Few seem to give the Detroit Tigers’ lineup much attention, as the team is in rebuild mode, but consider this: The team ranks 12th in runs per game (4.78) and 11th in wOBA (.323) and has the majors’ second-highest contact rate (79.0 percent of their at-bats).
The St. Louis Cardinals suffer the misfortune of the short week, with only five games scheduled, a disadvantage in a week when two other teams play eight games and another 11 play as many as seven times. The two home games against White Sox starters James Shields and Lucas Giolito boost Cardinals hitters’ matchups enough to make “known-commodity” hitters (Paul DeJong/Jose Martinez/Yadier Molina/Marcell Ozuna/Tommy Pham) worthwhile plays in shallow mixed, but this is a week to avoid ice-cold players Matt Carpenter and Kolten Wong, especially in light of the team facing two left-handed starting pitchers during the weekend series against the Chicago Cubs.
These cornerbacks played well in big games. It’s a clear message to the rest of the defensive backs on the roster — which includes 2017 second-round picks Kevin King and Josh King — that the problem needs fixing. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is bringing in a new scheme, and Green Bay didn’t make a bold move in free agency at the position, other than bringing back veteran cornerback Tramon Williams.
Speaking Friday with Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman and Molly Querim on ESPN’s First Take, Mahomes said he has big goals for the team this fall. Specifically, Smith asked what Mahomes thought the Chiefs’ chances legitimately should be this fall in his first full season.
Morgan Burnett is gone, too.
Winners and losers of Round 1 That’s good news in April, but the Packers have been down this road enough times. Green Bay selected Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the first round in 2014 and Damarious Randall in the first round in 2015. This defense has allowed 62 passing TDs the last two seasons – the only team in the league to allow more than 30 TD passes each of the last two seasons. So Gutekunst fixed the problem, but the Packers can’t keep fixing the same problem in the draft, not with Aaron Rodgers turning 35 next season and every other team in the NFC North improving.