April Recap: OOTP Rebuild Kansas City Royals

Good afternoon, everyone!

I know it has been quite a while since you all last heard from me. For any of you who are currently in Life 101, you know that life can and will throw anything possible at you.

While life has been trying to suck everything out of me, I have had a little bit of time to simulate Spring Training and April in my Out of the Park 20 rebuild attempt of the Kansas City Royals.

Let’s quickly dive into a few highlights and big moves from the previous month, but before I do, please remember that it is still early in the season and OOTP is not always an accurate depiction of how a team may perform (the Royals are currently 9-16 heading into play today).

Major Transactions:

Traded LHP Danny Duffy (retaining 40% of his remaining contract) to the Houston Astros for LHP Wade Miley and CF Miles Straw (March 22, 2019)

Claimed RHP Miguel Castro off of waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and optioned RHP Kyle Zimmer to Triple-A Omaha (March 23, 2019)

RHP Jorge López was placed on the 10-day IL and RHP Jake Junis had his contract purchased from Triple-A Omaha (April 1, 2019)

RHP Miguel Castro was placed on the 10-day IL and RHP Kyle Zimmer was recalled from Triple-A Omaha (April 13, 2019)

RHP Carlos Estevez was claimed off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies and RHP Kyle Zimmer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha (April 16, 2019)

RHP Miguel Castro was activated from the 10-day IL and RHP Carlos Estevez was designated for assignment (April 24, 2019)

RHP Jorge López was sent on rehab assignment to Double-A Northwest Arkansas (April 26, 2019)

Best Performers:

Whit Merrifield has led the way as he is the team leader in both batting average and RBIs. His offensive production is a huge reason why the team is currently above .500, and he his current production has him on pace to be an 8.5 WAR player. A pleasant surprise has been the ability of Chelsor Cuthbert to hit for average and power. He currently sports a .317/.345/.524 slash line to go along with 4 HR out of the eighth spot in the order. Adalberto Mondesi is also putting in a solid season as he is receiving routine playing time sporting a slash line of .330/.364/.495, but has put that to use with his speed as he has stolen 14 bases without being caught.

On the pitching side of things, we currently employ a bullpen day two to three times in a given week. A huge beneficiary of this has been Ian Kennedy who leads the team with a 3-0 record and 2.84 ERA although his 1.21 WHIP suggests that he is unlikely to continue pitching this well. Rule 5 Draft Pick Sam McWilliams has also done well as a follower in the bullpen day system and his 3.51 ERA is a surprise given that he had not pitched above Double-A coming into the season. His WHIP is a 1.29, but if he can reduce his walks, he should turn into a more effective pitcher.

Prospect Watch:

In his second year at Triple-A Omaha, middle infield prospect Nicky López could be pushing for a roster spot by the end of the year as he has a slash line of .369/.425/.485 and despite a lack of power, his continued presence on base is positive for a prospect with an advanced approach at the plate. Royals fans will be familiar with Brady Singer, and despite an Opening Day blip for Double-A Northwest Arkansas, he anchors a rotation that has helped put the Naturals in first place in the Northern Division of the Texas League. The final prospect to examine is LHP Richard Lovelady who is once again thriving at Triple-A Omaha. With his solid mound presence, he could be another prospect who gets called up in the mid- to late season.

Team Performance:

This may be the part that followers of this series care about, but I believe that it is important to track all parts of an organization when focusing on a rebuild like the Royals. Because of the albatross contracts of Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, and Alex Gordon, I was hamstrung on the budget which is one reason I elected to move Dufy, even if I had to eat some money. This will have a negative impact on my ability to develop talent, but hopefully, the limited resources in play will allow me to construct solid depth in the Minor Leagues.

The team is actually off to a good start relative to their real-life performance. I believe that pitching is a huge factor as most of the starting rotation has been solid, but the bullpen has also done a good job closing down games. However, there is solid run production that has helped cover up a few blips. The team is currently 15-13 through April and sits 1 ½ games back of Minnesota who leads the division. We were swept in a two game set early in the year by the Twins, but managed to win a three game series in Tampa Bay after splitting a four game set with the Yankees the previous weekend. However, the team closed April out with a five-game winning streak that it takes into May when we finish three games out of a four game series with the Tampa Bay Rays at home.

That’s all I have as far as updating you all on the big picture for the team, but you can feel free to ask any questions in the comments. Until the May update, I will be simulating the next month of games where the winning will hopefully continue.

Out of the Park 20 Campaign

You guys may not know this, but I’m a huge fan of the baseball management simulator Out of the Park Baseball. More so than MLB the Show (of which I’m also a fan), Out of the Park baseball delivers an experience for hardcore baseball fans who care about some of the greater nuances in the game.

A similar comparison may be that of the FIFA franchise and Football Manager. At the core, they are about the same sport, but the reasons for playing them are very different.

I find myself playing MLB the Show to see how many home runs I can hit with a player like Giancarlo Stanton before the All-Star Break; whereas, I have to build a complete team in order to be a serious contender for the World Series in Out of the Park Baseball..

However, I am really writing this to solicit the opinion from our readers to see which team they want me to rebuild. Below, I’ll outline a few guidelines, but I don’t plan on playing with a complete team like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, etc.

Here are the groundrules before you vote:

Ground Rules

1. Realistic moves are not the goal.

For those of you who don’t know, I have found many ways to finagle top prospects from an AI willing to trade guys like Domingo German, Shane Bieber, and even Vladimir Guerrero, Jr! For the purposes of the rebuild, the goal is not to make every single move that would be made by that team’s general manager, but to make moves that I think will move the team forward. Some realistic moves may be made, but those will not be the motif.

2. Your favorite player could be moved.

Baseball, like other sports, is a business at the end of the day. I still remember being devastated when I found out that my Texas Rangers pulled out of the Cliff Lee negotiations. He was the first ace the franchise had in many years, and I thought he would be a key for winning future World Series titles. However, he flamed out a year later, and I came to understand some of the reasons the Rangers balked at paying him hundreds of millions over the course of seven years. Bear in mind, I could elect to let your favorite player leave in free agency, or trade him for prospects, so please understand this.

 3. All games before the playoffs will be simulated.

This is pretty self-explanatory, but I can’t manage to control every game’s outcome and still give you content updates on a regular basis. As such, the main emphasis will actually be on developing prospects, and any acquisitions made. That said, I’ll still update y’all on big games.

4. The goal is to win the World Series.

I may amend this if I get a team that can’t get beyond the final hurdle, but the idea is to win the World Series. Following this, the series will end, but I am always willing to do another at the conclusion of one series.

Now that it is all out of the way, I’m going to put a poll up until March 22, and then I will take control of whichever team wins the poll. Please don’t cry if I don’t pick your team. I hope to get around the big leagues and cover as many teams as possible.

The Morning Roundup Article

The Morning Roundup 3/17/19

Yesterday was an interesting day in sports as more spots in the NCAA’s March Madness Tournament were clinched. There was also a crazy ending in an NBA game. Let’s go ahead and fill you in on what you might have missed in yesterday’s scores.

NBA

The Phoenix Suns beat the New Orleans Pelicans in overtime following a timeout blunder by Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry who called a timeout when he had none remaining which resulted in a technical foul and a game-winning free throw. The Oklahoma City Thunder had insult added to injury following a technical foul by Russell Westbrook, his 16th of the season, which means he’ll be suspended for their next game in the team’s loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Denver Nuggets overcame the ejection of star man Nikola Jovic as they narrowly topped the Indiana Pacers at home.

Boston Celtics 129-120 Atlanta Hawks
Washington Wizards 135-128 Memphis Grizzlies
Dallas Mavericks 121-116 Cleveland Cavaliers
Phoenix Suns 138-136 (OT) New Orleans Pelicans
Golden State Warriors 110-88 Oklahoma City Thunder
San Antonio Spurs 108-103 Portland Trail Blazers
Denver Nuggets 102-100 Indiana Pacers
Utah Jazz 114-98 Brooklyn Nets

Current standings

NCAA Men’s Basketball

Duke, Iowa State, Villanova, and Buffalo all secured their place in the March Madness Tournament as they won their conference tournaments. Iowa State upset No. 17 Kansas in the process while No. 4 Kentucky were upset No. 8 Tennessee who booked their place in the SEC Tournament final.

No. 8 Tennessee 82-78 No. 4 Kentucky
No. 5 Duke 73-63 No. 12 Florida State
No. 6 Michigan State 67-55 No. 19 Wisconsin
No. 10 Michigan 76-49 Minnesota
No. 11 Houston 61-58 Memphis
Iowa State 78-66 No. 17 Kansas
No. 18 Buffalo 87-73 Bowling Green
No. 22 Auburn 65-62 Florida
No. 24 Cincinnati 66-63 Wichita State
No. 25 Villanova 74-72 Seton Hall

Current rankings

MLB

Tampa Bay Rays PPD Minnesota Twins
Boston Red Sox 6-1 Atlanta Braves
St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 Washington Nationals
Miami Marlins 11-6 New York Mets
Detroit Tigers 6-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Yankees 17-7 Toronto Blue Jays
Houston Astros 13-5 Philadelphia Phillies
Baltimore Orioles 4-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Texas Rangers
Kansas City Royals 6-2 Milwaukee Brewers
San Francisco Giants 10-3 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 Colorado Rockies
Cleveland Indians 7-2 Los Angeles Angels
Chicago Cubs 7-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres 10-5 Kansas City Royals
Seattle Mariners 6-4 Yomiuri Giants

Soccer

English Premier League

AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle United
Burnley 1-2 Leicester City
West Ham United 4-3 Huddersfield Town

Current table

FA Cup-Quarterfinal

Watford 2-1 Crystal Palace
Swansea City 2-3 Manchester City
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Manchester United

La Liga

SD Huesca 1-3 Deportivo Alavés
Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo
Athletic Club Bilbao 2-0 Atlético Madrid
Leganes 0-2 Girona

Current table

Bundesliga

FC Augsburg 3-1 Hannover 96
Schalke 04 0-1 RB Leipzig
VfB Stuttgart 1-1 TSG Hoffenheim
VfL Wolfsburg 5-2 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Hertha Berlin 2-3 Borussia Dortmund

Current table

Serie A

Sassuolo 3-5 Sampdoria
SPAL 2013 2-1 AS Roma
Torino 2-3 Bologna

Current table

Ligue 1

Angers 0-0 SC Amiens
Caen 0-5 Saint-Etienne
Guingamp 1-0 Dijon FCO
Nimes 2-2 Strasbourg

Current table

The Morning Roundup Article

The Morning Roundup 3/16/19

There was lots of action yesterday including a historical performance by the Milwaukee Bucks. There were a few international soccer matches earlier in the day to kick off a busy weekend of soccer.

NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers’ hopes for a playoff spot have dwindled significantly, and tonight’s loss to the Detroit Pistons only makes the task tougher. The Milwaukee Bucks overcame a 20-point halftime deficit against the Miami Heat en route to another victory. In a later game, the Houston Rockets narrowly survived at home against the Phoenix Suns.

Detroit Pistons 111-97 Los Angeles Lakers
Philadelphia 76ers 123-114 Sacramento Kings
Charlotte Hornets 116-110 Washington Wizards
Milwaukee Bucks 113-98 Miami Heat
Houston Rockets 108-102 Phoenix Suns
Portland Trail Blazers 122-110 New Orleans Pelicans
San Antonio Spurs 109-83 New York Knicks
Los Angeles Clippers 128-121 Chicago Bulls

Current standings

NCAA Men’s Basketball

In an intense rivalry game No. 5 Duke upset No. 3 North Carolina. No. 2 Virginia were also upset victims as No. 12 Florida State caused another upset in the ACC Tournament. In the BIG 10 Tournament, No. 13 Purdue were upset by unranked Minnesota. No. 9 LSU blew a halftime lead and lost to unranked Florida. No. 15 Kansas State, the top seed in the BIG 12 conference tournament were upset by unranked Iowa State.

No. 11 Houston 84-45 UConn
No. 6 Michigan State 77-70 Ohio State
Florida 76-73 No. 9 LSU
No. 19 Wisconsin 66-62 Nebraska
No. 22 Auburn 73-64 South Carolina
No. 18 Buffalo 85-81 Central Michigan
No. 25 Villanova 71-67 (OT) Xavier
No. 12 Florida State 69-59 No. 2 Virginia
No. 4 Kentucky 73-55 Alabama
Minnesota 75-73 No. 13 Purdue
Iowa State 63-59 No. 15 Kansas State
No. 24 Cincinnati 82-74 SMU
San Diego State 65-56 No. 14 Nevada
Seton Hall 81-79 No. 23 Marquette
No. 10 Michigan 74-53 Iowa
No. 8 Tennessee 83-76 Mississippi State
No. 5 Duke 74-73 No. 3 North Carolina
No. 17 Kansas 88-74 West Virginia

Current rankings

MLB

Minnesota Twins 12-9 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 14-1 Boston Red Sox
Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 Detroit Tigers
Miami Marlins 7-6 Atlanta Braves
Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 Toronto Blue Jays
Washington Nationals 11-3 New York Mets
Texas Rangers 5-2 Cleveland Indians
Los Angeles Angels 5-5 San Francisco Giants
Chicago Cubs 11-9 Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers 6-2 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 2-1 Kansas City Royals
Los Angeles Angels 2-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
Houston Astros 11-2 St. Louis Cardinals
Houston Astros 5-0 St. Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays 6-6 Pittsburgh Pirates
Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 Cincinnati Reds

Soccer

La Liga BBVA

Real Sociedad 1-1 Levante

Current table

Bundesliga

Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 SC Freiburg

Current table

Serie A

Cagliari 2-1 Fiorentina

Current table

Ligue 1

Nice 1-1 Toulouse
Lille SOSC 0-1 AS Monaco

Current table

AL East Division Preview

First, I’d like to apologize. My personal and work life has been a bit of a crisis lately, and that’s no excuse. I will have the AL Central and AL West up on time (guaranteed or Marcus knows where to send the hitmen).

Before I get into predicting the future, let’s take one moment to revisit the standings from last year. This division was truly remarkable as it produced the World Series champion and had two teams finish with 100 or more wins while also having a team lose more than 100 games; something I’m near certain has never happened before.

  1. Boston Red Sox 108-54
  2. New York Yankees 100-62 (8.0 GB)
  3. Tampa Bay Rays 90-72 (18.0 GB)
  4. Toronto Blue Jays 73-89 (35.0 GB)
  5. Baltimore Orioles 47-115 (61.0 GB)

This division produced a few surprises. The first is the effectiveness that the Tampa Bay Rays had with what eventually became a three-man rotation due to trades and injuries. They were expected to employ the opener for the entire season, but the idea was every fourth or fifth day which means a four-man rotation for those paying attention. I would have called you a liar if you told me that Sergio Romo would be an effective pitcher not only at the back end of games, but opening them as well. The fact that they came close to the second Wild Card spot is enough of a reason to award Kevin Cash the American League Manager of the Year Award. The next surprise was the emergence of the Yankees and Red Sox as dominating forces in the league. I think Nathan and I could come to a consensus that both managers should have been fired for missing the postseason, so long as injuries didn’t destroy the roster. The fact that J.D. Martinez catapulted them in the way that he did speaks more to his evolution as a player than it does that one move making the team win 108 games. To be clear, he was a monster, but that entire team has an incredible roster from top to bottom, and 108 wins is a very difficult benchmark to hit. For all the hype surrounding an outfield with Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, rookie manager Aaron Boone did a great job managing the roster and battling the various crises that arose over the course of the past year. Perhaps the final surprise is just how bad the Baltimore Orioles were. Chris Davis was one of the worst hitters in the entire history of baseball (including the “Dead Ball Era” where walks counted like hits today for batting average) and the starting rotation wasn’t any better. Sorry Orioles fans, but it’s not looking much better this year either. Still, many things went wrong for a club I would have predicted to finish in last, but not struggle to win 50 games.

Enough of the dreary (unless you happen to root for the Orioles, then dismal is the new excellent), let’s break down the offseason moves. Before I look at key additions and subtractions, the offseason winner of the division has to be the New York Yankees. Boston was far too stagnant, and is even behind Tampa Bay in my book. Toronto made some solid moves, but nothing incredible as they look to the future, and Baltimore is hoping to lose as much as possible in order to secure a top 5 draft pick.

Offseason Recap

Boston Red Sox

Key Additions: 1B Steve Pearce, SP Nathan Eovaldi
Key Subtractions: CL Craig Kimbrel, 2B Ian Kinsler, RP Joe Kelly

New York Yankees

Key Additions: SP James Paxton, RP Zack Britton (even got a name change with their contract), RP Adam Ottavino, 2B DJ LeMahieu
Key Subtractions: INF Ronald Torreyes, SP Justus Sheffield (top prospect traded to Mariners for James Paxton), SP Sonny Gray

Tampa Bay Rays

Key Additions: C Mike Zunino, 3B/DH Yandy Díaz (trade with Indians), SP Charlie Morton, RF Avisail García
Key Subtractions: 1B Jake Bauers (trade with Indians), 1B C.J. Cron, CF Mallex Smith

Toronto Blue Jays

Key Additions: SS Freddy Galvis, RP Bud Norris, SP Clayton Richard
Key Subtractions: SS Aledmys Díaz

Baltimore Orioles

Key Additions: SP/RP Nate Karns, SS Drew Jackson (Rule 5 Draft)
Key Subtractions: CF Adam Jones

2019 Season Outlook

Outside of the New York Yankees, none of the teams really made a strong push to get better. Even in the case of the Yankees, they strengthened the bullpen, already the calling card of their team. They did a good job getting Paxton as another ace for the staff, but with Luis Severino set to miss a month or two following rehab, they could become reliant on a bullpen that threw a significant amount of innings. Compared to their direct rivals, the Boston Red Sox, I’d take the bullpen of the Yankees every day of the week. I’m not really sure how the Red Sox plan to close out games considering Kimbrel was second in the American league with 42 saves. That’s a massive hole for any pitcher to feel, but when you lose your setup man to a World Series rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, it looks bad that your former closer is still on the open market. I think the Tampa Bay Rays will hope that a young core highlighted by Willy Adames and Brett Honeycutt can propel them forward, but they have a team that has proven it can win at the highest level, and any further progression is bonus as far as the Rays should be concerned. If Kevin Cash manages to have similar success with the opener in year 2, he better win the American League Manager of the Year Award. Toronto will be average like they were last season as they haven’t really gotten significantly better, but they haven’t regressed either. They will give guys like Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. opportunities, when the latter returns from injury. Paired with a farm system that still has Bo Bichette and a few other pitchers, namely Sean Reid-Foley, they could sit pat and let their young guys grow. Baltimore is likely to be a dumpster fire, sorry, but they have made clear strides by hiring Brendan Hyde as their manager and Mike Elias as the general manager, a clear step towards better scouting and player development.

Predicted 2019 Standings

  1. New York Yankees 105-57
  2. Boston Red Sox 99-63
  3. Tampa Bay Rays 94-68
  4. Toronto Blue Jays 79-83
  5. Baltimore Orioles 45-117
The Morning Roundup Article

The Morning Roundup 3/11/19

There was an intense day of sports action with several important soccer matches early in the day. The day closed out with yet another full day of NBA action. Let’s get you caught up on what you need to know!

NBA

In the early slate of games, the Atlanta Hawks upset the New Orleans Pelicans with a home victory. The Philadelphia 76ers handily beat the Indiana Pacers at home in a game that featured two teams vying for a top half seed in the Eastern Conference. There were also two surprising results in the later games as the San Antonio Spurs beat the NBA-best Milwaukee Bucks at home. The Phoenix Suns narrowly beat the Golden State Warriors on the road.

Detroit Pistons 131-108 Chicago Bulls
Toronto Raptors 125-104 Miami Heat
Philadelpia 76ers 106-89 Indiana Pacers
Atlanta Hawks 128-116 New Orleans Pelicans
Houston Rockets 94-93 Dallas Mavericks
Memphis Grizzlies 105-97 Orlando Magic
Minnesota Timberwolves 103-92 New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs 121-114 Milwaukee Bucks
Phoenix Suns 115-111 Golden State Warriors

Current standings

NCAA Men’s Basketball

No. 22 Wofford advanced to the championship game of the Southern Conference tournament. In a game that featured two teams in the top 25, No. 12 Houston easily beat No. 20 Cincinnati. No. 21 Wisconsin beat their conference rivals Ohio State.

No. 12 Houston 85-69 No. 20 Cincinnati
No. 21 Wisconsin 73-67 Ohio State
No. 22 Wofford 81-72 East Tennessee State

Current rankings

MLB

Miami Marlins 5-2 Atlanta Braves
Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees 2-2 Detroit Tigers
Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 Minnesota Twins
Philadelphia Phillies 8-5 Baltimore Orioles
Washington Nationals 6-4 Houston Astros
New York Yankees 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Mets 9-1 St. Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Cincinnati Reds
San Diego Padres 11-6 Kansas City Royals
Texas Rangers 7-6 San Francisco Giants
Oakland Athletics 7-6 Chicago White Sox
Milwaukee Brewers 7-5 Chicago Cubs
Oakland Athletics 5-4 San Francisco Giants
Cleveland Indians 16-2 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Colorado Rockies
Seattle Mariners 9-9 Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 Colorado Rockies

Soccer

Premier League

Liverpool 4-2 Burnley
Chelsea 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Arsenal 2-0 Manchester United

Current table

La Liga

Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Betis
Girona 2-3 Valencia
Levante 0-2 Villarreal
Sevilla 5-2 Real Sociedad
Real Valladolid 1-4 Real Madrid

Current table

Bundesliga

TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 Nürnberg
Hannover 96 2-3 Bayer Leverkusen

Current table

Serie A

Bologna 2-0 Cagliari
Frosinone 1-2 Torino
Inter 2-0 SPAL 2013
Sampdoria 1-2 Atalanta
Sassuolo 1-1 Napoli
Fiorentina 1-1 Lazio

Current table

Ligue 1

Montpellier 2-2 Angers
Saint-Etienne 0-1 Lille SOSC
Toulouse 1-0 Guingamp
Stade Rennes 3-1 Caen
Marseille 1-0 Nice

Current table

The Morning Roundup Article

The Morning Roundup 3/10/19

There were several important games yesterday as the NCAA got closer to Selection Sunday. There was also another full day of Spring Training games and international soccer matches in Europe’s top leagues.

NBA

The Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Washington Wizards in an overtime thriller after rallying to erase a halftime deficit in the second half. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers saw their playoff chances fade further as a loss to the Boston Celtics made it less likely for the injury-riddled Lakers to get a spot in the NBA Playoffs.

Sacramento Kings 102-94 New York Knicks
Brooklyn Nets 114-112 Atlanta Hawks
Minnesota Timberwolves 135-130 (OT) Washington Wizards
Boston Celtics 120-107 Los Angeles Lakers
Milwaukee Bucks 131-114 Charlotte Hornets
Portland Trail Blazers 127-120 Phoenix Suns-

Current standings

NCAA Men’s Basketball

No. 2 Virginia 73-68 Louisville
No. 3 North Carolina 79-70 No. 4 Duke
Auburn 84-80 No. 5 Tennessee
No. 6 Kentucky 66-57 Florida
No. 9 Michigan State 75-63 No. 7 Michigan
No. 8 Texas Tech 80-73 Iowa State
No. 10 LSU 80-59 Vanderbilt
No. 11 Purdue 70-57 Northwestern
No. 13 Kansas 78-70 Baylor
No. 14 Florida State 65-57 Wake Forest
Georgetown 86-84 No. 16 Marquette
No. 17 Nevada 81-53 San Diego State
No. 18 Kansas State 68-53 Oklahoma
No. 22 Wofford 99-72 VMI
Seton Hall 79-75 No. 23 Villanova
Temple 67-62 No. 25 UCF

Current rankings

MLB

New York Mets 10-2 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 10-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Baltimore Orioles 17-15 Tampa Bay Rays
Atlanta Braves 6-4 Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros 9-3 St. Louis Cardinals
Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs 11-1 Los Angeles Angels
Cleveland Indians 7-1 Colorado Rockies
Chicago White Sox 12-2 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 Seattle Mariners
Milwaukee Brewers 11-2 Oakland Athletics
Chicago Cubs 8-0 San Francisco Giants
Arizona Diamondbacks 13-5 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 Los Angeles Angels
New York Yankees 6-1 Baltimore Orioles
Miami Marlins 2-1 Washington Nationals
Colorado Rockies 5-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
San Diego Padres 6-2 Cincinnati Reds

Soccer

English Premier League

Crystal Palace 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City 2-0 West Ham United
Huddersfield Town 0-2 AFC Bournemouth
Leicester City 3-1 Fulham
Newcastle United 3-2 Everton
Southampton 2-1 Tottenham
Manchester City 3-1 Watford

Current table

La Liga

Deportivo Alavés 1-1 Eibar
Atlético Madrid 1-0 Leganes
Barcelona 3-1 Rayo Vallecano
Getafe 2-1 SD Huesca

Current table

Bundesliga

Bayern Munich 6-0 VfL Wolfsburg
Borussia Dortmund 3-1 VfB Stuttgart
RB Leipzig 0-0 FC Augsburg
SC Freiburg 2-1 Hertha Berlin
Mainz 05 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

Current table

Serie A

Parma Calcio 1913 1-0 Genoa
Chievo Verona 1-2 AC Milan

Current table

Ligue 1

Strasbourg 2-2 Lyon
AS Monaco 1-1 Bordeaux
Dijon FCO 1-1 Stade de Reims
SC Amiens 2-1 Nimes

Current table