#1 w six innings (two runs) in the wild-card game aga von riluowanying123 04.05.2018 07:32

LOS ANGELES -- Oregon is ordinary. Southern California is just so-so.Two down seasons have removed some of the shine from these West Coast powers showdown at the Coliseum on Saturday. For the first time in the 21st century, neither USC nor Oregon is ranked for their meeting.But theres still plenty of reason for both teams to keep fighting. The Trojans (5-3, 4-2 Pac-12) have a four-game winning streak and plans for continued contention in the Pac-12 South, while the Ducks (3-5, 1-4) are playing for bowl eligibility and a boost to next season -- and possibly coach Mark Helfrichs job security.Like I told our team, dont buy into this 3-5 record that they have, USC coach Clay Helton said. This team could easily be 6-2, and if you dont bring your `A game, youre going to get beat. We have to take this game as serious as a heart attack.The game also features a matchup between two promising freshman quarterbacks who refused to wait their turns to play.Sam Darnold will get his sixth straight start for USC, while Justin Herbert will make his fourth start for Oregon. Both passers seized their jobs from their older counterparts during the disappointing stretches of their teams seasons, and both have capitalized impressively.Darnold is the type of athletic, big-armed quarterback who would look perfect in the Ducks up-tempo offense, and the school pursued him in recruiting. The Orange County native made an unofficial visit to Eugene before committing to USC, and he won the Trojans starting job as a redshirt in September, usurping veteran Max Browne .Five games later, Darnold has already set USCs freshman single-season record with 18 touchdown passes.Hes just a really good football player and surrounded by excellent talent, Helfrich said. A guy that presents a great passing threat and a great run threat that really makes it go.Herbert pulled a similar trick at Oregon this season, taking over for Dakota Prukop after the Ducks 2/3 start. The first true freshman to start for Oregon since 1983 has posted a series of lofty offensive performances, even setting the school record for total offense with 512 yards last week against Arizona State while the Ducks ended their five-game skid.Herbert knows the USC defense presents a markedly different challenge. The Trojans have been on a roll defensively during their streak, most recently holding high-octane California to 24 points in a blowout win.I think theyre just an exceptional team, Herbert said. So regardless (of their record), theyre going to have a good defense and a great offense.Here are more things to know about the schools 61st meeting:GROUND GAME: The Trojans offense started to roll during an undefeated October, and it shows no signs of slowing. USC averaged 264 yards rushing per game in October despite losing top tailback Justin Davis to injury, while Oregons run defense is ranked a dismal 116th in the nation.COUGHING IT UP: The Oregon defenses best shot to stop USC might reside in Darnolds pattern of turnovers. He has thrown 16 touchdown passes in the last four weeks, but also threw four interceptions. In addition, he lost two fumbles apiece in wins over Colorado and Cal. The freshman is working on ball security, but Helton also doesnt want to remove the exciting, risk-taking style that has made Darnold stand out.ADOREEBLE: The Ducks are well aware of Adoree Jackson, the cornerback and kick returner whose speed has few equals in college football. The junior already holds USCs career kickoff return yardage record, and he leads the Pac-12 in both punt return yardage and kickoff return yardage this season. Adoree Jackson, getting him out of the game is a huge, huge key to success there, Helfrich said.CALLED FOR TRAVELING: Oregon played the USC fight song during practice this week to prepare the Ducks for what should be a fairly full Coliseum. But Helfrich drew the line at a simulated Traveler, the Trojans mascot: We didnt bring in a horse.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org Darnell Nurse Jersey . Instead of dwelling on the negative, Oates focused on what was good about the clubs recent play. It worked. Iiro Pakarinen Jersey . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. http://www.authentichockeyshopoilers.com/Cam-Talbot-Jersey/ . John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead. Benoit Pouliot Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. 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The Indians got contributions from so many players, including Lonnie Chisenhall, who hit his first homer this season against a left-hander, and Coco Crisp, acquired for the stretch run, who had a crucial two-run home run during the clinching Game 3.When things like that happen, destiny seems to be in play, yet destiny only takes one team, which is why the Blue Jays-Indians ALCS should be fascinating. Here are five questions:Has the Toronto offense finally emerged?The Blue Jays scored 127 more runs than any American League team last season, but they scored 132 fewer runs this year, finishing fifth in the league in runs scored. They averaged 3.7 runs per game in September/October, the third team ever to go to the postseason as the lowest-scoring team in September/October. But now the Blue Jays look like the offensive powerhouse that they were for most of last season. They scored 22 runs in sweeping the Rangers, the fourth most by any team in a sweep in a division series. They got eight home runs from seven different players, tying a division series record.Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, free agents after the season, seem to be swinging for big, new contracts. Josh Donaldson has not hit a home run during this postseason, but he is quietly dealing with various injuries and still went 7-for-13, with four doubles in the division series. Donaldson scored the winning run in Game 3 from second base on a throwing error in the 10th inning. The gang is back together in Toronto. And it crushed Texas rotation: 16 earned runs in 10? innings.How good is the Cleveland bullpen?Its not just really good, it is different than most of the other pens because of Andrew Miller (1.45 ERA this season, with 0.69 WHIP, nine walks, 123 strikeouts). In Game 1 of the sweep against Boston, Miller pitched in relief in the fifth inning for the first time since 2013; it also was the first time since 2011 that he pitched in relief in three different innings. In Game 3, Miller threw two more scoreless innings and struck out three. The Indians can move Miller around and pitch him in any situation, because he is so versatile -- and because closer Cody Allen has, for the most part, got the ninth inning covered. In Game 1 of the division series, Allen and Miller threw 40-plus pitches, the first relief teammates to do that in a ppostseason game since 2008.dddddddddddd. Look for that to happen again in the ALCS. And look for that Cleveland defense, which is so good and so much better than two years ago, to help the pitching.How good is the Toronto bullpen?Really good. It threw 4? scoreless innings in the clinching Game 3 against the Rangers. In 14 innings during this postseason, the bullpen has allowed just two runs, including five scoreless frames (with one hit allowed) in the wild-card game against the Orioles. Closer Roberto Osuna, who left that wild-card game with a shoulder issue, was terrific in the division series. In the clinching Game 3 against Texas, Osuna retired all six batters he faced, striking out two and showing no signs of a shoulder issue. Francisco Liriano (concussion) might not be available for the ALCS -- and?Joaquin Benoit?might not be ready, either. It will be interesting to see if the Toronto pen can be as good against Cleveland as it has been so far during this postseason.How do we explain the Indians rotation?It is hard to believe that without injured starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar, the Indians could hold the Red Sox -- who led the AL in runs scored, with 101 more than the next team, the Indians -- to just seven runs in three games. Trevor Bauer kept the Indians in the game until Miller arrived in Game 1. Corey Kluber, a Cy Young candidate, was marvelous in Game 2, allowing three hits and no runs in seven innings. Then Josh Tomlin gave the Red Sox five strong innings in Game 3. Tomlin allowed just 20 walks against 36 homers allowed this season, a plus-16; Carlos Silva is the only other pitcher to allow 16 more homers than walks in a season (2005). Salazar (shoulder) is working to try to be ready for the ALCS, but there are no guarantees there. But this is guaranteed: The Indians will start Kluber in Game 1 of the ALCS, then have him, if necessary, for Game 4 and -- this is a real stretch these days -- Game 7.What are the options for the Toronto rotation?The Blue Jays have all sorts of choices, none involving short rest. They can start the series with Marcus Stroman, who threw six innings (two runs) in the wild-card game against the Orioles. Or they can go with Marco Estrada, who shut down the Rangers (one run, four hits, 8? innings) in Game 1 of the division series, because that great changeup of his was unhittable. Or they can go with 20-game winner J.A. Happ, who beat the Rangers in Game 2 of the division series with five innings pitched and one run allowed. And they can wait instead of push Aaron Sanchez, keeping him for Game 3 or Game 4. Remember, over the final 21 games of the regular season, the Blue Jays rotation had a 2.08 ERA, the best in the big leagues. The postseason has been an extension of that success.Indians in seven. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys China Jerseys China Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 China Jerseys Wholesale China Jerseys Jerseys NFL China ' ' '

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