Submitted by Jim Hurley on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 12:00 AM
THE BASEBALL REPORT:
IT’S A MID-SUMMER Q & A SESSION …
THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK:
HERE’S THE CURRENT HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS
It’s a fact:
We’re grinding our way to the final third of this month of July and most Major-League Baseball teams have played right around 100 games … so everyone should have a handle on this 2018 season, right?
Well, there’s plenty of questions in mind as we draw near August and so let’s have some fun and explore a quickie Q & A session in today’s weekend edition of Jim Sez:
Q: One of the factoids regarding this here-and-now ‘18 MLB season has been the lopsided nature of “have” and “have not” teams as evidenced in the fact we entered this weekend with five of baseball’s top six teams hailing from the mighty American League (that’s Boston, New York Yankees, Houston, Seattle and Oakland), so will there be a National League team outside the Chicago Cubs / Los Angeles Dodgers that will make noise the rest of the way?
A: Folks, the San Francisco Giants (50-48) entered the post All-Star Game weekend sitting in fourth place in the NL West and four full games behind the front-running Dodgers but consider they’re “due” … the Jints rank only 9th in the league in team ERA (4.00) but LHP Madison Bumgarner is just now getting back into peak form while the offense has to perk up after ranking 12th in runs scored and 13th in home runs the first “half” of this season. We’re sticking to our guns and saying the SF Giants will win the NL West and look for ‘em to play .650 type ball from this point forward.
Q: Are there any other MLB managers that are gonna get the axe following last weekend’s somewhat surprising firing of St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny?
A: If you know all about us here at Jim Sez, we don’t delight in forecasting the demise of coaches / managers in sports but it’s part of the landscape and something tells us Toronto’s John Gibbons won’t make it to the finish line this 2018 season. The Blue Jays were projected to be a .500 team this year – actually they entered the year with a projected wins total of 81.5 – and appear ready to be “sellers” any day now but the North of the Border crew probably will be starting fresh on the field and in the dugout so look for Gibbons to be bye-bye sometime in August / early September.
Q: Who have been the best starting pitcher in each league NOT to have gotten his All-Star due?
A: Boston LHP Eduardo Rodriguez easily could have been a member of this past week’s All-Star Game roster, thanks to his dazzling 11-3 record and 110-to-32 K-to-BB ratio. Okay, so Rodriguez’s ERA is an ordinary 3.44 but ask any Red Sox fan and they’ll you his value to the team is sky-high. In the NL, Colorado LHP Kyle Freeland is 8-6 with a 3.11 ERA and how about the fact this young slinger has allowed only 102 hits in 115.2 innings with much of that action – of course – at hitter-friendly Coors Field?
Q: Finally, when all the dust settles, who will be the MVPs and Cy Youngs in each league?
A: Gotta say that Boston OF Mookie Betts will nudge out teammate J.D. Martinez and New York Yankees stud Aaron Judge for AL MVP honor while our crystal ball says the NL MVP will be Chicago’s Javy Baez followed by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado and Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman.
Cy Young winners? We say the AL winner will be Cubs’ LHP Jon Lester edging out Washington RHP Max Scherzer while in the AL it’s a vote for New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino over Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.
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HEISMAN TROPHY ODDS
Let’s continue our NCAA Football-oriented week here at Jim Sez with a first look at the 2018 Odds to Win the Heisman Trophy …
PLAYER POS TEAM ODDS TO WIN HEISMAN COMMENT
Tua Tagovailoa QB Alabama + 750 Lefty slinger is cult hero after title win vs. Georgia
Bryce Love RB Stanford + 850 Cardinal kid has a champion’s heart; can he stay healthy?
Jonathan Taylor RB Wisconsin + 900 Massive O-line could open things up for 2,000-yard season
Jake Fromm QB Georgia + 1600 Will Dawgs let him chuck it more downfield in ’18?
Khalil Tate QB Arizona + 1700 Maybe the best all-around play-maker in the land
JK Dobbins RB Ohio State + 2100 Sorry to say, don’t think he’s another Ezekiel Elliott
Trace McSorley QB Penn State + 2250 Would pay big bucks to watch this dude play every weekend
Justin Herbert QB Oregon + 2400 First things first, will Ducks be a national contender?
Jarrett Stidham QB Auburn + 2500 Wondering if War Eagle Nation is hyping this guy a bit too much
NOTE: NFL Cams are opening all around the land and we have all the updates in next week’s Jim Sez!