eption of the day at the goal line. Notre Dam

eption of the day at the goal line. Notre Dam

Notapor lw78999 » Mié Nov 01, 2017 12:45 am

Imagine if you will a Jays team starting this season with Roberto Alomar at second base, Joe Carter in right field, Devon White in centre, John Olerud at first and Paul Molitor at DH. Not to mention a pitching staff, that includes Dave Stewart, Juan Guzman, Pat Hentgen and up-and-comers like Woody Williams, Al Leiter and Todd Stottlemyre. This team would also have three young prospects who could be the foundation of a great team for years to come in Carlos Delgado, Shawn Green and Alex Gonzalez. You might already be printing the World Series tickets. Well it didnt exactly turn out that way for the 1994 Blue Jays. They did win six of their first seven games and got off to decent 12-6 start including a six-game win streak. However it didnt last, and by the time the strike came in mid-August that led to the eventual shutdown of the season, they had faded to 55-60 and the dream of a three-peat gone with it. I painted that little scenario to show you how difficult it can be to predict division winners, let alone World Series champs. The 1994 Jays had most of the key components back from the team that had repeated in 1993, including having WAMCO intact as the top five hitters in the lineup (White, Alomar, Molitor, Carter and Olerud). There were three missing pieces. Closer Duane Ward had injured his shoulder in the offseason and was never really able to come back and be the dominant bullpen stopper he had been. Shortstop Tony Fernandez and left fielder Rickey Henderson had been allowed to leave in the offseason as well. Still, there was more than enough talent for this team to contend. Darren Hall, a mere shadow of Ward took over as closer and recorded 17 saves. Veteran Dick Schofield played the bulk of the games at short and journeyman Mike Huff played left for the most part. I would submit the 94 Blue Jays had far more talent than the current Jays, yet they finished the abbreviated season five games under .500. You dont want to be a total buzz-kill about the 2014 Jays, because they do have talent. If they both stay healthy, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are capable of hitting at least 40 homers. Melky Cabrera, sans back tumour, is looking more like he could have been batting champ with the Giants a couple of years ago. Jose Reyes, again when healthy, is one of the top shortstops in the game. Brett Lawrie could be on the cusp of developing into one of the top third basemen in the Majors, and this is a free agent contract year for Colby Rasmus, so the pressure is on for him to produce. In other words, the offence should be there. As it has been the past two seasons, pitching is the question. The starting rotation has to log enough innings to give a solid bullpen the chance to produce results for the entire season, not just the first half, after which they could fade from overuse. If Drew Hutchison is the real deal, and it looks as though he just might be, the top three in the rotation looks pretty decent, though you always worry about the inevitable age-related declines of veterans like R.A. Dickey ( 39) and Mark Buehrle (35). The question marks are the 4 and 5 starters. Brandon Morrow has to prove he can put together a dominant healthy season and finally realize his vast potential. As for Dustin McGowan, youd have to have a heart of stone not to be pulling for this guy, whos battled through injury after injury to finally crack the Opening Day roster for the first time since 2008. Top prospects Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman are waiting in the wings, but probably wont make significant contributions this season, unless there is another rash of injuries, or the Jays drop so far back, they just decide to go young. After calling the Jays to win 92 or 93 games a year ago and contend for a wild card spot, Im reluctant to make any kind of a call on where they will finish in 2014. But my gut tells me they will win 83 or 84 games and be battling for fourth with Baltimore or maybe even Boston. I really do hope Im wrong. Jays Elsewhere Not a really good well for Canadians in the Majors or ex-Jays. The Cubs released Canuck catcher George Kottaras, while Minnesota out-righted lefthander Scott Diamond of Guelph, Ontario to Triple "A" Rochester. Lefty Frank Viola, a Cy Young winner and World Series star in his days with the Twins, had a brief stint with the Jays near the end of his career. The now 53-year-old Viola is taking a leave of absence from his job as the Mets Triple "A" pitching coach at Las Vegas after undergoing open heart surgery. The man taking Violas place is Tom Signore, who was the Blue Jays Double "A" pitching coach at New Hampshire the past three years. So Signore will get to work with the Mets top pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard, whom he also had in the Blue Jays system before he was traded as part of the package for R.A Dickey. Former Jays righthander Shaun Marcum was sent to their minor league camp by Clevleand. Marcum, who was dealt to Milwaukee for Brett Lawrie, has seen his career hampered by injuries. Over eight years in the bigs, the 32-year-old Marcum has a 58-46 record with a 3.88 earned run average. The Indians are hoping he can battle his way back at some point this season. J.P Arencibia was hoping to get some significant playing time in Texas this season to re-establish his career. When the Rangers number one backstop Geovany Soto went down for 10-12 weeks with torn meniscus in his right knee, it looked as though J.P would be the man but skipper Ron Washington has been more impressed with Robinson Chirinos. So it appears J.P., at least for now, is stuck as the backup. One Jay having a good week, in fact a good spring, is catcher Yan Gomes. He appears to have won the number one job with Cleveland after the Indians moved Carlos Santana from catcher to third base. The Jays traded Gomes and veteran utility infielder Mike Aviles to the Indians for righthander Esmil Rogers in the previous offseason. Considering how Gomes has progressed and Rogers has faltered this spring, the Jays might like a mulligan on that one. Avery Bradley Jersey . 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Thats 1,230 in total to cover the regular season. The man is Corey Sznajder, a soft-spoken 23-year-old Salisbury University grad who lives in Annapolis, Maryland and has been charting zone entries and zone exits throughout the NHL. I love big projects, he said. No kidding. At the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I met Eric Tulsky, who presented research on the value of controlled zone entries (short answer: about twice as valuable to enter with control of the puck rather than dumping it in) and Sznajder had charted a couple hundred games that were included in that study.Tempe, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Taylor Kelly accounted for four touchdowns to outduel a mistake-prone Everett Golson, and 11th-ranked Arizona State vaulted itself into the College Football Playoff conversation with a thrilling 55-31 victory over No. 8 Notre Dame. The Sun Devils roared out to a 34-3 first-half lead by converting three Golson turnovers into touchdowns, then warded off a furious comeback attempt by the Fighting Irish before pulling away late for their fifth straight win. Golson threw a career-high four interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Damarious Randall and Lloyd Carrington, and lost a fumble to offset a 446-yard passing day and likely end Notre Dames hopes for a selection in the end-of-the-year playoff. Honestly, I think its all on me, said Golson of the loss. You play with fire as much as I did today, you know you are going to get burnt eventually. The Irish (7-2) entered the matchup 10th in the latest playoff rankings, one spot behind Arizona State (8-1), which also got seven sacks from its swarming defense in addition to the five takeaways. We surprised a lot of people but we have not surprised ourselves, said Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham. Our guys are talented. We have a real football team. I am very proud of them. Kelly threw for 224 yards and three touchdowns on a 17-of-28 completion rate while adding a late score on the ground. Demario Richard added a rushing and receiving touchdown in the Sun Devils fourth triumph over a ranked opponent since a lopsided loss to UCLA on Sept. 25, with D.J. Foster contributing 120 rushing yards on 21 carries. Golson did connect on touchdown passes to Will Fuller and Amir Carlisle while hitting on 22-of-41 attempts. Fuller finished with 95 yards on six catches and Carlisle had three receptions for 92 yards. The teams had traded field goals prior to the Sun Devils pressuring Golson into critical mistakes on three consecutive drives, beginning a run of 31 consecutive points that put the Fighting Irish in a hole they never could quite overcome. They came awfully close, however, as Golsons 25-yard pass to Carlisle with 6:37 left capped a string of four straight Notre Dame touchdowns that cut the deficit to 34-31. Arizona States offense, shut down the entire second half at the time, responded with a pivotal 5-play, 75-yard sequence to regain some breathing room. Three Foster runs that gained 31 yards preceded Richards 40-yard burst on a screen pass that got the Sun Devils to the opposing 4-yard line. Richard was open in the flat on the next play and snared Kellys third TD delivery to restore ASUs 10-point advantage with 4:29 remaining. Carrington then sealed the outcome by jumping a route and sprinting down the sideline for a 58-yard interception return. Kelly tacked on a 2-yard touchdown run in the final minute after the Irish were stopped on down deep in their own end. Second half we were very resilient on both sides of the ball, just a couple mistakes (I) made messed it up for us, Golson said. Tashon Smallwood forced Golsons first turnover with a sack that caused a fumble the defensive tackle returned six yards to the Notre Dame 13 late in the opening quarter. Jaelen Strong came up with an acrobatic one-handed catch in the end zone on the following play to give Arizona State a 10-3 edge. On the Irishs next offensive snap, Golsons pass was batted near the line of scrimmage by Demetrius Cherry and snatched in the air by llineman Marcus Hardison at the Notre Dame 23.dddddddddddd Richard ripped off a 14-yard run shortly afterward before crossing the goal line from a yard out to extend the margin to 14 points. Golsons problems continued on the Irishs subsequent possession, as Hardison got his hands on another pass attempt and Randall picked off the deflected ball and raced untouched 59 yards the other way to stake the Sun Devils to a commanding 24-3 advantage 40 seconds into the second quarter. We knew in their last five games that they turned the ball over twelve times. We just went and took advantage of that, said Randall. Getting pressure on a mobile quarterback is kind of like their kryptonite, because they just want to sit back in the pocket and run whenever stuff is not open. We just forced (Golson) to play for us. Arizona States defense didnt let up, inducing a three-and-out on Notre Dames next series that led to Kellys on-target deep pass that Cameron Smith hauled in for a 43-yard touchdown. The Irish continued to struggle moving the ball, and the Sun Devils increased the margin to 34-3 with 1:09 left in the half on a Zane Gonzalez 28-yard field goal that concluded a 14-play, 61-yard sequence. Notre Dame did manage to enter the break on a positive note. C.J. Prosise came through with a 59-yard catch-and-run deep into ASU territory to begin a four- play drive culminating in Fullers 9-yard over-the-shoulder TD grab 11 seconds prior to the intermission. The momentum carried over past the stoppage, as Golson found Fuller down the left sideline for a 44-yard gain to the Arizona State six on the first possession of the second half. The Irish came up empty, however, when a hurried Golson tossed his third interception of the day at the goal line. Notre Dame was able to cash in on a red-zone chance later in the third quarter, however. Golsons 32-yard down-the-middle strike to Carlisle put the ball at the Sun Devils six and set up the first of two Cam McDaniel 1- yard touchdown runs. The Irishs next drive resulted in another red-zone gaffe, however, as holder Hunter Smith dropped the snap on Kyle Brindzas 31-yard field goal try. Kelly was intercepted by Matthias Farley on Arizona States ensuing trek, however, and Notre Dame marched 50 yards in seven plays to enable McDaniel to plow into the end zone once again and trim the lead to 34-24 with 9:12 left. After the Sun Devils quickly went three-and-out, Golson found a wide-open Carlisle on a blown coverage to make it a three-point game. Golson did get off to a strong start, completing his first five passes to put Brindza in range for a successful 46-yard field goal on Notre Dames initial possession. The Sun Devils countered with a Gonzalez 47-yard field goal that was positioned by five Foster runs that totaled 36 yards. Game Notes The win was ASUs first in four lifetime meetings with Notre Dame, which handed the Sun Devils a 37-34 loss in Arlington, Texas last season ... Golson became the first Irish quarterback to surpass 400 passing yards in a game since Jimmy Clausen had 452 against Navy in 2009 ... The Irish are now 2-6 the last eight years the week after facing Navy, which includes a loss to Tulsa -- then coached by Graham -- in 2010 ... Notre Dame fell to 4-6 since the start of the 2013 season when committing two or more turnovers ... 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