|Toronto Blue Jays
|Starters||Marcus Stroman||Chris Tillman|
Melvin Upton Jr.
Hyun Soo Kim
The Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles will be battling out in a one-game Wildcard playoff on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
We will compare the two starting pitches from the two respective teams.
|Team||Toronto Blue Jays||Baltimore Orioles|
|Name||Marcus Stroman||Chris Tillman|
|Birthdate (Age)||May 1, 1991 (age 25)||April 15, 1988 (age 28)|
|Height||1.73 m||1.96 m|
|Repertoire||57.5% Fastball (92.4 mph)
14.7% Slider (86.6 mph)
12.4% Cutter (89.8 mph)
10.1% Curveball (81.3 mph)
5.3% Change-up (84.7 mph)
|56.8% Fastball (91.7 mph)
15.6% Cutter (85.7 mph)
12.4% Curveball (75.3 mph)
15.2% Change-up (83.7 mph)
|Wins||9 Wins||16 Wins|
|Losses||10 Losses||6 Losses|
|Starts||32 games||30 games|
|Innings Pitched||204 innings||172 innings|
|Strikeouts per 9-innings||7.32 K/9||7.33 K/9|
|Walks per 9-innings||2.38 BB/9||3.45 BB/9|
|ERA||4.37 ERA||3.77 ERA|
|Match-up||Similar to Tillman, Stroman got a close look at his wild-card opponent in the final week of the regular season, throwing 7 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Orioles.||Coming in, Tillman is rested, not having pitched since Wednesday, September 28, 2016 in a 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.|
|Facts||Stroman surpassed the 200-inning mark for the first time in his young career, finishing with 204 innings.
When Stroman’s stuff is working, he can be as tough as any pitcher in baseball, but he can be inconsistent and gave up 21 home runs this season.
While his overall regular season numbers don’t jump out, Stroman’s second half was a different story.
After struggling with a 7.71 ERA during the month of June, Stroman had a 3.71 ERA in July, a 3.13 ERA in August, and then a 3.41 ERA in September.
|Former top prospect in the Seattle Mariners system. In trading Canadian pitcher Erik Bedard on February 9, 2008 to the Mariners, the O’s landed Tillman and outfielder Adam Jones. This trade helped rebuild the Orioles into the contender they are today
It took a while for Tillman to develop, but the 6-foot-5 right-handed has provided 4 straight seasons of serviceable innings for the Orioles, winning 16 games twice during that span.
While he’s not an ace and he doesn’t throw very hard or strike out a lot of people, Tillman is a solid starter who can be really good when he’s on.
|Playoff Performance||Stroman was a workhorse in the 2015 playoffs.
Considering how well Francisco Liriano pitched down the stretch, many were urging Jays manager John Gibbons to go with the lefty on Tuesday against the O’s, but Stroman’s playoff run in 2015 and desire to pitch in big games was the deciding factor in going with the fiery right-hander.
|Tillman hasn’t fared very well in the playoffs.
Even though he got a win in the 2014 ALDS over the Detroit Tigers, Tillman went just 5 innings, giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 6. Both runs came on solo homers.
In the 2014 ALCS against the Kansas City Royals, he was touched up for 7 hits and 5 runs in just 4 1/3 innings.
Starter: J.P. Arencibia, 26
The Jays cleared the decks for Arencibia to be the No. 1 catcher a year ago and he rewarded that faith with a solid rookie season. Management’s priority for Arencibia’s first season was that he concentrate on receiving and game-calling skills. His improvement in those areas was obvious as the season progressed. Arencibia has hit at every level and, without putting emphasis on that phase of his game, he hit just .219 with a .282 on-base percentage but with 23 homers and 78 RBI. Expect a better contact rate and continued progress as a receiver.
Back-Up: Jeff Mathis, 28.
Once a highly prized prospect, Mathis has never developed as a hitter but retains a reputation as a good handler of pitchers and game-caller. He will play 40 games or less.
In the Minors: Travis d’Arnaud, 23.
The consensus No. 1 position prospect in the Jays system, d’Arnaud is destined to start at Las Vegas and could see time in the majors in 2012.
Starter: Adam Lind, 28.
Lind’s conversion to first base can be called a success in that he provided major-league average defence but, for the second year in a row, he failed to deliver the kind of offensive numbers expected of a corner infielder. At age 25 in 2009, Lind hit .305/.370/.562/.932 with 35 homers and 114 RBI. In 1,068 at-bats since then he has hit .243 with a .291 on-base, a .432 slugging percentage and an OPS of .722. His walk rate is down and his strikeouts are up. Lind, and he team, needs a bounceback season in the worst way.
Backup: Edwin Encarnacion, 29.
Encarnacion will get the bulk of his at-bats as a designated hitter but has shown some acceptable defensive ability around the first base bag in a pinch.
In The Minors: Mike McDade, 22.
McDade is still raw but the Jays like his overall package of skills. He hit .281 with 16 HR last season at double A, but with 104 strikeouts and just 24 walks. With more patience he could develop into a viable option.
Starter: Kelly Johnson, 29.
In a year disrupted by a mid-season trade to Toronto, Johnson struggled for the second time in the past three years, finishing with some of the worst contact numbers of his career. He still hit 21 home runs and, like Lind, needs a bounceback season. To his credit, Johnson is patient at the plate and if he can turn that skill into walks or hits instead of outs, the Jays may get some value for that $6.375-million salary. Two years ago, he had a .370 on-base percentage to go with 26 homers and those are the kinds of numbers the Jays are looking for.
In The Minors: Fifth-round 2009 draft choice Ryan Schimpf.
Schimpf has yet to play above high-A ball but has shown a bit of pop with 10 HR last season at Dunedin.
Starter: Yunel Escobar, 29.
Escobar, over the course of his first full season with the Jays after being traded from Atlanta, was Toronto’s second-best offensive weapon behind only Jose Bautista. He’s not a prototypical leadoff man but his bat and his willingness to take a walk made him Farrell’s best option. In the field, Escobar has embraced a less flashy style than previously and that approach has made him a more consistent defender. He signed a club-friendly two-year extension, with two more club options that should keep him in Toronto until the end of the 2015 season.
In the Minors: Adeiny Hechavarria, 22.
Hechavarria’s anaemic bat continues to lag behind his major-league ready defensive ability but he has shown flashes of offensive improvement. After indifferent results at New Hampshire, Hechavarria tore up the triple-A PCL during his final month in Las Vegas, hitting .389 with a .431 OBP and an OPS of .968. It’s a small sample size but encouraging all the same.
Starter: Brett Lawrie, 22.
Lawrie came to camp last year with potential and confidence oozing from every pore. His presence, his hustle, his emotion and his talent impressed everyone but didn’t get him a spot on the opening day roster. Unfazed he took his act to Vegas and only a cracked wrist kept him from coming back in May. His debut was delayed until August and his impact was immediate. In less than two months, Lawrie accumulated a 3 WAR, third on the team behind Bautista and Escobar. Already there is a buzz in anticipation of what Lawrie will do for an encore.
In The Minors: Kellen Sweeney, 20.
You have to dig deep into the Jays’ farm system to find Sweeney, a second-rounder from the 2010 draft. He spent bits of two seasons at Bluefield in rookie ball but he has a high ceiling as an offensive player.
Starter: Up for grabs.
Eric Thames and Travis Snider are the primary candidates competing for the majority of at-bats in spring training. Rushed to the big leagues too quickly, Snider has had difficulty establishing himself at this level. Thames has overcome some serious injury problems and made the jump to the big leagues last season, performing adequately. His OBP (.313) left something to be desired but he did hit 12 HR in 95 games and did a decent job when asked to hit in the No. 2 hole. Snider has the best all-round tools and thus the most upside, but Thames’ usefulness during his rookie season earned him the admiration of many in the organization.
In The Minors: Jake Marisnick, 20.
A five-tool player, Marisnick might be the best overall offensive prospect in the system. He’s a centrefielder now but could switch to a corner spot as he gets close to the bigs. Will probably start at Dunedin with a good chance to get to New Hampshire.
Starter: Colby Rasmus, 25
Like Lind and Johnson, Rasmus will be looking to rebound from a poor season. Embroiled in an uneasy war of wills with manager Tony LaRussa in St. Louis, Rasmus was dealt to the Jays at the deadline in a trade that did not cost Alex Anthopoulos a front-line player. Even with the distracting situation behind him, Rasmus did not rebound in Toronto and suffered a wrist injury that hampered him down the stretch. If he can get his act together, with his speed and quick bat, Rasmus could be a key offensive cog for the Jays.
In The Minors: Anthony Gose, 21.
Already in possession of above-average big-league defensive skills, Gose has made some important advances as a hitter the last two years. Where once he was a punch-and-judy hitter, he is now making hard contact with some power. If he can refine his two-strike approach, either at New Hampshire or Las Vegas, he’ll quickly make the last step.
Starter: Jose Bautista, 31
While his home runs slipped from 54 to 43, Bautista’s overall offensive performance in 2011 was better than it was a year previous as he repeated as the best hitter in MLB. He accomplished this while having to adjust to changing defensive responsibilities, bouncing back and forth between right field and third base. With Lawrie firmly planted at third, Bautista should be left alone to handle right field. Lawrie will also more than likely move into the middle of the batting order and help provide some protection for Bautista, cutting down on that league-leading walk total.
In The Minors: Moises Sierra, 23.
Sierra missed most of the 2010 season with leg and wrist injuries but he bounced back large in 2011 with a .342 OBP and an OPS of .778, 18 HR and 67 RBI in double A. He possesses a rocket-arm not unlike Bautista’s and could work his way into the Jays’ outfield mix this year or next.
There are multiple candidates for the final three roster spots, all of them bench positions and it’s unclear at this point whether the team will opt for two infielders and an outfielder, or vice-versa.
Ageless Omar Vizquel, an 11-time Gold Glove winner, is perhaps the most intriguing candidate. He comes to Toronto’s camp on a minor-league deal needing 159 hits for 3,000 in his career though, at 44, he’s unlikely to achieve that lofty plateau. Still, Vizquel’s name is magic among other major-leaguers and he could be a valuable resource, both on and off the field. Luis Valbuena, 26, is a serviceable glove man as well, but not much with the bat. And then, of course, there is Mike McCoy, whose versatility has been his calling card through a couple of years bouncing back and forth between Toronto and Vegas.
First baseman David Cooper, last year’s PCL batting champion, could also factor into the mix.
Rajai Davis and Ben Francisco are both veteran outfielders who bring special skills to the table. Davis is one of the most dangerous and effective speed merchants in the game and his value as a disruptive runner off the bench is valuable on its own. Francisco, who hit a decisive home run for the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLCS last October, is a valuable pinch-hitter.
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1. Write Down A Plan
If you’re going to play better, you need to get organized. Sit down and plan out your practice and playing schedule. Write down a step- by-step plan. Just like businesses need a business plan, golfers need a game improvement plan.
2. Stop Trying To Buy A Game
Quality equipment is important, but buying a new driver every year will not magically make you hit the ball much better. There is no trick or short cut your wallet can solve.
3. Get Your Equipment Fitted
The most important thing you can do with your equipment is make sure it fits you and your swing. Expensive equipment that’s a bad fit might actually hurt your game.
4. Consider The Source
If you want to play better golf, stop taking tips from Golf Digest Magazine and your buddies. Find a Canadian PGA professional and work together on improving your fundamentals and understanding of the swing. Golf is a really precise game and is impossible to learn without some quality help. There’s a reason Tiger Woods and every other great player works with a coach.
5. Practice Properly
Most golfers I watch on the practice tee are just hitting balls. If you want to change and improve your swing, you’ll need to get your body to move differently and that’s done most effectively with smaller swings and drills. If you can, hit balls in front of a mirror and figure out a few teaching aids that will give you positive feedback. Hitting balls will help your timing and relieve a little stress, but it won’t make your swing any better.
6. It’s All About The Short Strokes
Half of the shots taken on a course are with less than a full swing. Take a cue from Phil Mickelson and develop a short game that can lower your scores, even when you hit it lousy. Get some quality wedges, take a few short game lessons and spend at least a third of your practice time on or around a practice green. A great short game can make up for a lot of bad shots.
7. Prepare To Succeed
Give yourself a chance to play better every time you tee it up by warming up for at least 20 minutes before you play. Jumping on the first tee with a half-eaten sandwich in your mouth and one shoelace untied is a recipe for stress and high scores. You’ll play a lot better if you ditch the Blackberry, eliminate distractions and get your body and mind ready to play before every round.
8. Be Reasonable About Your Learning Expectations
Stop expecting a new club, a quick tip or even a three pack of lessons to revolutionize your game in two weeks. Golf is hard and it takes consistent effort and solid information to make long-term progress. Think of learning golf like learning to play a guitar or piano. It takes lots of lessons and practice to really learn a game like golf. So understand that and enjoy long-term improvement, not quick fixes.
9. Make Every Shot Count
Golfers at every level feel pressure when they compete. If you’re not used to pressure, it’s pretty tough to deal with it. If you want to learn to play better and even succeed in competition, you need to know what pressure feels like first and then figure out how to handle your emotions under the gun. Even when you’re playing for fun, try to play for something with your buddies so you get used to pressure and shoot lower scores when it matters most.
10. Play With Better Players
Just playing alongside better players will get you swinging better and raise your standard of play. Watching better players will also teach you how to act and think on the course and even inspire you to keep working on your game.
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- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
- Nate Archibald
- Paul Arizin
- Charles Barkley
- Rick Barry
- Elgin Baylor
- Dave Bing
- Larry Bird
- Wilt Chamberlain
- Bob Cousy
- Dave Cowens
- Billy Cunningham
- Dave DeBusschere
- Clyde Drexler
- Julius Erving
- Patrick Ewing
- Walt Frazier
- George Gervin
- Hal Greer
- John Havlicek
- Elvin Hayes
- Magic Johnson
- Sam Jones
- Michael Jordan
- Jerry Lucas
- Karl Malone
- Moses Malone
- Pete Maravich
- Kevin McHale
- George Mikan
- Earl Monroe
- Hakeem Olajuwon
- Shaquille O’Neal
- Robert Parish
- Bob Pettit
- Scottie Pippen
- Willis Reed
- Oscar Robertson
- David Robinson
- Bill Russell
- Dolph Schayes
- Bill Sharman
- John Stockton
- Isiah Thomas
- Nate Thurmond
- Wes Unseld
- Bill Walton
- Jerry West
- Lenny Wilkens
- James Worthy
Before Your Trip
- When packing for a camping trip, prepare for common hazards you might encounter on your trip from bad weather and ticks to poison ivy or rodents.
- Check the local weather for your destination the day before you leave, so you can be prepared with appropriate clothing and shelter.
- If you are hiking to your camping destination, it’s worthwhile to practice walking with a full pack before your trip so your body is ready for the extra work.
Items You Should Bring Along
- If anyone in your party has medical conditions such as asthma or allergies, be sure to pack enough of the required medications. Experts recommend packing an extra couple days’ worth of medications, just in case something happens to keep you from returning home on time.
- Bring plenty of garbage bags; not only will they be useful if there are no garbage disposal areas near where you set up camp, but they can also be used to keep items dry in a surprise rain shower.
- Bug spray, poison ivy lotion and sunscreen.
- A first aid kit.
- A radio, a flashlight and extra batteries.
- Bring an extra pair or two of socks. If it rains or you find yourself sloshing through a puddle, you’ll be happy you have clean, dry socks to change into.
- Keep a safe distance from wild animals. Squirrels, chipmunks and other little critters might look cute, but they could be dangerous if they feel threatened. Don’t feed them. By feeding them, you’re encouraging the animals to get used to finding food at campsites and they’ll return for more when they’re hungry.
- Secure your food and keep it a safe distance from where you sleep. Animals have a strong sense of smell and the last thing you want is a curious, hungry creature raiding your tent for the last s’more.
- Some areas of the country have specific rules regarding food storage and other wildlife related issues at campgrounds. If camping in a provincial or local park, be sure to check the management office or the park’s website for instructions. If camping in more remote areas, provincial wildlife officials can offer useful information.
- In areas at high risk for wildfires, campfires may be restricted or prohibited. Be sure to check on conditions at your intended destination before you go, and read any notices posted where you are camping when you arrive.
Yogi Berra (Lawrence Peter Berra, born May 12, 1925) is a former American Major League Baseball catcher, outfielder, and manager. He played almost his entire 19-year baseball career (1946–1965) for the New York Yankees. Berra is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers in baseball history.
Berra, who quit school after the 8th grade, has a tendency toward malapropism and fracturing the English language. “It ain’t over till it’s over” is arguably his most famous example, often quoted.
Here are the most famous quotes by Yogi Berra:
- “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
- “Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t go to yours.”
- “Anyone who is popular is bound to be disliked.”
- “Baseball is 90% mental. The other half is physical.”
- For a spring training drill, Yogi instructed his players to: “Pair off in 3’s.”
- “How can you hit and think at the same time?”
- “I don’t know (if they were men or women fans running naked across the field). They had bags over their heads.”
- “I don’t want to make the wrong mistake.”
- “I knew I was going to take the wrong train, so I left early.”
- “I really didn’t say everything I said.” — Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his.
- “I usually take a 2 hour nap from 1 to 4.”
- “If people don’t want to come out to the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”
- “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.”
- “I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.”
- “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
- Interviewer – “Why, you’re a fatalist!” – Yogi Berra – “You mean I save postage stamps? Not me.”
- “It ain’t over till it’s over.” — In July 1973, when Berra’s Mets trailed the Chicago Cubs by 9½ games in the National League East; the Mets rallied to win the division title on the final day of the season.
- “It’s déjà vu all over again.” — Berra explained that this quote originated when he witnessed Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly hit back-to-back home runs in the Yankees’ seasons in the early 1960s.[“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
- “Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.”
- Mrs. Lindsay – “You certainly look cool.” – Yogi Berra – “Thanks, you don’t look so hot yourself.”
- “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
- “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” — On why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant.
- Reporter: “What would you do if you found a million dollars?” Yogi: “If the guy was poor, I’d give it back.”
- “Thank you for making this day necessary.” — On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet.
- “That ain’t the way to spell my name.” –After he got a check that read ‘Pay to bearer’.
- “The future ain’t what it used to be.”
- “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
- When asked what time it is: “Do you mean now?”
- “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” — When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes.
- “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
- “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
- “You give 100% in the first half of the game, and if that isn’t enough, in the second half you give what’s left.”
- “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going because you might not get there.”
But it is also difficult for an outsider to understand the importance and complexity of a skaters hockey skates.
It is not like when you go to a store and find a nice par of sneaks that look affordable, nice and fast. You try them on once, just to make sure that they okay and then you make the purchase. Later that night you take the shoes out for a little run and everything feels just great.
Hockey Skate Feels Terrible The First Time
When it comes to hockey skates it is not like this at all. A hockey skate feels terrible the first time you skate in them. They are hard and your feet hurt like hell
That is because a hockey skate is so stiff in order to give your feet and ankles correct support in your skating. How do you think hockey players are able to do crossovers?
Stiffest and Lightest Skates
A pro hockey player always go for the stiffest and lightest skates in the market, because players are heavy and strong and need the support from the skates in order to get the maximum out of their skating.
Better to Choose a Weaker Skate
However, stiff hockey skates are not always the best. For example, if you are a kid or a not so heavy player, it is almost always better to choose a weaker skate. The weaker hockey skate gives you enough support because you do not push it so hard and it is also nicer to you feet.
What hockey players fear the most is the first week on ice every season. You always have new skate and the coach will do a lot of skating with you and your teammates. This is going to hurt your feet like crazy!
Break In Period
Because hockey skates are so stiff, it takes about a week or two with power skating to break them in. All the sweat and snow on the ice will make the skate fit your foot perfectly after that.
The only reason hockey skates can hurt your feet even after they are broken in are if you skate in too small skates. Why would anybody want to skate in too small skates?, you might ask.
The reason for that is that many hockey players, specially in the NHL, think they get more control of their skating if the skates are small. Most players actually wear skates that are one to one and a half size smaller than the shoes they are wearing of the ice. Just imagine if you were to have your toes twisted when you walked?
Because hockey skates are so stiff it is also common that many hockey players get bumps on their feet and boy do that hurt. Some players have feet that are hurting them so bad that they can barely walk for twenty minutes after they have their skates taken off.
But they do not complain! They are tough and that is why they play the game of ice hockey. Skating is their life.
Put Skates in the Oven
In the last couple of years the manufactures of ice hockey skates have actually come up with some clever ideas on how to make it easier to break the skates in. One company, for example, has a hockey skate that you can put in the oven on low heat for a few minutes before you put it on the firs time. This make the skate much easier to break in and it save you about a week of pain.
Another company has invented a vacuum box. You simply put your skates on in the vacuum box and sit there for fifteen minutes. Your feet hurt bad due to the pressure, but after that they are broken in and you are ready to do the season’s first power skating.
For anybody that has not grown up with ice hockey, the hockey skate is a science and hard to understand, but for those who live the game it comes naturally.