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      May 12, 2020 2:39 AM MDT
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    导出博客文章Remember last Thursday when we had a multitude of desirable starting options in each tier? Well, I hope you enjoyed it. Alex McGough Hoodie . This Thursday, were back in the muck. Get ready to spend on bats, because pickings are slim on the pitching side.PitchingEliteOnly one hurler draws elite status for Thursdays slate: Bostons Drew Pomeranz, who has a road date with the Mariners. The left-hander has not fared well since joining the Red Sox, posting a 7.53 ERA over 14 1/3 frames. Still, we shouldnt get too caught up in the small sample. His strikeout rate remains intact (15 whiffs in 14 1/3 innings), and hes been the victim of some bad batted ball luck (.350 BABIP). Pitching in Safeco Field, against an average Mariners offense that whiffs 22 percent of the time (including a 24 percent whiff rate since the All-Star break), Pomeranz is one of the days better cash bets.SolidDrew Smyly has endured a frustrating season. While hes whiffing more than a better per inning and sports a 3.8 K/BB ratio that ranks 11th-best in the American League, he has a 5.29 ERA and is averaging a 48 Game Score over 20 starts. The good news is that on Thursday he gets a Royals team thats been dormant since the All-Star break, sporting a 63 wRC+, the second-worst mark in baseball. The downside is that the Royals make lots of contact, so its unlikely Smyly goes off for double-digit Ks here. On a normal day, the Rays lefty would probably get lost in the shuffle. Thats not the case today, as hes at least in the cash-game discussion.Jose Quintana is seemingly always in play, and thats the case again on Thursday with a road matchup against Detroit. The Tigers lineup features plenty of right-hander power, but the team has actually been below-average against lefties this season. Quintana, meanwhile, has surrendered one or zero runs in four of his last five starts and boasts a career-best 8.2 K/9. Im more than comfortable building my cash games around him on Thursday.If youre looking for an upside play for GPPs, Ian Kennedy finds himself in a great spot with a road tilt against Tampa Bay. The right-hander is fanning a batter per inning, and the Rays have struck out at a 24 percent clip against righties this year. Its true that Kennedy has struggled so far in the second half, but so have the Rays (87 wRC+).Matt Moore makes his debut for the San Francisco Giants on the road in Philadelphia. Moore will be more interesting when working at home in AT&T Park, but this matchup is still in play as the Phillies offense is pedestrian, though to be fair the return of Aaron Altherr has added a solid stick. Still, Moore is in play on a day when risk-free options are scant.Opposing Moore is Vince Velasquez, who draws a more imposing opponent in the San Francisco Giants. While the Giants are just barely above-average versus righties, they strike out less than any team in the National League (16.8 percent), which limits Velasquezs ceiling. His ceiling is also limited by the fact that hes pitched past the sixth inning just twice in 18 starts this season. Then again, the young righty still carries huge whiff potential into every start (10.0 K/9) and owns a 2.75 ERA since returning from the DL in late June, so theres still plenty to like here on a day when there arent any standout options.Jordan Zimmermann is set to rejoin Detroits starting rotation after being sidelined since early July with a neck strain. He threw just 78 pitches in his second rehab outing, so he figures to be capped at 90-100 in this one. That said, he gets mentioned here because hes squaring off against a White Sox offense thats worst in the AL against right-handed pitching (85 wRC+). Keep in mind, though, that Zimmerman owns a 5.6 K/9 on the year and whiffed more than three batters just once in his seven starts before going on the DL, so nearly all of his value comes from run prevention, not strikeouts.StreamersMike Clevinger did not fare well in three May starts, allowing 14 runs in 14 1/3rd innings. However, down in Triple-A Columbus, its a different story as hes fanned 97 in 93 innings. The Cleveland Indians righty is being summoned to face the Minnesota Twins, who have a decent amount of swing-and-miss potential in their lineup. Theres some risk here, but if youre looking for some extra whiffs, Clevinger is an available option.Bartolo Colon doesnt get many Ks, but he doesnt walk many batters, either. The veteran righty is set up to face the Yankees, who have done a poor job against right-handed pitching this season and now have even less thump after dealing Carlos Beltran at the trade deadline. Colon remains a free agent in 67 percent of leagues.Mike Leake has battled inconsistency this season, but he finds himself in a favorable spot on Thursday, facing a Reds team thats one of the worst in baseball against right-handed pitchers (84 wRC+). Hes a free agent in 62 percent of leagues.AvoidScott Kazmir is a quality hurler, and this is a short slate, but Im still not throwing him out there at Coors Field. Hes made only two starts there in his career, but they werent pretty (5.73 ERA, 1.55 WHIP).HittingAriel Miranda was dealt to the Mariners in the Wade Miley deadline deal, and hes making his first major league start on Thursday against the Red Sox. Talk about a tough draw. The 27-year-old lefty was decent at Triple-A this year, but his stuff might not translate well to the big leagues. And the Red Sox lineup, which mashes lefties, wont be very forgiving. Feel free to load up on the likes of Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia, Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez.The Baltimore Orioles acquired Wade Miley ostensibly to keep them in games while their offense slugged their way to a bunch of runs. This plan will be put to the test right away, as the southpaws debut for the Orioles will be against the equally powerful Texas Rangers in Camden Yards. Righty swingers give Miley far more trouble that lefties, especially in terms of homers. Ian Desmond, Jonathan Lucroy, Adrian Beltre and Ryan Rua, along with switch-hitters Jurickson Profar and Carlos Beltran, comprise a dangerous lineup.Brandon Finnegan struggles against right-handed hitters, and the Cardinals have plenty of quality right-handed bats who can do damage. Stephen Piscotty, Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta and Yadier Molina are all in play.The Coors Field game features Tyler Chatwood squaring off against the Dodgers. While Chatwood has been phenomenal on the road (1.30 ERA), hes been lit up at home (5.69 ERA). Coors bats are almost always expensive, but its worth trying to get some exposure here.Most likely to go yard: Carlos BeltranAgainst the homer-prone fly-baller Gallardo, look for Beltran to go yard for the first time in his new digs.Most likely to swipe a bag: Alcides EscobarSmyly has not had much success holding runners on this season, and the Royals can take advantage. Escobar is the favorite to pilfer one here. Jamarco Jones Hoodie . Emery skated the length of the ice and fought an unwilling Holtby during the third period of the Flyers 7-0 loss Friday night in Philadelphia. He was given 29 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. But Emery did not face even a disciplinary hearing with NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan because rules 46. Seahawks Hoodies Jerseys Sale . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. In speaking about Cheteshwar Pujaras strike rate, just after the Kanpur Test, Virat Kohli reminisced - sort of - of the days when Pujara used to score quick, dominating double-centuries against visiting spinners. That was at the tail-end of a time when India used to bury visiting teams under a mountain of runs and watch them crumble under the scoreboard pressure. India have won four of their last five Tests at home, but on pitches that werent typically Indian their batsmen have struggled. A plausible reason is that if it is extremely difficult for Hashim Amla to score on, it is going to be difficult for Pujara too, if not as difficult.A win is a win, though, and India have been happy with them. Even on surfaces that turned from the first hour, there have been periods when Indias batsmen have threatened to dominate, but with so many variables to account for they werent able to follow through. Only one man has scored a century since the start of the last season - Ajinkya Rahane, twice and often lower-order runs from Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin proved the difference.A day before the Kolkata Test, in conditions expected to help batsmen according to Kohli, the captain spoke about the need to put runs on the board.As a home side, we feel we are able to put big runs on the board, that obviously puts pressure on the opposition regardless of the wicket we are playing on, Kohli said. I felt that even in the last game we had a chance of getting 400-plus, but we didnt capitalise. So those are the things we want to correct. Once you have a big score on the board, the opposition feels they have to work that extra bit or bat a session-and-a-half more than they would like to. That gives you an advantage in the game.This assumes more importance especially if the Eden Gardens pitch plays as Kohli expects it to. This is the first Kolkata Test after the death of former Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya and former curator Prabir Mukherjee. This is also the first first-class match since the whole square was re-laid. Not many know what exactly to expect, but Kohli said: The wicket is what we see in Calcutta more often than not. Its generally a very good batting wicket more often than not. We are expecting the same.In Kanpur, India looked set to get 450. They batted on the first day, when conditions were best for run-scoring, and got off to an excellent start. Russell Wilson Hoodie. As it happens on such pitches, one ball turned a little too much, Pujara fell even though he reached it on the half-volley and the incoming batsmen found it tough. Kohli was one of them, top-edging a hook in the first innings and a slog sweep in the second. The thing with Kohli though, over the last year or so, has been the quickness with which he goes to work on his mistakes.In the lead-up to this Test, he has batted against a rubber ball, training himself to control an object that bounces more but not necessarily at a sharp pace. Rubber ball was because we play three formats and we sometimes do tend to bat in a flow, Kohli said. It is very important to work on skills that bring stability as well, which you already have but it is about repeating those things. It was all about wanting to control the ball that is bouncing and not coming at pace. That was the idea behind that.Cricket is a game where you prepare well but the result cannot be in your hand all the time. Especially batting, where you have only one chance. If you get caught off a no-ball it is different. Generally cricket is a game of chances, but preparation is in my hand. I look to that 100% every time I walk on to practise.Kohlis insistence on big runs and scoreboard pressure could also mean persisting with six batsmen and trusting the two spinners to do the job. If this is indeed a more traditional Indian pitch that starts to break up towards the end of the third day, India will need all the scoreboard pressure they can muster in order to help R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.Difficult pitches havent always been the reason for Indias top order failing to capitalise on starts. Two months ago in Antigua, India nearly exposed the tail and it was Ashwins century and partnership with Kohli that batted West Indies out of the game.Ashwin has had a bit of discomfort in the lead-up to the Kolkata Test with a corn on the middle finger of his right hand. He didnt bowl in the nets, but had a hit, which suggested he should be fine. Kohli said as much and he would love for himself and his batsmen to not burden Ashwin and Jadeja with run-scoring duties. 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