Posts Tagged: Dodgers

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 »

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 »

Washington’s win over the Dodgers yesterday in the series finale allowed the Nationals (56-49) to pick up a game on the Atlanta Braves (62-44) in the NL East race and sit 5 1/2 games back as the two teams open up a three-game set tonight at Nationals Park. Patrick Corbin (8-5, 3.25) will get the start for Washington and comes… Read more »

The Yankees and Twins open up a battle of division leaders tonight at Target Field. AL East-leading New York (64-34) is looking to rebound from yesterday’s 8-4 loss to Colorado, while AL Central-leading Minnesota (60-38) rallied to beat Oakland in the bottom of the ninth, 7-6, and salvaged a series split. Yankees starter CC Sabathia (5-4, 4.06) is 12-1 in… Read more »

There’s never been a question the NY Yankees offense can produce a lot of runs in a hurry. Rather the uncertainty with the team has been whether the starting pitching can hold up. Judging by the Yankees’ weekend series with Toronto, that doesn’t seem to be much of a question either. New York (59-32; No. 3 in Dunkel’s latest MLB… Read more »

No pitcher had a better first half of the MLB season than the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Korean left-hander posted a 10-2 record and league-leading 1.73 ERA, which earned him a start for the NL in the All-Star game. Tonight, Ryu will open up the second half in Boston against David Price (7-2, 3.24) as the Dodgers and Red Sox… Read more »

The unofficial second half of the MLB season gets cranked up for real today with a full slate of games headlined by a rematch of last year’s World Series between the LA Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers (60-32; No. 1 in the Dunkel MLB rankings) sit comfortably atop the NL West standings with a 13 1/2-game lead over… Read more »

Former Cy Young winners and one-time teammates Clayton Kershaw (7-1, 2.85) and Zack Greinke (8-3, 2.91) face each other tonight as the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open up a series in Arizona. The two have faced each other only once before as Kershaw bested Greinke, 7-1, in April of 2017 at Dodger Stadium. Overall, the Dodgers (54-25; No. 1 in latest… Read more »

Cubs pitchers were roughed up last night for four HRs as the Dodgers (46-23) overcame an early three-run deficit to knock off Chicago (36-30), 7-3, in the series opener. Joe Maddon will turn to Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 3.00) tonight try to slow down the LA offense. Hendricks has been Chicago’s most consistent starter of late and comes in with a… Read more »

While the LA Dodgers have put some distance from the pack in the NL West, the race for second right now is very tight with San Diego, Arizona and Colorado separated by only two games in the standings. The Rockies (26-27) have picked up some ground after taking the first two games of their home series against the D-Backs (28-27)…. Read more »

The Toronto Raptors looked poised to steal Game 1 on the road against Milwaukee when they entered the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead. But an uncharacteristically bad quarter from Kawhi Leonard (two points) combined with Brook Lopez’ career playoff game (29 points, 11 rebounds) bailed the Bucks out in a 108-100 win. The Raptors will try to rebound tonight… Read more »

Last night, the Boston Celtics became the first conference semifinalist to get eliminated as they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 116-91. Tonight, the NBA playoffs feature two more teams struggling to stay alive as the Philadelphia 76ers and Portland Trail Blazers look to avoid elimination on their home courts against the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets, respectively. To get Dunkel’s… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors have set many records during their reign as the best team in the NBA, but they could doubtless do without the record they set on Monday night. The Warriors blew the biggest lead ever in a playoff game — 31 points — en route to a 135-131 loss to the Clippers at home in Game 2… Read more »

Apple Of Their Eyes

The New Orleans Saints suffered one of the most devastating losses in NFL history when their secondary gave up a last-second TD to the Vikings in last year’s playoffs. Not surprisingly, on the cusp of this week’s rematch with Minnesota, the Saints made a deal to bolster their secondary by acquiring CB Eli Apple from the Giants. Apple is expected… Read more »

Fresh Brew

It certainly wasn’t the most noticed trade during the MLB season, but the Brewers acquisition of pitcher Gio Gonzalez from the Nationals may have been one of the most effective. After struggling to a 7-12 record in Washington, Gonzalez went 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA down the stretch for the Brewers. His performance was good enough to earn him a… Read more »

Chicago Hope

The Chicago Cubs went from being tied for the best record in the NL as of yesterday morning to possibly facing elimination from the postseason tonight. After the Cubs lost the NL Central tiebreaker to Milwaukee, 3-1, they were forced to host tonight’s one-game, winner-take-all wild card contest against Colorado. Cubs fans are hoping it’s not more of the same… Read more »

Best Western

The battle for the NL West has come down to a one-game playoff this afternoon between the LA Dodgers and Colorado Rockies. The Dodgers are going for an unprecedented sixth straight NL West title, while the Rockies are still looking for their first. LA will send Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76) to the mound against Colorado’s German Marquez (14-10, 3.75). To… Read more »

Greener Pastures

Franchise QBs in the NFL are extremely hard to find, so the Green Bay Packers didn’t take it for granted in having arguably the best signal-caller of all in Aaron Rodgers. Last month, the Pack made Rodgers the highest-paid player in league history when they gave him a four-year extension worth $134 million. With that deal wrapped up, Green Bay… Read more »

Warm Brees

The Jaguars’ Jalen Ramsey made news this week when he trashed many of the NFL’s top QBs. But one of the few exceptions was New Orleans’ Drew Brees, whom even Ramsey had to concede is still “really good” even at the advanced age of 39. With Brees at the helm again this year, the Saints feel good about their chances… Read more »