Syracuse splits doubleheader with Army

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (16-12, 4-5 Atlantic Coast) split its doubleheader with Army (11-17, 2-1 Patriot) on Wednesday afternoon in West Point, New York. The Orange won the first game, 4-1, with Alexa Romero throwing a career-best 14 strikeouts in a complete game effort. Army got its revenge in the rematch and downed SU, 5-1.In the first game, Syracuse scored all four of its runs in the second inning. After a Toni Martin bunt advanced Gabby Teran to third base, Lailoni Mayfield singled to give SU its first run of the game. A batter later, Michala Maciolek extended the lead to three with a two-RBI single to left center.Alexa Romero started in the circle, three days after allowing five runs in four innings against Florida State. The sophomore returned to the top of her game, pitching a complete game and striking out a career-high 14 hitters. Romero registered her record-breaking 14th strikeout on the last batter of the game. It was the second time she achieved her record on the last batter this season, with the first time coming on March 13 against Elon.Although Syracuse’s bats went quiet after the second inning, mustering just three hits, Romero’s brilliance preserved the lead. Army finally got on the board in the sixth inning when Amelia Trotter hit a solo shot to center field, but it did not spark a comeback.Martin got things started again in the second game with an RBI single in the first inning with two outs. Army then evened the score in the second inning when Kristen McPeek smacked an RBI double to left center.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnnaMarie Gatti started in the circle for SU. She allowed one run in the first two innings before two throwing errors — one apiece from Gatti and Sammy Fernandez — handed Army four unearned runs in the third. After the third, neither team scored a run for the rest of the game. The Orange tallied just one hit after the second inning.Syracuse resumes play on Saturday with its home opener, a doubleheader against Boston College set to start at 1 p.m. Comments Published on March 28, 2018 at 7:03 pm Contact David: ddschnei@syr.edulast_img read more

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Angels’ David Fletcher has caught the attention of manager Mike Scioscia

first_imgANAHEIM >> Angels third baseman David Fletcher had only had 51 major-league at-bats before Saturday, but the Cypress High School alum has caught the attention of Manager Mike Scioscia.Fletcher on Friday night had a huge hit, a tying RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen that helped the Angels defeat the Dodgers 3-2 in Game 1 of the Freeway Series at Angel Stadium.Of those 51 at-bats, it was Fletcher’s 31st against a right-handed pitcher. The right-handed batter is hitting better against right-handers – .323 (10 of 31) – than against southpaws (.250, 5 of 20). But he’s being platooned with the left-handed-hitting Luis Valbuena.Fletcher was hitting .294 with six RBIs and an on-base percentage of .345. He doesn’t have a home run, but he hit six in 254 at-bats in Salt Lake City before being recalled in mid-June. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Valbuena had nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 235 at-bats before Saturday, but he was hitting just .213 with an OBP of .258. He was hitting .222 (14 of 63) with runners in scoring position, compared to .500 (5 of 10) for Fletcher.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Scioscia was asked prior to Game 2 Saturday, won by the Dodgers 3-1, if he’s been tempted to put Fletcher out there every day. With right-hander Ross Stripling going for the Dodgers, he was not in the starting lineup but entered in the seventh inning and hit one to the track in the ninth inning off Jansen to go 0 for 2.“I think David’s played a lot,” Scioscia said. “I think he’s played some second, he’s played third. I think that any time a player plays well, obviously, they’re going to win more at bats, win more playing time and he’s definitely doing that.”Fletcher had started 12 of the 19 games in which he’d played, 10 at third base, two at second. He’s also been used in the outfield as well as at shortstop a couple of times. Six of his starts have come against righties, six against lefties.“So, yeah, David’s going to get an opportunity to play whenever we feel that there are at bats for him,” Scioscia said. “He’s done well. He led off the other day in Seattle, we’ll use him in a multitude of roles and I’m sure that his playing time will increase as we move on and he continues to string together good at-bats.” Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “Yeah, obviously, everybody wants to be an everyday player,” said Fletcher, who turned 24 on May 31. “Right now, though, just trying to do my role and help the team get wins.”As for batting against right-handers versus southpaws, Fletcher intimated it doesn’t matter to him. Again, his big hit Friday came against Jansen, who throws right.“I mean, I don’t really think about right-handed, left-handed pitcher,” Fletcher said. “It was a big hit that helped the team win, so it was big.”Former Angels sports psychologist Ravizza in medically induced comaDr. Ken Ravizza, a former professor of kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton who worked for the Angels as a sports psychologist, is in a medically induced coma after suffering a heart attack while driving.Ravizza of late has been working for the Chicago Cubs, who were in L.A. on June 25-28 to play the Dodgers. Word of Ravizza’s situation was found on Twitter. Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed what happened via email.Ravizza reportedly was stricken while driving in Orange County. A ote posted by Claire Tehan Ravizza on CaringBridge – a page that helps families facing medical issues communicate – indicated that Ravizza had an EEG on Saturday that indicated his brain is responding to the “deep sedation,” but that it’s too soon “to make a clear determination of brain activity.”The post also said that Ravizza’s heart and blood pressure are stable.Ravizza, who previously worked for the Angels for some 15 years beginning in 1985 – he came back a few years later for a brief second stint – began working at Cal State Fullerton in 1977 teaching physical education classes.Not long after, he began helping student-athletes with mental toughness.“He was one of Fullerton’s secret weapons,” former CSF women’s gymnastics coach Lynn Rogers said. Thanks in part to Ravizza, the Titans won the 1979 national championship.In a 2014 story published in the Orange County Register, Ravizza had this to say about his work: “In sport you have to deal with the reality of the situation that you’re in. You can’t hide. As the Greeks used to say, ancient Greek tradition, you go and you stand naked before the gods.”Simmons cool with not goingShortstop Andrelton Simmons is having a career year, hitting a team-high .315 with six home runs and 39 RBIs before Saturday. But his chances of making the American League All-Star team are slim because the league has many fine players at that position, such as Manny Machado (Orioles) and Carlos Correa (Astros).He won’t win the main fan ballot, meaning his only chances will be via the player ballot or the fan ballot that will decide the final spot on the team.Simmons isn’t concerned.“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “Not too worried about it, honestly. Four days off sounds equally amazing so … whoever makes it is a great honor because you’re making it out of an elite group really because there are a lot of good shortstops in the American League, especially.”Simmons knows what he’ll be doing if he doesn’t make the grade for the July 17 game in Washington D.C.“It would be a great honor if I do,” he said. “If I don’t, just sleeping a lot and catching up, getting ready for the second half.”Shoemaker to start throwingMatt Shoemaker missed the second half of 2017 with a forearm injury, and had surgery to repair the radial nerve in his right forearm.He pitched in one game this season, then was shut down and had surgery to repair a split tendon in the same forearm on May 29.Shoemaker remains in good spirits, though, because he is going to begin throwing next week with the idea of returning sometime this season.“I start a throwing program and, hopefully, can build back up, everything feels great, Lord willing we’re good to go,” said Shoemaker, whose best season was 2014 when he went 16-4 with a 3.04 ERA.Shoemaker, 31, can’t wait to get back.“It’s frustrating, to say the least,” he said. “You just want to be out there and play. You want to play, you want to help your team and when you think everything’s good and then some little thing like this comes back, it’s insanely frustrating.“When it first happened again, it was really rough, I guess you could say, mentally, emotionally. But you’ve just gotta fight through that and now I’m looking at the positives of, ‘Hey, I get to start throwing next week and build back up and get ready to go.’ “ A man of few words, Fletcher said he would love to play all the time. But he is far from consumed by that possibility.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more

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Today’s MLB Picks: Betting odds, Vegas totals, expert gambling advice for Tuesday, June 4

first_imgThe sports books have been getting their pockets picked clean by undervaluing this Minnesota team all season, but they apparently haven’t learned their lesson yet after listing the Twins as +115 underdogs tonight against a vastly underachieving Indians team. Sure, the Indians have an edge at starting pitcher with Shane Bieber on the mound against Devin Smeltzer, but how can anyone trust the Indians after they have gone 7-13 straight up over their past 20 games? The BetQL models are in agreement here and have listed the Twins as -151 favorites. Take the Twins with confidence and move on.BetQL Pick: Minnesota Twins Money Line (+115)Check out BetQL Mobile App’s Trending Picks and Public Betting tool before making all your bets, and follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy and sports betting content. Before we get into Tuesday’s picks, remember that plenty of strategy goes into putting together a winning ticket, and the best place to start is the BetQL Mobile App. Our Trending Picks and Public Betting tools are a massive advantage when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size. For more gambling and MLB DFS advice, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj).MORE ROTOQL: DFS Lineup BuilderMLB Picks: Odds, betting trends for Tuesday, June 4** All lines are subject to change. The best way to stay up to date on the current lines is to become a BetQL subscriber.Chicago White Sox at Washington NationalsStarting Pitchers: Reynaldo Lopez vs. Stephen StrasburgMoney Line: CHW +220, WAS -270Run Line: CHW +1.5 (+100), WAS -1.5 (-120)Total: O/U 8.5 RunsWe have hit the White Sox at +170 or higher odds four times already this season in this article, and my eyes lit up when I saw their line tonight against the Nationals. Chicago has been a team that the sports books have been low on all season despite overachieving its way to a 29-30 record. The Nationals, meanwhile, have been the worst team in all of baseball to bet on this season, and they have been consistently overvalued by the books — a one-unit bet on the money line each game for Washington would have netted you a horrendous -15.95 units on the season.Much of the overvaluation is likely due to the starting pitchers on Washington, and we have gotten great value in almost every game that either Max Scherzer or Stephen Strasburg has pitched this season. Tonight, Strasburg will take the mound, and while he certainly has an edge on White Sox starter Reynaldo Lopez, you can’t tell me that a 26-33 team should be a massive -270 favorite in any situation. The BetQL models have handicapped this game at CHW +132, almost 90 points off of what we are currently getting at +220. Our luck from betting on the White Sox as massive underdogs against good pitchers will eventually run out, but we are going back to the well one more time tonight.BetQL Pick: Chicago White Sox Money Line (+220)MORE TUESDAY MLB: DFS picks | SP rankingsMinnesota Twins at Cleveland IndiansStarting Pitchers: Devin Smeltzer vs. Shane BieberMoney Line: MIN +115, CLE -135Run Line: MIN +1.5 (-170), CLE (+145)Total: O/U 9 RunsOther than the White Sox-Nationals game, there is another four-star value bet in the Diamondbacks-Dodgers game, but despite the value I just can’t bring myself to bet the D-Backs in that spot. Instead, We’ll be going back to the best team to bet on in all of baseball this season, as the Twins head to Cleveland for an AL Central battle. The Twins have been by far the most profitable team this season — a one-unit ML bet on each game would have netted you +22.45 units on the year. Tonight we have one of the best slates of the season from a value perspective, and there are plenty of games that offer great betting opportunities. There are nine games that check in as two-star or higher value bets on the money line and another five games that feature two-star or higher run-line value bets, according to the BetQL value ratings. All season long we have been riding underdogs en route to great profits, and tonight we will be going back to two of our favorite teams in the White Sox and the Twins, who both have undervalued lines.Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNlast_img read more

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