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Fusion is giving millennials its own daily morning program. The new youth-skewing, English-language network geared toward Latino audiences will launch “The Morning Show” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. ET. The two-hour show wi...
Fusion is giving millennials its own daily morning program. The new youth-skewing, English-language network geared toward Latino audiences will launch “The Morning Show” on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 9 a.m. ET. The two-hour show will be hosted by Globo journalist Pedro Andrade, Univision reporter Mariana Atencio and comedian Yannis Pappas. “With a diverse set of hosts and a bold, irreverent voice unique to Fusion, we’ll create a new, entertaining and engaging morning routine for our audience,” Fusion’s CEO, Isaac Lee in a statement. Also read: Fusion Names Univision’s Isaac Lee as CEO “Our viewers sleep with their smart phones by their side because they never want to miss a beat. ‘The Morning Show’ will feed that appetite on-air and online by sparking lively conversations around the latest trending topics and delivering compelling stories infused with humor.” Fusion tapped Javier Guzman to produce “The Morning Show.” Previously, he was a producer at NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” Prior to that, he worked for the daily, national morning show “The Takeaway.” He has produced coverage of events ranging from presidential elections and the war in Iraq to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Fusion launches on Monday, Oct. 28 with its digital platform launching a week earlier on Oct. 21. The news, lifestyle and pop culture network’s programming will consist of original reporting and “satire programming.” Also read: Cesar Conde Named NBCU EVP, Resigning as President of Univision Networks Read “The Morning Show” team’s bios below: Gio Alma Pedro Andrade (@pedroandradetv) is a Brazilian journalist originally from Rio de Janeiro. He currently anchors one of the most popular shows in Brazil, “Manhattan Connection,” which reaches nearly 8.5 million viewers weekly. He will continue to contribute to that program from Miami. Prior to that he spent five years guiding viewers through the newest and most exclusive destinations in food, nightlife, art, shopping, fashion, and wellness as anchor of Brazil’s Emmy-award winning lifestyle program “LX.TV 1st Look.” Pedro was chosen by NY Press as the “Best Up and Coming TV Host” in 2010, and he is listed on VH1’s “Guide to the Hottest Men in Manhattan.” Later this year, Pedro will be publishing a guide to New York through ROCCO, one of the biggest publishing companies in Latin America. Mariana Atencio (@marianaatencio) joins Fusion from Univision News, where she was the youngest correspondent for “Noticiero Univision.” As a reporter for Univision’s Investigative and Documentary Units, Mariana received both a Peabody Award and an Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Award for her work on the one-hour documentary “Fast and Furious: Arming the Enemy.” She has covered major domestic and international stories including the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in 2013 and the 2012 U.S. presidential election — where she reported from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. She also co-anchored election analysis for “Despierta América,” Univision’s highly rated morning show. Prior to joining Univision, Mariana worked as a news anchor for Vme-TV, a Spanish broadcast public television station for the U.S. Hispanic market. She has a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism where she received a full-merit scholarship. Yannis Pappas (@yannispappas), a Greek-American born and raised in Brooklyn, is one of the most exciting comedians working today. In 2010, Yannis was selected as a “New Face” for the prestigious stand-up showcase at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and appeared in two Just For Laughs TV specials. He has performed one man shows at the New York Comedy Festival and The Fringe in Scotland. He has taken his standup act across the globe from New York a
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Remember that big trucker protest threatening to lock up D.C. and arrest lawmakers you may have heard about on social sites like Facebook or Twitter? While the trucker protest yarn appealed to an angry and frustrated populace, it turns o...
Remember that big trucker protest threatening to lock up D.C. and arrest lawmakers you may have heard about on social sites like Facebook or Twitter? While the trucker protest yarn appealed to an angry and frustrated populace, it turns out the people who suggested they “arrest” elected officials were really just pulling the media’s leg — and that the people who pushed the story even admit it would have been a terrible idea. The trucker protest plays on a fondness for the blue collar culture of truck drivers and their emergence on occasion as every day heroes. But the event was never intended to occur, one man associated with the trucker protest hoax says, and the aim was to just agitate and stir the pot a little more. According to Earl Conlon, snarling D.C. with a convoy of unscheduled semis is a jerky thing to do, and he admitted to the Washington Post: “First of all, we know it would not be right to go to D.C. to lock down the city by the Belt loop… That wouldn’t be fair to the people there.” Gawker had a less flattering take on Conlon’s trucker protest motivations, pointing out that not only did the cause get airplay, but he did as well: “Earl Conlon, the Georgia man who said he and a squad of other truckers were coming to D.C. this weekend to clog the roads and try to arrest congresspeople, now says his wild-eyed threats were just a bunch of baseless lies. This kind of honesty from fringe wingnuts is rare, so savor it.” Conlon denies any actual intent to sabotage workings in D.C. in Friday, and told WaPo: “The comments to U.S. News were designed to do one thing and one thing only: stir the feather of the mainstream media… Nothing gets the attention of the mainstream media like some sort of disastrous threat. I knew it was going to ruffle some feathers.” So while the trucker protest is now being framed as a hoax, we can only hope that the people on social media who read the story as a true one and an actual attempt to organize don’t show up and cause a traffic hassle for the working people of Washington — even if our lawmakers on the left and right are not among them. Trucker Protest Was All A Big Media Hoax, Never Meant To Be Real is a post from: The Inquisitr News
about 4 hours ago
It is “factually” “true” both that (a) the Arizona Fall League only just commenced yesterday and also that (b) AFL performances, even after having been regressed and adjusted for environment, are of questionable u...
It is “factually” “true” both that (a) the Arizona Fall League only just commenced yesterday and also that (b) AFL performances, even after having been regressed and adjusted for environment, are of questionable utility so far as evaluating prospects is concerned. (See, for example, Mike Trout‘s performance there in 2011.) That said, for those of us not currently present in the Greater Phoenix area — a state of affairs that might most appropriately be called “the best of times and the worst of times” — one of the few ways to participate in that very compelling league is by dwelling for too long on very small statistical samples. Which, that’s the impetus for this post. ***** Premature SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Hitters Below is the current SCOUT batting leaderboard for all Arizona Fall League hitters. SCOUT+ combines regressed home-run, walk, and strikeout rates in a FIP-like equation to produce a result not unlike wRC+, where 100 is league average and above 100 is above average. Note that xHR%, xBB%, and xK% stand for expected home run, walk, and strikeout rate, respectively. Rank Player MLB Age PA HR BB K xHR% xBB% xK% SCOUT+ 1 Kyle Parker Rockies 23 4 1 1 0 1.9% 10.8% 21.6% 106 2 Ryan Brett Rays 21 4 0 3 0 1.5% 11.8% 21.6% 105 3 Matt Skole Nationals 23 5 1 1 1 1.9% 10.7% 22.1% 105 4 Addison Russell Athletics 19 6 0 2 0 1.5% 11.2% 21.3% 103 5 Mitchell Haniger Brewers 22 4 1 0 1 1.9% 10.3% 22.3% 103 6 Cheslor Cuthbert Royals 20 4 1 0 1 1.9% 10.3% 22.3% 103 7 Colin Moran Marlins 20 6 0 1 0 1.5% 10.7% 21.3% 102 8 Thomas La Stella Braves 24 5 0 1 0 1.5% 10.7% 21.4% 102 9 Aaron Altherr Phillies 22 4 0 1 0 1.5% 10.8% 21.6% 102 10 Christopher Austin Yankees 21 4 0 1 0 1.5% 10.8% 21.6% 102 Premature SCOUT Leaderboard: Arizona Fall League Pitchers Below is the current SCOUT pitching leaderboard for the AFL. SCOUT- combines regressed strikeout and walk rates in a kwERA-like equation to produce a number not unlike ERA-, where 100 is league average and below 100 is better than average. Note that xK% and xBB% stand for expected strikeout and walk rate, respectively. Rank Player MLB Age GS% IP TBF K BB xK% xBB% SCOUT- 1 Armando Rivero Cubs 25 0% 1.0 4 3 0 23.6% 10.4% 97 2 Bo Schultz D-backs 27 100% 3.1 16 6 3 23.8% 10.7% 97 3 Kyle Hunter Mariners 24 0% 2.0 7 3 0 23.1% 10.4% 98 4 Merrill Kelly Rays 24 0% 0.2 2 2 0 23.2% 10.5% 98 5 Drew Hayes Reds 25 0% 1.0 3 2 0 23.1% 10.4% 98 6 Zachary Thornton Pirates 25 0% 1.0 3 2 0 23.1% 10.4% 98 7 Ken Giles Phillies 22 0% 1.0 4 2 0 22.9% 10.4% 98 8 Jameson Taillon Pirates 21 100% 2.0 8 3 1 23.0% 10.5% 98 9 Shawn Armstrong Indians 22 0% 1.0 6 2 0 22.6% 10.4% 99 10 Nick Wittgren Marlins 22 0% 1.1 6 2 0 22.6% 10.4% 99 Notes and Observations • After making a late-season appearance among the Fringe Five this year, Tampa Bay second-base prospect Ryan Brett exhibited his main tool on the first day of AFL play — namely, his control of the strike zone — by walking three times. He recorded walk and strikeout rates of about 7% and 12%, respectively, as a 21-year-old between High- and Double-A. • Oakland’s Addison Russell is the only teenager to appear among the top hitters after the first day — nor would it be surprising were he to appear on the final iteration of the AFL batting leaderboard, either. One of just three qualified 19-year-olds in all of High-A this year, the shortstop has demonstrated compelling power, speed, and strike-zone control relative to his age. • According to Bob Wirz of Seamheads, 27-year-old Bo Schultz has a fastball that tops out at ca. 95 mph and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He also struck out more than a third of the batters he faced in his AFL debut.
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We're observing Slog silence from now until 11 a.m. while we have an editorial meeting, but look—we made an entire paper's worth of stuff for you! 1. In what could be the most unfortunate return to political commentary sin...
We're observing Slog silence from now until 11 a.m. while we have an editorial meeting, but look—we made an entire paper's worth of stuff for you! 1. In what could be the most unfortunate return to political commentary since G. Gordon Liddy, PAUL CONSTANT writes about the government shutdown without once mentioning the words sequester, default, or bipartisan. Instead, he employs a litany of cusses, in addition to the words "orangutan," "popsicle stand," and "fart joke." Two can play at this game: Write a Constantesque nonsense story about the government shutdown that employs the following randomly selected words: tonsillectomy, chartreuse, mongoloid. 2. Compare and contrast CIENNA MADRID's news story about a bike-share program that isn't receiving support from local businesses with Constant's creative-writing-project-turned-political-screed. Here's an example of a comparative statement: While it's true that Ms. Madrid's story only affects a tiny sliver of a fringe population of Seattle, at least her essay is awash in (possibly too many) facts and figures, unlike Mr. Constant's made-up mishmash of memoir and liberal pot-banging. 3. BETHANY JEAN CLEMENT complains about Capitol Hill's many themed bars in a funny, well-timed rant, but she then proceeds to swoon over a Southern-themed Capitol Hill bar called Witness. Does Ms. Clement understand the definition of the word "hypocrisy," do you think? 4. In a dour, death-obsessed visual art review, JEN GRAVES writes, "The clothes interact newly and complexly with the paintings." Is "complexly" actually a word? Should it be? 5. In the film section, DAVID SCHMADER reviews several films in this year's Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. Do you believe that niche film festivals like this should be graded on a curve? Do you think that film reviews containing the phrase "an erect wang ejaculates" should be taken seriously? Why or why not? 6. MELODY DATZ opens her dance review with a discussion of a penis flapping in the breeze. Can you find a more obvious attempt to draw readers into a stultifying subject with the promise of sexual content in this week's Stranger? Support your claims with textual proof. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
about 5 hours ago
The New England Patriots offense isn't the same without Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady hasn't been able to find his usual rhythm without his favorite red-zone target, and it's had a trickle-down effect on a unit that ranks 24th in points per ...
The New England Patriots offense isn't the same without Rob Gronkowski. Tom Brady hasn't been able to find his usual rhythm without his favorite red-zone target, and it's had a trickle-down effect on a unit that ranks 24th in points per game. Patriots fans and fantasy football owners can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel, however, as Gronkowski nears his return to the field. Pro Football Talk reports it's likely the tight end will play in Week 6, but Dr. James Andrews gets to make the final call. In the fantasy realm, Gronkowski immediately returns to No. 1 tight end status once it's officially announced he will play. It was expected to be a weak fantasy position heading into the season, and that's certainly been the case through five weeks. Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints, the Patriots' opponent this week, has been a monster while the Denver Broncos' Julius Thomas and the Cleveland Browns' Jordan Cameron have provided solid production. Otherwise, there's been a lot of hit and miss among tight ends. Last season, Gronkowski ranked second to Graham in scoring at the position despite appearing in just 11 games. He racked up 55 catches for 790 yards and 11 touchdowns. It was enough to average over 12 points per game in standard formats. Between now and season's end, it should once again become a duel between Graham and Gronkowski for the top player at the position. The Saints star gets the edge because of his hot start and remaining question marks about Gronk's health, but both are obvious must-start options. Along with owners who have been eagerly awaiting Gronkowski's return, those waiting for Brady to play at an elite level should also get their wish. Having a more reliable option to work with will be huge for the legendary quarterback. Entering Week 6, Brady ranks in a tie for 16th in scoring among quarterbacks. Even those who expected his production to slide without Wes Welker couldn't have seen him ranking behind Geno Smith after more than a quarter of the season. Brady should return to fantasy prominence with Gronkowski back in the equation, though. The tight end's ability to control the middle of the field will give more space to the wide receivers on the outside, making the entire passing game more efficient. Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson are probably the only regular members of the offense who won't benefit. They will likely see a decrease in targets barring more injury woes in New England but were only fringe fantasy assets to begin with. Beyond that duo, things are looking up for the Patriots offense with Gronkowski back in the fold. Fantasy owners just have to keep tabs to make sure he's officially cleared for action in Week 6. Week 6 Projection: six catches for 65 yards and a touchdown (if starting).
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Click to expand Like its siblings in the UK, Vogue Russia has done a feature on Isabel Marant for H&M, showcasing a few looks from the much-anticipated collab and printing what appears to be a Q&A with the designer in its October issue....
Click to expand Like its siblings in the UK, Vogue Russia has done a feature on Isabel Marant for H&M, showcasing a few looks from the much-anticipated collab and printing what appears to be a Q&A with the designer in its October issue. Highlighted are the fringe boots, the printed black-and-white jeans, the linen tee, the blazer, the bomber jacket, the zipper-accented black moto pants, the pea coat, and the lace-up white leather trousers and fluffy wool looped jacket worn by Daria Werbowy in the collab's first ad campaign image. Hat tip to Fashionista for first spotting the spread. · Update: More of the Isabel Marant for H&M Lookbook Leaked! [Racked] · Here's the First Isabel Marant for H&M Campaign Image [Racked]
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Photo (c) Andrew Eaton I’m meeting Clout Theatre in a café outside Battersea Arts Centre two days before the start of the first London run of its new show The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity. The 50-minute piece – devised by company me...
Photo (c) Andrew Eaton I’m meeting Clout Theatre in a café outside Battersea Arts Centre two days before the start of the first London run of its new show The Various Lives of Infinite Nullity. The 50-minute piece – devised by company members Jennifer Swingler, Sacha Plaige and George Ramsay (under the watchful eye of director Mine Çerçi and producer Helen Goodman) – was shortlisted for the 2013 Total Theatre Emerging Artist Award at The Edinburgh Fringe, a perhaps surprising second nomination in as many years. “The first time you think ‘OK, this is the first time we’ve been nominated so we’re emerging’. But when you’ve been nominated a second time you start to think ‘what does it actually mean to be emerging?’” Swingler explains. The group met as students in 2007 at L’Ecole Jaques Lecoq in Paris, and since then have been working together as a company: first in the French capital and more recently in London, to create work that they describe as a “celebration of the horrors of life”. Due to their recent relocation, Swingler adds that “’emerging’ for us was definitely the idea of emerging into the UK theatre scene”. Certainly the company has never been busier: “every day we have a conversation about marketing or finances or workshops or tours. It never stops”, laughs producer Goodman, who began her tenure with the company in January. Swingler notes that for new companies “there are no set rules for how to conduct yourself, and it’s really difficult in the first couple of years to figure out how you want to operate. If you don’t have a business head – which a lot of artistic people don’t – it’s a real learning experience.” The group – who share out administrative roles between themselves and still mostly work for free – found it difficult at first to request remuneration for their work. Ramsay recalls not really knowing how much to ask for the first time they decided to request a fee to perform, to which Swingler adds “you have to learn very quickly your own value. Companies think ‘we’re just starting out and we’ll do it for nothing’, and theatres totally take advantage of that. Artists have to look after themselves because nobody else will.” Though the group notes that requesting a certain amount of money for their work has sometimes felt “really shameful”, part of their ‘emerging’ process has had to be figuring out “when we stop being students doing this for fun, and when it becomes a professional thing”. Çerçi notes that this struggle can feel disheartening “in a world where money is the main criteria of success… we’re devoting so much time to this that we can’t really get other jobs, so it’s a Catch 22 in that you need another part-time or even full-time job to support yourself, but we have to give so much time to the company that you don’t have time to do either.” Plaige adds: “I guess financially this is where we think do we keep ‘emerging’ or do we just drop everything because we can’t continue, and I think this the critical point where either we decide to really invest, or you say ok, I need to make a living…” Luckily for Clout, Goodman is making it her mission to whip the finances into shape, secure more funding for the company and to make sure that they are paid for their work. Artistically, Plaige sees their repeat nomination as validating, as she feels Total Theatre “were looking to recognise companies that have their own language or world or are trying new things, so in a way the fact that we were nominated again this year makes me think maybe we are consolidating. You could be any company doing your first show – could be good could be bad – but it’s the one you make afterwards: what is that going to be?” Ramsey adds that the nice thing about the nominations is that “there’s a camaraderie between the companies listed,” and the group always makes sure to use their time in Edinburgh to “make connections, and get a measure of where we are right now in relation to everyone else doing theatre from aroun
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There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wro...
There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009. The series ‘A Minor Review of 2013′ will look back on some of the major happenings in each MLB organization since the beginning of April as a primer for the upcoming FanGraphs Top 10+5 prospects lists. This series will run throughout September and October. I hope you enjoy the series and are eagerly anticipating the start of ‘Prospect List Season.’ The player listed in the sleeper section was featured in a pre-season series that looked at one fringe prospect in each organization that was expected to take a big step forward during 2013, chosen by myself, a scout or a front office talent evaluator. The Graduate: Gerrit Cole, RHP: The first overall selection of the 2011 amateur draft, Cole didn’t overpower minor league hitters as much as expected. However, he’s been better in the Majors than the minors — owing in part to the organization’s philosophy of teaching young hurler to pitch to contact rather than aim for the strikeout. During his big league debut, Cole commanded all four of his pitches and overpowered hitters with his mid-to-high-90s fastball. He profiles as a true top-of-the-rotation talent. The Riser: Tyler Glasnow, RHP: There weren’t many prospects in baseball that improved their values more than Glasnow. The right-hander is now one of the top young pitchers in the minor leagues and adds to the embarrassment of prospect riches in the Pirates system. If/when he improves his control (61 walks in 111.1 innings), he could top the list of top hurlers in the game. When Glasnow found the strike zone in 2013, he was extremely difficult to square up and he allowed just 55 hits. The Tumbler: Luis Heredia, RHP: Heredia’s game took a significant step backward in 2013 when he showed up to spring training out of shape and was forced to open the year in extended spring training. He eventually made his way to A-ball where he struggled with both his command and control, leading to higher fly-ball rates and more home runs allowed. Heredia showed some improvements late in 2013 so he’ll hopefully dedicate himself to his conditioning this off-season. The 2013 Draft Pick: JaCoby Jones, OF: Jones has intriguing tools but he has yet to fully tap into them and there have been concerns raised over his commitment level. He has a chance to develop into a four-tool player if he can realize his full potential. The Pirates — with their deep system — could afford to gamble a third-round pick in the 2013 draft on his raw ability. The Sleeper: Ryan Beckman, RHP: Beckman blew out his elbow while the facing his first batter of the 2012 season and underwent Tommy John surgery. The organization was eager for him to return after he made a strong impression on the front office the spring of 2012 before the injury and he finally stepped back onto the mound in mid-2013. If he can bounce back fully, Beckman has the ceiling of a set-up man or middle reliever.
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Jesse Biddle was ranked the #1 prospect in the system by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus prior to the 2013 season and he certainly looked the part in April when I wrote this. As the year progressed, Biddle did not. You’d need a ...
Jesse Biddle was ranked the #1 prospect in the system by Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus prior to the 2013 season and he certainly looked the part in April when I wrote this. As the year progressed, Biddle did not. You’d need a harem of interns to keep track of the times I’ve had people in the business utter this sentence: “If you’ve seen it, it’s in there.” With Biddle, I’ve seen plus fastball velocity with plus command and great downhill plane, a plus curveball and a fringe average changeup. If the changeup comes along a little bit and the secondary, less sexy parts of the game mature then you’re looking at a #3 starter. That’s been his ceiling and continues to be his ceiling and you should read the report I filed on Biddle in May because just about all of it still holds true. There are, however, things we saw this season in regards to Biddle that suppress my optimism about him getting to that aforementioned ceiling. As the season wore on Biddle’s control/command came and went. Mostly, it went. Both his fastball and curveball were suddenly wild mustangs instead of the well-trained colts they’d been early in the year. Pitch after pitch from Biddle was up at the throat, well out of the zone. He’d have games where he’d walk half a dozen batters in just a few innings of work before he was mercifully removed. By mid-summer people in the game were asking me if I knew why Biddle kept sweating so much and wanted to know if I’d heard anything about him drinking to excess. I had not heard that and have not heard that. He looked haggard, weak and beaten on the mound. It surfaced that Biddle was diagnosed with whooping cough in late April and pitched through it the rest of the year. By the end of the season things had gotten marginally better. The curveball was back to being a consistently plus pitch and was being thrown for strikes while the fastball control was still poor. He was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis toward the end of the season and, after walking seven batters over three innings in front of me and most of the Phillies front office on August 28th, did not make his final start of the 2013 campaign. It was a tremendously difficult year for Biddle who is as charismatic and gregarious a young man as I’ve encountered in the minors. I have sympathy for him and what he’s had to deal with this year but I have to evaluate what I saw on the field. And, while plantar fasciitis, which is extraordinarily painful, presents a valid explanation for Biddle’s athletic struggles, I just don’t know how whooping cough can impact one’s control/command to such a degree. I’m not saying it didn’t cause problems, nor am I dismissing the idea that it hampered his effectiveness. Rather, it’s a foreign affliction whose impacts on athletic machinations are unbeknownst to me. The reality of Biddle’s struggles as it pertains to his development are this: He was constantly falling behind in the count and failing to get himself into counts where he could work on his changeup, the pitch he really needed to work on coming into this year to take that next developmental step. He also wasn’t able to polish up things like his pitch sequencing and his pacing and everything else hurlers need to grasp before they’re ready for the Majors because he had no choice but to whittle things down to the absolute basics and try to get his fastball over, pitch after pitch. But I have seen it. I’ve seen Biddle pump fastballs at the knees to both corners with impunity. I’ve seen hitters flail at curveballs they knew were coming and I’ve seen weak groundballs induced by a decent changeup that had fastball-sitting hitters out on their front foot. I just saw it in April and haven’t since. So the ceiling is still that of a #3 and I still think he falls a tad short of that, as I did in May, and becomes a workhorse #4 starter. I just think that, after a season of essentially treading water, the latter outcome is more likely than it was before. There’s certai
about 7 hours ago
Both teams are coming off tough losses in their first game, so look for them to come out gunning for a-wait it's still preseason. My bad. TDS didn't get a recap up for the Pelicans game, so I'll put some of my thoughts here. Again, it's...
Both teams are coming off tough losses in their first game, so look for them to come out gunning for a-wait it's still preseason. My bad. TDS didn't get a recap up for the Pelicans game, so I'll put some of my thoughts here. Again, it's preseason so no jumping the gun on the fringe players. 1. The starters looked GREAT. I mean, it really clicked for them. Howard looked healthy and comfortable with the ball in the post, Parsons slashed and did Parsons things, Harden was awesome and even played some defense, and Lin was ultra-aggressive and confidently stroked a triple. These four looked fantastic and they are already firing on multiple cylinders. It's very telling that all 4 of the core starters finished with a +/- in double digits. 2. As for Donatas Motiejunas, he looked a little passive and was taken advantage of by Anthony Davis. There's no shame in that, and it's still early for D-Mo. It will get better, and he won't be facing a player with Davis' quickness and skill set every night. Finishing with 4/6/3 is a decent stat line but fouling out in 24 minutes is no way to get the coaching staff on your side, especially with the new emphasis on defense. 3. I said the backup PF might average more points than the starting PF, and through one meaningless preseason game, I'm right. Terrence Jones had himself a game. 4. Patrick Beverley did Jrue Holiday up dirty. What transpired in the fourth quarter between the two was filthy and deserves an R rating. Bev was all over Holiday and picked his pocket four times, though it seemed like way more. 5. I spoke to a few people who watched the 15+ minutes of scrimmage that Clutch Fans posted last week (much love to Clutch for getting that footage-it was awesome). One of the sentiments coming away from that was that Omri Casspi looked bad and lost. Well, throw that out the window. Casspi was 9-10 (with the lone miss being a last-second heave to try to send the game to OT) in full PLAYA FROM JUDEA mode and looked great. I don't know if he'll make the team, but even if he does it's going to be tough for him to crack the rotation. He did a solid Delfino impression though. 6. BUT...even with Bev, Jones, and Casspi playing great they finished -8. -9, and -12 respectively. Why? Because the backups played no defense. It's crazy to think Casspi put up 20 points in 20 minutes and still went -12. Crazy. 7. Where have we seen poor bench defense before? Last year, that's where. Too bad we don't have a solid big man backup to patrol the paint when Dwight is sitting. Too bad we traded Asik for a shoot-first PF who doesn't defend at all. Wait, we didn't do that? Sweet! If you had any questions as to why the Rockets want to keep Asik around, this game tells the story. Yes, it's preseason. But the Rockets had a huge drop off in defense between the starters and bench last season, and that looks to be partially shored up by Asik. 8. Ronnie Brewer looked lost and that's to be expected since he joined the team later than everyone else over the summer. He's never going to be expected to contribute a lot with this group, but he's got to show us more than he did Saturday. To be fair, the Jazz stink hasn't faded. And yes, I said a few years ago that if the Rockets employed a former Jazz player I would say the Rockets were playing 4-on-5 whenever that player was on the court. Well, Brewer made it seem like the Rockets literally had four players on the court. 9. Isaiah Canaan and Aaron Brooks both played fewer than 8 minutes and neither scored a basket. I still expect Canaan to be a Viper this season. Brooks coughed up the ball 4 times, which is about once every two minutes or once every three possessions. Um, less of that please. 10. Robert Covington has a nice stroke and looked plenty confident, which is paramount at this stage. His only made shot was a putback dunk after the Casspi miss at the end of regulation, but all-in-all he looked good. Defense was a problem though. 11. Not much from this game change
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