The Cubs are a pathetic 23-39 on the road this year by Matt Snyder @MattSnyderCBS Aug 16, 2019 at 10:05 pm ET • 1 min read The Cubs lost their fourth straight game Friday, also marking losses in six of their last seven games. It shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone paying attention, though, because there is a simple explanation: They were on the road. The Cubs are now 23-39 on the road this season. The list of teams with worse road records is really short and includes the worst teams in baseball: The Marlins, Orioles, Royals and Tigers. That's it. The Mariners have a better road record than the Cubs. So do the Pirates, White Sox, Blue Jays and on and on we could go. GIven the talent level and the Cubs' 41-19 home record (only the Dodgers, Astros and Yankees are better at home), this is pretty unacceptable and embarrassing. And in fact, if things don't change course somehow, this inability to do anything away from Wrigley … [Read more...] about Cubs terrible road record could cost them a postseason berth
Teams headed for the postseason and in need of a pinch-runner may take a look at the veteran outfielder by Dayn Perry @daynperry Aug 16, 2019 at 7:01 pm ET • 1 min read The Royals on Friday designated outfielder Billy Hamilton for assignment, which means he'll be removed from the 40-man roster and placed on waivers. Hamilton has bottomed out as a hitter, but remains a defensive asset in center and, most notably, a serious threat on the bases. While he's not the speed merchant he once was, the 28-year-old switch-hitter has 18 stolen bases in 93 games (and despite an OBP of .269). As well, Hamilton this season has taken the extra base a highly impressive 61 percent of the time , and he's hit into only one double play. Per Statcast, he's in the 97th percentile when it comes to sprint speed. Despite Hamilton's inability to produce at the plate, it's possible a playoff-bound team may have interest in him as a playoff roster pinch-runner … [Read more...] about Royals DFA Billy Hamilton; is he the next playoff speedster?
It was a huge win for the Phillies and a huge loss for the Cubs by Dayn Perry @daynperry Aug 15, 2019 at 10:58 pm ET • 1 min read The Cubs got yet another gem from Yu Darvish on Thursday night, and they led 5-0 going into the eighth inning. At one point in the bottom of the ninth, the Cubs had a 99.4 percent chance of winning the game. That's when the bullpen meltdown began. With one out, a David Bote error allowed the gates to open. Rowan Wick, Pedro Strop, and then Derek Holland proved unable to stop the bleeding. The Phillies pulled to within 5-3, and with one out and the bases loaded Bryce Harper stepped in against Holland. First comes the power, then comes the glory: Second deck, throwback unis, presumably the fastest home run trot of Harper's career -- This one's got it all. Once he touched home plate, this became true: That's also the first Phillies come-from-behind, walk-off grand slam since September of 1983. … [Read more...] about Phillies’ Bryce Harper stuns Cubs with walk-off grand slam
What good is a breakout player unless he puts up career-best numbers? Dave Richard found 11 players he wants on his Fantasy team in Round 4 of your draft or later. Dave Richard Aug 15, 2019 at 10:03 pm ET • 12 min read Follow Dave at @daverichard Get the latest insights @FantasyFootballToday We want to set you up for success before you enter the draft room. That's why we're hosting a Fantasy Football Today Telethon on Aug. 22 at noon ET on CBS Sports HQ. The Fantasy Football Today team will be with you for six hours, going over everything you need to know to draft the perfect team. They'll be joined by special guests from around the CBS Sports family, the Fantasy Football community, and even the worlds of sports and entertainment. We will be raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital, so make sure you tune at CBSSports.com/live! Every year I look for players who I believe can put up the best numbers of their career. These are truly … [Read more...] about 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Eleven career-year breakouts
Bellinger is also the NL MVP frontrunner by Dayn Perry @daynperry Aug 15, 2019 at 7:34 pm ET • 1 min read The Dodgers fell to the Marlins on Thursday (MIA 13, LAD 7), but NL MVP frontrunner Cody Bellinger provided some consolation as he became the first to reach 40 home runs for the 2019 season. Here's the blast of note: That one went an estimated 412 feet, but, hey, we'll take the over on that measurement. Bellinger came into Thursday tied with Mike Trout and Christian Yelich for the MLB lead in home runs with 39, and now he's the first to 40. That's also the 104th home run of Bellinger's young career. Speaking of youth, Bellinger becomes just the 26th player in MLB history to have a 40-homer campaign at age 23 or younger (and the first since Bryce Harper in 2015). Bellinger actually almost cracked that list twice, as he hit 39 home runs in 132 games as a rookie in 2017. As for this season, Bellinger is now batting .317/.416/.664 … [Read more...] about Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger becomes first to 40 home runs in 2019