Los Angeles Teams

Prospect Profile: Uchenna Nwosu (0:22)
Prospect Profile: Ronald Jones II (0:40)
Buster: Scherzer-Kershaw are two best pitchers (0:41)
Stephen A. would trade Lonzo for Kawhi (1:06)

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

The number of 1pm ET (or earlier) games for west coast teams is a frequently a concern. This season, the Rams have 2, 49ers and Seahawks have 3, the Chargers have 4, and the Raiders have 5. As for Mountain time zone teams, the Cardinals and Broncos each have 4.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

Another way the league evened out the schedule pain is back-to-back-to-back road games (3 consecutive). In 2017 there were 12. This season there are 6. (This includes neutral site venues as road games.) Of the 6 three-game road sequences, two teams own 2 of them if you consider neutral site (London/Mexico City) games as road games: Rams and Chargers. The Ravens and Saints own the other two. The Rams second 3-game road sequence includes their Mexico City game, but it's interrupted by their bye. The Chargers actually have an *uninterrupted 4-game road sequence*, counting their London game, which (strictly speaking) includes two 3-game road sequences.

Brian Burke ESPN Analytics 

Travel distances can have a slight effect on team fortunes. This season, Oakland, Seattle, and the Chargers each travel about 30,000 round trip miles. At the other end of the spectrum are Carolina, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and the Jets who each travel fewer than 10,000 miles.

BBTN: Boston's Incredible Start, Jays' Atkins, Harvey's Status

Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss the distance the Red Sox are putting between themselves and the rest of the AL East, Matt Harvey's future and more (1:34). Plus, Jessica Mendoza on the contenders in the most trouble (19:02) and Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins on superstition, Curtis Granderson's impact and more (32:21).

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani is a pretty big fan of Bryce Harper, who is in town to play the crosstown Dodgers this weekend. Ohtani, through his interpreter: "It's hard to say exactly how much I try to model his swing. But he's a lefty just like me; he's a great hitter with a great approach, so I try to take all the good parts."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani: "Generally I handle changeups pretty decently, but today they threw a lot, and it was kind of different from how the other pitchers were pitching against me."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani said through his interpreter that his blister is "healing pretty well" and will throw his between-starts bullpen when he normally does, two days before his scheduled start. No word on when that start will come, but probably in Houston early next week.

Red Sox win seventh straight, sweep Angels (0:57)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani, fooled by left-handed changeups in earlier at-bats, was really late on a 98-mph fastball from right-hander Joe Kelly and strikes out for the third time tonight. He's 0-for-4, but is still batting .324.

Simmons acrobatic dive leads to sweet double play (0:32)
Benintendi extends lead with long ball (0:27)
Mookie continues to impress with leadoff HR (0:22)

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Andrelton Simmons shows, once again, why nobody does it better. Dives to his left and glove-flips to second to start an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Great turn by Ian Kinsler to get Eduardo Nunez, who is not slow.