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Votto made that a fleeting memory by lining ‘s 1 pitch into center field

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At this time of year, the best way to suggest who to buy and who to sell is by discussing players the context of their Average Draft Position. With that mind, here are some players who jumped out at me as I looked at the most recent ADPs from our friends at. BUY Javier Vazquez, SP, Braves — Perhaps Shabazz Muhammad Jersey favorite sleeper at pitcher, there is no way Vazquez should be on the board at pick 140, his current ADP. People are drafting him there based on last year’s stats, ignoring that he’s moving to a better pitcher’s park and gets to face the pitcher scrubby pinch hitter every ninth batter rather than a DH. Factor that Vazquez has been durable and dependable for years now and he’s a great buy anywhere near his current ADP. Harang, SP, Reds — Harang was terrific 2006 and 2007, posting at least 230 IP, 216 Ks, and 16 wins each. Yet people are shying away from him this year based on last year’s stats, leaving him on the board until pick 157. That’s a mistake. Harang’s 2008 was the outlier, not the prior years. Go get him. Tulowitzki, SS, Rockies — What’s the difference between Tulo and Dodgers shortstop Furcal? Both had injury-riddled 2008s, yet Furcal Thaddeus Young Jersey seems to have been given a, whereas fantasy owners are punishing Tulowitzki. I ‘t see how Furcal is four rounds better than Tulo. If forced to choose between the two, I suppose I’d prefer Furcal and the steals that he brings to the table, but Tulo is younger, yet to enter his prime, and probably a safer bet to stay healthy. Tulo’s a bargain at 104. HOLD Johan, SP, Mets — Personally, I wouldn’t draft any pitcher at 19 overall. But despite a recent scare about elbow pain, it seems like is going to be. If the injury scare makes him fall into the fourth round of a standard mixed league, that’s when I’d take the plunge. If you like him before that, then take note of his declining strikeout rate.

This number is a little more scary when you remember that moved to the NL last year and thus should have seen a K spike, considering how often opposing pitchers strike out. SELL Rodriguez, RP, Mets — It’s never a good idea to pay for saves, as they are fickle. Also consider that K- is coming off a 62-save that he won’t come close to duplicating, that he just got a big payday, that J.J. Putz was elite closer not long ago and that Rodriguez just moved into the bright lights of New York. Then let someone draft him at 76 overall. I much prefer, Robinson Cano or Joey Votto. Lance Berkman, 1B, Astros — It’s not that I ‘t like Berkman; I do. It’s just that I ‘t want him for second-round pick, which is where he’s currently getting drafted. He’s not unlikely to duplicate his ridiculous first half from last, nor he steal 18 bags again. At age 33, his stats start declining, the same way that NFL running backs start declining as they approach age 30. I expect Berkman to be at or under his counting stats for 2007, which means you can do better with your second-round pick. Pass on Berkman and take Evan Longoria. Ryan, 1B, Phillies — It’s not that I ‘t want 45 HRs and 140 RBI. It’s that I ‘t want to use a late first round or early second round selection on a guy who is going to hit about.255 over 550 at bats. You can’t hit much better than this when you’re striking out 200 times a year. Avoiding bad batting average is especially important keeper leagues, where some owners rebuild at midseason and thus make it easier to make up counting stats like homers and RBI. This also often happens non-keeper leagues where weak owners pack it after. Give me Teixeira or B.J. Upton instead.

Taking a into the at-bat, Votto made that a fleeting memory by lining ‘s 1 pitch into center field for the game-winner. blew it open with a bases-loaded single that added two more runs, as nine men batted the bottom of the eighth. Everybody makes this big deal about Opening Day. the standings, it could be the least important day of the year, said. But it’s awesome to get that win and get the momentum going the right way. Especially coming back, the way we won was great. I think it shows everyone we’re capable of coming back and stealing a game from guys. Cozart had all three of his hits vs. Hellickson, while the rest of the Reds’ lineup went hitless vs. the Phillies’ starter. But the could not maintain that success the late innings, while the Reds’ three scoreless innings of relief made it possible for Cincinnati to battle back and win. It was embarrassing, Hernandez said after loading the bases to start the eighth. I wasn’t able to throw anything over the plate, quality pitches. It’s unfortunate. MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Big day for Cozart: his first regular- game since blowing out his right knee on 10, also vs. the Phillies, Cozart came back strong fashion with three hits. After his leadoff double the first, he scored unearned run when first baseman Ryan dropped a throw from shortstop Freddy Galvis on Suarez’s grounder.

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They are basically the Tea Party of NFL fan bases

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I mean, he did kill two people. He’s the worst under SOME metric. 7) Greggggggwade Jaugaileymularkiams. Want to something even scarier than the Bills’ recent run of head coaches? Go look up the Bills’ list of recent offensive coordinators. It’s like the leaderboard at a terrible PGA event. 8) Kristol 9). $8 million for five. Nix is a fucking genius. Emails from Bills fans: : We had a fan drown at a game last year. : You know the Buffalo Bills suck when the owner chooses to live Wilson Chandler Jersey Detroit instead of Buffalo. : During one trip home 2009, the literal top story on the local news was that some local dudes had scraped together enough money to put FIRE JAURON on a billboard on the Thruway right next to Stadium. The news station sent out a reporter to interview them, and they said, Well, somebody had to do something. This was treated as a very serious matter. Then, a few weeks later, the team did actually fire Jauron., the system works! : If I Anthony Brown Jersey was to write this email weeks ago, I would’ve told you I was looking forward to this, simply on account of there being changes that it’s practically a new team. Maybe they would show signs of, right? Then the front office failed to sign our one consistently talented defensive player Jairus Byrd, and then released after he only played the first five last thanks to a serious knee injury. Oh, and we gave him a four-year, $20 million contract 2012 after he was only making $1 million a year with the Pats the year before. The on top is that one of our most talented lineman, Hairston, has already made the PUP list. And Tuel. : When the Bills start winning, I actually get more pessimistic about their chances. Started the 4? Welcome to finishing 5. : They haven’t even had a winning record since I was sixth grade, and even then they were a 9 team that blew Week 17 against the Steelers’ back-ups. : I used to live Rochester, NY. On gamedays I would go to the local sports bar and watch the days. At said bar there was more than one person wearing a Moorman jersey. Fast forward to 2012 when the Bills cut Moorman and Bills fan friends were contemplating renouncing the team because of such affront to as true a as anyone since. : We get 3 Super Bowls a year: the game vs. New England, the game at New England, and the NFL draft. We usually lose all three. : CJ Spiller had one of the best seasons among RBs the NFL, was yards per with Adrian Peterson, but our coach was too much of a idiot to actually ever use him properly. Instead, they’d rely on the Red Zone, or they’d sit Spiller on 3rd &10 because he’s ‘winded’ that Fitzpatrick could overthrow TJ by about 15 yards for the game- interception. : The three stock video sequences for every home game commercial break are, have been, and always be: Buffalo wings, Falls, and actual buffalo. Also, the State of New had to ensure the newly renovated stadium was named after the current, living owner to help keep him from moving the team. : I was Charlotte December 2007, and the Bills were taking on the Browns. With a 7 record the Bills could boost their playoff chances with a win. With a tightly contested first half I was on the edge of seat, and as I went to take a piss I noticed a a Bills starter jacket. I was glad there was a fellow Bills fan at the bar for once! I went to give him a high five and buy him a beer, but was chided by the seated next to him. I then saw the fan the jacket had Down Syndrome, and had been brought to the bar with the rest of his group home. The Bills would go on to lose 8 a blizzard. : If you’ve ever been to a Bills’ game you’d know that it is the drunkest place on Earth. The fans there are barely capable of forming sentences and if you walk out of the stadium without being within five feet of you’ve accomplished something. : Whenever a new Stadium proposal comes up, fans bitch about wanting to continue playing the cold. Yet, by November, when the Bills are either around.500 or totally fucked, the get blacked out because NO ONE WILL FUCKING GO. : and Marv Levy have cancer. does not, per his antebellum- deal with Satan. : For the first time since 1985, the Bills were finally horrendous enough to warrant a franchise-changing draft pick 2002. They used that pick on the shitacular OT, who noted assclown loved because the pre-draft interview, he had trouble fitting through the door jam BECAUSE HE WAS SO GODDAMN FAT. I gets pulled out to sea and raped to death by a pack of mermen. : I cannot stress enough how much the average Buffalo Bills fan LOATHES the idiot sect of Bills fans known as the Bills mafia They are the loud minority who make us all look bad. They are basically the Tea Party of NFL fan bases.

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Menu Khalil has done just about everything the Oakland Raiders have asked of him his rookie

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Menu Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and added 17 points and 13 rebounds to carry No. 5 Gonzaga past pesky San 71 on Saturday, snapping a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium. The Bulldogs’ frontline tandem bullied and bruised their way to a fast start and furious finish. Olynyk finished 13 for 17 from the floor and went 7 of 15 as both keyed an 11 run the final minutes that put the Zags ahead for good. Dickerson scored 15 points and Cody Doolin added 14 to Andrej Sekera Jersey help the Dons rally back after trailing by 15 the first half. Unlike the last three years when USF stunned Gonzaga at home, the Bulldogs regrouped and showed why they’re ranked high.
Today marks seven years since Mordechai Vanunu, the Israeli nuclear whistleblower, was released from Ashkelon prison to face the assembled world’s media, having served his full sentence of 18 years for revealing the truth of ‘s clandestine nuclear weapons programme. Since his release he has faced no further charges regarding any secrets he is still supposed to have, yet it is for this reason he is not allowed to leave and suffers daily restrictions on his freedom of movement, speech and association. It is Cam Ward Jersey time the British government called for these cruel restrictions to be withdrawn so he can leave immediately, as he wishes.

Menu NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with six of their 10 draft picks, including Heisman Trophy winner Derrick. The Titans announced the deals Monday, the day their rookie class reported for work for the first time. Those agreeing to terms include two of their three selections the second round with defensive lineman of Penn State and from Alabama, the 45th pick overall. Tennessee also agreed to terms with both fifth-round selections wide receiver Tajae Sharpe of Massachusetts and cornerback LeShaun Sims of Southern Utah and both seventh-round picks linebacker Aaron and Southern Mississippi cornerback Kalan Reed. That leaves only four draft picks still unsigned, including the eighth pick overall offensive tackle Jack Conklin. The Titans’ rookie minicamp starts Friday.

Menu Khalil has done just about everything the Oakland Raiders have asked of him his rookie. He has solidified the run defense with his ability to fight off blocks and get into the backfield, pressured quarterbacks consistently as a pass rusher and forced offenses to alter their game plans. The only thing lacking so far from is something he was supposed to get frequently: a quarterback sack. Through seven, is still seeking his first sack despite being compared to pass rushing specialist Von Miller when he was drafted fifth overall. It’s something that’s kind of sitting on mind, said. All teammates talk about it. It come soon enough but even then I’m working hard to get there. has come awfully close, especially recent weeks. He has been credited with 15 quarterback hurries and hits the past three, according to Pro Football Focus, and his 22 pressures for the are the most for any player without a sack. The consistent pressure is bound to lead to sacks soon enough. They come, defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said. Keep pressuring the heck out of them, making sure everybody knows who you are and where is 52 and that stuff happen. As as he’s around the ball, we’re happy. While has lacked sacks, he has not lacked praise. Opposing quarterbacks and Hoyer singled him out after the past two for his stellar play. Seattle quarterback Russell called him a spectacular player who was playing like the defensive rookie of the year heading into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks. He jumps off the film, Seattle coach said. Every one of our coaches, when they break up and start looking at the Raiders and taking seriously what they’re doing well, everybody comes back talking about him. He’s almost unblockable and he’s got a great motor. He’s fast, he’s tough, he’s instinctive. We think he’s obvious factor. played down the wide-spread praise he has received recent weeks, saying it means nothing until the Raiders have more success on the field. It’s gratifying a personal aspect but you want to go out and win the game, he said. It can mean something once you stamp a win. But we’re still working on that win. All you see out there is hunger for a win. has been dominant against the run, where he is the biggest reason for a dramatic turnaround recent weeks by the Raiders. Oakland has allowed just 2 yards per carry October, second to Denver for the NFL lead. is tied with Tampa Bay’s Lavonte David for the NFL lead with 8 2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage against the run, including 5 2 the past two weeks. He’s going to be measured whether or not he sacks the quarterback, but I would just say that it’s been a time since I’ve seen somebody do that the run game, interim coach Tony Sparano said. What he did the run game to opponent, this guy Khalil has just really dominated. NOTES: CB Carlos Rogers did not practice for a second straight day with a knee injury and his status is unknown for Sun day….

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Vin Scully: ‘I will say goodbye in San Francisco, and then that will be it’

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Vin Scully says the last ballgame he will broadcast is the Los Angeles Dodgers’ regular-season finale — regardless of whether they reach the playoffs.

“I’m going to say goodbye at Dodger Stadium the last game with Colorado. I will say goodbye in San Francisco. And then that will be it,” he told The Times.

Cole’s fastball registered in the 93-96-mph range Monday, but velocity couldn’t compensate for a lack of command. Of the 11 straight heaters that he threw to Cesar Hernandez and rookie Roman Quinn to begin the game, eight missed the strike zone. Cole recovered from the back-to-back walks to freeze Maikel Franco on a 96-mph fastball and get Ryan Howard swinging on a slider, and it appeared he had found his equilibrium.

But everything unraveled in the second. Freddy Galvis drove a fastball into the seats to give Philadelphia a 1-0 lead, and Cole proceeded to give up a single to Odubel Herrera, a double to Cody Asche, consecutive walks to Jeremy Hellickson and Hernandez and a run-scoring double to Quinn. Once the inning mercifully ended with the Pirates down 5-1, he called it a night.

The Rangers have won largely because they’ve stymied the Astros’ big bats. Carlos Correa is hitting .167 in 66 at-bats and George Springer is hitting .149 in 74 at-bats. Springer has been the final out in four of the losses, three in which he represented the tying or winning run. The two were a combined 0-for-7 on Tuesday. In fact, Astros other than Jose Altuve were 1-for-25 on Tuesday.

Altuve is hitting .275 against the Rangers this season. His teammates are hitting .212.

“We had guys on base all night,” manager Joe Maddon lamented of the loss. “We had many opportunities to score, and we did not do it.”

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and Backman both have characterized Backman’s departure from the Las Vegas 51s as a resignation, although multiple published reports have labeled it as Backman being fired. Those reports portrayed Backman as being insubordinate, asserting he disregarded instructions to bat Brandon Nimmo leadoff and to use Michael Conforto against left-handed pitching.

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Mike Trout is still the AL’s best player, but he won’t win MVP

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ESPN’s Dan Szymborski has an interesting look at baseball’s MVP races and argues why Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout should still be the top candidate in the American League. Of course, we know the case against Trout: The Angels aren’t going to make the playoffs, so his performance has apparently played out in a vacuum of meaninglessness. Szymborski presents a chart that lists how much a team’s World Series odds would decrease minus the individual performances of key players. The top two players here are Indians right-hander Corey Kluber and Cubs slugger Kris Bryant. This is the conventional “who means the most to his team” MVP argument. Trout is nowhere to be found, since the Angels aren’t contenders.

Trout is universally regarded as the best all-around player in baseball. He holds a significant lead over Mookie Betts in Baseball-Reference WAR, 9.3 to 7.8 (and 8.4 to 6.9 on FanGraphs). If you asked 30 general managers which player they would want on their team, knowing they would get that player’s 2016 performance, all 30 would likely take Trout. Yet he’s not going to be named American League MVP — and not just because the Angels are 62-77. Voters still love their conventional AVG, HRs, RBIs stat lines. In that department, Trout doesn’t stand out from Betts or Jose Altuve:

Trout: .323, 27, 88

Betts: .316, 30, 100

Altuve: .344, 22, 92

The Mets did go the pure showman route back in 2000, when they invited entertainer Garth Brooks to Mets camp. He went 0-for-17 in what was deemed mostly a charitable endeavor. The Tebow signing is more of a hybrid — some baseball legitimacy with a lot of upside benefit based on the novelty.

For whatever it’s worth, Alderson insisted the signing was made on baseball merits.

“While I and the organization, I think, are mindful of the novel nature of this situation, this decision was strictly driven by baseball,” Alderson said. “This was not something that was driven by marketing considerations or anything of the sort. We are extremely intrigued with the potential that Tim has. He has demonstrated over his athletic career that he is a tremendous athlete, has got character, a competitive spirit. Aside from the age (29), this is a classic player-development opportunity for us. As an organization, we’re going to provide that development opportunity for Tim.”

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