Posts Tagged: WNBA

The NY Mets (33-36) lost two games in a matter of four hours yesterday as they dropped the completed game from Thursday, 5-4 in 10 innings, and followed that with a 9-5 loss in the regularly scheduled game against the Cardinals (35-33). Playing just one today, the Mets will try to break through with a win in the series as… Read more »

Cubs pitchers were roughed up last night for four HRs as the Dodgers (46-23) overcame an early three-run deficit to knock off Chicago (36-30), 7-3, in the series opener. Joe Maddon will turn to Kyle Hendricks (7-4, 3.00) tonight try to slow down the LA offense. Hendricks has been Chicago’s most consistent starter of late and comes in with a… Read more »

The drama surrounding Kevin Durant’s injury and the Golden State Warriors almost overshadows the fact that there’s still an NBA championship series going on and the Toronto Raptors currently have a 3-2 lead. The Raptors blew a chance to claim their first title at home when they let a late lead slip away in Game 5. Now Toronto has to… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues missed an opportunity to capture their first Stanley Cup championship in front of the home town fans when they fell to the Boston Bruins in Game 6, 5-1. Now to accomplish the feat, the Blues have to go on the road and play in front of a hostile Boston crowd in a Game 7 tonight. To… Read more »

The Kansas City Royals‘ season continues to spiral downward as the team extended its streak of not winning a series to 16 after dropping two of three against the White Sox over the weekend. Despite that negative run, Vegas has KC a favorite tonight as the Royals (20-45) open a series against the Detroit Tigers (24-38). Jakob Junis (4-6, 5.63)… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues have come back from a 2-1 series deficit and sit one game away from clinching their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They’ll try to accomplish that feat tonight as the Blues host the Boston Bruins in Game 6 at Enterprise Center. To get Dunkel’s pick, click HERE. The Washington Nationals (29-35) are also trying… Read more »

The Toronto Raptors took advantage of a short-handed Golden State team to take Game 3 of the NBA Finals, 123-109, and go up 2-1 in the series. While the Warriors will continue to be without Kevin Durant (strained calf) for tonight’s Game 4, they are expecting the return of Klay Thompson (hamstring) to the starting lineup. To get Dunkel’s pick,… Read more »

Each time the Boston Bruins looked like they were in control of the Stanley Cup Finals, the St. Louis Blues have found a way to respond. After being blown out at home in Game 3, the Blues rebounded with a solid 4-2 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. The loss was doubly costly for the Bruins… Read more »

The Golden State Warriors came out of Toronto with a hard-earned split of the first two games of the NBA Finals, but also added to their injured list. Gone for the remainder of the series is valuable back-up Kevon Looney (fracture cartilage) while Splash Brother Klay Thompson was also hobbled with a strained hamstring, although Thompson has been given the… Read more »

Despite having to put slugger Joey Gallo on the 10-day IL with a strained oblique, the Texas Rangers (30-27) have been playing their best ball of the season. Winners of 13 of their last 18 games, the Rangers open up a three-game set tonight at home against the Baltimore Orioles (18-41), who start a road trip after being outscored 16-3… Read more »

There haven’t been many times in Golden State’s recent postseason history where the Warriors have faced adversity. But after dropping Game 1 of the NBA Finals to Toronto, 118-109, questions have arisen whether Golden State has enough firepower without Kevin Durant to get past Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors. Durant (calf strain) will be sidelined again tonight as the Warriors… Read more »

The St. Louis Blues managed to get out of Boston with a split of their first two games in the Stanley Cup after taking Game 2, 3-2, in overtime. Now it’s the Bruins turn to see if they can win on the road, something they’ve shown they can do so far in the postseason. Boston has won six of its… Read more »

Add Carlos Correa to the list of bizarre injuries after he attributed his broken rib to a massage he was getting. It’s the latest in a string of injuries that have hit the Houston Astros. Despite the misfortune, the Astros have managed to keep a sizable lead in the AL West and come into tonight’s game with a 7 1/2… Read more »

While the LA Dodgers have put some distance from the pack in the NL West, the race for second right now is very tight with San Diego, Arizona and Colorado separated by only two games in the standings. The Rockies (26-27) have picked up some ground after taking the first two games of their home series against the D-Backs (28-27)…. Read more »

Despite missing three mainstays (Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa) from their lineup last night, the Houston Astros scratched out a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs in the interleague series opener. The Cubs (30-22) will try to bounce back tonight, but will need a better performance from starter Jon Lester (3-3, 2.68), who has a 9.72 ERA over… Read more »

Not usually known for their offensive production, the San Diego Padres (28-24) set a club record yesterday with seven HRs en route to a 19-4 thrashing of the Toronto Blue Jays (20-32). Getting trounced at home has been nothing new for the Blue Jays, however, as they’ve dropped 10 of their last 12 games at Rogers Centre. The Padres will… Read more »

After taking the first two games of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Milwaukee Bucks looked to be in control of the series. But three straight wins by Toronto have the Raptors on the verge of clinching a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time in the franchise’s history. The Bucks will try to find a way to stay… Read more »

The New York Yankees continue to roll along, posting a 15-5 record in the month of May. Overall, Aaron Boone’s club is 32-17 and just one game behind the Twins for the best record in baseball. The Yankees feasted on bottom-dweller Baltimore in a just-completed four-game sweep and hope to continue that trend tonight as they open a three-game set… Read more »

Gray Matter

The Colorado Rockies have never won the NL West Division in the team’s 26-year history. But with a 1 1/2-game lead currently — the latest in a season that Colorado has ever been in first place — Rockies fans are starting to think this will be the season. Tonight, Colorado will open a big series at home against the second-place… 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 »

Hard To Bear

The Chicago Cubs threw a little gas on the fire of their rivalry with the Brewers yesterday when pitcher Cole Hamels suggested that the majority of fans at Milwaukee’s Miller Park were Cubs fans. If that in fact was true, it wasn’t enough to get Chicago a win as Milwaukee pulled out a 4-3 victory that cut the Cubs lead… 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 »

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 »

Storm Front

The WNBA is down to its final four teams — Washington, Atlanta, Phoenix and Seattle. In Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals, the Storm took care of business against the Mercury, 91-87.  Game 2 is tonight in Seattle and you can get Dunkel’s pick for this game as well as Game 2 between the Mystics and Dream by clicking  HERE…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Brock Solid

There looks to be no slowing down the Boston Red Sox. Even the heat of August has only made the team hotter as they’ve won 11 of their 12 games this month. Last night, the Bosox got a PH HR from Brock Holt to take the series opener against the Phillies, 2-1. Both teams will take the field again tonight… Read more »

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 »