How was your week

Posted: July 22, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Before I get into my ramblings on sports I’d like to take a minute to explain to you why I missed my first blog post since I started writing these for SportsTimeRadio.com.

On Tuesday morning  had a doctors appointment. It was just a check up so the doctor could renew my prescriptions. During the examination I mentioned to the doctor that I had some very minor chest pain. When I say minor it was almost very noticeable, but it was persistent. The doctor thought it was worth checking out; so he had an EKG done. The EKG results showed that I was having a heart attack; so the ambulance was called and off to the hospital I went. They didn’t want me driving to the hospital for fear of what could happen. Now the paramedics also did an EKG and they didn’t think I was having a heart attack, but better safe than sorry. After some more tests I was admitted into the hospital as they wanted to run some more tests on Wednesday. At first they where going to do a stress test, but that was changed to them doing an Angiogram. Luckily for me they did the Angiogram and my heart came up clean. The test showed no damage to my heart. So all I need is some rest, but I have a clean bill of health and hopefully no more interruptions for the blog. Now let’s get back to sports.

If your a fan of the Chicago White Sox; how do you feel about what they’re doing? The first move the White Sox made was sending Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs for four minor league prospects. Now earlier this week the White Sox sent 3rd baseman Todd Frazier, close David Robertson and set up guy Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees for three minor league prospects and a relief pitcher. The White received left handed pitcher Ian Clakin and outfielders Blake Rutherford and Tito Polo from the Yankees farm system along with Tyler Clippard.

This trade gives the White Sox either eight or nine Top 100 prospects depending on who’s ranking you go off of. After the trade with the Yankees the White Sox called up their #1 prospect Yoan Moncada. Now obviously not all of these prospects will turn into top of the line major league players, but even if just half of them work out the White Sox would have four or five big time players either in their line up or on their pitching staff.

Are the White Sox done dealing? They still have veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera on their roster and he could be a good add for a contender as a fourth outfielder and pinch hitter. The White Sox also have some veteran pitchers that I’m sure they would move if other teams where interested. Could the White Sox add one or more Top 100 prospects before this season is over?

Last night the Arizona Diamondbacks did something I had never seen before. In the bottom of the 1st inning Arizona hit back to back to back home runs to start off the inning. David Peralta hit the first one followed by A.J. Pollock and then Jake Lamb. It was the first time since May 10th of 2012 when the Baltimore Orioles did it in a game against the Texas Rangers. This was the first time in Diamondbacks history that this feat has been accomplished and what makes it even more impressive is that they hit these three home runs off of Max Scherzer.

The Diamondbacks have hit three home runs in a row before and actually hit four home runs in a row against the Milwaukee Brewers on August 10th of 2010.

While this had never happened in Diamondbacks history in was also the first time in Washington Nationals history that an opposing team started the 1st inning off with back to back to back home runs. It’s also no surprise that this is the first time that this has happened to Scherzer, but believe it or not the three home runs in the 1st inning aren’t the most Scherzer has allowed in that inning. On July 2nd of 2011 the San Francisco Giants hit five 1st inning home runs off of Scherzer.

Arizona added a 4th run in the 1st inning as all nine Diamondbacks in the starting line up got a turn at bat. Arizona scored their 5th run in the 2nd inning off of Scherzer as Lamb drove in another run with a double.

With a 5-0 lead against one of the best pitchers in baseball it looked like the Diamondbacks would cruise to an easy win, but it didn’t quite go that way. Washington used a run in the 4th, two in the 5th, one in the 6th and then finally a run in the 8th to make it a 5-5 game and get Scherzer off the hook for the loss.

Now the Nationals bullpen has had it’s much publicized issues this season, but after Scherzer exited the game after just five innings Washington’s bullpen had given up just two hits an a walk while striking out six over three innings headed into the bottom of the 9th.

Enny Romero came into the game for the Nationals to pitch the 9th inning. Romero was greeted by a triple off the bat of Pollock to start the inning. Lamb and then Paul Goldschmidt where intentional walked to load the bases. Gregor Blanco flied out to leftfield, but it wasn’t deep enough to score Pollock. Brandon Drury was the next hitter for the Diamondbacks. Drury was hit less in three at bats with a walk as he stepped into the batters box. Romero’s first two pitches to Drury where balls. Drury fouled off the third pitch to make it a 2-1 count. Drury hit the fourth pitch of the a bat into rightfield for a game winning single as Pollock scored the winning run in a 6-5 Diamondbacks victory.

Diamondbacks close Fernando Rodney (4-3) pitched a scoreless top of the 9th to pick up the win. Romero (2-4) took the loss for Washington. It was Arizona’s second win on a row while the Nationals dropped their second game in a row.

The teams will play again Saturday night. Tanner Roark (7-6) makes the start for Washington while Anthony Banda will make his major league debut for Arizona.

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How was your week

Posted: July 15, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Major League Baseball returned to action Friday after the All-Star break with every team having a game. The New York Mets (14) and the Houston Astros (10) scored double digit runs in their returns to the diamond while the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians failed to score in there first game back. Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals and Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers each hit two home runs in their games to help there team to victory. The Boston Red Sox picked up a win against the New York Yankees on a walk off walk in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Chicago Cubs needed a solo home run from Addison Russell to pull out a 9-8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. The Cubs had an 8-0 lead in the game after 3 innings, but the Orioles battle back into the game and Russell had to some through to give the Cubs a win. Then Finally the best player in the game return to action on Friday night as Mike Trout came off the disabled list for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trout was 1 for 5 in his return to the line up as the Angels dropped a 2-1 decision in a game that went 10 innings. Trout had a chance to keep the game going with 2 outs and no one on in the bottom of the 10th inning, but Tampa Bay Rays closer Alex Colome struck Trout out to end the game.

During the All-Star break we had our first major trade of the season as the Chicago White Sox sent pitcher Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs for four minor leaguers. The White Sox received top prospects Eloy Jimenez an outfielder, Dylan Cease a starting pitcher, Matt Rose a 1st baseman and Bryant Flete a 2nd baseman. Jimenez and Cease are ranked in the Top 100 prospects according to just about every ranking.

Quintana will make his first start for the Cubs on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles. Quintana has made 18 starts this season covering 104 1/3rd innings. He is 4-8 with an E.R.A. of 4.49. Quintana was looked at as the best available starting pitcher on the trading block as he’s started 30 plus games and has pitched 200 or more innings the last 4 seasons. If his E.R.A. is closer to his career number of 3.51 Quintana should be the top of the rotation pitcher the Cubs need.

Jimenez, Rose and Flete where all playing in High Class-A at the time of the trade while Cease was pitching for the South Bend Cubs in Class-A.

Jimenez was hitting .272 in 44 games with 8 home runs and 34 RBI’s. Rose was hitting .224 in 67 games with 14 home runs and 40 RBI’s while Flete was hitting .307 in 72 games with 6 home runs and 38 RBI’s. Cease had made 13 starts covering 51 2/3rd innings. He had a 1-2 record with an E.R.A. of 2.79.

While it’s tough to judge any trade it does appear that in this situation both teams got what they where looking for and in the Cubs case what they needed. The Cubs needed to find some kind of help for their starting rotation and Quintana should fit nicely into that role. The White Sox are rebuilding and they where looking for quality prospects. They picked up a couple of highly rated prospects in this deal and a couple of guys that you just don’t know how they’ll develop.

There where a lot of teams interested in Quintana and one of them was reportedly the Milwaukee Brewers who the Cubs are trying to catch in the National League Central. The Minnesota Twins where also a team who’s name came up quite a bit in Quintana trade talks. Now the Brewers and the Twins along with all of the other teams looking for starting pitcher will have to find another target, but who will that be?

With Quintana off the board it appears that Sonny Gray of the Oakland A’s is the top starting pitcher that could be traded. Gray helped his cause out last night as he pitched 6 scoreless innings for Oakland last night against the Cleveland Indians. Oakland won the game 5-0 with Gray picking up the win to make his record 5-4 this season. It was Gray’s 14th start of the season covering 84 2/3rd innings. Gray has struck out 79 batters while walking just 26 this season and his E.R.A. is 3.72.

Gray is 27 years old and is in his 5th major league season, but he’s had some injury issues through his career. Gray made just 22 starts last season due to injuries. Any team interested in making a deal for Gray will have to take that into consideration. If Gray is traded I’m sure the A’s will be looking for a deal similar to what the White Sox got for Quintana.

Will Gray be the next top starting pitcher to be traded or will we someone else get dealt before him?

The New York Knicks found their replacement for Phil Jackson as they signed Scott Perry to a 5 year deal to be the teams General Manager. Perry was formerly the Sacramento Kings vice president of basketball operations; Perry will report to Steve Mills. The Knicks are planning to sign Mills to a new multiyear deal as president; promoting him from General Manager. As part of signing Perry the Knicks will send the Kings a future 2nd round draft pick and cash considerations.

One of if not Perry’s first job with the Knicks will be to figure out what to do with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had said that he would waive the no-trade clause in his contract if he was traded to the Houston Rockets or the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports earlier this week where that the Knicks and the Rockets where close to a four team deal that would have Anthony end up in Houston, but the deal hasn’t happened. There was also a report that the Knicks have asked Anthony to expand the number of teams that he would be willing to be traded to, but the latest report is saying the Knicks just might bring Anthony back and reincorporating him into the organization. This is clearly the biggest hurdle Perry will have to jump as a new GM and with the Eastern Conference looking to be weaker than last season could a Carmelo Anthony led Knicks team sneak into a playoff spot?

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With Major League Baseball on their All-Star break, NFL training camps not open yet and the NHL and NBA seasons coming to an end last month I’ve heard this described as the worst week in professional sports. If you’re a fan of the big four sports there hasn’t been a whole lot for you to tune in for. On Monday you have the home run derby to watch and then last you had the actual MLB All-Star game to watch, but you’ll have to come up with something for yourself tonight.

I think the only sporting event that you could watch right now is Wimbledon, but those matches are played in the morning; so you’d have to watch them at night on tape delay. If you are able to watch right now #1 seed Andy Murray is on the court, Murray is facing #24 seeded Sam Querrey. Currently each player has won a set and Murray is up in the third set four games to two.

Last night for the 5th season in a row the American League beat the National League 2-1 in the All-Star game. The game showed fans that as I’m sure you’ve heard before; good pitching beats good hitting. We got an extra inning out of the game as it went 10; so combined over those 20 innings there where 23 strikeouts. The National League pitchers struck out 14 batters while American League pitchers struck out 9. Carlos Martinez of the St. Louis Cardinals struck out 4 batters and was the only National League pitcher to throw two innings. Kenley Jansen of the Los Angels Dodgers pitched one inning and all three outs he recorded where strikeouts. On the American League side Chris Sale and Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox and Dellin Betances of the New York Yankees each struck out 2 batters. Sale was the only American League pitcher to throw more than one inning.

The American League got on the board first in the top of the 5th inning. With two outs on the innings Jonathan Schoop of the Baltimore Orioles doubled. Miguel Sano of the Minnesota Twins followed that with a single to drive Schoop in to give the American League a 1-0 lead.

The National League tied the game up in the bottom of the 6th inning. After a ground out to start the inning Yader Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals hit a solo home run to right centerfield to make it a 1-1 game.

With the game still tied at 1-1 after the 9th inning was completed I’m sure fans where wondering if we where going to see another tie in the All-Star game. Luckily they didn’t go that route and they played a 10th inning.

In the top of that 10th inning Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners led it off with a solo home run to rightfield to give the American League a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 10th inning the first two National League batters made outs before Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds drew a walk, but with the game tying run on and the winning run in the batters box it was fittingly a strikeout to end the game.

Cano was named M.V.P. of the game for hitting the game winning home run.

Kimbrel picked up the win in the game and Andrew Miller of the Cleveland Indians got the save. Wade Davis of the Chicago Cubs took the loss as he gave up the home run to Cano.

With the All-Star game in the books there are a couple of days with no games before the regular season get s going again on Friday.

It had been reported that the Los Angeles Lakers where interested in adding a point guard to their roster and there where quite a few rumors out there. In the end the Lakers gave Kentavious Caldwell-Pope a 1 year $18 million dollar deal to join them. Caldwell-Pope is 24 years old and is expected to have a significant role in the Lakers back court. It appears that Caldwell-Pope will be the mentor for #2 overall pick Lonzo Ball.

Caldwell-Pope had a one year $4.9 million dollar qualifying offer that he could’ve taken with the Detroit Pistons, but the Pistons decided to renounce his rights last week.

This deal makes Caldwell-Pope one of the Top 10 highest paid shooting guards and also allows him to go back into free agency after next season.

The Lakers made it a priority to land a player like Caldwell-Pope and still have the salary cap flexibility for next season. There is a chance that the Lakers aren’t done signing players. They met with point guard Rajon Rondo yesterday and they may add him to their back court as well.

Besides the Lakers signing of Caldwell-Pope there where a couple of other players who signed free agent deals. DeWayne Dedmon is leaving the San Antonio Spurs as he signed a two year $14 million dollar deal with the Atlanta Hawks. The New York Knicks also made a singing as they agreed on a two year $8.9 million dollar deal with guard Ron Baker. Baker played in 52 games for the Knicks last season.

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) made it official when they announced that Erik Jones will take over the #20 car from Matt Kenseth for the 2018 season. Jones is currently driving the #77 car as a satellite driver for Furniture Row Racing. Jones is currently 14th in the NASCAR Cup standings as a rookie. Jones has one Top 5 and five Top 10s in his 18 starts and sits 52 points out of the current playoff cutoff.

Having eight wins (including two this year) in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the 21-year-old Jones is considered one of the sport’s potential stars. He also has seven wins in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he has seven career wins.

Jones’ departure from Furniture Row Racing leaves that organization considering returning to a one-car operation. It expanded to two cars for 2017 with Jones and sponsor 5-Hr Energy. Furniture Row Racing has two charters — it purchased a charter from Premium Motorsports prior to the 2017 season — so it would have to sell or lease the No. 77 team charter if it doesn’t field a car in 2018 or else NASCAR could then revoke it and sell it.

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How was your week

Posted: July 8, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

On Friday night the 1st place Milwaukee Brewers started a three game series in the Bronx, New York against the New York Yankees. Now before last nights game there was a lot of talk about how this series was a big test for Milwaukee and that this would be their opportunity to prove that they’re a contender. Interestingly it was the Yankees that had lost their last two games and four of their last five games coming into this series, but the Brewers are the team being tested here. I get it though it feeds into that east coast bias and the Yankees have had a good season up to this point; so let’s play along.

If this is truly a test for the Brewers they passed there first one as they won Game one of the series 9-4. The Yankees grabbed a 1-0 lead in the Bottom of the 2nd, Didi Gregorius singled to rightfield and when Domingo Santana had trouble handle the baseball Gregorious went al the way to 3rd base. Clint Frazier brought Gregorius home with a sacrifice fly to rightfield. In the top of the 4th the Brewers took the lead. Ryan Braun led the inning off with a double. Braun advanced the 3rd base on a ground out and then Jesus Aguilar brought them both home as he homered to rightfield to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead. The Yankees took the lead right back in the bottom of the 4th inning. Gregorious reached 1st base safely on a Jonathan Villar error and after a strikeout Ji-man Choi gave the Yankees the lead back at 3=2 when he hit a home run into the rightfield bleachers. The Yankees added a run to their lead in the bottom of the 5th inning when Aaron Judge lead the inning off with a solo home run to centerfield to make it a 4-2 lead. The home run was Judge’s 30th of the season which breaks the home run record for the Yankees which was held by Joe DiMaggio. Milwaukee got the game even at 4 all in the top of the 6th. Braun led the inning off with a walk; Travis Shaw followed that with a double to put Brewers on 2nd and 3rd. After a pitching change a wild pitch saw Braun score and moved Shaw up to 3rd. Aguilar then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield to score Shaw and make it a 4-4 game. The Brewers then out the game away in the top of the 7th. Orlando Arcia flew out to lead off the inning, but Santana and Villar drew back to back walks. Ryan then flew out to centerfield, but it was deep enough for both runners to advance. Shaw was intentionally walked to load the bases for Aguilar who hit a grand slam to centerfield to make it a 5-4 Brewers lead. After the Yankees made a pitching change Hernan Perez doubled and Manny Pina drove him home with a single to get the game to it’s final score of 9-4.

Junior Guerra (Milwaukee) and Jordan Montgomery (New York) where the starting pitchers in this game, but neither of them factored into the decision. Guerra pitched 3 1/3rd innings. He gave up 3 runs on 2 hits, but only 1 of them was earned while walking 3 and striking out 3. Montgomery pitched 4 1/3rd innings. He gave up 2 runs; both earned on 7 hits while striking out 4.

Josh Hader (1-0) picked up the win for Milwaukee pitching 3 innings in relief. Hader gave up 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 7 and walking 1. Hader was followed by Jared Hughes who pitched a clean 2/3rds of an inning. Oliver Drake then came in for an inning. He gave up 1 hit and struck out a batter. Jacob Barnes pitched the final inning for the Brewers and he walked 1 and struck out 1.

The Yankees bullpen wasn’t as good. Tyler Webb was the first reliever out of that Yankees bullpen. He pitched 2/3rds of an inning giving up 2 runs on 1 hit and walking a batter. Tyler Clippard pitched 1 2/3rds innings giving up 4 runs on just 1 hit while walking 3 and striking out 1. Clippard (1-5) took the loss and also threw the wild pitch that helped the Brewers get back into the game. Chasen Shreve pitched 1/3rd of an inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits while walking a batter. Luis Cessa pitched the final 2 inning in relief for New York and turned out to be the only reliever that didn’t allow a run. Cessa pitched 2 innings and gave up 3 hits, but no runs.

Game 2 is scheduled for a 12:05 p.m. (cst) start. Brent Suter will start for the Brewers and Luis Severino is the Yankees starter.

Suter (1-1) will be making his second start of the season. In his first start in July 3rd he held the Baltimore Orioles to 4 huts and 1 unearned run over 6 innings. Suter also had 8 strikeouts to go with just 1 walk as he threw 97 pitches.

Severino (5-4) has been a solid starter for the Yankees, but has taken losses in his last two starts and he’s coming off what was probably his worst start of the season. On July 2nd Severino faced the Houston Astros. He lasted 5 1/3rd inning giving up 6 runs on 9 hits, He did strikeout 7 Astros while walking just 1 in a 87 pitch outing.

How do you think Milwaukee will do in their second test?

In what is clearly going to be the overhyped sports story of the day Lonzo Ball the #2 pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the recent draft struggled in his first summer league game. Ball is always going to be a story because of his father Lavar’s antics and he just didn’t get off to a good start.

Ball started and played 32 minutes as his Lakers summer league team dropped an overtime opener 96-93 to the Los Angeles Clippers. Ball shot 2 for 15 from the field which included him going 1 of 11 from behind the 3-point line. He grabbed 4 rebounds handed out 5 assists added 2 steals and blocked a shot in the game, but the focus will be his poor shooting and the fact that he only scored 5 points.

Now it’s way, way too early to make an judgements on Ball’s game, but it’s not going to stop people from doing it and I’m sure there are people out there who want to see him fail because of the way his father acts. I’m no fan of Lavar; I think he’s a complete idiot, but in no way does that affect my opinion on Lonzo. It was just one game on a long line of games for him this summer league and coming NBA season. There’s going to be good ones and bad ones and this just happened to be a bad one. Who knows maybe he’ll go out and score 40 points in the next summer league game.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 5, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

NBA free agency is rolling along with what seems to be signing after signing. It was no shock at all when Kevin Durant resigned with the Golden State Warriors, but what was interesting was that he took less money so Golden State could also resign Andre Iguodala. Durant signed a two year deal worth $53 million dollars. At the start of free agency it looked like Iguodala would be finding a new team as he didn’t even have a meeting scheduled with the Warriors. First Golden State got Stephen Curry signed to the largest deal in NBA history five years at $201 million dollars. Then they got the Durant deal done. Then they had enough money left to bring Iguodala on a three year $48 million dollar deal.

The Utah Jazz saw a couple of their now former players sign contracts with new teams yesterday. George Hill who drew a lot of interest on the free agent market signed with the Sacramento Kings. Hill got a three year deal worth $57 million dollars. Scaramento also added Zach Randolph formerly of the Memphis Grizzlies.Randolph joins the Kings on a two year $24 million dollar deal. Gordon Hayward also found a new home. Hayward had also drawn a lot of interest from teams, but in the end he signed a four year $128 million dollar deal with the Boston Celtics. While the Celtics where able to land a big free agent in Hayward they did lose a player as well. Amir Johnson will be leaving the Celtics as he signed a one year $11 million dollar deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Paul Milsap signed a three year $90 million dollar deal with the Denver Nuggets and it looked like it was going to end up being part of a sign and trade, but it doesn’t appear that Milsap was included in the deal and he just signed with Denver. Here how the trade played out. The Los Angeles Clippers sent Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a 2018 1st round pick that they got from the Houston Rockets along with cash to the Atlanta Hawks. The Clippers received Danilo Gallinari from the Nuggets and signed him to a three year $65 million dollar deal. The Hawks then sent a 2019 2nd round pick that they acquired from the Washington Wizards to the Nuggets to complete the trade.

Gallinari will join the Clippers front court that features All-Stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but will have to find a way to replace point guard Chris Paul. Gallinari will help fill the 3-point shooting void left by Crawford and J.J. Reddick. Reddick joined the 76ers as a free agent on a one year $23 million dollar deal. Interestingly Crawford is looking for either a buy out or to be waived by Atlanta and is interested in rejoining the Clippers.

So who’s the biggest name left on the free agent market? Looking at the list of players available it just might be Derrick Rose. Rose is a former league M.V.P. who just can’t seem to shake the injury bug. There where rumors that Rose’s former head coach Tom Thibodeau was interesting in adding Rose to the Minnesota Timberwolves roster, but nothing has happened yet. Rose played in 64 games for the New York Knicks. He averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game last season. Rose missed the end of the season with an injury, but reports are that he’ll be ready to go for training camp.

Now what I’m interested in is if someone will take a chance on 40 year old Vince Carter and give him a 20th NBA season. Carter has spent the last three seasons with Memphis. Carter played in 73 games while putting up per game averages of 8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists playing an average of 24.6 minutes a game. Carter is an 8-time All-Star and was Rookie of the Year way back in the 1998-99 season. Maybe it’s just me, but I hope that a team finds a spot for Carter on their bench and give him that 20th season.

I’m looking for some help here because this just kind of confused me. With the full schedule of baseball games yesterday I do my best to keep up with all of them, but sometimes I’ll get a little behind or just miss something. When I miss out on a game I like to try and catch the highlights while I’m channel surfing. Now ESPN isn’t my first choice for highlights of any kind, but they happen to be talking about the game I didn’t see yesterday and I wanted to catch up.

The game I just missed out on yesterday was the New York Yankees hosting the Toronto Blue Jays. Now I hadn’t heard a final score to this game or which players had done what. The highlights came on and as there turned out to be just one highlight from the game that ESPN bothered to show. I’m sure you know what the highlight was. It was Aaron Judge’s long home run. Now oddly when the host introduced the highlight they mentioned that the story of the game was Aaron Judge. They showed the home run and then cut to the final score. Now after listening to them introduce the highlight and talk only about Judge I thought he had hit multiple home runs or had driven in a ton of runs. As it turned out the Blue Jays actually won the game 4-1, but you wouldn’t of known that by listening to the host. Judge was 1 for four with that long home run, but struck out in his other three at bats. Now I get the whole East coast bias with ESPN and Judge is having an M.V.P. caliber type of season; so far, but I keep going back to the fact that Toronto won the damn game.

Maybe they could’ve shown Kendrys Morales driving in two runs to make it a 4-0 game and putting it away for Toronto. Maybe they could’ve shown one of the six strikeouts J.A. Happ recorded on his way to getting the win. Hell they could’ve shown Happ striking out Judge. Maybe they could’ve shown Roberto Osuna striking out two of the three batters he faced in the 9th inning on the way to his 20th save.

Again this is a situation where it might just be me, but maybe someone can explain it too me. Feel free to leave your comment for me. Thanks!

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How was your week

Posted: July 1, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

NBA free agency started at 12:01 a.m. and while there have been some signings only one of them has a player joining a new team. So let’s take a look at who got what.

Stephen Curry resigned with the Golden State Warriors. Curry signed a 5 year $201 million dollar deal. He’s the first player to sign a new super-max deal. Golden State also resigned Shaun Livingston to a 3 year $24 million dollar deal.

While the Los Angeles Clippers traded away one superstar in Chris Paul they where able to resign their other superstar as Blake Griffin agreed to a 5 year $173 million dollar deal.

The San Antonio Spurs met with Andre Iguodala, but there was no signing reported there. The Spurs did however resign Patty Mills to a 4 year $50 million dollar deal.

The Milwaukee Bucks said they would pursue their own free agent Tony Shell when free agency started and they did. The Bucks resigned Shell for 4 years at $46 million dollars.

The Chicago Bulls will be bringing back one of their own free agents as they signed Cristiano Felicio to a 4 year deal worth close to $32 million dollars.

The New Orleans Pelicans resigned Jrue Holiday to a 5 year $126 million dollar deal to keep him in New Orleans.

So far the only free agent to actually change teams has been veteran point guard Jeff Teague. Teague played last season for the Indiana Pacers, but he signed a 3 year; $57 million dollar deal to join the Minnesota Timberwolves. Teague will fill the spot that Rickey Rubio use to occupy for Minnesota. Rubio was traded to the Utah Jazz for a protected 2018 1st round pick.

While he didn’t sign the deal as of this writing the Washington Wizards offered John Wall a contract extension of 4 years and right around $170 million dollars. Wall has said he want to consider the contract offer. This contract would be part of the collective bargaining agreements new super-max deals. It was made possible for Washington to offer Wall this because he made the All-Star team last season.

Even with free agency underway the biggest NBA news was that the Indiana Pacers traded Paul George. Now George has been rumored to be heading to the Boston Celtics. There was also some talk that the Cleveland Cavaliers where interested in acquiring George. Of course there was the talk of George heading to the Los Angeles Lakers since he’s made it clear that he wants to sign there after this coming season when he’ll be a free agent. Even late in a possible George deal the Houston Rockets name came up.

With all those teams in the running as a possible landing spot for George in the end it was the Oklahoma City Thunder who where able to complete a deal with Indiana for George. In exchange for George the Pacers will receive guard Victor Oladipo and second year big man Domantas Sabonis.

Oladipo started his career with the Orlando Magic, but spent last season with Oklahoma City. For his career Oladipo averages 15.9 points per game while shooting 43.4% from the floor. It’s a return to Indiana for Oladipo as he attended college at the University of Indiana.

In his first season in the NBA Sabonis played in 81 games last season starting 66 of them. Sabonis averaged 5.9 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game.

The Thunder have been looking to add a name player to pair with M.V.P. Russell Westbrook. Oklahoma City checked in a Jimmy Butler, but he ended up being trade to Minnesota; so they went after and where able to work out a trade for George.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz had worked 8 innings of no-hit baseball against the Oakland A’s last night. It was a 1-0 game headed into the top of the 9th and Foltynewicz  teammates added two runs to give him a bit of a cushion to work with.

A’s rookie Matt Olson was leading off the bottom of the 9th inning for Oakland. The first two pitches to Olson by Foltynewicz where balls. Olson then fouled off the next four pitches he saw. So with a 2 and 2 count on Foltynewicz’s 119 pitch Olson hit a 402 foot home run to rightfield to break up the no-hit bid and cost Foltynewicz a shutout. After the Olson home run Braves closer Jim Johnson was brought into the game and while he did give up a double to the first hitter he faced (Jed Lowrie) he proceeded to strikeout the next the batters he face to cap off a 3-1 Atlanta victory and a win for Foltynewicz.

With the win Foltynewicz improves to 6-5 on the season. Foltynewicz officially pitched 8 innings giving up just the one hit and one run. He did walk 4 hitters while striking out 8. Foltynewicz also recorded 4 ground ball outs and 12 fly outs. He also threw first pitch strikes to 19 of the 29 batters he faced.

Sonny Gray was the A’s starting pitcher and he also threw well Gray pitched 8 innings giving up one run on two hits while walking 1 and striking out 4. Gray threw 98 pitches in the game with 62 of them being strikes. He also threw first pitch strikes to 17 of the 26 batters he faced. Gray recorded 15 ground ball outs and 5 fly outs. Gray was tagged with the loss which drops his record to 3-4 this season.

The game took 2 hours and 45 minutes to play.

Gray has made 12 starts this season. He started the season on the disabled list and didn’t make his first start until May 13th. Last night was Gray’s best outing of the season, but his last two starts have been very good. Last nights 8 innings was his longest outing of the season, but he did throw 108 pitches three starts ago against the Houston Astros. With his outing last night Gray dropped his E.R.A. from 4.45 to 4.09.

If Gray is back to or close to his former self he could be a big, big trade piece for the A’s if they chose to go that route with him. Gray is 27 years old and is in his 4th season with Oakland. If you’re the A’s are you trading Gray?

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Tim Tebow was moved up by the New York Mets from low Class-A to high Class-A and for some reason there’s been nothing but complaining about this move. I’ve never really understood the dislike for Tebow dating back to when he was a Heisman trophy winning quarterback at the University of Florida.

Tebow played in 64 games for the Columbia Fireflies. He hit .220 with 3 home runs and 23 RBI’s. Those aren’t exactly the kind of numbers you would think deserves a promotion, but you have to remember that Tebow turns 30 years old in August and the Mets have to figure out what they have with him if anything. Now Mets General Manager didn’t help the clause when he started throwing out sabermetric stats to try to explain the promotion and in fact he probably made things worse.

Now I’m sure there will be an attendance bump with the arrival of Tebow, but I don’t understand how people wanting to buy tickets to see him play is his fault. Even Tebow himself has said that he has a “long way to go”, but I guess that’s not good enough for some people and they’re just going to continue to pile up him no matter what he does. Tebow was scheduled to make his Florida State League for the St. Lucie Mets on Tuesday, but the game was rained out.

You have to wonder what took so long for this to happen, but it was announced this morning that the New York Knicks and team president Phil Jackson will be parting ways.

It appears this started with conversations about what was best for the team’s future between Jackson and Knicks owner James Dolan this week when the franchise decided it would not buy out embattled forward Carmelo Anthony. Jackson has mad it well known that he’d like the Knicks and Anthony to part ways, but Anthony has refused to waive his no-trade clause and the Knicks didn’t seem interested in buying Anthony out of his contract. Anthony has two years and a little over $54 million dollars left on his contract.

With no end in sight to the Jackson/Anthony stalemate and free agency beginning on Saturday the Knicks needed a solution. Jackson’s discussions with Dolan accelerated late Tuesday night and the decision was made to part ways. There are reports that said people close to Dolan have been advising him to fire Jackson during the 2016-17 season. With free agency getting ready to start the Knicks made it clear that General Manager Steve Mills will stay on in his current role and lead the team during free agency.

Dolan did release a statement saying “After careful thought and consideration, we mutually agreed that the Knicks will be going in a different direction”. “Phil Jackson is one of the most celebrated and successful individuals in the history of the NBA. His legacy in the game of basketball is unmatched. We wish him the best and thank him for his service to the Knicks as both a player and an executive.”

The Knicks completed a disappointing 31-51 season in April and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. They were 80-166 in Jackson’s three full seasons as team president, losing at least 50 games in each of them.

Jackson has faced increased scrutiny in recent weeks, stemming from his clash with Anthony and the revelation that Jackson was fielding trade offers for Kristaps Porzingis as the Knicks looked to move up in this year’s draft. No deal was made and New York selected French guard Frank Ntilina with the 8th pick in the draft.

Porzingis skipped his exit meeting with Jackson and Mills after the season because of frustration over the dysfunction and drama surrounding the Knicks. There where quite a few reports that that Jackson had been upset with Porzingis’ actions and was trying to teach him a lesson in professionalism this summer.

With Jackson gone the Knicks are still a mess as a franchise. As an owner James Dolan hasn’t been anything special. It will be interesting to see where the Knicks go and if they will improve in 2017-18.

On the heels of signing 7-time champion Jimmie Johnson to a three year extension through the 2020 NASCAR season Hendrick Motorsports went out and inked 21 year old Chase Elliott through the 2022 season as part of a four year contract extension. Elliott was signed with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2018 season and there was much doubt that he would stay after the way he’s performed.

Elliott replaced four time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon in the #24 car for Hendrick Motorsports in 2016 has 15 Top 5’s in 57 career NASCAR starts. Elliott is still looking for his first NASCAR win he did win the Xfinity Series championship in 2014.

Even with Elliott and Johnson signed to new deals there are still some questions that Hendrick Motorsports needs to answer. With Dale Earnhardt retiring at the end of the season Hendrick will need a new driver for the #88 car next season. Hendrick must also find replacements for two of the sponsors on their other driver Kasey Kahne’s #5 car. Both Farmer’s Insurance and Great Clips have announced that they won’t be returning for the 2018 NASCAR season. Now Kahne is signed through 2018 with Hendrick Motorsports, but Kahne is on a 99 race winless streak and is currently 21st in the point standings. There is a chance that Hendrick may just release Kahne from the last year of his contract and start next season with two fresh drivers along with Elliott and Johnson.

It’s a Saturday night race for the NASCAR Monster Energy series this week at Daytona International Speedway for the Coke Zero 400.

On Thursday the drivers from the Xfinity and the Monster Energy series will take the track for practice. On Friday the Xfinity series will qualify first. Then the Monster Energy series drivers will qualify for Saturday nights race. Then the Xfinity drivers will return to the track Friday night for the Coca-Cola Firecracker 250. It’s a 100 laps which will equal the 250 mile distance. Then Saturday nights race will be 160 laps to get to the 400 mile distance.

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How was your week

Posted: June 24, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

We had back to back drafts to end the week as the NBA held their draft on Thursday night followed by the NHL draft on Friday night. In both cases it was a Chicago team that made some moves no one was expecting either during or right before the draft took place.

The NBA draft went pretty much as expected to start. The Philadelphia 76ers selected Markelle Fultz to get the evening started. The Los Angeles Lakers did end up taking Lonzo Ball and the circus that comes along with him at #2. Then will the Boston Celtics where on the clock there was some trade news. Now there had been rumors that the Celtics where considering moving the 3rd pick and I’m sure everyone just thought that had made that move. Well as it turned out the Celtics took Jayson Tatum with the 3rd pick and the trade was between the Chicago Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves sent the #7 pick in the draft along with guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to the Bulls in return for the 16th pick and Jimmy Butler. Now there has been a lot of talk about the Bulls trading Butler, but after Butler himself had told the Cleveland Cavaliers he wasn’t interested in playing for them it looked like he’d stay with Chicago.

Butler was the 30th pick in the 2011 draft and will be playing for his former coach Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota. Butler had the best season of his career in 2016-17. He averaged career highs in points (23.9), rebounds (6.2), assists (5.5) and steals (1.9) while also shooting 36.7% from behind the 3-point line. Butler is signed for two more seasons and has a player option for a third in 2019-20.  With the addition of Butler the Timberwolves look like they have a starting five that could compete for a playoff spot in a tough Western Conference.

With the 16th pick the Timberwolves got in the deal they selected Justin Patton a 7″0 foot Center from Creighton. Patton was a redshirt his first year at Creighton; so he only has 35 games of college basketball under his belt. He averaged 12.9 points per game and grabbed 6.2 rebounds per game in that one season. He did have 13 straight double-doubles at one point during the season and was named the Big East Freshman of the Year as well as making the All Big East 2nd team.

As part of the return for Butler the Bulls got LaVine who was the 13th pick in the 2014 draft and was having his best offensive season last year until it was cut short when he torn the ACL in his left knee in February. LaVine has mostly been known for his dunks. He’s a two time dunk contest winner and has even posted some of his dunks on YouTube. Last season in 47 games LaVine posted his best points per game average in his career at 18.9. LaVine also posted his highest minutes per game average at 37.2 per game and shot his best percentage from the floor at 45.9%. LaVine has played both point guard and shooting guard in his career.

The Bulls also received point guard Kris Dunn in the deal. Dunn was someone the Bulls where interested in selecting in the 2016 draft, but the Timberwolves used the #5 pick on him. Dunn played just a little over 17 minutes a game as a rookie, but Tom Thibodeau has never really given rookies lots of minutes, Dunn did appear in 78 games; averaging 3.8 points per game while handing out 2.4 assists per game.

With the 7th pick that Chicago got in the deal they selected Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen is 20 years old from Vantaa Finland, but played last season at the University of Arizona. Markkanen is 7″0 feet tall and shoots the 3 like the new NBA style dictates. He made 42.3% of his 3-point attempts last season. He averaged 15.6 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game in his one season at Arizona, but he was a first team all Pac-12 selection, as well as first team all Pac-12 Freshman team and first team all Pac-12 team.

Just looking at the trade it appears as though the Timberwolves got the better of it at the start. Butler is a multiple time All-Star and a very good two way NBA player. Of course if LaVine recovers from his injury and Dunn is the type of player who deserved to be draft at #5 things could even out down the line.

Before the NHL draft Friday night the Chicago Blackhawks made a couple of trades that probably surprised their fans a little.

The first deal saw the Blackhawks send defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes for two defenseman Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin.

Now Hjalmarsson isn’t a high scoring defenseman; he had 5 goals and 13 assists in 73 games last season. What he does do is some of the things that teams need that don’t show up on the stat sheet. Hjalmarsson averaged 21.30 minutes of ice time last season and was 6th in the NHL in blocked shots with 181.

Heading to Chicago in the deal is Connor Murphy who scored 2 goals and had 15 assists in 77 games last season for Arizona. The Blackhawks also get Laurent Dauphin who scored 2 goals and had 1 assist in 24 games last season.

The Blackhawks weren’t done dealing though as they sent Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte and a 2017 6th round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad, Anton Forsberg and a 2018 5th round pick.

Panarin had been with the Blackhawks two seasons after spending nine seasons in the KHL. Panarin won the Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) scoring 30 goals and 47 assists his first season in the NHL. Last season Panarin scored 31 goals and had 43 assists; that what made it a bit of a surprise that the Blackhawks dealt him.

Tyler Motte played in 33 games last season scoring 4 goals and picking up 3 assists. Motte was the 121st selection of the 2013 draft.

Saad spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the Blackhawks before they traded him to Columbus. Saad scored 53 points each of his season with the Blue Jackets. Last season Saad had 24 goals and 29 assists. Saad also made his first All-Star team while with Columbus.

The Blackhawks seem to be looking for a back up goaltender since Scott Darling was traded at the start of the off season. Will Anton Forsebrg be that guy? Forsberg played just 1 game for the Blue Jackets last season as he spent the season playing for the Cleveland Monsters in the AHL. Forsberg played 51 games and posted a 27-17-6 record with a Goals Against Average of 2.28. Forsberg has just 10 games of NHL experience.

What do you think of these trades the Chicago teams made before or during their drafts? Please let me know in the comments section.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: June 21, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, hockey, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The NBA draft is Thursday night and there’s been a lot of trade talk and even a couple of deals as we get close to draft night.

The dealing started officially on Monday when the trade between the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers was finalized. Boston sent the #1 overall pick in the draft to Philadelphia for the #3 pick and a conditional 1st round pick in 2018 or 2019.

Then yesterday we had a couple of trades. The first one reported was the Los Angeles Lakers sending D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for Brook Lopez and the #27 pick in Thursday’s draft. Then a little later in the day the Atlanta Hawks sent Dwight Howard and the 31st pick in the draft to the Charlotte Hornets for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick in the draft.

It will be interesting to see if we get anymore trades before the draft as there are a ton of rumors out there. There’s been a lot of talk about the Indiana Pacers trying to find a trading partner for Paul George. It would appear as though the best spot to deal George would be the Lakers since he’s said that he would like to sign there after his contract is up. George is signed through next season. Jimmy Butler’s name seems to have been in trade rumors since the trade deadline last season; so it’s no surprise at all that he’s still being talked about. Reports where that the Cleveland Cavaliers where very interested in acquiring Butler, but this morning he told the Cavaliers that he’d rather stay with the Chicago Bulls than play for Cleveland. I was a little bit surprised to find out that the Los Angeles Clippers have actually looked at the possibility of dealing All-Star center DeAndre Jordan. Now the Clippers are in an interesting spot since both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are free agents. Now imagine if Paul and Griffin where to sign elsewhere it wouldn’t make a lot of sense for the Clippers to hang onto Jordan; so in a way I guess it makes sense for them to look at the trade value of Jordan. Don’t forget that the New York Knicks still have Carmelo Anthony on the roster, but the name of Kristaps Porzingis has come out in trade rumors as well. There was rumors of a swap between the Knicks and the Phoenix Suns where the Suns would get Porzingis for Devin Booker. There is also talk that the Celtics would like to make a deal for Porzingis, but it appears as though the Knicks would rather find another trade partner. Will any of these players actually get traded? Or was it just pre-draft talk by teams to draw some interest. I guess will find out soon.

Baseball is an ever changing game and you can never really tell what you’re going to get out of team almost from game to game. Now there where a lot of people on the New York Yankees bandwagon and where talking about them being front runners to win the World Series. Then they went on a 7-game west coast road trip. They dropped 2 of 3 games to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and where then swept on a 4 game series by the Oakland A’s. It was a 1-6 road trip for the Yankees and they lost the last 6 in a row. They returned home to face the Angels last night and their luck hadn’t changed yet as they where beaten 8-3 by Los Angeles. Of course there’s no reason to stop supporting the Yankees as they are still 8 games over .500 at 38-30 and even after dropping 7 games in a row they are jus 1/2 a game out of 1st place in the A.L. East. They’ll have a chance to end the losing streak tonight against the Angels. Jordan Montgomery makes the start for the Yankees tonight. Montgomery is 4-4 in 12 starts with an E.R.A. of 3.78. The Angels will send Ricky Nolasco to try to extend the Yankees losing streak. Nolasco is 2-8 in 14 starts with an E.R.A. of 5.01. Will see if the media can hold their horses a little bit the next time the Yankees go on a run, but I think we all know they won’t.

In sad news for the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL in general this morning as it was announced that winger Marion Hossa is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season as he receives treatment for a skin disorder. Hossa released a statement earlier saying “Over the course of the last few years, under the supervision of the Blackhawks medical staff, I have been privately undergoing treatment for a progressive skin disorder and the side effects of the medications involved to treat the disorder,” Hossa said Wednesday morning. “Due to the severe side effects associated with those medications, playing hockey is not possible for me during the upcoming 2017-18 season. While I am disappointed that I will not be able to play, I have to consider the severity of my condition and how the treatments have impacted my life both on and off the ice.” There was a report Tuesday that Hossa’s career could be over because of a severe allergic reaction caused by his hockey equipment.
Hossa scored 26 goals last season, his 19th in the league. He is due to be paid $1 million for each of the four years remaining on the 12-year, $63.3 million deal he signed in 2009. His deal carries a cap hit of $5.275 million, however. If Hossa were to retire, the Blackhawks would be hit with a cap recapture penalty. If Hossa goes on long-term injured reserve; even for the remainder of his contract the Blackhawks, who consistently have cap issues, would get some salary cap relief.

Hossa will almost certainly be elected to the Hall of Fame. He has 525 goals, is a five-time All-Star and helped lead the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup titles. He’s known as one of the best two way forwards of his generation.

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How was your week

Posted: June 17, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Hopefully your a fan of a major league baseball team that is hanging around in the pennant race can be a legitimate World Series contender. With the addition of the two wild card spots there are always more teams looking to get into the playoffs than there use to be. Now the question for your favorite team is will they go out and add what they need to contend and the one thing it seems every major league team needs is starting pitching. Major it’s a front of the rotation type of guy or just a guy who can keep you in games at the back of the rotation and eat up some innings every team seems to need some help with starting pitching. Of course there are some decisions a team has to make before they go out and acquire a starter.

There are a couple of guys who could be available that are #1 starters on their current team, but could fit nicely into the #2 role behind a contending teams ace. Of course these type of pitchers aren’t going to come cheap; so your favorite team will need a deep minor league system to supply the prospects it will take to secure a pitcher like that in a trade. I’m thinking that it could take three or maybe even four top prospects to land one of these pitchers and that of course is if their team is interested in moving them.

It appears as though there aren’t too many teams if any who can go three deep in their rotation with a lot of confidence; not that they’ll admit that. So maybe your favorite team can get by just adding a middle of the rotation guy. Obviously you wouldn’t have to give up as much in a trade for one of these pitchers as you would for that top of the rotation guy. It could take one top prospect or maybe two of three lower tier prospects to add a middle of the rotation starter.

And finally maybe your favorite team could just a veteran back of the rotation type of pitcher to get by with. Experience can pay big as a team tries to get into the playoffs and if you add a pitcher who knows how to keep a team in games and save the bullpen some innings down the stretch it can mean a lot. I most cases it doesn’t take too much to land one of these type of pitchers in a trade. Possibly a upper to middle of the road type of prospect or a couple of your lower minor league guys can land you one of these pitchers.

Then your team is going to have to look down the road and figure out if it’s better for them to add to add a young starter who they could have some control over for a few years. Or would they be willing to add a starting pitcher who has a few years left on his contract. Maybe they could get that pitchers former team to pick up a little of that contract, but they’ll have to make sure that adding that salary doesn’t affect them down the road. Then of course there’s the rent a player type of acquisition that many of the teams will be looking for. Finding that pitcher who is in the last year of his contract and can be allowed to go out on the free agent market after hopefully helping your team win a World Series.

Now that we’ve checked in on some of the things teams have to think about when looking to make a trade let’s take a look at some of the pitchers that might be available at the trade deadline of before.

Now there aren’t very many true top of the rotation starters that could be dealt and that’s why their price tag will be so high if a deal is made.

The biggest name could be Johnny Cueto if the San Francisco Giants decide that they’re sellers. Injuries and some other issues have caused the Giants to fall 17 1/2 game out 1st place in the N.L. West and Cueto has had a bit of a down year. Cueto is 5-6 in 14 starts and has an E.R.A. of 4.57. Cueto has proven himself in World Series games, but is also carrying a big contract. Cueto is in the 2nd year of a 6 year $130 million dollar deal, but he does have an opt out after this season.

You’ll hear the name of Tampa Bay Rays starter Chris Archer mentioned quite a bit at the trade deadline. Archer’s name came up quite a bit this off season, but the Rays have held on to him. Archer is 28 years old and is 4-4 this season in 14 starts, but has a very good E.R.A. of 3.80. Archer is signed through 2021 with the last two years being option years, but it’s a very affordable contract for a team to add. Archer is making $2.75 million this season and the remainder of his contract totals $35 million dollars. You’ll have to pay a high price to get Archer, but is he worth it to a team?

Jose Quintana has had a down year for the White Sox, but at 28 years old he’ll be a popular pitcher at the trade deadline. Quintana is 3-8 in 14 starts with an E.R.A. of 5.07, but showed signs of being back in form in his last start. Quintana is another young pitcher on what has to be looked at as a low money deal. He’s owed $5.4 million this season and the rest of his contract totals $36.85 million until 2020 which is an option year on his deal. Quintana is another guy who’s going to cost you some top prospects to get and your team will have to decide if he’s the guy they need.

Now this might be a bit of a surprise name that might move, but don’t be shocked if the Pittsburgh Pirates decide to deal Gerrit Cole at the deadline. Cole has made 14 starts and is 4-6 with an E.R.A. of 4.54. Cole is making $3.75 million this season and has two more years of arbitration ahead of him, but that arbitration award could be too high a price tag for a small market team like the Pirates. Cole has had some injuries, but is just 26 years old and is looked at as a #1 starter. Pittsburgh would want quite a bit on return for Cole, but it could be worth it for two and half years him Cole at the top of your rotation.

Do to injuries Sonny Gray isn’t really looked at as a #1 starter anymore, but at 27 years old; is he’s healthy he could be a big add at the trade deadline. Gray has made 9 starts for the Oakland A’s in 2017 and is 2-2 with an E.R.A. of 4.44, but more importantly has looked healthy. Gray is making $3.575 million this season and is arbitration eligible for the nest two seasons; so he could be a cheap option with some control for a contender.

As we move away from guys at the top of the rotation and look for guys who can fill in the middle of the rotation we turn to the Kansas City Royals. Jason Vargas is 34 years old and in his 12th major league season. Vargas is having a good year; he’s 9-3 in 13 starts with an E.R.A. of 2.10. Vargas is also in the last year of his contract which he’s making $8 million this season. There are some other pitchers to look at on the Royals. Ian Kennedy would be a bit of an expensive option as he has 3 years and $49 million dollars left on his deal after this season. Kennedy is 1-6 in 12 starts with an E.R.A. of 5.03. Could Jason Hammel be an option? Hammel is 3-6 in 13 starts with an E.R.A. of 5.05, but is making just $5 million, but does have a second year on his contract which pays him $9 million in 2018.

The Philadelphia Phillies Jeremy Hellickson could be a rent a pitcher type for a team looking for help at the back of their rotation. Hellickson does have a bit of a high price tag as he’s making $17.2 million dollars this season, but it’s the only a one year deal. Hellickson is 5-5 in 14 starts with an E.R.A of 4.91 on a bad Phillies team.

We head back to San Francisco to look at two more guys teams could be interested in adding if the Giants decide to move players. Jeff Samardzija and Matt Moore may draw some interest. Samardzija is 2-9 in 14 starts with an E.R.A. of 4.81, but has been striking out hitters as he has a 10.21 K’s per 9 innings rate. Moore has also made 14 starts and is 2-7 with an E.R.A. of 6.00. Samardzija is signed through 2020 and has a modified no trade clause is his contract and he’s owed $59.4 million after this season. Moore on the other hand is in the final year of his deal, but it does have option years for 2018 and 2019. Moore is making $7 million this season.

I’m sure the Atlanta Braves would listen if any team had interest in R.A. Dickey or Bartolo Colon. Colon is currently injured, but for the most part these two guys make their starts and could eat up some innings for a team. Who knows they might even fair better on a contender. Dickey has made 13 starts and is 4-5 with an E.R.A. of 5.35 while Colon has made 12 starts and is 2-7 with an E.R.A. of 7.78. Dickey is signed for this season at $7.5 million and has an option for 2018 at $8 million if picked up. Colon is only signed for 2017 at $12.5 million dollars.

There’s a look at some of the pitchers who could be available. As we get closer to the trade deadline I’m sure will see more and more names rumored in deals. Do you like one of these pitchers as a fit for your favorite teams rotation? or is there someone else that you want to see them go get? Please let me know in the comments.

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