Submitted by Jim Hurley on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:00 AM
THE MLB REPORT: TOP 5 MANAGERIAL JOBS DONE SO FAR - AND WHAT THEY''VE BEEN WORTH HERE IN THIS 2019 SEASON ...
NFL NOTEBOOK: MORE TEAM-BY-TEAM ACCOUNTS AS WE BRING YOU THE JAGUARS AND ''SKINS
Okay, so it seems that everyone is into "rankings" these days ... so let''s get into the mix and get you our Top 5 Managerial Jobs done so far here in the 2019 season and we''ll let y''all know what these skippers have been worth in terms of wins:
5 - BUD BLACK, Colorado Rockies (42-39, second place in the National League West) ... Remember back on April 13th when the Rockies lost 5-2 in San Francisco and dropped to 3-12 on the year? It sure seemed that this NL West squad was headed to a disastrous season but Black''s steadying hand steered this ship back on course and now Colorado''s right there in the thick of the wild card race. Not bad considering Colorado sports a pitching staff with a bloated 5.01 ERA (26th best among 30 MLB teams) and only ranks 19th in the bigs in home runs.
What Black''s Been Worth This Year ... His in-game moves have been worth five or six wins alone for the Rockies but that early-season leadership is what gets ''em on this Top 5 list.
4 -- CHRIS WOODWARD, Texas Rangers (45-36, second place in the American League West) ... This long-time Los Angeles Dodgers'' third-base coach has been a magician as first-year boss of this American League West crew. Woodward''s pulled all the right strings with a team that ranks fourth in the majors in runs scored (447) and he''s pushed Texas to play .556 ball despite next-to-no offensive contribution from feisty 2B Roughnod Odor and with a pitching staff that ranks just 20th in the bigs in team ERA (4.74).
What Woodward''s Been Worth This Year ... Gotta say that his arrival has meant seven or eight more wins for the Rangers.
3 - DAVE ROBERTS, Los Angeles Dodgers (56-27, first place in the National League West) ... Hats off to this two-time NL World Series manager who may possess baseball''s deepest starting rotation - the 3.28 ERA is the second-best in MLB - but give Roberts mucho credit for putting up those rookies to whack game-winning homers last week (three games in a row!) and just the fact the Dodgers started fast this year shows they learned a lesson after a sluggish start in 2018.
What Roberts'' Been Worth This Year ... Just the stability/ consistency of his managerial style has been worth close to 10 wins for LA blue.
2 - AARON BOONE, New York Yankees (52-28, first place in the American League East) ... Don''t sit there and tell us that "anyone" can manage this Yankees team: The fact of the matter is second-year skipper Boone had the Bombers thriving the first half of this ''19 season despite serious injuries to the likes of OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton, OF Aaron Judge, SS Didi Gregorious, RHP Luis Severino and reliever RHP Dellin Betances (among others). Boone''s terrific work with his albeit loaded bullpen has been well-noted but the fact he''s gotten the most from players such as 1B Luke Voit and 3B Gio Urshela has allowed the Yankees to run away and hide in the Al East.
What Boone''s Been Worth This Year ... Yes, we know the Yankees'' front office is heavy into analytics and Boone often does what he''s instructed but his in-game moves have been great and he''s been worth 7-to-10 wins to this Bronx bunch.
1 - ROCCO BALDELLI, Minnesota Twins (52-28, first place in the American League Central) ... Here''s our Manager of the Year thus far at the halfway point of this 2019 season. Baldelli - one of those Tampa Bay coaches plucked out to revive an otherwise dormant franchise - and how about this club''s consistent play? The Twins are 26-14 at home and 26-14 on the road this season as they rank first in the majors in batting average (.270), runs scored (457) and home runs (149) yet the fact this rather no-name staff ranks seventh in team ERA (3.94) is sheerly amazing stuff and Baldelli''s handled the bullpen great to boot.
What Baldelli''s Been Worth This Year ... No exaggeration: The Twins are probably 12-to-15 wins better with Baldelli than they would have been with predecessor Paul Molitor as the former Rays'' coach has indeed changed the culture in the Twin Cities.
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NFL TEAM-BY-TEAM / SUMMERTIME LOOKS
We continue our annual NFL team-by-team summer accounts right here - and every day at Jim Sez we''ll be posting two or three teams as we check out news/notes/reports while getting ready for camp. Plus, we get you some key pointspread info to boot and note a team''s SU (straight-up) record is listed next to the team name. Today, we focus on the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Washington Redskins. So, here we go ...
JACKSONVILLE (5-11) - Last year''s Jaguars went from two or three plays from being in the Super Bowl in 2017 to a last-place finish in the AFC South, so they kicked QB Blake Bortles to the curb and now are asking veteran Nick Foles to lead the way. Folks, this offense finished next-to-last in the league in points scored a year ago (averaged just 15.3 ppg) and any improvements will be based on how Foles connects with a no-name wide-out corps that really didn''t make any off-season improvements at that position (think WR Chris Conley is a star, sorry, no).
Pointspread Notes - Last year''s 5-9-2 ATS (against the spread) mark was especially tough to swallow when you consider the Jags started off the 2018 season covering thgree of their first four games. Did you know J''ville went 2-6-1 ATS away last year after going a combined 13-7 away the prior two seasons?
WASHINGTON (7-9) - The last time the ''Skins made it to the NFL post-season was back in 2012 (and who can ever forget that 24-14 wild card home loss to Seattle in which then-star QB Robert Griffin III was tossed around like a rag doll) and if this D.C. bunch is gonna made an unexpected return to the playoffs this year then a passing game that ranks 29th in the NFL last year has to step it up. Okay, so is rookie QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State) ready to assume the mantle of the next Redskins'' franchise quarterback or will veterans Colt McCoy or Case Keenum fill that role till the kid''s ready? Something tells us the ''Skins want Haskins in there from the start ... and that''s probably the wrong move.
Pointspread Notes - Washington''s a respectable 26-22 against the odds overall these past three years and note that featured six outright upset wins a year ago including a 16-13 win at 7.5-point fav Jacksonville in Week 15 play.
Editor''s Note ... We''ll continue with our annual NFL team-by-team summertime glances / looks in the next edition of Jim Sez. We''ll highlight the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears next. Check it out! There''s more MLB News / Notes, NBA Free Agency buzz plus NFL Team-by-Team accounts in the next Jim Sez.