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It has been a week since Clayton Jay Beagle Womens JerseyKershaw left a start after two innings and Dodgers Nation immediately entered a state of mass anguish. In the midst of the best regular season in team history, the best pitcher in the game had injured his back -- a back that has often carried the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years. Consider that in winning four consecutive division titles from 2013 to '16, the Dodgers were 79-35 in games http://www.officialwashingtoncapitals.com/Adidas-Jay-Beagle-Jersey Kershaw started, a .693 winning percentage. In games he didn't start, the Dodgers went 290-242, a .543 winning percentage. Remove Zack Greinke from the equation -- he was with the team for the first three of those division titles -- and the Dodgers were 226-214, basically a .500 team without one of its two aces on the mound. This is a different Dodgers team, however, one that is making a push as one of the best in major league history. They won the game Kershaw left early. They won the next one after that. And their next four. They enter Sunday night's game against the San Francisco Giants (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET) riding a seven-game winning streak. They're a remarkable 73-31, a .702 winning percentage that has them on pace for 114 John Hannah Womens Jersey wins, which would shatter the National League record of 108 in a 162-game season and match the 1998 New York Yankees for the second-most wins of the 162-game era, behind only the 116 wins of the 2001 Seattle Mariners. (The '98 Yankees were 77-27 through 104 games and the '01 Mariners were 75-29.) With Kershaw, the Dodgers have been nearly unbeatable, going 19-2 in his starts (Kershaw was 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA). When he doesn't start, they're still 54-29, a .651 winning percentage that would still rank as the second best since the franchise moved to Los Angeles. So this is a spectacular team even minus Kershaw, one that will roll to the NL West title no matter how many starts he misses. On a sabermetric level, Kershaw was worth 4.5 WAR in his 21 starts. Take away his last start, he was worth about .225 WAR per start. Consider a worst-case scenario where http://www.newenglandpatriotsauthorizedstore.com/john-hannah-jersey-elite he misses 10 starts, and the math says he would cost the Dodgers about 2.25 wins. Of course, they're not using a replacement-level pitcher in his place, but somebody like Hyun-Jin Ryu, who starts Sunday night, or Brock Stewart, who joined the rotation with Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy sidelined. Ryu and Stewart both project as decent back-end starters in a big league rotation. Still, we might consider that the Dodgers win two fewer games without Kershaw, not enough even for the Washington Nationals to likely challenge the Dodgers for best record in the NL (the Dodgers hold a 10.5-game advantage entering Sunday). Of course, Kershaw's injury is more about what will happen in the postseason. The Dodgers have those four straight division titles but no trips to the World Series in that span. They reached two NLCS, but overall they've gone 13-17 in the postseason, including 6-6 in games Kershaw has started. Has Kershaw been great in the postseason? On one hand, no. Since 2013, he's 4-6 with a 4.28 ERA and has pitched seven innings just three times Kam Chancellor Youth Jersey in 12 outings. And he's never pitched more than seven frames, even though in the regular season in those years he pitched more than seven innings in 43 percent of his starts. On the other hand, his postseason struggles are a little overstated. He's allowed opposing batters a .220/.264/.339 line, which is still pretty dominant, although not quite as dominant as the .193/.232/.280 line in regular season (again, just over the 2013-16 seasons). He's run into trouble with big innings, often tiring in the sixth or seventh. It hasn't helped, of course, that he's made five of his 12 starts on short rest. The obvious scenario, assuming Kershaw comes back, is the Dodgers are probably better off going with a four-man rotation in the playoffs, instead of using Kershaw on three days' rest even if they're behind in the series. Bottom line is that usage hasn't worked either for Kershaw or the Dodgers in previous postseasons. All this leads to the question of whether the Dodgers need to acquire another starting pitcher. This team is so deep in the lineup and http://www.seattleseahawksauthorizedstore.com/kam-chancellor-jersey-elite the bullpen has been so good -- second in the majors in ERA -- that they've been on a 100-win pace when Kershaw doesn't start. That might indicate they're still in good shape, but there are obvious injury worries throughout the rotation, aside from the condition of Kershaw's back. Rich Hill has missed time with blisters each of the past two seasons. While he's fine now, you never know when that issue may pop up again. McCarthy is out with his own blister issues. Alex Wood is healthy but missed much of 2016 with an elbow injury and a couple of weeks this year with a sore elbow. Kenta Maeda looked gassed by the postseason last year. While he's not going to pitch as many innings, he also hasn't been as effective.
Jul 30 '17 · 0 comments
It has been a week since Clayton Jerome Brown Youth JerseyKershaw left a start after two innings and Dodgers Nation immediately entered a state of mass anguish. In the midst of the best regular season in team history, the best pitcher in the game had injured his back -- a back that has often carried the Los Angeles Dodgers in recent years. Consider that in winning four consecutive division titles from 2013 to '16, the Dodgers were 79-35 in games http://www.philadelphiaeaglesauthorizedstore.com/jerome-brown-jersey-elite Kershaw started, a .693 winning percentage. In games he didn't start, the Dodgers went 290-242, a .543 winning percentage. Remove Zack Greinke from the equation -- he was with the team for the first three of those division titles -- and the Dodgers were 226-214, basically a .500 team without one of its two aces on the mound. This is a different Dodgers team, however, one that is making a push as one of the best in major league history. They won the game Kershaw left early. They won the next one after that. And their next four. They enter Sunday night's game against the San Francisco Giants (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET) riding a seven-game winning streak. They're a remarkable 73-31, a .702 winning percentage that has them on pace for 114 Authentic Jameis Winston Womens Jersey wins, which would shatter the National League record of 108 in a 162-game season and match the 1998 New York Yankees for the second-most wins of the 162-game era, behind only the 116 wins of the 2001 Seattle Mariners. (The '98 Yankees were 77-27 through 104 games and the '01 Mariners were 75-29.) With Kershaw, the Dodgers have been nearly unbeatable, going 19-2 in his starts (Kershaw was 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA). When he doesn't start, they're still 54-29, a .651 winning percentage that would still rank as the second best since the franchise moved to Los Angeles. So this is a spectacular team even minus Kershaw, one that will roll to the NL West title no matter how many starts he misses. On a sabermetric level, Kershaw was worth 4.5 WAR in his 21 starts. Take away his last start, he was worth about .225 WAR per start. Consider a worst-case scenario where http://www.tampabaybuccaneersauthorizedstore.com/jameis-winston-jersey-elite he misses 10 starts, and the math says he would cost the Dodgers about 2.25 wins. Of course, they're not using a replacement-level pitcher in his place, but somebody like Hyun-Jin Ryu, who starts Sunday night, or Brock Stewart, who joined the rotation with Kershaw and Brandon McCarthy sidelined. Ryu and Stewart both project as decent back-end starters in a big league rotation. Still, we might consider that the Dodgers win two fewer games without Kershaw, not enough even for the Washington Nationals to likely challenge the Dodgers for best record in the NL (the Dodgers hold a 10.5-game advantage entering Sunday). Of course, Kershaw's injury is more about what will happen in the postseason. The Dodgers have those four straight division titles but no trips to the World Series in that span. They reached two NLCS, but overall they've gone 13-17 in the postseason, including 6-6 in games Kershaw has started. Has Kershaw been great in the postseason? On one hand, no. Since 2013, he's 4-6 with a 4.28 ERA and has pitched seven innings just three times Authentic Damon Harrison Youth Jersey in 12 outings. And he's never pitched more than seven frames, even though in the regular season in those years he pitched more than seven innings in 43 percent of his starts. On the other hand, his postseason struggles are a little overstated. He's allowed opposing batters a .220/.264/.339 line, which is still pretty dominant, although not quite as dominant as the .193/.232/.280 line in regular season (again, just over the 2013-16 seasons). He's run into trouble with big innings, often tiring in the sixth or seventh. It hasn't helped, of course, that he's made five of his 12 starts on short rest. The obvious scenario, assuming Kershaw comes back, is the Dodgers are probably better off going with a four-man rotation in the playoffs, instead of using Kershaw on three days' rest even if they're behind in the series. Bottom line is that usage hasn't worked either for Kershaw or the Dodgers in previous postseasons. All this leads to the question of whether the Dodgers need to acquire another starting pitcher. This team is so deep in the lineup and http://www.jetsshopnfl.com/damon-harrison-jersey_c-402.htmlthe bullpen has been so good -- second in the majors in ERA -- that they've been on a 100-win pace when Kershaw doesn't start. That might indicate they're still in good shape, but there are obvious injury worries throughout the rotation, aside from the condition of Kershaw's back. Rich Hill has missed time with blisters each of the past two seasons. While he's fine now, you never know when that issue may pop up again. McCarthy is out with his own blister issues. Alex Wood is healthy but missed much of 2016 with an elbow injury and a couple of weeks this year with a sore elbow. Kenta Maeda looked gassed by the postseason last year. While he's not going to pitch as many innings, he also hasn't been as effective.
Jul 30 '17 · 0 comments
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The retirement #44 Jacob McQuaide Authentic Jersey of veteran defensive end Rob Ninkovich didn’t come as a surprise to the New England Patriots, but that doesn’t mean they won’t consider every option to make sure they can ably fill the void. Why not Dwight Freeney? Last seen in Super Bowl LI creating havoc for Patriots left tackle Nate Solder and quarterback Tom Brady, the 37-year-old Freeney is a free agent and -- perhaps buoyed http://www.authenticramsofficialshop.com/Nike-Jacob-Mcquaide-Jersey.html by being one of the best defenders on the field in that game -- isn’t yet ready to call it a career. It isn’t known if the Patriots would seriously consider signing Freeney this year, but they have pondered the possibility in the past. In 2013, they brought him to town for a visit, although they never discussed a contract. “I was behind enemy doors!” Freeney said with a laugh when asked about the visit prior to Super Bowl LI. “That was a great experience. Those are great guys, man. I have so much respect for what they do over there, and a lot of friends on the staff.” Freeney got to know Bill Belichick from playing in the Pro Bowl when Belichick was a coach, and when Freeney was in his final year at Syracuse in 2001, current Patriots Authentic Brandon Marshall Womens Jersey defensive coordinator Matt Patricia was a graduate assistant. After all these years, and some of the epic Patriots-Colts games in which Freeney's pass rush once had Brady referring to him as the game's most intimidating defender, could the sides finally be a match? Freeney is no longer an every-down player, and he is someone whose practice load would have to be managed, but Patricia and Co. have a history of making situations like those work. The Super Bowl showed he still has juice in his legs. He is a pure pass-rusher, which might be the biggest weakness on the current roster, as third-year player Trey Flowers led the team with seven sacks last season. Of course, Freeney isn’t the http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/brandon-marshall-jersey-for-sale-c-60.html only player for the Patriots to consider, and opportunities sometimes present themselves when teams least expect it. That’s what happened with Ninkovich, who was signed by the Patriots after training camp began in 2009 when the Saints cut him. So perhaps the Patriots, who have sometimes been playing third-year man Geneo Grissom in Ninkovich’s spot early in training camp, will take more of a wait-and-see approach and assess their internal options first. Maybe trade acquisition Kony Ealy, with a different-than-anticipated start to his Patriots tenure, suddenly turns it on. It’s possible that rookies Derek Rivers and Deatrich Wise develop quickly, or versatile linebackers Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Shea McClellin somehow factor into the mix. But when it comes to the ability to bend around the edge and threaten a quarterback with a speed rush or spin move, Freeney would be an instant upgrade. One just has to replay the Super Bowl to see that It's a matter of him having success. It's also a matter of Cousins now entering his third year C.J. Fiedorowicz Womens Jersey as a starter -- and his sixth in the NFL. Forget the contract status, Cousins is in a good spot, which means the Redskins are as well. It's not just about stats, it's about handling the details of the position. That's what the coaches see: his comfort level with pass concepts and protections, his pre-snap reads, and more. "He's just getting better, more comfortable," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "Obviously we see how accurate he is with the football. He can throw any type of ball you want -- a deep ball, a crossing pass, a short pass, he's got great accuracy." "Now that he understands the protections, he feels more comfortable in the pocket, the scheme, what plays we like versus what coverage, what audibles we want to get to versus certain blitzes and looks," Gruden said. "He's just going to continue to get better and better. We just have to provide him with more information and find out what he can do and what he can't do and just go from there. Not a lot he can't do, really. He's a fun guy to coach and a fun guy to http://www.houstontexansjerseystore.com/Cj_Fiedorowicz_Jersey_Cheapsee how much he's grown from year in to year out. From his first year when I had him to now, it's amazing how much better he is." So when he loses an offensive coordinator such as Sean McVay or receivers such as Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, Cousins doesn't need to flinch. He still has excellent talent around him -- receivers Terrelle Pryor and Josh Doctson have looked good -- and Gruden became a head coach because of his playcalling ability. Cousins has always believed in himself, but the last two seasons -- with 54 touchdowns to 23 interceptions and nearly 10,000 yards -- have deepened his confidence. It can sometimes be hard to see, but it's there. Cousins is making changes at the line deeper in the play count, for example, knowing what he can and can't do -- and it helps that the starting linemen, all five of whom return, can adapt quickly, too
Jul 30 '17 · 0 comments
There are a few chips left to fall, but not many. Following Authentic #98 Clinton McDonald Youth Jersey an exciting NHL offseason that included an expansion draft to go along with the usual bevy of additions via free agency, trading and the entry draft, the roster picture for NHL teams has been mostly settled. There are still a few free agents lingering that could have some impact, but nothing earth shattering. Jaromir Jagr, Thomas Vanek, Andrei Markov and -- in the right situation -- the likes of Jarome Iginla or Jiri Hudler could find their way into a fantasy-friendly role. But those changes will be easy enough http://www.authenticbuccaneersofficial.com/Nike-Clinton-Mcdonald-Jersey.html to track as we go forward. The point is that we have enough information now to clear the books and re-rank our fantasy assets heading into the season. Rather than go through the risers and fallers specifically, we are going to take some extra time to track the new faces that are among the top 250 (or could be there before the season starts), as well as touch on some players who switched jerseys. We'll also look at the goaltender carousel which took a few more turns than we get in most offseasons. Vadim Shipachyov, F, Vegas Golden Knights (enters ranks at No. 150): A shiny new addition for the Golden Knights, Shipachyov played for the powerhouse KHL squad SKA St. Petersburg for the past four seasons. This past season, he Authentic Nerlens Noel #3 Womens jersey mostly played on a line away from Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, yet finished with 76 points. That was good for third in the league, just two points behind Kovalchuk (and in 10 fewer games). He can produce points, and will undoubtedly be given the role of No. 1 center out of the gate. Now 30 years old, Shipachyov is no rookie and has never played in the NHL before. His 26 goals and 50 assists in just 50 KHL games last season won't translate directly, of course, but he has the profile of a 20-goal, 40-assist pivot in the NHL, with plenty of growing room. Evgeny Dadonov, F, Florida Panthers (enters ranks at No. 169): A linemate of Shipachyov's last season, Dadonov had 30 goals and 36 helpers http://www.officialmavericksproshop.com/authentic-3-nerlens-noel-jersey.html in 53 games to finish fourth in KHL scoring. He's also crossing the pond, but to rejoin his original NHL franchise in south Florida. Dadonov had 20 points in 55 games total during three NHL seasons before bolting for Russia in 2012. He's smaller and speedy, and profiles to basically replace the role played by Jonathan Marchessault last season on the top line and top power-play unit. Marchessault had a great season playing with Aleksander Barkov and Jaromir Jagr, but still only finished 165th on the ESPN fantasy hockey Player Rater. Dadonov will have to show that his skills translate to the NHL to push higher. While Artemi Panarin is a great story of a KHL import finding his game immediately, there are cases such as Roman Cervenka, Jiri Sekac and Sergei Plotnikov that didn't pan out well in recent seasons. Nico Hischier, F, New Jersey Devils (enters ranks at No. 174): With nothing left to prove Tyler Thornburg #47 Youth jersey in junior, Hischier is a near lock to start in the NHL just as previous first overall picks Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid. Oops ... I shouldn't have mentioned those names. Hischier is nowhere near the generational talent of Matthews or McDavid, and nothing of that sort should be expected from him. That said, he's a talented two-way player with plenty of offense and acumen on the power play. The Devils could use him as their No. 1 center over Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac, and it's unlikely anyone would bat an eye. He could also just as easily marinate on the Devils' third line, however. There is some upside here, but not nearly as much as we've had from past couple rookie crops. He should be on a fantasy team, but as a late-stage, hopeful pick. Nolan Patrick, F, Philadelphia Flyers (enters ranks at No. 183): He missed a ton of last season due to http://www.officialauthenticredsox.com/authentic-47-tyler-thornburg-jersey.html injuries, but was still a solid choice by the Flyers with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. He's a surefire top-six forward, likely beginning this season. That said, he still sits behind Claude Giroux at center on the depth chart, so he'll either have to play on the second line or switch to the wing. The Flyers' offense is a bit more crowded than the Devils' though, so Patrick will have to fight for time with the biscuit more than Hischier will. Therefore, he ranks slightly behind his draft counterpart for now. Charlie McAvoy, D, Boston Bruins: (enters ranks at No. 229): A sterling playoff debut has McAvoy penciled in to play a significant role for the Bruins out of the gate this season. Good thing, too, as Zdeno Chara isn't getting any younger. In fact, McAvoy could immediately replace Chara on the second power-play unit. He has plenty of offense to his game, as evidenced by above-average scoring in college and dominance at the World Juniors.
Jul 28 '17 · 0 comments
Here's the thing: It doesn't matter Authentic Jatavis Brown Womens Jersey how you make your team better. Although everyone wants pitching, and the market for position players doesn't appear to be all that hot, adding 10 runs on offense is just as valuable as subtracting 10 runs on defense. Here are five trades for position players that need to happen. Given that the Arizona Diamondbacks didn't give up all that much to acquire J.D. Martinez, the best hitter on the market, and given that all five are impending free agents like Martinez, none will cost a premium prospect. Jay Bruce to Cleveland Indians The Indians http://www.officialnikechargershop.com/jatavis-brown-jersey-for-sale-c-52.html have allowed the fewest runs in the American League, so why haven't they run away in the AL Central? Because their offense has been merely middle of the pack. Jason Kipnis, currently on the DL with a hamstring strain, has had a terrible season, and Carlos Santana hasn't been able to match last year's power output. The position they should look to upgrade, however, is outfield. The Indians rank 25th in the majors in home runs from their outfielders, though a more productive 10th in wOBA. Michael Brantley is fine, though not hitting for much power, and Lonnie Chisenhall has been productive when not injured. Rookie center fielder Bradley Zimmer started off hot after his call-up in May but is hitting .269/.314/.449 in July, with 23 strikeouts in 21 games -- although he homered in his past two games. Enter Bruce, who has 25 home runs for the New York Mets. He provides a power bat and gives Terry Francona more lineup flexibility. If Francona wants to go for more offense, he can slide Chisenhall over to center and play Bruce in right. If he wants better defense, he keeps Zimmer in center and Chisenhall in right, and Bruce can DH for Santana, with Edwin Encarnacion playing first base. Say you had a time machine. Say you set it to 1987. Say you met a baseball fan from that year named Kelly. What could you tell Kelly about baseball in 2017 that would most strain his or her Michael Strahan Youth Jersey belief? Keep in mind, Kelly has seen lots of representations of the future. Kelly expects the future to be different: sentient refrigerators and miracle drugs and time machines and dystopian utopias. Kelly knows computers are a thing in the world, that steroids are a thing in sports, that TVs can have more than 13 channels and that football and basketball are ascendant. And Kelly had seen what had happened in baseball in the previous 30 years: the internationalization of the game, the physical growth of the average player, the replacement of complete games with saves, the professionalization of a league that had fairly recently been played by offseason car salesmen. Kelly expects change, so to shock Kelly, you'd need something http://www.authenticnikegiantshop.com/Michael-Strahan-Jersey that (A) came out of nowhere, (B) reversed something about the sport's trajectory, (C) carries on that trajectory, but to an extreme endpoint, or (D) reflects some broader cultural change that dramatically reimagines America and, by secondary effect, its pastime. There are any number of directions you could take on the "quants run baseball" front. In the 1980s, 44 percent of GMs had played in the majors and 68 percent had played in the minors. By the 2010s, those figures were 10 and 15 percent, respectively, according to research by Baseball Prospectus' Dustin Palmateer, and the main qualification for front-office work was an Ivy League degree. Now give all those non-ballplaying GMs mind-melting data, like literally the spin rate of every pitch, and you have something like the 'Minority Report' model of a future century: So much information that modeled reality takes precedence over observed reality. Or, at least, that's how William Jackson Womens Jersey FIP would seem to Kelly. FIP, for the uninitiated, takes a pitcher's strikeout, walk and home run rates and estimates what the pitcher's ERA should be, stripping out things such as luck and his defense. Various ERA estimators have taken this notion and gotten more complex, more detailed -- deserved run average accounts for dozens of variables that are out of a pitcher's control, including weather and the umpires -- but the philosophical decision FIP makes is that results can be deceiving. It supposes that a pitcher who allowed four runs per nine innings might actually have pitched better, and been more valuable, than the one who allowed three runs per nine innings. Not every fan or front-office type in 2017 believes this, but every time you hear FanGraphs' WAR cited, you're hearing an endorsement of this philosophy. And in the next few years, you can almost certainly count on seeing the Statcast-derived xwOBA -- expected weighted on-base average, which estimates the value of a batted ball based on where it was hit and how hard, instead of whether it landed safely for a hit -- used as the basis of new offensive metrics. I mean, I'm alive in 2017 and that shocks even me. But think about this from Kelly's perspective: In the 1980s, nobody ever led his league with fewer than 60 steals, except the strike-shortened 1981 season. In the '80s there were six player seasons with more than 100 steals, six different players stole at least 80 bags, 11 stole more than 70 and 31 stole at least 50 in a season. Rickey Henderson set http://www.bengalsshopfootball.com/bengals+william+jackson+jerseya single-season record with 130. Stolen bases per game in 1987 had doubled from 20 years earlier. Teams were building around the stolen base, sometimes with great success (the Cardinals) and sometimes to great disappointment (the Yankees). Vince Coleman was bad at everything else in baseball, but just by stealing bases he was a star.
Jul 27 '17 · 0 comments
The Seattle Seahawks were one Jon Singleton Womens jerseyof the only teams in the NFL that aggressively pursued running backs on the free-agent market this offseason. The team was linked to Adrian Peterson, Latavius Murray and Jamaal Charles but eventually settled on a one-year deal with Eddie Lacy. What makes Lacy a good fit? The recently released Football Outsiders Almanac offers some insight. In the chapter about the Seahawks, it notes that the offense http://www.authentichoustonastros.com/Jon-Singleton-Jerseyranked 29th in total number of broken tackles and 24th in broken-tackle rate after finishing second and third, respectively, in those categories in 2015. In other words, Seattle's running backs did a poor job of picking up yards after contact, and the team is counting on Lacy to help fix that problem. Since entering the league, Lacy has averaged 2.15 yards after contact, which is sixth best, according to ESPN Stats & Information. The numbers indicate that Seattle simply didn't have confidence in its running game last season. The Seahawks went from running the ball 67 percent of the time in short-yardage situations (fifth) in 2015 to 50 percent (25th) in 2016. They ran the ball just 33 percent of the time in the first halves of games, the third-lowest mark in the NFL. A healthy Russell Wilson will go a long way in helping the run game get back on track. But the Seahawks need Trevor Plouffe Youth jersey their backs to create yards even when the blocking is far from perfect. That's how they'll be judging Lacy's performance. The stats back up the eye test here. Left tackle George Fant had a blown block once every 25.5 snaps, which ranked last among the 35 players at his position. Given his inexperience, Fant was put in an impossible situation as a rookie. But he has had one of the most impressive offseasons on the team, according to Seahawks coaches. Guards Germain Ifedi and Mark Glowinski both finished in the bottom five at their respective positions in blown blocks. Center Justin Britt was the team's best offensive lineman and the only one not to allow a sack. The Seahawks signed Luke Joeckel and drafted Ethan Pocic in the offseason, but http://www.authenticoaklandathletics.com/Trevor-Plouffe-Jersey perhaps more importantly, they need young players like Fant, Ifedi and Glowinski to improve significantly. It gets taken for granted at times, but the Seahawks' run defense was outstanding last season. Per Football Outsiders, it was one of the 12 best performances they've ever measured. Guys like veteran defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin do the dirty work against the run. Linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright both had great seasons. And rookie nose tackle Jarran Reed seemed to improve as the season went on. Often when coach Pete Carroll is asked if his team lacks discipline, he points Wade Davis Womens jersey to its consistently impressive effort against the run. The offense needs to be better in the red zone. The Seahawks' red zone offense ranked 24th, per Football Outsiders. Part of that is connected to the struggles in the run game mentioned above. The other obvious issue is they need to do a better job of utilizing Jimmy Graham inside the opponents' 20 -- something Carroll has admitted. Graham had 923 receiving yards last year, third best among tight ends. But he had just six catches in the red zone. Whether the Seahawks can find a way to get more from Graham as they near the end zone remains to be seen. But expect this to be an emphasis during training camp and the preseason. Does Tyrod Taylor have the supporting cast to provide the best evaluation of his performance? Taylor is under the microscope after he agreed to a reduced contract this offseason that could allow the Bills to release him after the 2017 season and save $14 million of his $18.1 million cap number. Yet the Bills' situation at receiver remains one of the murkiest in the NFL and it could affect http://www.authentictampabayrays.com/Wilson-Ramos-Jersey how much Taylor is able to improve. Top wideout Sammy Watkins must stay healthy after missing chunks of his past two training camps with injuries, while newcomers Zay Jones and Andre Holmes each have something to prove in order to win the No. 2 job. There is also the possibility of an outside veteran such as Anquan Boldin entering the mix. -- Mike Rodak To Landry's credit, he has done all he can to not allow his contract status to become a distraction. He has said and done all the right things, including showing up for voluntary workouts in the spring. Landry is entering the final year of his rookie deal and will get paid either way. It's just a matter of whether Miami handles it now or after the season. -- James Walker
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The Chicago Cubs are doing what they can Sam Reinhart Youth Jersey to pursue another championship, including trading for Jose Quintana a couple of weeks ago. But they could never replicate the level of desperation that the organization operated with in the summer of 2016, amassed over http://www.officialbuffalosabres.com/Adidas-Sam-Reinhart-Jersey 108 consecutive years they had failed to win the title. That urgency drove the Cubs’ front office into a transaction it probably wouldn’t consider under normal circumstances. On the day the Cubs traded high-end prospect Gleyber Torres to the Yankees for Aroldis Chapman, Chicago was 20 games over .500. They didn’t need Chapman to reach the postseason again; rather, the club’s executives felt the team needed Chapman as a finishing piece to take the World Series. That was the context in which the Cubs operated then, and because they won Game 7 over the Cleveland Indians last year, their context is very different now. At this time of year, context is everything as teams make decisions about what to do leading up to the trade deadline, and Authentic Dalton Prout Womens Jersey the context should steer three big-market teams in pursuit of the three best starting pitchers in the market. The Dodgers stand where the Cubs did a year ago: With the best record in the National League and an enormous lead in the West, they are all but assured of making the postseason again. The Dodgers are third in the NL in runs, they are first in ERA, and they have one of the more efficient defenses. They probably have more talent on their 40-man roster than any other club. The Dodgers are a great team, and they may well be the best team in the regular season. But making the postseason doesn’t really move the needle for the Dodgers, who have reached the playoffs in each of the past four years; they’ve been beaten twice in the Division Series round, and twice they’ve lost the NL Championship Series. Another early playoff exit will feel like more of the same -- to the team’s fans and http://www.officialcolumbusbluejackets.com/Adidas-Dalton-Prout-Jersey to at least some of the players. As a veteran mentioned last year, you get tired of watching the highlights of the 1988 Dodgers on the big screen at Dodger Stadium, from the last time the franchise won the World Series. Clayton Kershaw's situation adds another layer to the Dodgers’ context. Manager Dave Roberts indicated to reporters that the team believes Kershaw will be back for the final weeks of the regular season, and that may turn out to be the case. But Kershaw has had repeated back ailments in recent years, with a condition that is often regressive for athletes, and nobody can predict with certainty whether he will have a setback swinging a bat, running the bases or preparing; it isn’t in Kershaw’s nature to do anything half-speed. By Tommy Wingels Authentic Jersey paying the high asking price that the Rangers have set on Darvish -- and presumably, it would cost the Dodgers at least one of their best prospects, similar to the Yankees’ asking price for Chapman last season -- the Dodgers would build a needed safety net. Beyond the continued concern over Kershaw’s back, Rich Hill and Brandon McCarthy have had blister problems, and Alex Wood went down with a shoulder problem earlier this year. If the Dodgers traded for Darvish, and Kershaw is healthy in October, the Dodgers would be in position to go toe-to-toe with any other rotation: Kershaw and Darvish, followed by their choice of Wood or Hill or McCarthy or Kenta Maeda, depending on health, depending on who is throwing the best, depending on the matchups. Last year, the Dodgers made a deadline deal for a couple of rentals, Hill and right fielder Josh Reddick. In six regular-season starts, Hill had a 1.83 ERA. The Dodgers passed on another possible deal for reliever Andrew Miller, who would’ve cost them the two primary prospects the Yankees asked of all teams. On one hand, Miller may well have required a swap of Cody Bellinger, and on the other hand, it’s easy to wonder how the Dodgers would’ve fared in the NL Championship Series against the Cubs if they had been armed with Miller, who helped the Indians reach Game 7 of the World Series. These are painful decisions, and generally, Dodgers baseball ops president Andrew Friedman is known as a careful manager of assets. Some rival evaluators don’t think he’ll step out of his http://www.officialsanjosesharks.com/Adidas-Tommy-Wingels-Jersey old comfortable robe of operation and do what it takes to get Darvish. But he should. Now is the Dodgers’ time. They might have the best team the Dodgers have ever fielded in Los Angeles, and Darvish could make the difference.
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Since Bill Belichick resigned Jason Peters Womens Jersey as "HC of the NYJ" and joined the New England Patriots, the team's five Super Bowl championships and 14 AFC East titles mark an unprecedented run of sustained success. That success has also bred an impressive level of secrecy. Over the years, Belichick has done his best to withhold even the most elementary knowledge from the public and his competition. His media conferences no longer http://www.philadelphiaeaglesauthorizedstore.com/jason-peters-jersey-elite feature infamous notes annotated on loose paper like they did that January day in 2000. They're rich with snark and lacking in information. Simple and sometimes obvious questions are met with monotonous and obvious one-liners. "What's the best for the team" is his best deflector. He said that 36 times during the 2016 season. 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Offensively, a team that was very explosive and it's become even more explosive with kind of the emergence of [Robby] Anderson, [Bilal] Powell ... plus the [Quincy] Enunwa, [Brandon] Marshall and [Matt] Forte group that we already spent a lot of time talking about. But these guys, Powell and Anderson in particular, have been extremely productive and explosive the last few weeks. I'd say [Bryce] Petty has a lot of confidence in those guys. Their production has been very impressive." Sampling: "Because of [the Steelers'] consistency I've learned a lot Authentic Curtis Martin Womens Jersey from studying that organization and I think Coach Noll was just -- did a tremendous job. He had great stability, very good fundamental coach. He believed in what he believed in and they got good at it and they always had tough, physical, hard-nosed, smart football players. The receivers blocked, the offensive line was tough, defensively they always tackled well. They played good fundamentals. 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Sometimes it's, well, the field is sodded in the middle, or the field in the middle is a little chewed up but it's good on the edges or vice versa." A future Pro Football Hall of Fame player remains at home at the age of 32, even as teams sign inferior players such as Alterraun Verner (Miami Dolphins). The questions about Revis are more complicated. Why did his performance drop in 2016? Have his skills deteriorated that much? Or was it a lack of competitive interest? Regardless, any team with a need at cornerback this summer will have to consider him.
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On July 11, Rick Tocchet's long and sometimes #73 Greg Robinson Authentic Jersey painful wait to become an NHL head coach ended when he was hired by the Arizona Coyotes, a dysfunctional franchise that former head coach Dave Tippett walked away from in June despite having four years remaining on his contract. In an exclusive conversation with ESPN.com, Tocchet, 53, discussed his previous coaching stops with the Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay http://www.authenticramsofficialshop.com/Nike-Greg-Robinson-Jersey.html Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins; his two-year ban from the NHL for his role in a gambling ring; his relationships with Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Sullivan and Phil Kessel; and why he left what he called one of the best jobs in hockey -- assistant coach for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions -- for what many believe might be the most challenging. ESPN.com: When you Brad Wing Youth Jersey retired as a player -- in 2002, at 37 -- did you know you wanted to get into coaching right away? Tocchet: I didn't know what I was going to do. I was kind of torn because in my head I thought I could have played another year or two, but at that point my body was telling me no. I wanted to take some time off, and after about three or four months I was getting itchy. I'm not a guy who can sit around. I got a phone call from Pierre Lacroix and Tony Granato, [asking me] to come coach in Colorado -- and that's how it started. With the tradition of winning and the talent level they had, it was an easy decision to accept the job. ESPN.com: How was that experience in Colorado, where you coached from 2003-04? Tocchet: I loved it. The city of Denver and the state was an incredible place to live. I thought it was one of the best franchises in the league -- not just the players, but the way Pierre Lacroix treated http://www.nygiantsofficialstore.com/brad-wing-jersey-for-sale-c-30.html everybody. He ran a first-class operation and he was one of my favorite GMs of all time. We had Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Alex Tanguay, Milan Hejduk, Rob Blake, Patrick Roy. We had an All-Star team, so it was very enjoyable. I ran the power play and did a lot of 5-on-5 stuff with the forwards, similar to what I was just doing in Pittsburgh. ESPN.com: How did your first coaching opportunity in Phoenix [2005-06] come about? Tocchet: I was really close with Wayne [Gretzky], and he was finally going to get a kick at the can as a coach. He had the passion to do it. Phoenix went after him hard, and he asked me if I wanted to come along. I said yes. It was during the [2004-05] lockout and that whole season was shot, so I had a lot of time to think about it. I had played in Phoenix, I liked the area and I always said I wanted to move back there eventually. And to have a chance to work with Wayne, it made perfect sense for me to come back. ESPN.com: Gretzky was criticized for being one of those elite athletes whom players couldn't relate to. Was that unfair, in your opinion? Tocchet: I think Authentic Jeff Allen Youth Jersey it was unfair. Paul Coffey always told me that great players make great coaches and, no offense to the players, but we didn't have the greatest talent level there. My first year with Wayne and [associate coach] Barry Smith, I thought we did a hell of a job. We didn't have the greatest roster and we were .500. We coached our asses off, and I thought Wayne was underrated as a bench coach. I thought he did a terrific job behind the bench in managing players and their ice time, and Barry and I helped him out on the tactical part. It was actually a pretty good thing going. We just didn't have the horses. ESPN.com: During that time in Phoenix, after you were charged with financing a gambling ring and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to promote gambling, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman banned you for two years from the league. What were those two years like for you? Tocchet: It was a long period of time. I wanted it rectified [right away], but I knew from talking to my lawyer it would be a long process. I didn't know it would go two years. I had http://www.houstontexansjerseystore.com/Jeff_Allen_Jersey_Cheapa lot of time to reflect about it. Should I not have bet on football? I don't know. But the bottom line is I made a mistake, I owned up to it, I sat my two years and they let me back in. At that time, it was tough to swallow, but today I understand. They did their investigation and their due diligence. Knowing that now, I get it. Back then, I was like, 'Two years? I've got to wait that long?' I was upset about it, but whatever my indiscretion was, it wasn't as bad as it was [presented] in the media. But you know what? I could give you a long list of people, like Paul Holmgren and Mario Lemieux and Ed Snider, who supported me during that stuff and that's something I'll never forget. Ed Snider, God rest his soul, was in my corner. He told me he knew it was not going to stop me.
Jul 26 '17 · 0 comments
If there are two fans bases that might be Jose Barea #11 Youth jersey most appreciative of the other's respective plight, it is likely those of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Royals. The Pirates franchise was already 87 years old when the Royals joined the American League in 1969, so the parallels only go back so far. Yet they are intriguing and, to my eye, must inform at least a little bit the approaches these clubs are taking and http://www.officialmavericksproshop.com/authentic-11-jose-barea-jersey.html will be taking over the next week. The first thing that connected them is success. Let's begin there. These franchises have had periods of elite success within the lifetime of many of today's baseball fans, and they've tended to occur in similar cycles, albeit offset by a few years. From 1969 to 1979, the Pirates won two World Series and six division titles, and only the Cincinnati Reds had won more regular-season games in the National League. The Royals enjoyed a similar run of success from 1975 to 1985, winning a World Series, two pennants and six division crowns; only the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees won more regular-season games in the American League during those years. The Pirates had a resurgence in the Authentic Chris Sale #41 Youth jersey late 1980s and early 1990s, when Barry Bonds first rose to prominence, but they hit the skids when Bonds took his heart to San Francisco. Pittsburgh endured 20 straight losing seasons -- an MLB record -- from 1993 to 2012. The Royals' downturn is better described as a Hemingway paraphrase: They declined gradually, then all at once. After winning the World Series, the Royals played 28 seasons without returning to the postseason. The suffering finally ended for both franchises this decade. The breakthrough season for the Pirates was 2013, when Pittsburgh won 94 games, Andrew McCutchen was named the NL's MVP and the Pirates won the first of three straight wild-card berths. A year later, the Royals also earned a wild-card berth, and they parlayed it into an AL pennant; the following year, they won it all for the first time in 30 years. Even this http://www.officialauthenticredsox.com/authentic-41-chris-sale-jersey.html season, right up to this moment, the similarity persists. Both teams recovered from terrible starts and overcame significant player absences to spring back over the .500 mark, and they remain in a cluster of teams who mighta-kinda-sorta be in postseason contention. The patterns of success and failure are similar, but it goes further. Depending on the metric you want to look at, Pittsburgh and Kansas City rank among the four or five smallest markets in baseball. Both are terrific baseball cities with loyal fan bases, but with market realities being what they are, attendance dovetailed with success, and during the down years, both teams hung around the bottom of their respective leagues at the turnstiles. Both play in venues that are absolute gems, though -- I'm about to alienate a large percentage of the many Royals fans I know -- there is no competition when it comes to stadium location. Right now, in the week before the deadline, these paths remain in lockstep. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington and Royals GM Dayton Moore face what feels like Authentic Ryan Vogelsong #32 Womens jersey the same dilemma as that of all teams in the no man's land between buying and selling. Things are never as cut and dried as we want to make them in sports. No teams inhabit that in-between space more right now than the Pirates and Royals. It is very easy to look at these teams and declare that they should be in the mode of exchanging current production for future value. According to the latest run of simulations in my system, the Royals have a 17 percent shot at making the playoffs. The Pirates were at 5 percent. They are a combined four games over .500 but a combined minus-37 in run differential. Recent trends offer hope, but the Vulcan perspective is clear: The odds are long that either of these teams will make the playoffs. Not for nothing, both teams are bleeding attendance. The Pirates' decline of 3,817 fans per game is the second highest in baseball, behind the 5,231 decrease of the Royals. And you have to wonder whether all those years of losing have created waves of flashbacks in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Everyone remembers what it looks like when the window is shut. The situations facing Huntington and Moore are different in two key respects, however. First, Huntington faces only a moderate http://www.authentictwinshop.com/authentic-32-ryan-vogelsong-jersey.html amount of contract drama. Relievers Juan Nicasio and Tony Watson will be free agents, and if the Pirates were out of it, it would make sense to move them for prospects. McCutchen has a $14 million team option for 2018 that is sure to be picked up, given his return to All-Star-level play. The Pirates would seem to be in the better place. Huntington can get away with playing both sides, as he has done to good effect before. He can cash in one of the relievers if he can find someone of comparable ability and better upside but with a shorter track record, as he did last year in landing Felipe Rivero. He can trade McCutchen or keep McCutchen; he's only trying to find the best use of McCutchen's remaining high-quality production, but the financial ramifications aren't backbreaking. Yet Moore might actually be the one in the better spot in the near term -- and not just because the AL's tepid wild-card race gives him an avenue to a playoff spot that is unlikely to be there for the Pirates.
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