Join the “TLS” writers in a roundtable discussion every Monday on The Loop Sports! This Week we talk about the Blackhawks opening round match-up with the rival Predators, as well as who impressed and disappointing on each side of town during the first week of the 2017 MLB season.
The Loop Sports Staff Roundtable for the week of April 10, 2017:
The Chicago Blackhawks open their Stanley Cup Playoff run later this week, give us your predictions on their opening round match-up with the rival Predators.
Matt Grabianski: The Hawks’ only loss to Nashville this season was October 14. The Predators are one of two teams with 94 points this season, the lowest number of any in the playoffs. The Hawks are the top team in the West. They’ll be fine.
Patrick Flowers: The Blackhawks are locked and loaded heading into the playoffs this season, and the Predators just snuck into the playoffs with 94 points, tied for the lowest amount of points of any playoff team this season. The Hawks’ have also only dropped one contest to the Predators, and are going into the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs deeper, and healthier than any season in recent memory.
While the Blackhawks always seem to make playoff hockey as interesting as humanly possible with countless overtime and come from behind contests, I don’t expect them to have that much trouble with Nashville this time around.
Who has been the most impressive, and most disappointing thus far on the south side of town during the first week of the 2017 MLB season?
Matt Grabianski: Matt Davidson and (dare I say his name?) Avisail Garcia have both looked great through the first week. I’ll leave the specific statistics to the Sox guys here at TLS, but they’ve been hitting better than anyone else in that lineup, which is completely unexpected.
Who has been the most impressive, and most disappointing thus far on the north side of town during the first week of the 2017 MLB season?
Matt Grabianski: JASON HEYWARD IS BACK, BABY. Yeah, it’s been six games, but he’s batting .333 with an OPS of .820. Heyward being back just makes this lineup that more dangerous. An honorable mention goes out to Jake Arrieta, who, besides one bad pitch to Ryan Braun on Sunday, has been his second-half 2015 self. His big problem last year was a lack of accuracy, and he’s only walked four in 13 innings of work. The second honorable mention goes to Jon Jay, my new favorite Cub, who was hitting .429 before a 1-4 performance on Sunday.