We have arrived at the halfway point of the NFL season. Here’s a brief rundown of who are contenders, outsiders and are planning for next season.
1. Dallas Cowboys
Assuming the Cowboys do pay Ezekiel Elliott, this is a talented roster that could push towards the Super Bowl.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
The salary cap crunch hasn’t caught up to them yet. There’s no safety net in Nick Foles should Carson Wentz go down.
3. New York Giants
While they didn’t do a complete overhaul this team is firmly in the hands of head coach Pat Shurmur and GM Dave Gettleman.
4. Washington Redskins
Their defense and running game are their strengths, but can QB Case Keenum find that magic he had two years ago with Minnesota?
For the 90th year of the Midsummer Classic, baseball turns its sights to Progressive Field (formerly Jacobs Field or “The Jake”) in Cleveland, Ohio. The last time the mid-summer classic was played in Cleveland was in 1997. Now every year there is always a lot of discussion and some of it a little dated about how the teams are put together. No system will ever be perfect. Fans don’t always get it right and managers won’t either, nor the commissioner’s office. The fact that the players are able to vote for participants was a great choice and they know who is deserving. Regardless of who should or shouldn’t be in the game lets just accept that the best players will always be involved one way or another. Here are my all-stars keeping with the rules that every team be represented and a total of 32 players for each league.
AVG – Batting Average
ERA – Earned Run Average
HR – Home Runs
RBI – Runs Batted In
SV – Saves
BAA – Batting Average Against
WHIP – Walks/Hits Per Innings Pitched
K – Strikeouts
Stats are accurate as of July 5
* – asterisk indicates starter
* – indicates new to team
+ – indicates injury
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
Two straight World Series appearances, but no title to show for it. Third time’s the charm?
2. Colorado Rockies
With a pitching staff that is quickly developing into a force they should be contenders with their stacked lineup as well.
3. San Diego Padres
While the pitching staff isn’t expected to match what their lineup is capable of, they should push for a .500 record this year.
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
They quickly traded away Paul Goldschmidt once the offseason started and it immediately sucked the life out of the franchise.
5. San Francisco Giants
This is going to be the last time we see Bruce Bochy in the dugout managing a baseball team. Too bad it wasn’t under better circumstances.
Player to Watch: 3B Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
Best Acquisition: 3B Manny Machado – San Diego Padres
New Kid on the Block: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego Padres