Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 18, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I know most of the experts who gave up on the New York Yankees, wrote them off for this season and called them disappointing will never admit to it, but I’m sure it’s out there on tape somewhere. Well after yesterday’s doubleheader sweep of the Boston Red Sox the Yankees have actually moved ahead of the Red Sox in the American League wild card race. Now before you go crazy and jump on the other side and start backing the Yankees they are just .001 percentage points ahead of the Red Sox in the standings and that because the Yankees have played two less game so far this season. The Red Sox could just as easily move back in front of the Yankees in the standings if they win the final game of their series tonight.

Now just how did the Yankees get back into the playoff race? After dropping a second straight game to the New York Mets the Yankees where sitting at 41-41 on July 4th and where given up on by just about everyone especially the New York media.

The Yankees then went on to win their next four series including taking two of three from the Red Sox, but then they ran into Boston again and the Red Sox took three of four in that series. After that series with the Red Sox the Yankees have won their next seven series including the one currently going on the Red Sox right now. While winning these seven series in a row the Yankees had one five game winning streak and are currently on another five game winning streak.

Obviously winning series is a way to get yourself, but that’s not all the Yankees have done. The additions of Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo have helped as well as getting some of their players back from injury. Don’t forget the Yankees are still waiting for Gleybar Torres, Gio Urshela, Corey Kluber, Aroldis Chapman, Domingo German and Rizzo to return from their various injuries or Covid-19 related absences. So it looks like there’s more help on the way for New York.

Now the question becomes can the Yankees find a way to get themselves into the playoffs as was predicted by just about everybody at the start of the season. Continuing to win series will help, but there are some other things that they’ll need to have go their way.

The biggest concern the Yankees have is if the back of their starting rotation can hold up. With Gerrit Cole at the top of the rotation and Jordan Montgomery and Jameson Taillon following him the Yankees are solid through three starters, but four and five is where it could get tricky. Even though German has struggled this season he has a track record as a starting pitcher, but it’s unclear when he’ll be back. Andrew Heaney was picked up at the trade deadline, but has a 9.00 E.R.A. in the three starts he’s made for the Yankees. We’ll see how Heaney does in his start today against the Red Sox.

The Yankees have used eight other starting pitchers besides the five that are listed above this season and none of those eight where Luis Severino who is looked at as a long term top of the rotation pitcher for New York. Those eight starters have had varying degrees of success for the Yankees.

Nelson Cortes Jr. and 23 year-old Luis Gil have been the best of the eight starters the Yankees have used and I believe that Cortes Jr. will be the first pitcher to try and fill out the starting rotation as he’s made four straight starts for the Yankees.

There was some hopes that Severino would be able to return this season, but it’s starting to look like that’s not going to happen. Severino is recovering from Tommy John surgery and just had to undergo an MRI after experiencing tightness in his pitching arm. The results of his MRI have not yet been released.

Severino had made two rehab starts before being shutdown Friday when he felt tightness in his pitching arm. Severino hasn’t pitched in the majors since the 2019 playoffs as he missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery in February of 2020.

It does appear as though barring any setbacks Corey Kluber may be close to returning from his injury. Kluber has made two minor league rehab appearances covering 4 1/3rd innings. Kluber will need to make a few more rehab appearances before being brought back by the Yankees, but there’s a chance that he could return to their starting rotation just in time for the stretch run.

So what do you think of the Yankees chances to get into the playoffs? Not only do they currently hold a wild card spot, but they’re just five games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League East division race. Let me know where you see the Yankees ending up by the end of the regular season.

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How was your week

Posted: August 14, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Here’s a question for you. Which team is going to win the National League East? As long as you didn’t say the Washington Nationals or the Miami Marlins the team you picked has a chance to win this division.

Going into today’s games the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves are tied for the N.L. East lead. Both teams are 60-56 while the New York Mets are just 1/2 a game back with a record of 59-56. It’s by far the closest division race in Major League baseball.

Last night the Braves where the only one of these three teams to get a win as they beat the Nationals 4-2. The Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 while the Mets drop a 6-5 extra inning contest to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The combination of the Braves win and the Phillies loss is what allowed the Braves to move into a tie at the top of the division.

Now scheduling will play a part in who may win this division. Starting last night the Mets play their next 13 games against the Dodgers or the San Francisco Giants. The Giants and the Dodgers have the two best records in the National League. Will the Mets be able to stay in the N.L. East race over these next couple of weeks? Over that same timeframe the Phillies have a couple more games with the Reds before heading out West to face the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres. Then the Phillies return home for a quick two game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. It’s not an easy schedule for the Phillies, but I don’t know if it’s as tough as what the Mets have. As for the Braves; the schedule really favors them over this time period. After the series with the Nationals the Braves head to Miami for three games against the Marlins and then travel to Baltimore for three games with the Orioles before they return home to host the New York Yankees for two games.

Can the Braves get a little separation in the division since they have the easiest schedule out of these three teams or can either the Mets or the Phillies play well enough to hang with them at the top of the division?

Now it’s possible that injuries will play a big part in who wins the N.L. East. If that’s the case the Mets really have an uphill battle ahead of them. Just yesterday the Mets announced that Jacob deGroom was been shutdown for two more weeks and their big trade deadline acquisition Javier Baez was placed on the 10-day IL due to back spams. Add those two injuries to the fact that Francisco Lindor has been out since July with a strained oblique. Don’t forget that Noah Syndergaard hasn’t pitched all season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. There are reports that Syndergaard is close to returning, but will be used out of the bullpen.

The Phillies are waiting for Rhys Hoskins to return from a strained groin, but they’re also waiting for six pitchers; three starters and three relievers to return from the IL. Luckily for the Phillies it’s not their top starting pitchers that are out, but Zach Eflin, Chase Anderson and Vince Velasquez are definitely solid back of the rotation starters. Will see how much longer it is before the possible returns of Jose Alvarado and Sam Coonrod, but it’s doubtful Seranthony Dominquez will make it back this season as he’s recovering from Tommy John surgery.

While deGroom may be the best starting pitcher that’s on the IL right now don’t forget that the Braves have played the entire season with their #1 starter Mike Soroka not pitching an inning for them. Atlanta is also missing Ian Anderson from their starting rotation. While the Mets are missing the best pitcher right now there’s a chance he may be back. There’s no chance that the Braves will be getting Ronald Acuna Jr. back this season and he’s the best everyday player out right now. The Braves have also played most of the season without Marcell Ozuna who’s appeared in 48 games this season. Ozuna is out with dislocated fingers and may also have a domestic violence issue hanging over his head; so you have to wonder if he’ll return this season. The Braves did acquire Eddie Rosario from the Cleveland Indians at the trade deadline even though he was on the IL at the time of the trade. Rosario is yet to return to game action.

In some cases just being the hot team at the right time can come in handy when a division race is this close. Atlanta is 8-2 in their last 10 games while Philadelphia is 7-3 and the Mets are 4-6. It will be interesting to see if the Braves and the Phillies can continue to play well or if the Mets can get it going.

So looking at these three teams and the situations they’re in; who do you think ends up winning the N.L. East? Remember it looks like just the winner of the division will make it into the playoffs as the wild card will come out of the N.L. West or the N.L. Central; so there’s a lot on the line in this division.

No coming off last weekend where hit on all four of his predictions Schaumburg Stu didn’t get off to a good start for this weekend. Schaumburg Stu had the Chicago Cubs beating the Miami Marlins last night and well they lost 14-10. Schaumburg Stu has two predictions for today; he’s going with the Miami Dolphins to beat the Chicago Bears in NFL pre-season action and he also has the Chicago White Sox beating the New York Yankees today. On Sunday Schaumburg Stu has the White Sox and the Yankees combining for more hits in their game than the Cubs and the Marlins.

You can hear Schaumburg Stu make his predictions every Friday on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but you should also listen to the podcast the other days of the week as well. The Sports Time Radio podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if you miss the podcast live just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 11, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Now I know that we’ve already had the Hall of Fame game that kicks off the NFL pre-season, but I honestly didn’t realize that starting tomorrow every team in the league will have a pre-season game this weekend.

Are you ready for the NFL to get up and going full tilt; because I’m not. I guess we don’t have much of a choice. There are two games tomorrow and three games on Friday. The bulk of the NFL action is on Saturday as there are 10 games on the schedule while the first full week of pre-season NFL football wraps up on Sunday.

I guess it is August and it’s the time of the year that the NFL gets started, but I guess I just wasn’t paying close enough attention. I guess it’s time to start getting ready for my fantasy drafts and I have some questions that need to be answered.

Last season I took a chance on Cam Newton and it started out like i had made a good choice, but we all know how it turned out. Well it looks like Newton will be the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots Week 1, but how long will he keep that job if he struggles again. Everyone seems to be onboard with Mac Jones taking over at some point this season; so if you end up with Newton on your fantasy roster; do you also draft Jones?

You could ask the exact same question about the San Francisco 49ers. It looks like Jimmy Garoppolo will be the starting quarterback when Week 1 of the regular season rolls around, but 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has already said he has a package of plays for rookie Trey Lance to run. Garoppolo is another quarterback who you have to wonder how long he’ll be the San Francisco starter.

There are a couple of other teams that have quarterback competitions going on and as of now we don’t know who seems the leader right now.

The New Orleans Saints have to replace Drew Brees at quarterback and it’s going to be either Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston. Now Winston has actually experience as a full time NFL starting quarterback while four starts as a quarterback all of them last season. Now this is Hill’s 4th season in head coach Sean Payton’s system; so you have to wonder if that will give him an advantage, but Winston is a former #1 overall pick. Winston is also just 26 years old while Hill is 30 years old. This will be a tough choice for fantasy owners to make as it wouldn’t surprise me if both players get time under center this season.

For a couple of seasons now the Denver Broncos have been trying to convince everybody and maybe themselves a little bit that Drew Lock is a NFL caliber starting quarterback. Lock was kind of the starter for the Broncos last season by default as there wasn’t another quarterback on the roster to challenge him. Well this season the Broncos brought in veteran Teddy Bridgewater to challenge for that #1 quarterback spot. Bridgewater looked like he was going to be a very good NFL quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings, but after a terrible knee injury caused him to miss the entire 2016 season Bridgewater has bounced around to what is now his third team in four seasons. This is another interesting choice for fantasy owners to make as it’s very unclear right now who the Broncos might go with.

Hopefully these quarterback situations will start to clear themselves up as fantasy owners get closer to their drafts, but there are some leagues out there that have already drafted and you have to wonder how those fantasy owners handled these situations.

The other interesting quarterback situation going on right now is with the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts traded for Carson Wentz this off season, but Wentz injured his foot and the timetable for his return is anywhere from 5 to 12 weeks. Now it looked and sounded like Jacob Eason would be the net in line for that open quarterback job, but it’s being reported that Eason is splitting first team reps at practice with rookie 6th round pick Sam Ehlinger.

Now obviously neither of these quarterbacks are the long term solution for Indianapolis, but it looks like one of them is going t be the Colts starter for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. There is an outside shot that Wentz will be back for Week 1, but I don’t know how many people are counting on that happening.

Eason was drafted by the Colts in the 4th round of the 2020 draft, but didn’t play in a regular season game last season. Eason was the Colts 3rd quarterback last season behind Jacoby Brissett and starter Philip Rivers. Ehlinger of course was just drafted in the 2021 draft and is in his very first NFL season.

The only plus here for fantasy owners is the fact that Wentz should be back early in the season unless he has a setback, but Wentz has had his injury issues in his career.

Well if you’ve already had your fantasy draft let me know how you handled these quarterback situations and if you’re fantasy draft is up coming left me know how you’re planning to handled these quarterback situations.

Now Schaumburg Stu had a 4-0 week with his predictions. He hit on Team USA winning a gold medal and then he stuck with the Chicago White Sox in their weekend series against the Chicago Cubs and hit on all those predictions. He had the White Sox winning both Saturday and Sunday’s games as well as the White Sox recording more hits than the Cubs in Sunday nights game.

Now if you want to hear Schaumburg Stu’s predictions live he makes them every Friday on the Sports Time radio podcast which airs on BlogTalkRadio.com. If you just can’t get over there to hear Schaumburg Stu’s picks live or any of the other podcasts just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

You can also find me on Twitter @Burketime

How was our week

Posted: August 7, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I’m sure at some point probably this year someone has asked you how old you are. In some cases we look older than we actually are and in other cases we look younger than we actually are. Now as you know age is just a number and it’s more important how you feel than what your actual age is. I’m luckily enough to have a face that looks younger than my age, but my gray hair and my 100% pure gray goatee kind of give away the fact that I’m older. Well if you’re a fan of baseball I believe I have devised one question that will be able to tell you if you’re considered old or not. It’s a very simple yes or no question and your answer will tell people if you’re old or young.

Here it is; are you bothered by strikeouts in baseball? Yes or No?

If you said yes like I would then unfortunately you’re old. With analytics such a huge part of baseball certain things that used to be thought of as important are no longer considered to be. Batting average is a meaningless statistic and RBI”s are lucky. Wins by a starting pitcher no longer means anything in baseball and know it doesn’t matter how many times a player strikeout as long as he can hit home runs and that sad. Well at least to me it is.

One of the things that just drives me crazy when I’m watching a baseball game and it doesn’t matter if it’s a team I root for or if it’s just a game between two teams I don’t have a rooting interest in is when a team has a runner on 3rd base with one out and they can’t get the run home because the players that come to bat are trying to hit a home run instead of just making contact and driving a run in for his team. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen this happen since analytics has become a big part of baseball.

Think about it if there’s a runner on 3rd base and the infield is back or conceding the run as they say as long as the batter doesn’t hit a ground ball right back to the pitcher that run will score and may give his team the lead or be an important run in the game. I’m also pretty sure that whoever is pitching would appreciate his teams coring a run for him to work with. So a batter comes up with that runner on 3rd and he fouls off a couple of pitches; so he’s got two strikes on him. You’d think that hitter might choke up on the bat and just try to make contact. Even if he grounds out his team scores a run and if I remember the rules of baseball the team that scores the most runs wins the game. Well instead of trying to just make some contact that batter swings at a pitch as hard as h can comes nowhere close to making any kind of contact and he swung so hard that one of his hands comes flying off the bat and he almost corkscrews himself into the ground. It becomes inevitable that the next batter hits the ground ball or deep fly ball that would’ve scored that run for his team.

It’s difficult to figure out what has caused this change in baseball, but one of the things I heard is because of salaries. I’ve heard people say that home run hitters get paid while contact hitters don’t. Now I can see this and if you look at the salaries in Major League Baseball it’s clear that this is the case; unfortunately. To be fair though home run hitters have always been paid better, but teams where always able to fill out their rosters with players that did the “little things” that helps their team win games. Again isn’t that the object?

I’ve now heard baseball described as a three outcome game now. That means that a hitter either draws a walk, strikeouts or hits a home run, but I’m not sure three is the proper number. I believe two outcomes is a better answer because a player seems to either strikeout or hit a home run.

Currently there is one payer in Major League Baseball who has more walks than strikeouts this season and that’s Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals. While obviously this isn’t a fair comparison, but Ted Williams walked more than he struck out every year of his career except one. Oh and that one year he only played in six games. Joey Gallo no of the New York Yankees actually leads baseball in walks with 79, but he’s also struck out 138 times this season to go along with his 26 home runs.

In case you’re wondering even though Gallo has a huge strikeout total he’s not all that close to the leader in strikeouts. That honor goes to Javier Baez who’s now with the New York Mets. Baez is one strikeout ahead of Matt Chapman of the Oakland A’s. Baez has struck out 143 times to Chapman’s 142 strikeouts. Gallo comes in 3rd while Eugenio Suarez of the Cincinnati Reds is fourth with 133 strikeouts and the future American League MVP Shohei Ohtani rounds out the Top 5 in strikeouts with 130.

Now with the exception of Chapman who has 14 all of these players have hit 20 plus home runs this season and Ohtani has hit a major league leading 37 home runs so far this season.

So is baseball really a three outcome game?

Now Major League Baseball answer to this is to blame the pitchers and try to come up with solutions like moving the mound farther away from home plate. We’ve all heard that every pitcher now throws over 100 miles per hour and that makes it tougher on the hitter, but anybody with any kind of baseball acumen knows that’s garbage. If hitting was actually taught then strikeouts would go down and players would make more contact, but baseball wants those home runs to stay at a high level. They seem to believe that home runs equate to drawing younger fans to the game, but does it? Is a younger fan really going to sit through strikeout after strikeout just to see a home run with the short attention span of today’s society; I doubt it.

Is this a correctable problem; yes it is, but will they try to fix it?

What may be another problem with analytics is the focus on exit velocity. I’m sure you’ve heard an announcer talk about how hard a player has hit the baseball or they’ve shown you a graphic about which players hit the baseball the hardest. Well the humorous thing about exit velocity is only of the players with the lowest exit velocity of all time is Tony Gwynn.

That would mean that accord to analytics Gwynn wouldn’t be considered a quality player. Gwynn spent 20 years with the San Diego Padres, won 8 batting titles and accumulated 3141 hits in his career. Oh and was also voted into the baseball Hall of Fame the very first time his name appeared on the ballot getting 97.6% of the votes from the BBWA, but according to analytics he didn’t hit the baseball hard enough.

It makes me wonder if analytics thinks that someone like Dave Kingman is a better player than Tony Gwynn. This should be an easy question to answer, but lets see. Who do you want on your team Kingman or Gwynn?

Let me know what you think of the way baseball has seemed to have changed with analytics. I’ll be interested to here which side of this debate you’re on.

Schaumburg Stu had a 3-1 week last week with his predictions and that moved his record to 51-46. Now Schaumburg Stu started off his week with a win as he had Team USA winning the gold medal game in basketball an they did. Team USA beat France 87-82 to win the gold medal.

Now the rest of Schaumburg Stu’s weekend depends on the Chicago White Sox. He has the White Sox beating the Chicago Cubs in today’s game. He also has the White Sox beating the Cubs in their Sunday night match up. Also on Sunday he has the White Sox getting more total hits in their game than the Cubs.

You can hear Schaumburg Stu’s picks every Friday on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but you should also be listening to Sports Time Radio the other days of the week as well. Now if you can’t catch the podcast live on BlogTalkRadio.com you can just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: August 4, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

With Jacob deGroom having a set back in his injury recovery and with Fernando Tatis Jr. on the IL again; who is the front runner for National League MVP?

Even with his injury Tatis is still seven home runs ahead of anybody else in the National League and depending on how long he’ll be out with this shoulder injury many people may still consider him the front runner for MVP, but there have to be other candidates.

Interestingly two of the players having quality seasons where Ronald Acuna Jr. and Nick Castellanos. Well Acuna Jr. is out for the season due to a knee Injury and Castellanos hasn’t played since July 19th due to injury. So it’s difficult to consider them as MVP candidates.

Now there are some other players that are having good seasons, but you haven’t heard the names mentioned in the MVP race, but maybe they’ll come up now.

Bryce Harper is actually putting together a very good season for the Philadelphia Phillies, but he has just 17 home runs at this point and you have to wonder if the voters will hold that against him. Harper is the only Nationals league player that is hitting over .300; he’s at .301, has an On Base Percentage over .400; he’s at .414 and is Slugging over .500; he’s at .553. Will that be enough to get Harper some MVP votes?

Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves is putting together another good season. Freeman is tied for 3rd in home runs with 24, but will soon move into 2nd since that spot is currently held by Kyle Schwarber and he now plays in the American League. Freeman is hitting .294 and is Slugging .511. I think that should make him an MVP candidate.

You have to wonder if being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers will put a brighter spotlight on Trea Turner and he might jump into the MVP race. Turner is 2nd in the N.L. in hitting with a .322 batting average and is currently 3rd in the N.L. in stolen bases with 21 just two behind the leader Tatis. Turner does have 18 home runs; so he has power, but he’ll probably need a big stretch run to get some consideration.

There is one more guy out there who you’d think could get some MVP consideration is Juan Soto, but since he’s playing for the Washington nationals I doubt he’ll appear on too many ballots when votes are casted. Soto is almost in the same brackets as Harper as he’s hitting .299 with a On Base Percentage of .426 and he’s Slugging .501. Soto has 18 home runs, but since he’s the only real threat left in the Nationals line up will he find himself being pitched around. If h is that would limit him from putting up enough numbers for MVP consideration.

Well there are four names that may start to pop up in the N.L. MVP race, but I’m sure you have some names. Let me know who you think will get consideration for N.L. MVP that no one might be talking about right now.

It was quite clear that deGroom was on his way to easily win the N.L. Cy Young award and possibly the MVP as well, but with his injury setback and no real timetable for a return it would be tough to give him either award now. So if deGroom can’t win the Cy Young award who can?

You’d think Walker Buehler who is 11-2 with an ERA of 2.16 in his 22 starts is the front runner right now. Buehler is 2nd in innings pitcher with 141 2/3rds he’s also just inside the Top 10 in strikeouts with 144 he also 4th in WHIP at 0.92. So it’s clear Buehler has the numbers to be considered.

When you think of the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation Freddy Peralta might not be the first name that comes to mind, but he’s 8-3 with an ERA of 2.17 in 19 starts and has a complete game. Peralta is also the N.L. leader in WHIP at 0.87 and batting average against at .128. Of course Peralta might be hurt because he’s looked at the #3 starter on his team.

Now Brandon Woodruff is looked at as the ace of that Brewers staff and he has the numbers to be in this Cy Young award race as well. Woodruff is 7-6 in 21 starts with an ERA of 2.26. Woodruff has 152 strikeouts and is right behind Peralta in WHIP at 0.88. Since Woodruff is looked at as the Brewers #1 starter he’ll probably finish ahead of Peralta in the Cy Young voting, but will the fact that two pitchers form the same team may hurt eithers candidacy for the Cy Young.

There where some questions when the San Francisco Giants made Kevin Gausman a qualifying offer this past off season, but it’s clear the Giants knew what they had. In 21 starts for the Giants Gausman is 9-5 with an ERA of 2.35. Gausman has racked up 149 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.95. Gausman and the Giants may be the biggest surprise of this season as they’ve found a way to stay on top of the N.L. West and they wouldn’t be their if it wasn’t for Gausman.

One final pitcher who should manage to get quite a few votes for the Cy Young award is Zach Wheeler of the Philadelphia Phillies. Wheeler is 9-6 with a 2.57 ERA in 22 starts and has a complete game. Wheeler is also the N.L. leader in strikeouts with 170 and also is the leader in innings pitched with 147. Now his WHIP and batting average against may be slightly higher than the other pitchers I’ve mentioned, but Wheeler makes up for that with his strikeouts and the innings he’s covered.

So just like with MVP. I’m sure you have a name or two that should be on the Cy Young list; so let me know who you’ve got. I’ll be interested to hear who you think should or could win it.

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How was your week

Posted: July 31, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Yesterday was the Major League Baseball trade deadline and there was quite a bit of activity. I believe that every team that is currently holding onto a playoff spot or is contending for a playoff spot made a deal yesterday with the exception of the Cincinnati Reds.

Now the biggest deal involved the Washington Nationals sending both Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers for four prospects. The Nationals will receive catcher Kelbert Ruiz, pitchers Josiah Gray and Gerardo Carrillo and outfielder Donovan Casey.

Now with the ongoing Trevor Bauer situation and there are reports out there that even if Bauer is allowed to return to the Dodgers there are players on the team that don’t want him back and while the Dodgers have quite a few young arms that they could’ve used in that spot of their rotation Scherzer is a much, much better fit there. Even at 37 years old Scherzer is still one of the top pitchers in baseball and he’ll join a rotation that has Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and when healthy Clayton Kershaw.

The Dodgers also acquire left hander Danny Duffy and cash from the Kansas City Royals for a player to be named later. Duffy is currently on the IL, but is eligible to be activated as of yesterday. Would Duffy take that fifth spot in the Dodgers starting rotation or will it be David Price or Tony Gonsolin?

There are teams out there that can’t find three or four quality starting pitchers and the Dodgers have three solid ones that they’re trying to figure out which one to just be put into the rotation. That’s a nice problem to have.

Now it was also no surprise that the Nationals and the Chicago Cubs made a large number of trades at the deadline. Neither team was performing well this season. Both where in 4th place in their division and both where also under .500; so it should’ve come as no surprise that both teams made wholesale changes and dealt players that where about to enter free agency.

The only players that either team moved that have any time left on their contracts are Turner who has one more year of arbitration and Craig Kimbrel who has a club option on his contract. The Cubs traded Kimbrel to the crosstown Chicago White Sox yesterday. Other than that players like Scherzer, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez will all be free agents at the end of this season. Is it at all possible that the Nationals and the Cubs will make a run to bring any of these players back during the off season?

Looking at the Reds and to be fair while they didn’t make ay deals yesterday they did add three relievers before the trade deadline.

Cincinnati did acquire Justin Wilson and Luis Cessa from the New York Yankees for a player to be named later. The Reds also picked up Mychael Givens from the Colorado Rockies for minor league pitchers Case Williams and Noah Davis.

Now the Reds bullpen has been one of if not the worst in baseball; so picking three relievers makes a lot of sense, but you have to wonder if they could’ve used another reliever or even a starting pitcher.

Don’t forget that there was a lot of talk during this past off season that the Reds where willing to deal starting pitchers Sonny Gray or Luis Castillo; so you have to wonder how much confidence they have in that rotation. Tyler Mahle has stepped up to be their #1 starter and Wade Miley did throw a no-hitter this season, but Gary and Castillo have ERA’s over 4.00 and they don’t really have a clear fifth starter.

Now Cincinnati is 7 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The Reds are also 4 games out of a national League wild card; so maybe their front office doesn’t believe they’re a serious playoff contending team and they didn’t want to move any of their young players in deadline deals.

Now Cincinnati has won 4 games in a row and are 7-3 in their last 10 games plus Joey Votto has homed in 7 straight games; so they have some things going for them right now, but could they have made their team better? Even another minor trade for a back of the rotation starting pitcher may have shown that the Reds front office believed in this team, but with the lack of moves you have to wonder if they really do.

Alright; well Schaumburg Stu got off to a good start with his picks for this weekend. Stu had the Nationals beating the Cubs and the White Sox beating the Indians in last nights games and he got both of those picks correct. Now today he has the Cubs and the Nationals combining to get more than 11 1/2 hits in their game and then on Sunday he has the White Sox and the Indians combining to score more than 7 1/2 runs in their game.

Follow along and let’s see how Stu does this weekend.

Now you can hear Schaumburg Stu’s picks live o the Friday edition of the Sports Time Radio podcast, but you should also listen to the podcast the other days of the week when Dan the Man and I are hosting. The podcast airs live on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if you miss that live version of the podcast just head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

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Let’s call it Wedneday

Posted: July 28, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

So after all the talk about Aaron Rodgers being traded or sitting out the season or even possibly retiring it looks like when Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season kick offs he’ll be the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers like he has been for the past 13 seasons.

Rodgers and the Packers are working on a new contract that would actually make this his last season under contract to the Packers. The deal would also include a clause that would prevent Green Bay from using the franchise tag on Rodgers. That means at the end of this season Rodgers would be an unrestricted free agent and could sign with the team of his choosing.

With Rodgers back under center for the Packers they immediately move to the front of the possible teams in the NFC that will end up in the Super Bowl. Of course Green Bay will have to find a way to get past the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tom Brady to get to the Super Bowl.

The question of course will be; did the Packers out enough talent around Rodgers to get to the Super Bowl. Green Bay does have their top three wide receivers back from last season; Davante Adams, Marquez Valdez-Scantiling and Allen Lazard along with tight end Robert Tonyan. The Packers also drafted Amari Rodgers the University of Clemson wide receiver in the 3rd round of the draft as well as signing Devin Funchess who was the 41st pick of the 2015 draft. Don’t forget that Equanimeuos St. Brown is also on the roster and there are reports that the Packers will be making a trade to bring Randall Cobb back to Green Bay this season.

Do you think that group of receivers is to Rodgers liking? Or do you think he’s still disappointed that the Packers waited until the 3rd round of the draft to select a wide receiver?

Of course will still hear all the questions about what Rodgers will do next season. Will he sign with another team? Or is it possible he may just walk away from the game of football? If he is named the full time host of Jeopardy it would probably make it much easier for him just to retire from the NFL and get on with his life.

So what do you think. How do you think the Packers will do this upcoming season? Also what do you see for Rodgers future? Does he play for another team next season? If you think that where do you see him playing? Or do you think that this will be his last season?

While we’re on NFL quarterbacks Deshaun Watson has reported to Houston Texans camp. Now don’t forget that Watson has been accused of I believe it’s 22 sexual assaults. Now he hasn’t been charged with a crime for any of these, but there is a pending court case that he’ll have to deal with unless a settlement is reached with his accusers.

Now before of all of these accusations Watson was making a lot of noise about getting off of the Texans. Well Nick Caserio the Texans General manager has now come out and said that the team is open to dealing Watson. This is a different position for the Texans who originally had said they wouldn’t trade Watson.

Of course the biggest questions in trading Watson would be. With all these legal issues hanging over his head would another team actually be interested in acquiring Watson. Then you have to wonder what the Texans could actually get in return for Watson. It’s difficult to see any team giving up very much to take on Watson and all of the baggage that comes with him. Then of course if you are a team that acquires Watson you have to wonder if the NFL is even going to allow him to play this coming season with the upcoming court cases and allegations made against him which are very serious.

So I turn to you again. If Watson plays this season do you see him i a Texans uniform? Or is there another team out there that you think will trade for him? Finally; do you see the NFL suspending Watson or putting him on the commissioners exempt list?

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How was your week

Posted: July 24, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

Well it looks like the landscape of college football is going to be changing; again.

From time to time we’d see some movement from a team going into a new conference, but just a coupe of days ago the story came out that the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas contacted the SEC about joining that conference. Apparently these two schools started talking to the SEC six months ago, but words just came out a few days ago.

A few years ago I remember hearing some of the college football experts talking about how they thought that college football would evolve into having four major conferences and with this move it looks like we might be headed that way.

As of now it appears as though the SEC would be the only conference adding teams, but once the move is officially announced you have to wonder how long it will be before other major conferences start adding teams.

Now the Pac-12 came out yesterday and said that they have no plans to add any teams, but they added that they would listen if a team or teams would be interested in joining their conference.

So if we end up with those four major conferences you would think that the SEC and the Pac-12 would be two of them. Being that I live in the Midwest I’m thinking that the Big Ten would be one of those conferences, but which conference would be the fourth one?

I’ve heard quite a few people mention that they believe the ACC would be that fourth conference. Now if the ACC did become that fourth conference that would mean that two of the power conferences would be on the East coast. That would leave quite a bit of space between the Big Ten and the Pac-12 where no major conference would be. Maybe that could lead to the possibility that we’d see five major conferences instead of four.

Then the next question that would come p would be which teams would go where and which teams would be in those major conferences and which teams would fall by the wayside.

Of course the big fish in all of this is Notre Dame. Would the Fighting Irish finally join one of these power conferences? Or would they stay independent?

Now Notre Dame did play in the ACC last football season, but that was due to the Covid-19 outbreak and as of now there are no plans for them to play in that conference this football season. Now Notre Dame does play in the ACC with their basketball team; so would that give that conference a leg up in landing them for football?

No while there are some conferences that have their own television network and Texas has their own network remember the deal that Notre Dame has to have their games shown on NBC is far and away the best television deal in college football. How would Notre Dame’s television deal affect them joining a conference that has a deal with another network or a conference that has their own television network.

Even though Notre Dame hasn’t won the college football title since technically since 1988, but they where voted national champion in 2012 by one of the voting selectors. Now even with those lack of titles Notre Dame is still one of the biggest names in college football and that’s what will have these conferences fighting over them to join that conference.

As I mentioned the Notre Dame basketball team is in the ACC and so is the Fighting Irish baseball team, but the football team has remained an independent. It allows Notre Dame to have the match ups they want with teams like USC, Michigan and of course Army and Navy. If they where in a conference and had to play a conference schedule would they be able to continue those match ups that fans know so well.

It’s no surprise that the Big Ten has been trying to get Notre Dame to join their conference for many years now. Geographically it would make sense since Notre Dame’s campus is located in South Bend, Indiana which is in the heart of the Big Ten.

Now I’m not the biggest college sports fan, but I have to say that this story about Texas and Oklahoma did peak my interest. I’d like to see which teams are going to end up in which conferences and how that affects the landscape of who gets in the college football playoffs. Will it make me watch more college football? Well that we’re going to have to wait and see on.

I’d like to know what you think about the impending move of Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC and how it will affect what other conferences will do. Please leave me your thoughts in the comment section.

Now Schaumburg Stu got off to a good start with his picks for this weekend. He had the Milwaukee Brewers beating the Chicago White Sox last night. For today he likes the Chicago Cubs to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. Then for tomorrow he has the Cubs and the Diamondbacks combining to score more than 6 1/2 runs in their game. He also has Lance Lynn and Brandon Woodruff combining to pitch over 12 2/3rds inning on Sunday night.

Schaumburg Stu makes his picks live every Friday on the Sports Time Radio podcast, but don’t forget to tune in the other days the podcast is on live on BligTalkradio.com. If you do happen to miss the podcast live just head over to TuneIn.com and you can listen anytime you want to.

You can also find me on Twitter @Burketime

Let’s call it Wednesday

Posted: July 21, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

As we inch closer and closer to the trade deadline in Major League Baseball there is a lot of talk about this player going here and that player going there, but with the exception of Joc Pederson being traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Atlanta Braves no player has gone anywhere just yet.

Now if you’re a contending team r you think you’re a contending team you’d think you would want to make a deal sooner rather than later. Wouldn’t it make sense to have the player that you acquired for as long as possible? Why wait until the last day of the trade deadline unless you think you’re going to get a better deal on a player you think you need.

Of course the other side of that baseball is. With the new wild card format there are more teams that may think they’re contenders and they want to wait as long as possible to see if they’ll be in the playoff race before they deal anybody.

That seems to be the approach the Washington Nationals are taking. General Manager Mike Rizzo suggested that how the Nationals play this week will decide what direction the team will go heading into the trade deadline. You have to think that every team in the National League East with the exception of the Miami Marlins feels the same way as Rizzo does. I’m sure there are plenty of teams that are looking at this week the exact same way as the Nationals are.

Now I mentioned the Marlins, but you have to figure there are some other teams that understand they’re out of it this season and our open to making trades. Of course it takes two to tango and maybe the teams that are interested in making trades don’t quite fit with what a contending team is looking for and that team in contention is willing to wait that extra week to see if a team that has a player who is a better fit falls out of the playoffs race.

You have to figure that teams like the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and possibly the St. Louis Cardinals would be willing to work out a deal with a contender. That’s a lot of quality players that could be available on the trade market; so will have to see who ends up where when it’s all said and done.

Now of course certain names will always come up at this time of the year, but there has also been reports that some teams are asking way to high of a price for their players that still have some controllable years on their contracts. That means a team has to make the decision if that player is the one piece they need to put them over the top and possibly win you a World Series.

Who knows when will start to see some player movement via trade, but you have to think once the first couple are announced we’re going to see a whole lot more deals follow. You would think that if one contender makes a move another contender would want to pick up someone to stay on the level as that first team.

Now remember July 31st is it when it comes to trades. There are no more waiver deals, but there are still a few ways to get players from one team to another, but it’s a lot riskier to try and put a player through waivers and hope that the team that wants him gets him. It would be much easier to just make a trade for that player.

Switching up sports here. Training camps are close to opening in the National Football League and while it still hasn’t been made clear if Aaron Rodgers will show up when the Green Bay Packers open their training camp Rodgers did drop some hints that he’ll report.

Now he had all heard or read that the Packers had offered Rodgers a contract extension this off season, but he turned it down. Now we didn’t get very many details on that contract until yesterday.

The Packers offered Rodgers a two year contract extension that would’ve kept hi with Green Bay for five more seasons. The deal also would’ve made Rodgers the highest paid quarterback as well as player in the NFL.

Now what makes this tough to read into is the fact that in the NFL they have non-guaranteed contracts. If the Packers had offered Rodgers a two year extension at say $50 million dollars a season that was non-guaranteed; yes it would technically be a contract offer, but it wouldn’t mean very much. Especially to a player like Rodgers.

So Green Bay’s training camp opens July 25th in De Pere Wisconsin for Rookies and veterans. What do you think; will Rodgers be at camp on the 25th?

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How was your week

Posted: July 17, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

On July 21st the NHL will be adding their 32nd team as the Seattle Kraken will have there expansion draft and assemble their team for the upcoming 2021-22 NHL season. The expansion draft starts at 7:00 p.m. on the 21st and will be shown on ESPN2.

Here’s how the expansion draft will play out. The Kraken will select one player from each team for a total of 30 players. Yes I know there are 31 NHL teams, but the Las Vegas Golden Knights will not have a player selected from their team. At the minimum the Kraken must draft 14 forwards, 9 defenseman and 3 goaltenders. Seattle can then fill the four remaining roster spots with players from any position and of the 30 players drafted; at least 20 must be under contract for the 2021-22 season.

All first and second year professionals, unsigned draft picks and players who have suffered career-ending injuries are exempt from selection and will not count toward their team’s applicable protection limits. Players with no movement clauses must be protected unless they agree to waive those clauses.

Teams can protect 8 “skaters” a combination of forwards and defenseman and 1 goaltender or they can break it down this way by protecting 7 forwards, 3 defenseman and 1 goaltender.

All teams must expose 2 forwards 1 defenseman and under contract for the 2021-22 season who played in at least 27 NHL games in 2020-21 or played in at least 54 NHL games in the last two seasons combined. As well as 1 goaltender who is under contract for the 2021-22 season or is a restricted free agent who has already received his qualifying offer.

Each teams protection list are due today; July 17th. The NHL will check each teams list and then they will publish them tomorrow.

It will be interesting to see how the Kraken go about assembling their roster and comparing it to how the Golden Knights put there’s together before the 2017-18 NHL season.

In their first season the Golden Knights finished in 1st place in the Pacific division with a record of 51-24-7 and made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals before losing 4 games to 1 to the Washington Capitals. In there four years of existents the Golden Knights have made the playoffs every season and just this past season they went to the Stanley Cup semi-finals where they where knocked out by the Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 2.

Will the Kraken be able to have similar success to what the Golden Knights have had? Or will they fall more in line with what we’re used to seeing expansion teams do? I guess will start to find that out on July 21st.

Last night Jake Cronenworth of the San Diego Padres hit for the cycle as his team put up 24 runs on there way to a 24-8 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Cronenworth went four for five on the night and actually started off his evening by lining out in the 1st inning. In the 2nd inning Cronenworth drove in two runs with a double. Then in the 3rd inning Cronenworth hit an RBI triple. After a solo home run in the 5th inning al Cronenworth needed for the cycle was a single and he got that in his next at bat. Cronenworth picked up an infield single against the shift in the 6th inning.

After picking up the cycle it was the end of Cronenworth’s night. Jurickson Profar came out in the 7th inning to play second base in Cronenworth’s place.

This was the second time that a player has hit for the cycle against the Nationals. Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies did it in on the final day of the 2018 season. It was also the third time that a Padres players has hit for the cycle. Cronenworth follows Matt Kemp who did it in 2015 and his teammate Will Myers who hit for the cycle in 2017.

As fun as it was to watch Cronenworth hit for the cycle what may have been more important was just seeing the Padres offense wake up. San Diego headed into the All-Star break by losing two of three games to the Colorado Rockies. Last night the San Diego offense put up had 22 hits against seven Washington pitchers and set a franchise record for runs. San Diego scored in every inning except the seventh, as the Nationals allowed the most runs since the franchise moved to Washington in 2005.

Will have to see if the Padres saved any offense for tonight’s game as Patrick Corbin makes the start for the Nationals and tries to hold down the San Diego offense.

Well Schaumburg Stu’s picks got off to a rough start last night a she had the Arizona Diamondbacks to bet the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs won 5-1 last night. Now he has two chances to redeem himself today as he has the Chicago White Sox beating the Houston Astros and then he’s going with the Phoenix Suns to beat the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 5 of the NBA finals tonight. To wrap up his weekend of picks Schaumburg Stu likes Carlos Rodon to strikeout more batters than Framber Valdez, Zach Davies or Merrill Kelly on Sunday.

You can tune in to the Sports Time Radio podcast on Friday to see how Schaumburg Stu’s picks worked out and who he’s taking for that upcoming weekend. Of course you should still be listening to the podcast live the other days of the week as well on BlogTalkRadio.com, but if you miss the podcast live just head over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

You can also find me on Twitter @Burketime