Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019

       *THE CARDINALS PHONE REPORTEDLY ISN’T RINGING OFF THE HOOK REGARDING JOSH ROSEN: Only two or three teams are interested, according to ESPN’s Todd McShay.
        *ASU AND CHANDLER HIGH SCHOOL N’KEAL HARRY A RARE COMBATION IN HIS CORNER: Sports Zone draft expert Don Shonka of Ourlads Scouting Services says Harry has the best hands AND is the best after the catch of any wide receiver in the 2019 draft class
        *ANOTHER VALLEY PRODUCT, BYRON MURPHY OF SAGUARO HIGH SCHOOL, IS HIGHLY REGARDED: Shonka/Ourlads has Murphy as the number two cornerback while McShay calls Murphy, “the most complete NFL corner right now.”
        *THE PLAYER THE SUNS SHOULD DRAFT IF ZION WILLIAMSON IS UNAVAILABLE HAS DECLARED FOR THE DRAFT: Point guard Jarrett Culver can get to the rim off the dribble and was an excellent defender while leading Texas Tech to within 12 seconds of winning the national championship.
        *PATRICK CORBIN GOT HIS FIRST WIN TODAY AS A NON-DIAMONDBACK: After no decisions in his first three starts, Corbin allowed one run on two hits and one walks while striking out nine in the Natonals 4-2 win over the Giants. Corbin has a 2.36 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.
       CHECK BACK ON MONDAY WITH THE FIRST OF SIX STRAIGHT DAYS OF NFL DRAFT INFORMATION INCLUDING LIVE UPDATES ON THURSDAY (ROUND ONE), FRIDAY (ROUNDS TWO AND THREE) AND SATURDAY (ROUNDS FOUR THRU SEVEN)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019

FROM THE RANDOM STUFF NOTEBOOK
        *GOOD NEWS: The 2019 Cardinals schedule does not include the rumored Thanksgiving Night home game against the Browns.
        *BAD NEWS: The 2019 Cardinals schedule does include a Halloween Thursday night home game against the Niners, which will be a nightmare for stadium security and for sober people driving home on annually the second most dangerous night to be out > WE WILL HAVE MORE ON THE 2019 CARDINALS SCHEDULE DURING THE 11:30 SEGMENT IN THURSDAY’S SPORTS ZONE
        *SADLY, DUSTIN PEDROIA LOOKS LIKE HE’S DONE: The former Sun Devil left tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium after one plate appearance with left knee soreness. The struggling Red Sox can’t afford to be wasting a roster spot on him.
        *THE INDIANS MIGHT HAVE MISSED THEIR CHANCE TO TRADE COREY KLUBER: His velocity has been down in the early going and he has been hit hard.
        *IT’S THE SMALL SAMPLE SIZE TIME, BUT: Charlie Blackman and Kris Bryant are among the few hitters with decreased exit velocity which might suggest Blackman is declining as he gets older and Bryant may not be recovered from last season’s shoulder injury.
        *SPEAKING OF EXIT VELOCITY: The rise in that area for the majority of hitters is further proof that the juiced baseball has returned in 2019, which is much different than last season and more like 2017.

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019

FROM THE RANDOM STUFF NOTEBOOK
        *THE CARDINALS HAD THEIR PRE-DRAFT MEET THE PRESS SOUNDER ON TUESDAY: Steve Keim and Kliff Kingsbury did not deliver any STOP THE PRESSES moments, but there were some interesting comments, including Keim refuting a report that Kyler Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhart, was with his client during last week’s meeting with the Cardinals > Tune in to the 9:15 and 11:30 segments of the POWER RANKINGS WEDNESDAY Sports Zone for highlights of Tuesday’s presser
        *THE WARRIORS ODDS TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HAVE DROPPED: The Las Vegas Westgate Super Book odds went from -200 to -180 following the loss to the Clippers and the loss of DeMarcus Cousins to injury for the rest of the season … FYI – Cousins was effective late in the regular season in against the Rockets, the Warriors likely second-round opponent.
        *KEVIN DURANT WAS NOT GOOD IN THAT MONDAY NIGHT LOSS: He finished with 21 points but had more fouls (6) and turnovers (9) than made field goals (5).
        *HEARD THRU THE MLB GRAPEVINE: Craig Kimbrel may be close to signing > For more on Kimbrel, and the chances of him returning to Atlanta, check out the Tuesday Sports Zone podcast and the 10:15 segment interview with Ben Ingram of the Braves Radio Network and 680 The Fan in Atlanta

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019

FROM THE NOTEBOOK (RANDOM STUFF)
        *THE CARDINALS STEVE KEIM AND KLIFF KINGSBURY WILL HAVE THEIR PRE-DRAFT PRESSER ON TUESDAY: we will offer commentary on what they said on this web page on Tuesday and hear highlights during the Power Rankings Wednesday Sports Zone.
        *N’KEAL HARRY IS MOST LIKELY TO BE DRAFTED DURING THE SECOND ROUND: Many mock drafters have Henry during a projected lengthy run of wide receivers.
        *BRANDON RANDOLPH IS NOT EXPECTED TO RETURN NEXT SEASON TO THE UA: It has been rumored for weeks that Randolph will transfer before he announced his intention on Monday to enter the NBA Draft. He has no chance of being among the 60 players selected.
        *VALLEY PRODUCT MARKUS HOWARD MAY WANT TO RE-CONSIDER RETURNING TO MARQUETTE: His teammates Sam Hauser and Joey Hauser announced today they intend to transfer.
        *LEBRON JAMES MIGHT BE HIRING NEXT LAKERS HEAD COACH: Juwan Howard, Tryon Lue and Monty Williams, the three known candidates, all have history with LeBron.
        *OKLAHOMA CITY BEATS PORTLAND IF PAUL GEORGE’S SHOULDER IS HEALTHY: He averaged 38 points per game in the 4-zero regular-season sweep of the Blazers. But, George, who injured the shoulder on February 26th, was eight of 24 from the field in the Blazers Game One win.
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IN THE FRIDAY SPORTS ZONE

(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
        *AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW,  THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE     
        *AT 9:15, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP: topped by a Cardinals update and Diamondbacks-Braves rewind
        *AT 9:30, A DBACKS-CUBS SERIES PREVIEW: with Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune
        *AND, IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER ONE – THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP; including Ripped From The Headlines and From The Scoreboard plus plenty of opinion 
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 10:00 HOUR, UPDATED RESULTS OF THE POLL QUESTIONS AND A REPEAT OF TODAY’S PIPELINE
        *AT 10:15: CARDINALS DRAFT AND SCHEDULE DISCUSSION: with Scott Bordow of The Athletic
        *AT 10:30, INTERACTIVE PART ONE: with phone cams and/or tweets
        *AND IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER TWO – THE LATEST LINE, SUGGESTED TELEVISION VIEWING AND PERSONNEL REPORT: including plenty of opinion
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 11:00 HOUR, IT’S LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE 
        *AT 11:15, THE FINAL INTERACTIVE ROUND WITH PHONE CALLS AND TWEETS PLUS SOME FINAL CAUGHT MY EYE ITEMS
        *AT 11:30, AROUND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: topped by is it time for the Red Sox to panic discussion with Zachary Rymer of Bleacher Report
        *AT 11:45. THANK YOU TIME AND TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY
       TWO SEGMENTS WITH INTERACTIVE ACTION – PHONE CALLS (602-260-10-60) AND/OR TWEETS (@SPORTS ZONE 1060 OR TWITTER.COM/SPORTS ZONE 1060) AT 10:30 AND 11:15
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THE ANNUAL SPORTS ZONE NFL DRAFT PREVIEWS WITH DAN SHONKA OF OURLADS SCOUTING SERVICES (11:30 SEGMENT) 

                *TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 – Combine preview 
                *TUESDAY, MARCH 5 – Defensive backs     
                *THURSDAY, MARCH 12 – Linebackers
                *TUESDAY, MARCH 19 – Defensive linemen/Edge rushers
                *TUESDAY, MARCH 26 – Offensive linemen
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 2 – Wide receivers/Tight ends
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 9 – Running backs
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 16 – Quarterbacks
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 23 – Overall draft preview 
                *MONDAY, APRIL 29 – Draft recap (10:15)

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2019 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PREDICTIONS
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST: New York, Boston. Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore                                                                                      
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE CENTRAL: Cleveland, Minnesota, Chicago, Kansas City, Detroit
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST: Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle, Texas
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD CARDS: Boston, Minnesota
        *AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPION: Houston
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST: Washington, Philadelphia, New York, Atlanta, Miami                                                                                  
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE CENTRAL: St. Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST: Los Angeles, Colorado, San Diego, Arizona, San Francisco
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD CARDS: Philadelphia, Colorado
        *NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPION: Washington
         *WORLD SERIES CHAMPION: Houston
        *MOST VALUABLE PLAYERS: Aaron Judge, Paul Goldschmidt
        *CY YOUNG: Trevor Bauer, Max Scherzer
        *ROOKIES OF YEAR: Eloy Jimenez, Victor Robles (late change from Fernando Tatis Jr.) 
        *MANAGERS OF THE YEAR: Rocco Baldelli, Dave Martinez
MY ENTRY IN THE FIRST EVER WESTGATE SUPER BOOK BASEBALL CHALLENGE
.       Arizona under 74½ … Atlanta under 86½ … Baltimore under 59½ … Boston over 94½ … ChiCubs under 89½ … ChiWhiteSox under 74½ … Cincinnati under 79½ … Cleveland over 90½ … Colorado over 84½ … Detroit under 68½
       Houston over 96½ … Kansas City under 70½ … LAAngels under 82½ … LADodgers under 92½ … Miami under 63½ … Milwaukee over 86½ … Minnesota over 83½ … NY Mets over 85½ … NYYankees 96½ … Oakland over 83½
       Philadelphia over 87½ … Pittsburgh over 77½ … San Diego over 77½ … San Francisco under 73½ … Seattle over 70½ … St. Louis over 88½ … Tampa Bay under 84½ … Texas under 71½ … Toronto under 75½ … Washington over 88½
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NCAA TOURNAMENT PREDICTIONS

EAST
      FIRST ROUND – Duke over NCCU/NDSU … Central Florida over VCU … Mississippi State over Liberty … Virginia Tech over St. Louis … Maryland over Belmont … Yale over LSU … Louisville over Minnesota … Michigan State over Bradley
       SECOND ROUND – Duke over Central Florida … Virginia Tech over Mississippi State … Maryland over Yale … Louisville over Michigan State
       SWEET SIXTEEN – Duke over Virginia Tech … Louisville over Maryland                                                                      
       ELITE EIGHT – Duke over Louisville
WEST
      FIRST ROUND – Gonzaga over Fairleigh Dickinson … Syracuse over Baylor … Murray State over Marquette … Florida State over Vermont … Buffalo over Arizona State … Texas Tech over Northern Kentucky … Nevada over Florida … Michigan over Montana   
       SECOND ROUND – Gonzaga over Syracuse … Florida State over Murray State … Texas Tech over Buffalo … Michigan over Nevada
       SWEET SIXTEEN – Gonzaga over Florida State … Texas Tech over Michigan
       ELITE EIGHT – Gonzaga over Texas Tech
SOUTH (BY FAR THE WEAKEST REGION)
      FIRST ROUND – Virginia over Gardner Webb … Ole Miss over Oklahoma … Wisconsin over Oregon … Cal-Irvine over Kansas State … Villanova over Saint Mary’s … Purdue over Old Dominion … Cincinnati over Iowa … Tennessee over Colgate     
       SECOND ROUND – Virginia over Ole Miss … Wisconsin over Cal-Irvine … Villanova over Purdue … Tennessee over Cincinnati
       SWEET SIXTEEN – Virginia over Wisconsin … Tennessee over Villanova
       ELITE EIGHT – Tennessee over Virginia
MIDWEST
      FIRST ROUND – North Carolina over Iona … Utah State over Washington … New Mexico State over Auburn … Kansas over Northeastern … Iowa State over Ohio State … Houston over Georgia State … Seton Hall over Wofford … Kentucky over Abilene Christian
       SECOND ROUND – North Carolina over Utah State … New Mexico State over Kansas … Houston over Iowa State … Kentucky over Seton Hall
       SWEET SIXTEEN – North Carolina over New Mexico State … Kentucky over Houston
       ELITE EIGHT – North Carolina over Kentucky
FINAL FOUR
      SEMIFINALS – North Carolina over Tennessee … Duke over Gonzaga
       CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – North Carolina over Duke  

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THE ANNUAL SPORTS ZONE NFL DRAFT PREVIEWS WITH DAN SHONKA OF OURLADS SCOUTING SERVICES (11:30 SEGMENT) 

                *TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 – Combine preview 
                *TUESDAY, MARCH 5 – Defensive backs     
                *THURSDAY, MARCH 12 – Linebackers
                *TUESDAY, MARCH 19 – Defensive linemen/Edge rushers
                *TUESDAY, MARCH 26 – Offensive linemen
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 2 – Wide receivers/Tight ends
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 9 – Running backs
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 16 – Quarterbacks
                *TUESDAY, APRIL 23 – Overall draft preview 
                *MONDAY, APRIL 29 – Draft recap (10:15)
      
 
 
 
 
       

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

      

 

   

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