Posts Tagged: MLB

The Boston Celtics have a chance to become the first team to punch its ticket to the second round of the NBA playoffs as the Celts go for the series sweep this afternoon on the road against the Indiana Pacers. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full NBA schedule, click HERE. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Vegas… Read more »

The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals looked primed to cruise through their first-round matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes after taking the first two games at home. But Games 3 and 4 in Raleigh did not go as well and suddenly the Caps find themselves in a 2-all tie with the Canes heading into tonight’s pivotal Game 5 at Capital… Read more »

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Boston Celtics and their star point guard, Kyrie Irving. But the Celts were hoping all that would be pushed aside once the playoffs rolled around. So far, so good as Irving has come up big for Boston in each of its first two games against the Pacers — both victories at home. Tonight,… 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 »

The rough start for the defending champion Boston Red Sox continued yesterday as the Bosox were shut down by James Paxton and the Yankees, 8-0. Boston’s 6-12 start is its worst since the 1996 season when they opened at 3-15. Alex Cora’s team will see if it can at least salvage a split in the mini two-game set with the… Read more »

When the Red Sox and Yankees meet, there’s usually first place on the line. But right now, the two teams just need some Ws under their belts. The defending champion Red Sox come into the mini two-game series with an anemic 6-11 record. The Yankees aren’t much better at 6-9. And both will look for better outings tonight from a… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors took care of business with their 121-104 victory in Game 1 of their playoff series with the LA Clippers, but still allowed the Clips to get under their skin as Kevin Durant was tossed along with LA’s Patrick Beverly during a late-game squabble. The Warriors vow to play with more poise tonight as Game 2 tips… Read more »

Home court advantage didn’t amount to much during Day 1 of the NBA playoffs as three of the four visiting teams stole victories. One team that hopes that trend continues in Day 2 is the Oklahoma City Thunder (49-33), who open their Western Conference playoff series as a No. 6 seed on the road this afternoon against the No. 3… Read more »

The NBA playoffs get started today with four games on the schedule, including the Golden State Warriors begin their quest for a rare three-peat as league champions. The Warriors (57-25) are the No. 1 seed in the West and open at home against the No. 8 seed L.A. Clippers (48-34). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the full… Read more »

The Penguins and Islanders play Game 2 of their first round series tonight at Nassau Coliseum. While the Isles won a back-and-forth struggle in the opener, 4-3 in overtime, the Penguins forced an up-tempo contest against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league (169) during the regular season. To get Dunkel’s pick for tonight’s game and the… Read more »

The first day of the NHL playoffs was filled with upsets, including the top seed in the East and President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning falling to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. Day 2 begins tonight with three games on the schedule, including the No. 1 seed in the West — the Calgary Flames (50-25-7) — opening its series at home… Read more »

The NHL playoffs open tonight with five games on the schedule. While the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals don’t begin their series against Carolina until tomorrow night, their rival in the Eastern Conference — the Pittsburgh Penguins (44-26-12) — open up on the road against the New York Islanders (48-27-7). To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the… Read more »

The Denver Nuggets (53-27) were at one time vying for the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Western Conference playoffs. But as we enter the last week of the NBA regular season, the Nuggets now find themselves trying to fend off hard-charging Houston for the No. 2 slot. Tonight, Denver will head to a place where it’s lost eight straight… Read more »

Tonight’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Final features two teams in search of their first national championship as Texas Tech (31-6) faces Virginia (34-3) in Minneapolis. The Cavaliers advanced after pulling out a 63-62 win over Auburn on Kyle Guy’s three free throws with less than a second remaining. The Red Raiders had an easier time dispatching Michigan State, 61-51. Chris Beard’s… Read more »

The Russell Westbrook show continues today as the Oklahoma City Thunder (46-33) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (36-43). On Tuesday, Westbrook became the only other player not named Wilt Chamberlain to record a 20-point, 20-assist, and 20-rebound game. Then on Thursday, he became the first player in league history to average a triple-double for three consecutive seasons. Aside from Westbrook’s record-setting… Read more »

College basketball’s Final Four is set for today in Minneapolis starting at 6:09 pm EST with the Auburn Tigers (30-9) facing the Virginia Cavaliers (33-3), followed by the Texas Tech Red Raiders (30-6) taking on the Michigan State Spartans (32-6). To get Dunkel’s picks for both these games, click HERE. The Philadelphia 76ers (49-30) haven’t looked like a team ready… Read more »

It looks to be a postseason sneak preview tonight as the Boston Celtics (47-32) travel to Indiana to face the Pacers (47-32). The two teams are on a path to meet in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs and home-court advantage is at stake in this one. To get Dunkel’s pick for this game and the complete NBA… Read more »

The injuries are coming faster than the wins right now for the New York Yankees. Yesterday, the Yanks lost another player to injury as Troy Tulowitzki was forced to leave the game against Detroit with a calf strain. The result was a 2-1 setback to the Tigers that dropped New York’s record to 2-4. Manager Aaron Boone will try to… Read more »

It looks like reigning NL MVP Christan Yelich has picked up right where he left off last year. The Brewers’ outfielder hit his fourth HR of the season yesterday, tying a record for starting the season with HRs in four consecutive games held by Willie Mays (1971), Mark McGwire (1998), Nelson Cruz (2011), Chris Davis (2013) and Trevor Story (2016)…. Read more »

After a disappointing, injury-plagued first season in Chicago, the Cubs were hoping for a new and improved Yu Darvish as he made his first start of the 2019 campaign yesterday. Instead, Darvish turned in the shortest outing of his career as he lasted only 2 2/3 innings while walking a career-high seven batters during the Cubs 8-6 loss to the… Read more »

The St. Louis Cardinals were hoping for a power surge when they acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Diamondbacks and it took less than a week into the new season for them to get it. Last night, Goldschmidt connected for 3 HRs and 5 RBI while leading the Redbirds to a 9-5 win over the Brewers that knotted the series up… Read more »

The MLB season started with a bang yesterday in Los Angeles. In fact, there were eight of them as the Dodgers set a record for most home runs in an opening-day game. The eight bombs also tied a franchise record set back in 2002 when Shawn Green hit four of them. The outburst was all part of a 12-5 rout… Read more »

While Major League Baseball had a mini-opener last week with a pair of games between the Mariners and A’s in Japan, the real opening day takes place today starting with the Yankees-Orioles and Mets-Nationals at 1:05 pm EST and stretching all the way to the defending-champion Red Sox facing the Mariners in Seattle at 7:10 pm EST. To get all… Read more »

Two teams advanced to the semifinals of the NIT last night as Wichita State upset Indiana, 73-63, and TCU took care of Creighton, 71-58. Tonight, the NIT will round out its Final Four for NYC as the final two semis take place with Lipscomb (27-7; No. 56 in Dunkel’s power rankings) heading to NC State to face the Wolfpack (24-11;… Read more »

Belmont and Fairleigh Dickinson advanced to the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament last night, setting the stage for the last half of the First Four contests tonight in Dayton. The first matchup pits MEAC champion North Carolina Central (18-15; No. 283 in Dunkel’s power rankings) against Summit champ North Dakota State (18-15; No. 203). That will be followed… Read more »

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 »