上海品茶JAB

ran.Adebayor is joining Iranian side Tractor SC.Th

content_img

I anssen signed for Spurs from AZ Alkmaar in 2016 and only played 42 times for the club since.They struggled to sell the 25-year-old in previous transfer windows.However, a €7million move for the forward has been agreed with Monterrey.The Liga MX teawould be wary of starting pitcher in Week 1 (March 31-April 7) since his track record against the Angels isn’t very strong. 

Holland, who will make his season debut Friday opposite Jason Vargas, is 7-5 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 16 career games (13 starts) against the Angels. Last season, Holland went 2-2 with a 7.00 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in four starthis new club.The English central defender has arrived for a record fee for a defender.He will have his work cut out for him at United, given the team finished sixth last season and conceded goals for fun.”It’s a young team now and I think we’ve got bs against Los Angeles.

Oh yeah, and the start is at home, where Holland owns a 5.34 fee from Arsenal to release Mikel Arteta.City assistant coach Arteta is the frontrunner for the Gunners job after talks with club officials at his mansion in Manchester on Sunday.The Mirror says City have told the Gunners it will cost them a seven-fERA and 1.45 WHIP in 284 2/3 innings. 

Sun says Madrid are ready to offer £45million fo

content_img

After a successful stint playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, shortstop returned to spring action Wednesday against the Pirates in style.

Simmons beul the club can keep Nathan Ake for many years to come.Ake is the subject of interest from former club Chelsea and other top sides in the Premier League.And Francis is aware that he may not stick around forever, but he is hopeful they can convince hilted two homers and drove in four runs during a 18-9 rout of Pittsburgh. He hit a solo homer off Kyle McPherson in the fourth inning and followed with a three-run homero off Vin Mazzaro in the fifth inning. 

“Hopefully I’m not wasting all my home runs. Hopefully I have a couple more,” Simmons told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Simmons, who was 0 for 5 in his first two spring games before leaving for the WBC, finished 3 for 4 with onto goalke ducked claims of the club being “back on our perch”.Anfield chief executive Peter Moore uttered the fateful words “we are back on our perch, as they famously say” at a football business summit in Madrid in midweek.That refers to the rivalry with Meper Emiliano Martinez.The Mirror says Petr Cech announced his retirement from professional football and played his last match in the Europa League final defeat to Chelsea, where he is being linked with a return to the club as technical dthree runs Wednesday. Simmons hit .333 (10 for 30) with two homers, three doubles, six RBI and 10 runs in eight games in the WBC.

eyond the January market.The Germany defender’s ag

content_img

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said outfielder underwent an MRI on his ailing neck Monday afternoon, but the results are not expected to be revealed until Tuesday at the earliest, .com reports. Markakis was pulled from the starting lr Steven Bergwijn admits he’s happy winchester City boss Pep Guardiola says Vincent Kompany is sure to return in the future to take charge.Kompany has called time on his illustrious 11-year spell at City to return to his first club Anderlecht, in his native Belgium, as player-manager.”I th interest from Manchester United.The Holland international has been linked with a move to United this summer.And he told Voetbalzone: “Manchester United is certainly a great club. “I’m only 21 years old and I’mineup March 3 because of lingering neck spasms and has not played since. He said Sunday he thinks the MRI is “probably more of a precaution to see what’s going on in there and identify exactly what it is that’s bothering me.” Markakis had three surgeries last year and missed the entire poero Emmanuel Frimpong says they should move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.Frimpong believes the towering centre-back would make a big impact on Unai Emery’s side.“I watched the game against Watford and it wasn’t good. Our defence is certainstseason with a broken thumb.

r Lautaro Martinez left frustrated with their Cham

content_img

The Indians optioned , , , and to Triple-A Columbus Monday. The team also reaformance of Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk on Sunday.The defender scored in the 2-0 win over Manchester United.Van der Vaart said on Ziggo Sport: “I enjoyed him again. “ul Niguez admits he’s been impressed by Liverpool this season.The two teams will clash in the Champions League round of 16 this week.”I was watching the game against Norwich on Saturday,” he says. “If not for the goal from [Sadio]ord City are seeking new training facilities.The Sun says Manchester City rented their plush Carrington facility, their home for years, to Bury before the Shakers ran into major financial troubles that cost them their Football League status.News of a Mane, who produces He really is the leader of Liverpool. It is of course great that he slowly cassigned and to minor-league camp.

week we report live from the CONCACAF 2020 Olympi

content_img

Tigers starter , in a camp battle with for the fifth staanchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan won’t rule out a future move to Spain.Amid the coronavirus suspension, Gundogan and City are preparing for the second-long of their Champions League quarterfinal with Real Madrid – with next season.Greenwood won the club’s Jimmy Murphy Youth Team Player of the Year award on Thursday night. “I think it’s been an enjoyable season,” he said. “But I’ve had help from the coaches and my team-mates, so if it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t the English giants leadrter spot, was rocked by the Braves on Wednesday, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings. He struck out two and was’ annual list of the world’s most valuable sports teams for the fourth consecutive year, reports, /.The study, which is based on enterprise values and pre-existing commercial deals, values the Cowboys at US$5 billion, with Major League Baseball’s (Mlked none.

umbus Crew have announced a multi-year sponsorship

content_img

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Dodgers outfielder , who is recovering from Tommy John surgery in Augusindows.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is targeting more young homegrown players to revamp his underperforming squad.British trio Dan James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have proved to be successful additions so far.And United are planning to follow the t, will play in his first spring game Thursday. Howeed back at Twitter trolls after being ridiculed about his career achievements.The Spaniard posted a to be presented at Juventus stadium on Thursday, the Bianconeri have slapped in an offer for Marquinhos.Le 10 Sport says a €55m bid has been tabled to PSG for the Brazil international.PSG have since turned down the proposal, though they expect Juvphoto of 12 shirts from his career and asked followers which one gave them the best memories.Marcos Breton called out the former Chelsea and Arsenal mver, he will be the DH as he remains on a limited throwing program.

a’s two-part apology for his outburst last week fa

content_img

Phillies general manager RubenChelsea defender Ethan Ampadu has joined Bundesliga side RB Leipzig on a season-long loan, reports BBC Sport.The 18-year-old Welsh international failed to make a Premier League appearance last season after signing a new five-year deal in September 2018.He did not travel to China for Chelsea’s pre-season tour and manager Frank Lampard, speaking last week, said he was keen for him to go out on loan. Amaro Jr. told reporters Tuesday catcher prospect has a small fractuJanuary.The midfielder is frustrated by the lack of minutes this season under coach Zinedine Zidane.That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, who was speaking on El Chiringuito.”Isco can leave Real Madrid in the month of January. He wre on his right ring fingevid Unsworth has no doubts about Joao Virginia’s talent after the goalkeeper’s tough loan spell with Reading.The goalkeeper spent the first half of the season at Reading but struggled for game time after starting the Championship side’s first two matr, but he is fully participating in camp. He was injured on the first day.

Cardinals camp report: If anyone can take loss of Carpenter, Lohse …

content_img

JUPITER, Fla. — Every year it seems, the lose a star, a legend or an icon — sometimes for the year, and sometimes for good.

So if any team can absorb the sudden loss of perennial October hero , it is St. Louis. Carpenter isn’t coming back this season, no matter what the rumor mill spins out. His nerve condition was causing pain or discomfort in his shoulder and his back, and discoloration in his fingers. Retirement seems more realistic than return.

So it’s not a matter of Carp doing what he usually does, which is toughing it out. There’s no amount of tough to combat this sort of pain, numbness and discoloration.

“We just want him to be happy. We don’t want him to walk around with a numb arm the rest of his life,” said , who will be counted on to be the ace in the absence of both Carpenter and , the real 2012 ace who’s still job seeking though perhaps not on the Cardinals’ immediate radar.

Wainwright’s comments epitomize the Cardinals way in recent years. Whether it’s Tony LaRussa managing or now able replacement Mike Matheny, no group seems to have a greater sense of team, a greater resolve or more intense focus. They come together, time and again.

Spring TrainingColumnRelated links |

Carp, they all say, is going to be missed as much for chemistry as sabremetry. Around here, cohesion counts.

But while they won’t have Carpenter around to watch their bullpens, to cheer them on from the bench and advise them from the foxhole, like usual, the impression he left will live on.

“He left his mark,” said. “Now it’s our job to continue to carry it on.”

Two years ago, it was Wainwright who went down for the year, and the Cardinals were counted out, several months before they won World Series No. 11. Last year, it was a trio of legends who left — , La Russa and Dave Duncan. Now Carpenter is out for the year (more likely forever) and Lohse is probably going elsewhere.

Carpenter is the loss that’s recalled today because Lohse was presumed gone as soon as he turned down the team’s $13.3 million qualifying offer. Carpenter was assumed back, especially after his first several Busch stadium workouts with young fireballer went without a hitch. Then suddenly, there was pain, numbness and discoloration, a trifecta that would KO anyone, even the beloved Carp.

In a way though, Lohse, who is fielding interest from others right now (and could become of interest to St. Louis, but likely only if its starters aren’t panning out here) is the bigger loss. He went 16-3 last year, and that’s with three one-run defeats and six late leads blown by the bullpen. He was more the man than even the vaunted Carpenter in 2012. “Let’s be honest,” once Cardinals person said, “Carp threw only 17 innings last year.”

Whether it was 17 or 170, the Cardinals will find a way to overcome, because that is what they do. Which brings us to the big question: How do they do it? And more, to the point, can they do it again?

The easy answer is: Why not?

Seeing as how they defender Jan Vertonghen is not ruling out a move away from the club.The veteran defender has been at Spurs since 2012.But he is unsure whether his long term future lies in North London, especially given Spurs’ policy of wanting a younger squad.He sa endured the loss of Wainwright for a season to the win the 2011 World Series, the retirements/defection of La Russa, Duncan and Pujols plus the loss of Carpenter (for all but 17 innings plus postseason) to make it within one game of the World Series in 2012, who’s to say they can’t make it without Carpenter and Lohse (plus , the ’11 hero who recovered and is with his home-state Rangers)?

Here are six reasons the Cardinals are playoff contenders yet again:

Their lineup is AL-caliber once again. , Holliday, , and form one of the deepest batting orders in the game. Plus, the little guys can hit, too. Veteran shortstop , assuming he’s back to health (he says he is), improving and second-base hopefuls and (especially Carpenter) are all threats , too. “One through eight, we offer tough outs,” Holliday said.Even without Carpenter and Lohse, the rotation looks better than most, and maybe even better than that. Wainwright is a bona fide ace when right, and should be even better his second year back after Tommy John surgery. , and provide viable alternatives for the middle of the rotation, though with Garcia comes the obvious question of the health of his shoulder after he was shut down last October, along with some ultra-fastidiousness that can worry the bosses, too.Between , and , they have not one or even two but three top pitching prospects who could more than adequately replace Carpenter, at least in terms of numbers. “We’re going to miss Carp. But I think all three can do it,” Molina said. All three are upper-90s throwers, and Rosenthal hits 100 with ease. “The nation got to see what they could do. Their demeanor is way beyond their years,” said Freese, who showed poise early when he was a World Series hero his second season. All three bring reason to believe their time is now. Kelly impressed in 16 starts for the Cards last year, Rosenthal wowed them out of the ‘pen and Miller, with a superb repertoire, is maybe one of the top two or three pitching prospects in the game. This trio is the envy of just about every other team. “Good young pitchers in this game, it’s like gold,” Holliday said.Molina is one of the best players in the game. He’s no longer a secret star after his third-place National League MVP finish, but this two-way gem is no less valuable. The worth of the best defensive catcher in the game who also is a .315 hitter (with .874 OPS) is close to incalculable. “If he’s not one of the top five players in the game, I’d be surprised,” Holliday said. To which Molina responded, “That’s what you do the work for, to be considered like that.”Their depth is perhaps better than ever. If Furcal can’t make it, , who helped get the Cardinals into the NLCS last season and “opened eyes” in the words of GM John Mozeliak, plus provide two more options. Descalso, another September/October hero, plus Carpenter, who could be explosive offensively, are two viable second-base options (with Kozma). is .It was the first time in two years the former Ajax captain had been benched.”Naturally, I would have preferred to play and I had no clue in training so I didn’t expect to be on the bench,” said De Ligt after the victory.”I respect the decision. “Thea nice bat off the bench while Kolten Wong, and power hitting provide further infield depth. They did lose a bit of veteran leadership with Berkman and gone to the Rangers and Dodgers.If they are missing something truly vital, the front office will figure it out. Their top-ranked system is a reflection on the job the front office does, and it is also adept at filling in the gaps. Mozeliak, who just received a well-deserved extension, added to the depth by acquiring the type of help one doesn’t normally get from the farm, namely a veteran bench hitter (Wigginton), a lefthanded reliever (, who held lefty hitters to a .405 OPS last season) and the versatile Cedeno. In mid-2011, the initially much-criticized trade of for relievers was a key to the championship. “It starts with the front office,” said Freese, who was acquired in Mozeliak’s first trade for aging veteran Jim Edmonds, who is now working with the front office. “The Cardinals’ front office is top notch. Our organization speaks for itself.”

With the Cardinals, their play is the thing, not their words.

It goes without saying, the Cardinals’ greatest attribute may be their resolve to win. It’s not clear whether that’s a carryover from the LaRussa-Duncan era (Matheny had a nice first season) or something more deeply ingrained, perhaps even steeped in the tradition of the organization.

Clearly, they didn’t rest after their fantastic come-from-behind 2011 World Series win, forging a 3-1 NLCS lead in games before falling to the eventual champion Giants. Most of them seemed to spend the winter not luxuriating in another success story but raths has offers arriving from Brazil.Off contract at the end of the month, Juanfran has been contacted by Sao Paulo and Corinthians.Efe says Sao Paulo chief Rai has spoken with Juanfran directly about a move to South America.Earlier this month, the fuller thinking about what might have been. Freese ultimately concluded the Giants simply deserved the ring. Speaking of the trio of gems spun by , and , Freese said, “I haven’t seen three games pitched like that in a row, especially in a high-pressure situation.”

That certainly doesn’t mean these Cardinals brushed it off easily because, if anything, the opposite is true. They take defeats personally. Asked if the anguish of a tough finish lingers more than the joy of a great one does, Wainwright answered, succinctly, “Apparently, because I’m still hurting.”

The talent in the Cardinals’ room is obvious, but the success goes way deeper than that. The loss of Carpenter (and Lohse) will be felt, at least initially, but their trio of kid pitchers has a chance to be special. If it is, don’t be shocked if they win a 12th World Series title. Even if they all aren’t quite ready to take Carp’s place on the mound or in the clubhouse, the Cards will still be a threat. You know they will.

cision to step down as manager on matchdays.Kompan

content_img

Cubs shortstop turned down an opportunity to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic in order to prepare for the 2013 season. “I told (Moises Alou) I’d think about it. But I don’t want to be on the bench. is there. I haChampionship Huddersfield have signed Chelsea midfielder Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan.The 20-year-old joins the Terriers on the back of a f their three big name loan players.Inter are eager to buy defender Jesus Vallejo.The on-loan Real Madrid centre-half is ready to quit his season-long deal this month and return to Spain.Real are eager to loan him out again and has offers from Granada and Leganes. However, Vallejo is yet to make a choice.Intagain in January – and will seek to fund their plans with three sales.Mauro Icardi, Ivan Perisic and Joao Mario will all be cashed in.Argentine striker Icardi has started the season very well ull season of experience in the Championship with Ipswich Town.ve respect for him. I’d be on the bench. It’s better for me to be working, playing every day in spring training,” Castro said in mid-January, per ESPN.

my Abraham is disappointed they didn’t buy PSG sta

content_img

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is formulating a plan for first base while goes for a second opinion on his injured knee. One option Roenicke is comfortable with is , who was playing firTh his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action followin on the continent.Lingard is fighting for his future at Old Trafford after a poor past 12 months.ESPN says Lingard has emerged as a target for Atletico Madrid and Roma.The United midfielder would like to stay at the club but has begun to look at poteg a late retat’s according to manager Chris Wilder, who is delighted with the on-loan Manchester United youngster.”I’m sure, knowing Dean, there might be a reaction coming back their way,” Wilder said. “That’s part and parcel of his character, so long as he dost base in 2012 before he exited the lineup in May because of his own knee injury. “He was going to be our first baseman last year,” Roenicke said during a radio interview Tuesday. “When he went down, we really thought he was playing well. So, he’s certainly the guy we’re looking at. If the knee is OK, we’re really comfortable with Mat doing that job.”

Alex Rodriguez in lineup for ALCS Game 1

content_img

Straight from the big board at Yankee Stadium … 

NEW YORK: , as you can see, is in the lineup despite the fact that Tigers starter is a right-hander. A-Rod, of course, struggled badly against the Orioles in the ALDS and manager Joe Girardi has shown a recent willingness to limit him to platoon-advantaged duties. But there he is, with a fresh series start and all that.

It is worth noting, however, that Rodriguez will be batting in the six hole for the first time in quite a while. In the regular season, he hasn’t batted sixth since he was 19 years old. As fnstruction house of Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny in Egypt, according to website 24.ae.The father of the Egypt international reportedly called the police to inform them of the find on Friday. Law enforcement has begun an investigation into the inar as the postseason is concerned, this will be the lowest A-Rod has been slotted since Joe Torre famously batted tus have clinched the signing of PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot passed a medical on Monday and has signed a four-year ceal.The Reds are into the fifth and final season of their current contract with New Balance.That deal is worth £45m per year but according to Forbes, Jurgen Klopp’s men could well be turning out in Nike kits from the 2020/21 season.A new Nike deal contract.The 24-year-old broke through for PSG in 2013 and went on to play 227 times for the French giants, scoring 25 goals, phim eighth in Game 4 of the 2006 ALDS. Earlier in that series, Rodriguez also batted sixth. 

On ‘s side of things, this is pretty much their standard linup versus lefties. 

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow  on Twitter, subscribe to the  and.

Weirdest stat line from 18-inning game belongs to Miguel Olivo

content_img

. (Getty Images)

When a game lad Chelsea must not be reactionary in next month’s transfer market.The Blues have seen a two-transfer window embargo lifted, meaning they can participate in dealings in January.Lampard is expected to aby Maurizio Sarri as the former Chelsea manager negotiated his move to Juventus.The Mirror says Chelsea appear to be moving on quickly from Sarri with the last of the Italian’s possessions having been removed from their training ground in Cobham.The dd depth and experience to his squad, but says anysts 18 innings, there are bound to be plenty of baseball oddities. Tuesday night’s — OK, Wednesday morning’s — marathon game between the and Mariners in Seattle was chock full of weird circumstances. But there was one I loved the most.

Entering the game, Mariners catcher had struck out 77 times and walked just four.

During this game, though, Olivo drew three walks and did not strike out a single time in his first seven plate appearances.

This coming on a night when Mariners hitters struck out 18 times. Olivo strikes out just about once every four at-bats this season, yet he avoided the punch-out for 17 innings before finally succumbing to being himself in the 18th.

Mariners hitters only drew six walks. Entering the game, Olivo drew one walk about every 48 plate appearances. Yet he drew three on this night.

Not only that, but Olivo’s two-run homer in the fourth inning amounted to the only runs the Mariners could muster in 18 innings.ad received the Legion of Honour from French president Emmanuel Macron.Macron awarded the players and coaching staff the Chevaliers de la Légion d’Honneur, which is the country’s highest level of civil merit.The current France squad, which features

Obviously the big story here is the amazing Orioles and their penchant for winning close games and in extra innings, but oddities are fun, too. And Olivo gave us quite the stat-line, under the circumstances.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

Stat of the day: Alfredo Aceves equals losses

content_img

(Getty Images)

relief pitcher was the Red Sox’s closer for a large chunk of the season, but he has since informed Bayern Munich of their price for Leroy Sane.The German giants, having pushed to sign Sane over the summer, remain eager to land the winger once he recovers from knee surgery.Sane is expected to be back in full-scale training by February.BIL lost that job. Instead, he seems to have taken on a new role: Designated loser.

Saturday, Aceves’ line was ugly: 2/3 of an inning, three hits, three earned runs and the loss. His terrific example for the club’s young players.The 31-year-old penned a new contract with the Red Devils on Wednesday.”Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with,’ said the United manager.”He is a grearecent exploits, however, are even uglier.

Anyway, here’s the stat of the day. The Red Sox have lost each of the last 11 games in which Aceves has appeared. That’s right. Beginning Aug. 21, Aceves has appeared in 11 games and the Red Sox have los arrived from Eibar.He told Marca: “I won’t suffer, it was a basic element of play at Eibar. Thanks to that and the team, I developed a lot as a player. I learnt new concepts on the ball but above all off the ball, which has made me a much better plst every one of them.

During that span, Aceves has a 9.87 ERA. This season, Aceves has 10 losses and eight blown saves with a 5.31 ERA.

Considering that, , it’s hard to see how Aceves still has a job.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

AL Manager of the Year Watch

content_img

(US Presswire)

So, our tour of the BBWAA award races ends here, with the big daddy of them all — the American League Manager of the Year. This is the one I know you have spent hours debating at the bar, so let’s just get to it…

The Orioles have allowed 46 more runs than they’estored confidence to Tottenham Hotspur’s playing group.That is according to Spurs legend and club ambassador Ledley King.The North London club have won four out of their last five Premier League fixtures since Mourinho’s appointment.”Confidence playve scored, that’s worse than the , and only six runs better than the . Of those teams, only the Orioles are within 3 1/2 games of the lead in their divisioSchalke sports director Jochen Schneider admits they’re delighted with the impact of Jonjoe Kenny.The fullback is on a season-long loan from Everton.”We are happy that we have him. Not only as a player, but also as a person and as a type he suits Schalke,” said Schneider.”I hope that we will have the chance to keep him longer.”Kenny’s loan deal does not include a buy option.n. While their Pythagorean record is 60-69, their real record is 71-58. There has to be a reason, and the manager’s influence may be as good of a guess as any. Showalter’s done a masterful job, and there’s no question about that.

More from Eye on Baseball | | |

The are fading, but the A’s aren’t — and that’s something nobody would have expected a month ago. While not matching their blistering 19-5 pace of July, the A’s put together their second-best month of the season in August. If that continues into September and the A’s make the playoffs and the Orioles miss out, Melvin could swoop in and take the award.

Don’t laugh. Even though the Mariners are 63-68, the Mariners are 27-17 in the second half of the season and 21-13 since was traded. Wedge should be in consideration, even with his team’s last-place standing. By going under the radar the second half of this year and joining the AL West next season, he’s a good sleeper pick for the 2013 Manager of the Year Award.

The White Sox are still leading the AL Central, even though the perception still may that they’re only there because has sputtered.

He’s arguably the best manager in the game, but there’s no overwhelming narrative that boosts his case — and while bloggers love to blast voters over narratives for other awards, this is the one where that actually does account for votes. The Rayhero Andrea Pirlo insists they’re capable of upsetting derby rivals Inter Milan on Sunday.Pirlo is adamant form goes out the window in such games.”Despite the 19 points difference in the standings, I don’t think it is a one-way match, in fact, it wils are at their sneaky best, pitching well, scoring enough runs and within striking distance entering the final month of the season.

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .

NL Cy Young Watch

content_img

(Getty Images)

As we continue our look this week at the races for individual awards, let’s hit the National League Cy Young race, which has a shot to provide history and includes lots of guys from our nation’s capital. Remember, these aren’t necessarily our picks, more a snapshot of where we believe the votes are likely to fall. 

And this would be history. No knuckleballer has ever won a Cy Young, but Dickey has a real, legitimate shot and it’s not because of a gimmick or that he has a great story. It’s because there’s a good argument to be made that he’s been the best pitcher in the league this season. He is 15-3 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 166 strikeouts in 162 1/3 innings pitched — leading or tied for the NL lead in wins, complete games, shutouts, strikeouts and WHIP.

Tony r Dendocker’s late strike separated the two teams.”We came here today knowing it was going to be a tough game,” Parker site from fellow Women’s Super League side Birmingham City on a two-year contract.In 80 senior international games, the 30 year old has scored 28 goals and was the WSL’s top scorer in 2017-18.Manchester City won both the Women’s FA Cup and Continentalaid. “We wanted to take the sting out of it and follow the gameplan of denying Wolves the ball, and I felt we did that very, very La Russa doesn’t get to pick the Cy Young winner, so Cueto has that going for him. He’s also 15-6 with a 2.45 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 127 strikeouts in 161 2/3 innings. He has to make half his starts in a notoriously hitter-friendly yard. Voters don’t traditionally favor playing for a winning team as much in Cy Yost Leicester City’s ambitions.Evans thinks the Foxes must retain star players like Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell and James Maddison if they want to continue to push the top-six clubs.”It is important to keep them,” he said.”There will be interest and Iung as they do in MVP, but it still doesn’t hurt that Cueto’s Reds are in first.

The innings limit will likely prevent him from staying in the top three, or even top five, but he has to sit here at this point. Strasburg is the anchor of the best team in baseball’s rotation. He’s 13-5 with a 2.90 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and an NL-best (tied with Dickey) 166 strikeouts. Again, though, due to what’ll end up a lack of workload, he’s only going to go down from here. I’m betting 10 years from now it won’t matter, because he’ll have more than one Cy Young by then.

He’s only allowed one earned run against the National League all season, good for a 0.17 ERA and has struck out 106 hitters in 57 total innings. Plus, the majority of his work comes in “high-leverage” situations. On the flip-side, can we just throw out his stats against the AL? And can we ignore that he’s only impacted 57 innings this season? Those questions will only intensify if Chapman keeps toying with the NL the rest of the way.

If we include Chapman, Kimbrel needs to be in the mix, too, as he’s almost as dominant. The 24-year-old righty has an identical ERA to Chapman (1.26) to go with a nasty 0.65 WHIP and 75 strikeouts. He’s closed down 31 of 33 save chances. Of course, the same workload question will come up with Kimbrel. Braves pitchers have thrown over 1,000 innings this season and Kimbrel has only worked 43 of them. Even in high-leverage situations, that’s pretty small.

Here’s my sleeper pick. When Strasburg is shut down, Zimmermann takes over as the top half of a 1-2 punch fronting the Nats’ rotation (the bottom half is the guy listed next). Zimmermann leads the NL with a 2.35 ERA and sports a nice 1.06 WHIP in 145 1/3 innings. One issue: His record is 9-6 right now. Personally, I hate relying upon that archaic measure, but many voters don’t. In recent years, we’ve seen some give when it comes to not having a great win-loss record ( in 2009), but when you see Dickey’s 15-3 against Zimmermann’s 9-6, I’d say right now that alone would sway many people. If Zimmermann can get “hot” in the W-L category, he’ll have a good shot. 

The standard stats: 15-6, 3.29 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 158 K, 147 2/3 IP. Impressive. Still, Gonzalez’s true value this season has been his ability to prevent opposing clubs from hits and home runs, as both his hit rate and home run rate are sparkling (he leads the NL in the former and the majors in the latter). At this point in the season, though, being the third-best pitcher on his team hurts his chances.

That discussion above on win-loss record? Yeah, repeat it here. Burnett is 14-4 and clearly the ace of the upstart Pirates. What if he gets to, say, 22-5? He may well win this thing, that’s what. And wouldn’t that be something?

He’s not having the season he did last year, but it would be foolish to ignore him. First of all, his numbers on their own deserve mention here. He’s 10-6 with a 2.88 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 157 strikeouts in 162 2/3 innings. Secondly, he’s bound to get insanely hot down the stretch and thrust himself into frontrunner territory. Ignore this guy at your peril (the same could be said for white-hot now, too).

He was much higher on the list until his implosion Monday night against the Nationals. Still, one start does not a season make. Vogelsong has still had an excellent campaign. He is 10-6 with a 2.72 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 110 strikeouts in 145 2/3 innings. As an added bonus, for purely entertainment purposes, we would have ranked him fourth preseason on the Giants staff in terms of best shot to win Cy Young, right?

For more baseball news, rumors and analysis, follow on Twitter, subscribe to the and .