Posts Tagged: CFL

Dunkel Premier

The English Premier League kicks off its 2018-19 campaign today with Manchester United facing Leicester at Old Trafford, and it also marks the first season that the Dunkel Index will be producing picks and rankings. For Dunkel’s pick in today’s matchup and all the Matchday 1 contests, click HERE. The NFL continues its first preseason week tonight with a pair… Read more »

Here’s The Catch

With the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers set to play their preseason contest tonight, it’s hard not to think of Dwight Clark and “The Catch” from their 1982 NFC Championship game. Appropriately, the 49ers announced yesterday that they would honor Clark — who died in June after a battle with ALS — with a decal on their helmets and… Read more »

Fiers Sale

Prior to the MLB season, few expected the Oakland A’s to be position to acquire talent for a playoff stretch run. But that’s exactly where the A’s are with a 67-46 record (No. 4 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) and a two-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card spot. To help bolster their rotation, the A’s picked up… Read more »

Sinking Ship?

The Seattle Mariners have hit some choppy waters recently and just completed a homestand with only a 2-5 record that included five straight losses before finally snapping the skid yesterday against the Blue Jays, 6-3. Overall, the Mariners (64-48; No. 7 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) have gone just 6-13 over their last 19 games to fall 2 1/2 games behind… Read more »

Taking A Chance

The Yankees have dropped the first two games of their series against the Red Sox to fall 7 1/2 games behind Boston on the AL East and now have the added burden of dealing with a depleted pitching staff after J.A Happ was put on the disabled list with hand, foot and mouth disease. That’s left NY manager Aaron Boone… Read more »

LA Story

The Houston Astros will head to Dodger Stadium tonight with the memories of their Game 7 World Series victory in LA last year still relatively fresh. Houston took the final game of the 2017 Fall Classic by a 5-1 score and both teams appear very capable of returning again this year. The Astros (69-41; No. 2 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings)… Read more »

Hall Pass

While the NFL will honor the 2018 Hall of Fame class this weekend, two teams will take the field tonight in Canton, Ohio, for the preseason opener looking to recapture some of the glory from two of their inductees. The Bears’ Brian Urlacher and the Ravens’ Ray Lewis are part of this year’s class and will certainly be omnipresent tonight… Read more »

Schooping It Out

With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, new faces abound across the league. That’s certainly true for both the LA Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, who added infielders Brian Dozier and Jonathan Schoop, respectively, during yesterday’s activity. Both newcomers are expected to be in uniform tonight as they Dodgers and Brewers continue their series at Dodger Stadium. To… Read more »

Royal Flush

While it hasn’t been even a full three years since the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, the team continues to flush out core pieces of that group. Yesterday, it was the third baseman Mike Moustakas who was packing his bags as the slugger was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for a pair of minor league prospects. The upside… Read more »

Player Hader

It was no surprise that once Brewers reliever Josh Hader left Milwaukee, the treatment of opposing teams’ fans to his past controversial tweets would be harsh. That’s exactly what happened last night as Hader came into the game in San Francisco to a chorus of boos from the Giants fans. For his part, Hader kept his composure and tossed 1… Read more »

Storming Off

The just completed series between the Orioles and Red Sox was full of rain delays, the last of which led to the cancellation of the game and the ire of Boston manager Alex Cora. Cora wasn’t happy the game even started last night in Baltimore after it made it only until the second inning before the clouds opened up and… Read more »

Alarming Trend

There have been a lot of proverbial alarm bells going off in the St. Louis clubhouse this year, but last night it was literally a fire alarm that confronted the Redbirds. For the second straight night, the Cardinals had a rookie pitcher carry a no-hitter deep into the game. But before Austin Gomber could take the mound in the bottom… Read more »

Give ’em A Hand

Considered a strength of Cleveland’s teams in recent years, the Indians’ bullpen this season has struggled. Joe Smith and Bryan Shaw were lost to free agency, while holdovers Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Joe Otero have all seen their ERAs balloon. To the rescue comes All-Star closer Brad Hand, who was acquired yesterday from the San Diego Padres along with… Read more »

New Deck

The Cards headed into the All-Star break with dysfunction on the field and disharmony in the clubhouse. The combination cost manager Mike Matheny his job and into the breach steps interim manager Mike Shildt. His job doesn’t get any easier tonight as St. Louis (48-46; No. 19 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) opens a five-game series against a Chicago Cubs team… Read more »

Sky’s The Limit

The Seattle Storm (16-6; No. 1 in Dunkel’s WNBA Rankings) continue to look like a real contender this year after winning six of its last seven and eight of its last 10 to take over the top spot in the competitive Western Conference. Today, the Storm will travel east to face the Chicago Sky (7-15; No. 11) and you can… Read more »

No Humming Bird

The St. Louis Cardinals haven’t exactly been humming along lately, especially at home where the Birds have lost five straight and 14 of their last 23, including last night’s 9-1 pounding at the hands of the Reds. On top of that, there have been reports of turmoil in the St. Louis clubhouse this week. Mike Matheny’s team will try to… Read more »

Junior Mint

The Brewers’ rotation has gotten a nice boost from the recent performance of Junior Guerra (6-5, 2.79). The right-hander has won each of his last three starts while sporting a 2.65 ERA. Manager Craig Counsell will turn to Guerra tonight as the Brewers (55-39; No. 7 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) try to rebound from last night’s 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh… Read more »

Cys Matter

It’s a battle between the reigning AL Cy Young winner and the front-runner for this year’s award as the Indians’ Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.49) faces the Yankees’ Luis Severino (14-2, 2.12).  Cleveland (50-41, No. 5 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) avoided a sweep at the hands of Cincinnati yesterday with a 19-4 offensive explosion, while New York (60-31; No. 3) settled… Read more »

Mystical Tour

The Washington Mystics were hoping the acquisition of Elena Delle Donne last year would spark a surge and that looks to be the case this season. Delle Donne has the Mystic (12-7; No. 6 in Dunkel’s WNBA Rankings) in first place in the Eastern Conference and was named Player of the Week after averaging 20.3 ppg over the last three… Read more »

Artful Dodger

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling did not start out as a key component in the LA starting rotation. But after 10 appearances out of the bullpen, Stripling was converted to a starter and has been arguably Dave Roberts’ most consistent pitcher since then. Tonight, Stripling (6-2, 2.27) will take the mound for the Dodgers (47-40; No. 11 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings)… Read more »

There’s A Catch

The Houston Astros have arguably the best pitching staff in baseball, but just who is going to catch their pitches is becoming a big question. A day after the Astros put Brian McCann on the DL with a knee injury, his replacement — Max Stassi — was forced to leave last night’s game after getting hit on the right wrist… Read more »

A For Effort

While the Red Sox, Yankees, and Astros have dominated the MLB rankings and gotten most of the attention this season, the Oakland A’s have quietly played themselves into playoff contention. Bob Melvin’s team (46-39; No. 9 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) has won 12 of its last 15 games and has done much of it without standout third baseman Matt Chapman,… Read more »

Lucky 13

Oakland’s Edwin Jackson tied an MLB record on Monday when he pitched for his 13th big league team. Jackson’s start for the A’s matched another former Oakland pitcher (Octavio Dotel) for appearing with the most clubs in a career. While that appearance was on the road, Jackson will get to perform at his new home this afternoon as the A’s… Read more »

Taking It Slow

Arizona’s Zack Greinke has never been an easy pitcher for batters to figure out, so it’s no surprise that at 34 years of age the former Cy Young winner is still adding to the confusion by developing new pitches. This year, Greinke has added a super slow curveball to his arsenal that has been baffling teams of late as the… Read more »

Riding The Wave

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais has a bet with his closer, Edwin Diaz, that he’ll shave waves into the side of his head if Diaz can get to 50 saves this year. Last night, the Mariners’ closer notched save No. 29 during a 3-2 win over the Orioles, inching closer to Servais’ trip to the barber. Diaz and Seattle (49-31;… Read more »

Shades Of Grey

It’s a Grey Cup rematch tonight in the CFL as the Calgary Stampeders (1-0; No. 4 in Dunkel CFL Rankings) head to Toronto to face the Argonauts (0-1; No. 3). In last year’s championship game, the Argonauts stunned the heavily-favored Stampeders, 27-24. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s contest, click HERE. And in MLB action, the Minnesota Twins (33-39; No…. Read more »

Wright Stuff

Steven Wright’s knuckler has been frustrating batters since his return to the Red Sox rotation earlier this year. The 33-year-old right-hander has a 2-1 record and 1.23 ERA with his only blemish coming last weekend in Seattle when he lost to Wade LeBlanc and the Mariners, 1-0. Tonight, Wright and the Bosox (50-26; No. 2 ) get a chance at… Read more »

Rocky Road

After enjoying the thin Denver air in a 12-2 win in the series opener, the Mets have found what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the Coors Field scoreboard after dropping back-to-back 10-8 decisions to the Rockies. Those two teams will slug it out one more time this afternoon as the Rockies (36-38; No. 22 in Dunkel’s… Read more »

Fresh Brew

The Milwaukee Brewers got another shot in the arm last night from rookie pitcher Freddy Peralta as the 22-year-old held the Pirates scoreless for six innings en route to a 3-2 win. This came after he set a franchise record last month by striking out 13 in his MLB debut. Last night’s victory kept the Brew Crew (43-30; No. 9… Read more »

Chicago Fire

The Chicago Cubs offense has been inconsistent so far this season, but there’s no doubt when the bats get cranked up they can still put up runs in a hurry. That was the case last night as Chicago pounded out 13 hits, including seven for extra bases, in a 13-5 rout of the Cardinals. The rivalry will continue tonight as… Read more »

Sparks Fly

After completing a five-game homestand, the Los Angeles Sparks (6-2; No. 2 in the Index) fly out east tonight to face the Washington Mystics (6-4; No. 8) in the first of three WNBA contests on the schedule. To get the Index’ picks for this game and the full WNBA slate, click HERE. In MLB action, the struggling Chicago White Sox… Read more »

Here’s Johnny

The Canadian Football League is set to kickoff its season this weekend and that means most eyes will be on the return of Johnny Manziel at QB for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Manziel is slated to play backup to Jeremiah Masoli and looked good (12-for-20, 88 yards and 1 TD) in the final preseason tuneup. While Hamilton will have to wait… Read more »

Didi Does-Does

After starting the season on a tear, Didi Gregorius hit just .151 in the month of May and hadn’t homered at home since April 25. But Gregorius ended that drought last night with a pair of dingers at Yankee Stadium in New York’s 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Those two teams will wrap up their interleague series tonight on… Read more »

Brave Heart

While the Atlanta Braves own the most lopsided schedule in the early going with just 28 home games to date, that hasn’t stopped them from jumping out to a strong 37-28 start and sitting tied with the Nationals for first place in the NL East. Atlanta will finally get some home cooking as they play their next 12 out of… Read more »