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So what would you rather have: a line-up with at least five players with 20 or more homers, or a starting pitching staff of five players with 13 or more victories? Its a no-brainer really. Chris Paul College Jersey . You take the pitching and run if you want to be a contender. Why did I throw out that comparison? Well, it related directly to the Blue Jays and the Detroit Tigers. The Jays became the first team in the Majors this season to have five players with at least 20 homers: Edwin Encarnacion (36), Jose Bautista (28), Colby Rasmus and Adam Lind (22) apiece and J.P Arencibia (20). On the other hand, the Tigers have five starters with at least 13 victories after Doug Fister won his 13th on Thursday. He joined the club that includes Max Scherzer (19), Anibal Sanchez (14), Justin Verlander (13) and Rick Porcello (13). All five have winning records and oddly enough Verlander, arguably the best pitcher in the American League, has the worst winning percentage with a 13-12 mark. The Tigers also have three starters who have cracked 200 innings: Verlander (206.1), Scherzer and Fister (201.1). The other two starters are pretty much a lock to break 180 innings. Health has certainly factored into this. Detroit has only had to use one other starter this season. Jose Alvarez went to the mound five times and was 1-4 with just one quality start while pitching only 34 innings. The improvement in Sanchez, Fister and  Porcello has been dramatic over a year ago, and has more than made up for a dip in performance by Verlander this season. Sanchez, an in-season pick-up a year ago, was only (4-6) with Detroit. Fister was (10-10) and Porcello only (10-12). Its in quality starts where you notice the big difference in that trio. They went from 38 last season to 58 this season. That kind of production takes pressure off the bullpen and gives skipper Jim Leyland the valuable time to sort out his closer situation. By the way, Joaquin Benoit is 22-22 as the closer since taking over from Jose Valverde. I know wins arent the be all and end all for pitchers but to me, what the Tigers starters have done seems to be taking on historic overtones. The 1971 Baltimore Orioles were the last team, and the first since the 1920 Chicago White Sox, to have four 20-game winners. The Os quartet included Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, Mike Cueller and Pat Dobson. Yet there has to be something said for having five pitchers with 13 or more in this day and age. Lets compare them to the last three World Series winners. The 2012 Giants only used six starters all season, like the Tigers this year. They had two 16-game winners in Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner, Barry Zito had 15 and Ryan Vogelsong had 14, but Tim Lincecum struggled to a 10-15 mark. Edge to the Tigers. How about the 2010 Giants? They only had three starters in double digits in victories; Lincecum with 16, then Cain and Jonathan Sanchez with 13 each. Sandwiched in between is the 2011 St. Louis Cardinals. They had four starters with at least 13 wins including ex-Jay Chris Carpenter (21), Jaime Garcia (18), Kyle Lohse (16) and Jake Westbrook (13). Again, edge to the Tigers. Finally, what about the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who won a record 116 games and lost only 46. They had four starters with at least 15 wins, including Jamie Moyer (20), Freddy Garcia (18), Paul Abbott (17)and Aaron Sele (15). If you combine the other two prime starters, John Halama and Joel Piniero, you get 16 wins, but thats six starters, so for me, the edge still goes to the Tigers. Incidentally, as great as the Mariners were, they dropped the ALCS to the Yankees in five games. What does all of this mean to Detroit? Not much if they dont win the World Series but it may be a very long time before we see five starters put together a season like this. This and That The Baltimore Orioles still have a shot at a Wild Card slot. If they get there, their defence has to get as much credit as their offence. The 0s have played 115 errorless games this season and thats the best mark since 1900. Vernon Wells of the Yankees has played 1,726 Major League games without ever having played in the post-season. The only other active player with a long drought is Adam Dunn of the White Sox with 1,863. Sadly for Vernon, it was his former team the Blue Jays that pretty much snuffed out his hopes for another season Thursday night with that 6-2 win over the Pinstripes at Rogers Centre. Only fitting that the Dodgers should be the first club to clinch a division title. After a miserable 30-42 start that had skipper Don Mattingly worried about his job, L.A was 9 1/2 games back of Arizona entering play on June 22nd. From that point on, they went 58-23, including a 42-8 run at one point, and wrapped up the NL West with 10 days to play in the season. They also clinched right in the ball park of the second place DiamondBacks with a 7-6 victory. Kyle Lowry College Jersey . - Doug Kalitta led Top Fuel qualifying Friday in the NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway with a 3. Adoree Jackson College Jersey . Grimes signed a $32 million, four-year contract to remain with Miami. The deal, which includes $16 million guaranteed, rewards Grimes for his recovery from an Achilles tendon injury that forced him to miss almost all of the 2012 season.TORONTO -- Harry Redknapp got a rude shock after taking over Queens Park Rangers in November 2012. The team was in last place in the English Premier League, its roster filled with bloated contracts and egos. "The attitude stank. Attitude towards the game, attitude towards training," he wrote in his autobiography "Always Managing." "I cant remember a worse one -- and behaviour like that cannot be altered overnight." Redknapp, however, found one kindred spirit. "Within weeks I had worked out that my best player was Ryan Nelsen, a 35-year-old New Zealand international -- and he couldnt wait to get out," Redknapp wrote. "`Youve got no chance, he told me. Not a prayer. This is the worst dressing room Ive ever been in in my life. You havent got a hope with this lot. I dont know how you solve it." Today, Nelsen is in his second season as manager of Toronto FC. He recalls his season with QPR -- his finale as a player -- as a ringside seat on what happens when a dressing room goes wrong. "It was an amazing learning experience for me," he said in an interview this week. Redknapp, whose team was relegated at the end of the 2012-13 season, is on the verge of taking QPR back to the Premier League after one season in the Championship. QPR faces Derby Country on Saturday at Wembley in a promotion playoff worth up to 120 million pounds (C$220.5 million), mostly from broadcast rights, according to a 2013 report by the Sports Business Group at Deloitte. With reported debts of 177 million pounds (C$325 million), Queens Park Rangers could do with hitting the promotion jackpot despite the deep pockets of millionaire owner Tony Fernandes. Among the things Nelsen learned at QPR was the need to get recruitment right, to watch wages and that a good football team needs chemistry off the field as well as organization in it. "It was an environment that probably players were getting paid too much for potentially their mentality to win," he said of QPR. "Young guys probably on too much before they had earned it." There were also older players who might have lost their fire. And second-tier Championship players who had the character desire but perhaps not the talent needed. "Everybody tried their best to get the mixture right, but it just didnt jell," said Nelsen. "It was just wrong." The ill-fated QPR spending spree was funded by Fernandes, a British-Malaysian businessman whose net worth as of February was valued at US$650 million according to Forbes magazine. He took over in August 2011, almost a year before Nelsen came on board. The New Zealand international didnt expect to play much at QPR, thinking his job would be to help then-manager Mark Hughes and successor Redknapp off the pitch. He ended up playing 21 league matches, becoming captain and turning into a fan favouriite before leaving in January 2103 to take over Toronto FC. Mark Sanchez USC Jersey. Nelsen points no fingers today, saying the intentions of Hughes and Fernandes "were so right for the club to do really well." The rot had set in too much by the time Redknapp took over. "There had to be a clearout before you could get it back again," he said. There are more fashionable soccer teams in London but Loftus Road, QPRs home in Shepherds Bush, has seen its share of players with flair in Rodney Marsh, Stan Bowles and Gerry Francis in the 1960s and 70s. A blue-collar club, QPR won the League Cup in 1966-67 and was runner-up in 1985-86. It was also runner-up in the FA Cup in 1981-82 and was runner-up in the First Division, precursor to the Premier League, in 1975-76. Celebrity QPR fans included musicians Phil Collins, Pete Doherty and composer Michael Nyman. A no-nonsense defender at the end of his playing career, Nelsens work ethic appealed to the QPR fans tired of rental players on big salaries. "I think they just liked that I worked hard and tried to win games," said Nelsen. "People respected that." Nelsen loved the QPR supporters right back. "But it wasnt right off the field," he said of the team. "And that weighed heavily on me because I was kind of brought in to help that out." QPR was relegated several months after Nelsens departure to Canada. According to the Daily Mail, the clubs wage bill was higher than that of Spanish champion and Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid. Toronto benefited from the subsequent clearout, with Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar coming to MLS on a loan agreement. Loic Remy (Newcastle) and Adel Taarabt (AC Milan) were also sent out on loan. Cesar, whose attitude has earned nothing but praise from Toronto coaches and players, says QPR wants him back in August. The team will have to reload if it returns to the Premier League. Redknapp, a master wheeler and dealer, brought in hardened veterans of the Championship to help climb back up the mountain. "He invested really wisely," said Nelsen. "He moved guys that probably had big value. And in saying that, their value has probably increased." Nelsen will be watching closely this weekend. "Ive got a lot of friends on that QPR team," he said. In addition to the big-time Charlies, he remembers of group of honest players desperate to succeed. "And QPR had them. They probably got outnumbered bit a little at the end but those guys, you wish them the best so badly. and for Harry as well, because at his age (now 67) he probably could have gone off and retired somewhere. But he knuckled down in the Championship and you wish them all the success. "All of his coaching staff were fantastic when I was there. And theyve helped me since Ive been here, to tell you the truth." Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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