Thursday, September 14, 2017

Abbie and Lorelai's NFL Week 2 Picks



We're back for week 2 and yes, we have some differences this week!

Lorelai: 
Bengals over Texans
Patriots over Saints
Bills over Panthers
Jets over Raiders
Dolphins over Chargers
Falcons over Packers
Lions over Giants

Abbie: 
Texans over Bengals
Patriots over Saints
Panthers over Bills
Raiders over Jets
Chargers over Dolphins
Falcons over Packers
Giants over Lions

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

What should the Red Sox playoff roster look like?

What to do with the Red Sox playoff roster?

Yes, we are, for the purpose of this discussion, assume that the Red Sox make the American League playoffs.  As of Wednesday, September 13, Boston stands 4 games up on the Yankees in the American League.

So, let's break down the 25-man roster.

No-brainers (21)
Starting Pitchers (4): Chris Sale, Drew Pomeranz, Doug Fister, Rick Porcello

Relief Pitchers (6): Craig Kimbrel, Addison Reed, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Robbie Scott, Brandon Workman

Catchers (2): Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez

Infielders (5): Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Eduardo Nunez

Outfielders (3) : Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts

DH (1) : Hanley Ramirez

On-the-fence (7):
Starting Pitchers (1): Eduardo Rodriguez

Relief Pitchers (3): Carson Smith, Heath Embree, Fernando Abad

Infielders (1): Brock Holt

Outfielders (2): Chris Young, Rajai Davis

Injured (1)- possible return:

Pitcher (1) - David Price

Price is a wild-card who could fill a bullpen slot, especially given that he's a lefty and the pen is right-heavy.  Injury and durability could also be said of Carson Smith, who if completely healthy, would be a nice addition after a pair of clean appearances in the past week.

Davis probably gets a spot for speed while Young, despite troubles hitting lefties in the regular season, is a Manager John (Farrell) woobie, so he should make the roster.

So, who makes it? Here's my final 25 (which will probably differ from manager John's):

Starting Pitchers (4): Chris Sale, Drew Pomeranz, Doug Fister, Rick Porcello

Relief Pitchers (8): Craig Kimbrel, Addison Reed, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly, Robbie Scott, Brandon Workman, David Price (Eduardo Rodriguez if Price is injured still), Carson Smith

Catchers (2): Sandy Leon, Christian Vazquez

Infielders (5): Mitch Moreland, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Eduardo Nunez, Brock Holt

Outfielders (4) : Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley Jr, Mookie Betts, Rajai Davis

DH (1) : Hanley Ramirez

Me thinks that manager John goes with Chris Young on his roster, which could cost Davis or Holt a spot or a 12th pitcher.

What say you?

Saturday, September 09, 2017

NFL Picks - Week 1


Yes, it's been awhile! But, yes, I'm back and promising to do more! First up, the girls have their picks as football returns for 2017! Come along for the ride!

The Patriots played, and lost, Thursday night to the Chiefs, so no picks on that this week.

Here's who the girls are picking!

Lorelai:
Jets over Bills
Titans over Raiders
Colts over Rams
Seahawks over Packers
Cowboys over Giants

Abbie:
Jets over Bills
Titans over Raiders
Colts over Rams
Seahawks over Packers
Cowboys over Giants

Identical picks for week 1! Good luck!

For my picks, check them out here!

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Super Bowl 50 Pick

Super Bowl 50
Panthers vs. Broncos (Sunday 6:30pm)

The cagy veteran vs. the new face of the NFL. Peyton Manning vs. Cam Newton.  Does Peyton, on the heels of his latest HGH controversy and injury-filled season, go out in style winning the Super Bowl and retiring?  Can Cam capture the first Super Bowl Championship in Carolina history?  The question will lie in the defenses of both teams.  Denver will have a tougher time containing Newton than they did Tom Brady and the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Plus, the Panthers have a running game to deal with in the combination of Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert (and others).  For Carolina, can Luke Kuechly, Josh Norman and friends take away Manning's weapons and running game to put the game on his shoulders? And, will the inexperience of Carolina on the big stage of the biggest game come in to question if they don't get off to a lead from the get-go as they've done so many times this season, including a 17-0 first quarter edge over Arizona in the NFC Championship Game. So, will it be 2 for Peyton or 1 for Cam?  On paper, I think it's Carolina all the way.  But funny things happen at the Super Bowl, as we here in New England are all to aware about, right?!
Winner: Panthers

Sunday, January 24, 2016

AFC/NFC Championship Game Picks

Who's going to Super Bowl 50? Here's our best guess....

Patriots at Broncos (Sunday 3pm)
You just knew it would be these two battling it out for the right to go to the Super Bowl again. Brady vs. Manning 17 (and possibly final time) is set but it'll be the defenses that decide this one.  Can Denver contain Tom Brady in the pocket with enough pressure to contain Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski? Can the Patriots force Peyton Manning to throw deep and make mistakes?  Close one here sealed with a late Pats score.
Winner: Patriots

Cardinals at Panthers (Sunday 6:40pm)
If not for their second half woes this season, the Panthers would be an overwhelming favorite here.  Can the Cardinals head East in less than ideal conditions to stop Cam Newton and Jonathan Stewart? Can the Panthers D stop the speed and athleticism of Arizona WR's Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown? Another close one to close out Championship Sunday.
Winner: Panthers