How was your week

Posted: November 4, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

I think that every fan of an NFL team understands that injuries are going to be part of the game. There’s not a team in the league that goes through a season injury free, but the Houston Texans have really suffered from the injury bug this season.

In their 5th game of the season the Texans lost their top two defensive players J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus to season ending injuries. Even with those losses there was a bit of light for the Texans as they have seemed to have found a franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson. Well at practice on Thursday during a non-contact drill Watson went down. Now he got right back up and there didn’t appear t be anything majorly wrong with him. He was carted off the practice field to be checked out just to be safe since he is the teams starting quarterback. After his examination it was learned that Watson torn the ACL in his left knee and will be out for the remainder of the season.

Even with Watson the Texans where a game under .500 at 3-4, but in the AFC South that put them just one game out of 1st place.

Even though it was a loss Watson is coming off his best game as a pro. In Week 8 Watson threw for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns and added 67 rushing yards against the Seattle Seahawks. It’s the third time in Watson’s short career that he’s thrown for 4 or more touchdowns in a game, but it was the first time that he broke the 400 yard barrier.

With Watson out Tom Savage returns to the starting quarterback role for the Texans. Savage was the starter to open the season, but lasted just a half before Watson came into the game. Savage was 7 for 13 for 62 yards, but was sacked 6 times in the Texans opening night 29-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaquars.

Now this is one of the quarterback opens that is very interesting. Watson skill set in the read option offense the Texans are running is very, very similar to Colin Kaepernick’s. With the Texans in playoff contention you’d think they’d be the team that would be interested in taking a look at Kaepernick. Now it appeared that earlier in the week the Texans coaching staff may have been interested in bringing Kaepernick in for a try out, but Texans owner Bob McNair didn’t give permission for them to bring Kaepernick in. Will the Texans be the team that would put a playoff chance ahead of the distraction, if any at this point that might come with bringing Kaepernick in.

McNair has found his name in the headlines quite a it lately. First he made the stupid “inmate” comment that caused some of the Houston players to actually leave the teams facility and consider not playing in last Sunday’s game. Then we find out that he didn’t give his coaching staff permission to try out Kaepernick. Now he’s linked with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft as the first three owners to be asked to turn over their cell phone and e-mail records in Kaepernick’s collusion suit against the NFL. San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll where also on the deposition list. Other owners, team officials, and league officials may also be deposed, but those are the individuals confirmed for now.

Instead of taking a look at Kaepernick the Texans signed Matt McGloin and T.J. Yates as back up quarterbacks.

While we’re talking about players who’s season are over the Indianapolis Colts have finally decided to put quarterback Andrew Luck on season ended IR. Luck hasn’t played a down for the Colts this season after having shoulder surgery in the off season. Luck did use the term “very optimistic” when he was asked about his future. The Colts decided to finally shut Luck down after multiple doctors recommended it to the team.

Another player who’s season is over is 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon suffered a neck injury in the second half of the 49ers Week 8 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Garcon signed with the 49ers in March as a free agent so he could be with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan. Garcon had a 1000 yard season for the Washington Redskins in 2016 with Shanahan as the offensive coordinator. The 49ers gave Garcon a 3 year $23 million dollar deal and in order to save their salary cap space Garcon got $17 million dollars in guaranteed money.

Garcon was the 49ers leader in receptions with 40 and yards with 500. While Garcon hadn’t found the end zone this season to be fair the only 49ers wide receiver to score a touchdown is Aldrick Robinson.

With baseball officially in the off season now teams are making decisions on which plyers contract options they’ll pick up and which players they’ll decline options on and allow them to go into free agency. Now there will be a lot of players that will be involved in these type of contact decisions, but the name that jumped out at me was Ichiro Suzuki.

It’s no real surprise that the Miami Marlins made this move. With a new ownership group taking over and quite a few reports that they’re looking to cut payroll Ichiro may be the first of many players Miami gets rid of. The question now is at 44 years of age will another team sign Ichiro.

Ichiro appeared in 136 games for the Marlins last season playing all three outfield positions for them. He hit .255, but is a career .312 hitter.

Ichiro is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. He currently has 3080 career hits. Ichiro has won the Rookie of the Year award and the M.V.P. in the same season, 2001. He’s a 10-time All-Star, a 10-time Gold Glove winner. He’s won 2 batting title and 3 Silver Sluggers and was named All-Star game M.V.P. in 2007.

Ichiro has made it clear that he’d like to continue his major league career, but will a team take a chance on him. He could be a good fit for a contending team as 4th or 5th outfield. Now the Marlins only paid Ichiro $2 million dollars a season while he was with them; so he may be a value for the right team. Would you like to see your favorite team sign Ichiro?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: November 1, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

So we’ve got a Game 7 tonight. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 3-1 last night in Game 6 to even the series at 3-3 and take the series into a Game 7. The game will be played at Dodger Stadium since Los Angles had the better regular season record and is estimated to start at 7:20 p.m. cst.

Game 6 wasn’t anywhere near the home run derby Game 5 was as there where just two home runs hit in Game 6. George Springer hit the first home run of the game to account for the Astros only run in the Top of the 3rd inning giving Houston an early 1-0 lead.

Justin Verlander was holding the Dodgers in check until the Top of the 6th inning. Austin Barnes led off with a single and then Chase Utley was hit by a pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd with no one out. Chris Taylor hit a bloop double to rightfield scoring Barnes and sending Utley to 3rd. Corey Seager followed with a sacrifice fly ball to centerfield. Utley scored on the fly ball and Taylor moved up to 3rd base. Justin Turner fouled out and Cody Bellinger struck out to end the inning, but with those 2 runs the Dodgers grabbed the lead 2-1.

Verlander was pinch hit for in the Top of the 7th inning; so Joe Musgrove took over on the mound for the Bottom of the 7th inning. Yasiel Puig popped up to shortstop for the 1st out of the inning. Joc Pedersen then out the Dodgers up 3-1 with a solo home run to leftfield off of Musgrove.

Kenley Jansen came out of the Dodgers bullpen to get the final 6 outs, not allowing anyone to get on base and save the Dodgers 3-1 win.

While Verlander did tale the loss he had another good outing for the Astros. Verlander pitched 6 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits while striking out 9. Musgrove worked just the 1 inning giving up the 1 run with that solo home run being the only hit he gave up and he struck out 1. Luke Gregerson pitched 2/3rds of an inning giving up a hit, a walk and striking out 1. Francisco Liriano made his first World Series appearance  getting the final out of the 8th inning on a strikeout.

Rich Hill had another short outing for the Dodgers as he pitched just 4 2/3rd innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. Brandon Morrow pitched an inning giving up 1 hit and getting  strikeout. Tony Watson pitched just a 1/3rd of an inning walking 1 batter, but picked up the win for the Dodgers. Kenta Maeda pitched an inning giving up 1 hit before Jansen came in to pitch the final 2 innings recording 3 strikeouts and a save.

On a side note. If Morrow pitches in tonight’s Game 7 he’ll tie Darold Knowles of the 1973 Oakland A’s as the only two pitchers to appear in all seven games of a World Series.

For Game 7 the Astros are going with Lance McCullers Jr. as their starter while the Dodgers are going back to Yu Darvish as their Game 7 starter. McCullers Jr. pitched 5 1/3rd innings in the Astros 5-3 Game 3 victory. Darvish started opposite of McCullers Jr, in that Game 3, but lasted just 1 2/3rd innings. How long will the leash be for either pitcher tonight?

Believe it or not we all had another good week of making NFL picks. Maybe it was the fact that there where quite a few teams on Bye’s or what, but we’ll take it. Dan the Man Schaumburg Stu and Mr. Fantasy all had 11-2 records while I lost one more game than they did and ended up 10-3. For the season Dan the Man is leading with a record of 77-62. Schaumburg Stu is in 2nd with a record of 73-46. Mr. Fantasy is 3rd at 72-47 while I’m holding down the last place spot at 70-49. Let’s see if we can keep the run of good picks going into Week 9.

If you’re interested in hearing the picks live Mr. Fantasy and I make our picks on the Sunday morning Sports Time Radio podcast. It’s starts at 10:00 a.m. cst. and we always start by making the picks and we’ll also let you know who Dan the Man and Schaumburg Stu are picking as well.

For a change there was quite a bit of activity at the NFL trade deadline. What was different this season is we actually saw some bigger named players get dealt.

We saw Kelvin Benjamin go to the Buffalo Bills for a couple of draft picks. Jay Ajayi went to the Philadelphia Eagles for a draft pick. Duane Brown was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks originally for Jeremy Lane and a couple of draft picks, but after Lane failed his physical the deal was amended to a couple of draft picks. Jimmy Garoppolo looks like he’s finally going to get his chance to be a starting quarterback in the NFL as the San Francisco 49ers traded a 2nd round draft pick in the 2018 draft for him. The Jacksonville Jaquars acquired defensive tackle Marcell Dareus who was the 3rd pick in the 2011 NFL draft for a 2018 6th round draft pick. The 49ers did make a couple of other moves. They received a undisclosed 2018 draft pick for cornerback Rashad Robinson and since they picked up a quarterback in a trade they released quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Now the big questions that everyone tries to figure out is who won and who lost in these deals. Now in the NFL this is always difficult to tell. It’s going to be tough for a quarterback to step in with the way NFL offenses are and perform well. The same can be said for a wide receiver as he has to learn a new route tree. A running back can fit into a system easier as the only problem he might have is learning his pass blocking assignments. While they may go under the radar I’m guessing that the lineman will be the guys to have the best performances to start off from these trades. In the end if a team just acquired a franchise quarterback or a #1 wide receiver then they’ll have won at this trade deadline, but I think to start the lineman will get off to the best start.

Feel free to leave a comment and let me who you thought where the biggest winners and losers at the trade deadline.

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How was your week

Posted: October 28, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, basketball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Houston Astros have yet to lose at home during this playoff season and as that streak continued last night it allowed them to take a 2 games to 1 lead in the World Series as they won Game 3 by a 5-3 score over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Astros got up early on Dodgers starter Yu Darvish as they scored 4 runs in the Top of the 2nd inning. Yuri Gurriel led off the inning with a solo home run to leftfield to put the Astros up 1-0. Josh Reddick then hit a double to leftfield. Evan Gattis drew a walk to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Marwin Gonzalez hit a long single that Reddick scored on to make it 2-0, but Gattis only moved up to 2nd base. Brian McCann who was hitless through the first two games then singled to rightfield as Gattis scored and Gonzalez went to 3rd base. George Springer lined out to 2nd base for the 1st out of the inning. While Alex Bregman did make the 2nd out of the inning his fly ball to centerfield was deep enough to score Gonzalez and put the Astros up 4-0. It looked like the Astros might add some more runs off Darvish as Jose Altuve doubled putting runners on 2nd and 3rd, but Carlos Correa flied out to rightfield to end the inning.

Lance McCullers Jr. came out for the Top of the 3rd with that 4 run lead and got himself into trouble right away. Joc Pederson, Kiki Hernandez and Chris Taylor all drew walks; so the bases where loaded for Corey Seager. Seager was the Dodgers best hitter through the first two World Series games and he had a chance to get the Dodgers right back in the game. Seager however hit into a double play as Pederson scored to make it a 4-1 game. Justin Turner followed Seager with a ground out to end the inning as McCullers Jr. dodged a bullet.

Darvish lasted just an 1 2/3rds innings as Kenta Maeda came in to pitch 2 2/3rds innings before being relieved by Tony Watson in the Bottom of the 5th inning. Watson got the first batter he faced for the second out of the inning. Josh Reddick then singled and he was followed by Evan Gattis who reached on an infield hit back to Watson. On the play Watson committed a throwing error that allowed Reddick to score all the way from 1st base with Gattis ending up on 2nd. Watson struck out Marwin Gonzalez to end the inning as the Astros took a 5-1 lead.

The Dodgers started off the Top of the 6th inning with a walk to Corey Seager and then a double by Justin Turner before the struggling Cody Bellinger struck out for the 1st out of the inning. That ended McCullers Jr. night after 5 1/3rd inning of work. Brad Peacock came out of the Astros bullpen and got Yasiel Puig to ground out for the 2nd out of the inning, but on the play Seager scored the Dodgers 2nd run of the game with Turner moving up to 3rd base. Peacock then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Turner to score to make it a 5-3 game. Peacock got pinch hitter Chase Utley to foul out to end the inning.

The closest any team came to scoring in the final 3 innings was when the Astros had the bases loaded and 2 outs in the Bottom of the 7th inning, but Ross Stripling got George Springer to fly out to centerfield to end the threat.

McCullers Jr. picked up the win for the Astros. Peacock pitched the final 3 2/3rds inning to get the save. Darvish was tagged with the loss for the Dodgers.

Game 4 is tonight in Houston. The Astros will send Charlie Morton to the mound to start Game 4 while the Dodgers will turn to Alex Wood to try and get the series back to even and hand the Astros their first post season loss at home.

Morton has made 3 post season starts for the Astros. He’s pitched 13 total innings and has a 1-1 record, but his E.R.A. is 6.23. Morton hasn’t lasted any longer than 5 innings in any of his 3 post season starts.

Tonight is just Wood’s second post season start for the Dodgers for 2017. In his only outing Wood pitched 4 2/3rds innings while giving up 3 runs, all on solo home runs against the Chicago Cubs on October 18th. Wood did strikeout 7 in that outing. How will the 10 day layoff affect Wood? and can he get the series back to even for the Dodgers?

The Golden State Warriors beat the Washington Wizards 120-117 last night at Oracle Arena. Now it was just a regular season NBA game; so it was the altercation that makes this game stand out.

Draymond Green of Golden State and Bradley Beal of the Wizards got to know each other a little better as they had a disagreement in the 2nd quarter of last nights game that resulted in both players being ejected.

It all started with just 23 seconds left in the 2nd quarter. Beal drove to the basket and Green blocked his shot out of bounds; so the Wizards retained possession. As the Wizards set up to inbound the basketball both players where trying to get position in the lane. After some jostling between player Beal slapped Green in the face from behind. To noone’s surprise Green didn’t take that lightly and he grabbed Beal and the two players got locked up. While tied up the players headed towards the fans ion the front row underneath the Wizards basket, but ended up going to the floor before they made it into the crowd.

Teammates and officials tried to break up the melee and even a fan got involved trying to break the players up. Now two Wizards players Markieff Morris and Carrick Felix left the Wizards bench during the scuffle to help break things up, but this is against NBA rules; so there may be suspensions for those two players. Morris by the way was inactive as he’s recovering from hernia surgery.

Green emerged from the altercation with a ripped jersey as he and Beal continued to bark at each other after being separated. Beal also got into a verbal confrontation with a Warriors fan as he was exiting the court.

We’re waiting to see if either or both players will draw a suspension from the NBA for this incident or if the election will be considered punishment enough.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 25, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

games in leftfield  games in centerfield and The World Series kicked off last night with the Los Angeles Dodgers taking Game 1 over the Houston Astros 3-1.

After the Astros went down 1,2,3 in the Top of the 1st inning Chris Taylor stepped up to lead off for the Dodgers. Taylor has been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season and his highlights continued. Taylor hit the first pitch he saw 447 feet to leftfield to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Taylor was a 5th round pick in the 2012 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners out of the University of Virginia. Taylor had a pretty quick rise through the Mariners minor league system as he made his major league debut on July 24th 2014. Taylor appeared in 47 games for the Mariners in 2014. He hit .347, but didn’t homer. Taylor started the 2015 season in the minors for Seattle, but again got a call up. Taylor played in 37 games for the Mariners, but hit just .170. Again at the start of the 2016 season Taylor found himself back in Triple-A. Taylor did play 2 games with the Mariners before he was traded to the Dodgers on June 19th for right handed pitcher Zach Lee. Taylor did play in 34 games for the Dodgers in 2016, but again struggled at the plate hitting .207. Taylor did start the 2017 season in the minors again, but he only played in 10 games before being called up. Taylor played in 140 games for the Dodgers this season. He hit .288 with 21 home runs and 72 RBI’s, Taylor had 1 career home run coming into this season. Taylor had spent time at the various infield positions, but played mostly as a short stop. This season Taylor found himself in the outfield for the first time in his major league career. Taylor played 49 games in centerfield and 47 games in leftfield this season. He acquitted himself well on defense as he had 7 outfield assists and a fielding percentage of .989.

Taylor’s success has continued into the post season. Taylor did scuffle in the Dodgers sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS as he hit .231. Taylor bounced back nicely though as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 4 games to 1 in the NLCS. Taylor hit .316 with a double, triple, 2 home runs while scoring 5 runs in the series. Taylor was named M.V.P. of the NLCS. Will Taylor’s success continue against the Astros in the World Series? He was 1 for 3 last night with that lead off home run he also drew a walk and scored a second run in the game. Will have a few more games to find out.

The other World Series question that looks like it was answered last night was; did Clayton Kershaw get that playoff monkey off his back?

Every baseball fan knows that Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game right now, but he’s had his issues in the playoffs. I think everyone remember the home run Matt Adams hit off him back in 2014. I’m sure there where people who where a little concerned last night when Alex Bregman hit a solo home run off of Kershaw to tie the game at 1-1 in the Top of the 4th inning, but it didn’t go that way last night.

Kershaw only made 1 start in the opening NLDS series against the Diamondbacks and he struggled. Kershaw gave up 4 runs over 6 1/3rd innings, but the Dodgers gave him the run support he needed and he got the win. Kershaw was much better against the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS. Kershaw made 2 starts against the Cubs giving up 3 runs over 11 innings while picking up 1 win in that series. Then last night Kershaw pitched 7 innings giving up 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 11. Don’t forget that while Kershaw had 17 post season starts before last night in his career this was his first World Series start. So numbers wise it looks like Kershaw had his best post season start on the biggest possible stage. Kershaw is due to get at least one more start in this series; so will see if he stays hot.

Of course one game doesn’t make a series and Dallas Keuchel kept the Astros in the game, he just beat by the home run ball. We mentioned the lead off home run Taylor hit, but Justin Turner also hit a 2-run home run off Keuchel with 2 outs in the Bottom of the 6th inning to make it a 3-1 game. Keuchel went 6 2/3rd innings for the Astros last night, but what might turn out to be bigger pitching news for Houston is the bullpen didn’t have any issues. Brad Peacock did walk a batter, but got out of the 1/3rd of an inning he pitched cleanly. Chris Devenski also worked a clean inning striking out 2 batters.

The Astros will try to even up the series tonight as they have Justin Verlander starting for them. Verlander has 4 post season wins for the Astros this season, 3 as a starter and 1 as a reliever. He was also the M.V.P. of the ALCS as he posted a 0.56 E.R.A. in his 2 starts. The Dodgers will counter with Rich Hill as their Game 2 starter. Hull has made just 1 post season start for the Dodgers, he pitched 5 innings against the Cubs giving up 1 run on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8. Will see if Verlander can stay on his post season roll and if Hill can keep the Dodgers in the game against the best post season pitcher.

Believe it or not our picks greatly improved for Week 7. Dan the Man and Mr. Fantasy tied for the weeks best record as they where both 13-2. I actually got into the double digit win column as well going 11-4. For the first time in a long time Schaumburg Stu finished last for the week with a record of 9-6. With his big week Dan the Man has taken over the season lead at 65-41. Schaumburg Stu is in 2nd place at 62-44 while Mr. Fantasy moved into 3rd place at 61-45; so that means I’m the guy in the cellar, but only by a game at 60-46. Will have to see if we can stay hot going into Week 8.

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How was your week

Posted: October 21, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

The Houston Astros picked up another win at home last night 7-1 over the New York Yankees in Game 6 of the ALCS. No home team has lost a game so far in this series and if the Yankees want to advance to the World Series they’ll have to find a way to win Game 7 on the road tonight.

Justin Verlander led the Astros into a Game 7 by dominating on the mound in Game 6. Verlander pitched 7 scoreless innings giving up 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 8 on 99 pitches. Remember at the trade deadline when no one wanted Verlander because of his age the his contract status. Would the Astros still be in the playoffs with Verlander?

Luis Severino was good for the Yankees early on, but his walks caught up to him. In the bottom of the 5th Alex Bregman drew a lead off walk. Marwin Gonzalez grounded out as Bregman moved up to 2nd base. Evan Gattis drew a walk bring up Brian McCann with runners in 1st and 2nd. McCann hit a ground rule double to right-center scoring Bregman and making it 1-0 Astros. George Springer drew another walk to load the bases with just 1 out. Josh Reddick flew to centerfield, but it wasn’t deep enough to bring a run home and it look like Severino had a chance to get out of the inning with minimal damage, all he had to was get Jose Altuve out. Instead Altiuve ended Severeino’s night with a single to leftfield that scored 2 runs giving the Astros a 3-0 lead. Chad Green came out of the Yankees bullpen to get Carlos Correa pop up to end the inning.

The Astros went to their bullpen to start the 8th inning calling on Brad Peacock to face the top of the Yankees order. Peacock recorded the first out of the inning on a foul out to leftfield. Aaron Judge was up next for the Yankees and he got them on the scoreboard with a solo home run to centerfield to make it a 3-1 game. Peacock got the final 2 outs of the inning on a fly out and a strike out, but I’m sure Astros fans where worried that the bullpen had given up another run.

Green exited the game after pitching 2 1/3rd scoreless innings as David Robertson took over on the mound for the bottom of the 8th. Altuve lead off the inning for the Astros with a solo home run to leftfield to make it a 4-1 game. Correa them doubled and Yuri Gurriel singled to pout runners on 1st and 3rd. Bregman doubled to centerfield to score Correa and Gurriel as Bregman ended up on 3rd after an error on Didi Gregorius. Robertson was removed from the game without recording an out as the Yankees turned to Delin Betances. Gonzalez struck out for the 1st out of the inning, but Gattis managed to hit a fly ball to centerfield that was deep enough to score Bregman and put the Astros up 7-1. McCann singled before Springer grounded out to end the inning.

Ken Giles came in to pitch the top of the 9th and he’s had his issues. After recording the 1st out Starlin Castro singled and Aaron Hicks drew a walk, but that was the end of the Yankees threat as Todd Frasier flew out and Chase Headley struck out to end the game.

So we’ve got a Game 7 on our hands tonight. The Yankees are going with C.C. Sabathia while the Astros have announced that Charlie Morton will get the start for them. This pitching match up is a rematch of Game 3. Sabathia pitched 6 shutout innings as the Yankees won that game 8-1. Morton is looking to bounce back from that Game 3 outing. Morton was tagged for 7 of the 8 runs the Yankees scored in that game. He only lasted 3 2/3rd innings that start.

Now you might think that the Yankees would be the favorite with Sabathia facing Morton, but remember that no road team has found a way to win a game in this series. Will the Yankees find a way to get a road win tonight? and move on to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series or will the Astros hold serve at home and move along to face the Dodgers.

Speaking of  the Dodgers they announced that Clayton Kershaw will be the starter for Game 1 of the World Series. Kershaw started Thursday nights NLCS clinching game against the Chicago Cubs. Kershaw pitched 6 innings throwing 89 pitches in that start, but with the ALCS going to a Game 7 it gives the Dodgers the opportunity to start the best pitcher in baseball in Game 1. Now the Dodgers are also expecting shortstop Corey Seager to be ready to go for Game 2 of the World series. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said is “doing everything to get healthy” and the Dodgers “expect him back for Game 1”.

Charlie Culberson filled in at shortstop for Seager during the NLCS. Culberson hit .455 going 5 for 11 with 2 doubles and a triple. Culberson had 10 total chances on defense and handled them all without committing an error. As well as Culberson played and with Seager trying to come back for injury you have to wonder if the Dodgers will find a spot for Culberson on their World Series roster.

The Detroit Tigers where the first team to fill their managerial vacancy as they signed Ron Gardenhire to a 3-year deal to manage the team.

Gardenhire is familiar to the American League Central as he managed the Minnesota Twins for 12 seasons 2002-2014. Gardenhire has a career record of 1068-1039 in the regular season, but is just 6-21 in the post season.

It appears as though Gardenhire will be taking over a rebuild Tigers team. As we know top players like Justin Verlander, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton were traded during the season as was the general managers son Alex Avila. In what isn’t really a surprise move the Tigers announced that they won’t be picking up the $16 million dollar option on the contract of Anibal Sanchez making him a free agent.

Sanchez was a big acquisition for the Tigers in 2012 when they picked him up from the Miami Marlins. Sanchez went 14-8 in his first full season with the Tigers and finished 4th in the Cy Young voting in 2013, but he had his struggles after that season. Sanchez battled some injuries, lost his spot in the starting rotation and even did a stint in Triple-A last season; so it’s no surprise that the Tigers are willing to let him walk away. Now the question is will some team desperate for starting pitching take a chance on him.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 18, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in basketball, football, sports

The NBA season tipped off last night with two games. The opener featured the Cleveland Cavaliers hosting the Boston Celtics. While the night game had the defending champion Golden State Warriors vs. the Houston Rockets.

This off season the Celtics where able to land one of if not the top free agent on the market when they signed Gordon Hayward to a 4 year $128 million dollar deal. It was the first of a couple moves that the Celtics made that had many people thinking the could unseat the Cavaliers as the best team on the Eastern Conference. Sadly Heyward’s Celtics debut went horribly wrong.

Heyward went up for an alley-oop just about 5 minutes into the game. He collided with LeBron James on the play and his leg bent in a funny way and he collapsed under the basket. The players stayed away from Heyward as the doctors where checking him out, but eventually his teammates and the Cavaliers players came over to check on him as he was being stretchered off the court.

Heyward was taken into the Cavaliers locker room for his medical evaluation. Being that Cleveland was the home team their locker room is outfitted with more medical equipment than the visitors locker room is. Both Celtics and Cavaliers officials where in the locker room with Heyward along with doctors from each team. Heyward received X-rays in the Cavaliers locker room.

After the game Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Heyward had dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia while the team announced the injury as a fractured ankle. No matter what his injury is Heyward was flown back to Boston last night and taken straight to New England Baptist Hospital according to reports. Heyward is scheduled to have surgery today.

Heyward’s teammate did rally and beat the Cavaliers 102-99 as Jaylen Brown led the way with 25 points. James just missed an opening night triple-double in the loss as he had 29 points, 16 rebounds and 9 assists.

In the night cap it was ring night for Golden State and as I’m sure most of you know that normally spells trouble for a team. No one is sure if it’s the change of warm ups or the delays the ring ceremony causes, but most teams struggle when they are given their championship rings. The Warriors didn’t fall into that trap to start.

The Warriors out up 35 points in the 1st quarter to take a slim 1 point lead. After a 36 point 2nd quarter the Warriors had a 9 point lead at halftime. Golden State was able to push their lead to double digits at the end of the 3rd quarter as they lead by 13. As the 4th quarter rolled around it appeared as the Warriors would be able to get by the new look Rockets on opening night, but the final quarter didn’t go their way. Did the Warriors run out of gas? Or was it the opening ceremony just catching up to them? Golden State managed just 20 points in the 4th quarter as the Rockets where able to make up that 13 point deficit and pull out a 1 point win 122-121.

James Harden led the Rockets with 27 points. Harden also recorded 10 assists. The Rockets only used 8players in the game and all three of the players who came off the bench scored in double digits led by Eric Gordon with 24 points. If you would’ve bet that Nick Young would be the Warriors leading scorer on opening night you probably would’ve won a lot of money, but he was. Young came off the Golden State bench to score 23 points. Young made 8 of the 9 shots he took in the game and was 6 of 7 from behind the 3-point line. Draymond Green was a point short of a triple-double as he had 11 rebounds, 13 assists, but just 9 points in the loss.

If you’ve ever played on a team you know that there are arguments between teammates and sometimes these escalate into physical altercations. Luckily these fights are rare and they don’t often end in an injury, but that wasn’t the case for the Chicago Bulls at practice Tuesday.

Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are battling each other for playing time at the power forward position. At practice on Tuesday it was reported that the two started by talking trash to each other which we see happen in ever NBA game.

In this case the incident between Mirotic and Portis sadly continued to escalate as it was reported that Mirotic charged Portis on a couple of occasions before Portis retaliated with a punch. Portis’ punch landed right in Mirotic’s face and he dropped to the floor.

Mirotic ended up being taken to the hospital and where he was diagnosed with a concussion and fractures to his upper jaw. The Bulls have said that surgery is a possibility for Mirotic.

Bulls general manager Gar Foreman was at practice and saw the altercation happen according to reports, but he didn’t comment on it. In a statement released by the team the Bulls said they are ” evaluating disciplinary action.”

The Bulls open the season Thursday night on the road against the Toronto Raptors.

Is there anyone out there who can figure out this NFL season? There seem to be quite a few upsets every week and as you’ll see it’s affecting our records when it comes to picking games.

For Week 6 Dan the Man was the only one who was able to get above .500 at 8-6. Schaumburg Stu was right at .500 with a 7-7 record. I was a game under .500 at 6-8 while Mr. Fantasy struggled to a 5-9 record for the week

On the season Schaumburg Stu is still in the lead with a record of 53-38, but Dan the Man has closed the gap to just one game as his record stanza at 52-39. I am hanging around in 3rd place with a record of 49-42 while Mr. Fantasy finds himself in the cellar, but he is just one game behind me at 48-43.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 11, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

If you were like me then you were looking forward to Game 4 of the NLDS game between the Chicago Cubs and the Washington Nationals. It was a scheduled 4:38 pm start time, but when I tuned in the game was under a weather delay. I tried to stay with the game, but instead decided just to check in on it from time to time to see if they had started. In the end Major League Baseball decided it was best to postpone the game until today as there was rain forecast throughout Wednesday for the Chicago area and it did rain.

Now the reason I started with my little story is there is some background information about how the game could’ve been played, but that didn’t happen.

It appears that the Cubs and the Nationals knew that there was going to be a significant weather system in the area that would make it difficult to get the game in if it started at the scheduled 4:30 pm start time. Believe it or not both teams actually agreed that the game needed to be moved up and asked if they could start it at 1:00 pm. Now there was no report on if Major League Baseball had any issues with this change, but the television station carrying the game, TBS said no to moving the game up. There was no reason given on why TBS wouldn’t allow the game to be moved up, but it was clearly a very stupid move on their part. So with just a little bit of intelligence and possible the ability to look at a weather forecast we could’ve played Game 4 last night instead of having the game cancelled and rescheduled to today.

From the conspiracy side of things you have to wonder if maybe TBS would like to see the Nationals advance and that’s why they refused to move the game to 1:00 pm Why do I say this? Well the pitching match up for Game 4 is Jake Arrieta for the Cubs against Tanner Roark for the Nationals. Now just looking at this pitching match up there’s a clear advantage for the Cubs. Arrieta has had some trouble against the Nationals including his last start against them when he lasted 4 innings giving up 6 runs, 5 of which where earned. Arrieta also walked 6 and struck out 4 in that game. Roark was 13-11 on the season with an ERA of 4.67. Even with Arrieta’s issues I think that the majority of people would take him over Roark as a starter in this game.

Now even though the Nationals have came out and said that they’re going to stay with Roark as their Game 4 starter, but with the rain out Game 1 starter Steven Strasburg is back in play. Strasburg pitched 7 innings in Game 1 on October 6th; so it’s a bit of a surprise in an elimination game that the Nationals didn’t turn to him. The Cubs did win Game 1 3-0 with Strasburg taking the loss. Strasburg gave up 3 hits and 2 runs, but both of those runs where unearned. He walked just 1 batter while striking out 10 and threw 81 pitches. It looked like the perfect set up for the Nationals, but it looks like Roark will make the starts. There are some reports that Strasburg is suffering from an illness, but you have to wonder if he’ll be available for a relief appearance if Roark runs into early trouble.

Now also with this rain out if the Nationals can get a win in Game 4 it would set up for them to bring back Max Scherzer for Game 5. Scherzer returned from a hamstring injury to start Game 3 and went 6 1/3rd innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 7 and walking 3. It almost seems like a set up to good to be true for Washington, but will they be able to take advantage of this situation?

The Boston Red Sox won back to back American East titles, but where knocked out of the playoffs in the division series in both of those years. Last season they where swept out by the Cleveland Indians and this season they where beaten in four games by the Houston Astros. It appears as those two early playoff exits have cost John Farrell his job as Red Sox manager.

Farrell took over the Red Sox in 2013 and led the team to a World Series title. The Red Sox finished under .500 in 2014 and 2015, but bounced back to win the division in 2016 and 2017. Farrell was 432-378 as manager of the Red Sox. Before managing the Red Sox Farrell spent two seasons as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays where he went 154-170. Farrell is 55 years old and with a winning record you have to think that he’ll manage again somewhere if he wants to.

With the firing of Farrell this turns the focus of the Red Sox to Dave Dombrowski. Dombrowski was brought in as President of baseball operations in August of 2015; so Farrell wasn’t his hire.

The Red Sox did hit the lowest number of home runs in the American League this season with 168. Of course they where 4th in doubles with 303 and Fenway Park can play to doubles for the right hitter.

With Farrell out, who could be the next Red Sox manager? I’m sure a very popular name will be former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek. Varitek spent his entire major league career with the Red Sox, but has no managerial experience. I’m not sure if Dombrowski would turn a team that has won back to back division titles over to someone that hasn’t managed anywhere.

Could Dombrowski hire Brad Ausmus again? Dombrowski brought Ausmus in to manage the Detroit Tigers before he left for Boston. Ausmus was let go by the Tigers at the end of the season; so could he be the guy?

If the Red Sox are looking for new blood maybe they’ll hire one of the Cora brothers be it Alex or Joey. Alex is currently the bench coach for the Houston Astros and with the success they’ve had this season you have to figure he’ll be a very popular candidate for any managerial opening. Joey spent 2016 managing the Pittsburgh Pirates Double -A team and last season he was a base coach for the Pirates. Joey’s name has been out there for a long time as a possible hire for a manager position; so maybe this will be his chance.

I’m sure will hear quite a few names attached to this opening before the Red Sox actually make a hire.

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How was your week

Posted: October 7, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, post season, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

Well it took two wild card games and five games in the NLDS before we finally got two pitchers who controlled the game.

Steven Strasburg no-hit the Chicago Cubs for 5 2/3rds innings and while his counterpart Kyle Hendricks gave up 2 hits and walked 3 batters over his 7 innings of work he kept the Washington nationals off of the scoreboard. Strasburg also pitcher 7 innings and was overpowering striking out 10.

Strasburg’s downfall in the 6th inning was an error by Anthony Rendon to put the lead off man on base. Now it looked as though Strasburg was going to work his way out of the jam. After Hendricks sacrificed the runner to 2nd base Ben Zobrist flew out for the 2nd out of the inning. Kris Bryant came through with the big two out hit for the cubs, a single to right-centerfield to score Javier Baez who reached on the error. Bryant was able to advance to 2nd base on the throw home. Anthony Rizzo then came through with another big two out hit for the Cubs as he singled to rightfield scoring Bryant to give the Cubs what appeared to be and insurmountable 2-0 lead.

After the starters departed Ryan Madson was the first pitcher out of the Nationals bullpen. Jon Jay greeted him with a double to left, but a strikeout and then a ground out to 2nd where Jay advanced to 3rd on put the Cubs in another two out runner in scoring situation. It was Rizzo who cane through again for the Cubs as he doubled to left to drive in Jay and give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.

Now the Cubs bullpen has had some issues throughout the season, but there where none tonight. Carl Edwards Jr. pitched a 1,2,3 8th inning striking out two. Wade Davis closed out the bottom of the 9th with a 1,2,3 innings as well recording one strikeout in his inning of work.

I’m sure there where some Nationals fans worried that Max Scherzer was unavailable for Game 1 and while Strasburg did give up 2 runs they where both unearned and he kept the Nationals in the game.

Kyle Hendricks was a bit of a surprise when he was named the starter for Game 1 as most people expected Jon Lester to make the start. Hendricks proved to be the right choice as he pitched the Cubs to a Game 1 victory.

Now the Cubs and the Nationals both have very good offenses, but they where shut down by quality pitching. Now you have to wonder what Hendricks and Strasburg had going on that the other starters didn’t have in their outings. Even what you say are the best of the best in starting pitcher had their issues.

Now to be fair the Houston Astros got two solid outings from their starting pitchers, Justin Verlander in Game 1 and Dallas Keuchel in Game 2. Verlander pitched 6 innings giving up 2 runs while Keuchel pitched 5 2/3rd innings giving up 1 run. Trevor Bauer also came through for the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of their series as he pitched 6 2/3rds scoreless innings giving up 2 hits while striking out 8. All three starters gave their teams what they need while picking up a victory, but they weren’t as dominant as Strasburg and Hendricks where last night.

Along with those starts there are starts like Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who did pitch 6 1/3rd innings, but gave up 4 runs. C.C. Sabathia was solid giving up 4 runs with just 2 of them being earned in his 5 1/3rd innings. Chris Sale of the Boston red Sox will probably win the A.L. Cy Young this season, but he had his issues in his first post season start. Sale pitched 5 innings and gave up 7 runs. The Arizona Diamondbacks gave Zack Greinke a big lead in the wild card game and that turned out to be a good thing as Greinke lasted just 3 2/3rd innings giving up 4 runs. Sonny Gray made his post season debut with the Yankees, but lasted just 3 1/3rd innings giving up 3 runs and walking 4. Corey Kluber will probably finish 2nd to Sale in the Cy Young voting was the Indians Game 2 starter to keep him on his regular rest. Kluber pitched 2 2/3rd innings and gave up 6 runs. The Minnesota Twins gave Ervin Santana a lead to start the A.L. wild card game, but he couldn’t hold it as he lasted just 2 innings and gave up 4 runs. The Red Sox got another poor starting effort out of Drew Pomeranz as he managed to pitch just 2 innings giving up 4 runs. Jon Gray made the start for the Colorado Rockies in the wild card game, but lasted just 1 1/3rd innings giving up 4 runs. Tajuan Walker gave up 4 runs in his inning of work for the Diamondbacks in his playoff start. Finally Luis Severino was the starter for the Yankees in their wild card game, but only got one out as the gave up 3 runs before being removed from the game.

Now you have to ask yourself, what is going on here? These are pitchers that will be in contention for post season awards and have had quality seasons for their teams that helped get them into the position their in now. I guess in some cases it could be nerves as some of these pitchers where making their first post season starts. In other cases there are starts where a pitcher doesn’t have his good stuff; so maybe that could account for some of these short outings. Of course the baseball is different this season and the best way to describe it is to say that it is hitter friendly. You can just look at the number of players who’ve set career highs in home runs to know something is going on, but you have to remember that MLB likes offense. Of course there is the old tagline that good pitching beats good hitting and while it did for some teams there where quite a few others where their good pitcher didn’t deliver for them.

The National League has the stage to itself today as the American League series are switching cities. Will get a pair of Game 2’s as the Cubs go with Jon Lester to try to win the first two road games in their series. The Nationals turn to Gio Gonzalez to even things up for them. The second game has Robbie Ray scheduled to start for the Diamondbacks as they look for a split against the Dodgers who are going with Rich Hill as their starter. What kind of starts will these pitchers have?

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: October 4, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

When Major League Baseball added non-division winning teams to the playoffs they decided to call them wild card teams and wild sure described the start of last nights game between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees.

The Yankees decided to go with their young ace Luis Severino as the starter for this game. It started off rough for Severino as Twins lead off man Brian Dozier hit a home run to put the Twins up 1-0 right away. After Joe Mauer fouled out there was a thought that Severino was going to settle in, but after a walk to Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario hit a two run home run to rightfield to give the Twins a early 3-0 lead. Eduardo Escobar singled Max Kepler doubled and that was it for Severino. Chad Green came out of the Yankees bullpen to get out of the 2nd and 3rd jam and keep it a 3-0 game.

You would’ve thought the Twins would have some confidence heading into the bottom of the 1st inning, but one swing of the bat evened the game up. Brett Gardner drew a walk off of Twins starter Ervin Santana. Aaron Judge followed with a single to put runners on 1st and 3rd. Gary Sanchez fouled out for the first out of the inning. Didi Gregorius got the Yankees right back in the game with a 3-run home run to even the score at 3-3. Santana got did walk a hitter, but got out of the 1st with no more damage.

The Twins went down 1,2,3 in the top of the 2nd and after the first two Yankees flew out to centerfield to start the bottom of the 2nd Gardner gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead on a solo home run to rightfield. A ground out ended the inning with the Yankees up 4-3.

Green ran into some trouble in the top of the 3rd. A single and then two walks sandwiching a fly out and the Twins had the bases loaded with just one out. Bryon Buxton grounded into a fielder’s choice to tie the game at 4-4. That ended Green’s night as David Robertson was up next out of the Yankees bullpen. Buxton stole 2nd to out runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs, but Jason Castro struck out to end the inning for the Twins with the score 4-4.

Jose Berrios relieved Santana to start the bottom of the 3rd inning and was greeted with a lead off double by Sanchez. After two strikeouts Greg Bird came through with a two out single to bring Sanchez home and give the Yankees the lead for good at 5-4. Aaron Hicks did have an infield single, but with runners 1st and 2nd Jacob Ellsbury fouled out to end the inning.

The Yankees added two run off Berrios in the bottom of the 4th. Todd Frazier stuck out to start the inning. Gardner singled to get on base for the third consecutive time in the game. Judge then hit a 2-run home run to leftfield to put the Yankees up 7-4.

The Yankees added their final run of the game in the bottom of the 7th inning. Judge walked off of Trevor Hildenberger to start the inning. Sanchez singled with Judge going to 3rd. Sanchez was able to advance to 2nd on an error to out runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Gregorius walk intentionally walked to load the bases. Castro flew out for the first out of the inning. Taylor Rogers came out of the Twins bullpen to strikeout Bird for the second out of the inning. The Twins went to the bullpen again this time for Alan Busenitz. Hicks worked a walk off of Busenitz to force in Judge and make it a 8-4 game. Ellsbury flew out to end the inning.

With Severino lasting just 1/3rd of an inning the Yankees bullpen really stepped up. Green pitched 2 innings followed by Robertson who worked 3 1/3rd innings. Tommy Kahnle pitched 2 1/3rd inning while Aroldis Chapman pitched the final inning.

The Yankees move on to face the Cleveland Indians in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday. The Yankees have yet to announce who their starting pitcher will be, but you have to wonder what they’re thinking about doing with Severino. Severino was 14-6 in 31 starts with a 2.98 E.R.A. during the regular season, but none of that came through in his first post season start. The Yankees will have to figure out if it was just a case of nerves or quite possible if the stage was just too big for Severino.

The Yankees could go with Masahiro Tanaka, C.C. Sabathis and Sonny Gray before they might have to go back to Severino. Of course coming off of such a short outing where he only threw 30 pitches Severino should be available out of the bullpen if needed. Would the Yankees go as far as taking Severino out of the rotation and use Jordan Montgomery in his spot.

While we’re on the Yankees/Indians series, Cleveland did something interesting with their starting rotation as well. It would seem obvious that Corey Kluber would take the mound for Game 1 of any series the Indians are in, but for the ALDS it will be Trevor Bauer getting the Game 1 start followed by Kluber in Game 2. Cleveland is doing this to keep Kluber on his regular rest. This would also make him available for a Game 5 start in the ALDS or possibly a Game 1 start in the ALCS.

Let’s take a look at our NFL picks for Week 4. Schaumburg Stu took the week going 10-6. Dan the Man was right behind him at 9-7 while Mr. Fantasy and I finished the week at 8-8. For the season Schaumburg Stu is in the lead at 39-24. Dan the Man is two games behind him at 37-26. I’m currently holding down 3rd place with a record of 36-27 while Mr. Fantasy is at the bottom right now with a record of 35-28. We’ll see how Week 5 goes for us.

As you know we make our picks on the Sunday Sports Time Radio podcast. Some how every team that I picked to win that was playing in a Noon game lost. I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like that happen to me before.

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How was your week

Posted: September 30, 2017 by Sports Time Radio in baseball, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

There are just a couple of games left for each team in baseball’s regular season and while there’s not much left to decide as to which teams will go to the playoffs players still have a chance to put up some extra numbers for individual awards.

Now there are a couple of contenders for M.V.P. one in the American League and one in the National League that may have had their M.V.P. chances hurt by the way their managers handle them in the batting order. Now according to the sabermetric way of baseball you have to get your best hitter batting 2nd so they can get that extra at bat during a game, Now the issue with this is the fat that it takes away RBI chances for this batters not only early in the game, but through the game especially in the National League. Now not every team is string 1 through 9 in their batting order and in the American League the weaker hitters are at the bottom of the order of course; so as the line up rolls around there’s no one on base when that #2 spot in the order comes back up, In the National League on just about every team the pitcher hits in the 9th spot in the batting order and while it can be entertaining to watch a pitcher swing the bat and there are a few that are quality hitters, they’re not going to be table setters for the top of the batting order. So again there aren’t guys on base for that #2 hitter to drive in.

Now according to sabermetrics RBI’s as well as strikeouts don’t mean as much as they use to in baseball; so having guys in a position in the batting order to drive guys in has become less important in today’s game, but as you try and divide players for an individual award it’s going to be a stat that voters will look at.

Now neither of these players would ever come out and complain about that fact that they where cost an M.V.P. by their manager and where they hit in the batting order. They’d would tell you that winning the World Series is more important than an individual award, but what if your team didn’t make the playoffs. Again no player would admit it, but it would be nice to have your season recognized. Of course when you have a great season and you’re 40 plus RBI’s behind the league leader it’s going to cost you votes for those individual awards.

I’m sure by this point you’re starting to wonder which players I’ve been talking about. Well believe it or not the player in the American League that’s going to be hurt in the M.V.P. voting by his place in the batting order is Mike Trout.

Now there isn’t a real clear cut M.V.P. candidate in the American League with the exception of Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros; so Trout might’ve had a chance to pick up his third M.V.P. award in four seasons. Now trout did miss some time with an injury this season, but he’s still putting up good numbers. Trout is hitting .309 and leads the American League in OBP at .446, SLG at .638, OPA at 1.084 and OPS+ at 190. Trout also has 33 home runs and has more walks 94 than strikeouts this season 90. So as you can see by the numbers Trout has had a very good season and will get some M.V.P. votes when those votes are tallied, but will the fact that he has driven in just 72 runs this season be the thing that stops him from winning?

Now there appears to be more M.V.P. candidates in the National League, but there could be questions associated with any of them. In reality Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds has probably had the best season in the National League, but the Reds are in last place in the National League Central at 67-93; so that will rule Votto out. Now both Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies are both having seasons that will get them M.V.P. votes, but you have to wonder if voters will downgrade their numbers since they play 81 of their games in Coors Field.

Now there are a couple of players we could’ve mentioned as M.V.P. candidates, but you have to wonder if he had a better spot in the Chicago Cubs batting order if we’d be looking at Kris Bryant as a back to back M.V.P. winner. Now Bryant has played through some injuries this season, but is still hitting .295. Bryant’s numbers are right there with or better than the other National League contender for M.V.P. except for the fact that he has driven in just 73 runs this season. Bryant is actually 57 RBI’s behind the National League leaders. Blackmon is tied with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins with 130 RBI’s this season. Bryant has a very positive sabermetric 6.2 WAR this season; so just imagine if he would’ve been in a position in the Cubs batting order to drive in over 100 runs he would be right in the middle of the conversation to be the first back to back National League M.V.P. since Albert Pujols did it in 2008 and 2009.

It looks as though Bryant is definitely out as a National League M.V.P. contender, but you have to wonder if Trout could find a way to win the American League M.V.P. award again. Remember Trout was voted M.V.P. last season and when you look at his completion he probably did deserve to win, but voters like him. You also have to remember that when Miguel Cabrera won the triple crown there where quite a few people who where advocating for Trout to win the award. I’m not sure that Bryant will have that kind of backing, but he is on a team that win it’s division and has a chance to defend it’s World Series title.

Will we ever see the voters focus more on the sabermetric stats that everyone seems to be in love with? As you know I’m not a huge fam of the sabermetric stats as I believe they’re more for fantasy players. I don’t need the assistance of sabermetrics to know that Bryant and Trout are great players in today’s game, but they do need to be looked at as M.V.P.’s this season.

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