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With Verlander from start, Astros could be even better in 2018

ARLINGTON, Texas -- If taking the Lorenzo Cain Jersey ball on Opening Day is a mark of excellence, Justin Verlander belongs to a select group. On Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Park, he became the 18th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to start 10 season openers. CC Sabathia and Felix Hernandez are the only other active pitchers who can make that claim. Youth Michael Conforto Replica Royal Blue Majestic Jersey: MLB New York Mets #30 Alternate Home Cool BaseVerlander’s first nine openers came as the Detroit Tigers’ resident ace, so with the rare exception, he Alex Goligoski Womens Jersey took the mound with a chill in the air. In http://www.authenticmilwaukeebrewersshop.com/Ryan-Braun-Jersey 2012, the game-time temperature at Comerica Park was 43 degrees when he pitched eight shutout innings in a win over the Boston Red Sox. A year later, it was 35 degrees with 17 mph winds when he threw five scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis. Sled dogs were optional. Youth Limited Trevor Williams Navy Blue Jersey: Vapor Untouchable Home #24 NFL Los Angeles Chargers NikeIn Verlander’s first Opening Day start with the Houston Astros, the sun was out and the temperature crept into the low 70s, and he experienced the sensation of playing a regular-season game in late March without seeing his teammates wrapped in parkas in the dugout. “It was a nice change of pace,” Verlander said. “You don’t think about the weather when you’re out there pitching. But it’s nice to be able to feel the ball.” He is literally and figuratively warming to the next chapter of his career amid the comforts of the American League West. Verlander shut down the Texas Rangers' lineup over six four-hit innings before Houston manager A.J. Hinch lifted him with 91 pitches in the ledger. The Astros were within an out Authentic Marcus Allen Jersey of a shutout when closer Ken Giles gave up a run on a wild pitch in the ninth to account for Texas’ only score in a 4-1 Houston victory. This game served as a reminder why Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow jumped through so many hoops to pry Verlander loose from the Tigers in a five-player trade in late August, and it showed why the Astros were downright euphoric over having Verlander and Gerrit Cole join a rotation that already included Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr. and Charlie Morton. “We have a rotation full of aces,” Houston third baseman Alex Bregman said. “Every day when we Authentic John Ross Jerseywake up, we get to play behind one of the best pitchers in the game, so it’s always going to be fun coming to the ballpark.” Thursday’s opener featured something old and something new for the defending champions. George Springer, who was last seen demoralizing the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff in the World Series, hit a solo homer off Cole Hamels leading off the top of the first inning to give Houston a lead it never surrendered. As the Elias Sports Bureau notes, the homer off Hamels and his 2017 Opening Day dinger against Hernandez make Springer the first player to go deep to start a game in consecutive season openers. The Astros also unveiled their four-man outfield alignment, which features Bregman stationed in left field and Josh Reddick, Jake Marisnick and Springer sliding over to enhance the Astros’ coverage in the pasture. Hinch used the strategy four times against Joey Gallo, and Texas’ big first baseman responded with three fly outs and a strikeout. The first one nestled in Bregman’s glove in left. “It’s a lot further away, and it’s harder to see,” Bregman said. “When Gallo hits you a fly ball, it’s usually very high, so it’s a little nerve-wracking. I think our front office and our coaching staff know what they’re doing, and they play the numbers, so it’s fine.” Everything looks easier when Verlander is cutting a swath through opposing lineups, and he was efficient until the sixth inning, when he allowed back-to-back singles to Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre and had to dig deep to strike out Nomar Mazara to end the threat. Verlander averaged 95 mph with his fastball and topped out at 97, and he put up zeroes on a day when it was a challenge to throw the ball past the Texas hitters. The Rangers swung at 41 pitches and missed only nine. The outing continued a pattern of excellence that Verlander established after joining the Astros from the Tigers. Between the regular season and the postseason, he went 9-1 with a 1.66 ERA, 81 strikeouts, 13 walks and a .164 opponents’ batting average for http://www.49ersofficialauthenticshop.com/15-pierre-garcon-super-bowl-jersey.html Houston in 2017. Not that there was anything wrong with his pitching before the trade, but he seemed invigorated by the change of scenery. “It’s special,” Verlander said. “Opening Day is always special. There’s so much atmosphere. There’s the intensity. It’s a really unique experience, and I cherish every single one of them. The one I probably remember most is my first Opening Day [in 2006], when I wasn’t even pitching. I was just a fan sitting there and enjoying it. It was kind of a full-circle moment.” Verlander is quickly building a fan base in Houston, and it emanates from the stands to the home clubhouse. The Astros have seen how he http://www.officialwarriorsproshop.com/patrick_mccaw_jersey.htmlelevates the level of performance of the entire staff with his work ethic, positive example and professional advice. He’ll be around for 33 or 34 starts this season, and his new teammates consider each one a gift and a pleasure to behold.“He’s a Hall-of-Famer-in-waiting,” Springer said. “As a player, you understand when you’re playing with greatness. And he’s it.” http://edersbow.com/Forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12038&sid=4ea6302a134098b2e90f87d08f84f98e
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allowing one hit in six innings, but the Rays improbably scored six runs in the eighth to ruin Alex Cora’s managerial debut. The Rays had lost 70 games in a row they trailed by four-plus runs, most in the majors, and were the only team not to win a game last season after trailing by at least four runs. Latrell Sprewell Authentic Home White Women's Jersey: Golden State Warriors #15 Association Edition Nike NBA Real or not: So Stanton homers twice and the Boston bullpen blows a comfortable lead in disastrous fashion. I’m sure that will go over well on sports radio in Boston on Friday morning. Those guys are always very calm and not reactionary at all. Joe Kelly walked three batters and Carson Smith walked one before Denard Span cleared the bases with a triple down the right-field line. Cora explained after the game Olympic Hockey Premier Youth Kevin Shattenkirk Nike Team USA Jersey: 2014 Navy Blue #22 Away that he didn’t want to use Craig Kimbrel before the ninth inning on Opening Day. “We talked about it before the game,” he said. “I’m not going to put him in that spot right now.” I’ll buy that. Kelly and Smith are good relievers who had bad days. The Boston pen led the majors in WPA last season while ranking second in ERA. Sure, a chunk of that was Kimbrel’s dominance, but this should be a very good pen. What happened: The Twins tied it with two runs in the ninth and escaped a bases-loaded jam Laquon Treadwell Youth jersey in the 10th thanks to a five-man infield, but Adam Jones sent Orioles fans home happy with a walk-off blast off Fernando Rodney in the 11th. Real or not: This was a fun game, as Dylan Bundy and Jake Odorizzi locked up in a scoreless duel before the bullpens took over. Brad Brach blew the save for Baltimore, but the issue here is Minnesota’s bullpen. The Twins invested heavily to upgrade their relief group, signing Rodney, Addison Reed and Zach Duke as free agents. Is Rodney going to be the answer at closer? He’s 41, and although was very good for Arizona last season after a bad April, he still walked 4.2 per nine, so it’s always a tightrope with him. I’d say there's a 50 percent chance he lasts the season as closer. Real or not: If you’re sensing a trend about bullpens on this Opening Day, you’re right. There was a lot of shoddy relief work. Knebel had a monster season in 2017, making the All-Star team while striking out 126 batters in 76 innings. He was worked hard, appearing in 76 games and tiring in September, but he should be fine. I want to point out something else that allowed the Brewers to win this game: They actually Hunter Pence Womens Jersey carried 14 position players on the Opening Day roster -- including three first basemen on the bench as Ryan Braun started at first. A lot of teams are carrying just 12 position players. Well, in the 12th inning, manager Craig Counsell still had Ji-Man Choi on his bench to hit for the pitcher. He doubled with two outs and scored the winning run on Orlando Arcia’s single. Choi probably will be replaced on the roster as soon as they need another pitcher, but he helped the Brewers to one big win. What happened: Matt Davidson became the fourth player to hit three home runs on Opening Day to power the White Sox to a 14-7 victory.Real or not: Davidson matched a record set by Dmitri Young (2005 Tigers), Tuffy Rhodes (1994 Cubs) and George Bell (1988 Blue Jays), and the White Sox tied the Opening Day record with six home runs as a team. So, is Davidson for real? The 27-year-old has power, slugging 27 home runs in 118 games last season, but he also posted a horrific .260 OBP as he hit .220 and had a 165/19 K/BB ratio. He was http://www.authenticducksjerseys.com/Authentic-Rickard-Rakell-Jersey a little better in spring http://www.officialbostonbruins.com/Adidas-Patrice-Bergeron-Jersey training, with nine walks and 19 strikeouts, and drew a walk in this game. If he doesn’t improve the walk rate and cut down the strikeouts, the raw power won’t be enough to keep him in the majors. The game: Angels at Athletics What happened: Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-5 in his major league debut, but the Oakland bullpen threw six scoreless innings as the A’s won 6-5 in 11 innings. Real or not: Hey, Ohtani has more hits than Mike Trout, who went 0-for-6 for the first time in his career and struck out in the 11th with two runners on. Credit to the Oakland bullpen and Boog Powell’s triple off Justin Upton’s glove (he should have caught it) that led to the winning run, but let’s focus on Ohtani. One thing he did in this game was drop the high leg kick he had in spring training, when he went 4-for-32. That could be a temporary thing until he gets his timing down, as the leg kick is used to help deliver more power. He Evander Kane Jersey singled in his first at-bat, a hard bouncer past the first baseman, grounded out to second his next http://www.raidersfootballofficialstore.com/Marshall-Newhouse-Jersey three times and then struck out against Chris Hatcher. The A’s even showed him some respect by shifting Authentic Nelson Agholor Jersey on him. He had one decent at-bat against lefty Ryan Buchter, fouling off a couple tough pitches before hitting a hard grounder. You can’t read anything into one game, but he certainly seemed focused on getting the ball in play. Like any young hitter, he just needs at-bats. Side note: Ohtani will make history of sorts when he starts on Sunday. The last player to start a game on the mound and in the field or at DH in the same season was Rick Rhoden with the Yankees in 1988. Rhoden was a good-hitting pitcher whom manager Billy Martin started one game at DH, saying injuries had left him with no other choice. Before that, Willie Smith started one game at pitcher for the Angels in 1964 (and pitched 14 times in relief) and started 80 games in the outfield. In his case, all his pitching outings came through June 15, at which time he was moved to the outfield. Remarkably, he hit cleanup in his first start in right field and ended the season hitting .301 with a 2.84 ERA in 31⅔ innings. Real or not: Phillies fans were apoplectic about new manager Gabe Kapler pulling Aaron Nola with one out in the sixth inning after just 68 pitches. It did seem like a quick hook, but the bullpen has to hold a 5-0 lead. Instead, Freddie Freeman greeted Hoby Milner with a two-run homer and four of the five relievers Kapler used gave up runs, including three home runs. Ouch. The story, however, was the Atlanta offense: Is it good? I’m not sure about that. Markakis didn’t homer all spring and hit just eight in 160 games last year. The combination of Ender Inciarte, Ozzie Albies and Freeman is a nice top of the lineup, but it’s pretty thin after that, at least until Ronald Acuna gets called up. They need their catchers to produce again and Dansby Swanson to make big strides. Real or not: Are the Giants for real? A good bullpen will help given the issues there in 2017. Closer Mark Melancon is on the DL, but Hunter Strickland may be the better option at this point anyway. This much is certain: With Madison Bumgarner likely out until early May and Jeff Samardzija sidelined for three weeks or so, it’s critical for the Giants not to fall way behind before May even kicks in. They play the Dodgers 10 times by the end of April and the Diamondbacks six times, with three-game series against the Angels and Nationals. So beating Kershaw like this is a nice start. wholesale nfl jerseys from china wholesale nfl jerseyswholesale nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys


Your guide to Opening Day's outcomes

It’s the first 2018 regular-season edition of Real or Not, and Mr. Stanton immediately lived up to the hype. In his first game that mattered with the New York Yankees, Stanton hit two home runs, including an opposite-field blast in his first at-bat to lead the Yankees to a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. You know it felt good, especially since it meant he wouldn’t have to deal with the New York media asking, “Are you feeling the pressure?” after the game like he would have if he’d gone 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Donnel Pumphrey Men's Nike Midnight Green Player Name & Number Tank Top Limited NFL Jersey - Philadelphia Eagles #34 Jerseys “You gotta get that first one out of the way and you Drew Doughty Authentic Jersey can stop worrying about it,” Stanton said. “It was a great day. We got 10-plus hits; we put it on ’em. I think they only got two hits. So it was a good day overall.” Here’s my takeaway from this game. Aaron Boone spent much of spring tinkering with his lineup, speculating about potential batting orders, suggesting he might hit Aaron Judge leadoff, and then having a wrench thrown into whatever plans he may have had when Greg Bird landed on the disabled list after foot surgery. He ended up hitting Judge, Stanton and Gary Sanchez in the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 slots against Blue Jays lefty J.A. Happ. I’d keep it just like that. Righty, lefty, doesn’t matter. Don’t overthink it, don’t worry about separating the right-handed batters with a lefty, don’t worry about potential bullpen matchups that may arise later in the game. Just put the big boys right where they were in the opener: 2-3-4. Make pitchers sweat the night before about facing those three in a row. Make it difficult to work out of potential jams. It’s a lethal trio to get through. If Brett Gardner is the primary http://www.steelersofficialsstore.com/Jack_Ham_Jersey_Cheapleadoff hitter, he’s a solid on-base guy. Judge is going to hit home runs and draw a lot of walks even when he isn’t hitting home runs. That’s going to create a lot of RBI opportunities for Stanton. With Sanchez backing him up, you can’t really pitch around Stanton when there’s a base open. What the entire lineup is going to do is make pitchers work. Gardner is always among the league leaders in pitches per plate appearance. Judge is patient and works the count. Stanton is a little http://www.rangersteamonline.com/Jesper_Fast_Jerseymore aggressive, but he takes his walks as well. Happ actually pitched pretty well, but in 4⅔ innings he threw 96 pitches, even though he issued just one walk and four hits. (Gardner, Judge and Stanton saw a combined 75 pitches in their 14 plate appearances.) The Yankees are going to knock out a lot of starters early just by running up those pitch counts. Managers may not mind going to their bullpens, but that could lead to some taxed relievers by the end of a series. It’s one game. Stanton reminded everyone about that. He said the two home runs rank high on his personal list: “They’re up there. As long as we get a little start here, keep it rolling in the series. Got 161 to go.” Here’s the rest of what happened on an exciting Opening Day: The game: Cubs at Marlins What happened: The Cubs hit three home runs -- including Ian Happ’s homer on the first pitch of the major league season -- and the bullpen threw 4⅔ scoreless innings in an 8-4 victory. Real or not: Yes, Virginia, the Cubs are better than the Marlins. In fact, somebody on our baseball staff asked this question: How many players on the Marlins’ Opening Day roster would make the Cubs’ roster? J.T. Realmuto would make it -- although only as the backup to Willson Contreras -- but he’s on the DL. Kyle Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider are pretty good relievers; maybe they beat out Justin Wilson or Pedro Strop or Brian Duensing. Starlin Castro maybe edges out Ben Zobrist or Tommy La Stella as a backup infielder, although La Stella was excellent off the bench last year. Justin Bour would be a nice pinch hitter, but the Cubs already have a better first baseman and manager Joe Maddon demands defensive versatility. So, what, maybe three guys? Four if you include Realmuto? Real or not: Martinez battled the strike zone all day, walking six batters, but the concern here is the Cardinals’ bullpen, which struggled in the clutch last season (18th in win probability added) and started the season with projected closer Luke Gregerson on the DL. Before the game, reports broke that the team had agreed to a deal with free-agent closer Greg Holland on a one-year contract. Holland saved 41 games with the Rockies in his return from Tommy John surgery, but he also was handled with kid gloves and threw just 57 innings, so he’s not a guy you count on for four- or five-out saves. There are some quality arms here, including rookie Jordan Hicks and his 100-mph heater, but manager Mike Matheny’s ability to get the best out of them remains a question. Maybe new pitching coach Mike Maddux will help.hat happened: George Springer led off with a home run and Justin Verlander cruised through six scoreless innings in a 4-1 win to push his regular-season record with the Astros to 6-0 in six starts with a 0.90 ERA. Real or not: The way Verlander pitched after a midseason mechanical change suggests he should Jim Palmer Youth jersey be right in the thick of the Cy Young race, but how about Springer as a sleeper MVP candidate? He may rank behind two of his own teammates in that area, but he’s coming off a 5.0 WAR season and is still improving. His big improvement last year was cutting his strikeout rate from 23.9 percent to 17.7 percent. The reason I like him as Jamal Adams Womens Jersey a potential MVP is that he hit .310/.380/.613 with 27 home runs in the first half before sliding to .241/.347/.377 in the second half. That coincided with a quad injury that landed him on the DL in late July. If he can stay healthy and focused for six months, you could be looking at some insane numbers from the leadoff spot. Side note: The Astros employed a four-man outfield against Joey Gallo. That could be the hot new trend this season. Stay tuned. cheap jerseys china cheap jerseys free shipping cheap jerseyswholesale jerseys cheap nfl jerseys


While hopes are high that Marcell Ozuna can boost

the offense with the power bat it missed last season, the Cardinals' best chance to break Womens Tomas Hertl Jerseyinto baseball's elite lies with its deep starting rotation. St. Louis needs runs to hang with the deep rosters of the Cubs, Dodgers and Nationals, but if the Cards break through with a surprise NL pennant, it'll be because they outpitched their chief rivals with more high-quality innings from their rotation than their opponents can muster. Majestic Phil Rizzuto Authentic Women's Jersey - MLB New York Yankees #10 Green Salute to Service Worst case: If Ozuna returns to his pre-2017 levels, it might lead to a worsened attack. That's not because the old version of Ozuna was a bad player. No, it's more because last year's Cardinals outfield was actually pretty good and needs the improved Ozuna to up its production. Meanwhile, for all that rotation depth we're emphasizing, the Cardinals are headed into the season without a clear-cut bullpen pecking order. Maybe it works, or maybe leads start disappearing en masse. Men's Authentic Majestic Andrelton Simmons White Jersey - #2 MLB Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim Flexbase CollectionMake-or-break player: After missing the entire 2017 season, this much remains true of pitcher Alex Reyes: No one on the Redbirds' staff can match his upside. Reyes' role for the coming season remains unclear while the club http://www.usasoccershops.com/graham-zusi-world-cup-jersey tries to figure out the best way to leverage his immense talent while protecting him during his first season after elbow surgery. A healthy and resilient Reyes could be the ingredient that allows the St. Louis pitching staff to crystallize into something special. -- Doolittle Best case: The best player in baseball not only is the best player in baseball but also has his best season -- not unreasonable, given that Mike Trout set career highs in OBP and slugging last year (albeit in a year shortened by injury). Shohei Ohtani is the real deal on the mound and contributes at DH. The six-man rotation works. With Andrelton Simmons, Zack Cozart, Ian Kinsler and Martin Maldonado, the Angels http://www.authenticwildstore.com/-14-justin-williams-jersey_c-447.html are the best defensive team in the majors. They win 95 games and the AL West. Worst case: Trout is great, and everyone else isn't. The Angels end up with the worst production in the league at first base and DH with Albert Pujols, Ohtani and friends. Ohtani struggles on the mound, and Garrett Richards makes just six starts for a third straight season. The Angels finish under .500, and once again, it's a Trout-free October. Make-or-break player: It has to be Ohtani. The Angels are counting on him for 25 or so starts at a high level and, given that they jettisoned C.J. Cron, to serve as a semi-regular DH as well. Ohtani could end up the most exciting player in the league or an overhyped disappointment. -- Schoenfield The Brewers needed help on offense after a dismal second half, so the additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain could be difference-makers. If the staff pitches like it did in 2017 and the offense takes a step up behind the two newcomers, watch out, because the Brewers' strength could be in their bullpen, at least at the back end. Closer Corey Knebel and flamethrower Josh Hader lead a solid group. Ninety or more wins is a possibility. Worst case: The Brewers could be Andrew MacDonald Youth jersey exposed in the back end of their rotation, as they did very little to improve in that Dan Bailey Authentic Jersey important area. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies are solid, but the team will miss righty Jimmy Nelson while he recovers from shoulder surgery. There's no covering for holes in the starting staff unless the Brewers are willing to abuse Hader, who can pitch multiple innings out of the pen. The lack of starting depth could drop the http://www.baseballcardinalsonline.com/WOMENS-KEITH-HERNANDEZ-JERSEY.html Brewers' win total into the mid-to-low 80s. Make-or-break player: Free-agent addition Jhoulys Chacin could be a key for the Brewers. The 30-year-old produced a nifty 1.84 ERA this spring after coming over from San Diego, where he made 32 starts last season. Considering the Brewers' lack of depth in Womens Tom Compton Jerseythe starting staff -- at least at the major league level -- they'll need that kind of durability out of Chacin to compete. If Nelson returns to form, it will take some pressure off the other starters, but for now, the newcomer on the staff has a spotlight on him. -- Rogers Don't tell the Twins that simply winning a wild card again will be enough. They could beat the Indians if the offense mashes like it did over the final two months. Logan Morrison, Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano could combine for 110 home runs, and maybe Byron Buxton becomes one of the best players in the league. If Jake Odorizzi and Lance Lynn post sub-4.00 ERAs, the rotation will be much better. Worst case: The Twins went from 59 to 85 wins, so maybe their true talent level is somewhere in between. Odorizzi and Lynn could easily struggle, and the rotation could remain an issue. Fernando Rodney implodes as closer. Buxton is more first-half Buxton than second-half Buxton. The Royals, White Sox and Tigers aren't as awful as expected, and the Twins don't go 34-23 against them again. Make-or-break player: Jose Berrios showed flashes of ace potential in going 14-8 with a 3.89 ERA, especially when that curveball is bending knees. 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The Indians are coming off a 102-win season

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Make-or-break player: It's no coincidence that the Indians lost in the ALDS to the Yankees when Kluber pitched through a back issue and was ineffective, getting shelled in Game 2 and failing to get past the fourth inning in Game 5. If the Indians are to win the World Series, they'll need a healthy and dominant Kluber in October. -- David Schoenfield Best case: Speedsters Adam Eaton and Trea Turner both play 150-plus games, wreaking http://www.officialyankeesproshop.com/Mariano_Rivera_Jerseyhavoc atop the Nats lineup and helping Bryce Harper go over 100 RBIs for the first time. Way over. In fact, Harper becomes the first NL player since Sammy Sosa to crack the 150-RBI mark as he http://www.officialtigerstore.com/Miguel_Cabrera_Jerseywins his second MVP award. Stephen Strasburg makes 33 starts, plus another five in the playoffs, and the Nats -- who have never won a single playoff series -- win three this time. Worst case: Daniel Murphy's knee issues linger longer than expected, Eaton's surgically repaired ACL falters, and Harper gets dinged up again and/or crumbles under the weight of walk-year pressure. On top of that, Washington loses a key player to a freak injury at precisely the wrong time for a third straight season (see: Wilson Ramos in '16, Harper in '17). If all that happens, the high-ceiling Nats will slip and fall on their high floor, making yet another early playoff exit. Make-or-break Womens William Nylander Jersey player: Anthony Rendon. A versatile hitter who was one of only five big leaguers with more walks than whiffs last year, his steady glove work gets overlooked at a position that has been home to flashy fielders such as Nolan Arenado and Manny Machado. On a loaded Washington roster, the 27-year-old third baseman might be the best of the bunch. He's certainly the most valuable -- at least he was last season, when his 6.9 fWAR was not only tops on the team but also best in the National League. -- Matz Best case: If the Cubs are as good on the playing field as they are on paper, then winning 100 games is not out of the question. They're talented and deep in most areas and had little drama in camp, as they boast established players all over the field. A not impossible scenario has seven position players hitting at least 20 home runs. Bottom line: The Cubs were good before they added Yu Darvish. Now? They could really be special again. Worst case: It could take just one starting pitcher to go down for the Cubs to leak water in their boat, and if Brandon Morrow doesn't take to closing -- and/or several relievers aren't up to snuff -- then some demoralizing losses could follow. Like most bullpens on contending teams, the Cubs have a collection of good arms, but almost all have had their ups and downs or have been hurt in the past. Another thing to watch is how the offense fares against great pitching. Make-or-break player: The offense is too deep to rely on one player, and the starting staff is top-heavy, so a smooth start to the year lands on Morrow's shoulders. The former starter has had his arm problems in the past, but the Cubs saw a dominant setup man all last season with the Dodgers and snared him to be their guy in the ninth inning. If he succeeds, the team is on easy street. If Joe Maddon has to go to Plan B, it could put the bullpen in a state http://www.authenticoaklandathleticsshop.com/Khris-Davis-Jersey of flux. -- Jesse Rogers Best case: J.D. Martinez lengthens -- and more significantly, strengthens -- the lineup that produced the fewest home runs in the American League last season, the top of the rotation remains healthy, and the many players who underperformed last year relative to their 2016 numbers bounce back in a big way. 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If healthy, Price will pair with Chris Sale to give the Sox a dominant one-two punch atop the rotation. But Price also must be a more positive influence in the clubhouse. His "us-against-the-world" act last season wore thin quickly. -- Scott Lauber cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys wholesale jerseyswholesale nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys cheap jerseys china


Power Rankings: Best and worst case for every team

When the 2017 season ended, the Houston Astros were celebrating the first World Series title in franchise history. With all of their star players back and some big offseason additions, the Astros open 2018 as the unanimous No. 1 team in our rankings. But who is hot on their heels? Will the Yankees bash their way to a title? Can the Dodgers get one more win and bring the trophy back to L.A.? For every team, we identified the best- and worst-case scenarios and the one player who could make or break http://www.49ersofficialsprostore.com/Pierre_Garcon_Jersey_Cheapthe season. We also included projected records and division finishes from ESPN Insider Dan Szymborski using his ZiPS system. (Editor's note: Because the rankings were voted on by a panel -- David Schoenfield, Eric Karabell, Tim Kurkjian, Bradford Authentic Larry Nance Jersey Doolittle and Sarah Langs -- they might not match Szymborski's projected finishes.) Men's Adidas Philadelphia Flyers #12 Jori Lehtera Premier Orange Home NHL JerseyBest case: Ace Justin Verlander not only picks up where he left off last season but also helps new Astro Gerrit Cole rediscover his inner-first-rounder. Carlos Correa keeps all Larry Fitzgerald Womens Jersey his ligaments intact and gives teammate Jose Altuve a run for his money in trying to become just the second AL player this century to win back-to-back MVP titles. Houston becomes the first team since 2000 to repeat as World Series champs. Women's Mike Fisher Authentic White Reebok Jersey: NHL Nashville Predators #12 AwayWorst case: Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani goes 6-0 versus the Astros (including a perfect game), while hitting .573 with eight homers off Houston hurlers, helping the Angels become the first team ever to go 19-0 against a division rival. Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers miss time once again, and even worse, they infect Verlander with the injury bug. The Astros become the 10th squad since 2000 to miss the playoffs the season after winning it all. Make-or-break player: The Stros went 81-39 when Correa was healthy (.675). During the six weeks he missed due to a thumb injury, they were 20-22 (.476). No wonder the 23-year-old shortstop finished 17th in the MVP voting, despite playing just 109 games. Crazy thing is, based on his 5.2 fWAR (seventh in AL), Correa should've finished even higher. -- Eddie Matz Best case: It's championship or bust for a Dodgers team that came one stinking http://www.officialauthenticbroncostore.com/Nike-Shane-Ray-Jersey.html win from taking it all in 2017. While no one in L.A. would admit it, what might aid that cause is if a couple of starters beyond Clayton Kershaw prove so adept at navigating beyond 18 batters that it convinces Dave Roberts to give them a little longer leash in the postseason. Alex Wood, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Walker Buehler -- whoever. Just two arms that can ease the burden of Roberts' postseason bullpen. Worst case: There is so much redundancy built into the Dodgers' roster that it almost feels immune to worst-case scenarios. But they exist for everyone. All teams, even the Dodgers, rely on a certain bit of star power. If Justin Turner's wrist injury lingers and ruins his season, and if Corey Seager's elbow becomes a bigger problem, and if Cody Bellinger's strikeout-heavy cold stretches become a strikeout-heavy cold season, and if Kershaw's back problems resurface, and if Kenley Jansen's hamstring pops ... you get the picture. Still, a lot of Womens San Francisco 49ers Jersey things have to go wrong to keep the Dodgers from the ranks of the elite. Make-or-break player: Seager is probably the closest thing to a make-or-break player that the Dodgers have. If his elbow keeps him out of the lineup or unable to make the requisite throws from shortstop -- and there has been no indication this spring that will be the case -- then it creates an unfortunate domino effect. L.A. is deep all over but less deep at shortstop than any other position. Chris Taylor can play there, as can Enrique Hernandez. But if Taylor is taken out of center field, it creates a defensive hole at that spot, and Hernandez is valuable as a utility guy but might not be able to start against http://www.jetsfootballofficialshop.com/Authentic-Jamal-Adams-Jersey righties, anyway. It would simplify matters if Seager's elbow stays sound. -- Bradford Doolittle Best case: A 28th World Series ring is well within the realm of possibility for the Yankees in 2018. With a well-developed farm system that's paying dividends and after a few shrewd offseason moves, their power arms and power bats have them well-positioned Womens Tim Schaller Jersey to win big this season. Last year's earlier-than-expected appearance in the ALCS ought to also help first-year manager Aaron Boone's young yet experienced club. Worst case: Health is a concern for every team at this point, but it is especially so for a team as carefully constructed as the Yankees. Such concerns caused New York to focus this spring on building defensive depth and looking for versatility both within the lineup and out of the bullpen. If the Yanks' season goes unexpectedly sideways, it likely would be due to key injuries that were tougher to overcome than anticipated. Make-or-break player: This superstar-laden 40-man roster won't have many "break" players this year. That's especially true in the lineup, where the effects of one slumping player shouldn't have a deleterious domino effect. In fact, certain players will benefit from this deep lineup. Catcher Gary Sanchez definitely should, and he could be the biggest breakout player. His offseason defensive tweaks also should directly impact the Yankees. -- Coley Harveyhttp://forum.ebook-ctecky.cz/viewtopic.php?f=31&t=2117
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Who will be MLB's most valuable superstars?

Who else got votes? Carlos Correa (3); Aaron Judge (2); Jose Ramirez (2); Manny Machado (2); Gary Sanchez (2); Francisco Lindor (2); Jose Altuve (1); Giancarlo Stanton (1) Why is Trout still the runaway choice? "Sure, it would be more fun to pick somebody else -- Carlos Correa or George Springer or Aaron Judge or Francisco Lindor or Byron Buxton (the AL isn’t hurting for potential MVP candidates) -- but Trout is the obvious pick. He finished fourth in the voting last year, even though he missed 48 games. In spring training, he hasn’t struck out, leading to the possibility that he’s actually getting better (his K rate dropped from 26.1 percent in 2014 to 17.8 percent last year). Of course, it would help if the Angels make the playoffs." -- David Schoenfield Premier Reebok Men's Darren Helm Red Jersey - NHL #43 Detroit Red Wings 2014 Winter ClassicThe most dramatic example is perhaps the second act of pitcher Rich Hill, his late-career comeback fueled by pivoting away from the traditional notion that the fastball must be the primary pitch. Hill's primary pitch is his best pitch, the curveball. Others have followed pitch-tracking technology, which is giving them the hard data to influence what pitches they use how often and changes in their pitch sequencing. While some breakouts on the mound will still follow a more traditional route --a young talent maturing and better harnessing his stuff, for instance -- others will use data more and more to test conventional thinking and experiment. Which means that we might be in an era of more breakouts. The initial success of the Tampa Bay Rays and other teams in shifting defenders around the infield is now universally copied. What seemed like mad-scientist stuff back then now seems entirely routine. It’s possible that the extra layer of analysis could soon extend into the outfield with some teams. Some evaluators have mulled the concept of using a four-man outfield under certain circumstances as a way of reducing the odds of big damage. More and more hitters and coaches have focused on developing swing mechanics of getting the ball in the air, and the addition of one more fielder to the outfield might be increasingly considered. First and foremost -- and quite obviously -- the hitter would have to have demonstrated a tendency to generate fly balls to his pull side. Think http://www.footballbillsofficialstore.com/Brandon-Tate-Jersey.html about someone such as Greg Bird of the New York Yankees, whose rate of ground balls to fly balls was 0.52 in 2015, the highest of any player with at least 170 plate appearances that season. Or maybe the Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier, who hits the ball in the air a lot and has the highest rate of pulling the ball the past two seasons. The pitcher would have to be someone who might be more apt to induce fly balls. Probably never someone such as Marcus Stroman, who led the majors in ground ball percentage last year (60.1 percent), but more like Marco Estrada, who had the third-highest fly ball rate, at 48.2 percent. The game situation would have to be right: mostly with two outs, some evaluators mentioned, when the odds of an extended rally are greatly diminished. If a slow, lumbering slugger opted to cut down on his swing to single through an open infield, rather than swing big, that could be a plus for the defense. One possible example: If the right-handed hitting Dozier came to the plate with two outs, a team could shift an infielder to the outfield, perhaps with the left fielder playing closer to the foul line, the center moved to deep left-center, the right fielder now moved to center, and the infielder -- theoretically the least adept of the four in the outfield -- in right field, where Dozier is least likely to hit the ball. You’d have to have the right personnel to make it more palatable for the defense, as one evaluator noted. The Chicago Cubs have great options to add a fourth outfielder from play to play because of the experience of Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant in the infield and outfield. On the other hand, the Twins might see less benefit in shifting Miguel Sano out of the infield in specific situations. Placing the fielders in the spots where they most likely could catch http://www.officialpatriotsnflauthentic.com/Nike-Chris-Hogan-Jersey.html the ball would be a priority, but the shift to four in the outfield could pressure hitters out of an emotional comfort zone. The Cubs' Joe Maddon has given voice to this, noting that every time you put in Frank Vatrano Womens Jersey front of a hitter something he hasn't seen before, you can get into his head -- and that can serve the interests of the pitcher even before he throws a pitch. A four-man outfield might also compel a slugger such as Bird or Dozier to make a choice. The hitter can alter his swing in an attempt to take advantage of the enormous spaces that would open up in a three-man infield, but in doing so, he would sacrifice the opportunity to do what hitters are increasingly focused on: driving the ball into the air for big damage. "If you get a slugger to try to slap a single through the infield, he’s probably doing you a favor," one evaluator said. "Would you want David Ortiz trying to hit a single in the ninth inning against you rather than trying to hit a homer? Of course."Late in close games, teams will often position their corner infielders on the lines and back Calvin Pryor Jersey up their outfielders closer to the fences in what is commonly known as a no-doubles defense. The use of a four-man outfield -- against boppers who mostly hit fly balls -- could be a similar weapon, especially with two outs. When Maddon managed the Rays, he used a four-man outfield against Ortiz and Jim Thome. The concept has mostly been dormant since then, but it's possible that it'll be revitalized at a ballpark near you. http://codebirth.com/index.php?topic=57333.0
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Most influential players ever, Nos. 50-26

As LeBron James, Steph Curry and other stars create a new NBA before our eyes -- while standing on the shoulders of giants -- we are presenting Authentic Jonathan Casillas Jerseythe 100 NBA players who have done the most to change the way we play the game, how we talk about the game, and the culture of basketball. For this special edition of #NBArank, we asked our panel to choose the players who have influenced the game most, both on and off the court: the real game changers. Women's Replica Majestic Michael Brantley Grey Road Jersey - #23 MLB Cleveland Indians Cool BaseOur NBA panel -- with members from across ESPN, including TV, radio, ESPN.com, The Undefeated and ESPN The Magazine -- voted more than 11,000 times to select the top 90 game changers, and a smaller committee of writers and editors selected the final 10. Growing up http://www.panthershopnflonline.com/SUPER-BOWL-KURT-COLEMAN-JERSEY on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, Spencer Haywood knew the drudgery of working from sunup to sundown. The adolescent Haywood planted and chopped cotton for a pittance. After being thrust into hard and unfair labor as a child, Haywood as a young adult went on to challenge the unfair labor order of sports. It was a challenge that still benefits players some 50 years later. Men's Game Logan Thomas White Jersey: Road #82 NFL Buffalo Bills NikeAt age 19, he led Team USA to a surprising gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Desperate to support himself and his family, Haywood skipped the rest of his college years and joined the ABA for the 1969-70 season, winning MVP and ROY honors. The restless Haywood then jumped to the NBA for the 1970-71 season. The league's legal attempts to enforce its four-year college rule on Haywood failed and established the "hardship case" rule that allowed underclassmen to enter the NBA draft. By age 25, Haywood had been selected to one ABA first team and two NBA http://www.officialhawkstore.com/Mike_Muscala_Jersey first teams. Since then he has defeated drug addiction and continues to speak out against the exploitation of college athletes by the NCAA. -- Curtis Harris The Point God has nearly perfected the position, making extreme efficiency his trademark. On one end he's a precision playmaker and scorer who can toss alley-oops or play off the ball and sink jumpers, and on the other a dogged defender and pickpocket. A leader for teammates and coaches who appreciate his commanding edge, CP3 also isn't for everyone. "Chris is a militant, and I mean that in a good way," Houston assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik told Zach Lowe.Paul's new Rockets team might give him the chance to silence a RINGZ narrative that has sometimes overshadowed his accomplishments, which include leading the league in assists four times and steals six times, plus a long string of winning seasons and two Olympic gold medals alongside pals LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony. But even without a title, the former Lob City general has built a legacy as a voice for social causes (speaking out against police brutality at the 2016 ESPYS and ousted Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014) and his fellow players as the president of the NBPA. -- Austin Tedesco For better or worse, Rick Barry is a man of ironclad conviction and determination who created one of the greatest résumés in basketball history: 12 All-Star selections, 10 All-NBA/ABA nods, three Finals appearances, and a title and Finals MVP in 1975. His prickly personality in addition to his all-world scoring and passing talent made him one of pro basketball's unique figures. The self-proclaimed "Basketball Gypsy" had played in the NBA and ABA by 1975 with three franchises in four different cities and caused a firestorm by insulting the state of Virginia. He even called the 1976 NBA Marco Estrada Youth jersey Finals for CBS even though his Warriors had just lost the West finals, and he was an outspoken commentator on the NBA scene. His conviction could cause chaos, but that determination made him the first star to leave the NBA for the ABA and willed the Warriors to their stunning 1975 NBA title. It also made him a meticulous free throw shooter who employed the granny shot to perfection and tormented defenses with an all-around offensive repertoire. Barry's influence continued as three of his sons played in the NBA, including Brent and Jon, now national TV commentators. -- Harris The Ice Man was one of a kind. With a smooth personality and a signature shot to die for, Gervin led the NBA in scoring four times. With his finger roll operating at all angles, no matter how impossible, Gervin was synonymous with pro basketball in San Antonio for over a decade in the 1970s and '80s. With Gervin at the helm, the Spurs missed the http://www.billsofficialonlineshop.com/YOUTH+LORENZO+ALEXANDER+JERSEYpostseason just once in his 12 seasons with the team and three times made the conference finals. Gervin's unique, stylish scoring prowess made him 12 times an All-Star, five times an All-NBA first-teamer and twice an MVP runner-up. 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Barkley was the best running back in the nation last season

racking up more than 1,200 yards on 5.9 yards per carry and 18 rushing touchdowns despite regularly facing eight and nine men in the box. Barkley has a distinctive combination of size, agility and power; there just aren't many 233-pound backs with his feet and acceleration. Barkley is also a three-down back, with solid hands as a receiver and above-average blocking skills in pass protection. Making it an even easier evaluation is the fact that Barkley is a driven competitor with very good leadership skills and no off-the-field issues. He checked all the boxes at the combine, as well. Elite Men's Andre Roberts Black Alternate Jersey: NFL Nike Atlanta Falcons #19Nelson is a road grader with the size (6-foot-5, 325 pounds), strength, polish and toughness to start immediately in the NFL. He seems like one of the safer prospects at this point and appears a lock to go in the top 10. ORLANDO, Fla. -- The New England Patriots didn't talk in-depth with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels about his role going forward with the team, or adjust his contract, until two days after Super Bowl LII. That turn of events, McDaniels told The Boston Globe, led him to change his mind after having verbally agreed to become the Colts' coach. The Patriots' late, aggressive pursuit of McDaniels worked out for them in this case, but the club won't have the luxury of waiting until the last minute to make such an aggressive pitch if NFL owners would have passed a rule at the annual league meetings to allow teams to formalize contracts with coaches whose teams are still in the playoffs. The measure was tabled on Tuesday. Some were calling it the "McDaniels Rule," but his situation is far from the only one in recent years where teams have verbal agreements with coaches whose teams are still in the playoffs, and those clubs leave themselves vulnerable in the event things change. Consider how the rule, if it had been in place for 2018, could have forced the Patriots' hand in the case of McDaniels. Once the Colts decided that McDaniels was their choice in mid-January, they could have executed a contract with him and locked it in before the Patriots ever addressed his role in-depth or adjusted his contract. One veteran Colts reporter noted how the Patriots' late blitz actually put McDaniels in a Kevin Mchale Womens Jersey tough spot. Why didn't the Patriots approach him earlier with their intentions?Bill Belichick answered that, saying that the team's primary focus was on the playoff games and what it took to win them. But if McDaniels had been allowed to sign a contract with the Colts at the time, perhaps the team's approach would have been different if keeping him. That is something to consider as the league considers this rule change. As for what it means to retain McDaniels and keep the team's offensive coaching staff in place, Kraft said Monday, "Very important. I can't tell you how happy I am he is coming back. I think he’s the best offensive coordinator, and he's shown that when he’s been with us. He has a great football intellect. We're really happy he decided to stay with us." Sean Payton offered a strong endorsement of youth football Tuesday despite growing safety concerns around the sport. The New Orleans Saints coach, whose son, Connor, is a high school junior in the Dallas area, was asked by The MMQB's Peter King why a "mother in Dubuque, Iowa" should allow her son to play football. "A mother in Dubuque, Iowa, and a father in New Orleans and Dallas want their sons to play football because of the lessons," Payton said during his annual media session at the NFL meetings in Orlando. "So many life lessons. It's a safe sport. It teaches leadership. It teaches grit and overcoming adversity." Payton brought up the example of players like his son maybe losing out on a starting job, then continuing to practice and fight."And then you get those opportunities to have success and you realize it's just like life," Payton said. "So I think it brings so much http://www.pittsburghpenguinsofficialonline.com/Adidas-Jake-Guentzel-Jersey to the character and the building of a character of an individual. And it might be flag football until a certain age. ... But it's the greatest sport for our kids, and we can and are making it safe. And I think the biggest thing is the information, not the misinformation. And I think the rewards far outweigh the negative." Payton said Connor played tackle football at a young age because he felt good about his coaches at the time. But another high-profile Saint -- quarterback Drew Brees -- is one of the nation's leading advocates for children playing flag football, as he has made it a mission to try to save the sport for future generations. Brees and longtime business partner Chris Stuart started the coed Football 'N' America youth flag football league last year, and they have said they hope it can become a nationwide league. Instead, Suh will just go to Los Angeles to form what surely must be the most terrifying pair of interior disruptors on one defensive line in Garrett Celek Womens Jersey recent memory. There were concerns about L.A.'s pass rush after the Rams traded away Robert Quinn, but Suh and Aaron Donald should be downright unblockable against the weak underbelly of NFL pass-protectors, the league's interior linemen. They've already sacked Russell Wilson four times and the season hasn't even started yet. Are there reasons to Josh Harding Jersey think that the pairing might not play out as well as the name value sounds? Three, I think. 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We're into the group of teams for which success will most

likely be strangely defined and hard to predict. If Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez throw 380 innings with a combined ERA below 3.00, it's probably a successful season in Toronto. If Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy do something like that, it's probably a successful season in Baltimore. If Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon both stay healthy for the Rays -- well, OK, scrap that. Women's Nike Team USA #39 Ryan Miller Authentic White Home 2014 Olympic Hockey Jersey But all three teams are teetering between bad enough to trade and good enough to try, and no matter which way the season tips, success will depend on each team's star: Manny Machado, a pending Orioles free agent; Josh Donaldson, a pending Blue Jays free agent; and Chris Archer, who has been on the trade market long enough to seem stale. Donaldson could win the MVP award. Machado could win the MVP award. Archer could win the Cy Young Award. In which case each could push an overachieving team into the playoffs. But more likely, each could bring a Pat Sims Youth jersey package of prospects back in a franchise-revitalizing July trade. Either way. Of all the teams that have been rebuilding over the past couple of years, the Phillies look like the surest bet to follow the Astros and Cubs to the World Series. They've graduated young prospects into semi-stardom (Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola), they've got one of the top five farm systems in baseball, they've got tons of payroll flexibility and they've begun adding very good veterans. They were the youngest team in the league last year, and they weren't even that bad. The Cubs and Astros won 73 and 70 games, respectively, in 2014; they won 97 and 86 in 2015, each making the playoffs and blowing past their projections. It's not outlandish. The Phillies project to be around a .500 team this season. Like the Cubs and Astros, they could jump ahead of schedule and compete this year, especially after adding Jake Arrieta late in the winter. If they don't, they probably just have to make sure nothing breaks, and they'll head into next season as the trendy pick -- especially if the Nationals take big losses in the offseason. Both teams' odds took hits over the offseason (the A's started at 80-1, Pirates at 75-1), but neither team is hopelessly bad: The PECOTA projection system, for instance, has the A's winning 76 games (ahead of the Rangers) and the Pirates winning 78 (same as the Rockies). Last year's Twins and Diamondbacks were each projected to win 78 and they each made the playoffs. And both teams have at least a handful of guys who have either http://www.officialtitansfootballshop.com/titans+jack+conklin+jerseybeen stars in the recent past (Starling Marte), looked like they were maybe turning into stars in the recent past (Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon) or played like stars for extended periods in the recent past (Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, maybe kind of Sean Manaea and Josh Bell). You have to squint to see four great players on either of these teams, but you don't have to squint so hard that your eyes hurt. Or they'll be bad -- each team has, after all, traded away its ace pitcher in the past nine months. It's not likely either team will be really good or really bad, which makes http://www.officialusahockeysshop.com/Cheap_Olympic_Derek_Stepan_Jerseyit Alex Lewis Jersey not likely either team's season will look productive in retrospect, but it's possible. The Reds had the fifth- or sixth-best offense in the NL last year, with breakouts from Scott Schebler (30 homers), Scooter Gennett (27) and Eugenio Suarez (26). They had the worst pitching staff. No pitcher topped 125 innings, and of the 14 who threw at least 50 innings only three were better than average. Given another year of uncompetitive baseball to audition pitchers, pick up other teams' discarded scraps, be patient with young arms and develop prospects, it's not unrealistic that they will find three decent, reliable starters to build around. At which point they'll just have to hope the 2017 offense wasn't a collective fluke. The nice thing about being young, having no burden of expectations and not really caring about right now is having about a million different places for success to bloom. None of these three teams has needs so defined or immediate as to be limiting; if three players break out and they're all second basemen, hey, whatever, there's time to figure out the playing time later. Heck, "success" might be another team's left fielder getting hurt, forcing it to overpay in trade for yours. 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