didn’t mention with the exception of maybe one or two of them should all be starters; so I don’t think we need to go into too much detail with them.

Now I know that on Sunday my team will be picking 5th in the draft; so that can help plan out an attack. My other two drafts I won’t find out where I’m drafting until about 30 minutes before the draft; so that makes it a little tougher to be prepared.

I’m not sure how much this helped you or me, but hopefully it was some assistance as you head into your draft. There are millions of rankings out there that you can look at; so I didn’t want to go through and give you one more list to read.

Good luck in your draft and let me know how it goes.

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How was your week

Posted: August 25, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

If you’re a fan of the Cincinnati Reds are you wondering hat the team is doing. The Reds where a wild card team in 2013, but have seem to be in rebuild mode ever since and I’m not sure how close they are to being a contender. So when they had a chance to make a couple of trades before the August 31st deadline it was a bit of a surprise that they didn’t pull the trigger.

It’s been reported that Matt Harvey and Billy Hamilton where claimed by teams after the Reds put them on revocable waivers. Now instead of trying to work out a deal with the team or teams that claimed Harvey and Hamilton the Reds decided to pull them back of waivers which means they’ll be with Cincinnati for the rest of the season.

The Reds sent Devin Mesoraco to the New York Mets for Harvey earlier in the season and while he’s pitched much better for the Reds than he did for the Mets; I’m not sure why the Reds didn’t try to get a deal done with the team that claimed him.

Harvey has made 18 starts for the Reds this season. He is 6-5 with a ERA of 4.14 over 95 2/3rd innings. While with the Mets Harvey appeared in 8 games; 4 of which here starts. He was 0-2 with an ERA of 7.00 over 27 innings.

At one point I time Harvey was looked at as a top of the rotation starter, but after an injury on 2016 Harvey has had trouble getting back to that pitcher everyone thought he’d be. His time with the Reds has been the best he’s pitched since 2016.

Now Harvey is a free agent at the end of the season and maybe the Reds are interested in resigning him and it’s possible that they thought if they traded him it would be more difficult for them to bring him back. Resigning Harvey is probably going to be a problematic anyway. Harvey is a Scott Boras client and even though Harvey’s career has been on a downward path you know that Boras is going to try to spin it; like a good agent should, but will he price Harvey out of the market. This will be Harvey’s first go-round in free agency and at 29 years old it will be interesting to see how many teams will pursue him and how many years they’ll be willing to go.

Now the reports where that it was the Milwaukee Brewers that claimed Harvey on waivers. Milwaukee ha a good farm system; so that make it even more baffling why the Reds didn’t try to work out a trade. It could be something as simple as they didn’t want to send him to a team in their own division, but at this point of the season I don’t know why that would be an issue.

Harvey now knows that he’ll be with Cincinnati for the rest of this season. We’ll have to wait until the off season to see if he returns or if he signs somewhere else as a free agent in the off season.

Hamilton is another interesting case for the Reds. At the start of the 2018 season there was talk that Hamilton wasn’t going to be an everyday player for the Reds, but he’s played in 123 of Cincinnati’s 129 games this season.

Hamilton has never hit for a high average; he’s hitting .236 this season and he’s never been a power guy as he has just 3 home runs this season. What Hamilton brings to a team is speed and defense. Hamilton has never stolen less than 50 bases in any full season he’s played, but he’s going to have a tough time getting to 50 this season. Hamilton has 29 stolen bases right now.

I’m sure the Reds had hoped that Hamilton would develop into a lead off hitter they could have at the top of their line up for years to come, but with his low batting average, high strikeout totals and not being someone who draws walks Hamilton has been hitting at the bottom of the Reds order this season.

Unlike with Harvey it’s unclear which team put in a waiver claim on Hamilton; so there could be many reason why the Reds decided to hang out to him.

Hamilton is making $4.6 million dollars this season and will be heading into arbitration for the first time in his career; so there’s a chance that the Reds could deal him in the off season where they’ll have more time to talk to another team.

Do you see Hamilton and Harvey wearing Reds uniforms next season?

Does it seem like the San Francisco Giants lose more big name players to injuries than any other team? Or is it just me.

You can add former MVP, Rookie of the Year and 6-time All-Star Buster Posey to that list as he will miss the rest of the season as he’ll undergo surgery to repair his hip.

With the Giants falling to four games under .500 and the NL West starting to get away from them it’s a good a time a any for Posey to have the hip procedure; so he can start his rehab.

Posey was hitting .284 this season, but his power numbers where way down as he had just 5 home runs this season. You have to wonder if the hip issues had an affect on his power. Posey had driven in 41 runs and even with his hip issues he had caught in 88 games this season.

There has been talk for a few years about the Giants getting Posey out from behind the plate and into another position full time. There was some talk a few seasons ag about Posey possibly transitioning into the outfield, but he’s never played a game out there in his major league career. There was also some talk of trying Posey at 3rd base, but that’s another position he’s never played at the major league level. Posey however has played 1st base 225 times in his major league career.

1st base looks like to would be a natural transition for Posey; like Joe Mauer did with the Minnesota Twins five seasons ago. The problem the Giants have that the Twins didn’t have is that San Francisco has a quality 1st baseman in Brandon Belt. Belt has played both of the corner outfield positions in his career; mostly leftfield and you’d have to think that would be the move the Giants make if Posey has to change positions.

Is it time for Posey to make the more to a different position? If so; what position do you see him switching to?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 22, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, college football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I think by now it’s clear that the 2018 season has been a huge disappointment for the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have made the post season four of the last five season, but it doesn’t appear that they’re going to get their this season. It now looks as though the Nationals themselves have thrown the towel in on the 2018 season as they dealt two of their veteran players yesterday and no one of them wasn’t Bryce Harper.

Washington sent 2nd baseman Daniel Murphy to the Chicago Cubs for Class A infielder Andruw Monasterio and either cash considerations or a player to be named later. The Nationals will also send an undisclosed amount of cash to the Cubs in the deal.

Due to injury Murphy has played in just 56 games this season. It took Murphy a little time to get going this season, but his batting average is now at .300. Murphy has 17 hits in his last 47 at bats which is a .362 batting average.

Murphy is also a proven post season player. In 24 career post season games Murphy is hitting .323 with 8 home runs and 19 RBI’s. Murphy was the 2015 NLCS MVP.

Murphy is also a versatile player which fits in well with the rest of his new teams roster. Murphy has played 1st and 2nd this season, but has also played some 3rd base and leftfield in his career.

It’s clear that the Cubs acquired Murphy for his bat as their offense has really been struggling lately, but he’ll also add some veteran leadership with post season experience.

In adding Murphy it has brought up some questions about former MVP and Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant. Bryant hasn’t played since July 23rd as he went on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation. There have been reports that Bryant is behind in his recovery as he is only hitting soft toss and doesn’t have full mobility of his shoulder. Originally Bryant was expected to return at the beginning of September, but that may be pushed back.

In another move the Nationals sent Matt Adams back to the team that he started his major league career with the St. Louis Cardinals. There where some conflicting reports here as some have said that the two teams agree on a deal and other have reported that the Cardinals claimed Adams on waivers and the Nationals just let him go. Either way Adams is now with the Cardinals.

In 94 games with the Nationals Adams hit .257 with 18 home runs and 48 RBI’s. Adams needs just to more home runs to tie his career high set last season.

Adams spent five plus seasons with the Cardinals before they traded him to the Atlanta Braves last season. Adams signed with the Nationals as a free agent this past off season.

It’s been reported that the Cardinals where interested in Adams mainly as a left handed bat off of the bench as a pinch hitter, but he has the ability to play 1st base and either corner outfield spot. To open up space for Adams on their 40-man roster the Cardinals moved Dexter Fowler to the 60-day disabled list and they sent Patrick Wisdom to Triple-A Memphis.

Of course since it’s the Nationals everyone wants to know about Bryce Harper. While Harper was placed on waivers he didn’t make it through. Instead of trying to work out a deal with the team that claimed Harper the Nationals simple removed him from waivers. While team that make claims on players aren’t announced it has been speculated that it was the Los Angeles Dodgers that made the claim on Harper. By placing Harper on and them removing him from waivers it means that he’ll be with the Nationals for the remainder of the 2018 season.

With 9 days left for teams to still make deals you have to wonder if the Nationals will make any more moves or if will see any other players get dealt.

While the Cubs where adding Murphy they where also losing a piece to their starting rotation.

The Cubs announced yesterday that Yu Darvish will miss the remainder of the season with a stress reaction in his right elbow. Darvish was already on the disabled list because of a right tricep strain.

Darvish was the Cubs big free agent signing this past off season as he inked a 6 year $126 million dollar deal. The first year of that deal didn’t go well for the Cubs or Darvish. He made just 8 starts covering 40 innings. He was 1-3 with an ERA of 4.95. He walked 21 batters while striking out 49.

While the Cubs where adding Murphy and losing Darvish on the other side of Chicago the White Sox where getting a peak at what they hope is a bright future as Michael Kopech took the mound in his first major league start.

It seem as though everyone wanted to see Kopech pitch except mother nature. Kopech worked two scoreless innings before the rain came in and caused a 52 minute delay. After the long delay the White Sox decided that Kopech’s debut was done.

All in all Kopech pitched 2 innings gave up 3 hits and struck out 4 while throwing 52 pitches; 35 of which where strikes.

There was no announcement made on Kopech’s next start, but if the White Sox stay with a 5-man starting rotation Kopech’s turn should come up again Sunday against the Detroit Tigers.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not as big of a fan of college football as I used to be, but I guess I haven’t been paying much attention because the season actually starts this weekend.

I did see that the first set of rankings came out and I wasn’t shocked at all to see that Alabama was ranked #1. The ret of the Top 5 looks like this. Clemson is #2, Ohio State is #3, Georgia is #4 and Oklahoma rounds out the Top 5. I’m not sure if these rankings came out before there was an issue at Ohio State with their head coach Urban Meyer.

Will Alabama be the team winning it all in the end? Or do you have someone else as champion?

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