Posts By: Bob Dunkel

Since returning from an absence due to the birth of his son, the Angels’ Mike Trout has been on a tear. In the eight games he’s played, Trout is hitting .343 with 6 HRs, 10 RBI and 9 runs scored. More importantly for LA manager Joe Maddon, Trout’s production is starting to produce some wins for the Angels (7-11) as… Read more »

The Chicago Cubs (10-3) haven’t played in five days after their series with the Cardinals was cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns in St. Louis. The Cubs had won 10 of 13 heading into that series and will try to avoid cooling off during the layoff as they head to Cleveland tonight to open a series against the Indians (10-7). Jon… Read more »

The Oakland A’s (12-4; No. 8 in the Dunkel Index) are showing a lot of fight right now…literally. The A’s finished off a sweep of the Houston Astros yesterday that also saw both benches clear when Oakland’s Ramon Laureano got hit by a pitch from Houston’s Humberto Castellanos. It all added up to the A’s ninth straight win as they… Read more »

The Cleveland Indians (9-7) and Chicago White Sox (8-7) have already produced some solid pitching performances in their series, but may be saving the best for last tonight in prime time as the Indians’ Shane Bieber (3-0, 0.83) faces the White Sox’ Lucas Giolito (1-1, 5.17). First pitch is 7:00 p.m. ET at Guaranteed Rate Field. To get Dunkel’s pick… Read more »

The Cincinnati Reds (6-8) finally produced some offense last night, snapping a 24-inning scoreless streak en route to an 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers (5-6). The Reds will try to make it two straight over the Brew Crew today as they send Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 0.00) to the mound against Milwaukee’s Brett Anderson (0-0, 6.00). First pitch is 7:10… Read more »

The Atlanta Braves (9-5) wrapped up their 7-2 homestand in dramatic fashion last night as Nick Markakis connected for a walk-off HR to secure a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. The Braves will see if they can keep that hot streak going as they hit the road tonight to face the NL East-rival Philadelphia Phillies (3-4), who earned a… Read more »

The Miami Marlins (5-1) are certainly not at full strength after having 18 players test positive for COVID-19. But Don Mattingly’s club is still finding ways to win, including taking both games for their seven-inning doubleheader against the Orioles (5-6) yesterday.  The Marlins will wrap up their series tonight as the “home” team even though they are in Baltimore. Jordan… Read more »

The Cleveland Indians (6-6) were able to snap a four-game slide last night thanks to Franmil Reyes’ two-run HR in the eighth inning that provided the difference in a 4-2 win over the Reds. Cleveland will continue its series with Cincinnati (5-6) today as the venue switches to Progressive Field. Rookie Tejay Antone (0-0, 2.08) will get the start for… Read more »

The Chicago White Sox (6-4) opened their series at Milwaukee last night with a 6-4 win over the Brewers (3-4) that ran the Chisox’ winning streak to a season-high five games. But they’ll face a stiff test tonight as Chicago faces Milwaukee ace Brandon Woodruff (1-1, 1.59), who is coming of 6 1/3 shutout innings against the Pirates his last… Read more »

Clayton Kershaw looked sharp in his return yesterday and Cody Bellinger hit his first HR of the season to help the LA Dodgers (7-3; No. 3 in the Dunkel Index) close out their series with a 3-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s a quick turnaround for LA as they head to San Diego tonight to face the Padres (6-4;… Read more »

The Dallas Mavericks had a chance to clinch a playoff spot on Friday night, but let a late lead slip away before losing to the Houston Rockets in overtime, 153-149. The Mavs (40-28; No. 11 in the Dunkel Index) will try to rebound tonight as they take on the Phoenix Suns (27-39; No. 21) in the Orlando bubble. Tip off… Read more »

The NBA saved the best for last yesterday in the Orlando bubble as James Harden scored 49 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 153-149 win in overtime against the Dallas Mavericks. Five more games are on the schedule for today, including a big Eastern Conference matchup between the Philadelphia 76ers (39-26; No. 12 in the Dunkel Index) and… Read more »

The Cleveland Indians (5-2; No. 19 in the Dunkel Index) got another stellar performance from Shane Bieber last night to open their series with a 2-0 win over the Twins (4-2; No. 15). Game 2 of their set is tonight with Mike Clevinger (0-0, 2.57) set to take the mound for the Indians against Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak (0-1, 2.25). First… Read more »

The last time the NBA stepped on the court for a game that mattered was on March 11. That changes today as the league marks its official return in the Orlando bubble with a pair of contests beginning with the Utah Jazz (41-23; No. 7 in the Dunkel Index) taking on the New Orleans Pelicans (28-36; No. 15) at 6:30… Read more »

Not surprisingly, tempers flared last night in the first meeting between the Dodgers and Astros since Houston’s sign-stealing scandal was exposed. LA exacted a small dose of revenge by taking the opener, 5-2. Game 2 is tonight with plenty of tension expected again. Dustin May (0-0, 2.08) will make the start for the Dodgers, while the Astros will throw Christian… Read more »

After opening the 2020 MLB campaign with two lopsided wins over the Giants, the LA Dodgers (2-2, No. 5 in the Dunkel Index) let the last two games of the series slip away to earn only a split. It’s possible they were looking ahead to tonight’s series opener with the defending AL-champion Houston Astros (3-1; No. 1), who took three… Read more »

The Milwaukee Brewers (1-2; No. 17 in the Dunkel Index) opened the MLB season on the road by dropping two of three against the NL Central rival Chicago Cubs.  The Brewers get to stay both on the road and in the Central Division tonight as they open a series against the Pittsburgh Pirates (1-2; No. 25). Adrian Houser is scheduled… Read more »

The Atlanta Braves were hoping for big things when they signed free agent Marcell Ozuna in the off-season and got a nice, early return yesterday when Ozuna tied the game against the Mets with a two-out HR in the ninth inning. Atlanta went on to win it in the 10th inning, 5-3, to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole on… Read more »

The first full day of the MLB season saw Cleveland’s Shane Bieber pass Bob Gibson and Lon Warneke for the most strikeouts (14) on Opening Day without allowing a run as the Indians beat the Royals, 2-0. It finished with Matt Olson’s GS in the 10th inning to give the A’s a 7-3 win over the Angels. It’s another full… Read more »

It wasn’t quite the MLB opener we expected with the Nats’ Juan Soto forced to sit out after testing positive for Covid and Clayton Kershaw missing his scheduled start because of back tightness. But the Yankees and Dodgers looked every bit the prime contenders they are expected to be in 2020. Day 2 takes place today with a full slate… Read more »

At long last, the MLB regular season starts today with the New York Yankees (103-59; No. 3 in last year’s Dunkel’s Index) visiting the defending-champion Washington Nationals (93-69; No. 5) followed by the LA Dodgers (106-56; No. 2) taking on the rival San Francisco Giants (77-85; No. 19). To get Dunkel’s picks for both these contests and the full MLB… Read more »

In a season that has already seen them crowned Premier League champs, Liverpool (30-3-3; No. 1 in the Dunkel Index) has a chance to finish off an unbeaten home schedule as the Reds host Chelsea (19-6-11; No. 6) this afternoon. Kick off is 3:15 p.m. ET at Anfield. To get Dunkel’s picks for this match and the full EPL schedule… Read more »

It’s relegation day in the Premier League as both Watford (8-10-18; No. 19 in the Dunkel Index) and Aston Villa (8-7-21; No. 17) fight for survival. The Hornets will be first to take the field as they host Manchester City (24-3-9; No. 2). Kick off is 1 p.m. ET at Vicarage Road. That will be followed by Aston Villa, which… Read more »

The Premier League has three more matches lined up for this afternoon capped off with Wolverhampton (14-14-8; No. 5 in the Dunkel Index) hosting Crystal Palace (11-9-16; No. 13). The Wanderers have fallen behind Tottenham Hotspur after the Spurs win yesterday, but have a chance to move back in front against a Palace team that has lost six straight.  Kick… Read more »

Matchweek 37 in the Premier League continues with a pair of Sunday matches starting with Bournemouth (8-7-21; No. 18 in the Dunkel Index) hosting Southampton (with an already-relegated Norwich City (13-7-16; No. 11). The Cherries need a two-goal victory to pull ahead of Watford and out of the relegation zone. But Southampton comes in undefeated in its last five matches…. Read more »

Matchweek 37 in the Premier League starts this afternoon with an already-relegated Norwich City (5-6-25; No. 20 in the Dunkel Index) trying to finish on a high note at home as the Canaries host Burnley (14-9-13; No. 10). Kick off is 12:30 p.m. EST at Carrow Road. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the full EPL schedule for… Read more »

Matchweek 36 in the Premier League wraps up this afternoon with a battle to avoid the relegation zone as West Ham United (9-7-19; No. 15 in the Dunkel Index) hosts Watford (8-10-17; No. 19). Kick off is 3:00 p.m. EST at London Stadium. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match as well as the start of Matchweek 37, click HERE…. Read more »

Arsenal spotted Liverpool an early goal yesterday, but bounced back to beat the Reds, 2-1, for their first win over Liverpool since 2015. Four more matches are on the EPL card this afternoon, including red-hot Manchester United (16-11-8; No. 4 in the Dunkel Index) visiting Crystal Palace (11-9-15; No. 12). Kick off is 3:15 p.m. EST at Selhurst Park. To… Read more »

Chelsea had an unexpectedly difficult time against Norwich City yesterday, but still managed to pull out a 1-0 victory on Olivier Giroud’s first-half goal. The Premier League has four more matches on the card this afternoon capped off with top-rated Liverpool (30-3-2; No. 1 in the Dunkel Index) visiting Arsenal (12-14-9; No. 8), which hasn’t beaten the Reds since April… Read more »

Matchweek 35 in the English Premier League wraps up today with Manchester United (16-10-8; N0. 4 in the Dunkel Index) looking to take its fifth straight match as the Red Devils host Southampton (13-5-16; No. 13). Kick off is 3 p.m. EST at Old Trafford. To get Dunkel’s pick, click HERE. Colin Morikawa made up a three-shot deficit in the… Read more »

Four more matches highlight the English Premier League  today capped off with Leicester City (17-8-9; N0. 3 in the Dunkel Index) trying to take advantage of Chelsea’s loss yesterday to move back into third place in the EPL standings as the Foxes visit Bournemouth (7-7-20; No. 19). Kick off is 2 p.m. EST at Vitality Stadium. To get Dunkel’s pick… Read more »

The English Premier League returns for Matchweek 35 with five matches today capped off with Manchester City (22-3-9; N0. 2 in the Dunkel Index) trying to snap a three-match road losing streak as they take on Brighton & Hove Albion (8-12-14; No. 15). Kick off is 3 p.m. EST at Amex Stadium. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and… Read more »

Colin Morikawa (No. 11 in the Dunkel Index) took the first round lead of the Workday Charity Open at Murifield Village with a 7-under 65, which put him a stroke ahead of Adam Hadwin (No. 47). The second round is today and you can get Dunkel’s projected finish for the entire field by clicking HERE. The NASCAR Cup Series heads to… Read more »

The PGA Tour heads to the Muirfield Village Golf Club today for the first round of the Workday Charity Open. It will also mark the first Dunkel Index projections for golf as we run down the entire field. To get Dunkel’s top finisher and the complete list, click HERE. The English Premier League wraps up Matchweek 34 this afternoon with… Read more »

The English Premier League is back this afternoon with four more matches, including Liverpool (29-2-2; No. 1 in the Dunkel Index) trying to become the fastest team to 30 wins in EPL history as the Reds face Brighton & Hove Albion (8-12-13; No. 15). Kick off is 3:15 p.m. EST at Amex Stadium. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and… Read more »

The English Premier League has three matches on the card this afternoon, including a key contest between two clubs trying to avoid the relegation zone as Watford (6-10-17; No. 19 in the Dunkel Index) hosts Norwich City (5-6-22; No. 20). Kick off is 1 p.m. EST at Vicarage Road. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the full EPL schedule… Read more »

Matchweek 33 in the Premier League wraps up Monday afternoon as Tottenham Hotspur (12-9-11; No. 8 in the Dunkel Index) hosts Everton (12-8-12; No. 12). Kick off is 3:00 p.m. EST at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Then it’s a quick turnaround to the start of Matchweek 34 on Tuesday with three matches on the card. To get Dunkel’s picks for both… Read more »

The Premier League follows up yesterday’s five-match set with four more matches today, including Liverpool (28-2-2; No. 1 in the Dunkel Index) looking to bounce back from last week’s 4-0 loss to Manchester City as the Reds host Aston Villa (7-6-19; No. 17). Kick off is 11:30 a.m. EST at Anfield.  To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the… Read more »

Matchweek 33 in the Premier League starts today with five matches on the card, including a contest between two of the hottest teams currently as Wolverhampton (13-13-6; No. 4 in the Dunkel Index) hosts Arsenal (11-13-8; No. 6). The Wanderers have not allowed a goal since March — a stretch of 405 minutes — while the Gunners have won five… Read more »

Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne scored on a penalty shot at the 25 minute mark and the rout was on as Man City exacted a little revenge against Premier League champ Liverpool, 4-0, yesterday at Etihad Stadium. The EPL will have the day off today before serving up five matches on the 4th of July starting at 7:30 a.m. EST… Read more »

Liverpool (28-2-1; No. 1 in the Dunkel Index) has already wrapped up the Premier League title, but Manchester City (20-3-8; No. 2) has a chance to make a statement this afternoon when they host the Reds at Etihad Stadium. Kick off is 3:15 p.m. EST. To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the full EPL schedule for the week, click… Read more »

Four matches are on the card this afternoon in the Premier League capped off with West Ham (7-6-18; No. 17 in the Dunkel Index) hosting Chelsea (16-6-9; No. 6). Kick off is 3:15 p.m. EST at London Stadium.  To get Dunkel’s pick for this match and the full EPL schedule for the week, click HERE. The NBA is set to… Read more »

Manchester United (13-10-8; No. 5 in the Dunkel Index) brings a seven-match unbeaten streak — tied with Wolverhampton for the longest in the EPL — into today’s match against Brighton. But the Seagulls (7-12-12; No. 15) have made some noise recently as well and are coming off a 0-0 draw against No. 3 Leicester City. Kick off is 3:15 p.m…. Read more »

Watford failed to alleviate its relegation concerns yesterday as the Hornets fell to Southampton, 3-1, behind a pair of goals from the Saints’ Danny Ings. Two teams comfortably in the middle of the pack will spotlight the EPL this afternoon with Crystal Palace (11-9-11; No. 10 in the Dunkel Index) hosting Burnley (12-6-13; No. 11). The Eagles had their streak… Read more »

Wolverhampton started off Matchweek 32 yesterday with its third straight win, 1-0, over Aston Villa behind Leander Dendoncker’s second-half goal. EPL has another solo match lined up for today as Watford (6-10-15; No. 19 in the Dunkel Index) hosts Southampton (11-4-16; No. 14). Watford is trying to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Burnley on Thursday and currently sits… Read more »

Congratulations to Liverpool for securing its first Premier League title in 30 years following yesterday’s 2-1 victory by Chelsea over No. 2 Manchester City. The EPL will take the day off before Matchweek 32 begins on Saturday morning with Aston Villa (7-6-18; No. 16 in the Dunkel Index) hosting Wolverhampton (12-13-6; No. 4) at Villa Park. Kick off is 7:30… Read more »

Liverpool took care of business yesterday in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace that put the Reds 23 points ahead of second-place Manchester City with just eight matches left. They can claim the title today if Manchester City (20-3-7; No. 2 in the Dunkel Index) fails to beat Chelsea (15-6-9; No. 6) when the two meet at Stamford Bridge. Man… Read more »

The Premier League has a full slate this afternoon with five matches set to take place, including Liverpool (27-2-1; No. 1 in the Dunkel Index) looking to take another step closer to securing the EPL crown. The Reds failed to score in their return to action last week and settled for a 0-0 draw against Everton. Today’s opponent — Crystal… Read more »

Manchester City wrapped up Matchweek 30 in strong fashion with a 5-0 win over Burnley yesterday behind two goals apiece from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden. It’s a quick turnaround to Matchweek 31 beginning today with a pair of contests starting with Leicester City (16-6-8; No. 3 in the Dunkel Index) hosting Brighton (7-11-12; No. 15) at King Power Stadium,… Read more »

Seeking its first Premier League title in 30 years, Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw yesterday against Everton in the Merseyside derby. The club closest to Liverpool — Manchester City (19-3-7; No. 2 in the Dunkel Index) — will try to stay in the running this afternoon against Burnley (11-6-12; No. 11). Man City is looking to follow up… Read more »