Posts Tagged: MLB

Bill Collection

The New England Patriots have dominated a lot of teams during the Tom Brady era, but none more so than the Buffalo Bills. The Pats are 28-3 against Buffalo since Brady took over at QB, which represents the most victories by any quarterback against a single team in NFL history. Brady and the Patriots will try to add another one… Read more »

Money Ball

While small market teams like Oakland and Milwaukee made the MLB postseason interesting, in the end the World Series will be represented by the No. 1 payroll team (Boston Red Sox) and No. 3 (LA Dodgers). They’ll square off beginning tonight in Game 1 at Fenway Park with Boston sending Chris Sale to the mound against the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw…. Read more »

Here Comes The Judge

If the New York Yankees were going to make a deep postseason run, they knew they needed slugger Aaron Judge to return to his pre-wrist injury form. So far, so good as Judge has socked three HRs in the playoffs already and has the Yanks two wins away from advancing to the ALCS with Game 3 of the ALDS against… Read more »

Book On The Irish

While Notre Dame’s defense started off the season playing up to expectations, the offense looked to be shaky behind QB Brandon Wimbush despite some early season wins. But that has changed since coach Brian Kelly inserted Ian Book as the starter at QB. Book has thrown for 7 TDs and no INTs over the last two games and has the… Read more »

Home For Sale

It seemed inevitable months ago as both teams were on a path to reaching the century mark in wins that the Boston Red Sox (108-54; No. 1 in Dunkel’s MLB rankings) and New York Yankees (100-62; No. 3) were destined to meet in the postseason. That hunch becomes a reality tonight as the Red Sox and Yanks open their AL… Read more »

Power Through (and Through)

The Yankees a.k.a. Bronx Bombers were true to their nickname this year as they set an MLB record for home runs in a season with 267. They also became the only team to ever have 12 players with at least 10 HRs apiece as well as at least 20 HRs from all nine players in their starting lineup. Whether that… Read more »

Pitt Stop

The Steelers and Ravens are set to resume their bitter rivalry tonight at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. Nine of the last 13 games between the two teams have been decided by 4 points or less and there’s a fair amount riding on this early-season contest as the Ravens (2-1; No. 5  in Dunkel’s NFL rankings)  come in tied for first place… Read more »

Happy Days

Happy Valley is truly happy once again under the leadership of coach James Franklin, who has Nittany Lion fans believing this is the year they make the CFP playoff. But to do that, Franklin and his team will likely have to beat Ohio State tonight as the Nittany Lions (4-0; No. 5 in Dunkel’s college football rankings) host the Buckeyes… Read more »

Ram Tough

The LA Rams (No. 2 in Dunkel’s NFL rankings) have looked dominant while jumping out to their first 3-0 start since 2001. But if there’s one concern, it’s the tally of injuries that have hit the defensive secondary. Last week’s win over the Chargers cost LA Aquib Talib (high ankle sprain) and Marcus Peters (calf), forcing coach Sean McVay to… Read more »

Wild Guess

While the pairings for the AL wild card game are set — the Yankees will face the A’s a week from today — just which pitcher New York manager Aaron Boone will start has been the focus of much speculation. One of the likely possibilities is Masahiro Tanaka (12-5, 3.67), who will get the start today as the Yankees continue… Read more »

Fallen Angel?

Mike Scioscia is the longest-serving MLB manager by a full seven seasons and is the only manager the LA Angels have known since 2000. But there’s speculation that this could be the last season for Scioscia as his 10-year contract comes to an end and the Angels have made the playoffs only once in the last nine seasons. LA opened… Read more »

Devil Of A Time

Last season, the Arizona State Sun Devils ended Washington’s hopes of returning to the College Football Playoff when they upset the Huskies in Tempe, 13-7. With a new head coach in Herm Edwards and an upset already over Michigan State, the Sun Devils hope to repeat that performance tonight as they face the Huskies in Seattle.  To get Dunkel’s pick for… Read more »

Fast Lane

The turnaround last season orchestrated at Florida Atlantic by new head coach Lane Kiffin was immediate. Taking a 3-9 team, Kiffin produced an 11-3 season that was capped off by a 50-3 win over Akron in the Boca Raton Bowl and had many prognosticators predicting the Owls would be playing on New Year’s Day this season. A 63-17 loss to… Read more »

Brown Spot

The Cleveland Browns have become the most hapless organization in perhaps all of professional sports. A rotation of coaches and QBs, combined with a current 19-game winless streak, has Browns fans wondering if the misfortune will ever end. But there have been some glimmers of hope in the first two weeks of the NFL season with a comeback tie in… Read more »

No To Morrow

The Chicago Cubs got a dose of bad news yesterday when they announced that closer Brandon Morrow would be shut down for the rest of the season. Morrow, who has been out since the All-Star break, was trying to battle back from a bone bruise in his pitching arm. His loss combined with the recent hamstring injury to fill-in closer… Read more »

Christian Single (And Double, And Triple…)

Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich made MLB history last night when he hit for the cycle against the same team for the second time in a season. Yelich struck again against Cincinnati less than a month after he pulled off the same feat versus the Reds on August 30. Yelich’s achievement was all part of an 8-0 win for the Brewers that… Read more »

Something Fishy

The pace of play in MLB has been impacted in recent years by the number of pitching changes managers are making. That has only multiplied in September with all the minor league call-ups and got to the point yesterday in the Marlins-Phillies game where Miami manager Don Mattingly said something had to be done. The contest was just the fourth… Read more »

Dak-gummit

The Dallas Cowboys were hoping to put last season’s troubles behind them and ride the production of QB Dak Prescott back to the postseason. But Week 1 did not generate much optimism as the Prescott-led offense gave up six sacks, committed four penalties and scored only 8 points in a 16-8 loss to the Panthers. Tonight, Prescott and the Cowboys… Read more »

Day By Day

Ohio State fans have been counting down the days until suspended head coach Urban Meyer returns to the sidelines. In his place, acting head coach Ryan Day has done a solid job as the Buckeyes (2-0; No. 2 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football rankings) have cruised to wins over Oregon State and Rutgers. But Day’s last game as the head coach… Read more »

Wright Place, Wright Time

David Wright has battled neck, back and shoulder injuries in an effort to put on a New York Mets uniform one last time. It looks like he’ll be able to do that in NY’s last home series as the Mets announced yesterday that Wright will be in the starting lineup for their September 25 game versus the Braves. It will… Read more »

Ravenous

The Baltimore Ravens came into this season hungry to get back to the playoffs after missing the postseason last year because of a Week 17 loss to the Bengals. Based on Baltimore’s 47-3 thrashing of Buffalo last week, John Harbaugh’s team looks to be well on its way. Tonight, the Ravens will get the chance to exact a little revenge… Read more »

Sock It Away

The Boston Red Sox became the first MLB team to clinch a playoff spot last night with their 7-2 win over the Blue Jays. Alex Cora’s team will now begin the process of fine-tuning for the postseason beginning with today’s starter, David Price, who has been the team’s most consistent pitcher since the All-Star break (3-0, 2.30 ERA). Price will… Read more »

Sonny And 70 In Minneapolis

At the start of the MLB season, Sonny Gray was expected to be a major cog in the NY Yankees rotation. But Gray scuffled to an 8-8 record and 5.56 ERA through his first 21 starts, earning a demotion to the bullpen from manager Aaron Boone. Since that time, Gray seems to have regained some of his old form and… Read more »

Hit Like A Mack Truck

The euphoria over Jon Gruden’s return to Oakland quickly dissipated into consternation when the Raiders decided to trade All-Pro holdout Khalil Mack. It probably didn’t help matters much that Mack played like an All-Pro last night in his debut with the Bears that included a strip-sack and pick-six. But the Raiders will have to put that in the past as… 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 »

Mo(n)d Squad

There’s excitement in College Station with Jimbo Fisher now at the helm of Texas A&M, but the Aggies (1-0; No. 42 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football rankings) will likely only go as far as sophomore QB Kellen Mond can take them. Last week, Mond looked sharp (17-of-25, 2 TDs) in A&M’s 55-7 whipping of FCS-opponent Northwestern State. But the competition gets… Read more »

From Wentz He Came

When Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL late in last year’s regular season, the Philadelphia Eagles season seemingly went down with him. But into the fray stepped back-up QB Nick Foles, who led Philly on an improbable run to its first Super Bowl victory in the franchise’s history. Wentz is still on the mend, which means that Foles… Read more »

Tag, You’re It

Last year was pretty much a disaster for the Florida State Seminoles, who finished with an uncharacteristically pedestrian 7-6 record  (No. 32 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) and watched as head coach Jimbo Fisher jumped ship for Texas A&M. Into the void steps Willie Taggart, who becomes just the ‘Noles third coach in the last 42 years. There’s not much… Read more »

Burrow In

It’s no secret that LSU head coach Ed Orgeron is on the hot seat after a 9-4 season last year (No. 19 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings), which means that much of his future will rely on the play of new QB Joe Burrow. Burrow, who transferred from Ohio State, will be making his first collegiate start tonight as the… Read more »

Wash Away

The Washington Huskies (10-3; No. 8 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) are expected to contend for the Pac-12 championship and possibly a CFP slot behind senior QB and Heisman-candidate Jake Browning. But Chris Petersen’s team is risking a lot today as the Huskies head east to Atlanta to face perennial SEC-power Auburn (10-4; No. 12). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game… Read more »

Taylor Made

Last year, the Wisconsin Badgers rode the legs of freshman sensation Jonathan Taylor (1,977 rushing yards, 13 TDs) to a 13-1 record (No. 7 in Dunkel’s final 2017 rankings) and within a whisker of making the College Football Playoff. This year, Taylor is back along with an offensive line that boasts three returning All-Americans and QB Alex Hornibrook to give Paul… Read more »

Knight Shift

Taking over a college football program is never easy, but the most challenging job this year may fall to Central Florida’s Josh Heupel. Heupel steps in for Scott Frost, who left UCF after last season to head back to his alma mater at Nebraska. But before he left, Frost guided the Knights to a 13-0 record (No. 15 in Dunkel’s… Read more »

Best Foot Forward

The Mets Noah Syndergaard has dealt with a number of physical ailments since joining the starting rotation, but probably none more bizarre than the hand, foot and mouth disease that landed him on the DL back in July. But when he’s right, there’s no denying Syndergaard is one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball. Tonight, he’ll get a chance… Read more »

Line Of Credit

The Dallas Cowboys have generally been credited with having the best offensive line in the NFL. But that foundation has taken a hit this preseason with the recent injury to guard Zack Martin and the diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome for center Travis Frederick.  It will be a patchwork along the front tonight as the Cowboys play their third preseason game… Read more »

Old College Try

The college football season has a mini-package of games today to get things warmed up for next week’s action, including two pure FBS matchups starting off with the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors visiting the Colorado State Rams. Last year, Hawaii struggled to a 3-9 record (No. 117 in Dunkel’s NCAA Football Rankings), while Colorado State went 7-6 (No. 49) and has… Read more »

Cousins New Family

The Minnesota Vikings made it all the way to the NFC Championship last year, but still felt they needed an upgrade at QB. Into the mix steps free agent Kirk Cousins, who left the Redskins in the off-season to try to get the Vikes all the way to the Super Bowl. Tonight, Cousins and the starters are likely to see… Read more »

Mayday

The Cleveland Brown have made a history out of moving from one QB bust to another while tanking to a 1-31 record in their last 32 regular season games. But hope has sprung yet again in the form of Baker Mayfield, whom the Browns drafted with the No. 1 overall pick last year. Mayfield has continued to build the excitement… Read more »

Major For Minor

Texas pitcher Mike Minor (9-6, 4.61) has been the Rangers most consistent starter of late, going 5-2 with a 3.53 ERA over his last 11 starts. But he’ll face a major challenge today as he tries to tame the red-hot Oakland A’s on the road. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full MLB schedule, click HERE. The… Read more »

Last Lynx?

The Minnesota Lynx (18-16; No. 6 in Dunkel’s final regular season WNBA Rankings) did not resemble the defending champions for much of this season. But in the end, Minnesota made it back to the playoffs and will begin defense of its title tonight as the Lynx travel to Los Angeles to play the Sparks (19-15; No. 3) in a single-elimination… Read more »

Giant Hole

Lack of offense has been the San Francisco Giants’ nemesis of late and could end up costing Bruce Bochy’s club a return to the playoffs. San Francisco (61-64; No. 19 in Dunkel’s latest MLB Rankings) just finished getting swept in Cincinnati while being outscored by the Reds, 20-6, to fall 7 1/2 games behind in the NL Wild Card race…. Read more »

Wing And A Prayer

After almost squandering a playoff position by losing nine straight games, the Dallas Wings finally clinched a spot with a 107-102 victory over Las Vegas on Friday night. Dallas will wrap up its regular season tonight as the Wings head to Seattle to take on the Storm. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full WNBA schedule, click HERE… 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 »

Handshake Deal

Last year’s Super Bowl between the Eagles and Patriots had everything in terms of excitement during Philadelphia’s 41-33 victory. But apparently the one thing missing was the customary handshake after the game between the two QBs — Nick Foles and Tom Brady. For his part, Foles says it’s no big deal, but undoubtedly the cameras will be fixed on the… Read more »

Bote Show

Doubtful there are few MLB thrills bigger than a walk-off grand slam. That’s what Cubs reserve David Bote experienced on Sunday night in front of a national TV audience as he took the Nationals’ Ryan Madson deep with two outs and the bases loaded to deliver a 4-3 victory for Chicago. The win extended the Cubs’ lead over the Brewers… Read more »

Gold Standard

The Arizona Diamondbacks (65-54; No. 10 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) are in the fight of their life in the NL West where they lead the Dodgers by just 1 game and the Rockies by 1 1/2 in the tightest division race going. If they are going to hold on, the D-backs will need more big days from slugger Paul Goldschmidt,… Read more »

Johnny Come Lately

Johnny Manziel finally looked like he had his shot at redemption when he was traded to the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes and given his first start of the season last week. But the result couldn’t have been more disastrous as Manziel threw four first-half INTs and was benched in the second half of a 50-11 embarrassment at the hands of the… Read more »

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 »

Hey Nineteen

Braves announcer Joe Simpson has gotten into hot water this year for some of his on-air comments and did so again yesterday when he questioned whether Nationals phenom Juan Soto was really just 19-years-old. The comment drew the ire of Washington GM Mike Rizzo, who confronted Simpson about it, and Simpson later clarified that Soto is a “bonafide 19.” It… 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 »