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.

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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.

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Let’s call it Wednesday

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

I brought up a bit of an interesting point on the Sports Time Radio podcast yesterday and I’d like to take a deeper look at it here. If you weren’t listening yesterday to catch you up I asked if the Atlanta Braves could be sellers at the trade deadline.

Now the Braves have had some bad injury luck this season like a few other teams. Of course the worst blow for the Braves was losing Ronald Acuna Jr. for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Now add this to the other injured Braves. Travis d’Arnaud is also out for the rest of the season while Marcel Ozuna is recovery from a dislocated finger, but is also dealing with the domestic violence situation he had with his wife; so who knows if he’ll be back this season. They’re also missing starting pitchers Mike Sororka and Touki Toussaint for what seems like the rest of this season. You can also throw in the injured Huascar Ynoa who actually fractured his hand while in the dugout. Ynoa had been filling in as a starter and while it appears he may be ready to return this season it’s unclear when he’ll be back.

Now the Braves are far from out of the race in the National League East. Atlanta comes out of the All-Star break one game under .500 with a record of 44-45. That puts the Braves in 3rd place 4 games behind the division leading New York Mets and a half of a game behind the 2nd place Philadelphia Phillies.

The question is; do the Braves have enough to compete with the injuries they’ve had? Or might they be better off dealing some of their veterans and adding some more young pieces to an already good minor league system?

Atlanta has some veteran pitchers on good contracts that could interest teams that think they’re contending and they probably wouldn’t have to give up a very top level prospect to get them.

Charlie Morton is just under contract for the rest of this season and has 8-3 record with an ERA of 3.64 in 18 starts. Now Morton is 37 years old and has an impressive post season resume. I think every contending team could use some like Morton in their starting rotation down the stretch.

Drew Smyly is also just under contract for the remainder of this season. Now Smyly is just 32 years old and has had some injury issues throughout his career, but he’s made 15 starts for Atlanta covering 78 1/3rd innings. Smyly is 7-3 with a 4.48 ERA this season. He could be a solid add to the back end of a contenders starting rotation.

Now the Braves also have some relievers that could draw some interest. Chris Martin, Josh Tomlin and Shane Greene are all just under contract for the rest of this season.

Martin would probably draw the most interest if he was made available. While Martin is 0-3 this season he has posted an ERA of 3.32 in 23 appearances. Martin Is just owed the rest of his $7 million dollar contract for this season.

Tomlin could function as a swing man and has been a starter in the past. Tomlin is 36 years old and has appeared in 27 games this season. He is 3-0, but has an ERA of 5.94 over 36 1/3 innings which is the second most out of the Braves bullpen this season. Tomlin would be owed the remainder of his $1 million dollar salary.

Greene is an interesting case. He wasn’t signed with a team at the beginning of the season and the Braves brought him in on a prorated contract of just under $1.2 million dollars for this season. No Greene hasn’t pitched well since being brought up by Atlanta. He is 0-1 with an ERA of 10.64 in 13 games this season covering 11 innings. Now if a team thinks they can get Greene right he could probably be had for a low level minor leaguers. Remember is a former closer who once posted 32 saves in a season.

Now it’s not just pitchers that could draw some interest if the Braves decided to look into the trade market. Atlanta has a couple of veteran bench players that could be very solid adds for a contending team.

Now Ender Inciarte is in the final year of his contract, but does have a $9 million dollar club option for next season. Inciarte has appeared in 52 games this season for Atlanta, but has only gotten 79 at bats; so it appears he being used more as a defensive replacement this season. As a result of limited at bats Inciarte is hitting just .215 this season, but has posted better numbers with regular at bats.

The other bench player who might draw some interest could be “The Panda” Pablo Sandoval. Now it’s clear that Sandoval wouldn’t be a huge add for a team and would probably be used as a pinch hitter, but he’s shown that he’s been able to have success in that role and could give a team some time at 1st or 3rd base and of course as a Designated Hitter. Plus we’re talking about a player who has been on three World Series winner and was the MVP of one of those World Series. Then add in the fact that Sandoval would only be owed the remainder of his $1 million dollar salary for this season.

Alright; so what do you think the Braves will do. It’s very doubtful that they would be buyers at the trade deadline, but do you have them as standing pat or as sellers?

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How was your week

Posted: July 10, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

If you’re not listening to the Sports Time Radio podcast my first question would be well why not? If you are listening you know that Schaumburg Stu steps in to co-host with me on Friday’s and I always have him make predictions concerning the Chicago teams. As I’ve mentioned before we live in the Chicago suburbs; so it makes sense we go with those teams.

Coming into yesterday’s podcast Stu was two games over .500 with a record of 42-40 on his predictions. His weekend got off to a good start as he had the Chicago White Sox beating the Baltimore Orioles last night and they did. The White Sox actually had an easy win last night as they beat the Orioles 12-1.

Now as for the rest of the weekend here’s what Schaumburg Stu has happening. Today he has the Chicago Cubs beating the St. Louis Cardinals. For tomorrow Schaumburg Stu likes Dylan Cease to strikeout more than 5 1/2 Orioles in his start on Sunday. He also thinks the Cubs will hit more than 1 1/2 home runs in their game against the Cardinals on Sunday.

What do you think of Schaumburg Stu’s picks? Do you agree? Or disagree with him?

On Friday’s the Sports Time Radio podcast airs from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. with Schaumburg Stu and I; so you can listen and get his picks live. The rest of the week the podcast airs live from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. with Dan the Man and I running the show. Dan the Man and I are on three days a week; Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Generally I’d remind of this at the end of the blog, but however since I posted Schaumburg Stu’s picks today will drop it right here. Remember that if you miss the live edition of the Sports Time Radio podcast all you have to do is head on over to TuneIn.com and you can listen any time you want to.

Now I don’t know if I’m just out of the loop or if I just wasn’t paying attention, but until yesterday I had no idea that Connor McGregor and Dustin Porier where fighting each other tonight. Maybe their wasn’t as much publicity for this fight as there was for the first two.

I mentioned that this is the third fight between these two fighters. McGregor won the first fight back on September 27th of 2014. The rematch took place on January 23rd of 2021 and Porier was the winner in that fight. This was also McGregor’s last fight by the way. So this fight makes this match up a trilogy.

McGregor has lost two of his last three fights and has just three wins in his last six fights. Porier has won six of his last seven fights. Interestingly they both suffered losses at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov. Porier’s last fight was also the January fight against McGregor.

If you’re betting on this fight McGregor is a slight favorite. If you bet $115 dollars on McGregor you’d win $100 dollars while $105 dollars on Porier would get you a $100 dollar return.

There are 13 other fights on UFC’s card tonight which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada at the T-Mobile Arena. Bell time is set for 5:00 p.m. with eight fights that will air on ESPN and ESPN Plus. At 9:00 p.m. the pay per view is scheduled to take over and I believe ESPN Plus will still be carrying the event. The pay per view has 5 fights on it with Porier/McGregor being the main event.

It appears as though Gilbert Burns vs. Stephen Thompson will be the semi-main event. You’ll also see Tai Tuivasa vs. former NFL player Greg Hardy, Irene Aldana vs. Yana Kunitskaya and Sean O’Malley vs. Kris Moutinho on the pay per view.

So who do you have winning the third meeting between Connor McGregor and Dustin Porier? Also are you planning on buying the pay per view?

As always we end with reminding you that you can find me on Twitter @Burketime

Let’s call it Wednesday

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

The NBA finals tipped off las night, but I’m not sure that the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns where the teams that the NBA wanted to see in the finals. It seems that the NBA prefers bigger markets in the finals and Phoenix and Milwaukee aren’t exactly two of the markets the NBS has targeted.

Now in Game 1 the Suns picked up the win over the Bucks by a 118-105 score. Phoenix led 30-26 after the 1st quarter and outscored Milwaukee in every quarter except the 4th and by then the game had pretty much been decided.

Chris Paul scored a game high 32 points for the Suns and also tied for the game high in assists with 9. This is Paul’s first trip to the NBA finals in his career and he was the odds on favorite to be named MVP of this series. He got off to a very good start to win that MVP award with last night’s performance.

Now Paul did have some help. Even though Devin Booker struggled from behind the 3-point line going just 1 for 8 he still scored 27 points. Deandre Ayton posted a double-double for Phoenix as he scored 22 points and grabbed a game high 19 rebounds. Mikal Bridges also scored in double figures for the Suns as he scored 14 points while Cameron Johnson and Cameron Payne came off the Suns bench to each score 10 points.

Now Milwaukee got good news before the start of Game 1 as it was announced that Giannis Antetokounmpo had been cleared and would play in Game 1. Antetokounmpo was injured in the Bucks series against the Atlanta Hawks and missed the series clinching victory and was questionable coming into last night with a strained knee.

Now Antetokounmpo posted a double-double for Milwaukee last night scoring 20 points and grabbing 17 rebounds, but it was Kris Middleton who stepped up again and led the Bucks in scoring with 29 points. Brook Lopez added 17 points for Milwaukee while Jrue Holiday scored 10 points and tied Paul for with a game high 9 assists. Unfortunately the Bucks bench scored just 22 points total in this game.

Game 2 of the finals is scheduled for tomorrow in Phoenix before the teams get a three day break as they head to Milwaukee for games 3 and 4.

Phoenix was the popular pick to win this series, but Milwaukee always seems to play the underdog role and should be used to that. With the return of Antetokounmpo this may end up being a better series than most people expected it to be. I guess will just have to wait and see how it plays out.

Believe it or not, but the Chicago White Sox have suffered another long term injury to a player they expected to be a major contributor this season. It was announced this morning that catcher Yasmani Grandel was placed on the injury list with a torn tendon in his left knee. Grandel is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks and joins a list of injured top players for the White Sox.

The White Sox lost Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert in spring training. Jimenez suffered went down with a pectoral injury while Robert suffered a hip flexor. Now luckily for the White Sox both Jimenez and Robert are doing baseball activities and should return this season. When they where injured it was thought that both players would miss the entire 2021 season. Now those weren’t the only two starters the White Sox lost long term. Second baseman Nick Madrigal went down after playing in just 54 games this season with a torn hamstring.

Now even with these injuries the White Sox have found a way to hang onto 1st place in the American League Central. You’d think with the return of Jimenez, Robert and Grandel the White Sox may be in a good position come playoff time.

How will they find playing time for all of these returning players. They may have answered that question today. Adam Engel returned from the 10-day IL and to make room for him on the roster the White Sox designated Adam Eaton for assignment.

Eaton was signed by the White Sox as a free agent this past off season, but he was struggling. In 58 games this season Eaton was hitting .201 with 5 home runs while striking out 55 times.

The White Sox now have 10 days to either trade or release Eaton, but with his contract unless the White Sox would be willing to pay it off you can expect Eaton to be released and become a free agent.

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How was your week

Posted: July 3, 2021 by Sports Time Radio in sports

I’m sure by now that you’ve heard or read that Major League Baseball has paced Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on administrative leave. That means Bauer will still be paid and continue to a crew major league service time. Now I’m not going to go into what Bauer was accused of doing. Instead I’d like to take a look at the Dodgers and see how they replace a top starting pitcher because let’s face it there’s very little chance he’ll be reinstated after those seven days.

Now Bauer’s next start for the Dodgers was scheduled for tomorrow (Sunday) against the Washington Nationals. Now as of now the Dodgers haven’t announced a starting pitcher as it’s listed as undecided.

Now Walker Buehler is scheduled to start on Monday while Tony Gonsolin is scheduled for Tuesday’s game. It is possible that the Dodgers could move both guys up a day, but I don’t think that’s what they’ll do. Don’t forget that the Dodgers have former Cy Young award winner David Price in their bullpen along with former starter Jimmy Nelson as well. Price has made three starts while Nelson and Victor Gonzalez have each made one start this season. With the All-Star break coming up the Dodgers might also just make every fifth day a bullpen day and make a decision after the break. It looks like no matter who makes the start they won’t be able to give the Dodgers too many innings as they won’t be stretched out like a starting pitcher.

The Dodgers called up reliever Brusdar Graterol to take Bauer’s roster spot, but I’m not expecting to see him making starts. Now don’t forget that the Dodgers have Dustin May and Caleb Ferguson unavailable. Both of those pitchers are recovering from Tommy John surgery. Now the Dodgers would’ve probably turned to their #1 prospect Josiah Gray or Brock Stewart who has some major league starts under his belt, but both are currently injured at Triple-A. Maybe will see Mitch White or Edwin Uceta get a call up to make some starts. Both have made appearances for the Dodgers this season and Uceta has even made a start this season.

Now depending on how much time Bauer will miss and there are some who think he’s done for the season. The Dodgers could always look at making a trade. They have one of the top rated farm systems; so they can go out and can whatever type of starter they think they need. Of course the question with a trade is when does a team decide it’s a seller.

There was talk this past off season that the Dodgers where interested in acquiring Jose Berrios of the Minnesota Twins. With the Twins in last place in the A.L. Central at 33-47 maybe this deal could get started again. Then again if not Berrios maybe the Dodgers could bring back Kenta Maeda who is also a member of the Twins.

With the exception of the Twins it’s unclear which other teams might have a pitcher that could help the Dodgers right now. They might have to wait until thigs shuffle out a little more i the standings if there’s no deal with the Twins.

What do you see the Dodgers doing? Also do you think Bauer pitches again for them this season?

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