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  1. For the third time this season Chad Thomas Color Rush Jersey , and indeed just the third time ever since we started churning these ‘casts out two (plus) years ago, the post-game program will be that of victory!As this week’s Ez Does It follows the Cleveland Browns surprising and decisive win over the formerly hot Atlanta Falcons.Moreover, this was the first time we’ve been able to enjoy a win that wasn’t a nail-biter in close to three years, and over a good team in about four.This was what I was hoping the ousting of Hue Jackson (and apparently also Todd Haley) would result in.Now as the team enters the bye week (the Most Important Bye Week Of Our Lifetimes) there again exists real reason for optimism for what this team is going to become as the season progresses.In case you didn’t notice, our hotshot rookie FQB is really good.Baker Mayfield is the future and is going to be great https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Antonio-Callaway-Jersey , but also right now is the present and is thus merely very good.His performance today showed that for some reason or another, he and this team were being held back by the previous regime.No longer.Give it a listen by hitting the player at the top of the screen, or by using the (NEW AND UPGRADED!) widget in between the article and comments’ section (of every DBN article) or just hit it up here:Program is also available anywhere you listen to podcasts, and not just this one.Here on Dawgs By Nature we also feature The LongTable, This Believeland is Your Land Britton Colquitt Jersey , Straight No Chaser, and Absolute 10 & 6.Give them all a listen as they come available, and check out previous shows so that you can let the hosts know when they are wrong about something (which you can do by tagging them on their various social medias, such as mine (and here). Thanks for listening! This Believeland is Your Land - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - With Special Guest Mark Schofield!This is a special edition of the This Believeland is Your Land podcast as we welcome special guest Mark Schofield of Inside the Pylon, Locked on Patriots Tyrod Taylor Jersey , Matt Waldmans RSP and more. This interview is filled to the brim with topics for Pats fans, Browns fans and Draft fans alike.John Colosimo interviews Mark Schofield and covers a myriad of topics including:- Mark growing up a Pats fan- Thoughts on the Drafting of Drew Bledsoe- The 1996 Superbowl between the Patriots and Packers- When Mark knew the Patriots had something Special in Tom Brady- State of the industry with regards to NFL draft and in-season content- Marks evaluation of Baker Mayfield as a prospect and his progression into his rookie season- Marks thoughts on the selection of Baker at #1 overall- Watson v Baker this Sunday in Houston- What Mark is looking for in the next Browns coach on ultimately who he’d pick if he had his say
  2. Dexter Williams Jersey , 8:20 p.m. EST, NBCOPENING LINE 鈥?Patriots by 7 陆More Packers coverage from FOX Sports WisconsinProtecting QB Aaron Rodgers will be Packers’ priority vs. BearsPackers place starting guard Bell on IR, sign OL SiragusaStaTuesday: Packers’ Rodgers sets record with INT-free streakPackers Snap Counts: Patrick shows fight in first startUpon Further Review: Packers vs. FalconsRECORD VS. SPREAD 鈥?Packers 3-4, Patriots 5-3SERIES RECORD 鈥?Packers lead 6-5LAST MEETING 鈥?Packers beat Patriots 26-21, Nov. 30, 2014LAST WEEK 鈥?Packers lost to Rams 29-27, Patriots beat Bills 25-6AP PRO32 RANKING 鈥?Packers No. 12, Patriots No. 3PACKERS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (5), RUSH (21), PASS (5).PACKERS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (12) Vince Biegel Color Rush Jersey , RUSH (22), PASS (5).PATRIOTS OFFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (11), RUSH (13), PASS (13).PATRIOTS DEFENSE 鈥?OVERALL (25), RUSH (14), PASS (22).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES 鈥?Regular-season series tied 5-5. … Patriots hosting Packers for first time since 37-27 win at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 19, 2010. … Packers’ win in 2014 was lone previous meeting between Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady as starting quarterbacks. They combined for 613 passing yards and four touchdowns in Green Bay’s five-point victory at Lambeau Field. … Rodgers (103.6) and Brady (97.6) rank first and third, respectively, in NFL history in career passer rating and are only active players with multiple AP Most Valuable Player Awards (Brady three https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Antonio-Morrison-Jersey , Rodgers two). … Packers won lone playoff meeting, defeating Patriots 35-21 in Super Bowl during 1996 season. … Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s 134 overall wins are most in the NFC and second only to Patriots coach Bill Belichick for most wins in NFL since 2006. … Rodgers has at least two TD passes in five of his past six games vs. AFC. … WR Davante Adams has 31 catches for 373 yards and three TDs in past four games vs. AFC. Since 2016, he’s one of two receivers (Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown) with at least 2,500 yards receiving (2,572) yards and 25 or more TD catches (28). … LB Clay Matthews has three sacks and forced fumble in four career road games vs. AFC East. … Patriots looking for 10th straight home victory. … Brady has 300 or more passing yards in three of his past four games. He has eight TD passes and no interceptions in his past three games against Green Bay. … RB James White had 94 yards from scrimmage and rushing TD in Week 8. Looking for his fourth game with at least 90 scrimmage yards. White has four TD catches in his past three games vs. NFC. … TE Rob Gronkowski had seven catches for 98 yards in last meeting. … DE Trey Flowers has seven tackles for loss and four sacks in his past seven at home. … Fantasy Tip: Brady has thrown for at least 300 yards 14 times in Sunday night games. The Green Bay Packers got some discouraging news early this week on the offensive line, as backup tackle Jason Spriggs was placed in the concussion protocol following last week’s loss in Chicago. However, the team did get some fortunate news on that front, as starter Bryan Bulaga is returning to action this week.Bulaga will start at right tackle, returning from a torn MCL after a two-week layoff. That means the team should have their four best starters on the line, with David Bakhtiari Quinten Rollins Jersey , Lane Taylor, and Corey Linsley all good to go. Look for Lucas Patrick to join the group once again at right guard as well.Meanwhile, the Packers continued to deactivate a few intriguing young players on gameday despite them being on the 53-man roster. Perhaps most notable among that group is outside linebacker Kendall Donnerson, a seventh-round draft pick from this spring. The team will suit up only three edge rushers for yet another game today rather than giving Donnerson a chance to put his tremendous athletic abilities to use in game action.Finally, the Packers made one roster move on Saturday, promoting running back Lavon Coleman to the active roster from the practice squad. That gives the team three running backs for today’s game, with Coleman and recent addition Kapri Bibbs backing up Jamaal Williams.Here’s the list of inactive players for the Packers for today’s game against the New York Jets.Packers InactivesQB Tim BoyleDT Kenny ClarkWR Randall CobbOLB Kendall DonnersonWR Allen LazardG Nico SiragusaOT Jason Spriggs
  3. In Colts Loss To Jaguars | 1070 the FanLet’s take a closer look at the short-yardage issues that cost the Colts in their 6-0 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.Colts coach Frank Reich on his gutsy calls Matt Slauson Color Rush Jersey , and the one he wants backFrank Reich on his gutsy calls, and the one he wants backIn hindsight, Frank Reich stands by fourth-and-1 decisions: not ‘on the edge of crazy’ | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – So, you think Frank Reich was a tad too aggressive https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Anthony-Walker-Jersey , maybe even reckless, in Sunday’s loss at Jacksonville that severely damaged the Indianapolis Colts’ postseason push? Consider this: every bit of information on his game-plan sheet insisted he should have been even more...Colts’ Frank Reich earning trust through his refreshing transparency – The AthleticHe talked at length on Monday about the team’s many data points and how he utilizes them in his decision-making.Hits And Misses: Frank Reich, Offense Have Day To Forget In Jacksonville | 1070 the FanLet’s take a look at the good and the bad from the Colts (6-6) getting shutout in Jacksonville (4-8) on Sunday afternoon, 6-0.Kravitz Dopey Report Card: Defense, special teams highlight Colts’ dismal performance – The AthleticFor every Colts game this season, Bob Kravitz provides his grades. This week, he analyzes Indianapolis' loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.Colts' Potent Offense Slowed To A Halt By Revengeful JaguarsAfter the Indianapolis Colts defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10 https://www.coltsfanshop.com , the AFC South rival got even with a 6-0 shutout victory on Sunday at TIAA Bank Field.Colts Remain In The Hunt For Postseason SpotDespite falling to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts (6-6) remain relevant in the AFC playoff picture, and are tied with three other teams that are a game back of the sixth and final postseason spot.AFC wild-card picture: Colts still in chase, but loss a major blow | CBS 4 - Indianapolis News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | WTTVINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The immediate ramifications of Sunday’s punchless loss at Jacksonville are hardly encouraging to the Indianapolis Colts’ postseason aspirations.Andrew Luck has to rebound after hot streak ends in Jacksonville - Indianapolis Colts Blog- ESPNThe Colts might have to win their final four games to make the playoffs after their QB and the offense fell flat against the Jaguars.Chris Ballard On Third Quarter Of Season Indianapolis Colts Customized Jerseys , Playoff Hopes, Andrew Luck's Standout Comeback SeasonIndianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard tonight joined host Matt Taylor on 1070 The Fan's Just like we all thought, this game was a beatdown. It just wasn’t a beatdown of the team we expected, or the kind we expected. The Jaguars’ defense spent four quarters thoroughly pummeling a Colts offense that had looked borderline unstoppable at home over the past several weeks. Any time you finish a game without a score it is particularly humbling. The Jaguars’ defense is a good one, and the Colts simply had no answers for them. In today’s podcast we dig into the game briefly and go through the matchups to watch from last week to see how they panned out. Spoiler warning: they didn’t go well. Then we take a look at the playoff implications of the games that took place this weekend and talk about where the Colts stand in the playoff race and as a team in general. Please subscribe, rate and review the channel anywhere you listen to podcasts.Follow our hosts on Twitter: @MDanelySB | @HolderStephen | @chrisblystoneStampede Blue Podcast Links:Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Art 19 | SB Colts Cast YT Channel | Google | Spotify
  4. throwing three interceptions to go with his three touchdowns.He can thank Von Miller Richard Sherman Color Rush Jersey , who sacked Russell Wilson three times, forced two fumbles and recovered one as the Broncos held off the Seattle Seahawks 27-24 on Sunday to win for the 18th time in their past 19 home openers.Keenum, who signed a two-year, $36 million prove-it deal in Denver six months ago after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game, normally spends his time between series with his head down but he kept looking up to watch Miller’s magic.“I’m trying to stay focused on looking at the pictures, getting ready for my next series. “But it’s hard not to notice when the crowd’s going crazy and Von’s out there crawling or whatever he’s doing, whatever his sack dance is,” Keenum said. “That’s impressive to watch.“I’m glad I’m on the sidelines when he’s on the field, that’s for sure.”Wilson wasn’t so lucky.“We played a really tough defense, one of the best defenses you’re going to face all year. Obviously Von is a great player and he made some key plays,” Wilson said.Miller, whose best play came when he simply snatched the ball from running back Chris Carson’s arms, said recently that he hates facing Wilson, whom he considers the best quarterback in the game today.“I still don’t like playing against Russell, I mean, running around out there 20 yards, getting everybody tired,” Miller said. “Luckily, we were able to get him before he could get started. That was in our scheme this week Duane Brown Color Rush Jersey , we wanted to keep him in the pocket and (make) him beat us with his arm, which he’s capable of doing. But we’d rather pick that poison and that strategy worked.”Wilson threw for 298 yards and three TDs, but was picked off twice and sacked six times and ran just twice for 5 yards.“He got out of the pocket a couple of times, but that’s Russ,” Miller said. “He’s a great player. He’s going to get out of the pocket, but we kept some of the great plays to a minimum.”Keenum, who threw for 329 yards, only threw seven interceptions last season and already he has three.“I’m really excited about how good this football team can be,” Keenum said. “Because if we take care of the ball — if I take care of the ball, because those are all on me — we’re going to be really, really hard to beat.”SPUTTERING SEAHAWKSAfter Demaryius Thomas atoned for several early hiccups by scoring the go-ahead TD with 11:11 left, the Seahawks gained just 3 yards in their final three possessions, the last one ending with Adam Jones‘ interception at midfield with no time left.“It’s frustrating,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “Third downs we were lousy (2 for 12) and we didn’t run the ball as well as we wanted (64 yards) and we got sacked a bunch of times. It was not a very clean game for us.”Wilson put the Seahawks ahead 24-20 when he found Tyler Lockett all alone for a 51-yard touchdown catch early in the fourth quarter.HOMECOMING KINGBrandon Marshall’s 20-yard TD catch for Seattle tied it at 17 and came against the team he started his career with back in 2006.NO DOUBTING THOMASOne of Keenum’s interceptions came when Demaryius Thomas, who also had three passes go off his hands and was whistled for a holding call that negated a first-down run, never looked back and safety Earl Thomas snared it in his first game since ending his holdout Wednesday.“I thought I had a pick-6,” said Thomas, who was caught at the 15-yard line by Broncos speedy running back Phillip Lindsay.No matter: Six seconds later, rookie tight end Will Dissly blew past rookie linebacker Bradley Chubb and hauled in the 15-yard TD pass.“Just glad to get through the first game and get that out of the way K.J. Wright Color Rush Jersey ,” said Earl Thomas, who returned to the team after his pay-me-or-trade-me demands went nowhere.SOMERSAULT CELEBRATIONDenver took a 14-10 lead when Emmanuel Sanders somersaulted into the end zone with a 43-yard score. That was his first touchdown since Week 2 of last season.“It was good to get back in the end zone so I decided to bust out the flip,” Sanders said. “It felt good.”TWIN TROUBLEShaquill Griffin’s twin brother, rookie linebacker Shaquem Griffin, started the game with K.J. Wright out following minor knee surgery. It’s another chapter in the remarkable story of Griffin , who had his left hand amputated as a child.The Griffins had back-to-back tackles on Seattle’s second defensive series.INJURIES: The only injury of note from either team was Seattle WR Doug Baldwin (right MCL sprain).UP NEXT:Seahawks: Visit Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.Broncos: Host Oakland Raiders on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers fired head coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday, just moments after losing 20-17 to the lowly Arizona Cardinals. It was just about two and a half weeks ago that the Packers traveled to Seattle on a Thursday night to face the Seahawks at 4-4-1, when a win would have given Green Bay a nice leg up on a wild card chase. Instead, the Packers lost 27-24 after a late touchdown to Ed Dickson was given up and McCarthy opted to punt with 4:20 remaining and only one timeout left, which allowed Seattle to run out the clock. Green Bay has lost five of their last six games despite Aaron Rodgers being healthy enough to start and throwing 21 touchdowns against just one interception. Receiver Davante Adams and running back Aaron Jones have also been effective, and the defense has shown signs of life with players like Blake Martinez, Kyler Fackrell, Kenny Clark, Mike Daniels (recently injured), and the rookie Jaire Alexander all playing well, but the end result is just 4-7-1. They aren’t the only NFC team making changes.The Carolina Panthers, one week after a loss to Seattle really put the damper on their own playoff hopes, have fired defensive line coach Brady Hoke and assistant defensive backs coach Jeff Imamura. It’s not as big of news as firing a head coach like McCarthy, who had been at the helm for the last 13 years Bobby Wagner Color Rush Jersey , but head coach Ron Rivera is scrambling to make changes with four games to go. Perhaps the final four games of his eight-year tenure in Carolina. The Panthers have now lost four straight following a 6-2 start and travel to face the Cleveland Browns next week. Then two of their final three games are against the 10-2 New Orleans Saints.I was recently thinking about how different the San Francisco 49ers would look today if Jim Harbaugh had managed to win his two games against the Seahawks back in 2014. The 49ers finished 8-8 that year, but two wins over Seattle would have made them 10-6 and pushed them over the Seahawks, who were 12-4 that season. It wasn’t close, the Seahawks won those games easily, but just two results make a huge difference. Seattle didn’t get McCarthy fired and it wasn’t just the game last week that forced Rivera to start making changes in a last ditch effort to turn things around, but they contributed somewhat. Had things been a little different, then maybe it’s Pete Carroll looking at his options. Thankfully, it’s not.The Seahawks play two teams in the final four who won’t likely be making head coaching changes, but could do some shuffling with the assistants. In two weeks, they have a rematch against the 49ers, a team they just beat 43-16 on Sunday. Kyle Shanahan is just 8-20 as a head coach, with only two of those victories coming sans Jimmy Garoppolo. He probably is safe, but firing defensive coordinator Robert Saleh and some assistants is likely being discussed. Meanwhile, the Arizona Cardinals are 3-9 and already fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy. I don’t imagine that Steve Wilks will only get one season to prove himself as a head coach as they try and work with rookie Josh Rosen at QB, but is Byron Leftwich the answer at OC? We’ll see, there’s still one month remaining in the regular season. Plenty more changes to come.
  5. Los Angeles Rams Trevon Coley Color Rush Jersey , Americans are expected to bet $6 billion [source]. No bets are necessary here, though, we we continue to build our DBN trophy case of champions. This is the eighth year we are doing an official Pick’em.NOTE: We still have our other season-long predictions contest going on here with Niners Nation. This post continues our annual trend as an individual site, though.Leave your predictions for the following in the comments:Which team will win?What is the final score?Which player will be awarded MVP?Tiebreaker: What color will the liquid be that is poured on the winning coach? (Color Choices = Clear/Water, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Red, Green/Lime, or Purple)Note: The winner will be determined by the order above, with more weight going to the first, then second, and then third criteria. In other words, if person #1 gets the winning team and final score correct and person #2 gets the winning team and MVP correct, person #1 will be deemed the winner.Previous Winners:Super Bowl LII: Congrats to last year’s winner, metalgrinder https://www.brownsfanshop.com/Duke-Johnson-Jersey , for correctly picking the Philadelphia Eagles and Nick Foles as the Super Bowl MVP. The final score of the game was 41-33. No one picked that on the dot, but metalgrinder came closest with a prediction of 34-30.Super Bowl LI: Browns MAINE-iac, for correctly picking the New England Patriots and Tom Brady as the Super Bowl MVP. The liquid bet was actually a push last year, so I went back to the closest score prediction since several people had the Patriots and Brady. The final score of the game was 34-28, and Browns MAINE-iac had it at 34-27.Super Bowl 50: Full Bred Dawg, for correctly picking the Denver Broncos and Von Miller as the Super Bowl MVP. He also correctly predicted orange as the color liquid to be poured on winning coach Gary Kubiak. Nobody got the final score correct, and there were several people who were all around 10-11 combined points from an accurate score.Super Bowl XLIX: troy145, for correctly picking the New England Patriots and predicted the final score exactly at 28-24. He did not pick Tom Brady as the MVP, but a shout out goes to Full Bred Dawg, who picked the Patriots, a score of 27-24, and Brady as the MVP.Super Bowl XLVIII: Red-Right-88, for correctly picking the Seattle Seahawks and was the closest to the final score, predicting 31-13. No one correctly picked Malcolm Smith as the MVP.Super Bowl XLVII: Alirenee, for correctly picking the Baltimore Ravens, MVP Joe Flacco Greg Joseph Jersey , and was only off by four points with a predicted final score of 31-30.Super Bowl XLVI: Brownie’s Year, for correctly picking the New York Giants, MVP Eli Manning, and was only off by one point with a predicted final score of 20-17. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Darnold and the New York Jets were back on the practice field after some time away.Time enough to mostly clear their heads of the miserable 21-17 loss at Cleveland last Thursday , not that the sting was easy to brush off in the few days since.“Yeah, they’ve been pretty hard,” rookie quarterback Sam Darnold acknowledged Monday. “I’m not going to lie to you guys.”New York is 1-2 after playing three games in 11 days and riding a roller coaster of emotions during that brief span. From the highs of a dominant victory at Detroit in the opener to the uneasiness of a loss to AFC East-rival Miami at home six days later to the frustration and disappointment of being the first team to lose to the Browns since 2016.Now comes the big test for not just Darnold, but the rest of the Jets — including Todd Bowles and his coaching staff. With a game at Jacksonville on tap next, New York needs to rebound from the defeat in Cleveland to prevent the season from spiraling.“I don’t think it’s going to be tough at all,” Bowles insisted. “It’s a long season, we understand that. If we would have won, we would have moved past it. We lost the game, we’re going to move past it.”All eyes will be on Darnold, of course, as they have been from the moment he became the future — and now Jabrill Peppers Color Rush Jersey , present — of the franchise.The 21-year-old rookie is supremely confident in himself, and has been lauded throughout his playing career for his ability to focus on the task at hand and not repeat mistakes. The Jaguars will surely be aiming to make Darnold uncomfortable on Sunday and force him into errors.“Yeah, Jacksonville is a great defense,” Darnold said. “Obviously, they’ve got great players, but they also just play together very well. That’s what I noticed and that’s going to be a fun challenge going up against them in their place.”Bowles, for one, isn’t concerned about Darnold shaking off his play — one touchdown, four interceptions — in New York’s two losses.“I think he’ll come out of it fine,” Bowles said. “I think Sam has the right mentality and he has the right work ethic to learn what he has done wrong, as well as the rest of the team. They come back out of it, and he’s not in it by himself. We are in it as a team.”And that’s why the heat has been turned up a bit under Bowles, who’s in his fourth season with the Jets and has a 21-30 record with no playoff appearances.Owner Christopher Johnson has said there is no postseason mandate for Bowles or general manager Mike Maccagnan. His main priority is seeing overall progress from the team, which makes this a critical stretch for the coach.An ugly loss such as the one against the Browns can send some teams into a freefall. From the sense he got with his players at practice, Bowles believes there will be no lingering effects.“We don’t carry anything too long,” he said. “We have practice to get better at E.J. Gaines Color Rush Jersey , and we have Jacksonville to get ready for, so we’re on to the next one.”Cornerback Trumaine Johnson, in his first season with the Jets after four with the Rams, echoed his coach’s sentiments.“We can’t dwell on that loss,” he said. “We’ve got 13, 14 more games in the season and hopefully the playoffs. Just move on from it.”But, they also hope to learn from it, too. And fix the mistakes that put the Jets in this position in the first place.“Yeah we could have coached better and we could have played better,” Bowles said of blowing 14-3 and 17-14 leads in the second half. “All the way around on both sides of the ball, including special teams, we just couldn’t make a play. There were a lot of things we could have done better that have hurt us in the past two or three weeks that we are going to try and work on.“We understand that we need to do a better job on both sides.”NOTES: The Daily News reported that the Jets have reached out to the Steelers to inquire about disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell, but there’s nothing imminent, according to several published reports. ESPN reported Sunday that Pittsburgh is willing to trade Bell, who has yet to play this season while in a contract dispute. … Bowles is hopeful S Marcus Maye will be closer to playing this week. The second-year safety has been sidelined the first three games with a foot injury.
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    Each year Oren Burks Jersey , the NFL releases a ten-part weekly series counting down the Top 100 players in the league, as voted on by their peers. That usually comes out in the late spring to help bridge the gap between the NFL Draft and the start of training camps.Pro Football Focus, however, is publishing their list of the Top 101 players in the 2018 season this week. Although the Green Bay Packers did not land a player between 50 and 101, in the third installment — players 26 through 50 — the team is well-represented. Four Packers showed up in that grouping, including three members of the offense. Let’s look at them one-by-one.#48: Wide receiver Davante AdamsWe’ll have to wait to see how many receivers rank ahead of Davante, but he was unquestionably one of the best wideouts in the NFL this year. He finished the season sixth in receptions, seventh in receiving yards, and second in touchdowns, and he would have been higher in at least the first two categories had he not sat out week 17’s game with a knee injury. Although his DVOA numbers don’t match up to his lofty PFF grade (87.8) or raw stats, much of that is likely due to Mike McCarthy’s scheme doing him no favors.#43: Defensive tackle Kenny ClarkLast year: 69thThe monster in the middle of the Packers’ defense, Clark was more than deserving of a Pro Bowl honor in 2018, though he was denied. In 13 games, he racked up six sacks and provided far more pass rush than one would expect from a traditional 3-4 nose tackle. In fact, PFF credited him with a pass-rush grade of 88.8 on the year, while also noting that he ranked 16th among interior linemen in run stop rate (9.9%).#41: Quarterback Aaron RodgersPFF gave Rodgers the sixth-highest grade of any quarterback in the NFL this season Marquez Valdes-Scantling Jersey , and had him ranked third in passer rating when throwing the ball 20 yards or more downfield. We all know that what we saw from Rodgers in 2018 was less than stellar, but his yards per completion number finally climbed back near 12 (11.9, to be exact), the first time it has been above 11.0 since his last MVP season in 2014.#39: Left tackle David BakhtiariLast year: 30thTwo spots ahead of Rodgers is the man named the best pass-protector in the league by PFF. They credited him with allowing just 25 pressures in 16 games, only seven of which resulted in hits on Rodgers.The Packers’ four best players all showed up on the second-to-last portion of this list, so don’t expect any more members of the Green and Gold to appear in the Top 25. The 2017 team also failed to place anyone in the top 25, with Bakhtiari’s #30 ranking being the top spot held by a Green Bay player. Hopefully they won’t be shut out of that upper section for a third year in a row in 2019. GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling turned to Twitter to give a tutorial about how to pronounce his first name.Get it straight: It’s “mar-QUEZ” and not “mar-KEZ.”“It happens all the time,” Valdes-Scantling said this week about the mispronunciation. “So there is no ‘k’ in my name.”Keep making highlight-reel plays and announcers will catch on soon enough and get it right.The fifth-round selection out of South Florida is about to get more consistent playing time after Geronimo Allison went on injured reserve this week. Green Bay hosts the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.This is quite the impression that Valdes-Scantling has left the last few weeks, with breakaway speed and a 6-foot-4 frame that allow him to snare jump balls.“The biggest thing is just him gaining the trust of (quarterback Aaron Rodgers) as fast as he has,” veteran wideout Randall Cobb said. “It’s really impressive that Aaron wants to come to him in certain situations. He’s making those plays for him.”To the tune of 17 catches for 358 yards and two scores so far for Valdes-Scantling, plus a team-high 21.1 yards per catch. He has touchdown catches in two of his last four games, with 100 yards receiving in each of the other two games during that span.The production increase is in part due to helping fill in for Allison and Cobb while each player missed a few games with hamstring injuries. Cobb is questionable again for the Dolphins game because of hamstring trouble.That leaves more opportunities for Valdes-Scantling to be the second receiver behind Davante Adams.The process of gaining Rodgers’ trust, though, isn’t easy. It requires more than just making catches.“It’s not going to happen in one day. You’ve got to learn the plays, you’ve got to know the plays Jimmy Graham Color Rush Jersey ,” Valdes-Scantling said. “He’s going to quiz you in practice, so you’ve just got to know all those things. It just happens over time.”Proof of the payoff came late in the third quarter of last week’s loss at New England, with the game tied at 17. Deep in Packers territory, Rodgers rolled right, where he quickly found two defenders trying to close in on him for a sack.The two-time NFL MVP threw a high pass that traveled about 30 yards to Valdes-Scantling at around the 36. The rookie adjusted near the sideline to the throw while on the run. With a defender a couple steps behind him, Valdes-Scantling turned and jumped high for the catch .He’s the breakout contributor of the three receivers taken by the Packers in the draft.Fourth-rounder J’Mon Moore has just one catch for 10 yards. Sixth-rounder Equanimeous St. Brown has seven catches for 143 yards, and moves up in the depth chart behind Valdes-Scantling.“At the end of the day, (Valdes-Scantling) has been given some opportunities, probably more than we all anticipated due to the injury, and he’s just delivered,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “So you can see with the success and the production he’s had, his confidence grows more and more each week.”NOTES: RT Bryan Bulaga (knee) and LB Blake Martinez (ankle) are also questionable for Sunday. CB Kevin King (hamstring) is out, as expected. … S Kentrell Brice (knee) and DL Mike Daniels (shoulder) were dropped from the injury report.
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    On January 3 https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Matthias-Farley-Jersey , 1989, the Buffalo Bills made history against the Houston Oilers in the biggest comeback in NFL history. Led by backup quarterback Frank Reich, the Bills scored 32 second half points in 28 minutes to beat the Oilers. January 4, 2014 looked similar: the Indianapolis Colts rallied in the third quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs, scoring 28 points for a 45-44 edge in the AFC wild card matchup. Fast forward to 2018. The Colts, who began the season 1-5, left for dead and a possible first round draft pick, are now headed to the playoffs. The word “comeback” is defined as “a return by a well-known person, especially an entertainer or sports player, to the activity in which they have formerly been successful.” The Colts are masters of the comeback. Andrew Luck is the walking comeback kid. Frank Reich has trained his players to take criticism, run with it and overcome adversity, which is exactly what they’ve done all season. “We’ve got to do it the right way Christine Michael Sr Jersey , Luck said on Jan. 1. “I think Frank (Reich) plays that out very well for us. I think the players in this locker room buy into that and we understand that we have a great opportunity today to get better as football players, get better individually, get better as a unit and get better as a team.”Get better as a unit they did indeed. Andrew Luck is having a career season with 430 completions, 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns. The Colts’ much improved offensive line has the NFL’s fewest sacks allowed all season. Linebacker Darius Leonard has been awarded a plethora of NFL honors, including multiple player of the week awards and AFC defensive player of the month. Center Quenton Nelson ended the regular season as the highest graded rookie offensive lineman in the league.“These are the kind of guys who have the DNA, the makeup of everything that we are looking for –” Reich said. “All the intangibles, all the character qualities, everything about them. It’s a really hard filter to get through to get marked that way and both Quenton (Nelson) and Darius (Leonard) had that on their card. So that says something about their maturity and how fast we think they will develop.”As the postseason begins, there is much talk of awards given out to the most deserving players and coaches of each category. There are currently six Colts in the running for multiple awards. Andrew Luck is a contender for MVP and Comeback Player of the Year, Darius Leonard for Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, Quenton Nelson for Offensive Rookie of the Year Pat McAfee Color Rush Jersey , Matt Eberflus for Assistant Coach of the Year, Chris Ballard for Executive of the Year, and Frank Reich for Coach of the Year. Following the Colts’ victory in Tennessee last Sunday, Reich spoke to his players in the locker room and held up a sign with the #32 painted on it, a symbol of how far they’ve come this season. “Remember this?” he asked. “That’s where they had us ranked. What they didn’t see from the outside is what we saw from the inside. The trust, the toughness, getting better every day. We did something only two teams have done in NFL history.” It’s been an undeniably hard fought regular season . The Colts were able to pull themselves out of a 1-5 hole, break a handful of records and advance into the postseason for the first time in three years. Saturday is do or die as the Colts face the Houston Texans for the third time this season. Kickoff is at 4:25 pm Eastern in Houston’s NRG Stadium. The Colts will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in a critical matchup that could determine whether the Colts are in the playoffs this year or watching from home. I reached out to David Halprin of Blogging the Boys in an effort to gain a better understanding of what the Colts will face on Sunday. Here’s what he had to say:The Cowboys’ trade for Amari Cooper left me a bit skeptical about the value they got for him, but since that time, the offense seems to be transformed. How are Cowboys fans feeling about the trade at this stage and why is he such a difference maker for this offense? We’ve heard lots about rookie linebacker Leighton Vander Esch’s emergence as a great player in the Dallas defense. How has the rest of the rookie class looked for the Cowboys? What is this team’s biggest strength? What is its biggest weakness? If you are the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator and have to create a game plan to eliminate either WR T.Y. Hilton or TE Eric Ebron, which guy would you rather shut down and how would you go about it? What do you see as the best-case scenario for this Cowboys team down the stretch? Are they a legitimate contender or do they still need pieces to get there?
  8. All-Pro year. It’s certainly at a Pro-Bowl level; though winning that popularity contest for the underrated talent will prove tough. McDougald was incredible versus the Carolina Panthers Earl Thomas Color Rush Jersey , continuing his incredible year. In fact, I can only recall two bad McDougald plays this season. Both were tricky situations.Facing the Packers, McDougald lost at the line of scrimmage to Robert Tonyan yet managed to stay in phase with the tight end for an eternity downfield. Aaron Rodgers made a play that just a select few can, rolling right and lobbing a precise 54-yard deep ball right to his receiver for the touchdown.The other negative play came in Carolina from a brutally difficult assignment on Christian McCaffrey’s option route. Deep safety Tedric Thompson’s lunging tackle attempt, not showing a good short stride or aiming point, made this play far worse:But back to the subject of this article: McDougald was incredible last Sunday other than being beat by the quickness of McCaffrey on one occasion. He brought his man down in space, doing just enough to contain him on a day where the offensive star exploded in a career-high supernova.Evoking Kam ChancellorSeattle’s new safety tandem gets compared to the hall of fame duet Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas performed. That’s unfair on so many levels, but inevitable given the recent memories of that pair’s greatness. Yet McDougald managed to evoke Chancellor at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers had the ball on the Seahawks’ 3-yard line and faced a 3rd and 1. Having failed in going for it on their first drive in a fourth down near the goalline, the scores are still tied at 0-0. Seattle’s defense this season has been excellent in third and short, ranking second in the league in conversions given up:Carolina’s jumbo formation saw the Seahawks respond with a goalline defense that had safeties Delano Hill and McDougald as the force defenders. The Panthers motioned their tight end away from the play, attempting to cause alignment issues, then ran an outside zone to the weakside. Nazair Jones, aligned at 3-technique, was the initial wrecker on this play. Responsible for what looked like the playside b gap, he squeezed inside through the playside a gap right into the backfield. Bobby Wagner, the run-through player at middle linebacker, took the b gap responsibility. It’s part of Seattle’s spill and then force philosophy. This has defensive linemen stepping inside to spill and play through their linemen, then linebackers flowing over the top of blocks to turnback the runner. The initial penetration would have caused McCaffrey to bounce the ball further outside.However, the exceptional play of McDougald prevented any bouncing. Taking on the fold block of right tackle Taylor Moton, McDougald does something never thought possible after the days of Chancellor. Getting lower than the offensive lineman, McDougald exploded upwards with a block destruct shoulder strike that propelled the 6-5, 325lb blocker backwards into McCaffrey. (McDougald is 6ft 1, 215lb!) Simultaneously, McDougald managed to stay in great outside-in leverage. The Seahawks talk about their safeties in this alignment against stretch plays “earholing” their man and being the “pure edge setter”. This was exactly that from McDougald, though instead of having to take on a fullback he rocked a tackle. As Jones contacted McCaffrey’s ankle, McCaffrey’s point of attack got smacked back into him and the runner was dropped for a loss. Carolina was forced to settle for a field goal on this occasion; Seattle’s defense showed why it is so tricky to convert 3rd and short against.“Everything I know is a lie” Cam Newton (possibly)If you play the latest Madden video game, under cover 3 beaters it’ll probably list “four verts” as a “cover 3-beater”. I wouldn’t know, because I despise how the next-gen Madden games play after they were wrecked by exclusive rights J.R. Sweezy Color Rush Jersey , the frostbite engine and an ultimate team focus—but that’s another article for a different day. (It doesn’t help that I now suck at video games but please don’t tell anyone else that)The point is, running four vertical routes is a standard cover 3 beater. That’s football 101. It’s why Nick Saban devised his rip-liz matching, which essentially turns into a four-deep coverage when faced with the route combination. It’s what made McDougald’s play on the ball so impressive initially.Carolina struggled massively inside the Seahawks’ redzone; they had 7 trips inside the 20 and came away with only 23 points. Following a highly questionable defensive pass interference call on Tre Flowers, Newton saw a clear single-high safety and decided to attack.The coverage that looked like a blatantly bland cover 3 wasn’t quite that. As Thompson cheated his deep middle third shell over to the boundary seam route, Newton’s excitement must have grown as he executed the run fake to McCaffrey. His other seam was bound to be open, right?Wrong. Thompson’s shading of roughly 60/40 to Greg Olsen’s seam was by design of a matching coverage Pete Carroll runs out of his over front (called Boston). In this coverage, Thompson’s deep middle third shell has a seam alert, meaning he’s assigned Olsen’s route primarily. Dropping back in his “soft sky” hook zone, McDougald quickly diagnosed Newton’s downfield intentions and carried the seam route from tight end Chris Manhertz deep. Not dissimilar to rip-liz itself, it’s Carroll’s soft version. For that reason, it’s a common call against 2x2 receiver alignments as it takes away four verts—even with a play-fake.Seattle Seahawks Over Zone Y (Boston)Found on Zach S. Dunn’s twitterHere’s how it looked on McDougald’s pick:Newton released what he thought was sure to be a touchdown, expecting McDougald to stop in a buzz/hook-curl zone. Instead, McDougald continued and attacked the football. He leapt, raising his near arm to high-point the pass. After softly cushioning the weight of his own deflection, McDougald then secured the ball with a two-handed clasp. What a staggering turnover! It was Seattle’s first in four games, coming at a crucial time with the Seahawks only down by 3. Having flashed his skills playing the run, McDougald showcased his ability covering the pass. He continues to provide valuable versatility. The Wave TechniqueIt was hard not to notice McDougald’s frantic waving and jumping on that lovely, fantastic, brilliant Graham Gano 52-yard miss. Sure, it’s amusing to jokingly overstate the potential impact of the wave. BUT, it may have affected Gano. It’s fun to think this whatever the case:Pro-Bowl, at LeastI mentioned in the introduction that the Pro-Bowl is largely a popularity contest. For this reason, McDougald will likely miss out on an honor he thoroughly deserves. His best bet to gain the attention of voters is to keep intercepting the football. McDougald has three picks; the leader amongst safeties is Damonte Kazee with six; D.J. Swearinger, Shawn Williams and Eddie Jackson have four each.Pro-Bowler or not, once more I’m left marvelling at the fantastic business John Schneider did this past offseason. McDougald’s deal has two years to run after 2017, where the cost against the cap is $4,733,333 and $5 Quinton Jefferson Color Rush Jersey ,433,334 respectively. McDougald, at this level of play, has every right to be asking for more money at the end of the season. Given Seattle’s leverage, they can afford to stick firm and enjoy his value for another season at least. Thanks to Beast Pode contributor and online friend @cmikesspinmove for more valuable schematic conversations. Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Seahawks fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.There isn’t much to report in terms of our own FanPulse. Seattle Seahawks fan confidence only moved a tick from 88% to 89% after Monday night’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, which you can see in this graph.Just for my own curiosity, I wanted to see how the confidence levels were affected for Seahawks opponents immediately after their team lost to Seattle. Vikings fans confidence dipped from 21% to 17% after Monday, but how do they fare compare to the other seven teams? Check out the table.FanPulse resultsWinTeamPre-Game ConfidencePost-Game ConfidenceChangeCurrent Confidence (Week 15)WinTeamPre-Game ConfidencePost-Game ConfidenceChangeCurrent Confidence (Week 15)Only the Arizona Cardinals fans actually had confidence in the direction of their team’s franchise go up immediately after the Seahawks beat them. Why such a sharp increase? Well they benched Sam Bradford, who was completely rotten for three weeks, and Josh Rosen showed promise in his first start, almost leading the Cardinals back from 17-10 down before losing 20-17 on a Sebastian Janikowski game-winner. That’s reason to not be so glum in the moment, I would say. Funnily enough though, this week the Cardinals are the only team with 0% fan confidence, so they’ve made FanPulse history by being the first to hit literal rock bottom.The Dallas Cowboys had one of the largest post-Seahawks game crashes, going all the way down to 6% after falling to 1-2 and watching Earl Thomas intercept Dak Prescott twice when Thomas could’ve been the one on the Cowboys. They’re sitting at 8-5, with confidence levels at 68% and on the verge of an NFC East title. How things can change.One game that humors me the most is Seahawks at Lions, as Detroit’s fans overwhelmingly believed they’d make the playoffs entering that game, and then plunged from 86% confidence to 36% after getting mostly dominated in their own building. They now sit at 40% on the year but also not in playoff contention.Also of note are the Carolina Panthers, who went from 6-2 down to 6-7, and are theoretically still alive in the wild card hunt... but they’ve got the New Orleans Saints twice in three weeks. Their confidence polling dropped from 22% to 15% after the dramatic Seahawks comeback win a couple of weeks ago, and now they’re way down at 2% after losing to the Cleveland Browns.We’ll keep this FanPulse table updated for the rest of the season, aka for as long as the Seahawks keep on winning.
  9. night.On Wednesday they've hammered three more big favorites: the Red Sox http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , Indians, and Brewers.Public bettors went 2-1 on their top three plays last night for a slight profit, making two straight nights of with a positive unit total. With those winnings in hand, they aren’t shying away from some of the hefty lines on tonight’s board.>> All odds as of 2:45 p.m. ET. Download The Action Network App to get real-time MLB odds and track your betsBoston Red Sox (-148) at Toronto Blue Jays7:07 p.m. ETBehind 84% of bettors, the Red Sox are tonight’s most popular bet. Those bettors have accounted for only 78% of dollars wagered though, and Boston has fallen from -158 to -148 as a result.Why the public loves Boston:聽The public was slightly hesitant to take the Sox last night, with only 64% betting against Marcus Stroman. Still, Boston found a way to make its backers happy for a fifth straight game. The public isn’t going to miss out on this train tonight, especially against a guy making his first career start.Wednesday Sharp Report: Pros Betting Cardinals-Marlins, Two Other GamesRead nowCleveland Indians (-200) vs. Minnesota Twins7:10 p.m. ETTheir -200 price hasn’t stopped the Indians from attracting 80% of bettors this evening. They’ve only landed 66% of dollars, however James McCann Jersey , which could explain why they’ve fallen from -205.Why the public loves Cleveland:聽Mike Clevinger’s ERA is more than one run lower than Jake Odorizzi’s this season, and the Indians are nine games up on the Twins in the AL Central. Even with a line of -200, the public is always going to bet on the team with something to play for.Milwaukee Brewers (-195) vs. San Diego Padres8:10 p.m. ETMilwaukee is right on Boston’s heels, attracting 83% of bettors and 74% of dollars. Unlike the Sox, though, the Brewers’ line has increased from -185 to -195.Why the public loves Milwaukee: The Brewers were actually the lone loser among public bettors’ top plays last night. Considering that it came against the worst team in the National League, the public will spin that loss as a reason to bet Milwaukee again tonight, because how could they possibly lose two in a row to San Diego? The Orioles head on the road for the first time this spring, bringing a lineup that includes an all-Rule 5 double play combo."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastGamethreadsMonday afternoon Orioles spring training game thread: at TwinsNew,69commentsThe Orioles head on the road for the first time this spring, bringing a lineup that includes an all-Rule 5 double play combo.ESTShareTweetShareShareMonday afternoon Orioles spring training game thread: at TwinsButch Dill-USA TODAY SportsThrough two spring games http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , nobody has beaten the Orioles. This means nothing yet is still fun that it is true. They put their early 2-0 record in games that don’t count to the test on Monday afternoon with their first road trip of spring, where they’ll head to the spring home of the Twins.The game will not be on your television or your radio today. It will be on your computer or your smart phone, if you desire to find it there. This is the first of the games the O’s will stream online-only, freely available through either Orioles.com or the MLB At Bat app. I’m not sure at this writing where one will find it on the O’s website, as “Stream spring training game” isn’t exactly part of the generic MLB team site template. I don’t know if it’ll be audio-only, or if there will be some limited camera views available. I’ll keep you posted in the comments.What I do know is the starting lineup the O’s are sending on this road trip. Early on, it’s been the pattern for new manager Brandon Hyde to give his starters 2-3 at-bats before rotating in the reserves:Cedric Mullins - CFJoey Rickard - RFRenato N煤帽ez - 3BDJ Stewart - DHAustin Wynns - CJace Peterson - 1BEric Young Jr. - LFRichie Martin - SSDrew Jackson - 2BThe starting pitcher, probably for the first two innings, is new Oriole Nate Karns. Other pitchers expected to get into the game today are Miguel Castro, Donnie Hart, Hunter Harvey Sparky Anderson Jersey , Chris Lee, Josh Lucas, and Luis Ortiz.The last MLB action for Karns came on May 19, 2017. His early spring action may be more meaningful than most, since it’s going to be the first sign in a while of how he’s capable of pitching now. Hopefully it goes well for him today and for the rest of the season.Old friend Jonathan Schoop is batting third in the Twins lineup. Other old friend Nelson Cruz, who is also on the Twins, is not in their starting lineup.
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I’m a fan of both goals, Klubot.Around the leagueThe Bryce Harper saga has finally come to a close. Now the rest of the off-season can begin!Clay Buchholz also signed yesterday (with the Blue Jays).Jose Altuve is making his way back from knee surgery and will take the field this weekend.Aroldis Chapman isn’t being bothered by knee tendinitis anymore.Are the Blue Jays manipulating Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s service time? The MLBPA would like to know.Jenrry Mejia strikes out the side in his return from being banned by MLB.Alternate Bryce Harper timelines: Hechavarria has proven to be the best fielder among the free agent shortstops available this offseason."At his best, Jose Iglesias was an All-Star caliber shortstop for the Detroit Tigers. He proved as much in 2015, when he hit .314/.364/.373 in the first half and made the American League All-Star team, the lone appearance of his career. While his bat wasn’t so strong in subsequent seasons, he still provided plenty of value with his superlative defending http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , arguably second only to Andrelton Simmons among today’s crop of MLB shortstops.Given the value Iglesias provided over the past few years, fellow Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria could be a decent fill-in for the Tigers. Hechavarria isn’t quite as good as Iglesias on either side of the ball — we’ll get into the details in a bit — but his fielding ability isn’t far off, making him the most Iglesias-shaped free agent on the market this winter (aside from Iglesias himself, of course). The Tigers have already shown some interest in the 29-year-old, and was the pick among the fanbase to replace Iglesias before Royals fans got a hold of our Very Scientific Twitter Poll.(I should have taken a screenshot, but Hechavarria was hovering around 38 percent of the vote before our friends at Royals Review pleaded for Detroit to take Alcides Escobar off their hands.)Let’s get this part out of the way first: Hechavarria is not a good hitter.In his seven major league seasons, Hechavarria has hit .254/.290/.345. He has just one year with an OPS+ above 90, and has finished south of 80 (i.e. 20 percent below major league average) in four separate seasons. His 16.3 percent strikeout rate is below-average, but he couples that with a subpar 4.8 percent walk rate. His career .091 isolated power (ISO) is only a shade worse than Iglesias (.094), but the eighth-worst mark among players with at least 2,000 plate appearances since 2012.However, like most of the other players in the above link, Hechavarria is an excellent defender. Baseball Reference credits him with 6.0 defensive wins above replacement (dWAR) over the course of his career http://www.marinersfanproshop.com/authentic-edgar-martinez-jersey , while FanGraphs’ defensive rating has him at +45.8 runs (about 4.6 wins). Defensive Runs Saved and Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) also rate him positively, though not quite as much as the composite ratings.Part of the reason for this is that Hechavarria will flub the occasional routine play.As we saw with Iglesias earlier in his career, Hechavarria’s numbers are somewhat deflated by lower-than-expected production on easier plays. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Hechavarria managed seasons with 78.4, 72.0, and 71.4 percent success rates on “likely” plays, or plays with a 60 to 90 percent chance of success. While this falls right in line with the expected production, a top-tier shortstop will convert those more often than most. For instance, Iglesias rated at 89.3 and 81.3 percent in 2016 and 2017, respectively.To his credit, Hechavarria cleaned this up in 2018. He converted likely plays at an 88.9 percent clip last year, the second time in his career he has finished north of 85 percent. His overall WAR values were hindered by one of the worst offensive outputs of his career, but he finished with nearly a full win on defense alone despite only playing 717 1鈦? innings.While defensive metrics seem to be weighted towards those who consistently make the routine play — hello there UZR king Jhonny Peralta — Hechavarria somewhat makes up ground with his flair for the spectacular. Using BIS’ same measurement system Felix Hernandez Jersey , Hechavarria has converted remote plays (1-10 percent) at a stunning 15.4 percent clip throughout his career.While the sample sizes over a single season can be fairly small, he has faced 139 such plays in his seven-year career. He has also converted unlikely plays (10-40 percent) at a better-than-expected rate (43.9 percent). Both of his figures compare favorably to Andrelton Simmons, who is at 10.9 percent and 45.3 percent, respectively, in his career.These metrics aren’t perfect, of course. Hechavarria isn’t nearly the defender Simmons is, and most numbers put Iglesias ahead of him as well. FanGraphs’ Fan Scouting Report puts Hechavarria 19th among 59 shortstops with at least 2,000 innings played since 2012. That’s not bad — not elite, but a fair measure above average.Were this glove tied to an average-ish bat, Hechavarria would be a highly coveted free agent on this year’s market. Instead, Hechavarria is an all-glove player, but one that could fill in capably as a stopgap option while prospects like Sergio Alcantara and Willi Castro continue to develop.
  11. middle infield both defensively and offensively."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers AnalysisJosh Harrison is a nice late addition for the TigersNew http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey ,6commentsSigning Josh Harrison has improved the Tigers’ middle infield both defensively and offensively.ESTShareTweetShareShareJosh Harrison is a nice late addition for the TigersPhilip G. Pavely-USA TODAY SportsNote: the Tigers have not officially announced the move yet, but with Ron Gardenhire offering up quotes on Josh Harrison this week, we figured it was time to start dissecting his addition.The one thing that the Detroit Tigers were really lacking at the start of spring training was depth and experience up the middle, and in the lineup overall. General manager Al Avila shored up that deficit on Wednesday by signing 31-year-old infielder Josh Harrison. Harrison is a versatile player who at one point finished ninth in the NL MVP voting back in 2014. Up to this point, he has spent the entirety of his eight year major league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he’s someone you will notice from the get-go in a Tigers uniform.While Harrison isn’t a typical offensive-heavy guy, and doesn’t leave the park that often, he reaches base at a good pace, with a .317 career on-base percentage. He can find the gaps to go extra bases as well, boasting a .408 career slugging percentage. Because of that, Harrison is a great addition for the Tigers. He checks all the boxes for a cheap veteran signing.An important aspect to a guy like Harrison is that he can play multiple positions, including second base, third base, and the outfield. He has even played a little bit at shortstop too. He split all of the 2018 season between second and third base; we imagine he will play most of his games at second this year. He did play in the outfield as recently as 2017, and logged over 700 career innings in the outfield for the Pirates. He might even get a few reps out there as a late-game replacement or injury fill-in. I don’t think we will see Harrison at shortstop much, if at all, given he only has roughly 200 career innings there, and none since 2014.Although he is not well known for his defense, he has been well above average in the field. In 2017, he was worth 3.8 dWAR between second, third, and the corner outfielder positions. He has been worth +20 defensive runs saved (DRS) in his career at second. He took a step back last year, at -2 DRS and -0.8 dWAR. But in 2017, his second All-Star season, he was tied with Ian Kinsler for second in defensive runs saved at second base, with +6. Although 2018 was a regression, we are not too far off from some of his best production.While this is hard to quantify, Harrison, by all accounts, is also a great clubhouse guy. He brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm to the diamond, which is very noticeable if you have seen any of his games with the Pirates.But don’t take my word for it, listen to new shortstop Jordy Mercer, who was teammates with Harrison for eight years in Pittsburgh. Mercer was “excited” to have Harrison joining the team, according to Evan Woodbery of MLive.Ron Gardenhire is also happy about the signing, as he told the Detroit News’ Chris McCosky.Though this signing dampens the hype around a full-time position at second base for Niko Goodrum given the breakout he had in 2018. But rest assured Freddie Freeman Jersey , Goodrum will still get his reps in. Like Harrison, Goodrum can play all over the field, giving the Tigers a number of possible lineups to toy with throughout the season.This is without a doubt my favorite aspect to the Harrison signing; it sets the Tigers up with a lot of flexibility between the middle infield and outfield positions. Given how many young players are breaking into the 25-man roster, the Tigers have a lot of different options available. They aren’t locked into any set lineup, and can shift spots around to give them the best possible matchups — or work around any other issues a team goes through during the year. Although the Tigers aren’t projected to make a postseason run this year, Gardenhire has enough flexibility on his roster to make strategizing difficult for the opposition.I don’t expect Harrison to light the world on fire, but he should look similar to what we saw at the tail end of Ian Kinsler’s stint with the Tigers. Harrison will provide solid and reliable defense, and will have a decent impact at the plate. Avila hit the nail on the head with this signing, it seems. He has displayed a knack for filling in the gaps on the roster, helping to ensure the Tigers have a productive veteran presence on their roster. And while they are projected to finish in last place, Harrison is a legitimate upgrade for their everyday lineup. Arizona Fall League prospect news and updates from October 9-13, 2018"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Scaling the RocksPebble ReportRockpileRockies Game ThreadsRockies Fan ExperienceRockies Minor Leagues and ProspectsAFL Week 1: Rockies’ position player prospects start AFL with hitting streaksNew,16commentsArizona Fall League prospect news and updates from October 9-13, 2018BySamantha Bradfield@SammieB_27Oct 15, 2018,8:00am AFL Week 1: Rockies’ position player prospects start AFL with hitting streaksArizona Fall League play began on Tuesday, and each of the Rockies seven prospects saw action in at least two games each for the Salt River Rafters. Ryan Castellani (no. 7 PuRP) was the exception since he started Tuesday’s opener. All three position players — Tyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP), Sam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP), and Josh Fuentes — began play with hits in back-to-back games. Of the three, Fuentes was the only one to record extra base hits in back-to-back games on Tuesday and Wednesday, before going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Friday against the Scottsdale Scorpions. Friday was his third start. Nevin and Hilliard only played two games each this week, but still were able to notch at least one hit in both games.鈽?鈽?鈽匴eek of October 9-12Ryan Castellani (no. 7 PuRP): 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 KTyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP): 2 GS, 4-for-9,4 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, KSam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP): 2 GS, 4-for-9, 2 R http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , 3B, 3 KJesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 2 K, HRJosh Fuentes: 3 GS, 3-for-13, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, 4 K Mitch Horacek: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K, HRJustin Lawrence: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB鈽?鈽?鈽匒FL Season TotalRyan Castellani (no. 7 PuRP): 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K (9.00 ERA)Tyler Nevin (no. 12 PuRP): 2 GS, 4-for-9,4 R, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K (.444/.545/.556)Sam Hilliard (no. 13 PuRP): 2 GS, 4-for-9, 2 R Bob Uecker Jersey , 3B, 3 K (.444/.444/.667)Jesus Tinoco (no. 21 PuRP): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, BB, 2 K, HR (2.25 ERA)Josh Fuentes: 3 GS, 3-for-13, 2 R, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, BB, 4 K (.231/.286/.462)Mitch Horacek: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 K, HR (10.13 ERA)Justin Lawrence: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB (9.00 ERA)鈽?鈽?鈽匫ctober 15-20 ScheduleMonday, October 15: Salt River Rafters @ Peoria Javelinas, 1:35 pm MTTuesday, October 16: Salt River Rafters @ Mesa Solar Sox, 7:35 pm MTWednesday, October 17: Salt River Rafters vs. Mesa Solar Sox, 7:35 pm MTThursday, October 18: Salt River Rafters vs. Glendale Desert Dogs, 7:35 pm MTFriday, October 19: Salt River Rafters @ Glendale Desert Dogs, 1:35 pm MTSaturday, October 20: Salt River Rafters vs. Peoria Javelinas, 1:35 pm MT
  12. Big Mike vs Miley Cyrus is the match-up in the second game of this series."First Pitch: 7:10p CentralTelevision: FOX Sports North Joe Carter Jersey , fubo.tv (subscription)Radio: WCCO 830 AM, Treasure Island Baseball Network (English); twinsbeisbol.com (espa帽ol)Know Thine Enemy: The Crawfish BoxesI really love retro baseball uniforms. (I would get into retro throwback hockey sweaters as well, but I don’t follow the NHL closely enough to care.) I have quite a few, including a Houston Astros “tequila sunrise” jersey. You know the one: the top third of the jersey was white with “Astros” spelled out in dark navy blue. The bottom third is layered with various and shades of orange and yellow with a red stripe in the middle of the ensemble. A big dark navy blue star is on the bottom right (player’s left) to complete it, making it look like a shooting star. Once I got the idea to start collecting retro baseball uniforms, this one was high on my list and one of the first ones I bought. The Astros should bring it back full-time, but that’s just me. If only the Minnesota Twins would bring back powder blues...Enough of my rambling and onto the game. The Twins won pretty handily yesterday against the Astros and look to win tonight and secure at least a series win against a really good team in the second match of this three-game series. Minnesota has called upon Michael Pineda, a.k.a. “Big Mike”, to start on the mound tonight. He’s notched two wins so far this season in four starts, but he’s looking to bounce back after a not-so-great start against the Toronto Blue Jays: 3.2 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, BB, K, 2 HR, all on only 75 pitches and being tagged with the L. Wade Miley Cyrus will toe the rubber for the Astros. FUN FACT: He’s with his sixth different team in as many years (Arizona Diamondbacks http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-b.j.-upton-jersey , Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers). ADDITIONAL FUN FACT: Miley will be the first lefty starter the Twins will see this season so expect the broadcasters to say that at least 15 times tonight. He’s sporting a 3.32 ERA in 21.2 IP right now, allowing 8 ER and only two homers this season with a WHIP of 1.200. His last outing was in a loss against the Oakland Athletics in a close contest: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, BB, K, HR. Those two earned runs were the only two scored by Oakland in their win, and Miley was also given the loss. The “Minnesota Twins are facing a lefty starter for the first time this season” lineups:TWINSASTROSGO tWINs GO! If success is the best revenge, consider Miles Mikolas avenged.After three years in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, apparently unwanted by all 30 MLB clubs, Mikolas is back in the big leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals and pitching like he belongs.Check that鈥攈e's pitching like a bona fide ace.First, some background: Mikolas broke into The Show in 2012 with the San Diego Padres and posted a 3.62 ERA in 32.1 innings out of the bullpen. By 2014, he'd bounced to the Texas Rangers and posted an unsightly 6.44 ERA in 10 starts.He never eclipsed a middling 6.4 strikeouts per nine innings in a single season at the highest level. He looked Corey Kluber Jersey , threw and quacked like an easily discarded fringe arm.In 2015, Mikolas crossed the Pacific and caught on with the Yomiuri Giants. "I went to Japan because I was going to have a little bit of a leash," Mikolas said in May, per Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You can work through things."Jeff Roberson/Associated PressWork through them he did. In three campaigns with the Giants, he put up a 31-13 record and 2.18 ERA and got extensive experience as a starter.It was enough to catch the attention of the Cardinals, who inked him to a two-year, $15.5 million contract in December 2017.He was 29 years old and hadn't tested his mettle against major league hitters in years. Cards fans could be forgiven for yawning.Nine months later, Mikolas is an integral piece of a St. Louis team that's fighting for a postseason berth.In 173.2 innings with the Red Birds, Mikolas boasts a 3.06 ERA and 14-4 record. He made the National League All-Star team. Since Independence Day, the Cardinals have won 10 of his 12 starts.His 94.8 mph average four-seam fastball velocity is slightly above his MLB career average of 94.4 mph, per FanGraphs. Yet, he'sthrowing it 27 percent of the time compared to a big league career average of 31 percent and leaning more heavily on his breaking balls."It's a high percent of off-speed stuff for strikes early and that's not easily done by pitchers," Padres manager Andy Green said of Mikolas, a former Friar, per Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "A lot of guys have trouble doing that and he's proved so far he's very effective at that this year.""Learning to pitch rather than throw" is something of a cliche, but it's a cliche for a reason."We count on all our starters Ricky Vaughn Jersey , but Miles has been an anchor for us," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, per MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch. "He's been able to separate worlds and still compete. Tough guy."Morry Gash/Associated PressHe's not a strikeout machine with an average of 6.2 per nine. But he's walked an NL-low 1.4 per nine. There is room in the game for command artists. Not every successful pitcher needs to blow hitters away.In many respects, Mikolas' improbable journey mirrors that ofnow-retired right-hander Ryan Vogelsong. After the San Francisco Giants traded him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001, Vogelsong suffered injuries and endured inconsistency. He ended up in Japan, rediscovered his groove, ultimately returned to the Giants on a flier contract in 2011 and wound up making an All-Star team and winning two titles with San Francisco.It's unclear if Mikolas will reach similar heights. This much we know: Entering play Wednesday, the Cardinals narrowly held the NL's second wild-card position despite making no significant trade-deadline additions, trading outfielder Tommy Pham and firing manager Mike Matheny.Mikolas isn't the only factor. Infielder Matt Carpenter is putting together an MVP-quality season. Rookie outfielder Harrison Bader and rookie right-hander Jack Flaherty have made significant impacts.Mikolas is the X-factor, though, the delightfully unexpected ingredient.For a guy who was recently pitching in anonymity an ocean away, this must feel pretty damn good. All statistics current entering Thursday and courtesy of Baseball Reference and FanGraphs.
  13. Matt Szczur Jersey , the Brewers are still checking in on a longtime target"Brewers general manager David Stearns has been interested in Sonny Gray for a long time, and that interest hasn’t waned dispite the departure of Gray’s former college pitching coach, according to the latest reports.Jon Morosi says the Brewers are still a “prominent” part of trade talks for the former All-Star who’s all but guaranteed to be traded out of the Bronx this winter.Stearns’ interest in Gray goes all the way back to the trade deadline in 2017, when the right-hander was still with Oakland. Stearns refused to give up Lewis Brinson in those initial trade talks, and Gray went to the New York Yankees instead. But after all of that deadline excitement, Gray’s tenure in pinstripes has ended up more like A.J. Burnett than C.C. Sabathia.Despite increasing his strikeout rates in the Bronx, he’s seen an ERA a full run higher than it was in Oakland (4.51 with the Yankees http://www.padresfanproshop.com/authentic-brad-hand-jersey , 3.42 in 5 years with the A’s). A big part of that is an increase in his home run rate -- 1.1 per 9 innings with the Yankees, as opposed to 0.8 per 9 before -- which is likely to be expected with a move from one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in the AL to one of the most hitter-friendly.Things didn’t get any better when Gray was caught by cameras laughing as the Bronx booed him off the mound this past season. He ended the year getting pulled from the starting rotation and pitching out of the bullpen. While results were better there, Yankees GM Brian Cashman all but announced he was going to have to trade Gray this year, saying it would be “best for everyone involved” if Gray pitched somewhere other than New York.It seemed like a lot of the Brewers’ continued interest in Gray was rooted in the fact that they were employing his former Vanderbilt pitching coach -- Derek Johnson. Once Johnson took an offer he couldn’t turn down in Cincinnati, that connection followed and it was speculated the Reds were interested. As Morosi notes, that’s likely cooled off after they traded for two other starters this month in Tanner Roark and Alex Wood.Gray is slated to make about $10 million this year in arbitration, which is another motivating factor for the Yankees to move him -- especially if they hope to clear payroll room to sign someone like Manny Machado. That salary may be tough to fit into the expected Brewers’ budget of $110 million or so Trevor Hoffman Jersey , but that may be a better investment than trying to sign a starting pitcher on the free agent market, even if Gray is set to become a free agent at the end of the year.Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference New starter Iv谩n Nova makes his Cactus League debut, as the South Siders hope to start March better than they ended February"WhiteFanposts FanpostsFanshotsSections AnalysisGame RecapsGamethreadsMinorsOffbeatFull ArchiveExclusives South Side Sox Hall of FameCard of the MonthDeep DiveDigitsFlashbackFranchise FactsKnow Your EnemyMost Essential White SoxRace to the BottomSix Pack of StatsSouth Side SnapSouth Side StumperSSS Literary SupplementSuper Stats PackThe Game I’ll Never ForgetTwitterpatingUnder the RadarView From the Other SideWhite Sox on SB Nation HomeStoriesScheduleRosterStatsWhite Sox on Yahoo! HomeDepth ChartTransactionsMasthead MastheadMeet the Players!Links White Sox Web LinksSouth Side Sox standardsCommunity GuidelinesOdds Shop StubHub 鉁昗hite Sox GamethreadsGamethread: White Sox at RangersNew,69commentsNew starter Iv谩n Nova makes his Cactus League debut, as the South Siders hope to start March better than they ended FebruaryCSTShareTweetShareShareGamethread: White Sox at RangersSuper, Nova? A sneaky-good season from our most prominent free agent starter signing would go a long way toward meeting those 72-win projections for the White Sox.Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsIt’s essentially an off-day for the Chicago White Sox up in Surprise! this afternoon, with only three likely Opening Day starters in the lineup: Adam Engel Evan Longoria Jersey , Yonder Alonso and Welington Castillo.Which is not to say there isn’t some (future) star power in the lineup, with Eloy in left field, Nick Madrigal at second base, and Luis getting some reps at ... DH. (Why wouldn’t you plug in the young guy for some center field time and give Engel an early breather? Odd.)On the Texas side, Shelby Miller is making his spring debut on the mound, and old friend Matt Davidson, with two homers already this spring Andrew McCutchen Jersey , bats sixth and plays first base.No broadcast is available. It’s a Gameday-only affair.Carlos Rod贸n will be making his spring debut tomorrow, hosting the Colorado Rockies.More information on today’s game.
  14. FORT MYERS Zack Greinke Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora addressed the team on Friday morning about the death of longtime Boston Globe baseball writer Nick Cafardo.Cora said he told the players to enjoy themselves on the field and to celebrate Cafardo’s life.Cafardo collapsed outside the Red Sox clubhouse on Thursday and died of what his newspaper said was an apparent embolism. He was 62 and had covered the team for most of the past 30 years.The Red Sox placed a dozen roses at Cafardo’s seat in the press box on Friday morning. The Baltimore Orioles‘ beat writers and media-relations staff sent five dozen donuts, along with their condolences.Cora used his mid-morning session with reporters to speak for more than seven minutes about Cafardo and chose not to discuss any other topics.He told reporters: “That’s why I don’t get caught up in the whole game. It’s just a game. When you leave, that’s real. Life is real.” In all seriousness, this was more important than the major league game played between these teams in DC."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁昅iami Marlins News and RumorsMiami Marlins Prospects and Draft CoverageMarlins Park hosts instructional league game between Marlins and Nationals top prospectsNew,1commentIn all seriousness, this was more important than the major league game played between these teams in DC.ByEly Sussman@RealElySep 26 http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , 2018,4:09pm EDTShareTweetShareShareMarlins Park hosts instructional league game between Marlins and Nationals top prospectsPhoto by @FlaSmitty/TwitterMarlins Park isn’t hosting any more MLB games in 2018, but the club is getting plenty of use out of the venue this week. It’s open on Saturday to prospective season ticket-holders, and on Wednesday afternoon, Marlins and Nationals prospects brought their instructional league matchup down to Miami.Both rosters are stacked with future big leaguers, many of whom saw action during the 1:10 p.m. game.Representing Fish Stripes Randy Johnson Jersey , Ian Smith was in the building through it all (the event was not open to the public).Why did the Marlins set this up in the first place? Let Gary Denbo, VP of player development and scouting, explain:Early-round draft picks ConnorScott (foot) and WillBanfield (toe) were kept out of the starting lineup as a precaution, according to Andre Fernandez of The Athletic. (Scott entered in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter.) TristanPompey also had his mind on the future:They still went through pre-game warmups:And addressed the media:Some additional news from Denbo (h/t Craig Mish, SiriusXM):MonteHarrison and IsanDiaz spent most of this past summer as teammates with Double-A Jacksonville. Diaz earned a promotion to Triple-A New Orleans for his final 36 games, while Harrison battled swing-and-miss issues. Neither is participating in instructionals.Regardless of where Harrison and Diaz are developmentally on Opening Day A. J. Pollock Jersey , it would be prudent for the Marlins to send them to the minors, delaying the clock on their MLB service time.Now, let’s get to the game itself! The Marlins starting lineup included five of the organization’s top 30 prospects (per MLB Pipeline):1) DH JoseDevers2) 2B ChristopherTorres3) 3B James Nelson4) 1B SeanReynolds5) CF Thomas Jones6) SS Marcos Rivera7) LF CoreyBird8) C NickFortes9) RF DavisBradshawP JorgeGuzmanThe 22-year-old Guzman impressed the scouts in attendance with three perfect innings. Somebody who struggled with control during much of the regular season (64 BB in 96.0 IP at High-A Jupiter), he had no such issues against the Nats.Guzman’s final line: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R http://www.diamondbacksfanproshop.com/authentic-zack-greinke-jersey , 0 BB, 4 K, 34 pitches/23 strikesThe Marlins jumped in front 1-0 on a defensive miscue. Washington answered back with a run against right-hander BradyPuckett in the top of the fourth. Despite a few opportunities with runners on base, neither team tacked on from there. The game ended in a 1-1 tie after 10 innings.Here’s the Marlins’ remaining instructional league schedule. Home games will be at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter (open to the public):Marlins 2018 Instructional League ScheduleDateTimeOpponentDateTimeOpponentMarlins Communications
  15. history stands like this: World Series appearances 1 http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , NL West titles 0.No divisional crowns is a particular figure that All-Star shortstop Trevor Story and his teammates are keenly aware of and hope to remedy, especially with the Rockies climbing into a place they’ve rarely been this late in the season: All alone at the top of the NL West. The Rockies haven’t occupied first place this late in the year since 1995.Colorado began an off day Thursday with a 1 ½-game divisional lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2 games over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies (77-62) start a pivotal stretch by hosting the Dodgers for three games starting Friday and then Arizona for four more.Buckle up. These last 23 games reckon to be quite a ride.“A division title would be huge, obviously, since we’ve never done that,” said Story, who crushed three homers Wednesday, including one that went a Coors Field-record 505 feet according to Statcast. “We’re very confident we can do it. We’re going for it.”The Rockies are a little bit of an anomaly among division-leading team. Consider this: The Rockies are a minus-8 in run differential. For comparison, the front-running Boston Red Sox are plus-223 in the AL East and the defending World Series champion Houston Astros a plus-235 in the AL West.Colorado doesn’t even have the best odds of making the postseason out of its division. According to ESPN, the Rockies have a 48.2 percent chance, while the Dodgers check in at 77.6 percent.“I still think we are the best team and I know when we are doing things right and playing the way we should,” said right-hander Jon Gray, who pitches Friday as the Dodgers counter with ace Clayton Kershaw. “We are going to be where we need to be at the end of the season.”Fresh off a sweep of the Giants, the Rockies find themselves a season-best 15 games above .500. They trailed by eight games after play on June 28, but have since gone 39-20 — including 5-0 in September.“We’ve been playing these kinds of meaningful games for a long time now,” Story said.The last time Colorado was in sole possession of first at this juncture of the year was 1995. That happened to be the season the team moved into its new digs at Coors Field and was led by players such as Dante Bichette, Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga and Vinny Castilla, who’s currently the team’s special assistant to the general manager. They were leading until Sept. 27 when they lost to a Dodgers team that would go on to win the division by a game.Colorado earned a wild-card spot that season. Over the team’s history, they’ve appeared in the postseason four times — all as a wild-card. The Rockies rode a wave of momentum to the 2007 World Series, before being swept by Boston. Last season, they lost a one-game playoff to the Diamondbacks in their first playoff appearance since ’09.“There hasn’t been any rah-rah talk Aaron Judge Jersey , no pep talks,” Gray said. “We know what needs to be done. Maybe that was needed last year. But not this time.”Story and Nolan Arenado are pacing the offense with NL MVP-caliber seasons. Story is hitting .298 with 31 homers, 95 RBIs and 25 stolen bases. He’s also playing Gold Glove-worthy shortstop. Despite a recent slump, Arenado is batting .297 with 31 homers and 93 RBIs. He’s going for his sixth straight Gold Glove at third base.The team added even more of a veteran presence by bringing in slugger Matt Holliday, who joins a lineup that includes second baseman DJ LeMahieu, outfielder Charlie Blackmon, converted first baseman Ian Desmond and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. Younger players such as David Dahl and Ryan McMahon have been coming up clutch, too.On the pitching side, left-hander Kyle Freeland is among the leaders in ERA (2.96), while German Marquez is coming off back-to-back double-digit strikeout performances. The bullpen has been shaky at times this season, but Adam Ottavino has 100 strikeouts to go with a 1.96 ERA and closer Wade Davis leads the NL with 38 saves.After finishing their current 10-game homestand, the Rockies hit the road for nine straight. At 40-32 away from home, they’re one victory away from tying their mark for most wins on the road in a season (2009, ’17).“This team knows what needs to be done,” Gray said. “We are on the same page and we are feeling it happen.” The Bless You Boys staff debates what we should be watching for as the baseball season gets underway."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Prospect NotebookDetroit Tigers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers AnalysisDetroit Tigers Editorials & OpinionsTigers Den Roundtable: What do you want to see from the Tigers in spring training?New,50commentsThe Bless You Boys staff debates what we should be watching for as the baseball season gets underway.ESTShareTweetShareShareTigers Den Roundtable: What do you want to see from the Tigers in spring training?Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY SportsWe made it.While we still have a few days until the Detroit Tigers officially open camp for spring training, the long slog of the MLB offseason is behind us. The 2019 season is almost here; even though we may start complaining about spring training games in just a few days, boring, meaningless baseball is still better than no baseball at all.Unfortunately, our beloved Tigers are not expected to be competitive this year. They may not be all that good in 2020 either, or even in 2021. We are at the frustratingly slow apex of the rebuild Gleyber Torres Jersey , and still aren’t sure when the Tigers will next be ready for postseason glory.That said, there are still reasons to be excited for the upcoming season. The Tigers are finally starting to graduate prospects to the majors, and have some other interesting players in their system that haven’t quite reached their potential yet. Even the established veterans have some interesting question marks hanging over them.This week’s question: what is the one thing you are watching for from the Tigers this spring?Ashley: I’m really excited to see how well Daniel Norris performs this spring. Call me a dumb optimist, but I’m really hopeful to see this be the year he gets it all together and just does something magical.Adam: Given the MLB team’s lack of commitment to winning, I’m going to be looking for those diamonds in the rough — those bricks in the rebuild that should give us some consolation in these trying times. Someone like a Niko Goodrum, or a player who wills his way into the discussion when the team heads back north.Peter: I want to see if any of the prospects can force their way onto the big league roster with a great spring. We know the incumbents are, for the most part, not the future of this team. I’m chomping at the bit to see how the future looks.Kenon: Do we have a list of fringe 25-man guys who are out of options? Those are the ones I’m watching, as they are the ones likely to make the team and then get designated for assignment on May 1./short interlude to build suspenseKenon: It looks like it’s just Buck Farmer and Drew VerHagen, really.Adam: Farmer was who came to mind first for me.Kenon: Reed Garrett obviously and Dustin Peterson also.Zane: I want to see strong performances from the starting rotation. Specifically, I really want to see a return to form from Norris. At his peak prospect status, he was as highly touted as Casey Mize is now, and that potential is still there for him. He will turn 26 in April and it takes plenty of guys a while to come around. Corey Kluber, for example, did not break out until he was 28 and didn’t post his first successful season until 27.That said, if 29-year-old Matt Moore flashes his 2016 form, or if Spencer Turnbull continues to dazzle, I want to see them have important roles on the team, as well. I would rather see Turnbull in a 2013 Drew Smyly type role in the bullpen before sending Norris into the ‘pen — I’d be interested to see Moore in the bullpen as well. Having too many starting pitchers is a great problem to have, and I hope the Tigers have it.Kenon: How can Peterson have no options if he only did one two-game stint in the majors with Atlanta? Need one of you contract experts to explain that to me.Cody: Once you are added to the 40-man, they have to option you to send you down to the minors.Kenon: Okay Tyler Austin Jersey , this is a better resource than Spotrac for options, I guess. Peterson has two options remaining.Cody: Even if they do it at the start of the season and you never play a game in the majors that year, you still burn an option.Kenon: So it’s Farmer, VerHagen, and Mikie Mahtook that I’m watching, along with Reed Garrett.Cody: Yes I think those are the guys that can’t be optioned, but just going off memoryJeff: The one thing I’m looking for in spring training: health. We are told Miguel Cabrera, Daniel Norris, and Jordan Zimmermann are healthy this year. I’ll believe it when I see it. Jeimer Candelario was battling a wrist injury for most of the 2018 season; is it fully healed? Michael Fulmer had knee surgery in the offseason; is he 100 percent ready to go? We already have a team with a lot of rookies and prospects. We will see even more if these players have to spend a significant amount of time on the disabled list.Patrick:Rob: Well there’s one thing we won’t be looking for.Chris: I’m looking forward to seeing some of the younger guys in action. With a 2019 season outlook that’s just as bleak as the last, a good look at the glimmers of light that are on the horizon for this team is going to be a welcomed sight. If MLB.com’s roster is to be believed, we’ll be seeing Casey Mize, Franklin Perez, Kyle Funkhouser, Jake Rogers, and Daz Cameron in Lakeland. And who knows? There may even be the outside chance of one of them cracking the roster and traveling north with the team.Brandon: Jeff’s point about assessing the health of Cabrera, and a lot of other players coming off injury plagued seasons is probably my key focus as well. But I am very interested in seeing the prospects who will be in camp. They, and younger players like Norris, Fulmer, Candelario, Stewart and Joe Jimenez are hugely important to the future, so while spring training performance doesn’t particularly matter much http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , getting a look at all these guys together should be pretty interesting, and will function as a guide to where our attention is going to be focused in another lost season from the team perspective.Rob: I think I’ve pondered this elsewhere around the site over the past few months, but I’m interested to see how the minor league rosters shake up this spring. Casey Mize could potentially start as high as Double-A, though an early logjam in that rotation might push him down to High-A Lakeland. Parker Meadows is another interesting case study; will he start the year in full season ball? Kody Clemens and Brock Deatherage both need to prove last year was no fluke, so where will they start in 2019?Kyle: I am curious to see if any of the younger players perform well enough to steal away some projected playing time from some of the older signings, even if it does not happen right away. Tyson Ross and Matt Moore will start in the rotation, but could a big spring from someone like Spencer Turnbull force his way into a starting spot? Likewise, Gordon Beckham and Jordy Mercer were added to plug some gaps in the infield, but it would be much more interesting to see those at bats go to someone like Willi Castro or Dawel Lugo, assuming they look good enough to be ready. Since wins are not the end goal of the season, it makes sense to see what the organization’s youth can do in Detroit this season.Rob: I’d also like to see if they add anyone. The Tigers could probably use another catcher, and there are still some interesting players at other position (hi, Josh Harrison) on the free agent market.Adam: On Rob’s point, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Tigers already have the minors mapped out for a lot of guys. It’ll be fun to watch them in action, but I’m not terribly sure they’re playing for the highest spot in the minors they can get to. Especially given the focus the franchise currently has on developing talent — there’s no sense of urgency from the front office. For instance Mize, I just can’t see starting any higher than Lakeland unless something supernatural occurs.Rob: Avila basically said they will probably start him in Lakeland because of the weather. It makes sense too, because there are a lot of guys for those five rotation spots in Erie.What are you watching for this spring?
  16. "WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Twinkie Town Farm ReportSatire Brandon Belt Jersey , Irreverence, & Other HumorGame RecapsGame ThreadsGame 152: Twins at TigersNew,66commentsNot much baseball left. Some come join us! ByDan Carlson@danielcarlsonSep 19, 2018, 12:15pm EDTShareTweetShareShareGame 152: Twins at TigersI’m sure Polanco had to jump to give Mauer that high-fiveRick Osentoski-USA TODAY SportsFirst Pitch: 12:10 PM CDT in DetroitTV: FSNO Radio: WCCO 830. TIBNKnow Thine Enemy: Bless You BoysLefty Gabriel Moya will be the opener again today. This will be his fourth time being used in that role, and pitched scoreless frames the last two outings.Stephen Gonsalvesis expected to be the primary pitcher after Moya. Baseball has not been kind to Gonsalves yet on the big stage. Let’s hope he has a good day today.The Tigers will go with Spencer Turnbull, who is making his first MLB start.He made his debut a few days ago, pitching one solid scoreless inning in relief.Today's LineupsTWINSTIGERSMusic: Mike Wright added "Jr." to the back of his uniform this season. It did not turn him into a new pitcher. He looked the same as ever, if not worse, since now we know he’s a bad relief pitcher on top of a bad starter."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Commentary & AnalysisOrioles ProspectsOrioles Game RecapsOrioles News and RumorsCamdencastCommentary & AnalysisThe Orioles gave Mike Wright another chance to improve in 2018, and he didn’tNew,18commentsMike Wright added “Jr.” to the back of his uniform this season. It did not turn him into a new pitcher. He looked the same as ever, if not worse, since now we know he’s a bad relief pitcher on top of a bad starter.ByMark BrownOct 22, 2018,9:00am EDTShareTweetShareShareThe Orioles gave Mike Wright another chance to improve in 2018 http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , and he didn’tEvan Habeeb-USA TODAY SportsA lot of things had to go wrong for the Orioles to finish with a 47-115 record in the 2018 season. It’s more than just that: A lot of things went wrong before the season even started because they had a bad plan that was probably never going to work out. One of the signs of that bad plan was one that counted on Mike Wright Jr. to be a part of the pitching staff. This was always going to go poorly.There is nothing revolutionary in observing that Wright has never gotten good results over a season while pitching for the Orioles. It is much like stating that the Earth revolves around the sun. The fact was proven long ago. You can comfortably go about your day-to-day existence confident that this will never change. It seems everyone has gotten that memo except for whoever was running the Orioles this past season. Not even the flurry of late-spring training free agent signings and the weird Rule 5 obsession could dislodge Wright from a roster spot; once the season began, no amount of poor performance could send him packing, either. Many a blowout became more of a blowout thanks to Wright’s intervention in 2018. It didn’t matter, because this season was so terrible in so many ways that nothing really mattered, but it was still frustrating to see it again and again.No one reasonable would ever fault a blind person for being unable to see. In a similar way, perhaps you can’t fault Wright for being a poor pitcher at the MLB level. It’s not his fault the Orioles have, for whatever reason, continued to convince themselves that he might be worth anything. Some people just aren’t good at this. That’s what makes the good MLB players so special: You have to be freakishly good at baseball to make it.Maybe the Orioles aren’t even wrong. Maybe there is something resembling an acceptable MLB pitcher somewhere in there, and maybe the Orioles have just been too loaded with backwards-thinking dunderheads in their pitching development program to unearth the best version of Wright. Consider the very recent example of Wade Miley, as thorough of a failure in 2016 and 2017 as you will ever see shuffle through these parts. Miley was terrible, so terrible here it seemed that he could not possibly have any redeeming quality whatsoever, and he just managed to have a successful half-season with the Brewers that saw him pitch in three games in the just-concluded NLCS.The best you can say about Wright is maybe he could see such a transformation if someone who ever has a clue got to speaking to him. The worst that you can say about him is how he pitched in 2018.This was supposed to be his time. Freed from the team stubbornly continuing to miscast him as a starting pitcher, Wright was supposed to be able to unleash his arsenal in a new way as a reliever. As the team went down in flames around him, the opportunity was there to seize a late-inning relief role. That was the theory. Instead, Wright walked more batters than ever, got fewer ground balls than ever http://www.giantsfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , pitched with no extra velocity compared to his time as a starting pitcher, and was as prone to dugout tantrums as ever. This was all too familiar, or even worse than that.You can’t judge a pitcher solely by his ERA, but for me, just looking at Wright’s 5.55 ERA over 84.1 innings is just too much. I don’t want to hear the excuses. It might be that it was bad defense. After all, Wright’s BABIP jumped to .344 - well above the average. It’s tough to accept that even one of MLB’s best defenses, rather than one of MLB’s worst, could have transformed him into even a mediocre relief pitcher. The Fielding Independent Pitching stat, which attempts to remove quality of defense from evaluating a pitcher, puts Wright at a 4.79. That still sucks for a relief pitcher, and it would suck for a starting pitcher too on most teams that aren’t the Orioles.It’s not like this is an aberration for Wright’s MLB career. His ERAs in his career are: 6.04, 5.79, 5.76, and 5.55. FIP has never indicated he deserved much better than this. A generous Orioles TV and radio commentator might remark, “Wright has shown improvement every year of his career!” The informed listener would laugh. Wright will be 29 years old in January. This is probably who he is and who he always will be.Presumably, the old Orioles regime had some strange Mark Melancon Jersey , inexplicable fondness for Wright that led them to give him so many chances. There will soon be a new sheriff in town whose identity we do not yet know. Not much from Wright’s career is likely to result in this person taking over the reins, peering at Wright, and thinking, “Yes, that’s the guy we need to keep around.”On the other hand, maybe the new group won’t be able to resist giving him one more chance. Wright’s already here, and it’s not like there’s some bumper crop of high-minors pitching talent waiting to finally push him into the discard pile. That’s part of the Orioles problem. Wright himself is whatever. Sometimes you call up a guy and he’s not good enough. It happens. He earned a shot, no harm in giving it to him. The fact that the Orioles could do no better than Wright over several years is the kind of thing that should have cost a GM his job - and perhaps was part of why Dan Duquette has lost his job. A functioning organization doesn’t need to keep giving guys like this a chance. Is there really so much upside remaining? I have been wrong on this website before and will be wrong on it again, but nonetheless, I don’t expect to regret making this assessment: Wright will never be a good or even acceptable MLB pitcher over any large sample size. To support this argument, I offer his career, especially his 2018 season.
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He had not allowed a run to the Giants in 12 straight games against them.“Archie just made a mistake to a really good hitter,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I thought he threw the ball well outside of that.”Right-hander Ray Black (1-0) earned his first major league win with a scoreless seventh inning. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth with two outs against Giants relievers Tony Watson and Sam Dyson, but Dyson got Ketel Marte to fly out to end the inning.Will Smith retired the Diamondbacks in order with two strikeouts in the ninth for his seventh save.“The pitching was there and we needed it,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey returned to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game for concussion testing. Posey played first base and reached base twice.Both starters lasted 5 1/3 innings in no-decision efforts. The Giants’ Derek Holland allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six with two walks. The Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray walked four and struck out eight, giving up two runs on seven hits.Steven Souza Jr.’s third home run of the season sailed into the left field seats and gave Arizona a 1-0 lead in the second inning. But the Giants tied the game in the third.Longoria http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , who had three hits on the day, beat the defensive shift with a two-out single to drive in Andrew McCutchen. He has reached base in eight of his last nine plate appearances.Marte bounced a single to right field to drive in Eduardo Escobar from second base for a 2-1 Diamondbacks lead in the fourth.The Giants had a chance for a big inning in the sixth. Longoria led off with a double and scored on Nick Hundley’s single, but Hundley was thrown out by left fielder David Peralta trying to reach second base on the hit. Austin Slater followed with a single and reached third base before the inning ended with Yoshihisa Hirano striking out Gorkys Hernandez.PREGAME ACCIDENTRay said he was thinking about a little boy he accidentally hit with an errant throw during pregame long toss. The boy, whom Ray believed to be 4 or 5 years old, was fine and did not have to leave the stadium.“If he wouldn’t have been all right, I don’t know how I would have went out there and pitched today Roger Maris Jersey ,” Ray said.Ray and catcher John Ryan Murphy spoke to the boy and the two players signed autographs for him. “Him staying there and watching the game, that was big for me from a mental standpoint,” Ray said.WINNING AWAYThe Giants finished a six-game road trip to San Diego and Arizona with a 4-2 record after earning a series split against the Diamondbacks. It’s their first winning road trip this season and the first since going 4-2 at Pittsburgh and Detroit last year from June 30 to July 6.“It has been a while for us,” Bochy said. “It’s good to have a little success on the road.”TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Posey, who left Friday’s game in the third inning after he took a foul ball to his mask, could catch in Monday’s game if he continues to feel OK http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-giancarlo-stanton-jersey , Bochy said.Diamondbacks: IF Deven Marrero (strained oblique) played nine innings of a rehab assignment game with Triple-A Reno Saturday and was scheduled to play again Sunday. … OF Jarrod Dyson (groin strain) is hitting and throwing, but not doing serious running yet.UP NEXTGiants: RHP Dereck Rodriguez (5-1) is scheduled to pitch the opener of a two-game series against the Houston Astros Monday in San Francisco.Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (12-6) pitches the series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday at Chase Field. Danny Duffy and Reynaldo Lopez will face each other on the South Side todayDuffy has showed some signs of turning the corner as of late, while Lopez has some glaring performance splits.I see a few reasons to bet on this afternoon total that looks slightly off.A nice and (mostly) relaxing win in last night’s Tigers-Astros under 8.5, as Mike Fiers got a little redemption with a quality start after Houston left him off last year’s postseason roster. Although we owe more thanks to Dallas Keuchel for his performance. Now let’s move on to the penultimate day of the “first half.”Zylbert’s 2018 MLB Over/Under Record: 62-39-3, +18.95 unitsYesterday’s Result: Tigers-Astros Under 8.5, Fiers vs. Keuchel (WIN)*Each bet graded as if it were to win 1 unitKansas City Royals @ Chicago White Sox | O/U: 92:10 p.m. ETProbable Pitchers: Danny Duffy (4-8 Brett Gardner Jersey , 4.89 ERA) vs. Reynaldo Lopez (4-6, 3.77 ERA)After enduring some real lows in the first half of the season, Duffy owns a 4.89 ERA 鈥?his worst mark since his 2011 rookie seasonFortunately for the underrated 29-year-old southpaw, it looks like he’s turning a corner and has a chance to go into the break strong. While he’s been somewhat hit-or-miss recently, he has surrendered one run or fewer in four of his past six outings.Get The EdgeLIMITED TIME OFFER - 60% OFFUnlock this article + all the EDGE benefitsTRY EDGE TODAYNow accepting&Already an EDGE member?
  18. PORT CHARLOTTE Lance Parrish Jersey , Fla. (AP) — Rookie Brandon Lowe, who made his big league debut last August, has agreed to a $24 million, six-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.Lowe’s deal http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , announced Wednesday, includes club options for 2025 and 2026 with escalators based on MVP voting that could make the agreement worth $49 million over eight seasons.The 24-year-old infielder and outfielder has just 58 days of major league service.Lowe joins Evan Longoria, Matt Moore and Chris Archer as players with less than one year of major league service when they long-term deals with Tampa Bay.Lowe joined the Rays on Aug. 4 and appeared in 43 games. From Aug. 15 on, he hit .273 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 37 games.He gets $1 million this year Travis Wood Jersey , $1.5 million in 2020, $2.5 million in 2021, $4 million in 2022, $5.25 million in 2023 and $8.75 million in 2024. Tampa Bay has a $10.5 million option for 2025 with a $1 million buyout http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey , and if that is exercised the Rays have an $11.5 million option for 2026 with a $500,000 buyout.His option salaries would escalate by $1 million for each top five finish in MVP voting in any earlier season, up to a $2 million maximum for each option. LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — World Series MVP Steve Pearce needed a trip home to find his swing.The Lakeland High School product ended an 0-for-12 spring training start with two homers as the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers tied 4-4 on Thursday.“It just feels good to finally get a rhythm Jose Iglesias Jersey ,” Pearce said. “For my first couple games, the timing just wasn’t there. I was kind of clueless at the plate. But now the last couple days it’s starting to feel a lot better.”Pearce was given a Lakeland Dreadnaughts jersey with his number 5 on it by a fan. Pearce said the last time he probably homered in his hometown was in high school.“Look in the stands and I’ll see people I haven’t seen in 15 years,” Pearce said. “That’s pretty cool.”Notes: Slugger J.D. Martinez did not make the trip after being scratched from Wednesday’s game because of minor back tightness.
  19. Marcus Stroman Jersey , too, for the Colorado Rockies.Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh and had two hits, and the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-3 on Thursday to maintain their NL West lead.Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered and David Dahl had three hits and two RBIs to help Colorado remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Los Angeles and increase its advantage over the third-place Diamondbacks to 4 1/2 games. Los Angeles won 9-7 at St. Louis on Thursday night.“We’re playing good baseball, we’re a very confident team,” Arenado said. “Everyone’s playing a part. It’s great.”Freeland played two parts — keeping Arizona’s offense in check until his left calf cramped up in the seventh and doing damage with his bat. He had an RBI double in the second inning and started a rally in the fourth with a bunt single down the third base line.“I was amazed with him today. I really was,” Arenado said. “I was like, ‘He’s an animal. He wants to pitch, he wants to hit Devon Travis Jersey , he wants to run, he just wants to be out there.’ The best pitchers in this game, that’s how they are.”Freeland (15-7) was just as effective on the mound. He allowed two through six innings and left with one out in the seventh after giving up two extra-base hits. A cramp that bothered him in the sixth inning flared up again, but he said he is fine.“I’ve had it on the mound a couple of times before the season,” he said. “It’s nothing that I have concern about.”He was scheduled to face Clay Buchholz in the finale of the four-game series but the Diamondbacks right-hander was scratched from the start because of tightness in his right elbow. Matt Koch (5-5) started in his place and allowed four runs on eight hits in three innings.Manager Torey Lovullo said Buchholz felt the tightness in his elbow 26 pitches into his 32-pitch warmup and he was shut down.“We have learned through some difficult circumstances just get him off the mound and get him evaluated,” Lovullo said. “So he is presently on his way back to Arizona to see our team doctors and obviously get an MRI.”A.J. Pollock homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks are 3-12 in September. They lost 5-4 on Wednesday night when DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yoshihisa Hirano in the ninth inning.Arizona trailed 5-1 when Freeland gave up a triple to Steven Souza Jr. and a double to Nick Ahmed in the seventh. Freeland left after manager Bud Black and trainer Keith Dugger came to the mound.Yencey Almonte gave up an RBI double to Ketel Marte that made it 5-3. The Rockies responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning.Things don’t get easier for the Diamondbacks. They head to Houston to play the AL West leaders in a three-game weekend series.“We gotta get going, time is running out,” Souza said. “We are making it more difficult on ourselves but it’s not impossible.”After Arenado and Pollock traded solo home runs Roy Halladay Jersey , Freeland hit an RBI double over Pollock’s head in center to drive in Arenado and give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.Story’s home run in the third made it 4-1 and Freeland came through again in the fourth. He laid down a bunt single down the third base line to lead off and then scored on Dahl’s double to the corner in left.POWER COUPLEArenado and Story entered the franchise record books with their long balls. Arenado’s drive, his team-leading 34th, gave him 100 RBIs to become just the fourth player in Rockies history to have four straight seasons with at least 30 home runs and 100 RBIs.Story’s homer, his 33rd, is the most by a Colorado shortstop. He was tied with Troy Tulowitzki, who had 32 in 2009.Story trails Arenado in homers this season but he did have bragging rights Thursday. His 471-foot drive bested Arenado’s by 6 feet.“I really don’t care too much about that,” Story said. “Maybe later it’s cool to see how far it went. Just trying to put a good swing on the ball. If it goes over the fence, that’s all that matters.”GOING SOCIALThursday’s game was aired exclusively on Facebook Live.TRAINER’S ROOMDiamondbacks: LHP T.J. McFarland was sent back to Phoenix to have an MRI on his sore elbow. Lovullo said McFarland’s elbow soreness flared up Sunday but has been feeling better. If he checks out Lovullo said he would join the team in Houston.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: LHP Robbie Ray (5-2 http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , 4.18) will open a three-game series at the Astros on Friday night.Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-8, 4.89) will start Colorado’s nine-game trip against San Francisco on Friday night. Dustin Bradford/Getty ImagesPhiladelphia Phillies owner John Middleton's plane was in Bryce Harper's hometown of Las Vegas on Friday amid contract talks, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia.MLB.com's Todd Zolecki confirmed that Middleton's plane was in Las Vegas.MLB Network's Jon Heyman added that Harper and his team were also in Vegas.ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that a deal between Harper and the Phillies will not be reached Friday night "barring something completely unexpected." Passan called the situation a "meet-and-greet" between Harper and Middleton.The meeting comes afterMatt Breenof Philly.com reported Thursday that the Phillies are "confident" they will sign Harper.Phillies officials first met with Harper and his agent, Scott Boras, in Las Vegas in January, per Salisbury.Harper is by far the biggest domino left to fall in free agency after infielder Manny Machado signed a 10-year, $300 million deal with the San Diego Padres this week. The Padres are one of the teams that hadbeen linkedto Harper, but they may be out of the running after committing so much cash to Machado.The Washington Nationals have also been rumored to be in on Harper after he spent the first seven seasons of his career with the organization Roberto Osuna Jersey , but Nats owner Mark Lerner told NBC Sports Washington'sTodd Dybason Friday that he has "moved on" from the six-time All-Star.Other teams that have beenlinkedto Harper include the San Francisco Giants and Chicago White Sox.Per Salisbury, Harper is hoping to top the $300 million Machado got from the Padres as well as the $325 million guaranteed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton got from the Miami Marlins in 2014.The Phillies may be the team that is best positioned to do that since they have shown a willingness to spend this offseason. Philadelphia has signed outfielder Andrew McCutchen and reliever David Robertson, as well as traded for shortstop Jean Segura and catcher J.T. Realmuto.Those moves have the Phillies looking like a team that could contend in the National League East in 2019 after going 80-82 last season.Adding Harper may put them over the top and make them World Series contenders. The 26-year-old is a one-time NL MVP (2015) who is coming off a season that saw him hit 34 home runs and drive in 100 runs.Regardless of where Harper signs, the shoe figures to drop soon since spring training is already in full swing.
  20. New York Yankees aren't getting Manny Machado. They almost certainly won't be getting Bryce Harper http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , either.It's a good thing they already have a dynamic duo ready to hit them, oh, say 100 home runs in 2019: Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton.If this sounds familiar, it's because such a notion held firm in the public consciousness in the months after the Yankees acquired Stanton from the Miami Marlins in December 2017. He was coming off a National League MVP-winning season fueled by 59 home runs. Judge, meanwhile, had broken out with 52 homers en route to a runner-up finish in the American League MVP race.Had Judge, 26, and Stanton, 29, been on the same team, they would have combined for 111 home runs. AsCliff Corcoran of Sports on Earth noted, they would have been only the sixth pair of teammates ever to combine for more than 100 long balls. Likewise, they would have been only the second pair of 50-homer teammates after Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris in 1961.This, of course Lucas Giolito Jersey , didn't happen.Although the 2018 Yankees paced a 100-win season with asingle-season-record267 homers, they got "only" 65 homers out of Judge (who hit 27) and Stanton (who hit 38).Moreover, what would have been a combined 1.028 OPS in 2017 slipped toan .880 OPS in 2018.Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesIt was far fromthe only reason, but Judge and Stanton falling short of expectations isonereason why the Boston Red Sox outpaced the Yankees by eight games in the AL East.Throw the Red Sox's eventual World Series victory onto the pile, and you get a decent-sized heap of reasons why Yankees fans were clamoring for a big splash on Machado or Harper in free agency.Well, Machado has agreed to a reported$300 million deal with the San Diego Padres. Harper is still available, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman effectively shut that doorin December. Per the latest reports, New York doesn't seem to be anywhere near the bidding for the 2015 NL MVP.Still, the Yankees' fruitless pursuits of Machado and Harper will be quickly forgotten if Judge and Stanton become in 2019 what they were supposed to be in 2018.To this end, guess who the early favorites to lead Major League Baseball in home runs are:B/R Betting br_bettingWho will be MLB鈥檚 home run leader this season?Giancarlo Stanton: +700Aaron Judge: +1000Mike Trout: +1600J.D. Martinez: +1800Joey Gallo: +1800Khris Davis: +2000Bryce Harper: +2500Nolan Arenado: +2500(Odds via BetOnline) zD2Mv0RcfwBased on appearances, this isn't unreasonable.At 6'7" and 282 pounds, Judge is the most imposing slugger in baseball history. At 6'6" and 245 pounds, Stanton only looks small when standing next to Judge.Not so coincidentally, the two feature heavily atop the leaderboards for thefarthest(504 feet for Stanton http://www.whitesoxfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-konerko-jersey , 495 for Judge) and fastest (121.7 mph for Stanton, 121.0 for Judge) home runs of the Statcast era.Good health is all Judge needs to bring his awesome power back to the forefront in 2019. Unlike a year ago, it helps that he isn't going into spring training fresh off left shoulder surgery. He also insists he's over a broken right wristthat sidelined him for 50 games last season."I feel nothing," Judge said Tuesday, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. "That was the thing that I was surprised about, especially during the season...that pain lasted a little longer than three weeks. In the offseason, I was a little worried about it, but it's 100 percent. It feels like nothing even happened, which is a good thing. Nothing to worry about there."Though it didn't completely drain his power, Judge's broken wrist did have an impact on his ability to generate exit velocity:Before Injury:95.7 mphAfter Injury:90.8 mphIf Judge's wrist is indeed healthy, a return to the former number figures to be in order. That would be great news for the Yankees, because said number was the best in MLB. He was also on a 43-homer pace at the time.Stanton had his own battle with the injury bug last year, as he played through a tight left hamstring in the second half of the season. But the biggest drag on his production was the return of a strikeout problem that he had previously gotten under control in 2017.That had a lot to do with with Stanton's strike-zone discipline, or lack thereof. He got his chase rate below the MLB average in 2017 Reynaldo Lopez Jersey , only to have it zoom right back to above-average territory in 2018.On the bright side, that problem wasat its worst early in the season when he was still getting comfortable in his new American League surroundings."Everything is more comfortable in that aspect, in terms of facing some of these guys and teams again and more often," Stanton said Monday, according to James Wagner of the New York Times.After posting a modest .786 OPS through May, Stanton boosted himself to an .885 OPS for the remainder of the season. He hit 27 homers in that span, which works out to a full-season pace of 42.It's also noteworthy that Stanton was curiously ineffective at Yankee Stadium. It had been safe to assume that he would benefit from getting out of Marlins Park and into a more hitter-friendly park, as Christian Yelich ultimately did while winning the NL MVP with the Milwaukee Brewers. Instead, Stanton posted his worst home OPS since his rookie season in 2010.Was that fallout from the early boosStanton heard at Yankee Stadium? Possibly. But whatever it was, it doesn't take a great leap of faith to assume he won't be so easily contained by the park's tight dimensions again in 2019.At worst, Judge and Stanton should be an 80-homer slugging duo in 2019. They can easily traverse the distance between there and the century mark if their power stays true and they keep the pitfalls that swallowed them in 2018 at bay.Among other things, one result would be nobody feeling like the Yankees missed out on this winter's selection of sluggers.Stats courtesy of Baseball Reference, FanGraphs and Baseball Savant. Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesThe Philadelphia Phillies reportedly have big plans this winter.Historically expensive big plans.Jon Heyman of FanCred reported some rival executives believe the Phillies could sign both Manny Machado and Bryce Harper in free agency. Machado and Harper are expected to land contracts that could put them among the highest-paid players in MLB history.Machado, 26 Bruce Rondon Jersey , has hit .302/.374/.545 with 34 home runs and 93 runs batted in this season with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers. He is seventh in baseball with 5.8 wins above replacement, perFanGraphs. He's been a five-win player three of the last four seasons.Harper, 25, has not had quite as much success in his walk year. He's hitting .247/.388/.503 with 33 home runs and 94 runs batted in. He's posted 3.1 wins above replacement and has been a glaring negative defensively, perFanGraphs.A strong August upped his averages across the board, but it seems unlikely Harper will get the $400 million contract some had speculated about.Nevertheless, Machado and Harper are in a unique position because of their performance levels and age. Most players, even good ones, reach free agency around their 30s. Harper and Machado can demand 12-year contracts that wouldn't even theoretically push them past their prime. They aren't going to be paying $30 million to a 41-year-old Albert Pujols the way the Angels will in 2021.That means the bidding is going to be astronomical and will take a true all-in commitment from Phillies ownership to make it happen. Harper and Machado combined is a $600 million endeavor even more.
  21. ANAHEIM Javier Baez Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Relief pitcher Cody Allen and the Los Angeles Angels have finalized a one-year contract for $8.5 million.He can earn an additional $2 million in performance bonuses for games finished as part of the deal announced Sunday: $250,000 each for 35 and 40, and $500,000 apiece for 45, 50 and 55.Allen had a career-high 4.70 ERA for Cleveland last season, going 4-6 with 27 saves in 70 games. The 30-year-old righty is the Indians’ franchise leader with 149 saves.The Angels posted a total of 35 saves last year, ranking 12th in the American League. Blake Parker led the team with 14 saves, wasn’t offered a contract after the season and signed with Minnesota.Starters Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill joined with the Angels earlier in the offseason.Right-hander Miguel Almonte was designated for assignment. Almonte, 25, was 0-0 with a 10.29 ERA in eight games for the Angels last year. PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Zack Greinke are two of the players Arizona counts on most, and they came through when sorely needed on Sunday.Goldschmidt hit his 30th homer, Greinke won for the first time in almost a month and the Diamondbacks avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of Seattle by beating the Mariners 5-2.With the victory and Colorado’s 12-3 loss to St. Louis, the Diamondbacks were back alone in first place in the NL West, a game up on the Rockies and 2½ ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Houston beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 Kyle Schwarber Jersey , so Seattle fell 6½ behind the Astros in the AL West.“This is an amazing game, and you can’t take anything for granted,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We fumbled a couple of balls out there and that leads to a couple of runs, but when we had to, we made pitches and made plays and won a very tough game.“When I tell you today was hard, that was probably an understatement after what we walked through last night.”Goldschmidt’s three-run shot off Mike Leake (8-8) punctuated a five-run third inning for the Diamondbacks, who bounced back from blowing a two-run lead in the ninth Saturday night and losing in 10 innings.Arizona flirted with losing this one in the ninth, too. Ben Gamel and Chris Herrmann opened the inning with singles off Yoshihisa Hirano and left fielder David Peralta dropped Dee Gordon’s line drive to allow a run to score.Brad Boxberger, who blew the save Saturday night, came in and walked pinch-hitter Nelson Cruz to load the bases. But Mitch Haniger lined out sharply to third and Robinson Cano bounced into a double play to give Boxberger his 29th save in 35 tries.“We did put some pressure on them, had our chances there late,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said, “just not enough.”Greinke (13-8) gave up an unearned run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking two. He had gone 0-3 in his previous four starts.Leake fell to 0-4 in his last 10 starts and hasn’t won since June 23 despite several strong outings in that span. He was tagged for five runs and seven hits http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/authentic-kerry-wood-jersey , striking out six in six innings Sunday.“It’s part of the game,” he said of the long stretch without a win. “There’s ups and downs. It’s what you learn throughout your career. It’s just part of it and you’ve just got to keep doing a good job.”Jeff Mathis, Greinke and Jon Jay loaded the bases with one-out singles in the third. A.J. Pollock brought the tying run home with a sacrifice fly and David Peralta made it 2-1 with a slow-rolling RBI infield single.Peralta’s was the key hit of the inning, Servais said, “an extra out.”That brought up Goldschmidt, who was 1-for-10 in the series before sending Leake’s pitch deep into the left field seats.It is Goldschmidt’s fourth career 30-homer season.“Honestly, it’s not something I’m thinking about,” he said. “We’re obviously here in a playoff race and just trying to find a way and go out and perform and help us win. Even if I don’t do that (hit 30 homers) and the team wins, that’s most important.”Seattle got an unearned run in the first when Haniger reached on shortstop Ketel Marte’s throwing error. With two outs, Haniger advanced to second on Denard Span’s single and scored when Kyle Seager singled.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: Leake was scratched from his last scheduled start Aug. 21 because of illness.McCAIN TRIBUTEThe Diamondbacks showed a video tribute to Arizona Sen. John McCain, who died Saturday of brain cancer. McCain was a fan of the team and a regular at games until his illness forced him to stay away. The tribute even included a repeat of McCain’s tweet after the Dodgers celebrated clinching the pennant with a dip in the Chase Field swimming pool, calling it a “no class act by a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant Kris Bryant Jersey , spoiled brats.”After the video, there was a moment of silence for McCain. A No. 18 jersey with the name “McCain” hung in the Diamondbacks’ dugout.In a statement, Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall said, “I am honored to consider him a friend and we will miss seeing his smiling face in the stands.”UP NEXTMariners: After a day off, the Mariners open two-game series in San Diego on Tuesday, with RHP Felix Hernandez (8-11, 5.64 ERA) on the mound against RHP Jacob Nix (1-2, 6.17).Diamondbacks: Arizona opens a three-game series in San Francisco. LHP Patrick Corbin (10-4, 3.17) starts for the Diamondbacks and RHP Chris Stratton (8-7, 5.37) pitches for the Giants.
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