Posts Tagged: MLB

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 »

Beeline

Angels pitcher Felix Pena has racked up some frequent flyer miles between Salt Lake City and Anaheim. For the third time this year, the 28-year-old right-hander has been recalled from LA’s minor league affiliate where he was 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA for the Bees. Tonight on ESPN, Pena will be making his first MLB start against the Diamondbacks (40-32;… Read more »

Fallen Angel

There was a time when Zack Greinke was a part of the LA Angels plans. Back in 2012, Greinke was acquired by the Angels as part of their late-season push to make the playoffs. The right-hander did his part (6-2, 3.53), but LA still came up short. Then in the off-season, Greinke decided to jump ship and head to the… Read more »

Mercury Rising

The Phoenix Mercury won their seventh straight last night with an 89-72 thumping of Connecticut. The victory moved the Mercury (9-3; No. 3 in the Index) to within a half-game of the West-leading LA Sparks with a chance of moving into the top spot tonight as Phoenix heads to Las Vegas to take on the Aces (3-8; No. 11). To… 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 »

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 »

Brewers Have A Miller

The surprising Milwaukee Brewers may already be making moves with an eye toward a long stretch run as they acquired infielder Brad Miller from the Rays yesterday. Miller joins the Central Division-leading Brewers (39-26) just in time as they host a big series against the second-place Cubs (37-25) starting tonight. To get the Index’ pick for this game and the… Read more »

Passing The Man

At this stage of his career, every hit Albert Pujols delivers takes on some historic significance. That was certainly the case yesterday when Pujols produced HR No. 623 and RBI No. 1,951. In doing so, Pujols passed Stan “The Man” Musial for sixth place on the career RBI list. More importantly for the Angels, the hit proved to be the… Read more »

Oh No

The Angels got some bad news yesterday when it was reported that two-way star Shohei Ohtani was going to miss at least the next three weeks with an elbow sprain. It’s not clear whether Ohtani might end up needing Tommy John surgery, but what is clear is that both his bat (.289, 6 HRs, 20 RBI) and arm (4-1, 3.10)… Read more »

Cap It Off?

After dropping the opener of the Stanley Cup Finals, the Washington Capitals have won three straight behind the inspired play of captain Alex Ovechkin and goalie Braden Holtby. With one more win needed to capture their first Cup in team history, the Caps will try to get it done tonight in Las Vegas. To get the Index’ pick for the… Read more »

Houston By Way Of Dallas

The Houston Astros have hit a rough patch, dropping six of their last nine, to fall a game behind the surging Seattle Mariners in the AL West standings. But they’ve got a chance to erase the deficit as the Astros host a short two-game set against the M’s starting tonight. Houston will go with Dallas Keuchel (3-7, 3.65) on the… Read more »

Cap-Sized

The Vegas Golden Knights smooth sailing to the Stanley Cup has hit a snag against the Washington Capitals. The Knights have dropped back-to-back games for the first time in the postseason and risk going down 1-3 in the series tonight against the Caps as Game 4 takes place in Washington. To get the Index’ pick, click HERE. The MLB schedule… Read more »

Running On Empty

Cleveland’s JR Smith picked up a crucial rebound in the closing seconds of Game 1 and tried to run out the clock. The problem was the Cavaliers weren’t winning at that point; they were tied. The mental mistake cost Cleveland a chance to pull off the upset in regulation and Golden State gladly took advantage of the gift and pulled… Read more »

Save The Date

If the Washington Capitals go on to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, they’ll look back at the waning stages of Game 2 as the critical juncture. On a play now simply referred to as “The Save”, goalie Braden Holtby miraculously was able to stop Alex Tuch’s potential game-tying shot and preserve a 3-2 victory over Vegas that… Read more »

Familiar Ring

Red Sox manager Alex Cora received his 2017 World Series ring last night after serving as the bench coach for the world-champion Houston Astros last season. Cora then watched a familiar sight as Lance McCullers Jr. and the Astros bullpen shut down his potent Boston lineup and took the series-opener, 4-2. It could be more of the same tonight as… Read more »

Four On The Floor

The calendar is about ready to flip to June, which means it’s that time of year for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors to decide the NBA championship. For the fourth straight season, these two teams will meet in the Finals. The Warriors have taken two of the first three matchups and look to be prohibitive favorites coming into… Read more »

Error Of Their Ways

It certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty for the New York Yankees last night as the team committed five errors in its game against the Houston Astros. But Gleyber Torres saved the day with an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Bronx Bombers won for just the fourth time since 1960 when committing five or more errors in… Read more »

Expansion Plans

While the NHL wanted to ensure that the Vegas Golden Knights had an adequate stock of decent players in their first year of existence, no one could have imagined that they’d make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. But that’s where the Knights find themselves as just the second expansion team (the 1968 St. Louis Blues were… Read more »

To Boston Without Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers took care of business in Game 6 behind another stellar performance from LeBron James and avoided elimination at home with a 109-99 win over the Celtics. But in doing so, the Cavs lost forward Kevin Love to the concussion protocol and must head back to Boston without him in the lineup for tonight’s Game 7. To get… Read more »

Round Mound

Bartolo Colon turned 45 years old on Thursday and tips the scales at a reported 280 pounds, but shows no signs of slowing down. The oldest player in MLB will make his ninth pitching start of the season in front of a national TV audience during the FS1 marquee game as the Texas Rangers host the Kansas City Royals this… Read more »

Even Stevens

The Celtics rocked the Cavaliers by taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Brad Stevens’ club gave it all back in Cleveland and now finds itself tied up as the series moves back to Boston for tonight’s Game 5. The good news for Stevens and the Celts is that TD Garden has been a friendly confine… Read more »

Soft Landing

Houston’s excitement after winning Game 2 against Golden State proved to be short-lived as the Warriors responded with a 41-point drubbing of the Rockets in Game 3. The thrashing had Houston coach Mike D’Antoni admitted his team played “soft” and left the Rockets in a 2-1 hole with Game 4 tonight at Golden State. To get our pick, click HERE…. Read more »

What Can Brown Do?

Boston’s Jaylen Brown was an unstoppable force in the first two games against Cleveland as the Celtics routed the Cavaliers at home. But in Game 3 in Cleveland, LeBron James put the clamps on Brown and the rest of the Celts’ offense sputtered en route to a 116-86 defeat that got the Cavs back in the series. How Brown and… Read more »

Fleury Of Activity

The Winnipeg Jets had numerous scoring opportunities in Game 3, but were stymied by the acrobatic goaltending of Vegas’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury’s 33 saves helped preserve a 4-2 win for the Golden Knights and gave the surprising expansion team a 2-games-to-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. The Jets will try to solve the three-time Stanley Cup champ tonight in… Read more »

Bucking The Trend

After unloading stars such as Andrew McCuthchen and Gerrit Cole in the off-season, the expectation coming into the MLB season was that the Pittsburgh Pirates would take a step back this season. But that hasn’t been the case in the first quarter of the season as the Bucs have posted a 25-17 record and are tied for first place with… Read more »

Isolated Incident

No team runs more isolation plays than the Houston Rockets. And that strategy of clearing out and letting All-Stars James Harden and Chris Paul create scoring opportunities was a big part of Houston posting the best record in the NBA regular season. But in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State, the strategy backfired. Harden got his… Read more »

Road To Redemption

The Washington Capitals have been a snakebit organization when it comes to the postseason, but this year looks to be different. A big part of the Caps’ turnaround has been their play on the road. Barry Trotz’ team is an impressive 7-1 away from home in the playoffs, including taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals in… Read more »

Knight Shift

Even though they weren’t even in existence at this point last year, the Vegas Golden Knights continue to perform like a veteran squad. After finishing with the third-best record in the Western Conference, the Golden Knights swept the Kings in the first round of the playoffs and then dispatched the Sharks in six games to advance to the Western Conference… Read more »

New York Mess

After a strong start to the MLB season, the New York Mets have reversed course and find themselves struggling to stay above .500 (18-17) after dropping eight of their last nine games. Mickey Callaway’s team has looked out of sorts during the turnaround as well with the latest snafu occurring when the Mets batted out of order against the Reds… Read more »

Missing Card Trick

The St. Louis Cardinals have taken the first two games of the series against their arch-rival Chicago Cubs, but got some bad news yesterday when it was announced that catcher Yadier Molina would likely miss the next month after getting hit in the groin with a foul ball and undergoing surgery. Without their usual backstop behind home plate tonight, the… Read more »

Wilson!

It’s hard enough to play your nemesis in the postseason, but for the Washington Capitals, that scenario was made even more difficult by the recent suspension of enforcer Tom Wilson. Wilson’s absence was fairly apparent in Washington’s Game 4 loss to the Penguins as the top line that he usually mans with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov managed just five… Read more »

Spin Cycle

In the burgeoning world of baseball esoterica, we can now add another item: spin rate. That’s been the hot debate ever since Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer alleged that Astros’ pitchers might be doctoring the baseballs because their spin rates were all higher this season than last. Sadly for Houston fans, that effect didn’t shut down the red-hot New York Yankees last… Read more »