Why this is a good deal for the White Sox: Since 2014, Castillo has drifted from the Cubs to the Mariners to the Diamondbacks to the Orioles and now to the White Sox, which is kind of strange given his obvious strengths: He has power (20 home runs in 341 at-bats in 2017) and a strong arm (he led the majors with a 49 percent caught stealing rate in 2017). It’s the other aspects of his defense that apparently leads team to go in another direction, as the metrics suggests he’s been one of the worst pitch-framers in the business.
The Patrick Mahomes Watch resumes in KC against a Jets team that has refined the art of losing in excruciating ways. The Chiefs return to the stadium in which their current skid hit rock-bottom, the loss to the one-win Giants two weeks ago, a game in which they failed to score a touchdown. Darrelle Revis’ return with the Chiefs to his old stomping ground will be a juicy subplot, but the offense’s continued travails will hog the spotlight.
Few NFL players have been as good, and surprising, as Keenum this year. Largely a career backup, Keenum has led the Vikings to seven straight wins by completing 66.1 percent of his passes for 2,476 yards and 14 touchdowns with only five interceptions.
Keenum and the Vikings have to travel to Atlanta this week to face a hungry Falcons team that has won three straight itself.
Teddy Bridgewater is healthy and ready to play for the Vikings, but Keenum has been way too good to bench. Despite Atlanta’s stingy defense on paper, Keenum has a great shot at continuing his run of form this week.
The circus sets up its tents at MetLife Stadium, and for once, the Cowboys are not the main act. Not only that, but the Cowboys are the more stable of the teams facing off.