Eventual Baseball History tonight in LA?


Eventual Baseball History tonight in LA?

Tonight, dominant lefties Chris Sale and Clayton Kershaw go head to head at Dodger Stadium. At this point, while it is early, the White Sox' 23-year old phenom has to be considered the leading candidate for the American League Cy Young award with a sparkling 8-2 record, 2.05 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

At the same time, while he hasn't been quite as outstanding as he was last season when he went 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, Kershaw was the National League's best pitcher in 2011 and a repeat performance as Cy Young winner certainly is not out of the question.

So while it's unlikely that it will happen, it is certainly conceivable that we may be seeing a matchup between both 2012 Cy Young award winners on Comcast SportsNet. Has this, a matchup between ever happened in a regular season game during the same season they won the award?

In fact, it has: twice. But perhaps not the way you thought it would have. From 1997 through 2011, it has never happened in interleague play.

On April 27, 1984, a month-and-a-half before being dealt to the Cubs in a multi-player deal with the Indians, Rick Sutcliffe took the mound in Detroit against the Tigers and starter Juan Berenguer. Berenguer never won a Cy Young award, but in the top of the eighth inning of a 3-3 game, in came Willie Hernandez, who did. He kept the game knotted at three while Sutcliffe worked a scoreless ninth before calling it a day. The Indians ended up winning 8-4 in 19 innings.

Sutcliffe is the only pitcher to win the Cy Young award after a mid-season trade, so that's not how it happened the other time.

In 1969, the American League Cy Young vote ended in a tie between the Tigers' Denny McLain (seven fewer wins than his previous season, but 24 is still great) and Mike Cuellar of the Orioles. Despite McLain's 7.5 WAR nearly doubling Cuellar's 3.9, when they met on April 23, it was the Cuban lefty who came out on top with 10 innings of five-hit, two-run ball in a 3-2 win. McLain pitched 9 13 before allowing a Mark Belanger to hit the walkoff RBI single.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

These four Bears will be featured on 'Meet the Rookies' series

The Chicago Bears will kick off the fourth season of "Meet the Rookies" on June 25, a series that profiles four of the team's 2018 draft picks for a behind-the-scenes look at their journey to the NFL.

The four-episode series will air on at 7:00 p.m from June 25 - 28 and will feature one rookie per night. 

Monday's episode will cover the Bears' first-round pick, Roquan Smith. Selected with the eighth-overall pick, Smith is expected to become an instant-impact player on defense. He's expected to make an impact off the field, too, as a high-character leader. Smith's linebacker-mate Joel Iyiegbuniwe is the focus of Tuesday's episode, with Anthony Miller (Wednesday) and James Daniels (Thursday) rounding out Season 4.

For a deeper dive into what's in store in "Meet the Rookies," check out this description.