The race for the National League Wild Card just keeps on keeping on. The Chicago Cubs began play on Friday afternoon level with the Milwaukee Brewers for the second and final Wild Card slot and ended up a game ahead of their rivals at night fall thanks to a 17-8 win at Wrigley Field over the Pittsburgh Pirates and a 10-0 Brewers loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Chicago hit five home runs off the Bucs, including an Anthony Rizzo grand slam and two solo shots from Wilson Contreras. They had trailed 4-0 after the first half inning only to plate five in the bottom half. Oh, and it was only a little while after manager Joe Maddon had called the team ‘tight.’ They certainly looked like they were plenty loose here, smashing the ball all around the joint. Elsewhere, the Brewers fell 10-0 as the Cardinals consolidated their hold on the NL Central divisional title. The Cards still have work to do, but they look great value for the it right now given the way they have played in the last month to pull away from both the Brewers and Cubs. Paul Goldschmidt, not one to be outdone by Rizzo, had a grand slam of his very own and Adam Wainwright, who was also nearly perfect on the mound, hit a three-run shot. The Nationals also lost, so that brought everyone a game closer, forcing the picture to tighten a little bit more.
After being beaten 59-10 in the first week against the Baltimore Ravens and making Lamar Jackson look like he was a kid playing a PlayStation for the 11th straight day, the Miami Dolphins are reportedly dealing with a number of players that are asking out. One such player is said to be star defensive player Minkah Fitzpatrick. We say defensive player because that is probably part of the problem. The usual defensive back, was asked to play in the box some last weekend, such is the lack of talent and options available to the Dolphins. With that said, it’s being reported that the Dolphins are willing to let him go if a trade can be agreed. They would like a first-round draft pick for him, so we’ll see how that goes.
The Kansas Jayhawks are not known for their prowess in the game of football. But their 48-24 win over Boston College on Friday night will still feel awfully good. Coming into the game, they had not won a game on the road against a power five school since 2008 when they defeated Iowa State. That’s over ten years of losses. This one was a shock, to say the least, as the Eagles were favored by three touchdowns and ended up losing by more than that as the Jayhawks amassed a total of 567 yards of offense. Both Pooka Williams and Khalil Herbert rushed for over 100 yards and QB Carter Stanley was 20-27 in the air for 238 yards and three TD’s. The defense shut out BC in the second half, too, showing just what Les Miles has done in very short time at a basketball school.