Brent SuterMIL001+0.0 Corey KnebelMIL2652+2.0 Brandon KintzlerMIN1932+1.8 Junichi TazawaMIA220-0.5 Jordan LylesCOL210+0.0 Darren O’DayBAL832+0.2 Kenley Jansen25211089 David PhelpsMIA1171-1.1 Brad Hand232131510 Alex Colome23259105 Tyler WilsonBAL111-0.2 Joakim SoriaKC1942+1.5 Edwin Diaz2113668 Tony BarnetteTEX630-0.1 Source: Baseball-REFERENCE.COM Seung-hwan OhSTL1944+1.3 Tyler LyonsSTL011-0.4 FIREMAN APPEARANCES Logan VerrettBAL400+0.6 Jason MotteATL212-0.1 Kevin SiegristSTL811+0.8 Brandon Kintzler1924222 Chris HatcherLAD121-0.6 Kenyan MiddletonLAA210-0.1 Travis WoodKC331-0.6 Blake WoodCIN231-0.8 Mark MelanconSF940-0.2 Dario AlvarezTEX201+0.3 Fernando Rodney1922035 Brock StewartLAD200+0.3 Aaron LoupTOR326-0.3 Jared HughesMIL811+0.8 2017 goose stats through All-Star break Jason GrilliTOR332-0.6 Sean DoolittleOAK823+0.5 Kelvin Herrera1619025 Goose-egg leaders pitch in clutch situations, but that doesn’t help earn savesTop goose-egg pitchers through 2017 All-Star break Kenley JansenLAD2501+3.6 Ian KrolATL623+0.1 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Daniel HudsonPIT444-0.9 Koda GloverWSH822+0.4 Brad BrachBAL2130+2.2 Luis GarciaPHI611+0.5 Danny FarquharTB832+0.1 Archie BradleyARI2023+2.3 J. J. HooverARI622+0.2 Tony WatsonPIT1664+0.1 Sammy SolisWSH120-0.6 Robby ScottBOS228-0.4 Aroldis ChapmanNYY602+1.0 Mike MorinLAA101+0.2 Johnny BarbatoPIT010-0.4 Mike MinorKC1621+1.8 Adam ConleyMIA010-0.4 AJ RamosMIA1132+0.4 Matt GraceWSH112-0.2 Ken GilesHOU933+0.2 Justin WilsonDET1940+1.5 John BrebbiaSTL001+0.0 Asher WojciechowskiCIN100+0.1 Ross StriplingLAD641-0.6 Rafael MonteroNYM131-1.0 Chris DevenskiHOU1663+0.2 Robert StephensonCIN220-0.4 Cody AllenCLE1242+0.5 Emilio PaganSEA110-0.2 Ryne StanekTB013-0.4 J. C. RamirezLAA020-0.7 Matt BushTEX1561+0.2 Jim Johnson1719206 Dustin McGowanMIA201+0.3 Hector SantiagoMIN010-0.4 Joaquin BenoitPHI1370-0.7 Casey FienSEA/PHI320-0.3 Source: Seamheads.com Frankie MontasOAK110-0.2 Danny BarnesTOR621+0.2 Rob ScahillMIL110-0.2 Dellin BetancesNYY1341+0.6 Michael LorenzenCIN1931+1.7 Randall DelgadoARI500+0.8 Cory GearrinSF721+0.3 Jose AlvaradoTB743-0.4 Joely RodriguezPHI524+0.0 Tom WilhelmsenARI112-0.2 Alex Colome23259105 Alex WoodLAD301+0.4 Jose RamirezATL1241+0.3 Francisco RodriguezDET382-2.5 Steve CishekSEA211-0.1 Andrew Miller25214128 Chasen ShreveNYY622+0.2 Giovanny GallegosNYY010-0.4 PITCHERGOOSE EGGSSAVESMULTI-INNINGRUNNERS ONTIE GAMES Adam OttavinoCOL1372-0.4 Josh CollmenterATL020-0.7 Mike DunnCOL602+1.0 PITCHERGOOSE EGGSSAVESMULTI-INNINGRUNNERS ONTIE GAMES Ken Giles919151 Robert GsellmanNYM210-0.1 Neftali FelizMIL850-0.7 Kyle BarracloughMIA1031+0.3 Tanner ScheppersTEX101+0.2 Dan JenningsCHW024-0.7 Alex ColomeTB2352+1.7 Hansel RoblesNYM422-0.2 Matt BarnesBOS1053-0.2 Alex WilsonDET1064-0.7 James PazosSEA924+0.6 Chase De JongSEA010-0.4 Chris BeckCHW002+0.0 Shawn KelleyWSH620+0.1 Kelvin HerreraKC1642+1.1 Hector NerisPHI1542+0.7 Jeanmar GomezPHI721+0.3 Jim JohnsonATL1761+0.3 Brandon Maurer1519246 Raisel IglesiasCIN2110+2.7 Tyler ClippardNYY486-2.3 Jake McGeeCOL832+0.2 Keone KelaTEX831+0.2 Chad GreenNYY022-0.7 Matthew BowmanSTL1544+0.7 Craig KimbrelBOS1920+2.3 Yusmeiro PetitLAA1012+1.2 Heath HembreeBOS724+0.4 T. J. McFarlandARI501+0.8 Joe KellyBOS724+0.4 Trevor RosenthalSTL1661+0.1 Jake JunisKC100+0.2 Roberto OsunaTOR1641+1.1 Matt BelisleMIN1333+0.9 Corey Knebel2614698 Ryan GartonTB030-1.1 Pedro BaezLAD734-0.1 Miguel CastroBAL101+0.2 Roberto Osuna1622033 Source: Baseball-REFERENCE.COM Wily PeraltaMIL120-0.6 Jonathan HolderNYY311+0.1 Jeremy JeffressTEX131-0.9 Xavier CedenoTB013-0.4 Austin BriceCIN300+0.4 Raisel Iglesias21161065 Felipe Rivero276111312 Bud NorrisLAA1160-0.5 Brad BoxbergerTB100+0.2 Eric O’FlahertyATL211-0.1 Andrew ChafinARI146-1.3 Chase WhitleyTB641-0.6 Luis AvilanLAD222-0.5 Parker BridwellLAA001+0.0 Kenley Jansen25211089 Carl EdwardsCHC1233+0.6 Dan AltavillaSEA331-0.6 Save leaders avoid many clutch pitching opportunitiesTop save pitchers through 2017 All-Star break Blake TreinenWSH441-0.9 Zach PutnamCHW200+0.3 Pat NeshekPHI1613+2.0 Brandon MaurerSD1570-0.5 Donnie HartBAL313+0.1 Will HarrisHOU1630+1.3 Adam WarrenNYY521+0.1 Andrew MillerCLE2531+3.0 Hector RondonCHC721+0.3 Fernando AbadBOS500+0.8 Jacob TurnerWSH520+0.0 Joe SmithTOR1411+1.8 Miguel DiazSD010-0.4 Jorge De La RosaARI1041+0.1 We shouldn’t get too carried away here. With the possible exception of the Astros’ Chris Devenski — who leads the majors with 52.2 relief innings but whose effectiveness has diminished as the season has worn on — none of these pitchers are being used in the Goose Gossage mold of the 1970s, when star relievers often threw 100 or more innings in a season. This is particularly true for Jansen, whose workload has always been managed carefully. (He’s on pace for only 68 innings this year.) But if teams are still using pitchers such as Jansen, Rivero and the Indians’ Andrew Miller for only 60 to 80 innings a season, they’re increasingly picking the right innings for them to pitch. By contrast, closers such as the Rockies’ Greg Holland and the Twins’ Brandon Kintzler have rarely made fireman appearances but have often been used to close out big, relatively safe leads. Although they have more saves than pitchers like Jansen and Rivero, Holland and Kintzler have fewer goose eggs and have provided less overall value to their clubs. Joe BlantonWSH320-0.3 Tyler PillNYM010-0.4 PITCHER▲▼TEAM▲▼GOOSE EGGS▲▼BROKEN EGGS▲▼MEHS▲▼GWAR▲▼ Jeurys FamiliaNYM412+0.2 Brad ZieglerMIA412+0.2 Ryan PresslyMIN420-0.1 Dodger closer Kenley Jansen has had a lights-out first half with a 4-0 record, a 0.96 ERA, 57 strikeouts and just two walks allowed in 37.2 innings pitched.He also has only 21 saves, which ranks seventh in the league through the All-Star break. But Jansen has been considerably more valuable to the Dodgers than those save numbers imply. That’s because Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been deploying Jansen in high-leverage situations that other managers often shield their closers from. Jansen has made 10 multi-inning appearances so far this year. He’s been brought into the game with runners on base nine times. And he’s entered in tied games in eight appearances. l call all of these “firemen appearances” because they resemble how teams used their top relievers in the era a few decades ago when the best relievers were referred to as “firemen” instead of closers.These firemen appearances have not necessarily helped Jansen earn saves; a pitcher can’t earn a save when he enters in a tied game, for instance. But they do provide opportunities for him to earn goose eggs, the new relief-pitcher statistic that we developed this spring. (The short version: A pitcher gets a goose egg for a clutch, scoreless relief inning, including in a tied game.) Jansen has 25 goose eggs, which ties him for third this season. He and his fellow goose-egg leaders — including the Pirates’ Felipe Rivero, who leads MLB with 27 — are routinely making firemen appearances: Brian DuensingCHC300+0.4 Jake PetrickaCHW001+0.0 Deolis GuerraLAA720+0.3 Brandon MorrowLAD010-0.4 Addison Reed2115568 Luke GregersonHOU632-0.2 Mychal GivensBAL1223+1.2 Jonathan BroxtonSTL120-0.6 Jerry BlevinsNYM1246+0.2 Tommy KahnleCHW1171-0.9 Robbie RossBOS100+0.2 Fernando RodneyARI1943+1.4 Luke JacksonATL100+0.1 Ben HellerNYY001+0.0 Sam DysonTEX/SF1271-0.8 Blake ParkerLAA1031+0.4 Erasmo RamirezTB712+0.7 Jandel GustaveHOU010-0.4 Josh SmokerNYM722+0.3 Hunter StricklandSF1130+0.5 Dominic LeoneTOR323-0.3 Drew StorenCIN322-0.3 Derek LawSF1131+0.5 Ernesto FrieriTEX010-0.4 Sergio RomoLAD230-0.8 Cam BedrosianLAA613+0.5 Sam TuivailalaSTL320-0.3 Josh FieldsLAD321-0.3 Greg Hollland1828141 Vidal NunoBAL010-0.4 Ben TaylorBOS101+0.2 Tony CingraniCIN423-0.2 Pedro StropCHC1113+1.2 Daniel StumpfDET212-0.1 Wade LeBlancPIT132-1.0 Bryan MitchellNYY010-0.4 Matt StrahmKC231-0.8 Josh OsichSF224-0.5 Sam FreemanATL502+0.7 Neil RamirezNYM012-0.4 Bruce RondonDET210-0.1 Josh EdginNYM525+0.0 Ryan BuchterSD1252-0.1 Bryan MorrisSF300+0.4 Tommy HunterTB621+0.2 Steven OkertSF637-0.3 Scott ObergCOL613+0.6 J. P. HowellTOR010-0.4 Adam KolarekTB010-0.4 Carlos TorresMIL642-0.6 Phil MatonSD211-0.1 Liam HendriksOAK731+0.0 Kyle RyanDET210-0.1 Addison ReedNYM2143+1.5 Fernando SalasNYM554-1.2 Tyler DuffeyMIN811+0.9 Bryan ShawCLE1122+1.1 Edubray RamosPHI2110-3.8 Jean MachiSEA101+0.2 Peter MoylanKC403+0.6 Chris YoungKC100+0.2 Jayson AquinoBAL010-0.4 Brett CecilSTL1322+1.1 Jhan MarinezMIL/PIT320-0.3 Ryan DullOAK422-0.1 Jeff BeliveauTOR100+0.2 Warwick SaupoldDET012-0.4 Wandy PeraltaCIN1020+0.7 Richard BleierBAL311+0.1 Alex ClaudioTEX625+0.2 Al AlburquerqueKC010-0.4 Brad PeacockHOU101+0.2 FIREMAN APPEARANCES Brad Brach2115236 Craig BreslowMIN010-0.4 Check out our latest MLB predictions. Greg HollandCOL1820+2.2 Chris RusinCOL823+0.6 Justin HaleyMIN110-0.2 Stefan CrichtonBAL010-0.4 Matt AlbersWSH924+0.6 Wade DavisCHC1501+2.2 Casey LawrenceTOR010-0.4 Michael FelizHOU110-0.2 Nate JonesCHW410+0.2 Shane GreeneDET1033+0.4 Kevin QuackenbushSD110-0.2 Mike MontgomeryCHC1211+1.4 Enny RomeroWSH1336+0.8 Daniel CoulombeOAK123-0.6 Jose AlvarezLAA553-1.1 Tony ZychSEA432-0.5 Marc RzepczynskiSEA404+0.6 Brad HandSD2345+1.8 Paul SewaldNYM122-0.6 Jarlin GarciaMIA002+0.0 Blaine BoyerBOS310+0.1 Nick WittgrenMIA611+0.5 Drew SteckenriderMIA010-0.4 Juan NicasioPIT846-0.3 Koji UeharaCHC1443+0.5 Oliver PerezWSH514+0.4 Boone LoganCLE003+0.0 Edwin DiazSEA2141+1.7 Nick VincentSEA1214+1.5 Zach BrittonBAL600+0.9 Gabriel YnoaBAL001+0.0 Ty BlachSF101+0.1 Jumbo DiazTB643-0.6 Kirby YatesLAA/SD321-0.3 Joe BiaginiTOR432-0.5 Felipe RiveroPIT2722+3.2 Ronald HerreraNYY010-0.4 Domingo GermanNYY010-0.4 Craig Kimbrel1923566 Tony SippHOU100+0.2 Grant DaytonLAD112-0.2 James HoytHOU110-0.2 Jose LeclercTEX522+0.1 Santiago CasillaOAK1452+0.3 Ryan MadsonOAK1231+0.7 The Dodgers have managed Jansen’s opportunities smartly, but he also deserves credit for making the most of every one of them — literally. Jansen has 25 goose eggs on the season, but no broken eggs, our term for when a pitcher enters the game with an opportunity to earn a goose egg but is charged with at least one earned run instead.1Jansen does have one “meh,” which is when a pitcher enters the game in a goose situation but is awarded neither a goose egg nor a broken egg because a run was scored yet not charged to the reliever. The record for most goose eggs in a season without a broken egg is held by Brad Lidge, who had 34 goose eggs and no broken eggs in 2008.As a result of this perfect conversion rate, Jansen leads baseball with 3.6 goose wins above replacement (GWAR) and is on pace for 6.5 GWAR, which would make for one of the top half-dozen relief pitching seasons of all time. Rivero and Miller are second and third in GWAR this season. You can find goose-egg statistics for these and all other relief pitchers in the sortable table below. Evan ScribnerSEA020-0.7 Blaine HardyDET121-0.6 Arodys VizcainoATL1652+0.5 David HernandezLAA811+0.9 Diego MorenoTB010-0.4 Austin PruittTB300+0.5 Alec AsherBAL311+0.1 Chad QuallsCOL210+0.0 Rubby De La RosaARI011-0.4 Carlos EstevezCOL100+0.2 Jesse ChavezLAA010-0.4 Antonio BastardoPIT010-0.4 Ryan TeperaTOR1420+1.5 Chad BellDET001+0.0 Josh HaderMIL100+0.1 Oliver DrakeMIL421-0.2 Jacob BarnesMIL1843+1.2 George KontosSF743-0.5 Anthony SwarzakCHW1000+1.5 John AxfordOAK120-0.6 David RobertsonCHW1631+1.3 Miguel SocolovichSTL101+0.1 Brooks PoundersLAA100+0.2 Jose TorresSD231-0.8 Justin GrimmCHC201+0.3 Taylor RogersMIN1323+1.3 Scott AlexanderKC320-0.3
In the video above, FiveThirtyEight’s Kyle Wagner breaks down some things the Cleveland Cavaliers can do to stay competitive in the NBA Finals as the series heads back to Cleveland.
Ohio State wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 29-15 win against University of Alabama-Birmingham. Here’s what we learned about the Buckeyes in their closer-than-expected battle with the Blazers, as well as observations from the first third of the season. The “freak show” was upstaged There was plenty of excitement surrounding OSU’s special teams unit this season, and for good reason. Meyer’s Gators blocked 21 punts, eight field goals and three extra points during the coach’s six seasons at University of Florida. The coach hoped to bring that success to Columbus, featuring a punt-blocking subunit called “the freak show.” But the stage on Saturday belonged to UAB’s special teams, who returned a blocked punt for the game’s first touchdown and later caught the Buckeyes unaware while recovering an onside kick. OSU’s special teams were woeful last season, most noticeably against Purdue when a blocked extra point cost them the game. It seems that even with Meyer in helm, the Buckeyes have a long way to go before the “freak show” is a featured act in Columbus. This is an imperfect team in a less-perfect conference OSU is not amongst the nation’s elite college football teams this year. This is less of an observation from one game, and more about the team’s performance through non-conference play. In the first four games of their season, OSU struggled to put away two teams from Conference USA and barely evaded an upset bid from a Cal team that is now 1-3. The young offense has been prolific yet inconsistent and occasionally inept. This was on perfect display against UAB, as the Buckeyes were held scoreless for the first third of the game, and then rattled off 21-unanswered points in a matter of 5:29. The offense followed up their scoring barrage by reverting back to lethargy, punting three times in three possessions as the Blazers crawled back into contention. Once victory was again in doubt, Miller drove the Buckeyes 71 yards on a 10-play touchdown drive to put the game away. In all, the Buckeyes put up 29 points and 347 yards against a defense that had allowed an average of 44 points and 477 yards through their first two games. Despite their most evident flaws the Buckeyes are still 4-0, preparing to play in a conference that has looked even more suspect. The Big Ten’s early season favorites – Wisconsin, Michigan State and Michigan – have all been beaten, and to various degrees embarrassed, in non-conference play. OSU will compete for the conference title that they are sanctioned from winning this season, just don’t confuse conference dominance with national prominence. Give an extra helmet sticker to… Jordan Hall. In his second game back from injury, the senior running back rushed for a career-high 105 yards on 17 carries. He also caught two passes for 21 yards. More importantly, Hall’s presence has allowed the Buckeyes to be less dependent on Miller as a rusher. In the two games without Hall, Miller carried the ball 17 and 27 times. In games with Hall, Miller’s workload decreased significantly, as he received 12 and 11 carries. Less carries means less hits for Miller, which will be important heading into conference play against the physical Big Ten defenses.
Scrolling through images of mouth- watering smoothies on Instagram? The photo-sharing social media site could put you at an increased risk of an eating disorder that causes unhealthy obsession of ‘fitness’ food, a new study warns.The findings from the University College London (UCL) in the UK highlight the implications social media can have on psychological wellbeing, and the influence social media ‘celebrities’ may have over hundreds of thousands of individuals. Social media use is ever increasing among young adults and has previously been shown to have negative effects on body image, depression, social comparison, and disordered eating. One eating disorder of interest in this context is orthorexia nervosa, an obsession with eating healthy. High orthorexia nervosa is prevalent in populations who take an active interest in their health and frequently occurs with anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder characterised by a low weight, fear of gaining weight and a strong desire to be thin. Researchers conducted an online survey of 680 social media users who were following health food accounts to investigate links between Instagram use and orthorexia nervosa symptoms.”We assessed their social media use, eating behaviours, and orthorexia nervosa symptoms,” researchers said.
One of them has been tortured; another is surrounded by armed men and trapped; and the third is hiding ten thousand miles away, in fear of his life. And what were their crimes? Telling the truth. Talk about a sick commentary on the modern world. For those who didn’t know, Ed Snowden is the young man who released evidence of the US government purposely trashing the Constitution that they swore to protect. Coming on the heels of the press surveillance, Verizon, IRS, and Boundless Informant scandals, his information on project Prism has capped off quite a run. Whether Americans still have the emotional strength to give a damn, or they are simply looking for reasons to believe, is another question, but this young man is a hero of the highest order. So is Julian Assange and so is Bradley Manning. They released the truth about what they saw happening. And the gigantic operations are threatening their lives because they do not want you to know the truth. Let me quote Jesus here: Everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. So, who’s on which side of this issue? The haters of light proclaim that they see more than you do, know more than you do, and are wiser than you. And they go further: first demanding that you give them your money, and then that you thank them for keeping you in the dark. What would you think if someone who proposed that to you as a business deal? Yet, these people proclaim that they are empowered to do dark deeds by the great LAW. When questioned, they quote dozens of statutes and rulings and regulations. Yet, it all crumbles as soon as anyone refers to the original and paramount law. That “supreme law” reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated. That paramount law does not say, “unless you have appropriate statutes, or rulings, or executive orders, or international treaties, or other impressive scraps of paper.” It says shall not be violated. In response, they call you stupid, uneducated, and deceived. Then they will threaten you. Their threats, of course, have to be taken seriously. After all, they’ve purchased how many billion bullets in the past couple of years? And how many people have they tortured in Cuba? And how many violent, international kidnappings have they undertaken under the more pleasant term of “rendition”? And they claim to be righteous. Don’t you believe it. When Snowden, Assange, and Manning walk free, you can reconsider. But until these three truth-tellers are publicly thanked, these agencies – no matter how many dollars and guns and agents they have – are the enemies of light and truth. [A note to my religious friends: Don’t you dare try to say that these agencies are agents of God’s will. By doing so, you are calling Jesus a liar.] Paul Rosenberg The Dangers of Telling the Truth: Snowden, Assange, and Manning FreemansPerspective.com