first_imgFor those who consider pitches thrown the more accurate measure of workload, Juan Nicasio leads the Dodgers in that department with 795. He ranks 47th in baseball. Howell, who appeared in 68 and 67 games the past two seasons, appreciates the new approach.“The pace has been nice,” he said. “When they ask you here if you’re OK, it’s a genuine question, which is nice. When you’re asked and it’s not really genuine, it puts you in a tough spot.”The two pitchers who might benefit the most from the approach are Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan. Acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 30, the two relievers had appeared in 49 and 50 games, respectively, at the time of the trade.At the time, Howell led the Dodgers with 40 appearances.“I was really surprised,” Avilan said. “Jim Johnson and me were talking about that. When we got here, we asked who had the most appearances. We were like … I don’t know, man. I don’t know what to say. Different philosophy.”Avilan said he’s even been told to warm up in the bullpen less often since the trade.In Atlanta, he said, “sometimes we got up two times, then go pitch. The next day, two times, you go to pitch. People just think ‘It’s fine, you threw one inning.’ People don’t realize how hard it is.”Maybe all of this should come as little surprise. Back in spring training, Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said his staff would collect data on pitches thrown beginning with simulated games on the back fields of Camelback Ranch. It only makes sense that the Dodgers would keep track of a pitcher’s warm-up throws in the bullpen during the regular season.Avilan said the Braves did that, too. The difference is what the Dodgers do with their pitch-count data. “It’s just a different philosophy,” Avilan said.The philosophy doesn’t have an answer for the Dodgers’ 5.87 bullpen ERA since the All-Star break, the highest in the major leagues. If anything, it begs more questions. Are the Dodgers being too strict with their relievers’ usage? Are they simply using the wrong relievers?Mattingly said he receives a daily package of charts showing each reliever’s pace for the full season and over the previous two weeks. That data helps him monitor rest and recovery times, though Mattingly said he’s never stayed away from using a pitcher specifically because his two-week pace was too high.“It’s more of how many days he’s had off — ‘we’re not going to go three (games) in a row with this guy’ or ‘we’re not going four,’ or ‘he’s thrown 40 pitches, he threw two innings, threw another inning, probably got to give him another day,’” Mattingly said. “You probably go according to them (the charts) a little bit, but there’s certain times before the game even starts, before they throw in warmups, we know we’re not going to use them that day.”The value of the charts, then, might only be revealed in the long term.Last year, Howell brought a 1.17 ERA into his 65th game of the year, an afternoon contest against the Chicago Cubs. It was his first appearance after eight days of rest; he went on to allow three hits and two runs in a blowout victory.The next day, Howell pitched the seventh inning and faced six Cubs batters. Four of them scored, and the Dodgers lost a game they had been leading 6-1.Howell’s sudden meltdown carried over into the playoffs. He appeared in the first three National League Division Series games and couldn’t throw a single clean inning against the St. Louis Cardinals. In Game 2, he allowed a two-run home run after Zack Greinke had pitched the Dodgers to a 2-0 lead.“Last year, their goal was to keep everyone around 60” games, Howell said. “Things happened, whatever. Injuries happened. When you start touching 70, get into the 70s, you feel that.”Looking beyond this season, the Dodgers’ conservative approach might even save someone’s career. Paul Quantrill was the Dodgers’ bullpen workhorse in 2002 and 2003, appearing in 86 games his first year and 89 the next. He then stumbled through the 2004 season with the New York Yankees and was out of baseball within two years.The 2003 Dodgers used 13 relief pitchers all season. Now, that seems like a different era. Already this season the Dodgers have used 20 relievers, spreading the workload around enough that Howell, Baez, and Jansen should be much more rested come October.How much can that help a team win a World Series? Check back in two months. “You don’t really want to use Pedro, you don’t really want to use J.P. and you don’t really want to use Kenley in a game like that,” Mattingly said the next day. “But that’s who you have.”He had a point: Three Dodgers relievers had thrown 84 pitches the day before in Pittsburgh, and 67 the day before that. Having Baez, Howell and Jansen mop up a lopsided loss isn’t ideal, but Monday turned out to be a case of an exception proving the rule.The Dodgers have 99 problems, but an overused bullpen isn’t one.Rank every major league pitcher by appearances, and you won’t find a single Dodger in the top 70. Howell leads the team with 46 and is on pace to make 63 appearances this season. Yimi Garcia is the only other Dodgers pitcher on pace for 60. To put that in perspective, the last time a Dodgers pitcher led the team with fewer than 63 appearances in a season was 1998, when staff workhorse Scott Radinsky appeared in a mere 62 games. Don Mattingly didn’t manage his bullpen ideally last Monday, and he knew it. The Dodgers were losing 7-0 in the fifth inning to the Washington Nationals when the manager decided to remove starting pitcher Brett Anderson.The first pitcher out of the bullpen was right-hander Pedro Baez. If there’s an ideal relief pitcher for that game situation — low odds of winning with four innings to play — Baez is the opposite: A young, effective, hard thrower more suited to the late innings of a close game.Baez pitched the sixth and seventh innings. J.P. Howell, another mainstay of high-leverage situations, pitched the eighth inning. Closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth in a non-save situation.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearDon’t count Amanda Nunes among those who are looking to lace up a pair of boxing gloves.The current baddest woman on the planet and two-division UFC champion has no interest in stepping into the ring despite numerous reports suggesting a boxing match with the undefeated Shields is in the works. “No and never,” Nunes told Sporting News when asked if she had ever considered boxing. “I never even knew that this was a thing until recently.”Shields will be in attendance at UFC 245 on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas when Nunes defends her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Germaine De Randamie. Should Nunes defeat the Dutch kickboxer, she would have effectively cleared out the 135-pound division as well as the featherweight (145-pound) division with victories over Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate, Holly Holm and Cyborg.There is a prevailing thought that Nunes would seek out new challenges should she defeat De Randamie, and a boxing match with Shields, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and fellow two-division champion, could be just what the doctor ordered in that regard. The fight would also yield a massive payday and generate intrigue across both sports. UFC president Dana White told BT Sport that there have been talks about a potential clash between the fighters. Nunes is open to fighting Shields, but on her terms. “I’m not the type of fighter who is looking for new things,” Nunes said. “If she wants to see me, she has to come to my world. I’m an MMA fighter. If you want to see me, come grapple with me and strike with me in MMA. I’m not a boxer.”Nunes made it clear that she is “happy” with her current situation and looking forward to defending her featherweight title in 2020. If Shields wants a piece of her, Nunes said, then she had better begin training in MMA gyms to work on her grappling, takedown defense and MMA striking. LAS VEGAS — It has become the worst kept secret in combat sports: Mixed martial artists are looking to step into a boxing ring, not necessarily for the challenge, but for the pay that’s attached to doing so. Ever since Conor McGregor made a career-high payday by entering the squared circle with Floyd Mayweather Jr., many MMA fighters have sought to secure the proverbial bag by calling out some of the biggest names in boxing. Jorge Masvidal and Tyron Woodley have taken aim at Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou have taken a shot at Tyson Fury, Cris “Cyborg” Justino has challenged Claressa Shields and numerous other fighters have called out Mayweather.  Until then, Nunes is perfectly fine with fending off all comers inside the Octagon. “We’ll see what happens after Saturday but Dana White always has some good ideas,” Nunes said. “We’ll sit down and talk about it.”But it won’t be boxing.”last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Here are the sports scores for Wellington High School since Thursday. If you have a score to report, send it to [email protected] Softball Wellington varsity girls improved their record to 2-4 with a sweep against El Dorado.The Crusaders won the first game 7-6 and the second game 10-1. The line score and batting statistics are as follows:GAME 1: Wellington 7 El Dorado 6 EHS 0 1 0 0 0 5 0.    6 7 1WHS 1 0 2 1 1 0 2.   7 10 3Pitching:WP Lewellen 7I 7H 6R 3ER 2BB 6KLP OwensOathout 1/3 1R 1BB 1DBLAdams 1/4 1R 1DBLBuck 2/3 3R 1BB 1DBL 4SBE Goodrum 3/4 1R 3RBI 1DBLB DeJarnett 0/4A Goodrum 2/4 1R 1RBI 1ROEM Fink 0/2 1SAC 1SBLewellen 0/3Zimmerman 1/3 Boys baseballThe Wellington-Wichita Collegiate baseball double-header was postponed for 24 hours and will be played tonight. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down disappointed · 279 weeks ago JV softball girls won both their games last night. Thanks for reporting on them. Report Reply 1 reply · active 279 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down CueballSumnernewscow 94p · 279 weeks ago Then someone needs to send me an e-mail. I’ll gladly put in the score. But you have to help me out. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments JV boys baseballWellington junior varsity swept Wichita Collegiate 6-5, 20-9.  Crusader D.J. Seyfert hit a two-out walk-off single game 1 for our third walk-off victory in six games. Wellington JV is 5-1 on the season.center_img GAME 2 – Wellington 10 El Dorado 1EHS   1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1 4 3WHS. 0 7 0 1 1 1 X.   10 7 2WP Dry 7I 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2KLP BowlinEHS   1 0 0 0 0 0 0     1 4 3WHS. 0 7 0 1 1 1 X.   10 7 2WP Dry 7I 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 2KLP Bowlin Wellington track The Crusader track team opened its season last Thursday in the Clearwater participation Track meet. The results are as follows. (Special thanks to Steve Sturgis of for typing up the results because Sumner Newscow editor couldn’t get his act together)BOYSLong Jump Mason – 19′ 10.5″ – 2ndGilkey – 19′ 1″ – 4th110 M HurdlesReichenberger – 14.92 – 1st100M RunRusk – 11.84 – 6thDiscusKop – 105′ 9.5″ – 3rdShot PutKop – 39′ 8″ – 3rdKing – 39′ ” – 4thPole VaultBeard (Lane) 11′ 6″ – 1stMason – 10′ – 2ndBeard (Levi) 9′ 6″ – 3rdSoria 9′ 6″ – 4th4 x 100M RelayWellington – 44.71 – 1stJavelinKop – 126′ 2″ – 5thNorris – 119′ 6″ – 6th400M RunTroutman – 53.55 – 1st300 M HurdlesReichenberger – 40.95 – 1st800M RunPfalzgraf – 2:08.05 – 1stMcDonald – 2:25.4 – 6th200M RunRusk – 23.83 – 3rdGIRLSShot PutMoore – 27′ 2.5″ – 6thHigh JumpCarstensen – 3″ 10″ – 6thLong JumpMcGlothin – 15′ 2″ – 1stPole VaultMcNamara – 7′ – 3rdDiscusWilliams – 88′ 3″ – 4thMoore – 87′ 9″ – 5th100M RunSchettler – 12.95 – 1st4x100M RelayWellington – 52.81 – 1st1600MTracy – 7:10.32 – 6th200M RunSchettler – 26.24 – 1stMcGluflyn – 27.98 – 2nd800M RunTredway – 2:43.67 – 1stBarker – 3:4.9 – 4thTracy – 3:15.2 – 5thFollow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgCHARLES CITY — An Iowa City man arrested last month after a high speed chase in Floyd County has pleaded not guilty to charges.The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says they tried to pull over a speeding vehicle on the evening of February 1st in the 2600 block of State Highway 14, with the vehicle speeding away, with the pursuit reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when the vehicle went into a ditch in the 2100 block of 210th Street.55-year-old Wayne Watson was charged with eluding, second-offense OWI, driving while revoked, speeding, having an open container and driving on the wrong side of a divided highway.Watson has pleaded not guilty to the charges. His trial is scheduled to start on April 18th.last_img

first_imgA 30-year-old motor cyclist is counting himself lucky after only receiving a broken leg following a collision with a motor car on Sunday afternoon.The injured man, identified as Hardai Kaaleshwar of Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara, was said to be riding the motorcycle along the Ogle Public Road, East Coast Demerara, when he reportedly slammed into the left front side bumper of a car that was navigating a turn.Reports are that the incident occurred around 17:00h as the car was proceeding east along the southern side of the northern carriage way of the Ogle Public Road. It was alleged that the driver was about to make a turn into the Ogle access road when the motorcyclist collided with him.As a result of the collision, the motorcyclist fell onto the roadway and received injuries about his body. In a conscious state, he was picked up and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted a patient.The driver of the car involved in the accident is assisting Police with their investigations.last_img read more