Report: Giants Sign Mark Melancon

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the outset of the 2017 offseason, San Francisco began their search for a closer to anchor the back end of their bullpen. In the 2016 regular season, with Santiago Casilla as their closer, the Giants blew a Major League high 30 saves. All things considered, the toughest blown save to swallow came in NLDS Game 4 when, with a 3 run lead in the ninth, the Giants bullpen surrendered four runs to the Cubs, ending their season abruptly. The Orange and Black have now filled this major need in their bullpen.

According to reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with right-handed closer, Mark Melancon, on a 4-year, $62 million deal. The deal includes a $20 million signing bous with the possibility of an opt-out after 2 years. Melancon spent 2016 with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, posting these numbers:

mark-melancon-2016-stats

Over his eight year stint in the Major Leagues, Mark Melancon has compiled these numbers:

mark-melancon-career-stats

The 31 year old, has spent eight years in the Major Leagues. The three time All-Star (including a selection in 2016), was considered the third best closer on the open market this offseason. The right-hander, has eclipsed, or met, the 30 saves mark three times in his career.

Due to splitting the season between two different organizations, Melancon was not attached to a qualifying offer. San Francisco reportedly beat out the Washington Nationals in the Mark Melancon sweepstakes.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com

CBA Finished, WS Format Altered

By Chandler Guadagnin

The Cubs won 103 games in 2016; however, they did not host last year’s World Series due to the National League falling to the American League in this past All-Star Game. The Collective Bargaining Agreement, agreed to on November 30, 2016, has solved that issue.

The way in which to determine what team hosts the World Series has been a topic of debate for 13 years. The system, in which the team from the League that won the All-Star Game would host the World Series, has been in place beginning in 2003. The previous format was implemented the year after the 2002 Mid-Summer Classic ended in a tie. Many have suggested that the World Series be played on a neutral site.  However, for at least the next five years, Games 1 and 7 of the Fall Classic will be hosted by the team with the best regular season record.

Several argue that the disparity between the competiveness in each League will compromise the integrity of this format. Take for instance, the schedule strength of this year’s World Series teams. The Cleveland Indians, who finished the season 94 and 68, played 57 games against sub-500 teams. Conversely, Chicago played 76 of its 162 games against teams below the “equator”. In inter-league play, the Indians posted a 13-7 mark, while the Cubs went 15 and 5 against the AL.

The tentative agreement is set to expire in 2021.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.espn.com

Biggs Captures Division V Title in thrilling fashion over Fall River

What a game.

The Biggs Wolverines were ready to celebrate. With 6:04 remaining they had just completed a 9-minute drive to grab a 21-7 lead over the defending Division V champion Fall River Bulldogs.

But the heart of a champion should never be underestimated. The Bulldogs would drive 60 yards in 2:55 seconds to cut the deficit to 21-14. Then, after recovering an on-side kick the Bulldogs were trying to pull off one of the great comebacks in North Section Championship history. With no timeouts the Bulldogs had a 1st and goal from the Biggs 7 yard line. After a couple of runs nudged the ball to the 3, Fall River’s chances looked to be dim after a fumbled snap. What would follow would be some of the most dramatic North Section Championship football in years.

Check out the video below as we provide the play-by-play as heard right here on KpaySports.com and the KpaySports app……

High School Football SECTION TITLE Preview Show Nov 22

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTION TITLE PREVIEW SHOW

Division II-Pleasant Valley @ Paradise SATURDAY NIGHT

Division III- Lassen @ Sutter SATURDAY NIGHT

Division IV- Durham @ East Nic WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Division V- Fall River @ Biggs WEDNESDAY NIGHT

(Broadcast on KPAYSPORTS.COM and KpaySports app)

MIKE BACA- KPAYSports @BitoBaca and @KPAYBacaSports on twitter

TJ HOLMES- Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes on twitter

JOSEPH SHUFELBERGER- CHICOER @JShufelberger on twitter

ROSS FIELD- Action News 12 & 24 @rossfield1224 on twitter

RICK SILVA- Paradise Post @Post_RickSilva on twitter

JEFF LARSON-Paradise Post @jtlarson on twitter

LEE CARRELL- Action News 12 & 24 @CarrellLee on twitter

JIMMY GRABEN- Appeal Democrat @ADSportsEditor

DON’T FORGET TO PLAY IN THE REDDING.COM HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICK EM’ CONTEST…

 

 

High School Football Playoff Semifinal Preview !!!

PART 1

PART 2

3336d9a84acdae22a3dda31c951e2205

 

 

DIVISION II

Enterprise @ Paradise and Shasta @ PV

DIVISION III

West Valley @ Sutter and Anderson @ Lassen

DIVISION IV

Colusa @ East Nicolaus and Durham @ Willows

DIVISION V

Chester @ Biggs and Fall River @ Quincy

DIVISION VI SECTION TITLE GAME

Butte Valley @ Big Valley

MIKE BACA- KPAYSports @BitoBaca and @KPAYBacaSports on twitter

TJ HOLMES- Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes on twitter

JOSEPH SHUFELBERGER- CHICOER @JShufelberger on twitter

ROSS FIELD- Action News 12 & 24 @rossfield1224 on twitter

RICK SILVA- Paradise Post @Post_RickSilva on twitter

JEFF LARSON-Paradise Post @jtlarson on twitter

LEE CARRELL- Action News 12 & 24 @CarrellLee on twitter

DON’T FORGET TO PLAY IN THE REDDING.COM HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICK EM’ CONTEST…

Hit the link below to enter !

http://redding.upickem.net/upickem/registration/login.asp?contestid=256381&utm_campaign=GOTW&utm_medium=website&utm_source=SidebarPromo

Giants Look To Strengthen Bullpen, Outfield In Offseason

By Chandler Guadagnin

From the Giants dramatic collapse against the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLDS, it is clear that San Francisco plans to improve their bullpen, primarily from the in the closer position. This offseason, offers a plethora of closing arms that the Giants could pursue before the start of the 2017 season. Below is a list of possible closer options for San Francisco.

Aroldis Chapman, LHP

After spending the 2016 season with the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, Aroldis Chapman is back on the market looking to continue his success with a big contract. According to the current collective bargaining agreement, because Chapman split the year between to different teams, he is ineligible to receive a qualifying offer. Thus, the team that signs Chapman, need not worry about surrendering a draft pick. This season, between the Yankees and Cubs, Chapman posted a 4-1 record over 59 games and 58 innings pitched with a 1.55 ERA and 36 saves in 39 attempts. In the postseason, he tacked up a record of 2-0 over 13 games and 15.2 innings pitched with a 3.45 ERA and 4 saves in 7 opportunities. Besides his success in the bullpen, Chapman is known for his electric arm; which often, reaches triple digits. In all, Chapman is sure to receive a good paycheck.

Kenley Jansen, RHP

Jansen spent the 2016 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 68.2 innings pitched over 71 games, he went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA, striking out 104 and compiled 47 saves in 53 chances. This postseason, he posted a 0-0 record with a 3.09 ERA in 11.2 innings pitched over 7 games. The Dodgers have tendered Jansen a qualifying offer; meaning that, whoever signs Jansen, will forfeit a draft pick to his former team.

Mark Melancon, RHP

The 31 year old, four time All-Star pitched for both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals in 2016. During the regular season, with both Pittsburgh and Washington, Melancon went 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 71.1 innings pitched over 75 games, collecting 47 saves in 51 opportunities. Melancon, too, was a part of the 2016 postseason. He logged a 0-0 record in 4.1 innings pitched in 4 games with an ERA of 0.00 and went 1 for 1 in saves.

Not only are the Giants in need of a shutdown closer; they also are in search of an outfield bat. Options for the Giants include:

Yoenis Cespedes, CF

The 2016 Silver Slugger spent the 2016 season with the New York Mets.; electing to opt of his three year contract after a year. In 132 games played, Cespedes amassed 134 hits including 25 doubles, 1 triple and 31 home runs with 108 strikeouts and 51 walks, on his way to a .280 batting average and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .884. Cespedes has been tendered a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Dexter Fowler, CF

A 2016 All-Star, Fowler spent the 2016 campaign as the leadoff man for the World Champion Chicago Cubs. Fowler hit .276 in 125 games with 25 doubles, 7 triples, and 13 home runs. Fowler is also known for his speed swiping 13 bases in 17 attempts. During the postseason, batted .250 with 5 doubles and 3 home runs and a stolen base. Fowler was tendered a qualifying offer from the Cubs.

Rajai Davis, CF

Davis, a former Giant, played for the AL Champion Cleveland Indians in 2016. This year, Davis hit for a batting average of .249 and an on-base percentage of .306. In 134 games played, Davis collected 113 hits, 37 of them for extra bases. For a 35 year old, Davis still has great speed as he swiped 43 bases in 49 tries. This postseason, Davis hit .147 in 15 games. Davis a double and of course, the World Series home run to tie Game 7.

San Francisco, who has already signed pitcher Josh Johnson to a minor league deal and picked up the club option on Matt Moore, have shown in past years that they are not afraid to spend some money. As the offseason progresses, the Giants will continue to monitor their options.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com

High School Football Preview Show Playoff Edition

The North Section High School Football Playoffs are here and our local panel of experts is breaking down DIVISIONS (II-VI) in this week’s High School Football Preview Show. Enjoy this week’s show and we look forward to breaking down semi-final match-ups next week.

REMEMBER HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF GAMES ARE ON THURSDAY !!!

PART ONE

PART TWO

 

3336d9a84acdae22a3dda31c951e2205

MIKE BACA- KPAYSports @BitoBaca and @KPAYBacaSports on twitter

TJ HOLMES- Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes on twitter

JOSEPH SHUFELBERGER- CHICOER @JShufelberger on twitter

ROSS FIELD- Action News 12 & 24 @rossfield1224 on twitter

RICK SILVA- Paradise Post @Post_RickSilva on twitter

JEFF LARSON-Paradise Post @jtlarson on twitter

LEE CARRELL- Action News 12 & 24 @CarrellLee on twitter

DON’T FORGET TO PLAY IN THE REDDING.COM HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICK EM’ CONTEST…

Hit the link below to enter !

http://redding.upickem.net/upickem/registration/login.asp?contestid=256381&utm_campaign=GOTW&utm_medium=website&utm_source=SidebarPromo

 

 

 

High School Football Show November 2, 2016

Sorry for the bit of a delay but here is this week’s show. Great match-ups in the final Friday of the regular season as the playoffs approach.

Our panel breaks down some of the great match-ups and also looks at playoff points.

PART ONE

 

PART TWO

 

 

*We will be at The Farm on Friday night bringing you the East Nicolaus (9-0) versus Durham (8-1) match-up. You can listen RIGHT HERE at 7:25pm and also on the KpaySports app on your mobile device……

CU8czZiUcAAjGEr

MIKE BACA- KPAYSports @BitoBaca and @KPAYBacaSports on twitter

TJ HOLMES- Redding Record Searchlight @tjholmes on twitter

JOSEPH SHUFELBERGER- CHICOER @JShufelberger on twitter

ROSS FIELD- Action News 12 & 24 @rossfield1224  on twitter

RICK SILVA- Paradise Post @Post_RickSilva on twitter

JEFF LARSON-Paradise Post @jtlarson on twitter

LEE CARRELL- Action News 12 & 24 @CarrellLee on twitter

DON’T FORGET TO PLAY IN THE REDDING.COM HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PICK EM’ CONTEST…

Hit the link below to enter !

http://redding.upickem.net/upickem/registration/login.asp?contestid=256381&utm_campaign=GOTW&utm_medium=website&utm_source=SidebarPromo

Extra Special: Cubs Win The World Series!

By Chandler Guadagnin

ws-game-7-box-score

The wait is over Chicago. The Cubs have finally conquered the curse of the billy goat. It took longer than expected; nevertheless, the Chicago Cubs have won the 2016 World Series, it’s first championship in 108 years.

In this epic ten inning marathon, the Cubs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a Dexter Fowler’s solo home run to open the game. After the Indians tied the game in the bottom of the third, Chicago would comeback in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead. The Cubs would tack on two more in the  fifth.

It seemed Chicago was in the driver seat, however the Cleveland Indians scratched and clawed to score two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Chicago would make it 6-3 on a home run from 39 year old catcher, David Ross, in the sixth. With the homerun, Ross becomes the oldest player to hit a home run in the World Series. Following tremendous relief work from Jon Lester, who went three innings allowing only one run, Joe Maddon brought in fireball closer, Aroldis Chapman for the third night in a row. With a runner on second and two outs, in stepped Rajai Davis. On a 2-2 pitch, Davis blasted a game tying homer over the left field wall.

That was all the Indians would get in the eighth. Chapman would return to the mound in the ninth on a mission to bounce back. Bounce back he would, retiring the Indians 1-2-3. To the tenth we went and to the mound went Bryan Shaw.

The inning began with a Kyle Schwarber leadoff single. Following a Kris Bryant flyout, Anthony Rizzo would be intentionally walked. After the intentional walk, Ben Zobrist connected with a 1-2 pitch from Shaw, lining it to left field, and giving the Cubs a 7-6 lead. Addison Russell was then walked, bringing up Miguel Montero. Montero swatted a 1-1 pitch to left field, extending the lead to 8-6. That would be the end of the scoring for Chicago.

Carl Edwards Jr. would be called on in the bottom of the tenth. He would retire two in a row before walking Brandon Guyer. He was then replaced by Michael Montgomery. Eighth inning hero, Rajai Davis stepped in once again with a chance to tie the game for Cleveland. With Davis batting, Guyer would take second on defensive indifference. On a 1-0 pitch, Davis would single up the middle, shrinking Chicago’s lead to 8-7. There it would stay, as Kris Bryant would fire a, Michael Martinez, ground ball to first baseman Anthony Rizzo to seal the deal for the Chicago Cubs.

In a hard fought game that lasted 4 hours and 28 minutes, Cleveland used five pitchers. In the other dugout, the Cubs utilized five pitchers as well. Chicago starter, Kyle Hendricks, finished the night going four and two thirds innings; giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, one walk, and two strikeouts. For Cleveland Corey Kluber took the ball to start the game. From the beginning, it was clear that Chicago made the necessary preparation to take on Corey Kluber for the third time. Officially, Kluber went four innings plus relinquishing four runs, all earned, on six hits, two home runs, no walks, and no strikeouts.

In one of the most thrilling games in World Series history, the Cubs have defeated the Cleveland Indians to become the 2016 World Series Champions. A quest that began in 1909 ends November 2, 2016; 108 years later. Hey Chicago, what do ya’ say, the Cubs have won today!

Memorable Moments:

  • For his double in the tenth inning, Ben Zobrist was dubbed the 2016 World Series MVP.
  • Add one more name to the list; the Chicago Cubs are the latest team to be down 3-1 in the World Series and comeback to win.
  • With his leadoff home run in the first inning, Dexter Fowler becomes the first person to hit a leadoff home run in Game 7 of the World Series.
  • In his return to action for the first time since April 7th, Kyle Schwarber went 7 for 17 with a double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored, and three walks for an average of .412 and an extraordinary on base plus slugging percentage of .971.
  • With the first World Series Championship of his managerial career, Joe Maddon, becomes the only the second manager, since Frank Chance, to guide the Chicago Cubs to a Championship in the Cubs’ 140 year history.
  • Michael Montgomery records his first save in his career in Game 7 of the World Series.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball reference.com

Header image text courtesy of www.cooltext.com

Cubs-Indians Battle For All The Marbles In Game 7

By Chandler Guadagnin

With a 9-2 win over the Cleveland Indians last night, the Chicago Cubs have force a World Series Game 7 for the second time in three years. In a situation like this, everyone is available as both teams seek to win the Series.

The Cubs will send Kyle Hendricks to the mound in the winner take-all Game 7. This postseason, Hendricks has a 1-1 record over four game and twenty and two thirds innings pitched. He has posted a 1.31 ERA; allowing 3 runs, 15 hits, 1 homerun, 6 walks, 17 strikeouts, and an opponent’s batting average of .211. In his last start- Game 3 of the World Series- Hendricks went four and a third shutout innings surrendering 6 hits, walking 2, and striking out 6.

Looking to continue the dominance of Cleveland sports in 2016, the Indians will send Corey Kluber to battle the Cubs. This postseason, Kluber has boasted a 4-1 record and 0.89 ERA in 5 games. In thirty and a third innings of work, yielding 3 runs, 22 hits, 1 homerun, 8 walks, 35 strikeouts. He held opponent’s to a .200 batting average. In his previous outing, Kluber relinquished 1 run on 5 hits, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts in 6 innings pitched.

Due to the blowout that the Indians suffered Tuesday night, their bullpen got little use, allowing them to be fresh for tonight’s do or die showdown. Another thing that goes in the Indians direction, is home field advantage because of the American League’s win in this year’s All-Star Game.

Chicago too has a rested bullpen, perhaps more rested than Cleveland’s, Throughout this World Series, Chicago’s bullpen has logged 56 and a third innings pitched to the Indians’ 63 innings pitched. The Cubs also have a wealth of knowledge in their dugout, manager Joe Maddon. Over 19 seasons and 2,724 games as a professional baseball manager, he has won 1,345 games.

The final game of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, Game 7 of the World Series, comes your way at 5:00PM PT from Cleveland, Ohio on FOX. Log on to www.kpaysports.com for post game analysis.

Statistics courtesy of www.mlb.com and www.baseball-reference.com