After a disappointing, injury-plagued first season in Chicago, the Cubs were hoping for a new and improved Yu Darvish as he made his first start of the 2019 campaign yesterday. Instead, Darvish turned in the shortest outing of his career as he lasted only 2 2/3 innings while walking a career-high seven batters during the Cubs 8-6 loss to the Texas Rangers. Chicago will try to bounce back today as they wrap up their series with the Rangers at Globe Life Park. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full MLB schedule, click HERE.
Texas Tech and Virginia were able to advance to the Final Four yesterday as the Red Raiders upset Gonzaga, 75-69, while the Cavaliers needed overtime to get past Carsen Edwards (42 points) and Purdue, 80-75. The final two slots in Minneapolis will be filled today as Auburn (29-9; No. 13 in Dunkel’s power rankings) faces SEC-nemesis Kentucky (30-6; No. 8) in the Midwest Region followed by Duke (32-5; No. 2) taking on Michigan State (31-6; No. 4) in the East Region. To get Dunkel’s picks for both these contests, click HERE.
In the NBA, LeBron James‘ disappointing first season in LA has come to an end as the team announced he will be held out of the Lakers’ final six games to help him heal from a groin injury suffered mid-season. LA’s sixth straight season of not making the postseason is LeBron’s first after 13 straight playoff appearances, including the last eight in the NBA finals. The LeBron-less Lakers (34-42; No. 22 in Dunkel’s power rankings) will begin their final stretch of the season today as they head to New Orleans to play the Pelicans (32-45; No. 21). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE.
On the ice, the Calgary Flames (48-23-7; No. 2 in Dunkel’s power rankings) have a chance tonight to capture their first division title since 2005-06 and conference crown since 1989-90 as they head to San Jose play the Sharks (44-25-9; No. 7). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NHL schedule, click HERE.
And Matchweek 32 of the English Premier League continues with a pair of matches on the schedule capped off with Liverpool (23-1-7; No. 1 in Dunkel’s power rankings) facing Tottenham Hotspur (20-9-1; No. 3). To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the full Premier League schedule, click HERE.