Orioles’ closer Zach Britton will miss at least six months due to a serious injury this offseason. The Orioles all-star who was on the disabled list for two months last season due to a left forearm strain, will now be out after rupturing his Achilles tendon while working out. The Orioles were in hopes of trading Britton this season, which now derails their plans to do so. Britton is eligible for free agency at the end of the 2019 season.
The baseball season is over and now begins the much anticipated MLB awards. The categories for both AL and NL are MVP, CY Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. The top three vote-getters in each category have been announced — here are this years’ finalists.
The OCB boys have picked their winners for each category. It appears that everyone believes Jose Altuve will win AL MVP, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger will win AL & NL Rookie of the year and A.J Hinch will win AL Manager of the Year. With that said, this years award-race should be tight and anyone can win.
Awful news coming at the end of the afternoon today that broke. Roy Halladay, the beloved retired pitcher for the Blue Jays and Phillies, has passed away today in a plane crash. His private plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. There aren’t many more details at this time but he was only 40 years old and is survived by his wife and two children. Sad stuff and the pouring of shock and devastation is coming from all athletes. RIP to a legend.
In a not so surprising move, the Red Sox have named Alex Cora as their 47th manager in team history. For the past week, it was speculated that he was the top choice for the open manager spot. The only other notable competition he had was Arizona Diamondbacks’ assistant coach Ron Gardenhire. That all changed on Saturday, when Gardenhire was swept up by the Detroit Tigers. From there, it was clear that Cora was the man for the job. The team has not made it official yet — they must wait for Cora‘s current team to finish their season. Currently, he is the Houston Astros’ bench coach and the organization is about to embark in their second ever World Series appearance.
This is not Cora’s first stint in Boston, he played for the Red Sox from 2005-2008 mainly as a utility infielder. Although he was never a star player, he was always highly respected by fellow players and had a reputation amongst fans as being a very like-able person.
Right now, he feels like the right type of manager that the Red Sox need. They need someone that is personable — and like-able among the fans and players. They also need a person the younger players can go to and the fact that he speaks Spanish should help out some of the Hispanic players on the Sox. The biggest question mark is going to be whether he can in game manage and handle the scrutiny of the Red Sox brass. There are high expectations in Boston and we’ll see if Cora is able to handle that.
MLB – Cleveland Indians vs Baltimore Orioles
The Indians are hot right now, winning 7 of their last 10 games. In those games, they have driven in an average of 7.1 runs per game. Baltimore however has been reeling in the month of June and finds themselves giving up 7.3 per game.
Wade Miley, who hasn’t been exceptional with a 4.29 ERA, is on the bump for the Orioles tonight. The Indians tend to have some success against lefties (first in hits against LHP with 222), so this one should be over quickly as Cleveland looks to finish the series.
Pick: Cleveland OVER 5.5 Team Total RUNS (-110)
Office Locks: 0-0-0 (Win-Loss-Push) — Streak: N/A
NBA Draft: Josh Jackson OVER 3.5 (-125)
Of course if the Celtics trade their pick, all hell can break loose but I’m going to bet on Danny Ainge keeping the pick. There’s not enough value for the Celtics to give up this pick and Jackson hasn’t even worked out for Boston. The Celtics seem to love Tatum so I’m going to take the risk on Jackson falling to the Suns.