Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Packers Preseason Game Recap | Ticket King Inc.

Packers 2016 Preseason game
NFL football fans here in Wisconsin can now say that the season is underway. Yes, the first game of the year was quite “underwhelming.” The final score was had the Packers on top, 17-11, and to be honest, the game really wasn't that interesting, aside from the fact that there were three safeties in the game.  

The Packers played only two quarterbacks in this game, the two guys fighting for the third string job. Joe Callahan started the game, and had a decent outing, going for 16-24 for 124 yards and a touchdown. That lone touchdown pass was a two yard toss to running back John Crockett in the second quarter. Marquise Williams took over in the second half, and he fared favorably worse. Williams finished the game just 6-14 for 55 yards, and an interception. Callahan already had the leg up to begin this competition, and after this game, it's going to be almost impossible for Williams to win the third quarterback job.

Mike McCarthy said he wanted to commit to running the ball more this preseason. Eddie Lacy, whose weight issues have been well publicized and so has his weight loss this offseason, carried the ball the first four plays of the game, for a total of 24 yards, and then his night was over. James Starks, entered the game for Lacy and carried the ball five plays for 13 yards. Then the third running back job competition got underway. Brandon Burks wants that job, and he had the best night of any running back on the team, carrying the ball nine times for 45 yards. Yes John Crockett had the touchdown catch, but as far as running the ball is concerned he had a very ineffective night, carrying the ball six times for just 17 yards.

The Packers really didn't move the ball through the air that much in this game, but when they did, most of the work was done by the tight ends, specifically the two competing for the third tight end job. Justin Perillo stood out, catching the ball five times for 52 yards with a long of 18. Kennard Backman had three for 28 including his own 18 yard catch.

The Packers defense had a great game as a unit. They sacked the Browns quarterbacks four times, and picked up two fourth quarter safeties. Safety Kentrell Brice, who has absolutely no chance of making the 53 man roster, had himself a strong game, six tackles, and one for loss, making his case for the practice squad. Christian Ringo, Reggie Gilbert, Kyle Fackrell, and Datone Jones (all of course who will make the team except Gilbert,) had the four sacks.

The only other non-controversial, controversy was the fact that McCarthy sat out Rodgers, who is reportedly having one of his best camps in years.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brewers Farm System Update | Ticket King Inc.

Brewers Tickets
The current status of the Milwaukee Brewers is “All About Tomorrow”. We thought Ticket King should take a look at where the farm currently stands. To be honest, some of us at Ticket King think the farm system needs work. Specifics are listed below.
The Brewers prized prospect, shortstop Orlando Arcia, is not having as good of season as the club would have liked. To this point in the season, Arcia is batting just .267 with 8 home runs and 53 RBI's in Triple A, and remind you, the Brewers Triple A affiliate is in Colorado. Still that didn't stop him from being called up last week. Through his first week of play for the Brewers, Arcia is batting just .208. To be honest, I don't understand this at all. The Brewers are going nowhere in 2016. Why start his service clock for no reason at all, especially when he isn't having that great of a season? Makes no sense. The Brewers second best prospect just got here a week ago. Outfielder Lewis Brinson, who came over in the Jonathan Lucroy trade from Texas, is primed to be an important piece for this club heading into the future. He struggled to start the season, but the Brewers have put him in Colorado Springs anyways, and he is off to a monster start. Through his first week, Brinson is batting .480.

The Brewers third best prospect, outfielder Corey Ray, is having a nightmare 2016. Ray, who is thought of as a rare five-tool player, is batting just .216 with one home run and nine RBI's through 34 games in the Florida State League. The Brewers best pitching prospect, Josh Hader, had a terrific start to the season in the Southern League. Hader started 11 games in Double A, going 2-1 with a 0.95 ERA. Recently the Brewers moved him up to Colorado Springs, and it has not gone well. Hader has started nine games for Colorado Springs, and is 0-3 with a 5.44 ERA. It's not all doom and gloom though. Starting pitcher Marcus Diplan started 11 games in Class A-Short season, posting a 6-2 record with a 1.80 ERA before moving up to Class A-Advanced.

Outside of Diplan, the rest of them, that is pretty much the story for most Brewers prospects right now. This is why you have to be patient with prospects, and give them time. If they are as good as we think they are, they will figure it out.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

MLB All Star Break "Awards" from Ticket King Inc.

MLB All Star Break
We have reached the All-Star break, so naturally, that means it is time for mid-season awards, beginning with the American League. Baseball fans please note, this is our best guess as to who we think are the best of the league at the break.

American League

MVP- Mark Trumbo/RF/DH/Baltimore Orioles: This is turning out to be one of the all time big off season steals. Trumbo, who was fleeced from the Mariners in a quiet trade late last year. He has played spectacularly, and has been the MVP of of the AL to this point, currently carrying a stat line of .288 batting average, 68 RBI's, and 28 home runs.

CY Young- Chris Sale/SP/Chicago White Sox: Sale carries 14-3 record with a 3.38 ERA into the All Star break, and is about the only thing keeping the White Sox pitching staff afloat right now.

Rookie- Michael Fulmer/SP/Detroit Tigers: This has been a weak year for rookies in the American League, so Fulmer and his 9-2 record to go along with his 2.11 ERA get the nod.

Manager- Terry Francona/Cleveland Indians- This is an easy one. The Indians currently stand at 52-36, the second best record in the American League, and lead the Tigers by 6.5 in the AL Central going into the break, when a 4th place finish was their projection.

Biggest Surprise Team- Cleveland Indians- As stated above, the Indians are in first place in the AL Central and have the AL's second best record. They are getting great starting pitching from Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin, and Corey Kluber, who has returned to form.

Most Disappointing Team- Minnesota Twins- The Twins were expected to contend for a Wild Card. Instead, they got off to one of the most inexplicable starts in sports history. They have turned things in the right direction recently, but it is far too little, and way too late to change the outcome of their season. Still, I believe they will play much better in the second half.

National League

MVP- Daniel Murphy/2B/Washington Nationals: This is the "Mr. Obvious" award of 2016. Murphy carries a stat line of .348, 17 home runs, and 66 RBI's into the break. Very easy choice here.

Cy Young- Johnny Cueto/SP/San Francisco Giants: This is the hardest award to hand out this season, as there are so many good choices, but Cueto has been the best. Cueto carries are 13-1 record with a 2.47 ERA into the All Star break. 

Rookie- Aledmys Diaz/SS/St. Louis Cardinals- Diaz has been phenomenal filling in for Jhonny Peralta so far this season. Diaz carries a .315 batting average, 13 home runs and 48 RBI's into the All Star break.

Manager- Don Mattingly/Miami Marlins- Donnie Baseball has led the Marlins to a 47-41 record, good for third place in the NL East.

Biggest Surprise Team- Miami Marlins- As stated above, the Marlins are 47-41, and in third place in the NL East. They appear to be the team in position to crash the party of all the teams not expected to when the season began.

Most Disappointing Team- Arizona Diamondbacks: They were supposed to finish second in the National League West, and finish as the second Wild Card team. Instead, they are 38-52, and their season is all but lost.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

AFC Contenders for 2016 Super Bowl | Ticket King Inc.

Last week, in my inaugural post for Ticket King, I examined the NFC contenders. This week, let's look at the AFC contenders. The following is my short list of AFC contenders in the upcoming NFL season.

Why they will- Had to start here, didn't I? Well, the perennial contenders did a lot little things this off season before the draft. Their most notable move though, was signing tight end Martellus Bennett. Expect the Patriots to use a lot of two tight end sets now with him and the Gronk. They also added some depth at various positions in the draft. They spent their second round draft choice on Cyrus Jones, a cornerback from Alabama who will help to shore up that secondary. They also added guard Joe Thuney in round three, and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell in round four. The Patriots will ride this to yet another Super Bowl.

Why they won't- I'm sorry Patriots fans, Tom Brady did it, not matter what you try to tell us. He had those balls deflated. Now it is time for him to take his punishment.

Why they will- The Steelers have a big time offense, even without wide receiver Martavis Bryant, who will miss the season because of a drug suspension. They needed to continue to rebuild their defense this off season, and they did just that. They spent their first round draft choice on Artie Burns, a cornerback from Miami who will help them in the secondary immediately. In round two they added a safety, Sean Davis, from Maryland. In round three they added Jason Hargrave, a defensive lineman from South Carolina State. All three could start week one. The Stellers will add another Super Bowl to their full trophy case.

Why they won't- The Steelers will miss Martavis Bryant more than we think. There is also a reason they could be starting three rookies week one on defense. They will win a lot of games, but they will come up just short of the Super Bowl again.

Why they will- The Bengals were Andy Dalton's broken hand away from winning their first Super Bowl. They return a loaded roster in 2016 and added even more to it.  William Jackson, a cornerback from Houston, and Tyler Boyd, the wide receiver from Pittsburgh will both make an immediate impact. This time Dalton doesn't break his hand.

Why they won't- They are the Bengals after all, and they will find a way to muck it up at the wrong time. The only question is how?

Why they will- The Ravens had a ton of injuries last season and there is no way they are as bad as their 5-11 record says they were. There is a reason their team motto is “commitment to arrogance”. There is a reason Joe Flacco is the Derek Jeter of the NFL, meaning, the bigger the game, the better he plays. The Ravens just needed depth this off season, and they accomplished that with 11 draft choices, which will bring that young depth the Ravens are always known for. The Ravens remember who they are in 2016, and ride that to the Super Bowl.

Why they won't- Um, they might very well be as bad as their 2015 record says they are. They have all kinds of wide receiver issues, and are counting on 37-year-old Steve Smith to feel like playing again. Their vaunted defense isn't what it used to be. They might do better in 2016, but they won't win the Super Bowl.

Why they will- This is a really good team, minus one thing. A quarterback. They solved that issue this off season by signing Brock Osweiler away from the Broncos. Who cares if they overpaid. He will outplay his contract anyways. Osweiler will mold quickly with these young receivers, and the Texans will take the league by storm in 2016, winning the Super Bowl.

Why they won't- Woah partner, let's slow down. Yes they are a good team, but a quarterback away? I doubt that. And yes they solved their quarterback issues, but it's not like they traded for Aaron Rodgers. Osweiler has a ton of talent, but he has yet to do anything spectacular. They won't win the Super Bowl in 2016.

Why they will- This is the NFL's young rising team. After years in the wandering around in the wilderness, the Raiders are finding a way out of the wilderness. They have a hot young quarterback who could very well be the NFL's next big superstar at the position. They have a loaded young defense led by All-World linebacker Kahlil Mack. The Raiders stun the world before anyone is paying attention, and win the Super Bowl.

Why they won't- Let's slow down and win and make the playoffs first before we talk about winning the Super Bowl. Okay?