Submitted by Jim Hurley on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM
THE BASEBALL REPORT: WHAT OUR ALL-STAR BALLOT LOOKS LIKE
PLUS IT'S ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF OUR NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM SUMMER QUICK-HITTERS AS TODAY WE TRACK THE JETS, BROWNS & LIONS
In case you had not heard, voting for the upcoming Major-League Baseball All-Star Game - that's being played on Tuesday, July 12th in San Diego - ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time and so we thought it might be fun to post our own Jim Sez ballot.
So, here goes with some of the key stats/quickie comments featured below:
1B - Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs (19 HR, 58 RBI) - Major competition comes from Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and San Diego's Will Myers but defense/leadership puts 'em over the top.
2B - Daniel Murphy, Washington (.349 BA with 50 RBI) - NL's batting average leader just about from the proverbial get-go this season.
SS - Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers (.297 BA, 16 HR, 38 RBI) - Tough call here but we'll reward LA star by a smidge over San Francisco's Brandon Crawford and Colorado's Trevor Story (both of whom should also make this star squad!).
3B - Nolan Arenado, Colorado (21 HR, 65 RBI) - Fastest glove in the game and he could be this generation's Mike Schmidt ... really.
C - Wilson Ramos, Washington (.343 BA, 43 RBI) - At last check he was behind only 2B Murphy in the NL batting race.
OF - Ryan Braun, Milwaukee (.322, 40 RBI) - No question he's had games where he looked lost but Brewers' major power guy still at top of the charts.
OF - Bryce Harper, Washington (16 HR, 46 RBI) - The reigning NL MVP needed time after getting intentionally walked a gazillion times at Wrigley but he's back.
OF - Marcell Ozuna, Miami (.319, 16 HR, 44 RBI) - Maybe the most improved player in all of MLB compared to a year ago.
1B - Eric Hosmer, Kansas City (.311 BA, 48 RBI) - Slick-fielding, clutch-hitting Royals star one of few consistent players on this year's KC crew.
2B - Robbie Cano, Seattle (19 HR, 54 RBI) - We know, we know that 'Stros star Jose Altuve on a rampage but M's star had such a great April and he stays in starter's role here.
SS - Xander Bogaerts, Boston (.342, 50 RBI) - Bosox have galaxy of great young stars but this one's piling up some MVP votes along the way.
3B - Manny Machado, Baltimore (.330 BA, 18 HR, 46 RBI) - One of the sweetest swings in the bigs, he beats out reigning MVP Josh Donaldson.
C - Salvador Perez, Kansas City (.297 BA, 37 RBI) - Is there a player more valuable to his team than Mr. Perez? We think not!
DH - David Ortiz, Boston (.336 BA, 18 HR, 63 RBI) - Swan song season for "Big Papi" has been a blast and here he fends off top competitors Edwin Encarnacion of Toronto and Seattle's Nelson Cruz.
OF - Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (.319, 17 HR, 53 RBI) - Sorry season for the Halos but perennial MVP candidate has shined.
OF - Adam Jones, Baltimore (16 HR, 49 RBI) - The Birds are the word in AL East and this veteran centerfielder has been great.
OF - Carlos Beltran, New York Yankees (.297 BA, 19 HR, 53 RBI) - No doubt we'll hear some static from 'round New England way but this has been only true Bronx Bomber on Joe Girardi's mediocre team.
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NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM GLANCES
It's summertime and that means the annual Jim Sez report on all 32 NFL teams with our quick-hitter looks continuing today with the New York Jets, the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions ... and check out our quickie pointspread ditties too. Note the SU (straight-up) records are listed next to the team names below:
NEW YORK JETS (10-6) - The on-going contract squabble between QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and the J-E-T-S has been playing out on the New York City tabloids for months now, so let's discuss another new component on this AFC East team ... CB Darrelle Revis.
When last seen at the Jets' team facility a couple of weeks ago, Revis was taking baby steps after wrist surgery in March -- Revis claims he played almost all last year with a ruptured tendon - and the target date remains the start of training camp in late July although insiders say don't be surprised if Revis sees minimal game action the first couple of preseason games.
Pointspread Notes - The Jets have covered 11 of their last 18 divisional games while dating back to the start of the 2013 season and that includes five-of-six spread wins against New England.
CLEVELAND (3-13) - Gotta go all the way back to the 2007 season to find the last time the Browns sported a winning record (see 10-6 but no playoff berth that year under Romeo Crennel) and it won't be easy for new coach Hue Jackson's gang especially considering the '16 sked includes five road games in the first seven weeks - yikes! The Browns open at Philadelphia on September 11th and later travel to Miami in Week 3, to Washington in Week 4, to Tennessee in Week 6 and to Cincinnati in Week 7. Last year the Browns won once on the road - a 33-30 overtime triumph at 6.5-point favorite Baltimore in a Week 5 game.
Pointspread Notes - Talk about burning some moolah as the Browns went 2-8-1 versus the vig last year starting with a Week 6 overtime loss/push against Denver. Overall, Cleveland's 2-8-1 ATS (against the spread) in its last 11 season-opening games.
DETROIT (7-9) - Critics claim the Lions have more than a few holes to plug as we draw nearer to the start of the 2016 campaign and one area of great concern is at linebacker where LB DeAndre Levy is said to be in fine form after a hip injury really compromised his '15 season. In fact, the Lions' official web site claims that the 29-year-old Levy "shows no signs of the hip injury that limited him" last year. Note Detroit ranked 19th in the NFL versus the rush a year ago while the Lions' defense surrendered 24-or-more points in seven of the team's first eight games.
Pointspread Notes - In the past five years, the Lions are 33-48-1 against the odds overall (a lousy .407 winning percentage) and that includes a 16-26 ATS away mark (and that's just a .381 winning rate).
NOTE: More NFL team-by-team quick hitters in the next edition of Jim Sez.