Connect with us


Kyle Hendricks’ changeup. Justin Steele’s 4-seam fastball. Chicago Cubs pitchers evaluate teammates’ nastiest stuff — and reveal which pitches they’d add to their repertoire.

Avatar Of Rajesh Khanna



Kyle Hendricks’ Changeup. Justin Steele’s 4-Seam Fastball. Chicago Cubs Pitchers Evaluate Teammates’ Nastiest Stuff — And Reveal Which Pitches They’d Add To Their Repertoire.

Pitchers tend to have a lot of downtime during games.

Whether it’s sitting in the bullpen and trying to stay loose while waiting for a phone call to warm up or chilling in the dugout between starts, they spend plenty of time watching teammates work their craft.

To gauge how Chicago Cubs pitchers view their teammates’ best stuff, 12 pitchers were posed a question: If you could take any pitch from someone on the pitching staff and add it to your repertoire, whose would you pick? It yielded a wide range of answers and reasoning. Some opted for a pitch that would work well off their other stuff or their delivery. Others just wanted what they thought was a sick pitch. Ultimately, seven pitches were selected.

Kyle Hendricks’ changeup

Chosen by RHP David Robertson, LHP Justin Steele, LHP Wade Miley, RHP Adrian Sampson and LHP Brandon Hughes

Unsurprisingly, Hendricks’ changeup was the runaway favorite among Cubs pitchers, regardless of their handedness, pitching style or role. And for good reason. Hendricks’ changeup was one of the best pitches in baseball during his best years, and it’s still a weapon for the right-hander.

“The late movement and then his ability to make it look like his fastball for 99% of the time and the swings they take,” Sampson said. “Everybody in the building knows it’s coming and they still can’t hit it, so something’s right. He’s a lucky guy for having it.”

Robertson didn’t hesitate when making his choice, calling Hendricks’ changeup a no-doubt pick: “I’d give anything to be able to throw a changeup. It’s like a game-changer. It goes this way and you don’t throw it hard. Yeah, 100% I want it. If I can throw it even a halfway decent changeup … definitely want something that goes the other way of all the crap that I throw.”

Miley likes the movement on Hendricks’ changeup instead of wanting to add a high-velocity fastball, adding, “That’s overrated.”

Justin Steele’s four-seam fastball

Chosen by LHP Drew Smyly

Steele has been throwing his fastball at a high rate, increasing its usage from earlier in the season.

He largely has done a good job limiting much damage off the pitch. It took until his 17th start to allow a homer off it.

“It’s an anomaly, nobody throws it like he does,” Smyly said. “He has this insane cut action to his fastball. Hitters can’t touch it. Like, you can just throw it down the middle and they’re going to do much.”

Marcus Stroman’s slider

Chosen by RHP Mark Leiter Jr.

Stroman can go to a variety of options in any given start.

He has relied on five pitches this season, but his slider caught the eye of a teammate. Mark Leiter Jr. likes the movement Stroman gets on his slider. Entering Stroman’s start Friday against the San Francisco Giants, it’s his second-most used pitch. He’s generating a 27.8 Whiff% while hitters are managing a meager .220 average against and .260 Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA).

“He’s able to change the shape of it and have control on both sides of the plate with it,” Leiter said. “Being able to change the shapes for more of a called strike and then more of a swinging strike. The feel he has, the ability to manipulate it into making it more than just one pitch, I’ve always really enjoyed the way he’s able to use his slider.”

Keegan Thompson’s cutter

Chosen by RHP Scott Effross

Effross initially considered a high-velocity fastball — “I’d like to be able to throw 96 mph, that’d be cool to have in my bag” — as well as Thompson’s curveball, but, given Effross’ sidearm delivery, a 12-6 curve “doesn’t make much sense for me.” So, Effross narrowed his options to Thompson, Chris Martin or David Robertson’s cutter. He ultimately settled on Thompson’s, which has a 23.7 Whiff% as hitters struggle to barrel the pitch consistently.

“Cutters are cool and I think I could use it with my arm angle,” Effross said. “The way he’s been throwing it lately — he’s been throwing it for strikes and getting ahead with it. And if he can dot that thing down and away to a righty, I feel that’s just an impossible pitch to even attempt to swing at it.”

Mark Leiter Jr.’s splitter

Chosen by RHP Keegan Thompson, RHP Michael Rucker

When Leiter, currently at Triple-A Iowa, needs a strikeout, his splitter accomplishes that at an elite level. Leiter recorded 28 of his 40 strikeouts with the pitch, producing a 50.8 Whiff% and 36.4 PutAway%.

“He can land in the strike zone and he knows when to bury it for a swing and miss,” Thompson said. “He has a very good feel for it and can throw it wherever he wants to.”

Sampson praised Leiter’s splitter too. Leiter surrendered only three hits off the pitch for a .064 average and a .114 wOBA.

“The one pitch that jumps out for me the most because it’s a true nasty pitch,” Rucker said. “I don’t have a splitter in the mix. I don’t know how much my fingers would hold it. He really gets into that thing. But the action on that pitch and watching him throw it, I mean, he carved up (Boston) with it.”

Keegan Thompson’s slider

Chosen by RHP Kyle Hendricks

Hendricks stated that had Thompson not started incorporating a slider in the last month, he would have chosen his curveball “all day.” Miley also gave Thompson’s curveball a shout-out, calling it a “disgusting” pitch.

Despite it being a new pitch, Thompson’s slider has been wildly effective. He has not allowed a hit off 51 sliders thrown, predominately against right-handed hitters, while producing an eye-popping 50% swing-and-miss rate.

Hendricks, expounding on his choice, said: “The elite level of spin and such bad swings he gets on it, he can use it in the zone, gets out in the zone with it pretty much whenever he wants. It’s just such an effective pitch. I would love to know what that feels like.”

David Robertson’s cutter

Chosen by RHP Chris Martin

Robertson is throwing fewer cutters than last season, when he returned after a long layoff from Tommy John surgery, and he’s has seen an uptick in velocity, sitting at 93.3 mph. The pitch has a .211 average against, and his ability to command it sets up his curveball and slider to put hitters away.

“The ball never comes down, it kind of gets on you real quick and it’s an elite pitch,” Martin said of Robertson’s cutter. “It’d be nice to have in the back pocket. I mean, shoot, everybody’s got such good stuff that I could change out all of my stuff.”




Here are the highlights — and mishaps — from Dolphins backups in preseason opener at Buccaneers

Avatar Of Rajesh Khanna



Here Are The Highlights — And Mishaps — From Dolphins Backups In Preseason Opener At Buccaneers

Most of the top players for both teams were sitting out the preseason opener between the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which allowed lower-on-the-depth-chart players an opportunity on Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.

Quarterback Skylar Thompson, the rookie seventh-round pick who got the start with Tua Tagovailoa among 20-plus Dolphins resting, went 10 for 12 for 122 yards and a touchdown in the first half.

His touchdown lifted Miami from a mostly lackluster first half, hitting Lynn Bowden open in the end zone on a double move for the 22-yard score. It came on the following play after cornerback Elijah Campbell intercepted a short pass to the flat, ripping the ball away from a receiver.

Linebacker Sam Eguaoven, who was having a rough night with missed tackles to this point, then scored a defensive touchdown on a 33-yard fumble return. Outside linebacker Darius Hodge hit quarterback Kyle Trask’s arm before it went forward on a pass to force the fumble.

While tight end Mike Gesicki, playing 2022 on the franchise tag, has seldom seen targets in training camp practices under new coach Mike McDaniel’s offense, Gesicki got the Dolphins’ first offensive play to come his way, a short pitch and catch with room to run for 13 yards.

The Buccaneers scored a first-quarter touchdown from quarterback Blaine Gabbert to receiver Jaelon Darden where it appeared strong safety Brandon Jones was not in the right spot in zone coverage as Darden ended up open between Noah Igbinoghene and Nik Needham, the cornerback who was playing free safety over the top.

Tampa Bay, with former Florida quarterback Trask replacing Gabbert to start the second quarter, went for a 15-play, 86-yard drive to follow where backup Dolphins defenders had multiple missed tackles, including a noticeable one from Eguavoen.

With free agent offensive line additions Terron Armstead and Connor Williams out, Larnel Coleman started at left tackle and Michael Deiter at center. Deiter had only returned to practice on Wednesday from a foot injury. He didn’t have any poor snaps, which have been a problem for Williams in practice.

Coleman gave up the third-down sack of Thompson on Miami’s opening drive that forced the Dolphins to settle for a 33-yard field goal after Thompson started 4 of 4 for 31 yards on the opening series. On a third down for an ensuing series, the Buccaneers ran a stunt in front of Deiter and right guard Robert Hunt, which got Thompson hit on the incomplete pass.

The Dolphins had another drive stall deep into the first half where right tackle Kion Smith, replacing Austin Jackson at this point, allowed a sack, causing Miami to settle for a 52-yard Jason Sanders field goal.

With several starters out, Miami trotted out a defensive unit to start that involved defensive linemen Raekwon Davis, John Jenkins and Porter Gustin, outside linebackers Jaelan Phillips and Andrew Van Ginkel, inside linebackers Eguavoen and Duke Riley, cornerbacks Igbinoghene and Keion Crossen and safeties Jones and Nik Needham, who would be the team’s nickel when Xavien Howard and Byron Jones are available at cornerback and Jevon Holland is in at free safety. Crossen had a physical pass breakup on a deep 1-on-1 opportunity.

Preston Williams took in the Dolphins’ first punt return, and Bowden was back deep on the initial kick return, a touchback. Cornerback Trill Williams has curiously not been seen on defense, although he is dressed and standing on the sideline.

Both starting running backs Saturday, the Dolphins’ Sony Michel (American Heritage) and Buccaneers’ Giovani Bernard (St. Thomas Aquinas) were South Florida high school football stars.

The Dolphins lead the Buccaneers, 20-14, at halftime of the exhibition.


Continue Reading


Coronavirus India LIVE Updates, Coronavirus Cases Today, COVID 19 Cases In India, Omicron Covid Cases, India Covid Cases August 14

Avatar Of Rajesh Khanna



Coronavirus India Live Updates, Coronavirus Cases Today, Covid 19 Cases In India, Omicron Covid Cases, India Covid Cases August 14

India Covid Update: Active cases decreased by 4,271 in the space of 24 hours.

New Delhi:

India has reported nearly 16,000 new Covid cases and 68 deaths, with 24 reconciled by Kerala, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Saturday.

The 8 a.m. data also showed that active cases fell by 4,271 in 24 hours to 1,19,264, or 0.27% of the total number of infections.

The 15,815 new coronavirus infections and 68 deaths pushed the overall figures to 4,42,39,372 cases and 5,26,996 deaths, the data showed.

The national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.54%, the health ministry said.

Here are the live updates on coronavirus cases in India:

Get updates from NDTVEnable notifications for receive alerts as this story develops.


Continue Reading


Chicago White Sox are forced to juggle the lineup yet again with CF Luis Robert out with a sprained left wrist

Avatar Of Rajesh Khanna



Chicago White Sox Are Forced To Juggle The Lineup Yet Again With Cf Luis Robert Out With A Sprained Left Wrist

Luis Robert looked to jump-start the Chicago White Sox offense in the sixth inning of a scoreless game Friday against the Detroit Tigers, attempting to steal second base.

Robert slid headfirst but didn’t get to the bag as he made contact with the left leg of second baseman Jonathan Schoop, who was trying to make a tag.

Robert twisted and lay on his back in pain. After being checked out by the training staff, he exiting with a sprained left wrist.

X-rays were negative, the Sox said Friday. Robert’s status remained day to day, manager Tony La Russa said before Saturday’s game against the Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“He said it felt tight, some soreness,” La Russa said.

AJ Pollock shifted to center field with Robert not in Saturday’s starting lineup.

It was another day of juggling for the Sox, who have dealt with injuries throughout this season.

Leury García returned to shortstop after missing the previous three games because of hip and back soreness. García is filling in for Tim Anderson, who went on the injured list Tuesday with a sagittal band tear on the middle finger of his left hand. Anderson likely will miss about six weeks.

“We got a lot of practice over two years (dealing with injuries), and it’s a collective thing,” La Russa said. “Players know it’s part of the game. Games still count. You concentrate on what you have, not what you’re missing. “We respect the fact that the (injured) guys, we wish we had them.”

“But the games still count, so players, staff, you compete with what you got. This sport is big enough. You’ve got 13 pitchers and 13 other players. You can deal with injuries if your mind is right, and our minds are right.”

The Sox found a way Friday, with Andrew Vaughn’s two-out, two-run single in the seventh serving as all the offense in a 2-0 victory.

While he didn’t factor in the decision, starter Michael Kopech had a night to remember. The Sox right-hander had a career-high 11 strikeouts in six hitless innings.

“He’s always got the talent and the stuff,” La Russa said Friday after the game. “He’s a pitcher. He located, threw breaking balls in different counts. He had a good breaking ball. Moved his fastball around and had life. Right there at the end, he had good command of his fastball to go with the other stuff he was throwing.”

Kopech said he was “dragging quite a bit” between his last two starts. He had a shorter sideline session leading up to Friday’s outing.

“It’s just been communication and we continue to do that and I think we are in a good spot,” Kopech said.

Kopech showed just how good, striking out the side in the second. He had another strikeout to begin the third, struck out two of the three he faced in the fourth, three of the four batters in the fifth and two of three in the sixth.

He left after 85 pitches. According to STATS, Kopech became the first Sox pitcher since at least 1974 to exit a game with a no-hitter of at least six innings pitched still intact.

While he wanted to remain in the game, Kopech said he understood the decision to have the bullpen take over. Javier Báez led off the seventh with a single to right-center against reliever Reynaldo López.

The Sox have been conscious of Kopech’s workload all season.

“I was born and raised with players, especially pitchers, you don’t do anything knowingly to jeopardize their career,” La Russa said. “You want them to pitch as long as they can, healthy. Been that way the whole time. Not going to change now. I like the fact he wanted to go back out there, I don’t blame him. And I also appreciate the fans wanting him to go back out there.”

Kopech said the communication has been good as he has made the move back to the rotation after working mostly as a reliever in 2021.

“We talked about playing it from start to start all year,” Kopech said. “That’s what we are going to continue to do. We are not looking too far ahead. See how I feel tomorrow and the day after and then good to go for five days from now after that. We’ll continue to go day by day. That’s an important thing in a 162-game season.

“Especially when we are trying to make a push to be in the playoffs. We are just taking decision-making slow. But I’m going to be transparent with them as they’ve been transparent with me.”

Kopech has pitched 104⅔ innings in 21 starts this season. He threw 69⅓ innings in 44 appearances (four starts) last season.

“Just getting a full season under my belt this year and being a competitor for — I don’t know how many starts I’m going to have but as many as I’m allotted,” Kopech said. “I think that will set me up for a good position moving forward.”


Continue Reading


California burglars crush vehicle in Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus

Avatar Of Rajesh Khanna



California Burglars Crush Vehicle In Beverly Hills Neiman Marcus

NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!

A group of burglars drove a car through the front door of a Neiman Marcus in California early Saturday morning to steal merchandise from the luxury store, police said.

The burglary took place around 4:45 a.m. in the Beverly Hills store. Officers were immediately dispatched to the store after receiving a report of an alarm going off, police said.


When law enforcement arrived, they discovered that a dark-colored Chevrolet sedan had crashed through the store’s metal door and window. The suspects had already fled with an undetermined amount of goods and goods.


Police Department detectives have begun conducting a follow-up investigation and gathering evidence of the theft, police told Fox News Digital.


Continue Reading


At the field, Carlos Correa hears boos. Away from it, Twins shortstop makes realization

Avatar Of Rajesh Khanna



At The Field, Carlos Correa Hears Boos. Away From It, Twins Shortstop Makes Realization

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Carlos Correa can’t go to any road stadium without hearing the boos. It’s part of the territory now, not just for him, but for his 2017 Astros teammates. The Astros beat the Dodgers that year in the World Series, but later, their electronic sign-stealing scheme was revealed, drawing the ire of fans around the league.

Nowhere is it more pronounced than at Dodger Stadium, where Correa spent two days this week garnering the loudest boos and jeers he’s heard all season, along with frequent chants of “cheat-er, cheat-er” when he dug into the batter’s box.

It’s normal for Correa at this point, he said. And besides, he pointed out, last year was much worse.

“I don’t hate that they boo me,” he said. “I’ve learned to live with that.”

Last year, the shortstop didn’t even leave his hotel room when the Astros visited Los Angeles. This year, he realized something: It may seem as if he’s public enemy No. 1 at Dodger Stadium, but away from the ballpark, the reception he gets is quite different.

The Twins had off days on Monday, during which he went to the aquarium with his wife and baby son, and Thursday, during which the family spent the entire day at nearby Disneyland.

So, how was the reception?

“You know what I realized?” Correa asked. “That in the stadium, when I go, they like boo and stuff and it’s an entertainment type of thing for everyone to just do that. But when they see me on the streets, they’re super nice and they ask me for pictures, and they ask me for memorabilia for the kids or for autographs.”

Normally, he said, when he sees someone approaching in a Dodgers hat or jersey, the people around him close in to create a protective shield, not knowing how the fan might react to seeing him. But on this trip, he’s usually heard something along the lines of, “Hey Carlos, I’m a fan! Can I take a picture with you?” to which he will oblige.

“In this trip here, I learned that because I also went to the aquarium in L.A. over there and I went to restaurants and stuff and people were super nice and super, super full, and I was just taking pictures with everyone. It was cool. So one thing I learned is it’s part of the entertainment when I go to the stadiums.”


Max Kepler was 0-for-21 heading into Saturday’s game since returning from the injured list, but manager Rocco Baldelli said the right fielder “looks like his normal self,” to him.

Kepler was hit by a pitch in the foot last month, fracturing his right pinky toe and necessitating a stint on the injured list. Before he returned, Kepler described the injury as something that wouldn’t heal until the season is over, saying he would “have to deal with it and play through it.”

He’s been doing that since his return on Aug. 6.

“I don’t think the swings themselves and what he’s doing at the plate look too different. When a guy’s kind of working through some changes physically, I mean physical changes and maybe some minor soreness that he’s still dealing with and things like that, I think he’s still, obviously, still getting his feet under him from coming back from his toe injury,” Baldelli said. “But I also don’t think he looks like a guy that can’t go up there and hit a ball on the barrel. … I think he looks fine.”

Continue Reading


Cci gives a nod to the acquisition of Acc, Ambuja Cements by Adani Group

Avatar Of Rajesh Khanna



Cci Gives A Nod To The Acquisition Of Acc, Ambuja Cements By Adani Group

By August 13, 2022, 6:03 PM IST (Released)


In May, Adani Group announced an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Holcim Ltd’s India operations – Ambuja Ltd and ACC Ltd. At the same time, the Adani Group had made an open offer to the public shareholders of the two companies to acquire a 26% stake. everyone in the business.

The Indian Competition Commission (ICC) has given its approval for the acquisition of Holcim’s stake in Ambuja Ltd and ACC Ltd by Adani Group. In a tweet on Friday, the watchdog said it had approved “the acquisition of the stake in Holderind Investments, Ambuja Cements and ACC by Endeavor Trade and Investment.”

The proposed combination involves the acquisition of a 100% stake in Holderind Investments Ltd by Endeavor Trade and Investment Ltd. Endeavor Trade and Investment Ltd is a Mauritius-based company and belongs to the Adani Group.

Holderind Investments is owned by Holderfin BV and is part of the Swiss-based Holcim Group and is a holding company of cement manufacturers Ambuja Cements and ACC Ltd. Holderind Investments held a 63.11% stake in Ambuja Cements and a 4.48% stake in ACC, Ambuja held a 50.05% stake in ACC.

The regulator has also approved Endeavor’s open offer for a new acquisition of up to 26% each in Ambuja Cements and ACC. Transactions above a certain threshold require approval from the regulator, which keeps an eye on unfair trading practices in the market.


Continue Reading