Posts Tagged: WNBA

To The Max

While the Washington Nationals’ season would be considered a disappointment to date, the team’s pitching ace — Max Scherzer — has been his usual steadfast self. Already the owner of three Cy Young Awards, Scherzer (15-5, 2.28) looks to be in line to capture his fourth after winning five of his last six starts and not allowing more than 2… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Met Life

Life for New York Mets fans has gotten so difficult that a mental health company is now offering confidential therapy sessions for fans who are having trouble coping with the team’s woes. The offer first appeared after New York’s 25-4 loss to the Nationals on Tuesday, the worst loss in team history. Yesterday might have provided a little solace as… Read more »

Schooping It Out

With the MLB non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone, new faces abound across the league. That’s certainly true for both the LA Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, who added infielders Brian Dozier and Jonathan Schoop, respectively, during yesterday’s activity. Both newcomers are expected to be in uniform tonight as they Dodgers and Brewers continue their series at Dodger Stadium. To… Read more »

Ut(ter) Affection

Chase Utley announced his retirement a few weeks ago and is making his final appearance in Philadelphia where he was the heart and soul of a team that won five straight division titles from 2007 to 2011. So it was no surprise that even a hostile Phillies crowd that rarely shows any affection for the opposing team would give the… Read more »

deGone?

Trade rumors continue to swirl around Mets ace Jacob deGrom to the point where the 30-year-old right-hander has talked about the possibility of life outside the Big Apple. But nothing seems to be in the works immediately and deGrom (5-4, 1.68) is set to make his start tonight against Masahiro Tanaka (7-2, 4.54) as the Mets (40-56; No. 25 in… Read more »

Man(n)y Happy Returns

The debut of Manny Machado in a Dodgers uniform last night couldn’t have gone much better and brought back remembrances of another Manny the Dodgers acquired for the stretch run — Manny Ramirez back in 2008. The All-Star shortstop reached base four out of five times he came to the plate (two singles, two walks) and LA started the second… Read more »

Give ’em A Hand

Considered a strength of Cleveland’s teams in recent years, the Indians’ bullpen this season has struggled. Joe Smith and Bryan Shaw were lost to free agency, while holdovers Andrew Miller, Cody Allen and Joe Otero have all seen their ERAs balloon. To the rescue comes All-Star closer Brad Hand, who was acquired yesterday from the San Diego Padres along with… Read more »

New Deck

The Cards headed into the All-Star break with dysfunction on the field and disharmony in the clubhouse. The combination cost manager Mike Matheny his job and into the breach steps interim manager Mike Shildt. His job doesn’t get any easier tonight as St. Louis (48-46; No. 19 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) opens a five-game series against a Chicago Cubs team… Read more »

Sky’s The Limit

The Seattle Storm (16-6; No. 1 in Dunkel’s WNBA Rankings) continue to look like a real contender this year after winning six of its last seven and eight of its last 10 to take over the top spot in the competitive Western Conference. Today, the Storm will travel east to face the Chicago Sky (7-15; No. 11) and you can… Read more »

Progressive Thinking

While Progressive Field has been good to the hometown Cleveland Indians (51-43; No. 5 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) in recent years, it doesn’t seem to have much of an impact on the New York Yankees (62-32; No. 3). Last night, the Yankees pulled out a 6- 5 win to run their record versus the Tribe this year to 5-1. Including… Read more »

Mystical Tour

The Washington Mystics were hoping the acquisition of Elena Delle Donne last year would spark a surge and that looks to be the case this season. Delle Donne has the Mystic (12-7; No. 6 in Dunkel’s WNBA Rankings) in first place in the Eastern Conference and was named Player of the Week after averaging 20.3 ppg over the last three… Read more »

Miles To Go

The road back to the majors for Miles Mikolas was a long one. After struggling in his first MLB stint with the Padres and Rangers from 2012-14, Mikolas went over to Japan and redeveloped his game. The 29-year-old signed with the Cardinals this offseason and has turned in an All-Star-worthy performance (9-3, 2.63) to date. Tonight, Mikolas will be in… Read more »

Knock On Wood

One of the many victims of the Dodgers early woes was pitcher Alex Wood, who lost his first four decisions after starting out last season 11-0. But like the team itself, Wood (5-5, 3.84) has turned his season around and will be looking for his fifth straight win tonight as the Dodgers (48-40; No. 11 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) wrap… Read more »

Artful Dodger

Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling did not start out as a key component in the LA starting rotation. But after 10 appearances out of the bullpen, Stripling was converted to a starter and has been arguably Dave Roberts’ most consistent pitcher since then. Tonight, Stripling (6-2, 2.27) will take the mound for the Dodgers (47-40; No. 11 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings)… Read more »

A For Effort

While the Red Sox, Yankees, and Astros have dominated the MLB rankings and gotten most of the attention this season, the Oakland A’s have quietly played themselves into playoff contention. Bob Melvin’s team (46-39; No. 9 in Dunkel’s MLB Rankings) has won 12 of its last 15 games and has done much of it without standout third baseman Matt Chapman,… Read more »

For Sale

There have been times this year when Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been the victim of paltry run support from his Boston offense. But last night wasn’t one of those times as the Red Sox exploded for 11 runs and 17 hits against the Yankees. Sale, for his part, took full advantage as he held New York to one… Read more »

Riding The Wave

Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais has a bet with his closer, Edwin Diaz, that he’ll shave waves into the side of his head if Diaz can get to 50 saves this year. Last night, the Mariners’ closer notched save No. 29 during a 3-2 win over the Orioles, inching closer to Servais’ trip to the barber. Diaz and Seattle (49-31;… Read more »

Walk In The Park

Not surprisingly, the Seattle Mariners road trip through New York and Boston didn’t go so smoothly. Scott Servais’ team dropped all three games against the Yankees and two-of-three to the Red Sox. Limping into Baltimore’s Camden Yards last night, the M’s needed a victory and were able to take advantage of a season-high 10 walks to squeeze out a 5-3… 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 »

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 »

Didi Does-Does

After starting the season on a tear, Didi Gregorius hit just .151 in the month of May and hadn’t homered at home since April 25. But Gregorius ended that drought last night with a pair of dingers at Yankee Stadium in New York’s 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Those two teams will wrap up their interleague series tonight on… 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 »

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 »

Process Of Elimination

The Cleveland Cavaliers blew Game 1 of the NBA Finals and that missed opportunity loomed larger as the Cavs dropped the next two to Golden State. Cleveland now finds itself in the dreaded 0-3 series hole, a place where no team has ever dug out (0-for-131) in NBA playoff history. The Cavs have proven a tough out in elimination games,… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Green Piece

Never shy about voicing his opinions, Golden State’s Draymond Green gave the media a juicy nugget after practice yesterday when he said the problem with the Warriors performance in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals was they didn’t feel threatened. “I think we’re at our best when we feel threatened,” Green said. After Houston’s 127-105 thumping, the Rockets are… Read more »

Believeland?

LeBron James has single-handedly transformed Cleveland from a city that expects to lose to one that was dubbed Believeland after he delivered an NBA title two seasons ago. But James ability to get the Cavaliers over the hump has been put to the challenge in this series against Boston. The Celtics took the first two games at home in convincing… Read more »