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Orioles have dropped at least six

in Voliere & Einrichtung 08.11.2018 07:08
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MILWAUKEE — For much of the last year Fernando Rodney Jersey , the Milwaukee Brewers were rumored to be a potential landing spot for right-hander Chris Archer.The Brewers, though, never consummated a deal for the right-hander who was ultimately dealt by Tampa Bay to the Pittsburgh Pirates, who’ll send Archer to the mound Sunday in their series finale against the Brewers at Miller Park.Archer hasn’t exactly been dominant since joining the Pirates. In four starts for Pittsburgh, he’s 1-1 with a 4.91 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings of work. But he’s taken steps toward improving his overall game during that short stretch, specifically by incorporating a two-seam fastball and curveball into an arsenal under the tutelage of Pirates’ pitching coach Ray Searage.Article continues below ...“I know most 29-year-olds don’t have untapped potential. But I do,” Archer told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette over the weekend. “I’ve done some great things, but I want to be even more consistent. With the things I’m implementing now, the results aren’t necessarily there immediately, but the process is so good, man.”Along with his four-seam fastball, his repertoire consisted primarily of sliders to right-handers and changeups to lefties. He hadn’t thrown a two-seamer in nearly four years before joining the Pirates but has seen the benefits and now is working to refine the pitch.“It’s just a matter of trusting it,” Archer said. “I’ve already seen positive results. I’ve thrown more two-seamers in the time I’ve been here than I have in the last three or four years. I’ve gotten more outs inside than I have in the past couple years too. It’s not necessarily an experiment http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-addison-reed-jersey , but the more production I get the more I believe, and it starts to snowball.”He’ll take the mound Sunday feeling healthy despite leaving his last start early with a leg injury. Archer lasted only four innings but held the Braves to a run on five hits and a walk while striking out three, ultimately taking the loss as Pittsburgh fell to the Braves, 1-0.That loss came in the midst of a challenging stretch for the Pirates’ offense. They’d scored just 18 runs in 11 games leading up to the Brewers series but have scored 15 during the first two games in Milwaukee, including eight of them over the final three innings Saturday against a Brewers’ bullpen that’s gasping for air lately.Milwaukee’s bullpen had been a strength all season but carried a 6.13 ERA for the month into Saturday night’s game — the worst in the National League during that stretch.“We need these guys to pitch well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We can’t count on less from them. They’re going to have to get outs, and I think they will. A couple of guys are going through a stretch where they’re not getting outs.”Despite those struggles, Counsell still has faith his group can get back to form as the Brewers try to stay in the thick of the National League Wild Card race. Following their loss Saturday, the Brewers are tied with the Rockies for the second postseason spot, a half-game behind the Cardinals.“We just have to keep believing and keep working, because they’re going to be in those situations. We’ve got to cover 27 outs, and we’re going to need them. We’re going to keep trying to get them going. We’ve got to stick to that.”Right-hander Chase Anderson gets the start Sunday for the series finale. He struck out six while holding the Reds to two runs on two hits over six innings and never once pitched out of the stretch his last time out but has struggled against Pittsburgh this season, going 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts.He’s not alone http://www.twinsfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-mauer-jersey , either. The Brewers have dropped nine of 12 meetings with the Pirates in 2018, scoring 35 runs overall, including just 20 in those losses. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:GETAWAY DAYWith both teams chasing an NL West title, the Diamondbacks and Rockies wrap up their pivotal four-game series. Colorado leads the division by 1½ games over the Dodgers, while Arizona is 3½ back. Clay Buchholz (7-2, 2.01 ERA) makes his first career start at Coors Field against Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland (14-7, 2.91), who is 8-2 at home this season. Colorado won 5-4 Wednesday night on DJ LeMahieu’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning off Yoshihisa Hirano. It was LeMahieu’s first career walk-off homer. “Just a great moment,” he said. “That was awesome.”NO DAYS OFFClinging to a one-game lead in the NL Central, the Cubs have a one-day pit stop in Washington to make up Sunday’s rainout. They’re not happy about breaking up their homestand and losing a scheduled day off, because it means going 30 straight days without one. “Playing 30 consecutive days is the difficult part,” manager Joe Maddon said. “For me, I don’t think that’s been discussed enough regarding whether to play or not.” Mike Montgomery (4-5 Glen Perkins Jersey , 3.85 ERA) faces Joe Ross, who makes his season debut for a Nationals team that’s won five straight and is closing in on the slumping Phillies for second place in the NL East.NOT A FAIR FIGHTThe surging Athletics go for a three-game sweep of the Orioles, the worst team in the majors. Oakland embarrassed Baltimore 10-0 on Wednesday night to improve to an AL-best 34-15 since the All-Star break and close within a game of the New York Yankees for the first AL wild card. The A’s have won six straight overall and are 5-0 against the Orioles this season. Baltimore has lost six in a row to fall to 41-104, the eighth time this season the Orioles have dropped at least six consecutive games.PERMUTATIONSThe Dodgers are closer to the NL West lead than they are to a wild-card spot, but they could make progress on both fronts this weekend against the Cardinals. Los Angeles enters a four-game series at St. Louis trailing the Cardinals by two games for the second NL wild card, and the Dodgers have ace Clayton Kershaw pitching the opener. Rookie left-hander Austin Gomber (5-0, 2.93 ERA) goes for the Cardinals. “That’s a big series for us,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “There’s a chance to make some moves in this series.”RUNAWAYThe NL East race between the Braves and Phillies has been close for much of the season — but no more. Five straight wins by Atlanta and five consecutive losses by Philadelphia have given the Braves a 7½-game lead with 16 remaining. Both teams are off Thursday before Atlanta hosts Washington this weekend and Philadelphia welcomes the last-place Marlins to town. One glimmer of hope for the Phillies: They have seven games left against Atlanta, including a three-game set to end the season.

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