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After wearing the same uniform for the past four seasons

in Themen von A-B-C 07.08.2019 05:14
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Tampa Bay Rays Zach Gentry Jersey , Alex Cobb and Jake Odorizzi face off Sunday as Cobb’s Baltimore Orioles try to avoid a sweep when they take on Odorizzi and the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.

With the Rays in a full-blown rebuild, both pitchers found new homes this past spring. Odorizzi was traded to Minnesota early in spring training while Cobb was one of the many free agents who waited out an unnerving winter before eventually signing a four-year, $57 million deal with Baltimore late in camp.

Now, only a week away from the All-Star break, neither pitcher — nor his team — is having the kind of season they anticipated Opening Day.

It’s been especially painful for Cobb (2-10, 6.53 ERA), whose deal was the largest offered to an Orioles pitcher. The right-hander was expected to be a stabilizing force in a rotation that had designs on a postseason berth but instead, he slumped out of the gate and went 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA through his first 12 starts in an Orioles’ uniform.

Through that, there have been flashes of the pitcher Baltimore had in mind when it made the deal. He’s held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in eight of his 15 starts overall, including his last time out when he held the Phillies to three while striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.

“Alex is going to be a good pitcher,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He is a good pitcher at times this year. It’s hard. It’s hard. He’s hardened from pitching in the American League. He knows the fine line between success and failure.”

With his team holding baseball’s worst record and buried in the basement of a division dominated by the Yankees and Red Sox, Cobb knows the playoffs aren’t even a pipe dream at this point. But he still has a goal of finishing the season strong and setting the stage for a bounce-back campaign in 2019.

“I don’t want to say take it almost spring training-like, but we have to do whatever it takes for each and every one of us to get better going forward,” Cobb said. “When you get hung up on results, I think that you let that cloud the process that’s going on to make yourself get better. I don’t want it to be framed to any fans or front office, coaching staff, that we’re not going out there trying to win ballgames. We absolutely are L.J. Collier Jersey , every single night.

“But we also need to not be so result-oriented and take the small progressions that we’re making and get better. If we want to compete later on this year, next year, we need to get better each and every one of us — individually.”

Cobb is 2-0 with a 2.20 ERA in three starts versus Minnesota.

Things haven’t been much better in the Twin Cities, where Odorizzi (3-6, 4.57 ERA) was expected to be a key addition to a Twins team that was thought to be a contender with Cleveland for the AL Central title after making an unexpected trip to the American League wild-card game a year ago.

He opened the year on a high note, going 3-2 with a 3.17 ERA through his first 10 outings but has struggled with consistency since, posting a 6.81 ERA over his last eight starts.

“It’s upsetting and frustrating … it’s not something I take lightly,” Odorizzi said of his struggles late last month. “I take a lot of pride in getting guys out. Trust me, I’m more frustrated about this than anybody in this clubhouse. This has been one of the tougher stretches in my short big-league career.”

Odorizzi has shown signs of bouncing back in his last two outings. He held the White Sox scoreless for six innings, allowing three hits while striking out eight, but took a no-decision June 28 in Chicago and followed that with a strong showing in Milwaukee where the Brewers managed only two runs while striking out nine times over five innings.

Odorizzi, who hasn’t won since May 8, is 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 19 games (18 starts) versus Baltimore.

LANDOVER, Md. (AP)The Denver Broncos’ quarterback carousel continues to spin, and no one’s quite sure when or where it’ll stop. After Brock Osweiler was 22 of 38 for 193 yards with an interception and a fumble in a loss to Kirk Cousins and the Washington Redskins, coach Vance Joseph hopes to get Paxton Lynch some snaps in the season finale next week against the AFC West-champion Kansas City Chiefs (9-6). ”Our goal is to see him play,” Joseph said. ”So absolutely http://www.seahawksfootballauthentics.com/marquise-blair-jersey-authentic , if he’s ready to go next week, he’ll probably play for us. Absolutely.” The Broncos (5-10) didn’t choose a starter during the week as Lynch was listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Osweiler finished with a 60.7 rating, and Denver’s only touchdown came with 78 seconds left. Osweiler in the first half could be seen yelling on the sideline and afterward expressed frustration over not capitalizing on good field position. ”There was no finger pointing,” Osweiler said. ”The words that I used weren’t directed at anybody specifically, just trying to ignite the offense. I felt like we were leaving too much out there.” Cousins didn’t leave much out there, throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns against Denver’s defense that came in ranked first in the NFL. Some Broncos fans on their way into FedEx Field discussed the possibility of Cousins being their quarterback next year. His performance with general manager John Elway in attendance didn’t do anything to douse that speculation. ”I don’t want to say anything right now, but he’s a ballplayer,” Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. ”He definitely can make some plays and he can make all the throws, but I can’t say anything about next year.” The Broncos have started three QBs this season – Osweiler, Lynch and Trevor Siemian, who’s on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Cousins is playing a second consecutive year on the franchise tag and is facing another offseason of uncertainty. ”You have to focus on the present, and certainly your mind does like to wander,” Cousins said. ”There will be plenty of time to discern all those questions and think about the options come the offseason, but right now I’ve got to focus on winning football games.” Some other things we learned in the Redskins’ 27-11 victory over the Broncos: REDSKINS’ D UPGRADE: Washington allowed a combined 68 points in losses at the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Chargers before giving up one touchdown combined in beating the Arizona Cardinals and Broncos. Bad QB play by Blaine Gabbert and Osweiler factors into that, but the Redskins have also gotten better at forcing turnovers and improved their practice habits. ”I feel like guys are paying more attention to details in practice and getting more out of practice and it’s showing up on Sundays,” said safety D.J. Swearinger, who intercepted Osweiler. ”For the performance that we had it’s incredible. From the D-line to the linebackers to the secondary D.K. Metcalf Jersey , we played a full team game, and that’s all you can ask for.” WHAT TO PLAY FOR: The Broncos and Redskins (7-8) have each long been eliminated from playoff contention but seem intent not to fold the tent before the season is over. While Denver faces Kansas City, Washington visits the NFC East-rival New York Giants (2-12) on New Year’s Eve. ”It’s time to get to K.C., man, and try to prepare as well as we can for them,” Broncos safety Darian Stewart said. ”It’s still a division game, man. And It will feel better getting a win going into the offseason.” It matters to the Redskins to put together their first three consecutive seasons at .500 or better since 1999-2001. ”That’s really where our focus is: get to 8-8,” Cousins said. ”It’s not 13-3, but it’s not a losing season. I want this brand, this organization, to be associated with winning.” ANDERSON FOR 1,000: Broncos running back rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins and now needs 54 to hit 1,000 in a season for the first time in his career. ”It would mean a lot,” Anderson said. ”We’ve got one game to do it. There’s nothing better than having the pressure of one game.” —


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