2017 NFL Hot Takes: Week 3 Cover Image
2017 NFL Hot Takes: Week 3
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Week 3 Q and A Saturday  Cover Image
Lance McCullers (R) Headshot

McCullers (arm) lasted 3.1 innings Sunday against the Angels, allowing two earned runs on four hits while walking one and striking out four. He didn't factor into the decision in a 7-5 loss.

Making his first start since Sept. 6 due to an arm injury, it's likely that McCullers was on a pitch count (he tossed 39 of his 63 pitches for strikes), especially given the team's upcoming playoff run. Nonetheless, the 23-year-old is now three strikeouts shy of tying his career-high 129 set as a rookie back in 2015 -- which is a number he should be able to eclipse in his final start of the season Saturday in Boston.
12:22 am (EST)
Amari Cooper Headshot

Cooper caught one of five targets for six yards during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Redskins.

On a night his quarterback struggled, Cooper did little to help with his frustrating case of the drops. More concerning is his relatively-low usage, as Cooper saw just five targets for a second week in a row. Considering he saw at least six targets in 12 of 16 games last season, this trend shouldn't continue, especially if Michael Crabtree (chest) is forced to miss any time. However, he might have trouble getting back on track next week against a tough Broncos secondary.
12:22 am (EST)
Jimmy Lodge Headshot

Lodge was sent to AHL Manitoba on Saturday, TSN reports.

Lodge has a relatively high profile as Winnipeg's 2013 third-round (84th overall) draft selection, but we're still waiting for him to make his NHL debut. Last season, the Pennsylvania native recorded eight goals and 10 helpers (albeit with a minus-10 rating) over 63 games with AHL Manitoba.
12:19 am (EST)
Jordan Montgomery (L) Headshot

Montgomery will start either Tuesday or Wednesday's game against the Rays, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

Montgomery was originally slated to start Sunday before being scratched, and it wasn't immediately clear if he'd get another turn in the rotation before the season wrapped up. Though manager Joe Girardi didn't commit to the exact order, Montgomery would line up against the Rays either way. If he pitched Tuesday though, the lefty could potentially see a second start during the week on Sunday if the Yankees don't have anything meaningful to play for in the regular season finale.
12:17 am (EST)
Tyler Skaggs (L) Headshot

Skaggs didn't factor into the decision Sunday in Houston, allowing four earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three over five innings. The Angels won 7-5.

Thanks to another no-decision, Skaggs' record for the season sits at a dismal 2-6 through 15 starts. The 26-year-old's WHIP (1.38) and ERA (4.48) are right in line with his career marks of 1.34 and 4.53, though, so owners shouldn't be shocked by his performance this year. He'll toe the rubber one last time in 2017 on Friday against the visiting Mariners.
12:14 am (EST)
Ariel Miranda (L) Headshot

Miranda, who gave up five earned runs on four hits and a walk over an inning in his most recent appearance versus the Indians on Saturday, could log additional relief outings during the season's final week, Josh Horton of MLB.com reports.

The Cuban southpaw has sputtered over his last six starts, generating a 6.81 ERA and allowing 11 home runs and a .383 wOBA in 37 innings during that span. Miranda has allowed a majors-high 37 round trippers overall while making a team-high 29 starts. Manager Scott Servais has already determined that Miranda won't log another start, but he also doesn't want to shut him down altogether for the final week, hence the possibility of him making a couple of relief appearances as the season winds down.
12:14 am (EST)
Derek Carr Headshot

Carr completed 19 of 31 passes for 118 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Redskins. He added five rushing yards on two carries.

The Raiders accrued just 150 yards of total offense Sunday and Carr was a big reason why. He was off-target on multiple occasions and noticeably couldn't get on the same page with either of his top two receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, despite the favorable matchup. Furthermore, his characteristically-strong offensive line yielded four sacks. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to right the ship in Week 4 when Carr travels to Denver to take on a vaunted Broncos secondary.
12:06 am (EST)
Aaron Judge (R) Headshot

Judge went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and three RBI in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays.

The homers were number 47 and 48, leaving Judge just one shy of tying the rookie mark in that department. With a .296 average and 11 homers in September, it appears that Judge has fully shrugged off his second-half slump and will now get to play all seven remaining games at home in the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium.
12:06 am (EST)
Alex Cobb (R) Headshot

Cobb is likely to skip his last scheduled start of the season this coming Thursday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Cobb has fired a career-high 179.1 innings this season in what is his first full campaign since Tommy John surgery. The 29-year-old right hander has provided mostly encouraging results, posting a 12-10 record, 3.66 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. Cobb played the 2017 campaign on a one-year, $4.2 million contract, so it remains to be seen if he's tossed his last game in a Rays uniform.
12:02 am (EST)
Dwyane Wade Headshot

Wade agreed to a buyout settlement with the Bulls and is now an unrestricted free agent, ESPN reports. Wade agreed forgo $8 million of his $23.8 million salary in the deal.

Cleveland, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Miami are seen as the leading candidates to sign Wade. He'll likely make the decision more on his chances to advance in the playoffs rather than money as Miami can only offer him $4.2 million, the highest of those four suitors.
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