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How was your week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How was your week

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: May 15, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The NBA held it’s draft lottery last night. Now there are a lot of people who believe the lottery is rigged and I happened to be one of those people. Now last nights lottery did nothing to slow down the conspiracy theorist at all.

The New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers and the Phoenix Suns each had an equal chance to win the draft lottery with the Chicago Bulls next in line percentage wise. When it was all said and done the Knicks where the only team that stayed in the inside the Top 5. The Cavaliers ended up with the 5th pick, the Suns pick 6th and the Bulls pick 7th. Even the Knicks fell a little as they ended up with the 3rd overall pick.

The overall winner of the draft lottery was the New Orleans Pelicans who will have the #1 pick and the right to select Zion Williamson. The Memphis Grizzlies moved up to the #2 spot while the Knicks sit at #3. The Los Angeles Lakers jumped up all the way to #4 which was no surprise at all to me as I expected the Lakers to come away with the #1 pick.

Now I’m sure most people would look at this and not think there was anything fishy going on, but let’s take a closer look at how things fell out.

As I mentioned I thought the Lakers would end up at #1 and if it wasn’t them it would be the Knicks who got the first pick. but New Orleans fits into this conspiracy just fine.

As everyone knows Anthony Davis has no interest in returning to New Orleans next season and since he’s signed with the agency that LeBron James owns it’s no shock at all that he wants to play with the Lakers. The two teams tried to work out a trade around the deadline, but couldn’t come to terms on a deal because the Lakers didn’t have enough assets for the Pelicans to make the trade. Now the trade package the Lakers can offer has greatly improved.

I’m guessing the deal will go down something like this. The Lakers will send the #4 pick along with multiple other draft picks to New Orleans with Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball for Davis.

The Lakers will get the star they want in Davis and James will be able to shape the team the way he wats with that young core gone. This should also be enough for the Lakers to return to the playoffs even in the tough Western Conference which is where the NBA wants them.

The Pelicans will gain a solid core of young players that they immediately add Williamson and one other young talent that they’ll get with the 4th pick to the mix. Remember most experts think that there are four top players in this draft; so the Lakers pick landed just inside of where they needed it to for this deal to happen.

Memphis landing at #2 may have been the biggest surprise of the night, but when you look at the Grizzlies closely you can understand why the NBA wanted them up there.

Memphis is one of the lowest drawing teams in the league and last season they tried to sell for their top players. Marc Gasol ended up in the Eastern Conference finals as a member of the Toronto Raptors, but the Grizzlies where unable to find a taker for Mike Conley. You’d have t think without a top pick in this draft that Memphis would deal Conley in the off season and that may still happen.

By landing in the 2nd spot of the draft the Grizzlies will most likely select Ja Morant. There are experts who think Morant might be a better NBA player right out of the gate than Williamson. Now don’t go crazy their not saying for his career; just for the start of their rookie seasons. This would give Memphis a bonafide young superstar for fans to come out and watch as the teams begins a rebuild.

The Knicks came away with the 3rd pick in the draft and I’m not really sure if there’s anything of interest here. There where repots that if the Knicks landed the #1 pick in the draft they’d try to trade it to New Orleans for Davis. I guess you could look at the fact that the Knicks are owed by James Dolan who is not only the worst owner in the NBA, but the worst owner in all of professional sports; so maybe the NBA didn’t want to do him ay favors and allow him to end up with Williamson.

Luckily for the Knicks they landed n a spot where they should be able to draft a young player like R.J. Barrett to help their team out. The other teams with chances like the Knicks in the lottery; the Cavaliers, Suns and the Bulls will all be back in the draft lottery next season with the picks they got.

The other team that walked away from the draft lottery with some bad luck was the Atlanta Hawks.

The Hawks had two chances to move into the top of the draft since they also owned the Dallas Mavericks pick. Sadly for the Hawks they didn’t get close to a top pick as they ended up at #8 and #10. It would’ve been very interesting if the Hawks had moved up into the Top 3 and would’ve been able to select one of those players that will go in those spots.

Now no matter which side of the draft lottery conspiracy you’re on there are two things that you have to remember. 1) The draft lottery is a made for television event and 2) the NBA is a business and they’re going to do what’s best for business.

It’s always been good for the NBA when the Lakers and the Boston Celtics are good. The Celtics where a playoff team even though they where a bit of a disappointment in the playoffs, but the Lakers on the other hand need some help to find their way into the playoffs. While it appears as though the Celtics will be good enough to find their way into the playoffs next year the Lakers would need some help. Did the NBA give the Lakers enough help to get into the playoffs next season?

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How was your week

Posted: May 11, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, MMA, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

According to most of the people who cover and report on the NBA the championship was decided last night. Now it was just a Western Conference semi-finals Game 6, but they feel that these where the best two teams and the winner of this series would go on to win the NBA title. So who won this series and the title last night?

Well it was the Golden State Warriors who beat the Houston Rockets 118-113 last night. Now not only did Golden State win Game 6 on Houston’s home court the Toyota Center but they did it without Kevin Durant.

Durant is consider to be the best or one of the best players in the NBA, bt he was scheduled to miss the rest of the series against the Rockets when he strained a calf in Game 5. As it turned out the Warriors didn’t need him.

Now if you’ve read any of the blog I’ve written here when I talk about the NBA that I don’t enjoy the style of play; so there was no way I was going to sit through an entire game.

I turned the game on just as Klay Thompson hit a 3-pointer to give Golden State a 110-104 lead with 36.1 seconds left in the game.

To be honest I think it took about 20 minutes to play the final 36.1 seconds of this game and I was quite bored, but I managed to stick with it. The Rockets where just throwing up 3-pointers and then fouling; so they where trying to trade 3 points for 2 points and with 3.6 seconds left they had cut the Warriors lead to 3 points at 116-113.

Once Steph Curry got his hands on the basketball and the Rockets had to foul him with just 2.3 seconds left you knew this game was over. Curry didn’t disappoint as he nailed those two free throws to put the game away and end Houston’s season again.

This is the second season in a row that the Warriors have knocked the Rockets out of the playoffs. This was also the 4th time in 5 seasons that the Warriors have eliminated the Rockets from the playoffs.

At this point the Rockets probably have to decided if the combination of James Harden and Chris Paul will ever be able to gte past the Warriors in a playoff series. Especially since last night looked like Houston’s best chance with Durant sidelined.

Curry ended up being the Warriors leading score with 33 points even though he went scoreless in the fist half of the game. Curry went 9 of 20 from the field including 4 of 11 from behid the 3-point line, but he made all 14 of the free throws he shot to get him to that 33 number.

Klay Thompson added 27 points while Andre Iguadala was the other Golden State starter to score in double digits with 17 points. Kevin Looney and Shaun Livingston helped pick up the score void in Durant’s absence. Looney went for 14 points while Livingston added 11 points. Draymond Green grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 7 assists to lead the Warriors in those categories.

In a losing effort James Harden led the Rockets with a game high 35 points. Harden added 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, but it just wasn’t enough to get the Rockets a Game 6 win.

Chris Paul and Clint Capela each had double-doubles as Paul went for 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds while Capela had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Paul also handed out a team high 6 assists. P.J. Tucker was the other Rockets starter to reach double figures in scoring with 15 points.

The Rockets bench didn’t have much affect on the outcome of this game. Houston got 17 points in 50 total minutes from the four players who came in off the bench.

Golden State will get some time off to rest and hopefully Durant will be healthy for the Western Conference finals which start on Tuesday. Who will Golden State be playing in those Western Conference finals? Well they’re going to have to wait until Sunday to find that out.

We actually have not one, but two Game 7’s on Sunday. The Portland Trail Blazers are at the Denver Nuggets on Sunday afternoon to start the NBA action. Then the Toronto Raptors will host the Philadelphia 76ers in a Game 7 with the winner going to the Eastern Conference finals to face the Milwaukee Bucks.

Milwaukee advanced to the Eastern Conference finals this past Wednesday when they eliminated the Boston Celtics in five Games. Milwaukee won Game 5 116-91 on Wednesday.

So who do you have n these two game 7’s? Are you going with Toronto or Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference? What about the Western Conference; do you like the Trail Blazers or the Nuggets to advance?

Anderson Silva is fighting tonight on UFC’s 237 card. Silva will fight Jared Cannonier tonight.

Silva is 44 years old and has three fights left on the current contract he has with the UFC. Obviously he’ll have two fights left after tonight. Apparently it doesn’t matter how many fights Silva has left on any contract because according to his manager Jorge Guimaraes; Silva and the UFC are in talks about a contract extension.

Silva is 34-9-1 with one no-contest in his UFC career. He’s coming into tonight’s fight off of a loss. Silva dropped an unanimous decision to Israel Adesanya on UFC 234 February 10th in Melbourne Australia.

This is the quickest turnaround for Silva in his UFC career. Before the fight with Adesanya he had almost a two year lay off.

Silva held the UFC middleweight title from 2006 to 2013 which covered 10 fights; a UFC record at the time. Silva still holds the UFC record for most consecutive victories with 16. Silva is considered one of the greatest UFC fighters of all-time and a sure Hall of Fame selection when he final does decide to retire.

Silva is looking to turn around the struggles he’s had. He has only one fight since 2012; a span of 7 fights. The win came against Derek Brunson on February 11th 2017.

Silva has also had two suspensions in that time frame after testing positive for a prohibited substance. Now the USADA; which is the UFC’s anti-doping partner did over turn Silva’s suspensions saying they where caused by a contaminated dietary supplement.

Do you have Silva getting a win tonight?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

MLB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NHL

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

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

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

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

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

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How was your week

Posted: May 4, 2019 by Sports Time Radio in fantasy, horse racing, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I’ve been a daily fantasy player for a few years now. I play all my games through the FanDuel website and luckily I can say that I’ve managed to win more money than I’ve lost, but not by a very wide margin. I doubt that I would ever be able to play fantasy sports for a living as I’ve never bet more than $2 any fantasy line up I’ve ever done and that’s nerve racking for me. I couldn’t imagine betting a large some on one of my fantasy line ups. My blood pressure is high now with a lot of money on the line that would probably be the end of it for me.

Baseball is the daily fantasy game I’ve played the most with football being the next for me. I’m sure I would’ve spent more money on football, but there aren’t as many options to put line ups in as their is for baseball. I’ve spent a little bit of money on hockey and basketball and every once in a while I’ll get into a NASCAR tournament. I don’t know enough about golf or soccer to wend money on them, but if the website sends me a free entry like they do from time to time I always fill it out. You never know when you might just fall into a winning entry.

Now I wouldn’t call myself a very good player. As a matter of fact I’d have to say I’m well below average as a daily fantasy player, but I enjoy it and I know not to get too crazy with how much money I spend. I could however see it getting out of control for a player very easily.

About a month ago I had a situation in daily fantasy that had never happened to me before. I actually went on a hot streak. It seemed as every daily fantasy baseball line up I entered into a contest won money. Now to be fair I never won more than $3 and their where multiple times when my line landed tied for the finally paid out spot and I won less money than it cost me to enter the contest, but I’m always happy to win something.

My hot streak lasted for about two weeks, but the sad thing is I wasn’t doing anything different with my line ups than I normally did and now that’s it’s been over for a few week now I have no idea what to change or how to change my line up to get it back. I guess that just the price I pay for being a daily fantasy payer and who knows maybe one day I’ll manage to win one of these leagues I enter.

I have to say that so far my experience with daily fantasy has been an enjoyable one, but again I don’t bet very much money on any tournament I enter. While I have entered more than one tournament in a day I don’t do that very often and I don’t bet a lot of money on any line up that I do. I just remind myself that this is just a hobby for me and I don’t have the tie or the ability to compete with the people who play daily fantasy for a living.

Are you a daily fantasy player? If so; which website do you play on? I’d be interested to know what type of player you are. Are you like me where you only spend small amounts on a line up or do you bet big to win big? Please let  me know in the comment section as I’d be very interested to know.

Today is the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby or as it’s been called the greatest two minutes in sports. Now horse racing falls into one of those sports that I know nothing about, but like everyone else I like to pick a horse to win.

I have decided to go with Cutting Humor as my pick. Cutting Humor is currently a 30-1 shot to win, but what made me think that this was a good bet was that they made a jockey change and veteran Mike Smith will ride Cutting Humor in the Derby.

Smith was originally going to ride one of the favorites Omaha Beach, but that horse was scratched and actually underwent successful surgery for a breathing condition after being diagnosed with entrapped epiglottis. This situation left Smith without a ride for the Derby.

Then on Friday morning Cutting Humor’s trainer Todd Pletcher told reporters that Smith would ride the horse in the Derby replacing Corey Lanerie. I thought that the jockey change would make Cutting Humor an interesting pick to win the Kentucky Derby; so that’s who I’m going with.

It appears as Bob Baffert may have the best chance to win today’s Kentucky Derby. If that happens it will be the 6th time that a horse trained by Baffert has won at Churchill Downs.

Baffert has three horses entered in today’s Derby and they all have a good chance to win. Improbable will start in the 6th position while Baffert’s other two horses Game Winner and Roadster will start 15th and 16th respectively.

Now not only was Omaha Beach scratched from this race, but another favorite Haikal was also scratched. Haikal was scratched due to a foot infection.

Omaha Beach was replaced in the field by Bodexpress, but Haikal spot in the Derby was left open for today’s race.

Because of these two horses absences; the post positions have changed a little bit. The horses in the #1 through #10 gates have moved one position to their left; so there will be no horse in the #1 starting gate.

Then since the post positions where already drawn when Omaha Beach was scratched the horses in the #11 through #20 gates moved one spot to their right with Bodexpress taking over the #20 gate for today’s race.

Now besides Baffert’s horses there are a couple of other that I’ve heard have a good chance to win. Both Maximum Security and Tacitus have both beeen talked about as horses to watch today. Both horses have good starting positions as Maximum Security is satrting 8th while Tacitus is starting right next to him in the 9th gate. If it’s a faster pace raced like my pick Cutting Hunor might set it could benefit both of these horses.

That’s probably all I know about the Kentucky Derby today; so please let me know which horse you’re putting your had earned money on. Just one last small tip; it’s always best to stay way from the horse I picked.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How was your week

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

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but it seems as though no matter who or what the New York Giants do in the NFL draft they’re destine to get criticized.

If you can go back to last years draft just about ever expect said that the Giants had to take a quarterback. Well they had the second pick in that draft and instead of taking that quarterback of the future they went with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and they got crushed for it.

Even though Barkley rushed for 1307 yards with 11 touchdowns and added 91 receptions and 4 more touchdowns he was a bad draft pick. Really?

Barkley was even chosen Rookie of the Year over the five quarterbacks that where taken in the 1st round with him, but he was a bad pick for the Giants. I guess in the pass happy NFL having a running back that doesn’t have to come off the field in passing situations and is a dangerous any time he has the football in his hands isn’t better than having a young quarterback to sit behind Eli Manning.

Now coming into this years draft the Giants had two 1st round picks #6 and #17 and it appeared as though one of these picks would be used to find that successor to Manning. As it turned out the Giants did end up using the 6th pick on a quarterback and they still got killed for it by the experts.

It seemed as tough everyone was under the impression that the Giants would be taking Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with that 6th pick. Instead they used that pick to take quarterback Daniel Jones from Duke. I did see a few mock drafts that had the Giants taking Jones, but the majority and it was a big majority of mock drafts had them going with Haskins.

Obviously the Giants had Jones rated as a better prospect than Haskins; so they went with the guy they liked better and it seems as though they made the wrong choice. Did they?

It was clear that no matter who the Giants drafted had very little chance to play this coming season unless Manning got injured; so Jones now has an entire year to develop. Which is how quarterbacks use to be handled before everyone that was drafted was going to revolutionize the quarterback position.

Now what I can’t figure out is how right now this very minute everyone seems to know that Haskins is going to be the better quarterback than Jones when everything is said and done. How do we know that Drew Lock who was the only quarterback taken in the 2nd round by the Denver Broncos or Will Grier who was the only quarterback taken I the 3rd round by the Carolina Panthers won’t turn out to be the best quarterback taken in this draft. It’s completely possible that a quarterback that hasn’t even been draft yet could be the best one selected in this draft; how do we know? Plain and simple we don’t.

After looking and considering all of this; how do we know that the Giants made the wrong pick in Jones.

By the way Haskins only stayed on the draft board until the 15th pick. He’s now a member of the Washington Redskins.

The other interesting story coming into this draft was what would the Arizona Cardinals do with last years #1 pick Josh Rosen who went 10th overall after the Cardinals gave a quite a bit to move up to take him.

It had been reported that the Cardinals where looking for a 1st round pick in any deal they made involving Rosen, but they weren’t gong to get that especially when they used the 1st pick in this draft to take quarterback Kyler Murray.

Any team looking for a quarterback pretty much had the Cardinals over a barrel as there was no way they’d go into camp with both Rosen and Murray on the roster.

In the end the Cardinals got more for Rosen than I thought they would. Rosen was sent to the Miami Dolphins for a 2nd round pick #62 overall and a 5th round pick in the 2020 draft. Arizona used that 62nd pick to select wide receiver Andy Isabella from the University of Massachusetts.

I was a little surprised to see that it was the Dolphins who ended up being the team that dealt for Rosen. Remember Miami signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two year deal this off season and he looked as though he’d be the starting quarterback.

There had been some reports that the Dolphins would go with Fitzpatrick under center and just take their lumps this coming season. With the pan being that Miami would find their quarterback in the 2020 draft when it’s suppose to be a better quarterback daft than this one.

So was Miami the team you saw Rosen going to? and do you think he’ll be the Dolphins starter in Week 1?

Now the draft isn’t over as we still have three rounds to get through today starting at Noon. Arizona will start things off with pick #103 and the Cardinals will also end the draft as they hold the final draft selection #254 as well.

We’ve only seen the four quarterbacks selected; so where will guys like Ryan Finley, Jarrett Stidham and Tyree Jackson end up. There are also players like Florida safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Notre Dame cornerback Julian Love and Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley who are some of the best players available and should get their names called in this draft.

There are always a lot of players found in these rounds of the draft that turn into Hall of Fame players; so you just never know what a player drafted in these rounds will end up turning into. That’s one of the things that makes the NFL draft so interesting. Can your favorite team find that late round gem to fill out their roster this year?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

I hope you’re ready for the NFL draft because it kicks off tomorrow with Round 1.

Now there are a lot of ways to watch the draft if you aren’t in Nashville to see it live. ABC along with ESPN and ESPN Deportes will be covering all three days for Disney while the NFL Network as you’d expect will also cover all three days of the NFL draft.

The Arizona cardinals have the first pick in the draft and even though they selected what they thought was their franchise quarterback last season it appears that with the coaching change they made in the off season they’ll also bring in a new franchise quarterback as it appears as though Arizona will select Kyler Murray with the first pick. There where some rumors earlier this week that the Cardinals where considering going with another player at #1, but I’m sure that was just  smoke screen to try and draw some interest in Josh Rosen; who was the quarterback they took in the first round last year.

There are a couple of teams out their where Rosen would be a nice fit, but I don’t think that they’re willing to give the Cardinals what they’d want in a trade for him. Rosen was the 10th pick in last years draft; so you’d have to think that Arizona would like to get a late 1st or early 2nd round pick in return for him, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.

Rosen played in 14 games last season and started 13 of those games. He completed 55.2% of his passes while throwing for 2278 yards with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Arizona went 3-10 in the games Rosen started. Rosen also rushed for 123 yards, but was sacked 45 times. Rosen also fumbled the football 10 times losing 7 of those fumbles. Now Rosen’s numbers weren’t great, but remember the Cardinals are picking first because they had the worst record in the NFL; so he wasn’t playing for a very good team.

Including Murray most experts expect three to four quarterbacks to be selected in Round 1 of the NFL draft. Is it possible that one of those teams that is expected or interested in drafting a quarterback would make a trade for Rosen?

The New York Giants have two 1st round picks #6 and #17 and everyone expects them to select the quarterback they see as the successor to Eli Manning. Is it possible the Giants would trade a later round pick for Rosen and let him sit behind Manning for a year before taking over as the starter?

The Washington Redskins are sitting with the 15th pick in the 1st round and with the terrible injury to Alex Smith last season that could be career ending the Redskins look like they might take a quarterback in Round 1. Maybe the Redskins are the team that deals for Rosen.

The Denver Broncos could be a bit of a wild card in all this. Denver has the 10th pick in the 1st round and there are some mock drafts that have them taking a quarterback with that pick. Now Denver did bring Joe Flacco in to be the starter, but they’d like a young guy behind him. Could that young guy be Rosen?

There has also been some speculation that with a new head coach the Cincinnati Bengals will draft a quarterback. The Bengals have the 11th pick; so there will be somewhere there when they pick, but it might make more sense for then to fill another need with that pick and see if they could acquire Rosen for a 2nd or maybe even a 3rd round pick.

All signs point to the Miami Dolphins needing a young quarterback to develop, but it seems as though they’re fine with going though this season with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter and finding that young quarterback in the 2020 draft.

Ben Rothlisberger is 37 years old and entering his 16th season. Not so much last season, but the couple of seasons before last Rothlisberger had talked about retirement; so maybe that crops up again. Even though there are reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Rothlisberger are trying to work out a contract extension he is only officially signed though the 2019 season.

Pittsburgh has the 20th pick in the 1st round and depending on how long they think Rothlisberger is going to play; could they draft a quarterback? Or are they a possible trading partner with Arizona for Rosen?

I even heard some talk that the New England Patriots might be interested in dealing for Rosen. Now Tom Brady is planning on playing until he’s 45 years old; so Rosen would have to sit behind him for a while, but could New England make this deal?

I fully expect the Patriots to trade their 1st round pick which is the final pick in the 1st round #32, but I don’t think it will be for Rosen. My guess is they’ll more down and acquire more draft picks like they’ve doe so many times in the draft.

Where do you see Josh Rosen ended up? and what do you think the Cardinals get for him?

Prior to tomorrow’s draft the Seattle Seahawks added some draft picks by trading their top pass rusher from last season Frank Clark for the Kansas City Chiefs.

In return for Clark the Seahawks will receive the Chiefs 2019 1st round draft pick which is 29th overall. The teams will also swap 3rd round picks in this draft and the Seahawks will also receive the lower of Kansas City’s 2nd round picks in the 2020 draft.

The Seahawks had placed the franchised tag on Clark, but he had yet to sign the $17.128 million dollar tag. With being traded to the Chiefs Clark also agreed to a five year $105.5 million dollar deal with 63.5 million dollars in guaranteed money.

In four season with Seattle Clark had 35 sacks with the 13 sacks he posted last season being a career high. Clark also made 33 solo tackles assisted on 8 other tackles had 10 tackles for loss and 27 quarterback hits last season. Clark recovered 2 fumbles last season while forcing 3 fumbles and he also snagged his first career interception last season.

Clark should help the Chiefs replace Justin Houston who was released by Kansas City in March and is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

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