Sports This Week on Sling

Aug 01, 2016 by Scott Ross

All times Eastern

Monday August 1

MLB on ESPN: The Subway Series returns with the New York Yankees heading across town to take on the New York Mets. (7pm ET Monday, ESPN)

Tuesday August 2

MLB on FS1: Matt Carpenter leads the St. Louis Cardinals against Zack Cosart and the Cincinnati Reds. (7:10pm ET Tuesday, FS1)

Soccer on ESPN: Premier League champs Leicester City face Barcelona in International Champions Cup action. (2pm ET Tuesday, ESPN)

Soccer on ESPN2: It’s an International Champions Cup doubleheader starting with Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich, followed by Chelsea vs. AC Milan. (7:30pm & 9pm ET Tuesday, ESPN2)

Wednesday August 3

MLB on ESPN The New York Mets meet the New York Yankees in the final game of... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Yankees vs. Mets on ESPN; Regional Action on Fox Sports Networks

Aug 01, 2016 by Scott Ross

(all times Eastern, starters subject to change)

New York Yankees (Sabathia 6-8, 3.95) at New York Mets (Verrett 3-6, 4.12)
7:10pm ET on ESPN

It’s the dawn of a new era for the New York Yankees, one in which the Bronx Bombers were sellers instead of buyers at the trade deadline. The Yankees over the past week traded away two-thirds of their vaunted bullpen Cerberus, sending Aroldis Chapman to the NL Central-leading Cubs and Andrew Miller to the AL Central-leading Indians. Having raised the white flag on 2016, the Yankees appear to be on their way to missing the postseason for the fourth time in five years, and could be headed for their first sub-.500 season since the days of Melido Perez, Danny Tartabull, and Mel Hall. Hats off... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Cardinals at Marlins on TBS, Mariners at Cubs on ESPN; Regional Action on FOX Sports Regional Networks

Jul 31, 2016 by Scott Ross

(All times Eastern, starters subject to change)

St. Louis Cardinals (Martinez 10-6, 2.87) vs. Miami Marlins (Koehler 8-8, 4.18)
1:10pm ET on TBS
Despite Adam Wainwright’s claim, based on seniority and body of work, to the mantle of staff ace, Carlos Martinez has emerged as the Cardinals’ best starter. He leads the rotation in ERA, wins, and WHIP, has twice as many WAR (3.6) as any other member of the staff, and he’s on a hot streak, with a 1.76 ERA over his last 10 starts. His most recent start was a bit of dud, as he lasted just 5 innings, and gave up 5 hits and 4 walks, but managed to hold the Mets to a pair runs on the way to a 3-2 win.

James Shields appears to be pulling out of his nosedive. A so-so tenure in San Diego ended with a bang as he... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: All the Action on Fox Sports Regional Networks

Jul 22, 2016 by Scott Ross

(All times Eastern, starters subject to change)

While the GOP was wrapping up its convention, Justin Turner had a pair of homers and 5 RBI in the Dodgers’ 6-3 win over the Nationals; the Orioles defeated the Yankees 4-1 behind Chris Tillman’s 7 innings of 1-run ball, during which he fanned 7; Ichiro Suzuki is now just four hits shy of 3,000 after hitting a pair of singles in the Marlins’ 9-3 victory over the Phillies; Matt Joyce homered and had 4 RBI to power the Pirates past the Brewers 5-3; Dustin “Laser Show” Pedroia had 5 of Boston’s 17 hits in their 13-2 beatdown of the Twins; the Cardinals scored 4 in the 8th to tie the Padres, and then Aledmys Diaz gave St. Louis a 6-5 walk-off win... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Rangers at Cardinals on FS1; followed by regional action featuring Braves at Mets, Pirates at Cubs, and Tigers at Royals on FOX

Jun 18, 2016 by Scott Ross

Texas Rangers (Ramos 1-3, 4.88) at St. Louis Cardinals (Martinez 7-5, 3.46) 4:15pm ET on FS1

It should tell you something about the health of the Rangers’ rotation that spot starter Cesar Ramos is already making his fifth start of the season, just two short of his career high. But regardless of the role, Ramos has been bad this year, as his home run rate of 1.7/9IP has been more than double his career norm of .7 coming into the season, his strikeouts have fallen, his walks have spiked… His last start was his worst of 2016, as he lasted just 3 ⅔ innings against the A’s, giving up 8 runs on 8 hits and 5 walks, while fanning just 1.

After scuffling along... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: All the action on Fox Sports Regional Networks June 17

Jun 17, 2016 by Scott Ross

In baseball last night, Freddie Freeman went 3-for-4 with a homer, 2 runs, and 2 RBI as the Braves beat the Reds 7-2; Dae-Ho Lee had 2 hits, 1 run, and 3 RBI to lead the Mariners past the Rays 6-4; Edwin Encarnacion hit 2 of the Blue Jays’ 5 home runs in a 13-2 route of the Phillies; Tyler Wilson contained the best offense in baseball by pitching 8 innings of 3-hit, 1-run ball, while striking out 6 against the Red Sox in a 5-1 Orioles victory; Bartolo “Big Sexy” Colon pitched 7 ⅔, struck out 8, surrendered just 2 runs, had a hit and a run scored to lead the Mets past the Pirates 6-4; CC Sabathia’s renaissance continued, as the lefty gave up just 1 run in... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: All the action on Fox Sports Regional Networks

Jun 16, 2016 by Scott Ross

Last night, the Marlins trailed the Padres 6-3 with two out in the 9th inning and a man on first, when Ichiro Suzuki stroked a double down the right field line, thereby taking the crown of Hit King, as he passed Pete Rose for the all-time record for hits in professional baseball at 4,257. Martin Prado would follow with a flyout to right to end the game; DJ LeMahieu singled, doubled and tripled, with 2 runs and 2 RBI in the Rockies 6-3 win over the Yankees; Clayton Kershaw K’ed 11 in 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits as the Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 3-2; Johnny Cueto struck out 9 over 7 innings of 1-run ball as the GIants dismantled the Brewers 10-1; Jayson Werth’s 2-out single in... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: All the action on Fox Sports Regional Networks

Jun 14, 2016 by Scott Ross

Last night Max Scherzer dominated the Cubs for 7 innings, striking out 11 and walking none, while giving up just 1 run on 2 hits, as the Nationals won 4-1; Odubel Herrera homered and drove in 3 runs as the Phillies blanked the Blue Jays 7-0 as revenge for the 1993 World Series; Tyler Holt drew a walk in the 9th inning to force in the deciding run in the Reds’ 9-8 win over the Braves; Adam Eaton went 4-for-5, including a walkoff single in the 12th inning of the White Sox’ 10-9 defeat of the Tigers; Whit Merrifield’s solo shot in the 4th was the difference in the Royals’ 2-1 win over the Indians; the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers 3-2 behind Zack Greinke’s 7 inning, 2-run performance; Trevor Plouffe’s... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Cubs at Nationals on ESPN; regional action on Fox Sports Networks

Jun 13, 2016 by Scott Ross

Chicago Cubs (Hendricks 4-5, 2.90) at Washington Nationals (Scherzer 7-4, 3.57) 7pm ET on ESPN

Kyle Hendricks is maybe the Cubs worst starter, with the fewest wins, lowest winning percentage, highest ERA, fewest WAR… But he’d be no worse than the #3 starter on most teams in the Majors, thanks to his 2.90 ERA, 3.80 SO/BB, and his .5 HR/9IP. His last start was Tuesday against the Phillies, as he gave up 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks over 5 innings, while striking out 6 in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies. Following last night’s 13-2 pounding of the Braves, the Cubs still possess the best record in all of baseball at 43-18, and are in first place, 9 games ahead of the Cardinals.

After getting slapped around... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Cardinals at Pirates and Dodgers at Giants on ESPN; regional action on Fox Sports Networks

Jun 12, 2016 by Scott Ross

St. Louis Cardinals (Leake 4-4, 4.22) at Pittsburgh Pirates (NIese 6-2, 3.93) 5pm ET on ESPN

After a rocky beginning to his Cardinals career during which his ERA ballooned to 6.03 over six starts, Mike Leake has seen that figure trend steadily downward over his last five starts. Part of the newfound success is a drop in his BABIP, but he’s also seen his SO/BB ratio spike from 2.4 over the first six games to 4 over the next five games. He most recently held the Brewers to 2 runs over 6 innings, during which he K’ed 4 and walked just 1.

Not unlike Lamb, Niese’s first six starts with his new team were well short of awesome, but over his last five starts... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Regional action with the Dodgers at Giants, Cardinals at Pirates, or Tigers at Yankees on FOX; then Indians at Angels on FS1

Jun 11, 2016 by Scott Ross

(All times Eastern, starters subject to change)

Los Angeles Dodgers (Kazmir 5-3, 4.46) at San Francisco Giants (Samardzija 7-4, 3.33) or St. Louis Cardinals (Martinez 6-5, 3.76) at Pittsburgh Pirates (Liriano 4-5, 5.25) or Detroit Tigers (Verlander 5-5, 3.97) at New York Yankees (Tanaka 3-1, 2.76) 7:15pm ET on FOX

Cleveland Indians (Bauer 4-2, 3.88) at Los Angeles Angels (Shoemaker 3-7, 5.40) 10:05pm ET on FS1

After being a serviceable #5 starter for the Indians last year – despite leading the AL in walks – Trevor Bauer got bumped from the rotation in spring training, the odd man out following the promotions of Josh Tomlin and Cody Anderson. While Tomlin’s been great, Anderson has not, and so, after a few weeks in the pen, Bauer moved back to the rotation,... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: All the action on Fox Sports Regional Networks

Jun 10, 2016 by Scott Ross

In the world of baseball last night, we saw Prince Fielder and Rougned Odor hit solo homers to help power the Rangers past the Astros 5-3; the DJ LeMahieu doubled and homered, and drove in 3 runs as the Rockies beat the Pirates 11-5; Brett Gardner went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored as the Yankees swept the Angels with a 6-3 win; the Orioles’ Chris Davis homered in the 7th to tie the game and then hit a sac fly in the 9th to drive in the winning run of a 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays; Bengie Molina’s bases-loaded single in the 8th was the difference in the Cardinals’ 3-2 win over the Reds; Melky Cabrera’s 2-run double in the first gave the White Sox a lead they would... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: All the action on Fox Sports Regional Networks

Jun 09, 2016 by Scott Ross

The world of baseball gifted us with John Lackey dominating the Phillies for 7 shutout innings, giving up just 3 hits, and striking out 8, while walking none in an 8-1 Cubs win; Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4, and his 3-run homer was the big blow in the Blue Jays 7-2 win over the Tigers; Julio Teheran served up a pair of solo homers to San Diego’s Wil Myers, but that was about it, as he K’ed over 8 innings, in a 4-2 Braves victory; Corey Dickerson hit a pair of solo shots to power the Rays to a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks; the Angels out-homered the Yankees 4 to 3, but the Yankees outscored the Angels 12-6; Chris Tillman scattered 8 hits over 7 ⅓ shutout innings, and fanned... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Arms Races in Division Battles

Aug 03, 2015 by Robb Todd


The Dodgers and the Yankees held opposite philosophies at the trade deadline.

Los Angles swung a mega-deal that involved three teams and 13 players that included two starting pitchers who will enter the Dodgers’ rotation immediately.

New York added a mediocre bat to its bench.

Part of the reason for the Yankees lack of movement before the deadline was their unwillingness to part with phenom Luis Severino, who is expected to make his major league debut Wednesday in the Bronx against the Red Sox. The Yankees are betting that he’s as much an answer to their starting pitching woes as Cole Hamels, David Price or... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: New York, New York! If You Can Make It Here …

Jul 27, 2015 by Robb Todd


It’s the city that doesn’t sleep, according to Frank Sinatra. Do you want to be a part of it? Let’s make a brand new start of it. Because if you can make it here you … aw, you know the rest.

Three of the four games this week on Sling TV involve teams from ol' New York, and the Mets and Yankees are both are gunning to be king of the hill, top of the heap.

If your vagabond shoes never long to stray to New York, the only chance to avoid the Mets and Yankees is Wednesday when the Angels play the Astros, in what should be... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Cardinals Still Flying High Despite Injuries

Jul 06, 2015 by Robb Todd


Is there any way to stop the St. Louis Cardinals?

This team has been hit hard by injuries to ace Adam Wainwright and sluggers Matt Adams and Matt Holliday, among many others, and yet here they are nearing the All-Star break with the best record in baseball, 53-28, which is also good for the best record after 81 games since 1944.

The Cardinals play three times this week on Sling TV, twice against the division rival Chicago Cubs. Entering Monday’s games, St. Louis has an 8.5-game lead over Chicago in the N.L. Central.

The Cardinals lost Wainwright after just four starts but the pitching staff is talented... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: 7 Games This Week!

Jun 29, 2015 by Robb Todd

Fans of the Giants, Nationals, Mets and Cubs rejoice: you can watch your team twice this week on Sling TV. And with seven games on ESPN, here’s your guide for what to look for.

Best Pitching Matchup

On Friday, Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard faces the Dodgers’ two-time Cy Young-winner Clayton Kershaw.

Kershaw has established himself as the one of the best pitchers of his generation—and some would argue the 27-year-old lefty is already an all-time great.

Syndergaard, 22, came over to the Mets from Toronto in the deal for R.A. Dickey. He has earned the nickname “Thor” in part because he’s 6-foot-6, 242 pounds. But also because of his 97-mph fastball that tops out in triple digits,... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Battles in the A.L. East and N.L. Central

Jun 08, 2015 by Robb Todd


The A.L. East has worn the de facto label of the toughest division in baseball for many years and, from the top to the bottom, it is tough once again this year.

But is it the best? Some would eagerly say no but ask anyone in Boston or the Bronx and you could get a different answer.

For example, Wednesday’s game on ESPN between the Red Sox and Orioles. As of this writing, both teams are under .500, and in the cellar of the division. Yet they are still very much in the race, just 5.5 games off the lead.

This week’s other game on ESPN is Sunday’s contest... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Rookie Joc Pederson Shines as Dodgers’ Newest Star

Jun 01, 2015 by Robb Todd


The Dodgers might have been worried in the offseason about trading away fan-favorite Matt Kemp but Joc Pederson has already ushered in an exciting new era in the outfield.

And the 23-year-old rookie center fielder has done it both with his bat and his glove.

“The sky’s the limit for him. It’s ridiculous the talent he has,” Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire said. “You’re just seeing glimpses now. It’s going to be ridiculous for the next 15 to 20 years.”

Entering Monday’s games, Pederson is fifth in the N.L. in home runs with 13, third in the league in walks (33), eighth in the league in slugging (.546),... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Prince Fielder Is Playing Like Royalty Once Again

May 18, 2015 by Robb Todd


People doubted Prince Fielder.

Some thought the slugger would never be the same after undergoing neck surgery last season. Those doubts, however, should have subsided during spring training when he used teammate Rougned Odor to do squats.

“I can feel both my arms. It feels good,” Fielder said. “That helps. That definitely helps when you’re hitting.”

Yes, feeling your arms indeed helps, and his numbers back up that crazy theory. Fielder is hitting .344, good for fourth in the American League, and also has five home runs and 23 RBI through the Texas Rangers first 38 games of the season.

But while the Rangers, who play... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Alfredo Simon & the Eephus Pitch

May 11, 2015 by Robb Todd


There are several amazing pitchers taking the mound this week on Sling TV, but seeing the Metropolitans’ Matt Harvey smoke an inside fastball past hitters might not surprise you quite as much as a pitch the Tigers’ Alfredo Simon has hidden up his sleeve.

The Eephus pitch might sound like baseball’s equivalent of the Yeti or Big Foot because not many fans have ever actually seen it live in a game. But every few years a video will surface of the pitch freezing a batter for a strikeout on a toss that usually doesn’t register more than 60 m.p.h. or so.

Despite its reputation as a junk... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Leaders of the Packs

May 04, 2015 by Robb Todd


Each MLB game this week features a division leader, the most surprising of which might be the New York Mets.

Don’t get mad, Queens! That’s not hate. That’s just the fact that the Mets play in the same division as the Nationals, who many pegged as the favorite to win the World Series this year.

New York faces the Orioles on Wednesday and the Orioles have their own hopes and dreams. Certainly one of those dreams would to not be in the A.L. East, which is always brutal.

The Cardinals also lead their division and face many fresh faces on the Cubs on Monday night. Wunderkinds all: Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Jorge Solar, Anthony Rizzo and many... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Contenders and Pretenders

Apr 27, 2015 by Robb Todd

Every game on Sling TV this week features preseason favorites for the World Series title.

The Washington Nationals and Boston Red spent a lot of money in the offseason to fortify their chances while St. Louis made some deft trades and the Yankees… well, the Yankees must think quite a bit of the team they already had because they didn’t go after any big names.

In fact, some pundits don’t consider the Yankees contenders at all. The A.L. East is loaded with talent, as always, and New York is relying on many aging stars and also have some serious question marks in the rotation.

Meanwhile, the Nats assembled one of the best pitching staffs in modern memory with the addition of Max Scherzer. But somehow they’ve gotten... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Tigers, Yankees, Mets, Nationals & Cardinals

Apr 20, 2015 by Robb Todd

It’s tempting to say that there are four teams playing this week on Sling TV who could win the World Series but there might really only be three.

There are certainly four cities that have that expectation but —- sorry, New York —- things don’t look so good in the Bronx despite what seems to be a renaissance for Alex Rodriguez.

The Yankees travel to Detroit on Monday to face a Tigers team that is managing to find its way in what is increasingly seeming like the post-Justin Verlander era–and Detroit is doing it in part thanks to an off-season trade with New York. The Yankees sent starting pitcher Shane Greene to them as part of a three-team trade that landed Didi Gregorious in pinstripes.

“We knew... Read More

MLB on Sling TV: Three Special Arms Take the Hill

Apr 13, 2015 by Sling Staff

The first week of the season is a tempting mirage. It’s easy to believe that whatever happened the first week is what will happen the rest of the season, good or bad.

Adrian Gonzalez might really hit 135 homers this year! And he’ll need to because Clayton Kershaw stinks!

Maybe there really is a fantasy league where someone dropped Kerhsaw, who had two rocky starts for the Dodgers while his teammate mashed homer after homer, but most sane people know that there is a lot of baseball to be played and that Kershaw is a special arm. An arm you only see every few generations.

This week, there are three other special arms to watch: the Yankees’ Michael Pineda, the Mariners’ Taijuan Walker, and the Cardinals’ Adam... Read More

MLB Opening Day: Cardinals vs. Cubs in Wrigley

Apr 03, 2015 by Robb Todd

The Cardinals have had so much success in recent years that the phrase “The Cardinal Way” is now a thing. It’s a thing most people had never heard of until a book by that name was published.

But there is no disputing the truth: the Cardinals really do have a “way.”

This provides important context for Sunday’s MLB season-opener, context that was not lost on whoever makes the schedule.

The Cubs have never had a “way,” unless you count disappointing fans decade after decade—until now. Sure, that may sound premature. The Cubs still haven’t won a World Series since 1908 and last made the playoffs in 2008.

But GM Theo Epstein has given Chicago fans more hope than they have ever had thanks to a heap... Read More

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