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Cards start off a tough run tonight for Milwaukee to try and catch em. Jordan Montgomery gets the start for the Cards tonight at Busch. Montgomery has made seven starts for the Cardinals and the team has won all seven. He has allowed seven runs. Cards are 8 games ahead of the Brewers. The Cardinals’ magic number for clinching the National League Central Division title is 14. Each win over the Brewers would take two off that number. Game time is 645. Gotta little audio from Montgomery on how he feels pitching for St. Louis this last bit: AUDIO
Like I mentioned: The stretch run is on for the St. Louis Cardinals, and with an eight-game lead in the division, they are in prime position to grab a playoff spot.
Starting Friday, you can buy playoff tickets for each of the possible playoff games to be hosted at Busch Stadium in the first two rounds of this year’s postseason. Tickets for the three potential NL Wild Card games and three potential NLDS games start as low as $20. They go on sale on Friday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. both online at cardinals.com and over the phone at 314-345-9000.
Fans can also get early access to postseason tickets by placing a deposit on season tickets. https://www.ksdk.com/article/sports/mlb/stl-cardinals/cardinals-postseason-tickets-sale-friday-st-louis-mlb-playoffs/63-2dd9dbf3-b04d-444b-845c-3d4fa6470bf8
Major League Baseball adopted its first pitch clock, limits on defensive shifts and larger bases for next season in an effort to shorten games and increase offense in a tradition-bound sport. The decision on the clock and shift restrictions by the sport’s 11-man competition committee was made Friday over the unanimous opposition of the panel’s players, who approved the larger bases. The changes had long been pushed by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in an effort to combat the increase in dead time over four decades and suffocation of offense in the age of analytics. The pitch clock will be set at 15 seconds with no runners on base and 20 seconds with runners up from the 14/19 tested at Triple-A this season and 14/18 at lower minor league levels. There will be a limit of two of what MLB calls disengagements—pickoff attempts or steps off the rubber—per plate appearance, and a balk would be called for a third or more unless there is an out. The disengagement limit would be reset if a runner advances.
A catcher will be required to be in the catcher’s box with nine seconds left on the clock and a hitter in the batter’s box and focused on the pitcher with eight seconds remaining. Penalties for violations will be a ball called against a pitcher and a strike called against a batter.
A batter can ask an umpire for time once per plate appearance, and after that it would be granted only at the umpire’s discretion if the request is made while in the batter’s box. The clock has helped reduce the average time of a nine-inning game in the minor leagues from 3 hours, 4 minutes in 2021 to 2:38 this season. The average time of a nine-inning game in the major leagues this year is 3:06; it was 2:46 in 1989, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The shift limit requires two infielders to be on either side of second and all infielders to be within the outer boundary of the infield when the pitcher is on the rubber, and infielders may not switch sides unless there is a substitution.
Use of shifts has exploded in the past decade, from 2,357 times on balls hit in play in 2011 to 28,130 in 2016 and 59,063 last year, according to Sports Info Solutions. Shifts are on pace for 68,000 this season. The size of bases will increase to 18-inch squares from 15, promoting safety—first basemen are less likely to get stepped on—but also boosting stolen bases and offense with a 4.5-inch decrease in distance between first and second, and second and third. https://www.si.com/mlb/2022/09/09/mlb-rule-changes-2023-pitch-clock-shift-ban-bigger-bases
It was down to the wire for the Denver Broncos last night in Seattle. There was a lot of drama in the game since Russell Wilson left the Seahawks for Denver. Even more drama when the entire game was on the line for the Broncos and their field goal kicker. In his first game as a head coach, Nathaniel Hackett made a bizarre decision to take the football out of Bronco quarterback Russell Wilson‘s hands with the game on the line, opting for a field goal. Not a 34-yard field goal. Or a 44-yard field goal. Or a 54-yard field goal. Hackett opted to dial up a 64-yard field goal attempt — which would have been the second-longest in league history — in lieu of giving Wilson a chance to convert on fourth and five.
Making the situation even more bizarre was that the Broncos allowed nearly all of the play clock to expire before calling their first time out of the second half, with 20 seconds to play. So back to the field goal, let’s listen: Here’s the final call. (Final Score: Seattle wins it 17 to 16.)
Gisele Bündchen appears to be back in Tom Brady‘s corner — just not, at least for Sunday night, physically … ’cause the supermodel showed love for the QB on her social media ahead of his season-opening game, but skipped being there in person for it.
Gisele penned the sweet message to the 45-year-old on her Twitter account just minutes before he kicked off his 23rd NFL season against the Cowboys in Dallas.
“Let’s go @TomBrady !,” she wrote. “Let’s go Bucs !” The note, while short, is a pretty big deal — considering multiple reports stated she was so furious with Brady’s decision to unretire for this season, she temporarily stopped living with him recently.
Gisele, though, did not make the trip to the game — a rare occurrence for the 42-year-old, who’s often spotted celebrating the QB’s success in luxury suites at stadiums.
Ugly scene at the Chargers vs. Raiders game on Sunday — several fans got into a wild brawl … and things got so violent during the altercation, one woman ended up being punched in the face twice by a man. The fracas broke out inside of a concourse at SoFi Stadium during the AFC West showdown … when a man wearing a black shirt approached several people in Raiders jerseys and started swinging. The man hit multiple people with the strikes … dropping one guy — and then seemingly KO’ing another. That’s when a woman — who was wearing a No. 24 Raiders jersey — tried to intervene. In footage shot by a bystander, you can see she attempted to swipe at the man and then grab him to break it all up. But, the guy threw two left hands at her face — and both blows appeared to connect. The man then went on to punch a shirtless fan a few more times, before the clip ended. No word on if anyone was hurt or injured during the mayhem … and it’s also unclear if any arrests were made.
Former UFC fighter Elias Theodorou died Sunday following a battle with cancer. He was only 34 years old. Theodorou had been courageously fighting stage 4 liver cancer … but chose to share the diagnosis with only select people who were close to him. Elias — an outgoing and personable dude outside the cage — was a heck of a fighter inside it. During his years in the UFC, Theodorou posted an 8-3 record with wins over Eryk Anders and Sam Alvey.
The Ty Cobb T206 is the “holy grail” for collectors, but for as much as the card is worth (up to millions), about 50 reportedly exist … now, if you’re looking for something truly unique, there’s another piece of memorabilia that recently hit the auction block — Ty Cobb’s freakin’ dentures … his actual false teeth. SCP Auctions currently has Cobb’s chompers — top and bottom — on the block, along with the “original plaster denture holder and brass opening device.” After Cobb’s death in 1961, the teeth were preserved. Ty’s biographer, Al Stump, held the teeth for years before unloading them at Sotheby’s in 1999 … to the current consignor, who held the dentures for over 22 years.
In 1909 he won the Triple Crown, the A.L. MVP in 1911, and was a 12x batting champion. Cobb averaged .366 and had 4,191 hits over his 24-season career.
Cobb was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.
Speaking of Cooperstown, in June 2001, these teeth went on display at The Hall … where fans were able to view the one-of-a-kind item. The auction, which ends Friday, already has a nearly $10K bid (there have been 7 total bids).
What is the longest home run ever hit? How far did it actually go? With the data we have, here’s the verdict on the longest home runs in baseball history:
Now remember Modern baseball includes countless tools for measuring exit velocity, launch angle and projected distance on home runs. However, for much of MLB history, there wasn’t even an exact way to determine the length of tape-measure home runs.
The longest verified home run in American professional baseball history didn’t even happen in the majors.
In 1987, Joey Meyer of the Triple-A Denver Zephyrs launched a moonshot into the second deck of Mile High Stadium. City of Denver engineer Jerry Tennyson was able to verify the distance of the home run at 582 feet.
Determining the longest homer ever in MLB history is an exercise in myth-busting.
Babe Ruth was said to have hit a home run over 600 feet. A Mickey Mantle homer was originally estimated to have gone 734 feet. While those feats would shatter Meyer’s mark, there was no technology or tool that could give an exact measure of those distances.
Ruth, Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Willie Stargell and Adam Dunn have all hit blasts well past 500 feet in their careers. ESPN had a Home Run Tracker that was able to estimate the distance of certain dingers, but there is still no conclusive list of the longest homers throughout MLB history.
So What is the longest home run in recent MLB history?
In seven-plus seasons since Statcast’s inception which was in 2015, two home runs have traveled more than 500 feet. Here are the 12 longest dingers in the Statcast era:
- Nomar Mazara, TEX, 2019: 505 feet
Giancarlo Stanton, MIA, 2016: 504 feet
3. Christian Yelich, MIL, 2022: 499 feet
T-4. Aaron Judge, NYY, 2017: 496 feet
T-4. Miguel Sanó, MIN, 2019: 496 feet
T-4. Jesús Sánchez, MIA, 2022: 496 feet
T-7. Aaron Judge, NYY, 2017: 495 feet
T-7. Joey Gallo, TEX, 2018: 495 feet
T-7. Ronald Acuña Jr., ATL, 2020: 495 feet
T-7. Miguel Sanó, MIN, 2021: 495 feet
T-11. Michael A. Taylor, WAS, 2015: 493 feet
T-11. Gary Sánchez, NYY, 2017: 493 feet
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PICK EM RANKINGS
FOR THE RIZZ SHOW – 43 FAST LAME – 45
RIZZ – 10 MARSH – 10
MOON – 9 STALTER -9
KING SCOTT – 9 THOMPSON – 9
POLO – 8 RIVERS – 9
PATRICO – 7 HOLLIDAY – 8
Here’s where every team stands after Week 1’s action:
- New York Jets (0-1):Yuck.
- Atlanta Falcons(0-1): Things were looking good for the Falcons until the fourth quarter hit, then the Saints reeled off 17 points in a row to steal a Week 1 win. Falcons still can’t finish.
- Houston Texans(0-0-1): “You play to tie the game,” — Lovie Smith, probably.
- Jacksonville Jaguars(0-1): At least their head coach got on the plane back to Duval with them after the loss in D.C. Baby steps.
- Detroit Lions (0-1): Hard Knocks is over, and the Lions are still the Lions.
- Tennessee Titans(0-1): The Titans are no strangers to surprise losses early in the season. But those Titans teams had a lot more talent than what that puked on itself against the Giants.
- Carolina Panthers(0-1): Is Matt Rhule coaching Nebraska yet?
- Seattle Seahawks(1-0): Russ who?
- New England Patriots(0-1): I don’t know why Bill Belichick was so optimistic after the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. Things are bad, and there doesn’t seem to be an easy way to fix what ails the offense.
- Arizona Cardinals(0-1): Look at the bright side, Cardinals, at least things can’t get much worse. Probably.
- Dallas Cowboys(0-1): If Dak Prescott’s hand injury is serious, could Dallas be a trade candidate for Jimmy Garoppolo? Or do the 49ers need him more after what they saw from Trey Lance on Sunday?
- Chicago Bears (1-0): The Bears’ defense stymied the 49ers in a soggy game at Soldier Field. It was a good start to the Matt Eberflus era, but let’s not overreact … yet.
- New York Giants(1-0): Saquon is back. Fantasy teams everywhere rejoice.
- Cleveland Browns(1-0): So much for Baker Mayfield’s revenge tour.
- Indianapolis Colts (0-0-1): The winner of the AFC South is going to be 8-8-1.
- Washington Commanders(1-0): The Commanders looked a lot more competent than I expected. They were playing the Jaguars, but credit where credit is due.
- Las Vegas Raiders(0-1): The Raiders had zero sacks and zero takeaways Sunday vs. the Chargers. That’s a recipe for a loss.
- San Francisco 49ers (0-1): The 49ers were sloppy, undisciplined, and overall underwhelming in a surprising loss to the Bears. A get-right game against the Seahawks is a must in Week 2.
- New Orleans Saints(1-0): Welcome back, Michael Thomas.
13: Denver Broncos (0-1): The Broncos might want to focus on their red-zone offense this week.
- Miami Dolphins(1-0): Mike McDaniel showed some good stuff against the Patriots in his coaching debut, but the Fins have a lot of kinks to work out.
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-1):It was a disappointing opener for the defending AFC champions. The way they rallied back against the Steelerswas a bright spot, though.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0): The Steelers got the win, but at what cost? T.J. Watt’s pectoral injury looms large now over Pittsburgh’s season.
- Green Bay Packers (0-1): Aaron Rodgers might need another body cleanse/vision quest to get Sunday’s performance out of his system. Turns out, replacing Davante Adams isn’t that easy.
- Los Angeles Rams (0-1):The Rams looked like Ed Helms waking up in a Vegas hotel after a bachelor party that went overboard. Shake it off, champs.
- Baltimore Ravens (1-0): Lamar Jackson turned down $250 million and went and hung it on the Jets to start his “bet on myself” tour. Not bad.
- Minnesota Vikings (1-0):The Vikings are about to be a problem this season.
- Los Angeles Chargers (1-0): Keenan Allen’s injury puts a damper on the Bolts’ season-opening win, but Khalil Mack looks rejuvenated outside of Chicago.
- Philadelphia Eagles (1-0):The Eagles’ hype train is about to jump the tracks after steamrolling the Lions.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0): If this is Tom Brady’s last season, you can bet The GOAT won’t go quietly.
- Buffalo Bills (1-0): The prettiest girl at the NFL ball showed up Thursday night and lived up to their billing. The Bills are for real.
- Kansas City Chiefs (1-0):Yeah… Patrick Mahomes is going to be just fine without Tyreek Hill.