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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 18, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We’re two weeks into the NFL season and the games have looked more like pre-season games than actual regular season football, but there are a couple of things that we’ve learned from these first two weeks.

The Miami Dolphins are the worse team in the NFL by a wide margin. It’s quite clear that the Dolphins are tanking this season and they’re doing such a good job of it they may go 0-16 when it’s all said and done.

It will be interesting to see how this rebuild goes for Miami. After the trade of Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week the Dolphins have five 1st round pick in the next two drafts. It also looks like the Dolphins will have quite a bit of cap room to try and signed free agents. Is it possible that this could be a quick turn around for the Dolphins?

Of course the Dolphins still have 14 more games to go this season and you have to wonder if there are other players that would be interested in being traded. It’s possible the Dolphins could add even more draft capital before the end of the season.

The other thing that I think we’ve learned in these first two weeks is that the New York Jets are going to have no luck this season.

It looked like the Jets where on their way to getting a win in Week 1 and then C.J. Mosley got injured. After Mosley went out the Buffalo Bills where able to come back and get a win in Week 1.

Then after that Week 1 game it was announced that Jet starting quarterback Sam Darnold would be out multiple weeks as he recovers from mononucleosis. That target week for his return is Week 5.

With Darnold out Trevor Siemian took over as starting quarterback for Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns. Siemian started 14 games for the Denver Broncos over the last two seasons and while he’s not really looked at as a starter anymore he has to be considered a quality back up.

Well Siemian’s time as the Jets starting quarterback didn’t last very long. On his 6th pass attempt against the Browns Siemian suffered a ankle injury that will cost hi the rest of this season.

So who did the Jets turn to at quarterback? Well that would be Luke Falk who was signed to the active roster just hours before the Monday night game against Cleveland.

If Darnold does make it back in time for Week 5 Falk will only have to make one start; this week in New England against the Patriots. The Jets have a Week 4 Bye and then they’ll on the road for Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Mosley missed Monday nights game with a groin injury and we’ll have to see if he’ll be available to lead the Jets defense against the Patriots this Sunday. Jets rookie defensive lineman Quinnen Williams also missed Monday nights game with an ankle injury; so we’ll have to see if he’ll be ready to play against the Patriots.

Now we already know that the Jets are headed to New England and it looks like they’ll be starting the season 0-3. Miami is on the road as well this week. The Dolphins take on the Dallas Cowboys; so it looks like they’ll be 0-3 as well.

Coming out of Week 2 we also had a couple of big quarterback injuries and one team made a change at quarterback. Let’s start with the injuries.

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a season ending elbow injury. This was a non-contact injury as Roethlisberger injured his elbow throwing the football. The original report was that he torn the UCL ligament in his right elbow.

There where some reports that mentioned it was possible that Roethlisberger might just retire instead of going through surgery and rehabilitation, but Roethlisberger has said that he is planning to comeback next season.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was also injured in Week 2. Brees has a torn ligament in the right thumb and Brees is right handed. Surgery is required to repair his thumb ligament and it looks as though Brees will be out 6 to 8 weeks.

Brees was injured when he hit his hand on Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald’s hand during their Week 2 game.

If you’re looking for a fantasy pick up at quarterback Mason Rudolph will be taking over as Steelers starting quarterback. In New Orleans Teddy Bridgewater will get the first shot at filling in for Brees, but there has already been some talk that at the first sign of struggle by Bridgewater they’ll go to Taysom Hill.

After an 0-2 start the New York Giants have decided to make a change at quarterback. Eli Manning is out and 1st round draft pick Daniel Jones will be taking over.

Manning had completed 62.9% of his passes for 556 yards. He had thrown 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

You have to wonder if this is the last we’ve seen of Manning as the Giants starting quarterback. Once Jones gets into the starting line up you’d have to think that the only reason to not start him would be an injury. Manning does have a no trade clause, but even if he did agree to allow a trade is there a team out there that he’d be an upgrade for at the quarterback position?

It’s possible if Rudolph doesn’t look good as the Steelers starter and if they think they’re a playoff contender maybe Manning fits there. He’d be an upgrade for the Jets, but with Darnold a few weeks away from returning does it make sense for the Jets to trade for Manning. With Manning’s connection to Tom Coughlan you would’ve thought that the Jacksonville Jaquars would be a good landing spot for him, but Gardner Minshew has played well in Nick Foles absence; so I don’t know if they’d be interested in acquiring Manning.

What do you think happens with Manning this season? Does he get traded or even possibly released and end up with a new team or will he just end up being Jones’ back up for the rest of this season.

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How was your week

Posted: September 14, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well this week’s Thursday night NFL game had more offense than the first game of the season did, but I still don’t think you could call it good football.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers where able to even their early season record at 1-1 with a 20-14 win over the now 0-2 Carolina Panthers.

It does look like there where some decent fantasy players for your weekly league though. Jameis Winston didn’t throw for a lot of yards 208, but he did throw a touchdown pass and picked up 9 yards running the football. Cam Newton did manage to throw for a decent amount of yards 333, but that was the extent of his stats. Newton did run the football 2 times, but didn’t get any yards. Depending on how your league is score will be the determining factor o of either of these quarterbacks where useable, there could be some help here.

Running back wise Christian McCaffrey is going to be a let down this week for his fantasy owner. McCaffery racked up just 37 rushing yards on 16 carries. He also caught 2 passes for 16 yards, but was unable to find his way into the end zone. Peyton Barber averaged just 3.6 yards per carry, but that doesn’t matter to fantasy owners. What is important to them is that Barber had 23 carries for 82 yards and scored a rushing touchdown. H also had 1 reception for 7 yards to add a couple of fantasy points to his total.

If you own Chris Godwin in fantasy this season I hope you started him this week. Godwin had the best game of his career catching 8 passes for 121 yards with a receiving touchdown. Mike Evans had a below average game this week as he caught 4 passes for 61 yards. Tight end wise even though Greg Olson didn’t find his way into the end zone his 6 receptions for 110 yards will put him up towards the top of the tight end scoring in fantasy this week. If your in a league that score more for yardage Curtis Samuel had 91 yards on 5 receptions, but if you’re in a PPR league D.J. Moore would’ve been the better play as he had 9 receptions for 89 yards.

It’s always tough to judge how a team defense scored, but since there where no interceptions in this game and just one lost fumble with each team record just 3 sacks apiece I don’t think that either of these defenses will be much help in fantasy this week. If your league gives you enough points for it Carolina did record a safety, but I think that asking a lot.

If you did happened to pick up Carolina’s kicker Joey Slye he had a good night for you. Slye went 4 for 4 hitting field goals from 32 yards, 37 yards, 51 yards and 54 yards. That should score out to be an above average night for a kicker. Matt Gay of Tampa Bay hit 2 of his 3 field goal attempts. Gay hit from 323 yards and 40 yards while making both of his extra point attempts.

Hopefully you where able to make the right chpices and you had the players in you line up that will help you out of this game.

We’re at the point of the baseball season where it’s time to start debating who should win what award. Now I’ve talked about the MVP awards here before; so today let’s talk about Rookie of the Year.

While it seems that with his 47 home runs and 109 RBI’s that Pete Alonso will win the National League Rookie of the Year award, but I think this is a closer vote than everyone else.

Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves has put up some good numbers, but for some reason hasn’t really been mentioned as a Rookie of the Year candidate. Soroka has made 27 starts with a 12-4 record and a 2.57 ERA. He has thrown 164 2/3rd innings so far tis season. He’s struck out 130 hitters while walking just 39.

Danial Hudson of the St. Louis Cardinals is also haveing a season that worth consideration for Rookie of the Year. Hudson has appeared in 30 games this season making 29 starts for St. Louis. He is 15-7 with an ERA of 3.38 over 159 2/3rd innings.

While I don;t think either of these players have a chance to win the Rookie of the Year award I believe that both Bryan Reynolds and Kevin Newman of the Pittsburgh Pirates should be on every voters ballot. Reynolds has been battling for the National League batting title and is currently hitting .323. Newman has just had a solid all around season for the Pirates and is hitting .315 right now.

Even with his injury that ended his season I’m sure that Fernando Tatis Jr. will get some votes for Rookie of the Year and you have to wonder if he hadn’t gotten hurt where he’d fit into this race.

Unfortunately it appears that it’s been decided that Alonso will win this award and when you add in the fact that he plays in New York it’s probably a lock. I just wish the voters would take a close look at some of these other candidates before casting their vote.

There are quite a few pplayers that should be considered for the American League Rookie of the Year award, but sadly it looks like the media has settled on one player and when they do that it’s difficult to knock that payer out of that spot.

It seems that the award has already been giving to Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros. Alvarez has played in 75 games and has hit 24 home runs with a .316 batting average and 72 RBI’s.

I’m not sold that the award should be handed to Alvarez, but I don’t have a vote. Either way I think we should look at some other candidates.

In 79 games Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins is hitting .347 and has 17 doubles. Arraez doesn’t have Alvarez’s power and that hurts him in the voters eyes, but he’s been a quality player for the Twins since they called him up.

While Alvarez seems to grab all of the headlines it’s actually Eloy Jimenez that leads all American League rookies in home runs with 27 and is scond in RBI’s with 68. Jimenez has also played in the second most games 110.

I think that the only pitcher that win get any Rookie of the Year votes is John Means of the Baltimore Orioles. Means was the Orioles All-Star this season and has managed to win 10 games on a bad team. Means has made 24 starts and has pitched in 28 total games this season. He has an ERA of 3.47 over 137 1/3rd innings.

I think you’ll also see player like Vlad Guerrero Jr. Oscar Mercado, Bo Bichette and Zach Plesac get some votes, but like I said it looks like they’ve already given this award to Alvarez.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 11, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

 

This will be the We’re under 20 games left in baseball’s regular season and a couple of teams that are fighting for a wild card spot just lost their top players.

Last week the Chicago Cubs lost Javier Baez to a fractured thumb. Then just last night the Milwaukee Brewers lost Christian Yelich to a fractured kneecap To no one’s surprise both players will be out for the remainder of the regular season.

There are actually some reports that have Baez returning in October, but I think that’s going to be more of a wait and see type of situation.

As for Yelich you have to figure he’s done and you have to wonder if the Brewers playoff chances went with him.

Over the weekend Milwaukee took three of four from the Cubs. The Brewers have won of their last  games and have cut the Cubs lead for the second National League wild card spot to just one game.

Obviously it’s going to be tough for the Brewers to make up even that one game with their best player out, but don’t count them out. The one thing that Milwaukee has on it’s side is going to be the schedule. After the Brewers wrap up this series with the Miami Marlins they head to St. Louis for a three game series with the NL East leading Cardinals. That the series with the Cardinals Milwaukee won’t play a team with a winning record as they close out the season.

Once the Brewers are done with the Cardinals this weekend they’ll have two series at home. One against the San Diego Padres and then one against the Pittsburgh Pirates before they finish the season on the road. They’ll got to Cincinnati to play the Reds before they wrap up the season with 3 games in Colorado against the Rockies.

As for the Cubs they’re wrapping up a series against the Padres before coming home for three series. They’ll host the Pirates for 3 games, the Reds for 3 games and then the cardinals in a four game series. The Cubs also wrap up their season on the road, but there games are in the division as they go to Pittsburgh for 3 games before finishing the season with 3 games in St, Louis against the Cardinals.

The Cubs do have the second best home record in the National League, but they’ve been terrible on the road. The Brewer as have been good at home as well. They have the fifth best home record in the National League, but just like the Cubs haven’t been very good on the road.

You might also be surprised to learn the Brewers actually have a negative run differential. Milwaukee is -27 in that category while the Cubs are a +81.

Don’t forget that if either or both of these teams falter there are still three teams that are close enough to take that final wild card spot away from them. The Philadelphia Phillies are two games back. The Arizona Diamondbacks are two and a half games back while the New York Mets are still in the mix just three games back.

The St. Louis slowly pulling away in the NL Central and the Washington Nationals looking like they’ve locked down one of the NL wild card spots this is the last race left undecided down the stretch.

So who do you have taking the last wild card spot? Will the Cubs hold on? Or can the Brewers continue to stay hot without Yelich? Will one of the other three contenders end up with that final playoff spot?

The Most important part of Yelich’s injury was how it affect the Brewers and their playoff chances, but his injury also affects something else; the MVP race.

Yelich was the National League MVP last season and was definitely in the race for the award again this season. It seems to me that with Yelich most of the reports I’ve heard have just more or less handed the award to Cody Bellinger, but that may be a little quick to judgement there.

Bellinger is clearly the best player on one of if not the best team in baseball, but his batting average has fallen to .306 and he’s had some second half struggles. I’m not sure if this has opened the door for another player, but there are some options out there.

Has no one noticed the kind of season that Anthony Rendon has had and just imagine where the Nationals would be without him. Rendon is currently leading the National League in hitting at .335. He also has 41 doubles, 32 home runs and 114 RBI’s. Sounds like an MVP candidate to me.

I’m also hoping that people are considering Freddie Freeman as an MVP. Freeman is hitting .305 and he has 38 home runs and 117 RBI’s and is the clear leader of this Atlanta Braves team that is running away with the NL East.

Now Yelich is still going to get MVP votes and deservedly so, but missing the final 18 regular season games is going to hurt his chances of repeating.

I’m not even going to get into any kind of debate on who the MVP in the American League is. There are no if and’s or but’s about it; Mike Trout is going to win the MVP and I won’t be surprised if he’s a unanimous choice for the award.

Now there have been a lot of seasons where the media has tried to force Trout into the MVP conversation when he didn’t belong there, but this season is not one of those. Even with though he’s missed a few games lately due to a toe injury he still has 45 home runs and 104 RBI’s for a under .500 Los Angeles Angels team. Trout is also hitting .291 this season and while he has struck out 120 times he has walked 110 times. He has also made it into double digits in stolen bases as he’s at 11 right now.

This will be the sixth time in the last seven seasons that Trout has finished 1st or second in MVP voting and the one time he didn’t finish in the Top 2 he finished 4th. He was also hurt that season and only played in 114 games the year he finished 4th.

Even with Trout putting up these numbers the Angels have only managed to get into the playoffs one time in 2014. Trout is signed with the until 2030, but at this point you have to wonder if will see Trout in the playoffs at some point in time.

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How was your week

Posted: September 7, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

When the Oakland Raiders acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown it could’ve been a deal that really changed the Raiders fortunes. All it took for Oakland to get a 7 time Pro Bowler with seven 1000 yard receiving seasons; six in a row. Six seasons of 100 or more receptions and 10 or more touchdowns in four of the last five seasons was a 3rd and a 5th round pick in last years draft. You wonder if the Raiders would do it all over again if given the chance.

The issues with Brown started when he tried cryotherapy and didn’t wear the proper footwear protection and ended up with frostbite on his feet.

Then Brown wanted to wear an old helmet that was no longer approved by the NFL. After losing a grievance hearing it looked like the helmet issue was behind Brown and the Raiders. Well wouldn’t you know it Brown found another older helmet that he wanted to wear, but again it didn’t meet the new safety standards; so he had and lost another grievance hearing.

Now that it appeared that those issues where behind Brown maybe it was time to get ready to play football; sadly it wasn’t.

Earlier in the week Brown released a video to social media with details of a letter he received from the Raiders. The letter was from Raiders general manager Mike Mayock explain in detail the two fines Brown was being accessed for missing activities he was required to be at. These letters are usually a private matter between a player and his team, but Brown has always had a big presence on social media; so it’s not a huge surprise that he pulled a stunt like this.

Then just two days ago Brown had a confrontation with GM Mayock about those fines. During the altercation which didn’t run physical Brown threatened to punch Mayock in the face. Brown also called Mayock a “cracker” and used profane language during this argument.

After this incident Mayock said that the Raiders would be suspending Brown. He didn’t give any details on how long of a suspension it would be just that it was going to happen.

Then apparently yesterday Brown stood up in front of his teammates with the team captains by side and gave an emotional apology that included him crying. Raiders had coach Jon Gruden bought Brown’s act hook line and sinker as he came out and said that Brown would now be playing Monday night against the Denver Broncos.

You might of thought that this was the end of the situation, but it was not. The Raiders fined Brown for his altercation with Mayock and brown responded by of course turning to social media. Brown posted a two minute video to his YouTube page of a conversation that he had with Gruden. Interestingly it’s being reported that Gruden didn’t have an issue with the video being posted and actually used the word “awesome” when told about it.

If you’re wondering like a lot of people are how heartfelt Brown’s apology was remember that Brown has 30 million reasons to make that apology. When Brown was traded to the Raiders he also got a new a contract. Oakland signed Brown to a three year deal worth $50.125 million dollar with $30.125 of that money guaranteed. So you can pretty much guess that Brown’s apology was a calculated strategy by Brown and his agent to not lose any of that guaranteed money.

We can add one more tidbit to this story. It’s being reported that about 30 minutes ago Brown was back on social media. This time Brown was on their to tell the Raiders to release him. So much for that heartfelt apology that just happened yesterday.

At this point if you’re the Raiders don’t you grant Brown his release as long as you can get that $30 million dollar signing bonus back. I just can’t see a way that they can bring him back onto the team after all of this. The frightening thing is that if the Raiders do decide to release Brown there would be teams lining up to sign him.

If you’re Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock and the rest of the Oakland Raiders; what do you do with Antonio Brown?

It looks like the Philadelphia Eagles have some interest in running back Melvin Gordon. As we know Gordon is in the final year of his rookie contract and didn’t report to training camp with the Los Angeles Chargers because he was looking for a new contract. The holdout final go to the point where the Chargers said that Gordon and his representation could look for a trade, but the Chargers want any deal to include a 1st round pick coming back to them. That’s a lot to ask for a player like Gordon, but it could also just be a starting point of a deal for the Chargers.

The Eagles where the first team that reached out to the Chargers, Philadelphia offered running back Jordan Howard and a swap of mid-round draft picks for Gordon. The eagles also wanted the Chargers to eat a portion of Gordon’s salary; so it was no surprise when this deal was turned down quickly by the Chargers.

There was another report where the team that would be receiving Gordon would send three draft picks to the Chargers. Now this second team wasn’t made; so you have to question how much credibility there is to this report, but apparently Los Angels would receive two 2020 draft picks a 1st and a 5th round pick along with a 2021 1st round pick. If this deal was actual proposed to the Chargers they should jump on it before the team they’re dealing with is done offering it because there’s now ay they’ll get anything clos to or better than this for Gordon.

With Week 1 of the regular season getting underway for every team, but two on Sunday you have to wonder how long this situation with Gordon will last. How long do you have Gordon still being a member of the Chargers?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: September 4, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

It looks like the possible nightmare for the Dallas Cowboys their fans and any fantasy owner who drafted Ezekiel Elliott won’t come true. It’s being reported that early this morning the Cowboys and Elliott agreed to a 6 year $90 million dollar deal with $50 million dollars guaranteed.

Now I found this whole situations quite interesting especially the way the media covered it. I get that Cowboys fans like to call them “America’s team”. There was also the old question; why is there a whole in the roof of Texas Stadium. So God could watch the Cowboys.

It’s understandable that fans get like that about their favorite team, but it almost seemed like this was the only NFL story that the media was covering and the season opens tomorrow. I’m not sure why the media got so caught up in this story, but they not only ignored the opening of the season, but they glossed over another top running back who is holding out as well as a top defensive lineman who forced a trade.

I guess in the end the Cowboys will be the big story because any and everyone in the media knows that their owner Jerry Jones will always give them that quote they need. I don’t think there’s a microphone that Jones wouldn’t talk into and as not only the owner of the Cowboys, but there General Manager he has ample opportunity to talk to the media.

Now with Elliott signed sealed and delivered it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys handle there other two upcoming free agents; quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper. Will have to see if the media will continue to report on these two Cowboys, but I’m guessing since they’re in camp and prepared to play this Sunday against the New York Giants there’s probably no story there.

Let’s go back now and take a look at the two remaining stories that where buried by Elliott’s holdout and signing.

Jadeveon Clowney had refused to sign his franchise tag with the Houston Texans and had demanded a trade. It looked like the Miami Dolphins where the front runner when Clowney met with their head coach Brian Flores. After that meeting it came out that Clowney would like to go to the Seattle Seahawks or the Philadelphia Eagles.

When it was all said and done it was the Seahawks that stepped up and traded for Clowney. Seattle sent a 2020 3rd round pick and a pair of linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin.

It seems as most experts think that the Seahawks got the better end of this deal, but that may all depend o if they’ll be able to re-sign Clowney. Clowney had to sign the franchise tag before he could be traded and Seattle is unable to sign him until after the season; so they might have some teams competing for Clowney since he’ll be a free agent.

How would you feel about this trade if the Seahawks are only able to keep Clowney for just this season?

The other big holdout is Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon. I’m not sure why Gordon’s name was kept on the back burner with all of the focus going to Elliott, but now Gordon is front and center. The Chargers have told Gordon and his representation that they  can seek a trade, but right now the Chargers are asking for a #1 pick in return. That’s a lot to ask for a for a 26 year old running back who’s only played a full 16 games in one of his four seasons.

It appears that Gordon has no plans to play for the Chargers, but with teams just making final cuts they are pretty much set at their positions; so it may be a while before a trade is made unless there’s an early injury to a staring running back.

Gordon is definitely a top tier running back and you have to wonder which team he might fit with. The teams that are thought to be playoff contenders seem to be set at the running back position. Gordon is also in the final year of his contract; so you’d be asking a team to give up a 1st round draft pick for a player they may only have for one season. Of course if a trade is worked out I’m sure the team that would be acquiring Gordon would insist that he sign a contract extension before the deal is finalized.

I’m thinking of this and I can only come up with three possibly teams that might be interested in dealing for Gordon.

I think that Gordon might be of some interest to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Right now the Buccaneers are going with Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones; so Gordon would be an upgrade for them.

It seems that Leonard Fourette wasn’t going to be the Jacksonville Jaquars starting running back this season after all of the issues he had their last season, but we’re 5 days away from Jacksonville opening their season and Fournette is still their #1 running back. Would the Jaquars be interested in Gordon?

Maybe the Houston Texans would trade for one more running back. The Texans have acquired Duke Johnson Jr. and Carlos Hyde this pre-season, but neither has shown that they’re on the same level as Gordon. Would the Texans be willing to make one more deal for another running back?

You have to wonder if the Chargers and Gordon will be able to find a trading partner or will he end up taking the same route as Le’Von Bell and sit out an entire season and try his luck in free agency.

How do you have things playing out with Gordon. Will he end up being traded? Or will he end up sitting out the entire season?

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How was your week

Posted: August 31, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The New York Mets found a way to get themselves back into playoff contention earlier this season when everyone had counted them out. It looks like the Mets have put themselves in another hole as they entered last nights game against the Philadelphia Phillies on a 6 game losing streak. The Mets where swept in back to back series first on the road by the NL East leading Atlanta Braves and then at home by the Chicago Cubs; a team they’re batting for a wild card spot.

With a starting rotation like the Mets have they’d hoped that these type of losing streaks would be avoidable, but each starter had a chance to stop the losing streak and couldn’t get it done. Last night it was Zach Wheeler’s second shot at stopping the streak.

Wheeler pitched well as he allowed just 1 run over 6 innings, but Phillies starter Aaron Nola matched him also giving up just 1 run over 6 1/3rd innings. So as it turned into a bullpen game you had to think that the Mets might be looking at another loss with the bullpen issues they had this season.

Mike Morin came out of the Phillies bullpen to start the 8th inning Mori had been pitching very well for the Phillies out of their bullpen as he had given up just 1 earned run in his last 10 appearances, but the Mets where able to get to him.

Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto started the inning off with singles before J.D. Davis popped into an infield fly rule for the first out before Joe Panik walked to load the bases. Amed Rosario singled to centerfield to score Alonso and Conforto to give the Mets a 3-1 lead and end Morin’s night. Jared Hughes came out of the Phillies bullpen and Todd Frazier greeted him with a 3-run home run to leftfield to give the Mets a 6-1 lead. Frazier was the only better Hughes faced as after the home run Edgar Garcia came in and got Wilson Ramos and Juan Lagares to hit into ground outs to end the inning.

In the bottom of the 8th inning Edwin Diaz was on the mound for the Mets and he worked a 1,2,3 inning picking up two strikeouts in the inning. It looked like it might be a night for Diaz to work 2 innings, but after the Mets top half of the 9th they went a different route.

Jeff McNeil lined out to start the inning, but them Alonso singled again before Conforto hit a 2-run home run to give the Mets a 8-1 lead. Davis drew a walk before Panik doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Rosario struck out for the 2nd out and that brought up Frazier who proceeded to hit his second 3-run home run in as many innings to make it 11-1. Ramos struck out to end the inning, but it looked like the Mets losing streak was going to end, but they didn’t make it easy on themselves in the bottom of the 9th.

With a 10 run lead Diaz was taken out of the game and Chris Mazza came in out of the Mets bullpen for some hopefully mop up duty. Mazza got the first hitter he face Scott Kingery to line out for the 1st out. Adam Haseley singled and then pinch hitter Logan Morrison drew a walk. Corey Dickerson singled to drive in Haseley and move Morrison over to 3rd making it an 11-2 game. J.T. Realmuto was able to drive Morrison in with a sacrifice fly to make it 11-3, but that was also the 2nd out; so things where looking good for the Mets. Dickerson moved up to 2nd base on defensive indifference before Bryce Harper drove him in with a double to make it 11-4. That wasn’t quite the end for Mets fans as Rhys Hoskins followed Harper’s double with a double of his own to drive in Harper and make it an 11-5 game. Finally Mazza was able to end the Mets losing streak as he got Jean Segura to ground out to 2nd for the final out of the game.

Not the most convincing way to end a losing streak, but on the plus side the Mets did score 5 runs in each of the final two innings. The Mets losing streak official ends at 6 even with an interesting 9th inning.

The Mets will look to extend this new winning streak to 2 games today. Steven Matz (8-8) gets the start for the Mets this afternoon and he’ll face his former teammate Jason Vargas (6-6) who’ll be making the start for the Phillies.

This is a big series as far as the NL wild card race is concerned. It appears as that both the Mets and the Phillies are too far behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East; so winning the division is out of the question. That leaves both teams in the hunt for a wild card spot. Currently the Washington Nationals have a 2 1/2 game lead over the Chicago Cubs for the first wild card spot while the Cubs are 3 1/2 games ahead of the Phillies with the Arizona Diamondbacks 4 1/2 games back. The Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers are still hanging around in the wild card race, but both teams are 5 games back and really can’t afford to lose any more ground.

If the Mets can win or even sweep this series with the Phillies it would allow them to gain quite a few games on a team ahead of them in the wild card race. The Brewers are in a similar position as they are visiting the Cubs this weekend. The Diamondbacks have a tough weekend series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arizona will need to find a way to stay in the wild card race against one of the best teams in baseball.

All of these teams are chasing the Nationals and they seem to have the easiest weekend series as they’re facing the team with the worst record in the National League the Miami Marlins.

Now you didn’t see the St. Louis Cardinals name come up in the wild card talk and that’s because they currently lead the NL Central. St. Louis has a 1 game lead over the Cubs heading into today’s action, but it looks as though the Cardinals schedule isn’t going to do them any favors over the weekend.

After a rain out last night the Cardinals will host the Cincinnati Reds in a doubleheader to make up that game. While there aren’t a lot of doubleheaders in today’s game they’re not unusual. What makes this whole situation odd is the fact that not only are the Reds and the Cardinals scheduled to pay a doubleheader today, but they are also scheduled to play a doubleheader tomorrow.

This is a huge quirk in the schedule and I’m surprised that the players union hasn’t said something about this. Just imagine of the Cardinals lost all four of these games or even three of four it could be a huge swing in the standings. Of course it could go completely the other way of St. Louis won all four of these games or took three of four.

How do you think this goes for the Cardinals?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 28, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m sure by now you’ve heard the Andrew Luck retirement story covered from very angle possible, so I don’t want to beat you over the head with anything like that. I was surprised to hear about his retirement, but I don’t think he’s done playing professional football. Now you noticed that I said professional football not the NFL. I have a feeling that when Luck is healthy and he feels he’s ready to play that he’ll sign with an XFL team. Don’t forget that his father Oliver is the Commissioner and CEO of the XFL.

That’s all I’m going to go into on Luck’s retirement, but I did want to take some time at look at the other side of this or should I say who’ll be replacing him.

Jacoby Brissett will take over as the starting quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett was a 3rd round draft pick of the New England Patriots. He played in 3 games as a rookie in New England starting 2 of them. Brissett went 1-1 in his two starts that season. Indianapolis acquired Brissett from New England for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett about a week before the start of the 2017 season.

Don’t forget that Luck ended up missing the entire 2017 season with an injury. Scott Tolzien actually started Week 1 for the Colts, but didn’t make it through the entire game. After coming in as the relief quarterback in Week 1 Brissett went on to start the final 15 games of the season. Brissett went 4-11 as the starting quarterback as the Colts finished the season 4-12.

For a second year quarterback being thrown in with a team that he was traded to just a week before the regular season started Brissett had solid numbers. He threw for 3098 yards and had more touchdowns 13 to interceptions 7. On the downside Brissett definitely needed to learn how to get rid of the football as he was sacked a league high 52 times. It’s a little surprising to see that sack total that high since Brissett is a mobile quarterback. Brissett averaged 4.1yards per rush and scored 4 rushing touchdowns in 2017.

With Luck back and healthy last season Brissett only appeared in 4 games last season throwing just 4 passes. Hopefully it was a chance for Brissett to learn behind Luck since he’ll be taking over as starting quarterback.

Now humorously there have been quite a few I guess you’d call them fantasy football experts really rushing Brissett from the 2017 season. I’m interested to know how these experts don’t seem to realize that this is an entirely new offensive system than the one he ran in 2017.

In 2017 when Brissett started 15 games and played in all 16 gams the head coach was Chuck Pagano and the offensive coordinator was Rob Chudzinski. After going 4-12 in 2017 Pagano was replaced by Frank Reich and he brought in Nick Sirianni as his offensive coordinator. So I found it interested that these experts where down on Brissett even though he’ll be running a different offensive system.

Now I’m not going to come out and say that Brissett is a better quarterback than Luck was because I don’t think he is and I’m not sure anybody does, but there’s no reason he can’t put up solid numbers in Reich’s offensive system. Luck threw for 4593 yards and 39 touchdowns in this system last season. It will be interesting to see how close to those numbers Brissett can get. The key will be keeping the sack numbers down. Luck was sacked 18 times last season and Brissett will have to be able use his running ability to make sure that number doesn’t go any higher.

I think there’s a chance that Brissett could end up being a Top 15 fantasy quarterback when things are all said and done; so he could be a nice find late in your fantasy drafts.

It looks like Jadeveon Clowney’s as a Houston Texan are numbered. The Texans applied the franchise tag to Clowney, but he has yet to sign the tag. Of course any time a player is franchised tagged there are trade rumors that go along with it, but now Clowney has said he wants out of Houston.

There where reports that Clowney was planning on reporting to the Texans after the 3rd pre-season game, but now that these trade rumors are so strong that now it’s unclear if or when Clowney will report to the Texans.

The Miami Dolphins seem to be the top team in pursuit of Clowney. Brian Flores the Dolphins new head coach recently met with Clowney which kind of made the reports of the Dolphins being the front runner to land Clowney.

What would a deal for Clowney look like? With the Texans just losing #1 running back Lamar Miller for the season after tearing his ACL it’s possible that they’d have some interest in either Kenyan Drake or Kalen Ballage as part of a Clowney deal. You’d have to think there would be some draft picks included in any deal and there have been reports that the Texans have interest in Dolphins offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, but the Dolphins have said that Tunsil won’t be included in any deal that’s made for Clowney.

Acquiring Clowney would be an interesting move for the Dolphins. I think most everyone thought that the Dolphins where going to be trying to rebuild. Would adding someone like Clowney be the best move for a team that might be rebuilding especially since they’d have to give up at least one high draft pick to get him.

While the Dolphins have actually met with Clowney there are reports that Clowney himself has said that he’d like to be traded to either the Philadelphia Eagles or the Seattle Seahawks.

Now neither the Eagles or the Seahawks have expressed any interest in acquiring Clowney, but maybe now that he’s expressed interest in playing for one of those two teams maybe will hear something from them.

Do you have a preferred destination for Clowney? Do you see him being traded to the Dolphins? the Eagles? or the Seahawks? Or do you think he’ll end up somewhere else.

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How was your week

Posted: August 24, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I had my first fantasy football draft of the season last night. I had the 5th pick in a 16 team snake style draft. The roster break down for this league is you start 1 quarterback, 2 running backs, 2 wide receivers, 1 tight end, 1 flex position which can be a running back or wide receiver in this league, 1 kicker and 1 defense. There are also 8 bench spots to fill.

Sitting at #5 I was interested to see how this draft would shake out since in some of the  rankings on Yahoo I’ve seen quarterbacks rated very high. I this case there where no quarterbacks taken until the last pick of the 1st round when Patrick Mahomes came off the board at #16.

Before I made my first pick there where three running backs and one wide receiver picked. Looking at the draft board I decided to pick Le’Von Bell. He was rated 8th in this draft, but I liked him better than the other running backs they had ahead of him; so he was my pick.

Being that it’s a snake style draft there where 22 players that came off the board before I made my 2nd selection. There where quite a few players that came off the board that I had hoped would be there when it was my pick. After checking things out I decided to pick another running back and I went with Devonta Foreman.

A little bit of a quicker turn around this time as there where only 8 picks before I got to make my 3rd pick. As you can guess the big name wide receivers where long gone, but I saw Robert Woods sitting there and I liked his value as a 3rd round pick; so I went with him.

As it came around to my 4th pick I didn’t see ay player that jumped out at me and I didn’t want to reach for anything; so I ended up taking Tevin Coleman. It’s three running backs in the first four picks, but there’s a flex position and remember Coleman had his most productive seasons when Kyle Shanahan was his offensive coordinator. I understand that he’s in a crowded backfield, but they wouldn’t of signed him if they weren’t going to use him.

Coming back to me in the 5th round was Alshon Jeffery. He’s still the #1 receiver in Philadelphia and it seemed like a good value to me to be able to find a player like him here. If his starting quarterback can stay healthy this season it would make this an even better pick.

I thought I had a pretty solid base to start my draft off and I started to notice that teams where reaching for players. When it came back to me for my 6th pick I went with Lamar Jackson. I thought that it might be a little too early to grab a quarterback, but Jackson was a player I targeted and once his name came up on the board I knew I either had to take him or lose him.

I’m of the belief that if you don’t end up in a position where you get one of the top tight ends you wait on the position. I was hoping to wait a little longer than the 7th pick to take my tight end, but it was another instance where his name appeared on the draft board; so I grabbed him. I went with Jackson’s teammate Mark Andrews in the 7th round.

Now that my starting line up was more or less set I started to look for players I was interested in and I thought where good values. What I noticed between my 7th and 8th and even my 9th pick there was quite a run on defenses, but I didn’t want to get caught up in it.

When my 8th pick came around I took wide receiver Jamison Crowder. Crowder has always been one of those players that everyone likes, but he’s been unable to stay healthy. I was willing to take a chance on him here since I already had two wide receivers.

After watching all of these defenses get drafted I decided to see if I could start another run with my 9th pick. I went with a kicker; yes a kicker. There had only been one kicker taken by this time and that was two picks before I made this one. I went with Stephen Gostkowski.

My idea worked as there where 8 kickers selected between my 9th and 10th pick. I guess every once in a while I do something right.

Since I had locked up a solid kicker and the run on defenses was done I went looking for a defense I like that I thought offered some value. I ended up taking the Tennessee Titans as my defense even though in my mind I knew I would be taking a second defense just in case.

As for picks 11 and 12 I went with players that I wanted to have and I liked the fact that I was able to find them here. In the 11th round I took San Darnold as my back up quarterback. Then in the 12th round I picked up Darren Waller a tight end that there’s been quite a bit of talk about. Hopefully Darnold improves under his new head coach Adam Gase. Waller was a bit of a flyer, but a lot of fantasy experts think he could be an underrated tight end this season and remember he’s just my back up.

At #13 I wanted to add another running back and I know it’s never a good thing to target a position, but I had a good idea how I wanted to wrap this draft up; so I needed a running back here. I took a chance with Chris Thompson here. I am worried that he won’t play as much this season as he did last season if both of the running backs in front of him stay healthy, but I thought it was a chance wort taking here. After all he is my 4th running back.

Since I had a couple of players hiding for my final two picks I decided to shore up my defense and kicker in rounds 14 and 15. In the 14th I took Kansas City’s defense and then in the 15th round I took Graham Gano. I try not to take two defenses or kickers, but I decided to give it a shot this season.

I had saw what I thought was some value at wide receiver starting to fall in this draft as teams where making sure to get back ups at their positions; so I tried to grab some of it to end this draft. In the 16th round I selected Demaryius Thomas and with my final pick I took Andy Isabella. Thomas is coming back from a serious injury, but he landed in New England and I thought he was worth a risk here. Isabella is one of the many receiver the Cardinals added this off season and I’m hoping they like the rookie enough to get him some snaps.

There’s what I ended up with. How do you think I did? I can tell you that Yahoo didn’t like my draft as I received a “D” grade.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 21, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’m not sure how any people remember this and I know that the people who said and wrote it will never admit to it now, but when the New York Yankees signed DJ LeMahieu they didn’t think it would be a good signing. By the time the Yankees had signed LeMahieu they had already added Troy Tulowitzki and believe it or not these people thought that Tulowitzki was the answer at shortstop until Didi Gregorius returned from his injury. How did that work out?

Tulowitzki managed to stay healthy for 5 games and hit just .182 before announcing his retirement. Good thing the Yankees where smart enough to sign LeMahieu as well as Tulowitzki even though there where people out their who thought it was a bad idea.

Of course sign LeMahieu was coming to the Yankees from the Colorado Rockies there was immediately talk about if his stats would translate, but they seem to forget that LeMahieu isn’t a power hitter.

In 7 seasons with the Rockies LeMahieu hit .299 and won a batting title. He only hit 49 home runs in his seven seasons with the Rockies, but he 161 doubles while with them. As a 2nd baseman for the Rockies LeMahieu picked up three Gold Gloves.

There may have been one or two people after the signing who realized that LeMahieu’s swing was going to play really well in Yankee Stadium and it has. LeMahieu is hitting .339 and has set a career high in home runs already with 21. For some reason people seemed to forget that LeMahieu has always been good at hitting the ball to the opposite field and Yankee Stadium has that short porch in rightfield; so that may explain the increase in home runs. LeMahieu is currently sitting at 86 RBI’s; so it looks like he’s on his way to his first career 100 RBI season.

With the injuries the Yankees have had this season imagine if they would’ve listen to some of the people out their and passed on LeMahieu. The Yankees may still be a playoff team if they had made another choice and let LeMahieu sign somewhere else, but they might not have the 10 game lead that they have in the AL East and their road to the playoffs might’ve been a lot tougher.

Pretty much every year they try to stuff Mike Trout down everyone’s throat for AL MVP, but this season there’s no need for that as he is probably going to be a unanimous for that award. If not for Trout having the season he’s having it may be LeMahieu who would be the player being talked about as an MVP. It looks like LeMahieu will finish a strong 2nd in the MVP voting which would be the highest finish in his career.

On the plus side for Yankees fans when they decided to sign LeMahieu they signed him to a two year deal; so he’ll be with the team next season.

Each team in Major League Baseball has a little over 30 games to play and there are still quite a few teams hanging around in the playoff race even if it is just for a wild card spot. We’ve seen wild card teams win the World Series before; so teams just need to get in.

As the Boston Red Sox slowly fade away it looks like there will be three teams in a race to for wild card spots. Right now the Cleveland Indians have one of those wild card spots while the Oakland A’s and the Tampa Bay Rays are pretty much tied for the final wild card spot.

In the National League it’s a different story as you can rightfully say there are seven teams with a legitimate shot at earning one of the two wild card spots. Currently the Washington Nationals and the Chicago Cubs who are holding down the wild card spots, but there are some teams nipping at their heels. The Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets are just 2 games out of a wild card spot. The Milwaukee Brewers are just 3 1/2 games out of a wild card spot. The Arizona Diamondbacks are 4 games out of a wild card spot and even though the San Francisco Giants have cooled off from the way they played in July they are still hanging around just 4 1/2 games out of a wild card spot.

The A’s don’t have any games left against either the Indians or the Rays, but next Friday the Rays will host a three game series with the Indians. Since we are looking at just three games with over 30 games left it might not mean a whole lot in the standings, but it could send one of those teams in a direction they don’t want to go.

Of course with so many teams involved in the wild card race they’re going to have quite a few games against each other. Also the Cubs and the Brewers are still right there in the race for 1st place in the NL Central; so it may be the St. Louis Cardinals as the Central team that’s chasing a wild card berth. The Cubs are just a 1/2 out of 1st place in the NL Central while the Brewers are currently 4 games out of the division lead.

In an interesting move the Atlanta Braves claimed outfielder Billy Hamilton off of waivers from the Kansas City Royals. Hamilton struggled with the Royals hitting just .211 in 93 games with the Royals. Now the Braves have suffered some injuries in the outfield as Nick Markakis and Ender Inciarte have recently joined Austin Riley on the Injury List. The interesting thing about the Hamilton signing is the way the Braves had said they’re goin to use him.

Atlanta has more or less said that they have no plans to let Hamilton make any plate appearances. That means he’ll be used exclusively as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. Hamilton has always bee a top base stealer and even in a down season he still had 18 steals which put him 2nd on the Braves as soon as he was acquired.

How do you think the Hamilton signing will work out for the Braves? Do you think that he’ll get any at bats with them?

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How was your week

Posted: August 17, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Can you name a team in Major League Baseball that doesn’t need help in their bullpen. Go ahead take some time and let me know if you come up with a team. I think if you did find a bullpen you’re comfortable with it was a stretch to get there. Why is this; well I think I have an idea.

As teams began to protect young starting pitchers more and more those inning had to go somewhere. Think about it. Unless you’re a top tier veteran pitcher with a proven track record as soon as you get close to the 100 pitch mark or you’re about to face the teams you’re pitching against line up for the 3rd time the bullpen is up and going. The you add in that even the best pitcher in baseball is going to have a short start to two as the season goes on. Where do those inning go?

Think about this; if a teams starting pitcher averages just 5 innings a game that leaves 648 innings over the course of a season for the bullpen to cover. It’s insane to expect them to be able to do that.

In the American League the division leaders are currently the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins. In the National League you have the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals leading their respective divisions. The Yankees have 22 blown saves, the Astros have 16 blown saves while the Twins have 17 blown saves. On the other side the Dodgers have 20 blown saves, the Braves have 22 blown saves and the Cardinals have 10 blown saves this season.

Looking at this there seems to be an easy fix to it, but teams don’t seem to want to go that route. Just teach your starting pitchers in the minor leagues how to pitch deeper into games. It sounds simple doesn’t it and you have to wonder why teams don’t want to do it. Instead they’d just rather load their bullpens up with hard throwers an hope they can piece together the end of games.

I’m not sure how many people remember this, but when Nolan Ryan was President and CEO of the Texas Rangers from 2008 to 2013 one of the things he said he wanted the team to do was teach starting pitchers how to work deeper into games and he got killed for it by just about everyone.

In case you don’t know baseball history Nolan Ryan was a first ballot Hall of Famer who received 98.8% of the vote the year he was inducted. That is currently the 4th highest percentage of a player who was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Only Mariano Rivera, Ken Griffey Jr. and Tom Seaver have received more votes than Ryan when they where eligible for the Hall of Fame.

As a pitcher Ryan appeared in 827 games; 773 as a starter, He threw 5386 innings in his career. Oh; Ryan is also the leader in career strikeouts by a pitcher with 5714, but when he suggested starters try to pitch longer in games he was treated like someone who was stuck in his era and didn’t understand the way the game has changed.

I’m sure there’s some sabermetric stat or an algorithm out there to back up the way pitchers are handled in today’s game, but you have to wonder if Ryan was right. I understand that the risk of injury goes up the more innings a starter pitchers, but you could say that about anything in baseball. A manager has a better chance of getting injured with the more trips he has to make to the mound.

Now I’m not talking about a starting pitcher having to go out and pitch a complete game in every starter, but even if he could give his team an average of 6 inning a start he’d be helping to save the bullpen. in a 5-man rotation if each pitcher went one more inning in each start it would save the bullpen 810 innings in a season. you can’t tell me that wouldn’t be a big help.

Sadly there’s probably not a team out their that’s willing to step out of line and allow starting pitchers to work deeper in games. I guess there’s no sabermetric stat that figures out the wear and tear on your bullpen when your starters aren’t throwing any innings.

It looks like the NL Rookie of the Year race just lost one of it’s top contenders. San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was placed on the IL this week with a stress reaction in his back. Padres manager Andy Green said that Tatis Jr. is “most likely done for the season”.

Tatis Jr. was in the thick of the Rookie of the Year race with Pete Alonso of the New York Mets and Mike Soroka of the Atlanta Braves.

Tatis Jr. missed some games earlier in the season with a leg injury, but he had played in 84 games for the Padres this season. Tatis Jr. was hitting .317 with 22 home runs which is 2nd among rookies. Alonso is the home run leader with 39. Tatis Jr. also had 16 stolen bases which is also 2nd among rookies. Victor Robles of the Washington Nationals leads all rookies with 19 stolen bases.  His .317 batting average was also 2nd among all rookie as Bryan Reynolds of the Pittsburgh Pirates is leading all rookies with a .334 batting average.

If he would’ve stayed healthy and played out the season it’s clear that Tatis Jr. would’ve received serious consideration for the Rookie of the Year award. Even if he does miss the rest of the season as expected he’ll still gets some votes for Rookie of the Year, but he wont be in the running to win the award.

Tatis Jr. is just 20 years old and he is definitely one of the building blocks as San Diego tries to catch up the top teams in the NL West. With a 56-64 record it’s probably a better choice for the Padres to just shut Tatis Jr. down for the rest of the season even if there is a chance he could come back. At this point in their rebuild there’s just no reason for them to take a chance with what is clearly a future superstar.

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