Posts By: Bob Dunkel

Liberty Watch

After not making the WNBA postseason since 2012, the New York Liberty now find themselves with the best record in the league and the top rating in the latest Dunkel WNBA Index. New York is three wins away from clinching the top seed in the Eastern Conference and can take another step in that direction tonight as the Liberty host the… Read more »

Oh No-No

For the second time in 10 days, the LA Dodgers were held hitless as Jake Arrieta tossed the sixth no-hitter of the MLB season last night in a 2-0 Cubs win.  It’s not a great time for the Dodgers’ offense to struggle as LA begins a big three-game series against the Giants tonight clinging to a 3 1/2-game lead over… Read more »

Bombs Away

The Toronto Blue Jays’ offense just keeps on motoring. Yesterday, the Blue Jays pummeled Detroit pitching for 15 runs on 18 hits in a 15-1 romp. Included in the outburst were 3 bombs and 9 RBI from Edwin Encarnacion, who extended his hitting streak to 24 in the process. Encarnacion and the Blue Jays will try to keep the offense… Read more »

One For The Thumb

The college football season officially kicks off today as the North Dakota State Bison begin their quest for a 5th straight FCS championship with a road matchup in Missoula against the Montana Grizzlies and their new head coach, Bob Stitt. To get our pick for this game, click on the Football icon above. Plus get all our selections for today’s… Read more »

Tune-Up Time

Week 3 of the NFL preseason is usually the final run-through for the starters before the regular-season opener.  For the Kansas City Chiefs, the preseason has been solid so far with wins over the Cardinals and Seahawks. For the Tennessee Titans and rookie QB Marcus Mariota, it’s been more up-and-down with a strong performance in last week’s win over the… Read more »

Popp Goes The Alouettes

Unhappy with Tom Higgins’ 12-14 record since taking over as head coach of Montreal in 2014, the Alouettes made a move last week by relieving Higgins and replacing him with GM Jim Popp. It will be Popp’s fourth time on the sidelines after compiling a 16-20 mark during his previous stints. He’ll face a big challenge in his opener tonight… Read more »

“Shut Up” And Almost Shut Out

It was an ugly night at Yankee Stadium for the Bronx Bombers as they were on the wrong side of 15-1 shellacking by the Astros that also saw both benches empty when Houston’s Carlos Gomez told the Yankee bench to “shut up” after flying out in the sixth inning. There won’t be much time for tensions to ease as the two… Read more »

Sunrise?

It’s an early WNBA matchup today as the Connecticut Sun tip-off with the Atlanta Dream at 11:30 a.m. But the Sun have been anything but early-risers of late as they’ve dropped four straight and five of their last six to fall three games behind Washington for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. Two of those losses have… Read more »

Winston Light

Tampa Bay fans who were hoping to see a breakout performance from Jameis Winston in the preseason opener last week were probably disappointed in his uneven effort during a 26-16 loss to the Vikings. The No. 1 draft pick was just 9-of-19 with one interception and several off-target throws, while also mishandling a few snaps that put the Bucs’ offense… Read more »

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fiers

Mike Fiers’ no-hitter against the Dodgers on Friday night came into question when photos of Fiers’ glove appeared to show a shiny substance. Fiers denied anything illegal and the no-no will stand as the fifth of the MLB season. More importantly for the Astros, they followed that up with a 3-1 win over the Dodgers and Zack Greinke yesterday to… Read more »

Opening The Gates

It’s the battle of the “Gates” tonight as the New England Patriots (Deflategate) head to New Orleans to take on the Saints (Bountygate). To get our pick for this game and the full NFL preseason schedule, click on the Football icon above. Plus get all of our picks for today’s MLB and CFL contests.

Something’s Gotta Give

It will be a showdown of the two top teams in the Dunkel CFL Index as No. 1 Hamilton travels to No. 2 Edmonton tonight.  The Tiger-Cats have jumped out to 5-2 record behind the league’s best offense, while the Eskimos have countered with the league’s best defense to match the 5-2 start. To get our pick for this game and… Read more »

There He Goes Again

Robert Griffin III has a knack for grabbing headlines with the things he says. That was on full display again this week when RGIII told an interviewer that he views himself as the best QB in the league. For a player trying to rebound from two below-average seasons, that started yet another firestorm of controversy.  Thankfully for Washington, the Redskins get to… Read more »

Ivory Touch

The Washington Mystics (No. 4 in the latest Dunkel WNBA Index) pulled off a big win on Sunday as they knocked off top-ranked Minnesota (77-69) at home behind Ivory Latta’s 20 points off the bench. Getting Latta into the flow of the offense has been key for coach Mike Thibault as the Mystics are now 5-0 when she scores at… Read more »

Shout Out

It’s been a rough season for the Yankees’ C.C. Sabathia as the former NY ace has struggled to just a 4-9 record and 5.23 ERA. The frustration looked to have peaked in Toronto over the weekend as Sabathia was caught on film getting into a shouting match outside a night club. He missed his scheduled start last night — an… Read more »

Astronomical Advantage

The surprising Houston Astros (No. 8 in this week’s Dunkel MLB Index) continue to hold onto their lead in the AL West thanks in large part to their dominance at home. Houston has an MLB-best 16-3 home mark since June 28, including taking 3 of 4 from the Tigers this weekend that helped erase the bitter taste of a 2-7… Read more »

Ex-Zackly

The Dodgers’ Zack Greinke has been virtually untouchable all season and comes into today’s contest with the Reds carrying a minuscule 1.59 ERA. That represents the lowest in MLB since Greg Maddux’ 1.56 in 1994 and is just slightly above the Dodgers’ all-time mark of 1.58 set by Rube Marquard back in 1916. Greinke only looks to be getting stronger… Read more »

Tying Ty

With little fanfare, Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki rapped a single in the fifth inning last night to tie Ty Cobb with 4,191 hits in professional baseball. It was his 2,913th in MLB and combined with his 1,278 hits in Japan gave him as many as Cobb and trailing only Pete Rose’s 4,256.  It was a lone bright spot on the evening… Read more »

King Rex

Rex Ryan has injected a level of excitement in the Buffalo fan base since taking over the Bills’ reins in the off-season. Inheriting a respectable 9-7 team and a stout defense, expectations are high in Orchard Park. But left to be determined is who will play QB as E.J Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor are all vying for the… Read more »

Jaw Dropping

If the New York Jets were going to bounce back from last year’s disappointing 4-12 record, they were hoping to do it behind the improved play of QB Geno Smith. But Smith’s broken jaw earlier this week from a punch from his own teammate has him sidelined for an estimated 6-10 weeks. That leaves new coach Todd Bowles with journeyman… Read more »

Home Sweet Home

With Seattle’s walk-off win last night over the Orioles, every home team won yesterday in MLB for the first time in league history on a day when at least 15 games had been played. It’s another full slate today and you can get all our MLB picks by clicking on the Baseball icon above. Plus get our selections for today’s… Read more »

Sparks Fly

After an 0-7 start, the Los Angeles Sparks have played themselves back into playoff contention. A 4-2 record over their last 6 games that coincided with the return of Candace Parker to the lineup has the Sparks currently in the fourth and final playoff spot in the West a half game up on San Antonio. LA, which is ranked No…. Read more »

National Disaster

The Washington Nationals looked like they were going to run away with the NL East over the summer and cruise into the postseason. But injuries and an anemic offense have caused Washington to fall out of first place in the division and all the way down to No. 13 (from a high of No. 3 on May 24) in this week’s… Read more »

Fame Game

The NFL preseason officially kicks off tonight with the Pittsburgh Steelers facing the Minnesota Vikings in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. To get our pick for this game, click on the Football icon above. Plus get all our picks for today’s MLB, WNBA and CFL schedules.

The J In Jays

Jose Bautista delivered in the clutch last night with a home run in the top of the 10th inning that proved the deciding run in the Blue Jays’ 2-1 victory over the Yankees. The victory cut the Yankees lead over the Jays to 3 1/2 games heading into today’s matchup in Yankee Stadium. To get our pick for this game… Read more »

Plugging The Leake

The Giants’ Mike Leake was scheduled to make today’s start against the Cubs, but a strained hamstring will force him to miss his turn in the rotation. Instead, manager Bruce Bochy will go with Ryan Vogelsong on the mound as San Francisco tries to rebound from last night’s 5-4 loss in the series opener. You can get our pick for… Read more »

Lions Den

The Edmonton Eskimos have dominated the first quarter of the CFL season and head into Week 7 riding a four-game winning streak and the top ranking in the latest Dunkel CFL Index. For the BC Lions, the start under coach Jeff Tedford has been a subpar 2-3 as they come off a 23-13 loss at Winnipeg last week that dropped… Read more »

Young And Restless

For the New York Yankees, the season has been full of pleasant surprises like Chris Young, who hammered his 13th homer last night. For the Boston Red Sox, the season of disappointments continued as not even top pitching prospect Henry Owens could prevent a 13-3 trouncing at the hands of the Bronx Bombers. The two teams headed in opposite directions… Read more »

Tri-Cycle

The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre became the first MLB player since Babe Herman in the 1930s to record his third career cycle last night as the Rangers beat up on Houston, 12-9. Beltre had a triple in the first inning, a double in the second, a single in the third and capped it off with a home run in the fifth… Read more »

Price Of A Contender

The Toronto Blue Jays were one of the most active players at the MLB trade deadline as they acquired Troy Tulowitzki, Ben Revere and the crown jewel of available pitchers, David Price. It’s part of an effort by Toronto — ranked No. 10 in this week’s Dunkel MLB Index — to get back to the postseason for the first time… Read more »

Giant Letdown

Cole Hamels made his Rangers debut last night and looked to have a victory over the Giants locked up when he left with a three-run lead in in the eighth inning. But San Francisco got to the Texas bullpen to tie it up with three runs in the eighth and then won it in the 11th, 9-7. The Rangers will see… Read more »

Met Gain

The New York Mets were one of the most active teams at the trade deadline, acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves, Tyler Clippard from the A’s and Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers. But perhaps the best move the Mets made was the trade that didn’t happen. After reports surfaced that New York had acquired Carlos Gomez from… Read more »

Here’s Johnny

The Kansas City Royals looked to bolster their position as the front-runner in the American League with their acquisition of Johnny Cueto from Cincinnati. Cueto, who was 7-6 with a 2.52 ERA for the Reds this season, will make his Royals debut tonight in Toronto against the Blue Jays. But he’ll face a stiff challenge from Drew Hutchison (9-2, 5.42),… Read more »

Willy Nilly

Winnipeg QB Drew Willy was knocked out of last week’s game against Edmonton with a knee injury and the result was an ugly 32-3 loss at home to the Eskimos. Willy is expected to be back under center tonight and the Blue Bombers (2-3) are looking for a different outcome as they host the B.C. Lions (2-2) to kick-off Week… Read more »

Papelbon-voyage

The Phillies finally pulled the trigger and traded closer Jonathon Papelbon to the Nationals for a pitching prospect.  The move is part of an expected house-cleaning for Philadelphia, which has the worst record in baseball at 38-63. But the Phils haven’t played much like a last-place team since the All-Star break as they extended their current winning streak to five… Read more »

Sky’s The Limit

The Chicago Sky finished the first half of the WNBA season on a roll, winning six of its last seven despite the absence of All-Star center Sylvia Fowles, who sat out after demanding a trade in the off-season. The Sky finally dealt with the Fowles drama by trading her to Minnesota during the All-Star break and acquiring All-Star center Erika… Read more »

A-Game

The New York Yankees took their series against the Twins over the weekend highlighted by Alex Rodriguez’ three-homer game on Saturday. A-Rod’s bat and solid pitching have propelled the Yankees to a 7-2 record since the All-Star break and a No. 3 ranking in this week’s Dunkel MLB Index. New York stays on the road tonight as it opens a series… Read more »

No Lumps Against Cole

If yesterday was Cole Hamels’ last appearance in a Phillies uniform, he certainly went out in style.  Mentioned prominently in trade rumors before the July 31 deadline, Hamels tossed his first career no-hitter in a 5-0 victory over the Cubs that ended with a spectacular catch by Odubel Herrera in center. It also marked the fourth no-hitter that Carlos Ruiz has… Read more »

Born To Pitch

During the second inning of Jonathon Niese’s start last night, the Mets’ left-hander learned that his wife was about to give birth to their second child. Perhaps shaken, Niese proceeded to give up homers to Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig in the third inning before being lifted in a 7-2 loss. Ironically, Niese was supposed to face LA’s Zack Greinke last… Read more »

Close Shaves

The CFL season has been marked by close contests in the early going. Last week, three out of four games were decided by four points or less and the average margin for the season has been just 8.7 points. That’s the lowest spread in the CFL since 1947. Tonight, we’ll see if that trend continues as Week 5 opens with… Read more »

Show Me Something

It’s a Show Me State showdown as the Cardinals (60-34) and Royals (57-36) open an interleague series tonight in St. Louis. Not since 1944 have two teams from Missouri had the top two records in baeball this late in the season. Opening the series for the Cards will be John Lackey (8-5, 2.90) while the Royals will counter with Chris… Read more »

Royal Treatment

After dropping the series opener to Pittsburgh, the Royals faced an uphill climb last night as they faced the Pirates’ ace, Gerrit Cole. But a pitching staff by committee matched Cole goose egg for goose egg until a 3-run outburst in the eighth inning carried Kansas City to a 3-1 victory. The Royals will see if they can win the series… Read more »

Newfound Liberty

The New York Liberty are off to their best start (10-5) since 2001 thanks in large part to the acquisition of Epiphanny Prince in the off-season. Prince has avaraged 13.2 points per game, including the game-winning free throws in Sunday’s 75-73 victory at Phoenix that pushed the Liberty’s winning streak to three. The surge has New York up to No…. Read more »

Heaven Sent

About the only thing to slow down the Angels these days is the weather.  Last night’s Boston-LA contest was postponed, marking the first time the Angels had been rained out at home in 20 years.  Up until that point, LA had been on a 15-5 tear that saw them take over first place in the AL West and move all… Read more »

No Cramping His Style

The Cardinals’ Jason Heyward had to leave last night’s game with leg cramps, but not before the St. Louis outfielder collected a career-best five hits. Heyward’s hit parade was part of a 15-hit barrage that carried the Cards to a 12-2 stomping over the Mets. Both teams will be back on the field today in St. Louis for the series… Read more »

Encore Performance

After winning the All-Star game MVP for the second consecutive year, LA’s Mike Trout gave Angels’ fans quite an encore last night with a walk-off HR in the 9th inning that was the only run in a 1-0 victory over Boston. The victory kept the Angels in first place in the AL West by a half-game over the Astros, who… Read more »

AL(L) They Can Do

The American League secured home-field advantage in the World Series with its 6-3 win in the All-Star game.  Now it’s time for the teams to see if they can take advantage.  The three AL division leaders — the Yankees, Royals and Angels — are all in action tonight as the second half of the season officially starts. To get our… Read more »

Road Show

For the first time in CFL history, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are opening the season with four-straight road games and won’t play their first home game until August. Tonight, the Tiger-Cats (1-1) will play game No. 3 of the young season as their road trip stops in Montreal to take on the Alouettes (1-2). To get our pick for this game… Read more »

Fever Pitch

With the MLB still on its All-Star break, the big slate of games today is in the WNBA with four contests running throughout the day culminating with the Tulsa Shock playing tonight against the Indiana Fever. The Shock seem to have bounced back from the season-ending injury to Skylar Diggins as they have won back-to-back contests over Atlanta and Los… Read more »

Setting Sun

The Connecticut Sun have dropped three straight to tumble all the way down to No. 4 in this week’s Dunkel WNBA Index. The Sun’s last time out was their worst game of the season as they allowed Chicago to shoot 56.7 percent from the field in a 96-76 drubbing on Sunday. Connecticut will try to regroup tonight, but faces a… Read more »