Dodgers Star Out For Extended Period of Time

6/11/22

By: OOSSports

The Dodgers will be without star pitcher Walker Buehler for an extended period of time.

The team’s No. 1 starter will be out for at least six to eight weeks, after an MRI revealed an elbow strain. There are no plans for surgery, and Buehler is expected to return this season, but that depends on how well he recovers.

Before Saturday’s game, the Dodgers had already placed Buehler on the 15-day injured list.

Buehler left Friday’s start against the Giants after four innings due to elbow discomfort, setting up the MRI for Saturday.

It was yet another setback in what had already been the worst season of his career, with a 4.04 ERA, 1.2 WHIP, and 8.0 strikeouts per nine innings, the lowest of his career. Buehler had just managed to complete the best regular-season of his career last year , finishing fourth in Cy Young Award voting with a 2.20 ERA and 212 strikeouts in 207.2 innings pitched.

The absence of the right-handed pitcher will extend a frustrating season for the Dodgers’ rotation depth. Earlier in the season, the team had been without Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney for a significant  amount of time. However, on Saturday, Kershaw made his return Saturday. Tony Gonsolin (1.58 ERA) and Tyler Anderson (3.07 ERA) have stepped up to keep the team’s rotation competitive, but the pitching staff’s season has not gone as intended.

After a blazing hot start to the season, the Dodgers have dropped four of their last six games. Now, they must overcome yet another obstacle to reclaim their NL West crown.

“Falcons Trade Ryan; Potential positives to look at in a seemingly terrible move”

“Falcons Trade Ryan; Potential positives to look at in a seemingly terrible move”

3/21/22

By: @OOSSports

Twitter: @OOSSports

As if Falcons fans hadn’t suffered enough with arguably the worst loss in the history of professional sports (28-3?), Falcons fans suffered another setback, as the dirty birds traded their franchise quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts  FOR ONLY ONE third-round pick in this years’ 2022 NFL Draft. Yep, that isn’t a typo.  Ryan, who holds every significant passing record in franchise history, is an All-Pro, and the 2016 NFL MVP, is without question one of the greatest players to dawn the Falcons uniform. I definitely didn’t expect it to take so little for another team to acquire Ryan via trade, with just a third-round pick not nearly being enough in return if you ask me. Nevertheless, the move indicates that the Falcons are in complete rebuild mode, while signaling to their fan base that any chance of returning to the Super Bowl will not happen any time soon.

With that being said, Falcons fans who are looking for any kind of silver lining to the move need to look no further than the two other professional sports teams that reside in Atlanta.  The Braves began a rebuild in 2014, culminating in the Braves’ first World Series championship since 1995.  Additionally, the Hawks began a rebuild of their franchise in 2017, and were just two wins away from appearing in the 2021 NBA Finals, which has alluded them since 1961.  In the case of the Braves, drafting and developing the likes of Acuna, Albies, Freeman and Fried, accelerated the pace of the rebuild.  With the Hawks, a keen eye for talent such as John Collins, Kevin Huerter and Onyeka Okongwu and deft draft day maneuvering to bring Trae Young to the City has helped the Hawks become one of the most promising teams in the NBA.

So, remember this Falcons fans, while the move of Matty Ice does not bode well for the immediate future of the franchise, one only needs to look at the Braves and Hawks to realize that good things could be ahead for the team.  And that might also help heal other fresh wounds from the Falcons past. Will the Falcons be able to follow in the Braves and Hawks steps?

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