Sports BIT: Cubs-Brewers, Royals-Red Sox & 2017 Chargers

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On the Friday, July 28 Sports BIT show, Teddy Covers & Pauly Howard break down two big series openers on the diamond: the Chicago Cubs at the Milwaukee Brewers and the Kansas City Royals at the Boston Red Sox. Plus, a Deep Dive on the now Los Angeles Chargers and their unique new home.


Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers

It’s an unexpected big series from Beer Town as no one though the Brewers would be in the NL Central race at this point in the season. Milwaukee had a 5.5 game lead over the Cubs at the All-Star break but now are trailing Chicago, which has been a new club since the break. Part of the reason for that was the trade acquisition of White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana, who’s on the mound here. Quintana (6-8, 4.22) is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA with the Cubs. This will be his second career start at Miller Park and first since 2015. The struggling Brewers counter with lefty Brent Suter (1-1, 2.84). Suter pitched six innings of one-run ball in his fourth start in place of the injured Chase Anderson last Saturday. He had made 12 appearances this season and five starts.

Kansas City Royals at Boston Red Sox

Potential AL playoff preview here as the Royals and Red Sox could each win their respective division, take a wild-card spot … or miss the postseason entirely. The AL is that bunched up. Kansas City is the hottest team in baseball with an eight-game winning streak to pull close to Cleveland atop the AL Central. The Royals start All-Star lefty Jason Vargas (12-4, 3.08), who appears to be crashing back to earth with a 9.95 ERA in three July starts. The Red Sox open a 10-game homestand leading the AL East and behind southpaw David Price (5-3, 3.82). He is 2-1 with a 2.67 ERA in four starts at home this year and 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA in his career vs. K.C. 

Deep Dive on 2017 Los Angeles Chargers

How long will it take you to stop referring to the San Diego Chargers? The Bolts have moved north this season and will play the next few years in the 30,000-set StubHub Center, a soccer stadium built for the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS. It’s by far the smallest NFL stadium and makes for an interesting home-field dynamic. San Diego’s offense should be potent behind QB Philip Rivers, running back Melvin Gordon and receivers Keenan Allen and rookie Mike Williams, although both those guys have injury concerns. The Bolts could run more this season under new head coach Anthony Lynn as that was his calling card while Buffalo’s offensive coordinator and head coach. The offensive line was an issue in 2016 and could be again. Former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley now coordinates the defense, which was mediocre at best last year. 

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