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NEW YORK — As it turns out Devon Travis Jersey , the schedule maker saved the New York Mets‘ most enticing midweek afternoon home game of the season for last.Two of baseball’s aces are scheduled to square off Thursday afternoon when National League Cy Young Award contender Jacob deGrom (8-7, 1.71 ERA) takes the mound for the Mets against Madison Bumgarner (4-5, 3.05 ERA) and the San Francisco Giants in the finale of a four-game series at Citi Field.The Mets assured themselves a split by earning a 5-3 win Wednesday night, when Todd Frazier had a pair of hits, including a solo homer, and two RBIs.Article continues below ...With both the Mets (56-70) and Giants (62-66) skidding toward losing seasons, Thursday afternoon’s matchup is probably going to be the closest either team gets to experiencing a playoff-type atmosphere the rest of the way.“Once they got to see the matchups coming up, that always piques everybody’s interest,” New York manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday afternoon. “It’s going to be a good game. You’ve got two very good pitchers going at one another. I think it’s going to be fun to watch.”DeGrom, who leads the majors in ERA, has helped his Cy Young Award case by winning his last three starts, including last Saturday when he shrugged off a 41-minute rain delay to toss the Mets’ first complete game of the season in a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. The one run he allowed in that game was unearned, and it marked the 22nd straight start in which deGrom has allowed three runs or fewer.DeGrom will take the mound just as his two competitors for the Cy Young Award face off against each other in Philadelphia Roy Halladay Jersey , where Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is scheduled to face the Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola.Scherzer, the two-time defending NL Cy Young Award winner, leads the Senior Circuit in wins (16), strikeouts (234), WHIP (0.89) and innings pitched (174 2/3). DeGrom ranks second in strikeouts (204), WHIP (0.96) and innings pitched (168). Nola is second in wins (14) and third in WHIP (0.98).Injuries have limited Bumgarner, a four-time All-Star who has received votes in the Cy Young Award balloting five times, to just 31 starts over the last two seasons. But he has a 3.20 ERA over that span, and his presence on the Citi Field mound will be another reminder that Bumgarner is on the very short list of the game’s best pitchers.Bumgarner will be pitching at Citi Field for the first time since the National League wild-card game on Oct. 5, 2016, when he threw a four-hit shutout as the Giants beat the Mets 3-0. It was the third career postseason shutout for Bumgarner and the sixth time in 13 playoff starts he threw at least seven scoreless innings.For Bumgarner, Thursday will mark the fifth time in as many starts this month he has opposed a pitcher who has at least one All-Star Game appearance on his resume. Bumgarner took the loss last Saturday, when he gave up six runs (five earned) over six innings as the Giants fell to Matt Harvey and the Cincinnati Reds 7-1.Bumgarner opened August by facing Zack Greinke http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authen...son-jersey , Dallas Keuchel and Clayton Kershaw, who have combined to win five Cy Young Awards.“Anytime he matches up with the No. 1, it’s exciting,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday afternoon. “DeGrom’s having just a tremendous year. I’m a fan of a game like that.”DeGrom is 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA in six career starts against the Giants. Bumgarner is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in six regular-season starts against the Mets. It is his lowest ERA against any opponent he’s faced more than twice. The NFL and NBA are deeply, deeply flawed in comparison"The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, again, and for Kansas City fans that result is even worse. The Chiefs were one offsides penalty away from winning the Lamar Hunt trophy for themselves on their home turf. Well, it was more than that, to be honest, but it was this close to happening.Tom Brady, Bill Bellicheck, and the Patriots have now won six Super Bowls in the last 18 years. They have lost three additional Super Bowls, meaning that Roberto Osuna Jersey , for the span of almost two decades, a full 50% of Super Bowls have featured one single team.This didn’t used to be a particularly big deal. Between 1949 and 1964, for instance, the New York Yankees appeared in 14 of 16 World Series, winning nine of them. But pro sports half a century ago are different than they are today. Today, the level of competition is infinitely higher. Today, there are more teams, lowering the chances of winning The Big One by pure math. Today, salary caps, both hard and soft—not to mention host of other modern rules—prevent blatant talent hoarding.But it is the case today. And so the Patriots’ scourge over the last 18 years is a result of the construction of the NFL as opposed to pure genius. In the NFL, two individuals have extreme prominence: the quarterback and the head coach. The Patriots simply have perhaps the two best men at each job in the history of the league. Great quarterbacks always put your team in a chance to win, which is self evident for Chiefs fans who have experienced both Tyler Thigpen and Patrick Mahomes. Great head coaches can squeeze the most talent out of rosters much moreso than bad ones—just look at the disparity between Jeff Fischer and Sean McVay in Los Angeles for a stunning example. If you’ve got both, you are equipped to win year in and year out. If you lack one http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authen...son-jersey , it is almost impossible to sustain success.The beauty of baseball is that games can be won in a plethora of ways. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals in the 2014 World Series in large part due to historical dominance by one of the league’s best starting pitchers. The Royals then proceeded to crush the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series on the back of an impenetrable bullpen.Put it this way: the Chiefs were one score away from the Super Bowl because they had the best player in football—Mahomes—who was able to drag a cosmically inept defense on the strength of his brilliance. The Los Angeles Angels have the best player in baseball—Mike Trout—and have won zero playoff games with him.Baseball is great for many reasons, but one in particular is that your team, whoever that might be, is fully equipped to win it all. You don’t need a superstar. You don’t need a specific player. Furthermore, thanks to the unpredictability of baseball and in short series, your team can win a playoff series as huge underdogs. Just getting into the playoffs can inspire hope.The same cannot be said for the NFL, nor can it be said about the NBA. Do you think the freaking Los Angeles Clippers have a snowball’s chance in hell in a first round matchup with the Golden State Warriors? You think the Brooklyn Nets are gonna get to the Eastern Conference Finals? It’s just not going to happen.In the NBA, you need stars. Period. If you don’t have them, you don’t win. This effectively rules out a huge chunk of the league who are unable to retain or attract stars to play for them if not for extenuating circumstances. If nothing else, baseball fans ought to be thankful that any team can win it all. The league isn’t based on star power, nor is it based on excellence at a precious few positions. Small market teams can lure players with cash just like large ones can. Sports are built on hope. Baseball loves dashing hope on the rocks of reality, but at least every team can have those hopes for championship glory at all.






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