Posts Tagged: MLB

*Check out our preview of the NCAA Top 25 rated teams coming into the season as well as a look at their Week 1 matchups by clicking HERE. And listen to Episode 1 of the Dunkel Index Podcast where we break down the Top 25 by clicking HERE. The best records in baseball meet tonight as the NY Yankees (83-46) and LA… Read more »

Despite being without injured ace Max Scherzer, the Washington Nationals (67-56) are surging with nine wins in their last 12 games. Yesterday, the Nats closed out a homestand with HRs from six different players during a 16-8 rout of Milwaukee. They’ll hit the road tonight to open a series in Pittsburgh against Pirates (51-72), who have dropped 19 of their… Read more »

The Minnesota Vikings were hoping for more out of a Kirk Cousins-led offense than last year’s 8-7-1 season produced. As a result, the Vikes made a change on the coaching side with Kevin Stefanski taking over as the new offensive coordinator. The signs were positive in Week 1 of the preseason as Cousins completed all four of his passes and… Read more »

Both the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are trying to deal with changes to their offensive lineups. For the Chiefs, coach Andy Reid has yet to fix on a replacement for departed running back Kareem Hunt. And in Pittsburgh, coach Mike Tomlin must find a way to pick up the slack for two stars who are no longer there… Read more »

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 »

The Baltimore Ravens (1-0) came out of Week 1 of the NFL preseason with the highest Dunkel rating after their 29-0 dismantling of the Jacksonville Jaguars. QB Lamar Jackson looked sharp (4-of-6 for 59 yards and a TD) while playing with the first team for most of the first quarter. The victory also extended the Ravens’ winning streak to an… Read more »

The Atlanta Braves found a way to cool off the hard-charging New York Mets last night with Ronald Acuna Jr supplying the power and Max Fried supplying the pitching in a 5-3 victory. It was just the Mets third loss in their last 18 games and dropped them two games behind the Cardinals for the final NL wild-card spot. Mickey… Read more »

Last night’s contest between the Red Sox and Indians epitomized the recent track record of both clubs. Boston clawed its way back to a 5-5 tie in the ninth inning only to watch Carlos Santana win it for Cleveland with a walk-off HR in the bottom of the ninth. For the Red Sox, it was their 12th loss in the… 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 »

The Philadelphia Phillies signed Bryce Harper to a mega-contract with the intent on being in the postseason hunt for many years to come. So far, those results have been mixed. On Friday night, Harper delivered in a big way with two HRs in a 9-6 win over the San Francisco Giants. But yesterday, Harper struck out in the ninth inning… Read more »

The NY Mets have surged back into playoff contention by winning 13 of their last 14 games — the best 14-game stretch the team has had since 1990. The Mets have an opportunity to make up even more ground starting tonight as they open a three-game set against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. New York (59-56) trails Washington (61-53)… Read more »

On June 3, the Cleveland Indians sat 11 1/2 games back of the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central and appeared to be going nowhere fast. But Terry Francona’s team has gone a blistering 39-16 over its last 55 games to put the Tribe (68-46) just 2 games back of the Twins (70-44) as the two teams open up a… Read more »

Fans of the 1991 World Series classic between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins always look forward to a rematch when the interleague schedule brings them together. This week’s series at Target Field hasn’t disappointed so far as the Twins (70-43) took the opener, 5-3, and the Braves (67-48) bounced back last night with a 12-7 offensive outburst. The rubber… Read more »

Mike Leake first made a name for himself as a star pitcher for the Arizona State Sun Devils, earning the eighth pick overall in the 2009 MLB draft. Ten years after that fact, Leake will make his debut tonight as the starting pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Acquired from Seattle just before the trade deadline, Leake (9-8, 4.27) will go… Read more »

A big opportunity this weekend for the Milwaukee Brewers turned into a dud as they were swept by the Chicago Cubs in three straight. Losers of six of their last seven, the Brewers (57-56) are in desperate need of some wins as they’ve fallen four games behind the Cubs in the NL Central standings. The good news for Milwaukee could… Read more »

A critical West Coast road trip for the St. Louis Cardinals did not start off well last night as the Redbirds were manhandled by the Oakland A’s, 8-3. The loss dropped St. Louis (58-51) a half-game behind the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central race. The Cards will try to rebound today with Adam Wainwright (7-7, 4.47) on the mound…. Read more »

The NY Mets made one of the bigger deals at the MLB trade deadline when they acquired All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman (6-11, 2.96) from the Toronto Blue Jays. Joining a staff that already includes Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, Stroman gives the Mets arguably the best rotation heading into the stretch run.  The right-hander will make his Mets debut tonight… Read more »

Last weekend’s series between the Red Sox and Yankees may have taken something out of both teams. Boston, which looked like it was primed to make a run after taking three of four from the Yankees, proceeded to drop three straight in their just-completed series with the Rays. And New York, which came into last weekend’s series has won seven… Read more »

The first two games of the St. Louis-Chicago Cubs series has looked a lot like a playoff matchup with runs coming at a premium. The Cards (57-50) took game 1, 2-1, on a late Paul Goldschmidt HR and the Cubs (57-50) rebounded last night to take game 2, 2-0, behind strong pitching from Kyle Hendricks and the bullpen. The net… Read more »

The St. Louis Cardinals continued their recent trend of strong pitching and timely hitting from slugger Paul Goldschmidt to take last night’s series opener against the Chicago Cubs, 2-1. The win moved the Cardinals (57-49) into first place in the NL Central, a game ahead of the Cubs (56-50) and 1 1/2 ahead of the Brewers. St. Louis will try… Read more »

Things couldn’t get much tighter in the NL Central where the St. Louis Cardinals (56-49) and Chicago Cubs (56-49) are in a tie for first place and are just one game ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers. It’s the perfect backdrop for tonight’s series opener between the Cubs and Cards at Busch Stadium. Despite dropping the final two games of their… 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 NY Mets (49-55) have been sending mixed signals about whether they will be buyers or sellers at the upcoming trade deadline. But that hasn’t stopped the team from putting together a pretty decent second half as the Mets are 9-5 since the All-Star break and still somewhat alive in the NL Wild Card chase. Their opponent today — the… Read more »

The Red Sox (58-47) have given the Yankees (66-37) a taste of their own medicine during the first two games of their weekend series as the Boston bats have lit up New York pitching for 29 runs on 37 hits. It’s been part of a bad week for Aaron Boone’s starting pitchers, who have failed to get past the fourth… Read more »

The Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals open up an interleague series tonight at Busch Stadium with both teams riding a hot streak. The Astros (66-38) have won seven of their last eight to push their lead over Oakland to eight games in the AL West standings. The Cardinals (55-47) have used an 11-3 run since the All-Star break to… Read more »

If the Boston Red Sox are going to make a run in the AL East, this weekend’s four-game set against the Yankees at Fenway is critical. The Bosox (56-47) trail New York by 11 games in the standings and were pummeled by the Bronx Bombers the last time the two teams met in late June in London. The Yanks (66-35)… Read more »

It took over half a season, but the New York Mets finally got a big game from Robinson Cano last night as the veteran second baseman produced the first 3 HR game of his career.  Cano accounted for all five runs as the Mets took the opener in their series with the Padres, 5-2. The two teams will be back… Read more »

The San Francisco Giants continued their impressive turnaround with a come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Cubs last night. The victory, which was their ninth in the last 10 games, moved the Giants to a game over .500 (51-50) and in the thick of the NL Wild Card race. San Francisco will continue its series with Chicago tonight as ace Madison… 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 »

The Washington Nationals were hoping that ace Max Scherzer could make the start for tonight’s series finale against the Braves. But inflammation in the shoulder will keep him sidelined and the Nats instead will have to rely on Joe Ross (0-1, 11.05) to take the mound. After making 17 appearances out of the bullpen, this will be Ross’ first start… Read more »

The Oakland A’s avoided their first back-to-back losses since early June with last night’s 5-3 win over the Twins. The victory also moved the A’s (56-42) into sole possession of the second wild card spot in the AL and just one game behind Cleveland for the top spot. Oakland will try to make it two straight over the AL Central-leading… Read more »

Last night’s 6-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins was a rare stumble for the Oakland A’s. Bob Melvin’s team came into the series with a six-game winning streak, and is 36-17 since May 16 and 12-3 over the last 15 games. The A’s (55-42) will try to bounce back tonight as they continue their series against the Twins (59-36) at… Read more »

The Washington Nationals have clawed their way back into the NL East race and have a chance to make a major dent in Atlanta’s lead as they open a four-game set tonight against the Braves at SunTrust Park. The Nats (50-44) have won 13 of their last 17 to move to within 6 1/2 games of the Braves (58-39), who… Read more »

With the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaching, players are not only playing for their current teams, but could be showcasing their talents for a future team. One of those players is Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray, who has been reportedly garnering interest from a number of playoff contenders. Ray (7-6, 3.81) will be on the mound tonight as the Diamondbacks… Read more »

San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford enjoyed a Rocky Mountain high yesterday as the Giants shortstop hit three HRs and drove in nine runs as part of a doubleheader sweep over the Rockies. The outburst has been reflective of the Giants play of late as Bruce Bochy’s team has won 10 of its last 12. They’ll try to keep the momentum going… 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 Atlanta Braves started the second half of the MLB season the same way they ended the first half by playing winning baseball. The Braves (55-37) opened up a series in San Diego last night with a 5-3 win over the Padres that gave Atlanta a 25-10 record since the beginning of June. They’ll try to keep that hot streak… 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 »

Despite a rash of injuries that have sidelined stars such as Jose Altuve and George Springer for significant chunks of time, the Houston Astros are right where they want to be. Leading the AL West by 7 1/2 games and ranked No. 3 in the latest Dunkel MLB rankings, the Astros (57-33) kick off the second half of the MLB… Read more »

The WNBA serves up four games today starting with a morning tip-off between the Connecticut Sun (9-5) and Atlanta Dream (3-10) at 11 a.m. and capped off with the Minnesota Lynx (8-6) heading to Chicago to face the Sky (7-7) tonight. To get Dunkel’s picks for these game and the full WNBA schedule, click HERE. The second half of the… Read more »

Winning streaks have been the theme of recent MLB All-Star games and right now it’s the American League that is enjoying one. The AL has won six straight mid-summer classics, including last year’s 8-6 victory in Washington. The venue moves to the American League tonight as the NL and AL will square off in the 90th All-Star Game at Cleveland’s… Read more »

Despite losing three straight at home to the San Diego Padres over the weekend, the LA Dodgers head into the All-Star break with the top Dunkel MLB rating at 19.343. That gives the Dodgers a fairly comfortable lead over a trio of AL teams starting with the Minnesota Twins (18.663) at No. 2 and followed by the Houston Astros (18.532)… Read more »

Heading into tomorrow’s All-Star break, five of the six MLB division leaders look to be fairly secure with the one exception being the NL Central race. The Chicago Cubs hold a narrow half-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers and only 4 1/2 games separate them from the last-place Reds. The Cubs (47-42) will wrap up their first half this afternoon… Read more »

The Philadelphia Phillies and NY Mets are both struggling to stay in the thick of the NL East race. Last night, the Mets struggled more as closer Edwin Diaz blew eight solid innings from Jacob deGrom and opened the floodgates to a five-run ninth inning in a 7-2 Phils’ victory. The win was only the ninth for Philadelphia (46-42) in… Read more »

Masahiro Tanaka had gone at least six innings in nine straight starts for the Yankees before his trip to London. In what turned out to be a slugfest of a series, Tanaka lasted only two-thirds of an inning while giving up six runs in the first game against the Red Sox. Tonight, Tanaka (5-5, 3.74) will try to bounce back… Read more »

Independence Day serves up its usual fare of baseball all day starting with the first pitch between the Marlins and Nationals at 11:05 a.m. Another NL East battle will take place later in the evening as the Atlanta Braves (51-36) wrap up their series against the Philadelphia Phillies (45-41) at SunTrust Park. The teams have split the first two games… Read more »

The LA Angels staged an emotional comeback last night a day after the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. The Angels (43-43) overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Texas Rangers (46-39) with two runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth en route to a 9-4 win. Those two teams will be back on the field at Globe… Read more »

The Atlanta Braves are slowly starting to pull away in the NL East. Yesterday’s come-from-behind 5-4 win over the Mets moved Atlanta to 6 1/2 games over the Phillies and 8 over the Nationals in the division race. Winners of six of their last eight, the Braves will go for the series sweep over the Mets tonight on ESPN’s prime… Read more »

Arizona’s Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.08) is having another stellar season and gets a chance to pitch for the first time this season against the Giants at Oracle Park — a place where he has enjoyed much success. Greinke is 5-0 with a 1.37 ERA in seven career starts in San Francisco and has also done it with the bat, racking… Read more »