Before Opening Day, I had made predictions for each of the divisions all around the MLB. Let’s take a quick look at where we are at in the American League in their respective divisions.
The San Antonio Spurs have sent former Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, accompanied by Danny Green, to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected first-round pick. As reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The pick, which is protected 1-20, will turn into two second round picks if not used in next year’s draft.
The NBA draft is around the corner and the excitement grows the closer we get. The No. 1 pick in the draft in the minds of many is pretty much locked for DeAndre Ayton. There are other things to take into consideration pending the Suns trading away that No. 1 pick. As of now, here is our mock draft over at the Utility Man.
Yesterday, there were plenty of reports that Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio. He reportedly wants to go to LA. With the NBA draft around the corner, there are plenty of teams that can make a play for Leonard. The team with the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Phoenix Suns are looking to make an offer to the Spurs.
For the fourth straight year and for the first time in major professional sports history, the NBA Finals will include the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the match up that was always going to happen.
The Champions League quarterfinals are finally over after some nail-biting matchups. Roma completed the upset of defeating Barcelona 3-0 and advanced on away goals resulting in one of the comebacks of the season. The following match was Juventus vs Real Madrid. Juventus came back after being down by 3 away goals but ultimately lost with the last kick of the fixture, which was a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty. Then Bayern Munich faced off against Sevilla. A classic “David vs. Goliath” match saw Bayern take the win by just one goal. Finally, Liverpool squared off against Manchester City and there was no shortage of goals in this fixture. Following herculean performances from Liverpool’s attack, they obliterated City with a 5-1 aggregate. Now, with Roma, Bayern, Liverpool and Real Madrid in the semifinals, let’s take a look and the draw.
The last five years, the Los Angeles Dodgers have played for and won the National West division titles. Expect that streak to continue again in 2018. The National League West division is considered to be the strongest in the National League and perhaps, all of baseball. Four teams out of the five in the NL West could easily compete for the division title or both of the two wildcard spots. That’s how strong and deep this division have in talent. Let’s take a look at why this division is the strongest in all of baseball.
The Chicago Cubs were sluggish in 2017, despite finishing in first place and making it to the NLCS, after winning the World Series vs the Cleveland Indians in 2016. The 2016 Cubs team was very special, they had young players breakout as superstars in Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras. These players will look to bounce back and play more smoothly like how they did in 2016. Let’s look at the team predictions for the NL Central division here at The Utility Man!