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SeguraSyndergaard is a stud, but hes al
« dnia: 16 Maj, 2018, 17:33:08 »
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Its not surprising Victor Cruz has been experiencing a wide range of emotions heading into the New York Giants season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.The start of every NFL season gets the juices flowing. Players wonder how they are going to do, whether the team is going to be any good, and how far they can get in a run to the Super Bowl.This isnt just any season for the 29-year-old Cruz. Its somewhat a professional rebirth for the wide receiver who was once one of the leagues most productive players.When Cruz plays against the Cowboys on Sunday, it will be his first regular-season game since injuring a knee on Oct. 12, 2014 against Philadelphia. He missed the rest of that season and sat out last year with a calf injury.Many wondered whether he would ever get back after missing the first two preseason games this year with a groin injury. Cruz never lost faith. He played in the final two preseason games and had one catch for 4 yards.It convinced the coaching staff and management that there is something left in the tank for the former free agent who had 241 catches for 3,626 yards and 23 touchdowns combined in 2011, 12 and 13.There are definitely some jitters, Cruz said. I get butterflies before every game until that ball is kicked off, but this one might have some extra butterflies. Just being able to run out there with my team again, being able to line up across from an opposing team in a Week 1 scenario playing football again. I think I am excited, I am anxious, emotions will be everywhere, so I am just excited for the opportunity to run out there and see what happens.Cruz is listed in the starting lineup and believes he can play the whole game.We will see how it goes, we will see how my body feels going into that third and fourth quarter, and we will take it from there, said Cruz, who will be accompanying the team on a road trip for the first time since his injury.Coach Ben McAdoo said Cruz would not be on a play count.Theres no dipping your toe in the water now, McAdoo said Friday. Were going down there to win a ballgame.Even if Cruz cant play the whole game, having him out there is going to be a lift for the Giants.Fellow receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is excited get a chance to play with Cruz for the first time, noting that the Paterson, New Jersey resident was one of the receivers he watched while at LSU.Beckham thinks Cruz has the potential to make some big plays again.I guess well see Sunday, said Beckham, who has become the Giants top receiver in Cruzs absence. (He) knocked the rust off, got some preseason games. Hes feeling good. Mentally, when youre in a good state, the rest will control itself. Just staying as positive as possible. I know hes more than excited. Anxious, nervous, all of those feelings. Im sure after the first tackle, youll see 80 again.Quarterback Eli Manning is just happy to have Cruz back after all he has gone through.Just as a friend, as a teammate, excited to have him back in the lineup, and I know hell be able to make some plays for us, Manning said.Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said Cruz has flashed his talent in practice, working at both the slot and outside receiver positions.While he did little in the preseason, Cruz cant hide his anticipation about playing this weekend.I think that being gone for roughly two years is just an emotional time for me when I go out there, an exhilarating time, an exciting time, but a time where I just have to look back and put this all into perspective from where I came from. And to be here again is just a blessing, he said.Game notes Giants players elected Manning, LS Zak DeOssie and LB Jonathan Casillas as their captains for the season. The team also has game captains, and RB Rashad Jennings, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and LB Mark Herzlich will serve as those in Week 1. ... DT Robert Thomas has been ruled out Sunday with an illness. ... McAdoo again refused to say who would call the offensive plays Sunday.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Wholesale Jaguars Jerseys . LOUIS -- Alexander Steen scored a power-play goal with 59. Tanner Lee Jersey . JOHNS, N. http://www.cheapjaguarsjerseyselite.com/?tag=cheap-logan-cooke-jersey . -- Peyton Manning will have all of his wide receivers available for the first time in a month when the Denver Broncos begin their playoff run Jan. Leon Jacobs Jersey . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Ronnie Harrison Jersey . LOUIS -- Attorneys for the St. Thursday brings yet another abbreviated slate, with six early games and four late ones. Fortunately, there is a pair of aces at the top, and the middle tier has a variety of worthy options. Its not the best Thursday slate weve seen, but its not the worst, either.PitchingEliteNoah Syndergaard leads the way on Thursday with a home date against the Diamondbacks. The 23-year-old has seemingly faded a bit of late. Over his last seven starts, he sports a 3.99 ERA and 1.57 WHIP. Hes also pitched past the sixth inning just once in his last eight outings. Then again, Syndergaard still has elite skills, and his matchup against Arizona is extremely favorable. The Diamondbacks have been well below average versus right-handed pitching this season (87 wRC+), and a 23 percent whiff rate presents plenty of upside for Syndergaard and his 10.9 K/9. The Mets righty will be tough to fade in cash games if youre playing early or all-day slates.Corey Kluber?also cracks the elite tier with a home tilt against the Angels. However, that has more to do with Klubers effectiveness than this being a favorable matchup. Despite owning one of the worst records in the American League, the Angels lineup has the lowest strikeout rate in baseball (15 percent) and has done plenty of damage since the All-Star break (110 wRC+). For his part, Kluber has also dominated in the second half, sporting a 1.55 ERA since the break. Good pitching can silence good hitting, and Kluber is one of the most talented pitchers on the docket, so dont completely overlook him because of the tough matchup. He also gets a boost considering Syndergaard isnt eligible for the late slate.SolidOver 97 innings as a starter this year, Danny Duffy owns a 2.96 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 10.3 K/9. Somehow, hes still a free agent in over 20 percent of ESPN.com leagues. Against a White Sox offense thats been slumping since the break (84 wRC+), Duffy has to be considered one of the days top cash plays. When the southpaw last faced the Sox in early June, he tossed six shutout innings of three-hit ball with 10 Ks.The Cubs may be entering Wednesdays action with a 12-game lead in the NL Central, but dont expect them to take their foot off the pedal when the Cardinals visit Wrigley Field this week. Jon Lester takes ball for the Cubs on Thursday and will look to set the tone. While the Cardinals have scored the third-most runs in baseball, theyve been well below average against lefty pitching this season. Id rather pay up for Syndergaard in the all-day slate based on the strikeout upside, but Lester is a viable option, too.Opposing Lester in the Cardinals/Cubs rivalry is Carlos Martinez. It goes without saying that this is a tough matchup for the St. Louis right-hander, as the Cubs feature one of the most dangerous lineups in baseball. But they also strike out a lot. Martinez isnt missing as many bats as years past, but he still sports a decent 8.4 career K/9 and has swing-and-miss type stuff. Im staying away from him in cash games, but hes worth tournament consideration.Based on the combination of skill and matchup, rookie Jameson Taillon is one of the days most intriguing options. The right-hander has delivered five straight quality starts with a 2.40 ERA across them. He also has 28 Ks and just one walk in those five outings. Beetter yet, Thursdays matchup pits him against the Padres, who strike out 24 percent of the time versus righties and have one of the weakest lineups in baseball.dddddddddddd Taillon has pitched more than six innings just once in nine starts and has yet to strike out more than seven. However, if there were a time for a breakout performance, this is it.StreamersWere digging deep here, but Braden Shipley is also worth consideration if youre streaming starters and are in need of innings. The rookie has just 17 big league innings under his belt and has walked more guys than hes struck out, so theres certainly risk here. That said, after getting roughed up his first time out, hes allowed just two combined runs over his last two starts, and he gets a Mets team thats done little offensively since the break (85 wRC+).AvoidMichael Pineda has flashed greatness at times this season, and his 10.7 K/9 is enticing. Im going nowhere near him against the Red Sox, though. The Red Sox clobber right-handed pitching (115 wRC+), and they dont strike out enough (18 percent) to give Pineda any appeal as a GPP option.HittingThe highest hitter rating of the day goes to the Braves, who square off against Matt Garza. The right-hander has had a rough go of it this season, as he holds a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 10 starts. The Braves have one of the weakest lineups in baseball, but even they can take advantage of a matchup like this. Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis are all on the radar here.Jose Berrios has a very bright future ahead of him, but right now hes someone to target hitters against. The rookie right-hander has made six big league starts this season, and those six starts have seen him post an 8.31 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. Berrios has particularly struggled against right-handed hitters, who have bashed him for a .489 wOBA. It just so happens that the Astros are very right-handed, making this a great stacking opportunity with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, George Springer and Evan Gattis all in play.It usually pays to target hitters against Chad Bettis when hes at Coors Field (5.37 ERA), but he hasnt been much better on the road (4.95 ERA), either. Bettis has shown reverse splits in his career, surrendering a .368 wOBA to righty bats. With the Rangers on the docket, Ian Desmond, Adrian Beltre and Jonathan Lucroy all offer plenty of appeal.Also consider targeting Orioles hitters against Andrew Triggs, one of the lowest-ranked pitchers of the day. The righty is making just his second start of the season, and hes been hit hard in relief by both right- and left-handed hitters. There are plenty of intriguing options in this one, including Adam Jones, Chris Davis, Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo.Most likely to go yard: Carlos CorreaLets keep this simple: Berrios has been tattooed by right-handed hitters this season, and Correa has hit 14 of his 15 homers this year off righties. The young slugger makes it 15 of 16 on Thursday.Most likely to swipe a bag: Jean SeguraSyndergaard is a stud, but hes also allowed 32 stolen bases this year, 12 more than any other pitcher. Go ahead and pencil in a stolen base for Segura in this one. 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