Dodgers pitchers Anderson, McCarthy use analytics differently

first_img“See what pitches are getting hit, what aren’t. FanGraphs, where my arm slot is on different pitches where you think it’s release the same but it’s not. Some of that stuff has come into play. When it boils down to it, you can’t really think about that during the game.”Broadcast detailsSportsNet LA announced that it will televise 31 of the Dodgers’ 35 spring training games.Vin Scully will call four spring training telecasts: all three Freeway Series games, April 2-4 against the Angels, and a game against the San Francisco Giants on March 27 in Glendale, Arizona. Charley Steiner will be joined by analysts Rick Monday, Kevin Kennedy and Orel Hershiser during the other SNLA broadcasts.Currently, four Dodgers split-squad games will not air live: March 20, 21 and 29 against the Texas Rangers, and March 6 against the Brewers. The games March 20 and 21 are to be played indoors at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The March 6 game is scheduled to air on MLB Network on a delay. This broadcast will not be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.MLB Network previously announced that it is broadcasting three Dodgers Cactus League games live — March 5 against the White Sox, March 11 against the Cubs and March 12 against the Padres. However, these games will be blacked out in SportsNet LA markets.AlsoPitchers Clayton Kershaw, Brandon League, McCarthy, Anderson, Joe Wieland, Chris Hatcher, Juan Nicasio, Daniel Coulombe, Carlos Frias, Adam Liberatore, Erik Bedard, David Huff, Josh Ravin and Ryan Buchter all threw their first official bullpens of the spring. … Pitcher Sergio Santos, a non-roster invitee, missed today’s workouts due to illness. GLENDALE, Ariz. — In some ways, new Dodgers pitchers Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy are cut from the same cloth.They both pitched for the Oakland A’s from 2011-12. There, they got to know current Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi. And Zaidi liked both pitchers enough to sign them this offseason to complete the Dodgers’ starting rotation: Anderson to a one-year, $10 million base contract and McCarthy for four years and $48 million.What’s more, they share a similar sense of humor. Anyone who follows the pair on Twitter knows this firsthand.One area where they differ is how they incorporate analytics into their game. McCarthy has been an outspoken proponent of new schools of thought, to the point of using Pitch f/x data to make adjustments from game to game. Anderson isn’t as outspoken about his use of analytics.“You can only, at least in my mind, read so many stats and look at so many things before you go out there and think, ‘OK, how am I going to get Matt Kemp out this time?’” Anderson said. “You can do all the planning going into it, but then gut instinct and feel kind of takes over a little bit. It’s a fine line between doing that, watching too much video and doing it in the game.”With Zaidi and Andrew Friedman in charge of the Dodgers, Anderson figures to have as much information as he can absorb at his disposal. He won’t turn down all of it.“I kind of do both sides — gut instinct and analytics,” Anderson said. “I think Farhan and some of those guys definitely had an impact on that.”So what data does he pay attention to?center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Record Walker Cup win for GB&I

first_img13 Sep 2015 Record Walker Cup win for GB&I Great Britain and Ireland defeated the United States of America 16½-9½ to win the 45th Walker Cup Match at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club today and achieve their greatest winning margin in the match since it was first played in 1922.Leading 7-5 going into the final day, GB&I secured the victory with a dominant final day performance that saw them win the final morning foursomes 3-1 to take a four point lead going into the afternoon singles, where they won a further 6 ½ points.Captain Nigel Edwards achieved his second win in his three matches in charge after leading the team to victory at Royal Aberdeen in 2011.England’s Jimmy Mullen, who was GB&I’s leading points-scorer with a perfect 4-0 record, led the team’s afternoon domination of the singles in which they won five, halved three and lost just two matches. England’s Ashley Chesters, at 26, the oldest GB&I player (3½), and Cormac Sharvin of Ireland (3) were the other leading GB&I performers.Mullen joined Paul Casey and Luke Donald among the small group of GB&I players who have achieved 4-0 records in a single match.College All-Americans Bryson DeChambeau, the 2015 U.S. Amateur and NCAA Division I men’s individual champion, and Beau Hossler were the only USA players to win their matches in the final singles. Hossler (3), DeChambeau (2½) and Robby Shelton (2) were the leading point-scorers for the USA.GB&I has now won five of the last six matches played on home soil, dating back to 1999. The only American win in that stretch was in 2007 at Royal County Down in Northern Ireland. With the GB&I victory, the two teams now stand at 7-7 in the 14 matches since 1989. The USA leads the overall series 35-9-1.Key quotes:Nigel Edwards:“I’m delighted with the victory. We had a very strong front and we have strength throughout the team. I said last night to the team that as long as the lads keep doing what they have been doing all week, playing their own games, their short games are fantastic, which is probably what has given us the edge. Some of the bunker shots have been exceptional but also the standard of play here has been fantastic.”Jimmy Mullen:“It doesn’t matter if I won all of my games as long as the team won that was the main thing. To win all of my games was just the icing on the cake.”Ashley Chesters:“Nigel obviously put me there to get some points early and I have managed to do that for him. I have done it most of the year for England, I did it last year in the St Andrews Trophy for GB&I and I did it for Europe in the Bonallack Trophy so it is the same as that. I have got no problem going out first at all. We have won and it’s great to get the trophy back.”Cormac Sharvin:“It feels great. It has just been an unbelievable experience. My golf game has been pretty good as well and it has been nice to get three out of three but as I said before it is a team effort and I’m just glad I could contribute to the win.”John “Spider” Miller:“I don’t think we handed them anything. I think they went out and played well, very well, and they won it. I’d feel bad if we were three-putting and giving them holes. I think our guys played well. They just played very well. They outplayed us and earned it.”For the full results from the match visit the Walker Cup websiteThe 2017 Walker Cup Match will be played on 9 and 10 September at Los Angeles Country Club in California.Team image courtesy R&A.13/09/2015GB&I take lead into Walker Cup second day Great Britain and Ireland took a two point lead into the second day of the 45th Walker Cup match at Royal Lytham & St Annes todayGB&I captain Nigel Edwards said: “We’ll carry on doing what we’re doing and look after ourselves. We won’t worry about anyone else.”The home team got off to an excellent start in their bid to win back the trophy from the USA, who won the 2013 match at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, New York, and lead 7-5 after yesterday’s singles and foursomes matches.GB&I, led by Captain Nigel Edwards, took a 3-1 lead, after the morning foursomes and followed that up by winning three and halving two of the afternoon singles matches.England’s Jimmy Mullen won both his points while Ashley Chesters was unbeaten, winning his foursomes in partnership with Mullen and halving his singles.In the morning foursomes, GB&I got off to an excellent start winning three matches to the USA’s one. The English pairing of Chesters and Mullen were never behind in their match with McNealy and Stewart and won 3&2. They were quickly followed by Sharvin and McDonald, who enjoyed an emphatic 5&4 victory over Niebrugge and Shelton.Hossler and McCarthy put the first point on the board for the USA with a 3&1 result against the Irish pairing of Dunne and Hurley but their compatriots Hume and Moynihan rounded off a good morning for GB&I with a 3&2 win over McCoy and McCoy.In the opening singles match, Chesters and the 2015 US Amateur Champion Bryson DeChambeau were locked in a close struggle throughout the afternoon with neither having more than a one-hole lead. The 21-year-old DeChambeau, who sat out the morning foursomes, bounced back from losing the 15th hole to go one down by winning the next with a birdie and then bravely holing a 12ft par putt on the last to halve the match.Afterwards Chesters said: “It was a really good game, there was all sorts going on really but I don’t think anyone was ever any more than one up. I think a half is a pretty fair outcome in the end, neither of us really deserved to lose.”The USA, led by Captain John “Spider” Miller took the next two matches as Hunter Stewart defeated Ireland’s Paul Dunne by two holes and Scott Harvey overcame Scotland’s Grant Forrest 2&1.Stewart remarkably holed his 113 yard nine-iron approach for an eagle on the par four 11th hole and then chipped in from the side of the green on the 14th for a birdie three to win both holes. Dunne, the 54-hole joint leader in The Open at St Andrews, responded by holing out from a greenside bunker on the 13th but when his birdie putt lipped out on the 18th his two hole defeat was confirmed.England’s Jimmy Mullen performed strongly on the back nine, winning three consecutive holes from the 11th, to win his match with Denny McCarthy by two holes and notch up his second point of the day. Ireland’s Gary Hurley and Robby Shelton of the USA halved their match before Beau Hossler clinched a one hole win over Ireland’s Jack Hume.Scotland’s Ewen Ferguson secured a one hole victory against Maverick McNealy. The 19-year-old sat out the morning foursomes and started in determined fashion to lead by two after four holes. The Scot led throughout the match but McNealy fought back strongly to take the match down the last and force Ferguson to hole a five-foot par putt to complete a one hole win.GB&I secured another point when Ireland’s Gavin Moynihan defeated Jordan Niebrugge, the winner of the Silver Medal at The Open, by 4&2. The 20-year-old, who played in the 2013 Walker Cup alongside Niebrugge, won the 7th, 8th and 10th holes to take a grip on the match.Click here for more information and scoringTeam GB&I image courtesy RR&A.last_img read more

Red Bank ‘Soupmeister’ Says Goodbye After 25 Years

first_imgRED BANK – Though specialty soup recipes are his passion, it’s the relationships Gary Sable will miss most when he hangs up his ladle and moves out of the narrow quarters he’s called home for the last 25 years. Sable said chicken pot pie has been his signature menu item. It was a painstaking process to crack the code and figure out the best way to make it. A resident of Keansburg, Sable plans to practice his craft from time to time at the soup kitchen at the Center for Community Renewal, next to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 247 Carr Ave., Keansburg. “But I say that with affection,” he added. “That’s the one people love most. And I came up with it the same way I did everything else. All of these soups come from experimentation at home on the family for Sunday dinner,” Sable said. “If they didn’t spit it out and everything turned out OK, then I’d bring it down here.” “Steve is a great guy who has been a customer from the very beginning,” Sable said. “He’s been in here working with me every morning for some time now, learning my recipes. I trust him with this. And I already told my wife I’m gonna be back here visiting. I’m gonna miss the customers. I’ve known so many of them for so long.” In his final week of operation, Sable said he rolled out his “greatest hits,” including chicken escarole, Italian wedding, chicken tortilla and the option he said helped cement his moniker, chicken pot pie soup. Over the years, if you strolled too briskly through the borough alleyway that connects the White Street parking lot to Monmouth Street, you could have easily missed the chalkboard listing of the day’s offerings at That Hot Dog Place. Customer Stan Montenaro, exiting the store recently with a cup of spicy sausage soup, described the 175-square-foot kitchen as a “claustrophobic hole-in-the-wall with a stove and a counter.” As they wait their turn in line for soup, sandwiches and hot dogs with sauerkraut, the lunch crowd banter is about new soup ideas, recently released rock n’ roll movies “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Rocket Man,” and Sable’s two favorite teams, the New York Jets and New York Yankees. It’s more than chitchat, it’s a relationship developed over years and the thought of cutting these ties brought a tear to Sable’s eye.center_img Known as the “Soupmeister,” Sable has operated a Red Bank eatery named That Hot Dog Place since 1995, but recently sold the business to borough resident Steve DeAngelo. DeAngelo officially took the reins of the business Aug. 29 and will operate under a new name, Soul Sandwich. But Sable said most of the menu will remain intact. After pondering the recipe for weeks, Sable said he was losing sleep over how to perfect the crust. “You can’t have chicken pot pie without a good crust. How the hell am I gonna get a good crust on this soup?” Sable said. “So my wife, who doesn’t cook ver y much, she says, ‘Why don’t you make the crust on the side and serve it in a cup.’ Perfect! It’s like why didn’t you tell me this sooner? She goes, ‘You never asked me.’ That idea really helped make this place,” Sable said. “My wife is wondering why I want to come back and visit once or twice a month. And it’s because I’ve known some of these people for 25 years and honestly it’s going to be hard not to see them. That’s the toughest part of this whole situation,” Sable said. “When I think about it, there’s not one person who comes here that I don’t like. Before this, when I owned a bar, there were a hundred people I didn’t like. But here, not one.” When the shop officially rebrands as Soul Sandwich, Sable said he plans to retain his reputation as a maestro of the culinary mélange, but for a new clientele. But what has truly helped That Hot Dog Place sustain its clientele is the engaging personality of the Soupmeister himself. “Making soup is my passion and if I can use that to help out some of my community members then I’m happy to do it,” Sable said. “Besides that, I’ll have a full schedule of picking up my grandson from school and watching after him.”last_img read more