I don’t really care much about “Dancing with the Stars,” but (a) I like David Ross; and (b) I love the company he’s keeping at the bottom of the betting odds. Via Bovada:
Odds to Win Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars
- Simone Biles: 4/1
- Heather Morris: 5/1
- Bonner Bolton: 6/1
- Normani Kordei: 6/1
- Charo: 15/2
- Erika Jayne: 15/2
- Rashad Jennings: 10/1
- Nancy Kerrigan: 10/1
- Nick Viall: 12/1
- Chris Kattan: 16/1
- David Ross: 16/1
- Mr. T: 25/1
First of all, I pity the fool who sleeps on Mr. T’s chances. Second of all, Charo is still alive? Third of all, I wonder if Chris Kattan watches “The Tonight Show” with a stiff drink and mutters to himself about how things might’ve been different if “Mr. Peepers” had gone over as big as he had hoped it would. So many questions.
Also: I wonder if there is any way for any of the other contestants to give themselves an edge over Nancy Kerrigan if they meet her in the finals. I can’t think of any to be honest.
Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.
Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.
There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.
It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.
Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.
The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.