Santana was a brilliant pitcher when healthy. He won the Cy Young award twice, finished third two other times and also registered a fifth- and seventh-place finish. Problem is, he couldn’t stay healthy. Injuries wrecked his career; he only made more than 25 starts in six seasons. That’s not a good number. His greatest hope, honestly, is that voters connect the brilliant-but-brief injury-shortened careers of Santana and Sandy Koufax. It’s not a tough connection to make, actually, within certain parameters.
Koufax won three Cy Young awards, Santana won two. Koufax had a career WAR of 49.0 and a JAWS of 47.5, Santana tops him there, at 51.4 and 48.1. Look, I’m not saying Santana was as good as Koufax, of course, but a challenge of voting for the Hall is finding context for guys on the ballot. Koufax provides context for Santana.
I’m not saying what percentage I think these guys deserve but what percentage I think they’ll get.
And, second, this will be the first year that all votes are made public, which could impact the totals, especially for the guys at the top of the list. It’s easy to cast a controversial vote when you’re anonymous, not so much when you have to put your name behind your vote.
The Braves’ Dansby Swanson will win NL Rookie of the Year. This is hardly a Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys bold prediction, but rather a logical one. After a strong debut in the majors Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys late in 2016 — in which he hit .302/.361/.422, and displayed impressive defense — Swanson ended the season with 129 at-bats, just shy of qualifying as a rookie. So he’ll come into 2017 with more big-league experience than other rookies. Expect him to parlay his impressive pre-rookie performance into an All-Star-caliber official rookie campaign.
Tom Brady and the defending-champion New England Patriots will have a high bar set in this year’s NFL win totals as they look to repeat their regular-season success.
The New England Patriots have won at least 12 games in each of their last seven seasons. The Patriots will need to go higher than 12 to cover their posted win total in 2017.
The Patriots are going off as a -130 favorite to go OVER the total of 12.5 wins at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com for the season ahead.
Last year’s New England team went 14-2 SU and 13-3 ATS during the regular season, shaking off the absence of Tom Brady through the first four games of the season and going 10-0 SU and 9-1 ATS en route to a Super Bowl victory over its last 10 games.
Bettors brave enough to bet the UNDER can take solace in the fact that New England had landed on exactly 12 wins in each of its previous four seasons before 2016.
Over three seasons with the Jets, Pryor has 14 pass breakups, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles.
The Browns had the 21st-ranked pass defense in the league last season, and Pro Football Focus ranked the secondary 28th in the league. Cleveland drafted versatile safety Jabrill Peppers with the 25th overall pick this year, but Peppers can be used in a variety of ways. It’s a low-risk move for Cleveland Make Cheap Jerseys to trade for Pryor, and there’s still an opportunity for Pryor to make his way onto the field for the Browns this season and rekindle his career.
Bryce Harper and the Nationals avoided arbitration, the team announced Friday, with multiple reports saying the four-time All-Star agreed to a $13.625 million deal for 2017.
Harper, 24, is coming off a down 2016 season in which he reportedly struggled with a shoulder injury. Still, his new contract represents an $8.625 million raise.
Harper hit .243/.373/.441 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs in 2016, a season after he was a unanimous choice as the National League MVP after a 2015 season in which he batted .330/.460/.639 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs.
A four-time All-Star in five MLB seasons, and the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, Harper is under contract through the 2018 season. He reportedly will be seeking a $400 million deal if he hits free agency, which Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys most clients of his agent, Scott Boras, do in order to maximize their contracts.
Harper already has been the focus of rumors that he eventually will end up with Yankees, where his left-handed swing is tailor-made for the team’s stadium. Harper has 121 home runs in five MLB seasons.
Just what exactly are the Diamondbacks? I’m not sure anyone could have seen the mediocrity that bound the DBacks in 2016. Trading Dansby Swanson is still a head-scratching move, and Shelby Miller’s ineffectiveness was way worse than what many could have projected. But trading for Taijuan Walker gives the Diamondbacks another good, young arm in the rotation, and should the pitching hold up, Arizona could rebound in 2017.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins season ended last night (recap here) in Game 5 of a 5 game first round season.
What does this mean for the NHL team? Well, the return of the “black aces”, as WB/S coach Clark Donatelli confirmed the below players are getting called up:
These guys usually practice before the regular team does and stays a little off to themselves, but are still emergency reserves in case of extreme injury. The Penguins “regular” healthy scratches last game of Scott Wilson, Carter Rowney and Chad Ruhwedel figure to be the main reserves, along with current backup Tristan Jarry.
Speaking of Jarry, how much longer will he be the backup? We’ve finally got some news on Matt Murray and it’s actually a positive update:
Coach Sullivan on Murray’s status: “Matt skated this morning on his own with no equipment. The next step for him is to get in full gear.”
After the Yankees put down the Red Sox on the strength of a Maddux from Detroit Tigers Cheap Jerseys Masahiro Tanaka on Thursday night, they welcomed the Orioles into Yankee Stadium for what figured to be a hotly contested weekend series between two divisional rivals. However, the Orioles appeared to be more than ready to take the game to the Yankees as they got out to a 9-1 lead after the top of the sixth inning was done. This included a massive dinger from Manny Machado and a grand slam from Mark Trumbo that seemed like the exclamation point for the end of a statement win for Baltimore.
The NFL draft might be the biggest event of the offseason, but there’s more going on here than just the players getting selected in the draft. As soon as Mr. Irrelevant’s name gets called on Saturday afternoon, NFL teams will move quickly to sign undrafted free agents (UDFAs), the players who didn’t make the cut in the draft but will get a chance to make an impact in training camp.
Many UDFAs will never amount to anything in the NFL, but a select few every year tend to break out and become valuable players for their teams. Thus, NFL teams embark on a feeding frenzy every year, with everybody trying to find the next Tony Romo or Wes Welker. It’s a fun period to be following in the news, even if it doesn’t have the glitz or glamour of the actual draft.
“McKinley is a relentless pursuer. He is a playmaker who is always closing on the ball. He is also determined to become one of the best at his craft. He still seems a bit raw and has great upside potential.” — Read More at Bruins Nation
McKinley’s background has given him a tremendous work ethic. Couple that with his Cheap Jerseys And Jordans physical gifts, and you’ve got a special player. The former Bruin is a bit undersized as a defensive end at 6’2 and 250 pounds, but moves like a freight train. His 4.59-second 40-yard dash at the Combine ranked third in his group (which is really second, as Haason Reddick is more linebacker than lineman). His long arms, low center of gravity, and Cheap College Basketball Jerseys ability to stop and start in a split second make him a valuable and malleable presence for the Falcons.