Posts By: Bob Dunkel

The fortunes of the three teams battling for the crown in the NL Central seem to shift by the minute with injuries playing a major role. First it was the Brewers who were dealt a blow when Christian Yelich went down for the season. Now it’s the Chicago Cubs who have to deal with a setback as first baseman Anthony… Read more »

Week 2 in the NFL has not been kind to QBs as Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger were both forced from their games yesterday with injuries. Perhaps an omen of things to come came earlier in the week when it was reported that Jets QB Sam Darnold would be sidelined indefinitely with mononucleosis. The impact on the Vegas line for… Read more »

Week 2 of the NFL schedule is highlighted by a rematch of last year’s NFC championship when the New Orleans Saints travel to LA to take on the Rams this afternoon. LA advanced to the Super Bowl after last year’s 26-23 win in the Superdome, but it was not without controversy as a non-call on pass interference late in the… Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games by clicking HERE as well as listening to Episode 3 of the Dunkel Index Podcast. And you can get our Five For The Drive NFL preview by clicking HERE. When the schedulers looked ahead at possible trip-ups for the defending champion Clemson Tigers, many circled tonight’s contest against the Syracuse Orange…. Read more »

*Check out our preview of this week’s Ten To Talk About college football games by clicking HERE as well as listening to Episode 3 of the Dunkel Index Podcast. And you can get our Five For The Drive NFL preview by clicking HERE. Week 3 of the college football schedule kicks off tonight with three games, including an offensive showdown between Mike… Read more »

The Thursday night NFL matchup between Tampa Bay (0-1) and Carolina (0-1) features two former Heisman Trophy winners who are trying to regain their form as the Bucs’ Jameis Winston squares off against the Panthers’ Cam Newton. Newton battled shoulder issues last year and was hopeful that off-season surgery would correct the problem. But Week 1’s performance in a 30-27… Read more »

The Milwaukee Brewers’ playoff hopes were dealt a devastating blow last night when Christian Yelich broke his knee cap after following a pitch off his leg. The injury ends the season for Yelich, who was having another MVP-caliber campaign (.329, 44 HRs, 97 RBI). It also leaves the Brewers without their team leader at a critical time in the pennant… Read more »

It’s hard to top a 21-1 barrage in baseball, but the Houston Astros found a way in their encore last night against the Oakland A’s. A day after beating the Mariners by 20, the Astros pounded the A’s, 15-0, that included an MLB-record six home runs in the first two innings. The 36 runs combined to set a franchise record… Read more »

The New Orleans Saints have felt all off-season that they were just one blown call away from reaching the Super Bowl last year. And with Drew Brees now 40 years old, the clock is ticking on the Saints adding a second championship in the Brees-Sean Payton era. They’ll try to make another run beginning tonight as New Orleans hosts the… Read more »

After a Thursday night kick-off to the 2019 NFL season, the Week 1 schedule kicks into high gear today with the highlight coming tonight as the defending champion New England Patriots host their AFC rival Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots made a big splash earlier in the weekend with the signing of former Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown, although… Read more »

*Make sure to check out our latest articles previewing Week 1 of the pro football schedule and Week 2 in college football. And you can listen to our latest college football and pro-football podcasts for all of this week’s football action. Week 2 of the college football season gives us a huge matchup tonight between a pair of SEC and Big 12 heavyweights… Read more »

*Make sure to check out our latest articles previewing Week 1 of the pro football schedule and Week 2 in college football. And you can listen to our latest college football and pro-football podcasts for all of this week’s football action. Week 2 of the college football schedule kicks off tonight with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0) traveling to Rice to face… Read more »

The granddaddy of all NFL matchups takes center stage tonight as the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears kick off the league’s 100th season at Soldier Field. This series dates back to the days of George Halas and Curly Lambeau with the Packers holding a slight 97-95 edge with six ties. Last year, the teams split the two games with… Read more »

Last night’s game may have summed up the season for the Boston Red Sox. Down 6-0 to the Twins at home, Boston (74-64) battled back to within a run, but couldn’t get over the hump in what turned out to be a 6-5 loss. The defeat was another setback in the playoff hopes for the defending champs as they now… Read more »

Just when it looked like the Philadelphia Phillies (71-65) were about to fade out of the NL playoff picture, they’ve won two straight to move within 2 1/2 games of the Cubs for the final wild-card spot. Last night, Rhys Hoskins homered twice and Scott Kingery and Bryce Harper each added two-run blasts to power the Phils to a 7-1… Read more »

The last game of Week 1 in college football takes place tonight as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish head to Louisville to face the Cardinals. Notre Dame is looking to bounce back from last year’s humbling 30-3 loss to Clemson in the national semifinal. Brian Kelly’s team will once again be led at QB by Ian Book, who completed over… Read more »

Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is two-for-two in Heisman Trophies since coming to Norman after coaching QBs Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray the last two seasons. But he’s oh-for-two when it comes to national championships, something the Sooner faithful are desperate to get back. Trying to accomplish that feat after losing those two QBs as the No. 1 picks in… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. It’s safe to say that Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have been anxiously waiting for all off-season to… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. Last year was a disappointment for Michigan State as the Spartans dropped three of their last four to… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. Listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. When last we left Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers, they were putting the finishing touches on a 44-16… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The St. Louis Cardinals looked strong in taking the first two games of their series with the Milwaukee… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The Redbirds stayed red-hot last night as St. Louis opened a three-game set against the Brewers with a… Read more »

The LA Dodgers haven’t dropped many series this year, so they’ll be looking for a quick turnaround after losing two of three to the Yankees over the weekend. LA (86-46) heads south on I-5 tonight to San Diego to open a three-game set with the Padres (60-69). They’ll face a nemesis in San Diego left-hander Eric Lauer (6-8-4.47), who is… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The Yankees-Dodgers series was expected to be close, so it’s little surprise the teams split the first two… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The 2019 college football season kicks off tonight in Orlando where the Miami Hurricanes… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The best records in baseball meet tonight as the NY Yankees (83-46) and LA… Read more »

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming in to the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE.* It’s been an odd preseason for the Green Bay Packers and Oakland… Read more »

No team has defeated Oakland’s Mike Fiers (11-3, 3.46) since Boston way back on May 1. Unbeaten in 18 straight starts, Fiers has posted a 9-0 record and 2.40 ERA over that span. Tonight, the NY Yankees (83-44) will be the latest team to try to knock off the veteran right-hander as they continue their series against the A’s (72-53)… Read more »

Cleveland pitcher Shane Bieber got a lot of attention recently when it was revealed that he had been mistakenly referred to as “Justin” on the back of one of his baseball cards. That may be the only confusion between the two Biebers, especially when it comes to Shane’s work on the mound. The 24-year-old right-hander has been a rock for… Read more »

Despite being without injured ace Max Scherzer, the Washington Nationals (67-56) are surging with nine wins in their last 12 games. Yesterday, the Nats closed out a homestand with HRs from six different players during a 16-8 rout of Milwaukee. They’ll hit the road tonight to open a series in Pittsburgh against Pirates (51-72), who have dropped 19 of their… Read more »

The Minnesota Vikings were hoping for more out of a Kirk Cousins-led offense than last year’s 8-7-1 season produced. As a result, the Vikes made a change on the coaching side with Kevin Stefanski taking over as the new offensive coordinator. The signs were positive in Week 1 of the preseason as Cousins completed all four of his passes and… Read more »

Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to deal with changes to their offensive lineups. For the Chiefs, coach Andy Reid has yet to fix on a replacement for departed running back Kareem Hunt. And in Pittsburgh, coach Mike Tomlin must find a way to pick up the slack for two stars who are no longer there… Read more »

The Buffalo Bills are hoping to improve on last year’s 6-10 record and much of that will depend on the development of second-year QB Josh Allen. Allen had enough bright moments, especially late in the season, to give Buffalo fans optimism heading into this season. A solid performance in Week 1 of the preseason (6-of-11 for 66 yards) during a… Read more »

The Baltimore Ravens (1-0) came out of Week 1 of the NFL preseason with the highest Dunkel rating after their 29-0 dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Lamar Jackson looked sharp (4-of-6 for 59 yards and a TD) while playing with the first team for most of the first quarter. The victory also extended the Ravens’ winning streak to an… Read more »

The Atlanta Braves found a way to cool off the hard-charging New York Mets last night with Ronald Acuna Jr supplying the power and Max Fried supplying the pitching in a 5-3 victory. It was just the Mets third loss in their last 18 games and dropped them two games behind the Cardinals for the final NL wild-card spot. Mickey… Read more »

Last night’s contest between the Red Sox and Indians epitomized the recent track record of both clubs. Boston clawed its way back to a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning only to watch Carlos Santana win it for Cleveland with a walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth. For the Red Sox, it was their 12th loss in the… Read more »

It’s been a rocky road of late for the Colorado Rockies (pun intended) as a 13-31 stretch since June 21 has all-but-eliminated Bud Black’s team from postseason contention. Relegated to the role of spoiler, the Rockies (52-65) will try to execute that game plan tonight as they open up a series at Coors Field against the Arizona Diamondback (59-59), who… Read more »

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a mega-contract with the intent on being in the postseason hunt for many years to come. So far, those results have been mixed. On Friday night, Harper delivered in a big way with two HRs in a 9-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. But yesterday, Harper struck out in the ninth inning… Read more »

The Boston Red Sox may have been looking for some divine intervention to get back into the playoff chase and appear to have gotten it in the form of the Angels. LA’s recent woes have continued as the Halos have dropped eight straight and 12 of their last 14 after last night’s 16-4 drubbing in Boston. For the Red Sox,… Read more »

The NY Mets have surged back into playoff contention by winning 13 of their last 14 games — the best 14-game stretch the team has had since 1990. The Mets have an opportunity to make up even more ground starting tonight as they open a three-game set against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. New York (59-56) trails Washington (61-53)… Read more »

On June 3, the Cleveland Indians sat 11 1/2 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central and appeared to be going nowhere fast. But Terry Francona’s team has gone a blistering 39-16 over its last 55 games to put the Tribe (68-46) just 2 games back of the Twins (70-44) as the two teams open up a… Read more »

Fans of the 1991 World Series classic between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins always look forward to a rematch when the interleague schedule brings them together. This week’s series at Target Field hasn’t disappointed so far as the Twins (70-43) took the opener, 5-3, and the Braves (67-48) bounced back last night with a 12-7 offensive outburst. The rubber… Read more »

Mike Leake first made a name for himself as a star pitcher for the Arizona State Sun Devils, earning the eighth pick overall in the 2009 MLB draft. Ten years after that fact, Leake will make his debut tonight as the starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Acquired from Seattle just before the trade deadline, Leake (9-8, 4.27) will go… Read more »

A big opportunity this weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers turned into a dud as they were swept by the Chicago Cubs in three straight. Losers of six of their last seven, the Brewers (57-56) are in desperate need of some wins as they’ve fallen four games behind the Cubs in the NL Central standings. The good news for Milwaukee could… Read more »

A critical West Coast road trip for the St. Louis Cardinals did not start off well last night as the Redbirds were manhandled by the Oakland A’s, 8-3. The loss dropped St. Louis (58-51) a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central race. The Cards will try to rebound today with Adam Wainwright (7-7, 4.47) on the mound…. Read more »

The NY Mets made one of the bigger deals at the MLB trade deadline when they acquired All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman (6-11, 2.96) from the Toronto Blue Jays. Joining a staff that already includes Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, Stroman gives the Mets arguably the best rotation heading into the stretch run.  The right-hander will make his Mets debut tonight… Read more »

Last weekend’s series between the Red Sox and Yankees may have taken something out of both teams. Boston, which looked like it was primed to make a run after taking three of four from the Yankees, proceeded to drop three straight in their just-completed series with the Rays. And New York, which came into last weekend’s series has won seven… Read more »

The first two games of the St. Louis-Chicago Cubs series has looked a lot like a playoff matchup with runs coming at a premium. The Cards (57-50) took game 1, 2-1, on a late Paul Goldschmidt HR and the Cubs (57-50) rebounded last night to take game 2, 2-0, behind strong pitching from Kyle Hendricks and the bullpen. The net… Read more »

The St. Louis Cardinals continued their recent trend of strong pitching and timely hitting from slugger Paul Goldschmidt to take last night’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs, 2-1. The win moved the Cardinals (57-49) into first place in the NL Central, a game ahead of the Cubs (56-50) and 1 1/2 ahead of the Brewers. St. Louis will try… Read more »

Things couldn’t get much tighter in the NL Central where the St. Louis Cardinals (56-49) and Chicago Cubs (56-49) are in a tie for first place and are just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s the perfect backdrop for tonight’s series opener between the Cubs and Cards at Busch Stadium. Despite dropping the final two games of their… Read more »