all.ap.org and http://wall.ap.org and http://www.twitter | Forum

Topic location: Forum home » General » General Chat
123
123 Oct 12
Five of ESPN. Christopher Gibson Islanders Jersey .coms MLB beat writers who cover teams battling for wild-card berths were asked to make a case for why their team will be playing a do-or-die playoff game in October. Below, Eddie Matz argues for the Baltimore Orioles against fellow writers Mark Saxon (St. Louis Cardinals), Andrew Marchand (New York Yankees), Katie Strang (Detroit Tigers) and Adam Rubin (New York Mets).For more on the other contenders, check out Wild-card Wednesday.?Matz: The Orioles will nab one of the AL wild-card spots because of -- get this -- their starting pitching. No, really. After blowing chunks for most of the season, Baltimores rotation is rounding into shape when it matters most. Ubaldo Jimenez has magically gone from the worst pitcher in baseball to arguably the teams most dependable starter. Kevin Gausman is currently in midair, making the leap. And Chris Tillman looked good as new in his first start back from the DL, which means that the Os can now banish their most glaring weak link (Wade Miley) to the bullpen. Combine that with a homer-happy lineup thats been scoring in bunches lately and the only reason the Birds wouldnt get a wild-card berth is if they win the division outright.Marchand: The Orioles look as if they are prime position to win a wild-card spot, but the inconsistency they have played with over the year is something that has to be a concern. Plus, they might be pitching well now, but do you really trust those starters to come up big?Saxon: Well, something doesnt add up because FiveThirtyEight has them at just 61 percent even to make the playoffs and 4 percent -- behind the Red Sox and Blue Jays -- to win the World Series. Somebody should put back on his designer black frames and remove the rose-colored glasses.Strang: Not sure I see the Orioles sustaining this level of offensive production, which, admittedly, has been absolutely wild. Youd think that at some point, even a lineup as talented as theirs has to cool off. As for the pitching staff, suffice it to say I dont see the triumphant Jimenez comeback story ending the same way Eddie might envision it. And Tillman, though very impressive in his last start against the Tigers, is not out of the woods yet with that shoulder issue. That has to be an area of concern for Baltimore moving forward.Rubin: The Orioles have several potentially fatal flaws. Among them: streaky hitters, an all-or-nothing offense and a fried bullpen. Since the All-Star break, Baltimores 4.50 ERA is second-to-last in the American League, ahead of only the lowly Twins (5.43). Ryan Strome Jersey . Boucher previously coached the Tampa Bay Lightning and had a 97-78-20 record over two-plus seasons. He was dismissed by the team last March after the Lightning struggled in the lockout-shortened season with a 13-18-1 record. Jason Chimera Islanders Jersey . Parker had 26 points and eight assists and San Antonio beat Toronto 112-99 Monday night. "We won that game because of Tony Parkers aggressiveness," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "His juice; his aggression all night long. http://www.hockeyislandersstore.us/Anders-Lee-Jersey/ . The (11-11-4) Jets are seventh in the Central Division with 26 points.  Fifth place Dallas and sixth-seeded Nashville also have 26 points, but the Stars have three games in hand on Winnipeg while Nashville has two. COLUMBIA, S.C. -- With leading scorer and rebounder Sindarius Thornwell out indefinitely, No. 20 South Carolina turned to Duane Notice and P.J. Dozier to fill the void on Sunday.Notice tied his career high with 27 points and Dozier added 20 as the Gamecocks beat Florida International 70-54.The Gamecocks (8-0) announced before the game that Thornwell had been suspended indefinitely for violating an athletic department policy.We found out (Saturday) after our practice, Dozier said. At the end of the day, our team knew that the game was still going to go on with (Thornwell) or without (Thornwell).We knew this team was going to be ready to come out and play. We had to continue to keep our same mindset as we had for the games we had already played.Notice matched his scoring high, which he set in 2014 against Marshall. He made six of 10 3-point attempts.It felt good confidence wise, Notice said. Ive been struggling shooting the ball all season. But Ive been in the gym every morning with P.J., (Sindarius Thornwell) and Justin (McKie) so I knew it was going to come.FIU scored 20 points for the Panthers (3-6), while Michael Kessens had 12 and Anthony Bowell added 10. The Panthers were playing without their leading scorer, Donte McGill, who is averaging 19.1 points per game, and never led.South Carolina was outrebounded 35-34 but connected on eight of 21 3-point shots (38.1 percent). The Gamecocks dished out 16 assists and forced 23 turnovers while committing only nine.Dozier and freshmen Maik Kotsar led the team with four steals apiece.We were active with our hands when they tried to drive it into crowded areeas, South Carolina coach Frank Martin said. Jean-Francois Berube Islanders Jersey. Thats why the steals were up ... When guys try to drive the ball, the whole theory is youve got to crowd the space so they dont have freedom to see and pass. Our guys had active hands in those moments.BIG PICTURESouth Carolinas winning streak could be in jeopardy if Thornwell remains out of action. The 6-foot-5 senior leads the Gamecocks with 18.7 points and 6.7 rebounds a game. Martin was in no mood to discuss Thornwells suspension following the game.Before we even start, obviously, you got the press release before the game and P.J. (Dozier) already answered as to when everything was found out, he said. If anyone asks me anything further about that situation, Im not going to disrespect you but Im walking out.Im here to talk about our game, not about any individual that didnt play.CLOSE CALLDozier was forced to leave the game midway through the third quarter with an apparent leg injury. He returned a few minutes later, however.I just kind of pulled up a little too fast and felt a pull in my hamstring, Dozier said. I shook it off a little bit and then came back and finished the game.UP NEXTFIU: The Panthers have the week off, then return to action next Sunday at Florida Gulf Coast.South Carolina: The Gamecocks take a break for exams and return to play on Dec. 12 against Seton Hall in the Under Armour Reunion in New York.---More AP college basketball at http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-Top25 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '