The Fat Guy’s baseball predictions only missed on one team, the Cleveland Indians. I did correctly predicted the National League participants in the Chicago Cubs and the L.A. Dodgers, though.
The Cubs were pushed to a game five against the Washington Nationals and came away with the road victory. The ex-Tiger, Max “Not So Sure Zer” blew up and handed the Cubs the victory. I cannot say this enough, that you cannot bring in a starting pitcher in relief. The routine from starter to coming out of the bullpen is a totally different mindset. The only time I can remember it working out was Madison Bumgarner against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series a few years ago. Let’s also realize that the Washington Nationals are such a huge choke in the Major League playoffs every single postseason that it’s become laughable unless you are a Washington fan. How about Dusty Baker as a horrible playoff manager too? He cannot win a playoff series; ever. The poor tooth pick must be in splinters by the ninth inning.
The Cubs and Dodgers were playing game three Tuesday night in Chicago with the Cubs down 2-0. This was a must-win for the Cubbies if they want to repeat as World Series Champions.
The American League stands at the Houston Astros knotted at 2-2 with the New York Yankees. I think the state of Michigan has numerous Houston fans, as Justin Verlander is on the squad. I know I want the Astros to win it all and get J.V. a World Series ring. How about the gem J.V. tossed the other day in victory over the Yankees? It was a thing of beauty, baseball fans. The Verlander deal might just be the deal that delivers the Houston Astros a World Series!
Upsets on the gridiron
The college football season last weekend was full of upsets, as Washington State, Washington and Clemson all went down in defeat. The NCAA playoff picture is now wide open for numerous schools to get in. Michigan defeated Indiana in an ugly contest on Saturday in overtime. The Michigan State Spartans went up to Minnesota and continued their winning ways. Michigan State was dominant even though the final score was a three-point Sparty win. Michigan travels to Penn State Saturday night and kick off is at 7:30 p.m. I think Penn State will crush the Michigan Wolverines. The Indiana Hoosiers will travel to East Lansing to play Sparty. I like the Spartans to win another football game. The Spartan kick off is at 3:30 p.m.
These Wings are hot
The Detroit Red Wings are off to a nice start so far. The 4-2 record is better than I thought it would be at this point. I have not watched much on the hockey team to get a feel as to how good they are. I like that the Wings are 3-1 on the road, which is a good sign. The goaltending of Jimmy Howard has been good, as he has a 1.97 goals-against average. Henrik Zetterberg has tallied three goals to start the season.
No brainer on the NBA slate
The NBA season is firing up this week; yippee! I say that tongue in cheek because we all know the Golden State Warriors will be crowned NBA Champions. The Warriors should be going for their fourth title in a row if not for a great Cavaliers comeback 3-1.
The NBA is too top heavy and it’s not good for the league in my opinion. What about our beloved Detroit Pistons this season? The newest face will be guard Avery Bradley, who comes over from the Boston Celtics. The No. 1-pick, Luke Kennard, from Duke should see lots of minutes and help the Pistons’ offense. The big man, Andre Drummond, the $23 million dollar man who can’t make a free throw needs to step up his play on the court. I wonder if Stanley Johnson’s play has improved over the summer? He has been a huge disappointment. Can Tobias Harris put the ball in the hole on a consistent basis?
The hot seat for Stan Van Gundy is red hot. The Eastern Conference is pretty weak and missing the playoffs again will cost him his job, and it should. The home opener in the new Little Caesars Arena was last night against the Charlotte Hornets.
My NFL picks stayed hot again last week. firstname.lastname@example.org .
OAKLAND + 3 over Kansas City
CLEVELAND + 5.5 over Tennessee
INDIANAPOLIS + 2.5 over Jacksonville
Cincinnati + 5.5 over PITTSBURGH
MINNESOTA -5.5 over Baltimore
MIAMI – 3 over New York Jets
BUFFALO + 2.5 over Tampa Bay
Carolina -3 over CHICAGO
New Orleans – 5.5 over GREEN BAY
L.A RAMS – 3 over Arizona
SAN FRANCISCO + 6 over Dallas
N.Y. GIANTS + 5.5 over Seattle
L.A. CHARGERS -2 over Denver
NEW ENGLAND – 3 over Atlanta
Washington + 5 over PHILADELPHIA
LAST WEEK: 9-5; SEASON: 50-38-1
BEST BET: 4-2; BEST BET: BUFFALO