What's happening to the Yankees? Plus, previewing Serie A

Happy Friday, everybody! Congrats on making it through another week. There’s a weekend loaded with football as your benefit.

Let’s solve to it.

Good early morning to everybody however specifically to…

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Welcome back, Serie A! The leading Italian soccer league starts this weekend, and you can view all season long on Paramount+.

Last year’s title race wasn’t chosen up until the last day, when AIR CONDITIONER Milan declared their very first league title because 2010-11. Our Serie A expert Francesco Porzio states they’ll be hard-pressed to safeguard that title; his choose to win the Scudetto is Juventus.

  • Porzio: “After a very solid transfer window, Juventus have to be considered as the leading candidates to win the Scudetto alongside Serie A title holders AC Milan and Inter Milan. [Coach Massimiliano] Allegri has explicitly told the press that Juventus’ main target of the season will be to win the domestic competition with the same ambition to go as far as possible in the UEFA Champions League and also try to win the Coppa Italia, which they lost last season in the final against Inter Milan.”

Be sure to have a look at Francesco’s outlooks for AIR CONDITIONER Milan, JuventusInter Milan and Roma.

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And not such a great early morning for…


Yes, they didn’t play last night, however the pet dog days of summertime are here and they’re striking the New York Yankees difficult. Since the All-Star Break, the Yankees are:

  • 7-13 (connected for 23rd in MLB)
  • 2-6 in video games chosen by one run (below 19-11 prior to the break)
  • Scoring 4.7 runs per video game (below 5.4 prior to the break, which was best in MLB)
  • Pitching to a 4.36 group period (24th in MLB).

Are the Bronx Bombers simply slogging through the summertime, or exist larger concerns? It’s that last bullet point that’s been a huge problem, states MLB professional Mike Axisa.

  • Axisa: “The problem is obvious, right? New York’s rotation has gone from being an elite home run prevention unit to nearly the worst in baseball. Their walk rate is up a bit but still well below the MLB average (8.2 percent of batters faced), and the strikeout rate is unchanged. Basically, the rotation is pitching like it did before, only with way more balls leaving the yard. … Having a great rotation and then suddenly having an ineffective rotation is a surefire way to go from the sport’s best record to playing .500 ball for two months.”

This is a truly excellent check out the 4 greatest factors the Yankees have actually cooled down as summertime has actually warmed up, and whether they can turn things around. As Mike explains, “it’s important to note they still have a 10-game lead in the AL East and also a 10-game lead for a Wild Card Series bye. At the start of this 22-25 stretch, they had a 12-game lead.”

This weekend might supply an ideal turn-around chance versus the having a hard time Red Sox. Boston is lacking time to enter the playoff race. The Yankees might begin their turn-around by pressing their arch competitors even more out of things… or they might remain bogged down in their downturn as the stretch run nears.

Not so respectable discusses

NBA retires No. 6 in honor of Bill Russell 🏀

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The NBA is offering Bill Russell‘s No. 6 unique treatment: the number will be tired throughout the league ahead of the 2022-23 season. Russell, who passed away in late July at 88, is the initially NBA gamer to have his number retired league-wide.

  • Other gamers to have their number retired in significant North American sports consist of Jackie Robinson (No. 42) and Wayne Gretzky (No. 99).
  • Russell, an 11-time NBA champ, was likewise kept in mind for his effect off the court. In 1966, he ended up being the very first Black head coach in significant American sports, and he was understood for his advocacy concerning social and racial concerns throughout his life. On the court, his list of achievements is really extraordinary.
  • Current NBA gamers using No. 6 — consisting of LeBron James — do not require to alter numbers if they do not wish to. However, no gamer will be provided a No. 6 jersey moving forward.
  • The NBA likewise prepares to include celebratory spots on the best shoulder of every jersey for the 2022-23 season, and every court will have a clover-shaped logo design with the No. 6 within it on the sideline.

James is the most significant of the active gamers who use No. 6, however he’s far from the only one. The whole list is 16 gamers deep, which consists of 5 who were born in the 2000s and might wind up being the last NBA gamer to use No. 6 ever:

  • Kenneth Lofton Jr. (born Aug. 14, 2002)
  • Jaylin Williams (born June 29, 2002)
  • Keon Johnson (born March 10, 2002)
  • Kenyon Martin Jr. (Jan. 6, 2001)
  • Quentin Grimes (May 8, 2000)

There’s yet another group that’s captured Kevin Durant’s eye 👀

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Another day, another Kevin Durant report. The Nets super star apparently sees the 76ers as a “welcome landing spot.” If you keep in mind the other day’s newsletter, this report begins the heels of reports stating he likewise sees the Celtics as a “desired landing spot.”

The Celtics in fact made a deal for Durant; it’s not understood if the 76ers have actually done the exact same, however there seems a minimum of some shared interest. Here’s what a possible deal might appear like, according to our NBA press reporter Michael Kaskey-Blomain.

  • Kaskey-Blomain: “In order to execute a deal, the Sixers would have to part with a huge haul that would likely include several draft picks, Tobias Harris and promising young guard Tyrese Maxey. Such a deal isn’t necessarily a no-brainer for the Sixers. Obviously, acquiring Durant would widen the team’s current championship window, but it may limit their long-term prospects. … It’s also fair to wonder if the Nets would even want to trade Durant to the Sixers after trading James Harden to them earlier this year. The two teams are in the same division, after all.”

Preseason bowl forecasts: Who’s making the College Football Playoff? 🏈

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Ah yes, the preseason. When hope springs everlasting, every group’s loss column is blank, and bowl forecasts are the ideal thing to get us fans delighted. That’s right, Jerry Palm’s preseason bowl forecasts have actually gotten here, and I would like to see his forecast for the College Football Playoff field end up being real.

  • Peach Bowl: (1) Alabama vs. (4) Oklahoma
  • Fiesta Bowl: (2) Ohio State vs. (3) Georgia

Alabama seeking to return atop the college football mountain after melting down late in in 2015’s national championship? Ohio State back after a down year? Georgia attempting to duplicate? Oklahoma making it less than a year after Lincoln Riley left for USC? Sign me up for that.

Speaking of USC, Jerry is bullish on the Trojans. He predicts them to play Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl. You can see Jerry’s CFP and New Year’s Six forecasts here and his forecasts for each single championship game here.

What we’re viewing this weekend 📺

We’re watching Serie A and the NWSL all weekend on Paramount+.


🏈 Falcons at Lions, 6 p.m. on NFL Network
🏀 Liberty at Dream, 7:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏈 Packers at 49ers, 8:30 p.m. on NFL Network
🏀 Storm at Lynx, 9 p.m. on ESPN 2


🏈 Chiefs at Bears, 1 p.m. on NFL Network
🏈 Colts at Bills, 4 p.m. on NFL Network
🏈 Seahawks at Steelers, 7 p.m. on NFL Network
Yankees at Red Sox, 7:15 p.m. on FOX
🏈 Cowboys at Broncos, 9 p.m. on NFL Network


🏀 Lynx at Sun, 1 p.m. on ABC
🏀 Storm at Aces, 3 p.m. on ABC
🏈 Vikings at Raiders, 4:25 p.m. on NFL Network
Yankees at Red Sox, 7 p.m. on ESPN
St. Jude Championship Final Round, 3 p.m. on NBC

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