Zack Greinke’s scoreless streak is impressive, but can he save some of that for the fall?

first_imgThe Dodgers know what happens when they don’t get the ball to Zack Greinke.In 2013 they were down 3-2 to St. Louis in the National League Championship Series. It was Clayton Kershaw’s turn. Greinke was ready for Game 7, ominous news to the Cardinals, whom he handled smoothly in Game 5.But, thanks to an unforeseen meltdown by Kershaw, Greinke’s next game was in April 2014.In 2014 they were down 2-1 in a five-game Division Series to the Cardinals, and Kershaw threw Game 4 at Busch Stadium. Again, Greinke had the hammer in his hand for Game 5, which would be at Dodger Stadium. That scenario was golfed into the right-field seats by Matt “Big City” Adams, and again Greinke had to turn in a batter’s chart with no more batters to face. Clearly Kershaw suffered two anomalies, if that’s possible. But we also know that at this very moment, Greinke would be given full access to the postseason baseball.On Friday, Greinke attempts to extend his 43 2/3 innings scoreless streak, which has become a Dodgers specialty. He has not given up a run since Justin Upton of the Padres hit an eighth-inning, game-winning home run on June 13. Ahead of him are Don Drysdale (58 in 1968) and Orel Hershiser (59 in 1988).It’s fashionable to dismiss such streaks as laden with luck, which of course they are. You have to dodge broken-bat hits, errors, and all of baseball’s weird geometry. Drysdale lost his streak when the Phillies’ Howie Bedell lofted a sacrifice fly. It was the third of Bedell’s three career RBIs.But a long streak also means very few fastball mistakes, excellent command and uncanny performance with runners in scoring position Hershier faced 29 hitters in RISP situations in the streak and retired them all.Besides, let’s quit outsmarting ourselves. There are no shortcuts that get you through a month without a run. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Some will tarnish Greinke’s streak, in comparison, because he hasn’t gone nine innings yet. Drysdale and Hershiser pitched complete games throughout.But Greinke has been stringing zeroes all year. Drysdale’s ERA plunged from 2.52 to 1.31 during his run. Greinke’s high ERA this year is 1.97, and it was at 1.95 when his streak began. It is 1.30 now.If anything, this will enlighten people about Greinke’s pitching, if not his well-guarded personality. Those who know him well swear by him.“Don’t ask him anything unless you really want the answer,” said Art Stewart, the longtime Kansas City superscout. “He’s not going to tell you something just because you want to hear it, but I like that.”The Royals took Greinke sixth in the 2002 draft, one pick ahead of Prince Fielder, their second choice. Three of the players ahead of Greinke were pitchers who never made the big leagues. The other two are the disappointing B.J. Upton, now with his third franchise, and pitcher Adam Loewen of the Orioles.Along the way, Greinke showed an amazing memory, an independent streak, and an affinity for player evaluation. He was not moonlighting, either. He’s been in the draft rooms for Kansas City and the Dodgers, and he spends spring training nights at college and high school ballparks.“I was scouting Kyle Gibson from Missouri (now with the Twins) at a tournament one day in Arizona and Zack shows up,” Stewart said. “I said, what are you doing here? He told me he might want to do this after he retires. I said, well, it’ll be a pay cut.”During the free agency process, the Dodgers front office prepared for its first meeting with Greinke. Normally there’s a healthy squadron of agents, lawyers and assorted greenflies accompanying the player. This time it was Greinke and no one else. He chatted with the executives for three hours.“He sees the big picture,” said Ned Colletti, the general manager at the time. “He wants to know everything in the organization, what direction it’s headed. On the mound he’s a lot like Greg Maddux, which sounds crazy because nobody should be compared to him. But he pays the same kind of attention to everything the hitter does. He files it away and uses it the same way.”In Greinke’s 2 1/2 years with the Dodgers, he has an outstanding WHIP of 1.054.He has an opt-out clause in his contract this winter, which might explain why the Dodgers are scrambling to add another frontline starter before July 31. One can assume that he will not leave Dodger Stadium with another useless baseball in his pocket.GREINKE’S STREAKJune 18: vs. Rangers, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K, Dodgers won 1-0June 23: at Cubs, 6 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, Dodgers lost 1-0June 28: at Marlins, 7 2/3 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K, Dodgers won 2-0July 4: vs. Mets, 7 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K, Dodgers won 4-3July 9: vs. Phillies, 8 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 8 K, Dodgers won 6-0June 19: at Nationals, 8 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 11 K, Dodgers won 5-0CONSECUTIVE SCORELESS INNINGS PITCHEDOrel Hershiser 59Don Drysdale 58Walter Johnson 55 2/3Jack Coombs 53Bob Gibson 47Carl Hubbell 45 1/3Cy Young 45Doc White 45Sal Maglie 45R.A. Dickey 44 2/3Ed Reulbach 44Zack Greinke 43 2/3Rube Waddell 43 2/3Rube Foster 42Brandon Webb 42Clayton Kershaw 41 2/3THREE FACTS1. Zack Greinke ranks 14th among active pitchers in winning percentage. Clayton Kershaw is first.2. Greinke had a 39-inning scoreless streak that began late in the 2008 season and stretched into 2009, for Kansas City.3. Opponents are hitting .131 off Greinke during his current streak.last_img read more

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Sea Bright Council Holds First Reorganization Meeting at New Beachfront Pavilion

first_imgAsa symbol of united support for the town, state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon Jr. andmembers of Monmouth County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders presented Mayor DinaLong with a ceremonial county flag. Additional2019 appointments, unanimously made, included: The library will allow patrons to take a book out on the oceanfront deck. Photo by Patrick Olivero Longtimecouncilman William Keeler, a 30-year civil servant of the borough, became thefirst ever to be sworn in at the new pavilion by O’Scanlon. Councilman MarcLeckstein was sworn in by state Sen. Vin Gopal and Leckstein was chosen onceagain to serve as council president. BoroughAttorney: Roger McLaughlin, McLaughlin, Stauffer & Sharklee, P.C. “SeaBright is where people want to be,” said Leckstein. “As has become the sloganfor our new library, we see ‘Bright Things Ahead.’ ” BoroughPlanner: Christine Cofone, Cofone Consulting Group, LLC Theairy three-story building with large windows overlooking the ocean, designed tohouse the borough beach patrol, an oceanfront library and public bathrooms,represents a major step forward for a once storm-torn town. After Super Storm Sandy,the council promised to rebuild and return the coastal borough to its formerglory. “Now, six years later, that promise has been kept,” said Marc Leckstein,council president, in his year-end address. The Sea Bright Council’s new meeting room with ocean view. Photo by Patrick Olivero Althoughonly 1,400 residents strong, Sea Bright has experienced a rebirth in the pasttwo years with former mainstays such as Donovan’s Reef reopening and newconstruction projects finally being completed. This includes a new beachsidewalkway that begins outside the pavilion and continues down the coast toEdgewater Beach Club. Politicians, law enforcement and members of the public gathered for a solemn celebration at the Borough Council’s reorganization meeting, the first-ever meeting held at the top floor of the newly constructed Beachfront Pavilion and Library. BoroughAuditor: Robert W. Allison, Holman Frenia Allison, P.C. center_img SEABRIGHT – Despite the dreary weather, Saturday, Jan. 5, marked a shining momentfor the seaside town of Sea Bright. BoroughEngineer: Francis W. Mullan, T & M Associates Inher annual address, Long applauded efforts by the council for keeping the pavilionproject on track. “The final cost (of the project) will be within the amountapproved by the voters of Sea Bright in the referendum,” she announced, to muchapplause. Nowin her final year of a four-year term, the mayor reflected on achievements,shortcomings and renewed commitments for 2019. Long promised to push forinclusion and collegiality within local governance, with timely and reliableupdates to the public of what’s to come. By Vincent Ferrer BoroughSpecial/Conflicts Counsel: Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Vito Gagliardi Jr. and Kerri A. Wright (educational matters) Constructionis currently underway on a sister building, the new municipal complex, locatedseveral hundred feet from the pavilion. The complex will house a firehouse and policestation. BoroughProsecutor: William G. McGuinn, Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst, LLP PublicDefender: Robert J. Holden Bond Counsel: John Draikiwicz, Gibbons, P.C.last_img read more

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Brewers steamroll to Sunfest Tournament Title

first_imgNelson opened with a 10-4 win over Castlegar Steelers followed by a narrow 10-9 win over Castlegar Royals.The Brewers then outlasted the Castlegar Raptors 12-7 to conclude the round robin draw with a 3-0 record.In the semi finals, Nelson edged the Raptors again, this time by a 6-4 score.The team includes, Moss Beattie, Gavin Franklin, Levi Konken,Sebastien Conne Correnti, Cash Nay, Gunnar Evenson, Larson Proctor, Cohen Wolbaum, Connor Peters, Austin Shrieves and Dax Dewar. Coaches are Kevin Dewar and assistant Jordan Konken.The Brewers, undefeated on the season at 12-0, play the Trail BlueJays Wednesday in Beaver Valley. Dewars Brewers had the offence running on all cylinders, putting up 10 runs during a 10-8 victory over Trail Mariners in Castlegar Sunfest Minor Division Baseball Tournament Sunday in the Sunflower City.The win was the fifth of the tournament for the Brewers.last_img read more

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Gobert to Waiters: ‘It’s not my feelings, it’s my knee’

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert grabs his knee after being injured in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Rudy Gobert believes he has every right to be upset after sustaining a leg injury that’s expected to keep him out at least four weeks.The Utah Jazz big man went down Friday when Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters crashed into his leg, causing Gobert’s knee to buckle. The 7-foot-1 center initially called it a dirty play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “Usually, I heal very fast,” Gobert said. “We’re not going to rush it or do anything stupid. But I’m pretty confident that I can be back before that.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Waiters was going after a loose ball, then dove awkwardly into Gobert’s leg. He later tweeted, “Dove for the ball right…” with video of the play.Waiters told the Sun-Sentinel on Sunday that he’s never been a dirty player and, “Tell him to get out of his feelings and that’s what it is, just like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not my feelings, it’s my knee,” Gobert said Monday. “That’s a little more important.“I like to play basketball. Sometimes if someone takes that away from you, you’ve got to get in your feelings for a reason.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gobert woke up Saturday with unexpected stiffness and swelling in the leg. An MRI revealed a bruised right tibia. The 2016-17 second-team All-NBA center said it could have been worse and he’s happy to know he’ll fully recover with no ligament or structural damage. The rehab process is basically to get the swelling down and stay strong and in shape.Playoff aspirations and individual goals remain intact, though they will be much more difficult for Utah to achieve. The Jazz have now lost Gobert for a month, Joe Johnson (wrist) has yet to return and was expected to miss a month, and Dante Exum is out for the season after shoulder surgery. All this after the team lost its top two scorers, Gordon Hayward and George Hill, during offseason free agency.“Just frustrating that I’ll miss some time,” Gobert said. “At the same time I’m feeling lucky because when I look at the video, if I don’t lift my foot up in the air at the same moment, it’d be way worse. Good and bad.”The Frenchman is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Derrick Favors started atcenter Saturday and had 24 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks.The Jazz plan to re-evaluate Gobert after four weeks and the general timeline for his return is four to six weeks. Utah’s top player is optimistic it will be sooner than that.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Azkals held to a draw anew as Asian Cup berth remained elusive Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextlast_img read more

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a month agoRoma striker Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Mkhitaryan to stay

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Roma striker Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Mkhitaryan to stayby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRoma striker Eden Dzeko wants Arsenal loanee Henrikh Mkhitaryan to sign permanently.The striker was an admirer of the Armenian’s talents before he joined the Serie A side and has been impressed so far. He told Sky Sports: “I expect it from him. I know him as a great player, and he is a very good addition to our attacking team who wants to play football.”He’s a great pro. I remember him also from Borussia Dortmund times and he will be a big player for us. Hopefully, he can stay a long time here.”Hopefully he will [stay]. He will see that we are playing football here and immediately he scored a goal, so hopefully he can have more goals and a lot of assists for us.” last_img read more

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Vine: Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs Got Ejected For Punching A ‘Nova Player In The Face

first_imgSterling Gibbs punched Villanova player in the face.Update: Gibbs was contrite after the game and posted an apology on his Twitter:Man that’s not who I am. I’m sorry to my family, friends, fans, and team for being an embarrassment. Even more sorry to @RyArch15 .. I let— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015My emotions get the best of me and that wasn’t acceptable at all. I hope you’re alright and I will face any consequences coming.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Sorry again @RyArch15 it really is weighing heavy on my heart.— Sterling Gibbs (@SterlingGibbs4) February 17, 2015Arcidiancono accepted his apology as well.Emotions sometimes get the best of us. heat of the moment thing. We’re all good. @SterlingGibbs4— Ryan Arcidiacono (@RyArch15) February 17, 2015Earlier: Seton Hall got off to a 12-2 start this year but the season has spiraled into a major mess. The Pirates have lost eight of their last 11 and are about to make it nine of 12 as they’re getting blown out tonight on the road at Villanova.Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs was so frustrated, he decided he wasn’t going to stick around for the entire game. Instead, Gibbs got himself ejected for punching Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono in the face. Ouch. That’s blatantly flagrant and sort of surprising considering Gibbs’ reputation as a solid citizen. All in all, not a good day for the Pirates.last_img read more

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Video: Colin Cowherd Says Nebraska Will Upset Iowa

first_imgColin Cowherd talking College Football on The Heard.colin cowherd says nebraska beats iowaIowa, at 10-0, has two games remaining on its regular season schedule before potentially getting a shot at the Big Ten East champion in the league’s title game. The first, this Saturday, is a home contest against 2-8 Purdue. The second, next Friday, is at Nebraska – a 5-6 team that needs a victory to become bowl eligible.Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd thinks the Hawkeyes, who he calls a “fraud”, will be upset by the Cornhuskers in their final regular season game. In short, he thinks that Nebraska will end Iowa’s dream of a College Football Playoff berth.Cowherd has been trashing the Hawkeyes for their “weak” schedule all season, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Iowa will just need to keep winning to keep silencing critics.last_img read more

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Progress Energy selling Alberta assets but not abandoning Canada spokeswoman

first_imgPetronas has put a massive package of oil and gas assets in Alberta on the sales block but it has no intention of abandoning the country despite the recent cancellation of its plan to build a West Coast LNG terminal, a spokeswoman says.According to a posting on the BMO Capital Markets website, the Malaysian state-owned energy company’s subsidiary, Calgary-based Progress Energy Canada Ltd., has hired the bank to sell oil and gas drilling rights, wells, pipelines and three gas processing plants mainly located in northwestern Alberta.“Definitely, I can say from the outset that withdrawing from Canada is not what is happening,” said Progress spokeswoman Eryn Rizzoli on Wednesday.“The potential sale of our Deep Basin assets, which represents a small portion of Progress Energy’s resource base, would allow us to focus on our North Montney (B.C.) development, which represents significant growth opportunities in Canada,” she added in a followup email.Petronas bought Progress Energy in 2012 and has been one of the most active drillers in northeastern B.C. in recent years as it establishes natural gas production to feed its proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG export terminal near Port Edward, B.C.In July, however, it cancelled the project due to poor world market prospects for its liquefied natural gas.According to a mid-year update posted on the Petronas website in August, Progress was producing 540 million cubic feet of natural gas per day or the equivalent of about 90,000 barrels of oil per day in the first half of 2017, bringing in revenue of C$261 million.“Despite the decision not to proceed with the PNW LNG project, Petronas remains committed to monetize the natural gas resources in the North Montney area in Canada,” the report says.“At 22.3 trillion cubic feet of proven resources, Canada holds the second-largest gas resources in Petronas’ portfolio after Malaysia.”The BMO posting notes the assets for sale are prospective for Dunvegan, Cardium, Cadotte, Spirit River Group and Bluesky underground formations, not the Montney.The assets for sale include a 63 per cent average working interest in drilling rights on 400,000 gross acres or 160,000 hectares in Alberta which currently produce about 5,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day, about 55 per cent of which is natural gas and 45 per cent is oil.The lands being sold by Progress would likely be considered non-core assets in that they are too oil-weighted and too far away from the West Coast to be part of an LNG export strategy, said oil and gas analyst Patrick O’Rourke of AltaCorp Capital.AltaCorp doesn’t cover Progress but tracks its drilling activity and O’Rourke said that has been in decline recently.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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Canadian crudebyrail exports rise to record high in April NEB reports

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board says crude-by-rail exports from Canada grew to a record 193,500 barrels per day in April, up 13 per cent from the previous month, as full pipelines forced more producers to use trains to get their products to market.The oil shipping tally beat the previous record of nearly 179,000 bpd in September 2014 and was well ahead of the 150,000 bpd moved in April 2017.Andrew Botterill, a partner with accounting firm Deloitte, says he expects rail shipments will continue to grow this year.He says the increased use of rail will allow prices for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude oil to strengthen as compared with New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude.Botterill says demand for Canadian heavy oil is expected to increase as it will be needed in the U.S. Gulf Coast refining complex to replace shrinking volumes from Venezuela.Deloitte forecasts global oil prices will fall back from recent three-year highs in the coming months as OPEC countries increase output and international demand for oil declines.“Continuous decreases in Venezuelan production volumes, the possibility of sanctions enforced by the United States on Iran, and decreased oil stockpile volumes have escalated global oil prices,” the report says.“However, these are expected to recede in coming months as OPEC members increase rates to fill void agreement volumes resulting from Iranian and Venezuelan production cuts.”last_img read more

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She Kills Monsters

first_imgFor Tickets; CLICK HEREFB Event Page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Stage North Theatre Society presents ‘She Kills Monsters’ a comedy written by Qui Nguyen and directed by Ted Sloan.The story behind the play is set in the ’90s with Agnes Evans who is totally average until her family dies in a terrible car crash. Agnes finds herself alone, with a Dungeons & Dragons adventure that her geeky little sister Tilly left behind. Agnes recruits a teenaged “Dungeon Master” to walk her through the campaign. The story then dives into a world of supermodel elves, warrior demons and other D&D monsters. Agnes learns to fight, how to heal, and discovers the sister she never really knew. She Kills Monsters is a geeky comedy, full of professionally choreographed combat, that relays the importance of empowerment and acceptance.The performance takes place at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Feb 22, 23, 28 and March 1st and 2nd. Shows start at 7:30 pm and the cost of tickets are $25.last_img read more

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