Overall, batters slugged .450 against Darvish’s fastball and .511 against his cutter. The way to beat him is to jump on those pitches early in the count.
The prediction: Arizona is coming off a terrible Game 2. It’s not just the fact that they lost, but they played poorly, with Robbie Ray walking too many guys, J.D. Martinez making an ill-advised throw to third that allowed a runner to move up to second, a key error by Ketel Marte, and even Lovullo’s decision to bring in rookie Jimmie Sherfy — he of 10.2 career innings — in a key situation. Lovullo is probably counting on three pitchers in this game: Greinke, Archie Bradley and Fernando Rodney. Let’s say that works and the Diamondbacks get to Darvish. They win 6-3 and we go to Game 4.
He was intercepted once and sacked twice during a 43-0 loss to Pittsburgh.
On the second day of training camp in Newport, Rhode Island, after Tatum had started to distinguish himself with his natural feel for the game, 11-year NBA veteran Al Horford suggested that Tatum is, “as ready as I’ve seen any rookie.” Pressed on whether Tatum will be able to contribute in his first season, Horford didn’t hesitate with his response: “No question.”
The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Carolina Panthers 28-23 in Charlotte on Thursday night to begin NFL Week 6. The lucky number for the Eagles was three. Quarterback Carson Wentz finished with three touchdowns on 16-for-30 passing for 222 yards.
Philadelphia’s defense, meanwhile, forced Cam Newton into three interceptions. Turnovers deep in its own territory helped cost Carolina (4-2) the game. In the final minutes, the Eagles (5-1) needed a stop to secure the win, and the defense delivered. Newton’s fourth-down pass to Christian McCaffrey with 1:16 left was incomplete.
Worse for Carolina, the loss of linebacker Luke Kuechly (concussion protocol) again raised concerns about Kuechly’s long-term health. This is his third concussion in three seasons.