I have not been following baseball too closely lately. Whether that is because it's their All-Star Break week or me preparing for our middle school tennis camp all week, I just haven't had my attention set on Major League Baseball and all their rules meetings. So apparently this one slipped past me. I would have thought it would have gotten more publicity than it did, being a significant change and all, but not sure I'm a fan of MLB changing their season to 175 games effective immediately.
That seems like a large jump to make, especially in season. Now I can't tweet out the link this article because I haven't exactly read it yet. But MLB switching to a 175 game season is the only reasonable explanation I have for the FlyOver Sports podcast guys predicting that the Cubs will still win 90 games this season.
90 wins. In the 2017 season. For a team that is currently sitting at 43-45 at the All-Star Break. There's no way they are getting to 90 wins in a 162 game season so I just assumed I missed the memo that stated MLB is moving to 175 games this year. Then I think it's possible the Cubs could get to 90-85. But no way that's happening in a 162 game season.
That would mean the Cubs would have to go 47-27 in the second half of the season. So they are going to go from 2 games under .500 in the first 88 games of the year to 20 games over .500 in the last 74 games? What?
Mark me down for 84 wins for the Cubs. 84-78. And that even seems like a stretch. That would be a 41-33 clip to finish the season, which seems ambitious.
Quick hitters for the week of WWE:
- Did our Great Balls of Fire recap earlier in the week. You can read it here.
- More impressed with Big Cass early on than I thought I'd be. You know, except for his terrible entrance music and generic TitanTron video package. Everything he's done so far though has been really solid.
- Great to see The Revival back on RAW. The RAW tag division needs those guys.
- The Lesnar/Reigns/Joe/Heyman/Angle promo was really well done. I'm sure Strowman interrupts the Reigns/Samoa Joe #1 Contender's match next week but I just hope that doesn't mean we are heading towards a 4-way match for the title at SummerSlam.
- The Miz and his Miz-tourage continues to be great. And I love the WWE hinting at a Sheild reunion. I actually think it's a great idea too. I don't think they'll actually go all the way with reuniting them but I'd be on board if they did.
- LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Kurt Angle drama. Pro wrestling at it's finest. Pumped to see the next chapter of that story play out next week. Since this has been laid out for 2+ months, I'd guess they have a nice story and backstory in place. Could be really good.
- The Styles vs. Cena tease was well done. Although Cena just feuding with everyone he's spent the last 2 years feuding with (Rusev, Owens, Styles) is a little disappointing for me.
- WWE is doing a great job recently of announcing things a week or multiple weeks in advance. A simple thing that NXT does really well to build excitement for next week's episodes. RAW did it with Angle's reveal for next week and SmackDown did it with Jinder Mahal saying he's brining the Punjabi Prison to SmackDown next week. A simple thing that gives you something to look forward to. I love it. And I'm excited to see the Prison.
- I also think there may be too many characters to get on SmackDown each week. Think instead of trying to squeeze everyone on each show, each week they could space it out more like they do on NXT. Not everyone needs a segment/match every single week. This is especially true with the Women's Division. Every week is a multi-women match of some sort. Space things out a bit and announce who is on the show next week to make the matches mean more.
- And thinking of that more, maybe they are actually trying that. No Gable this week. No Ziggler this week. And only small pieces of Ryder and Mojo.
- Mike and Maria Kanelis have that Elias Sampson vibe to them. The more I see of them, the more I like them.
- Oh man if they could have gotten Chuck Norris to actually appear in the Fashion Files this week. Could been gold.
- Interesting call having Bobby Fish debut on NXT only to lose his first match. Not necessarily bad, but definitely interesting.
- Whenever that Johnny Gargano vs. Tomaso Ciampa feud finally happens it could be huge. Hope it lives up to the hype.
Could have a jam packed Three Count tomorrow and not sure there will be room for everything so putting this week's Big 3 preview in today's Three Count just to make sure it gets in. Tough week for us and our predictions last week as we went 2-2 during Week 3, making that our first non-winning week of the season. 9-3 so far for the year isn't anything to sneeze at though.
For Week 4, we're going to go with:
- Power over Ghost Ballers
- Trilogy over Ball Hogs
- Killer 3's over 3 Headed Monsters
- Tri-State over 3's Company
Also some big news on the Big 3 front this week. The league made a deal with Mayweather, McGregor and the UFC. Apparently the league's finals were scheduled to be held in Las Vegas the same night that the Mayweather/McGregor fight was also scheduled for in Vegas. The Big 3 will move their championship game to the afternoon and still be on Live TV, which I still propose the league needs every week. Not sure what the Big 3 gets in compensation for accommodating this fight but I'd guess they had to have a good deal on the table. Should make for a big day in Vegas on August 26th.