Sports BIT: Kershaw Injury, MLB & 2017 Eagles

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On the Monday, July 24 Sports BIT show, Teddy Covers & Pauly Howard discuss the injury to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, what happened Sunday at the British Open, won by Jordan Spieth, and Kyrie Irving's surprising trade demand to the Cavaliers. Plus, look at two games on the diamond: Rockies-Cardinals and Red Sox-Mariners.

 

Colorado Rockies at St. Louis Cardinals

It’s two playoff hopefuls in this series opener. Colorado holds down the second NL wild-card spot, while the Cardinals’ likely only shot at getting to the postseason is winning the NL Central. It’s rookie Antonio Senzatela on the mound for the visitors. Senzatela (10-3, 4.67) beat the Padres last time out, allowing four runs over five innings. He was recalled from Triple-A to do so. He had been held out of the big-league rotation for nearly a month to conserve innings.

Senzatela ranks No. 1 in the majors in run support. It’s Mike Leake (6-8, 3.39) for St. Louis. He was roughed up for seven runs (four earned) and 10 hits over two innings in his last outing. Leake is 1-6 with a 5.04 ERA in his past 10 starts after posting a 1.91 ERA through his first nine. Leake is a pretty good hitter and fielder for his position. He, Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood and Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb rank No. 1 in defensive runs saves this season with six each.

Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners

The Red Sox continue to pace the AL East Division despite being a game below .500 on the road. Safeco Field has been a house of horrors for them the past three years as they have scored only 27 runs in 11 games there.

Monday’s starter, lefty Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.66), prefers pitching out of Fenway Park as in his career he has an ERA of 4.38 there in 139.2 innings with an average of 1.42 homers allowed per nine innings. In 155.1 road starts, Rodriguez has an ERA of 3.88 and allows 0.98 HR/9. Seattle’s James Paxton (9-3, 3.05) might be the most overlooked ace in 2017. In July, he’s 4-0 with a 2.05 ERA with only 15 hits allowed. His FIP of 2.59 ranks fourth in the majors. Paxton is 1-0 with a 0.56 ERA in two career starts vs. Boston.

Deep Dive on 2017 Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles were playoff-caliber team at home last year behind rookie QB Carson Wentz with a 6-2 record, but Wentz often looked like a rookie away from home as Philly went 2-6. The kid out of North Dakota State performed well overall after being thrown right into the fire and the Eagles added some offensive talent around him in running back LeGarrette Blount and receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

Defensively, a rebuilt secondary and linebacker depth appear to be concerns. DBs Nolan Carroll II and Leodis McKelvin -- who had 16 and 12 starts for Philadelphia last season, respectively – are playing elsewhere in 2017. GM Howie Roseman then used second- and third-round picks on cornerbacks, but his top selection was cornerback Sidney Jones, who tore his Achilles during Washington's pro day. The front four should be a strength after adding Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett with the team’s first-round pick. Sportsbooks give the Eagles a win total of 8. 

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