Friday’s Sports BIT Show: Cubs-Dodgers, Royals-Indians & Deep Dive On 2017 Jets

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Chicago Cubs At Los Angeles Dodgers
It’s a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series won by the Cubs in six games, with many experts projecting the Cubs and Dodgers will face off again this October. This weekend’s trip to Los Angeles is the last time these clubs play in the regular season. The Cubs took two of three at home vs. the Dodgers from April 10-13. Chicago starts Jake Arrieta. He was the most dominant pitcher in baseball in 2015 when he won the NL Cy Young Award and threw his first career no-hitter – coming at the Dodgers. Arrieta was still a good pitcher in 2016 but has regressed in 2017 and is 5-3 with a 4.80 ERA. His home run rate has skyrocketed, now 1.42 per nine innings. It was 0.39 per nine in 2015. Arrieta is simply giving up more fly balls overall. The Dodgers counter with lefty Alex Wood. After beginning the season in the bullpen, Wood is 5-0 with a 1.88 ERA. Wood started vs. the Cubs on April 10, allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision. He has been the team’s second-best starter behind Clayton Kershaw. 

Kansas City Royals At Cleveland Indians
Both AL Central teams have underachieved thus far, with Cleveland expected to run away with the division again but sitting in second and just 8-11 at home. The Royals are last in the division and a horrid 7-16 on the road. Cleveland took two of three in Kansas City from May 5-7. Ian Kennedy takes the bump for the Royals on Friday. Kennedy (0-4, 4.06), in his first start back from the disabled list last Sunday, lasted just two innings against the Twins and gave up five runs in a loss. Cleveland starts Mike Clevinger, who is only in the rotation due to an injury to Corey Kluber. Clevinger has been arguably the Indians’ best starter of late with a 2-1 record and 1.56 ERA. He didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning in Houston in his previous start. He set career highs in strikeouts (eight) and innings (seven).

Deep Dive On 2017 New York Jets
Ah, the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets! Coach Todd Bowles enters the 2017 season squarely on the hot seat. The Jets were a misleading 10-6 in Bowles’ first season but slumped to 5-11 last year with horrid play under center. New York has a win total of 5.5 this year at Sportsbook Review’s top-rated betting sites. The quarterback situation looks no better in 2017 with journeyman Josh McCown set to start and backed up by the likes of Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty for new offensive coordinator John Morton. Some players believe the locker room will at least be improved with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR Brandon Marshall gone. They were just two of several high-priced veterans who were shown the door. The Jets beefed up their secondary in the draft, taking LSU safety Jamal Adams in Round 1 and Florida safety Marcus Maye in Round 2.

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