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Orioles minor league All-Stars: The top prospects at each position during the 2022 season

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For the entire minor league season, The Baltimore Sun has gathered a list of the standout Orioles prospects from each week. The most common names frequently coincided with Baseball America’s top 30 rankings for Baltimore’s farm system, including Gunnar Henderson and — for a brief time — Adley Rutschman.

Both of those top prospects are now playing pivotal roles for the Orioles, with Henderson joining the big league ranks on Aug. 31.

But there’s a slew of players who have put together equally impressive minor league seasons, deserving of a hat-tip in the end-of-season honors list from The Sun. Triple-A Norfolk still has just over a week left in its season, and High-A Aberdeen is in the midst of its first South Atlantic League Championship Series.

As some minor league campaigns come to a close, though, here’s a look at which Orioles prospects impressed the most over the course of the 2022 season.

Catcher Maverick Handley

Before Rutschman arrived in Baltimore and changed the Orioles’ season, he only received 84 minor-league plate appearances this season. And Rutschman had a .924 OPS, the sample size isn’t large enough to feature as a minor league All-Star.

Handley, meanwhile, put together a strong season for Double-A Bowie in which he showed a flash of power potential. Selected in the sixth round of the 2019 draft, Handley knocked 11 homers and had a .769 OPS. His 114 wRC+, or weighted runs created plus, a statistic that takes into account factors such as ballpark conditions and a pitcher’s ERA, where 100 is league average, is the highest among Orioles minor league catchers with at least 300 plate appearances, and his 11.7% walk rate was highest among the group, too.

Honorable mention: Cody Roberts didn’t go deep as frequently as Handley, but the catcher held a .271 average and recorded 18 doubles with 42 RBIs. Roberts split time between Bowie and Norfolk, ending his season with nine hits in seven games for the Tides.

First baseman TT Bowens

Bowens spent the season with Aberdeen, where he struck out 29% of the time but walked at a career-high 15.2% rate, good for a .768 OPS. Bowens joined the organization as an undrafted free agent due to the 2020 draft being shortened to five rounds.

Bowens smacked seven homers as part of his career-high 88 hits, and he ranks eighth in the Orioles farm system in wRC+ (117) among players with at least 400 plate appearances.

Second baseman Jordan Westburg

With the ability to play at shortstop and third base, Westburg is a valuable utility glove with a bat that broke out in 2022, putting him in position to push for a major league debut. Westburg was selected out of Mississippi State in the first round of the 2020 draft.

The 23-year-old leads the Orioles’ minor league system with 26 homers, and his .862 OPS ranks fifth among players in Baltimore’s organization with at least 400 plate appearances. Westburg’s 129 wRC+ is also fifth, and his average raised from .247 with the Baysox to .277 with the Tides.

Honorable mention: Only 19, Frederick Bencosme rose three levels this season, from rookie ball to Aberdeen by year’s end. Across those three levels, Bencosme holds a .311 average with a .793 OPS.

Shortstop Joey Ortiz

At the beginning of the season, when Westburg, Ortiz and Henderson shared an infield, Westburg said Ortiz had the best glove of any of the trio of prospects. But Ortiz also has proven himself at the plate, reaching Norfolk by the end of the season and has immediately taken to the level, with a 1.075 OPS in 17 games with the Tides.

Across the Double-A and Triple-A levels this season, Ortiz has an .829 OPS — the sixth-best among players with at least 400 plate appearances — with 18 homers.

Honorable mention: Darell Hernaiz, selected in the fifth round of the 2019 draft — one round after Ortiz — rose from Delmarva to Bowie this year. He holds a .779 OPS, and his 112 wRC+ ranks ninth among batters with 400 plate appearances.

Third baseman Gunnar Henderson

Henderson split time between third base (48 games) and shortstop (50 games), and the Orioles even experimented with him briefly at first base and second base. But his home is on the left side of the infield, and he’s immediately established himself as a major leaguer.

The 21-year-old’s rapid rise from Bowie to Norfolk elevated him to No. 1 prospect status after Rutschman graduated from the rankings. Henderson hit .297 with a .946 OPS between Bowie and Norfolk, with 50 extra-base hits and 22 stolen bases. And since arriving with the Orioles, he has provided instant production.

Honorable mention: Coby Mayo’s power was especially on display at Aberdeen, where he hit 14 homers before adding five long balls in 34 games at Bowie. Mayo held a .782 OPS with 69 RBIs.

Utilityman Connor Norby

Behind Westburg, Norby’s 25 homers rank second in the farm system. Norby plays mostly second base but also featured as a left fielder this season. A second-round pick in 2019, Norby’s OPS rose to .960 during his time with Bowie.

Outfielder Hudson Haskin

Haskin spent the season with the Baysox, where he posted an .821 OPS — the seventh best in the farm system among qualified full-season affiliate players. The Tulane product learned to accept what some labeled as a “weird” swing, and it allowed Haskin to be himself at the plate. The results followed he had 15 homers and 23 doubles.

Outfielder Colton Cowser

Few players have experienced as quick of a rise through the minors as Cowser this season. As a first-round pick in 2021, Cowser began in Aberdeen and has wound up with Norfolk, and his 141 wRC+ is second only to Henderson. His .868 OPS is third among Orioles minor leaguers with at least 400 plate appearances, and Cowser’s walk rate of 15.5% is fifth best.

Outfielder Kyle Stowers

The only outfielder with a better OPS than Cowser is Stowers, who has since risen to the MLB ranks. In Stowers’ time with Norfolk, the 24-year-old second-round pick in 2019 held an .884 OPS with 19 homers and 29 doubles.

Honorable mentions: Shayne Fontana recorded an .898 OPS with Bowie before his rise to Norfolk toward the end of this season. Heston Kjerstad, who made his professional debut this season after missing the entire 2021 season with heart inflammation, posted an .851 OPS across the Low-A and High-A levels. He’ll will play in the Arizona Fall League.

Right-hander Grayson Rodriguez

Rodriguez’s season hit a bump when he suffered a Grade 2 right lat muscle strain in June, postponing an expected promotion to the majors. He has returned to Norfolk after a rehab start and two appearances for Bowie, and his latest outing showed how dominant he can be: five innings, two hits and no runs.

Among pitchers with at least 50 innings, no one in the Orioles’ system has a better ERA than Rodriguez’s 2.42, and his 0.90 WHIP leads the way, too. Rodriguez is the top pitching prospect in baseball.

Right-hander Noah Denoyer

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2019, Denoyer proved himself as a starter and reliever this season for Bowie, where he posted a 2.61 ERA. His 0.93 WHIP trails only Rodriguez among pitchers with at least 30 innings this season, and he’s walked just 6.1% of the batters he faced.

Right-hander Xavier Moore

Moore joined Baltimore as part of a 2019 trade with the Minnesota Twins, and the 2017 16th-round pick has developed into a steady reliever for Aberdeen. His 10 saves are tied for the second most in the farm system, and he has done it with a 1.36 ERA and a 31.9% strikeout-to-walk ratio — the best among Orioles minor leaguers with at least 30 innings.

Right-hander Justin Armbruester

A 2021 12th-round pick from New Mexico, Armbruester has thrown the second-most innings (117) of any Orioles minor leaguer. He rose from Aberdeen to Bowie, and he holds a 3.85 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP — the latter of which is the fifth lowest among qualified Orioles pitchers.

Left-hander Drew Rom

Rom, a 2018 fourth-round pick, has started 23 games this season and made the jump from Bowie to Norfolk, but his performances haven’t changed. Between both levels, he holds a 4.24 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and struck out an average of 10.9 batters per nine innings in 108 1/3 innings.

Honorable mentions: Right-hander Ryan Watson’s work in Bowie earned him a promotion to Norfolk, and he’s posted a 3.55 ERA between those levels. He’s featured as a reliever for the Tides but started 18 games for the Baysox … Right-hander Peter Van Loon struck out 97 batters in 88 2/3 innings for Aberdeen … Right-hander Ryan Long has a 3.10 ERA for Delmarva … Right-hander Ignacio Feliz racked up 135 strikeouts for the IronBirds in 92 2/3 innings …Connor Gillispie and Jean Pinto each threw more than 90 innings with ERAs below 4.00 for Aberdeen.

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For Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson, love of baseball began on Alabama field his father built: ‘It’s pretty special’

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Looking around the packed stands at Morgan Academy in Selma, Alabama, the nerves came to Terry Waters. He pitched in college, but never in front of a crowd like this, with so much riding on each throw.

In those stands were scouts from every team in Major League Baseball. The former Troy pitcher needed to groove batting practice to the player all those scouts were there to see, a 17-year-old named Gunnar Henderson with flowing blonde hair peeking out of his hat and boundless potential.

“That got me a little nervous, I’ll be honest,” Waters said, laughing now with the freedom of one who knows how things turned out. “I didn’t want it to be my fault he had a bad day.”

Two days earlier, Henderson held his first pro day. That one, on a Tuesday, was attended by just one team: the Cincinnati Reds. But word spread like wildfire after the infielder cranked home runs over the fence and onto the football field beyond it with regularity, with no part of the field spared from his power.

So when Thursday came for Henderson’s next session, not one team wanted to miss the rural Alabama teenager who seemed destined to become a star. Waters had seen it earlier that year, when he joined Henderson at various showcase tournaments. In those events, Henderson stood out, even among some of the top high school players in the country.

And while Waters worried about his own strike-throwing performance, there was no need to worry about Henderson. Even then, he seemed unflappable.

“He just crushed the ball,” Waters said. “And then every game he played, every scout was there. It was just unbelievable. And I know he was under super pressure every game.”

Henderson has been ever since, rising rapidly to become the top prospect in baseball, then becoming the youngest player in the majors with the Orioles. But his performances have belied his age, with an uncanny ability to hit for power the opposite way.

On Wednesday, he was named Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year, another feather in the cap of a player whose rise shows no signs of stopping. But before getting here, writing just his first name on the Green Monster at Fenway Park — a signature that will be known to all who come next — he was a little boy in a small town with a baseball glove.

Getting here wasn’t the idea — at least at first. Henderson just had fun playing ball with his brothers and his father, Allen. He hasn’t changed, even if his surroundings and teammates have.

A field of their own

As Gunnar and his mother, Kerry Henderson, rummaged around the house looking for baby photos to use during Gunnar’s senior year, they stumbled on a favorite. Gunnar sat in the dirt, with tears streaming from his eyes and blood on his face.

He was just 4 or 5 years old. But with his brother, Jackson, four years older, Gunnar partook in the same drills. On that occasion, a ground ball off the bat of Allen had kicked up and plunked Gunnar on the face, a startling revelation that baseball — while fun — could also hurt sometimes.

“Made us tough growing up,” Gunnar said. “We’re tough kids, and that’s just how we were raised.”

And they were raised out there, on the Little League field Allen built shortly after they moved into their house in Selma. The transformation was swift, turning a horse pasture into a ball diamond by killing off some grass, forming an infield, laying bases and purchasing a backstop to install.

It was more out of necessity, Allen said. Without many options in Selma for reliable ball fields, he saw the flat patch of grass and felt the solution was to make his own. When coaching city and travel teams for his sons, the Hendersons would host practice. Baseball was all around, from the batting tee and net hung in the garage to the 200-foot fences in the back yard.

“That’s where they lived for quite a few years,” Allen said. “Worked out quite well for him.”

“It was really fun to go from your back porch to your back yard to be able to practice baseball,” Gunnar added.

That’s also where Gunnar’s early development took place, with his father preaching the need to hit the pitch where it’s headed. Allen wanted to divide the plate, noting how young pitchers felt more comfortable pitching away — so Gunnar learned to step in slightly, driving the ball toward left.

With a net in the garage, Henderson would hit balls off the tee set up on the outside, learning how to let the pitch travel deep to avoid rolling over it. There are some “battle scars” in that garage, Allen said, from the occasional mishit balls that found wall instead of net. But that was only to be expected from a daily exercise.

And once Waters began throwing batting practice off the mound to Gunnar as an eighth grader, Gunnar saw more variance, a balance of inside and outside pitching. He always had fast hands, an ability to turn on the baseball; what he learned with Waters is how to react.

“When it’s thrown away, hit it that way,” Gunnar said. “My dad’s big thing: wherever the ball is, hit it that way. I feel like that’s been pretty good for me, it has worked for me, and I feel like that’s been a huge help for my success.”

Early in his time in the minor leagues, Gunnar developed a slightly closed stance. It helped him catch up to the sudden jump in velocity that follows pro ball. But as he rose the ranks in the minors, pitchers began to exploit Gunnar’s determination to hit the ball the other way.

They pitched him inside at Double-A Bowie, requiring an offseason adjustment to develop a more neutral batting stance. And by the time he arrived with the Orioles, his quick hands showed immediately in his second at-bat, as he crushed a thunderous homer to right field.

At Morgan Academy, Gunnar hit all but two or three of his senior year homers the opposite way. He maintained an even split in the minors. In his first month as an Oriole, he’s done the same, with two to right, one to center and one to left.

It’s the same thing he showed four years earlier at his pro day, driving ball after ball over the fence and onto the football field beyond.

“Most kids want to pull the ball and see how far they can hit it,” Waters said. “He’s just as interested in hitting it off the left-center wall on a line drive as he is with pulling it and hitting the ball 50 feet over the fence.”

‘Where it all started’

In that predawn fog, the kind that hovers around ground level in Alabama, Gunnar would drag his father outside for his favorite part of the day. He wouldn’t need to be in preschool until 9 a.m., and that’s also when Allen began work.

So the pair woke up at 6 a.m., went out in the carport and threw the baseball, an early morning warmup before returning to the field behind their house for a more full practice in the late afternoon.

When Gunnar’s eyes glaze over in the visitor’s clubhouse inside Fenway Park, that’s where his mind wanders — to the travel ball practices held at his house, the groundball he took to the face and the throwing and hitting sessions with his father. They all took place there in Selma, the town he still calls home in the offseason.

Shortly after Gunnar signed his deal with the Orioles, he realized he needed something better than a tee in his garage to practice. He helped design and build a 50-foot by 80-foot structure near an old horse barn on their property and down the right field line of the field he grew up playing on.

“It’s kind of like a dressed-up looking barn,” Allen said. “Then you roll the doors back and it’s a full cage with all the essentials.”

That’s where he’ll return once the Orioles’ season ends. For Gunnar, that’s where his love for baseball began, on the little field his father built. And baseball will never wander far from there, even as he becomes a star in the major leagues.

“It’s pretty special to be able to go back there and relive it,” Gunnar said. “Having the batting cage right where it all started, that’s pretty special to me.”

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The Ravens — yes, the Ravens — have become a pass-first team. And it’s working.

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To appreciate what the Ravens’ offense has become under quarterback Lamar Jackson, consider where it started.

In Week 11 of the 2018 season, Jackson, then a 21-year-old rookie backing up a banged-up Joe Flacco, made his first career start. The Ravens were facing the Bengals, who in their Week 2 meeting in Cincinnati had allowed just 66 rushing yards. That was not an effective deterrent. To inaugurate his first drive as a starter, Jackson handed the ball off. Then he ran it himself. Then another handoff. Then another keeper. By the time running back Alex Collins reached the end zone, the Ravens had covered 66 yards in 11 plays, not one of them a pass.

As Jackson rose to stardom over the next three years, his success became inextricable from the offense’s identity: He was a dual-threat quarterback in a run-heavy offense in a pass-happy league. Jackson’s arm talent was abundant — he led the NFL in passing touchdowns in 2019 and set franchise and NFL single-game records for passing yards and accuracy, respectively, last year — but his rushing ability supercharged one of the sport’s best-ever running attacks. More often than not, Jackson made the math work for offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Entering Sunday’s showdown with the Super Bowl favorite Buffalo Bills, the Ravens’ offensive efficiency has become as remarkable as their inverted approach. A run-first team has become a pass-first team, turning early downs into big-play opportunities and showcasing Jackson’s improvements as one of the NFL’s most well-rounded quarterbacks.

“It’s not the Ravens of the past no more,” Jackson said after a Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins, a game in which the Ravens averaged 8.8 yards per play — one of their highest-ever rates — despite paltry contributions from their running backs. “This is the NFL; it’s a new era. We’ve got to play ball. We’ve got to know that if the passing is working, we’ve got to keep passing it if we’re doing it.”

They haven’t stopped yet. According to analytics website RBSDM.com, the Ravens’ early-down pass rate — which measures how often a team passes on first or second down, except during garbage time — through three games is 63.6%, sixth highest in the NFL. Their matchup against Buffalo now profiles less as an old-school-versus-new-school battle and more as a modern NFL air show; the Bills, led by star quarterback Josh Allen, rank second in early-down pass rate (68.1%), behind only the Kansas City Chiefs (69.5%).

The Ravens’ philosophical shift, until this season’s opening month, was gradual. In 2019, when Jackson won NFL Most Valuable Player honors after overseeing the league’s most efficient rushing and passing offense, the Ravens were last in the NFL in early-down run rate (43.4%). One year later, they were 30th (44.6%).

Last year, with injuries hurting the Ravens’ run game and a leaky defense forcing the offense to play catch-up, they ranked 12th in early-down pass rate (54.3%) — and fared well, ranking in the top 11 in both first- and second-down efficiency, according to Football Outsiders. It was a new look for quarterback and play-caller alike. Never before in Greg Roman’s four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2011 to 2014) and one full year with the Bills (2015) had an offense he coordinated finished above even 52% in early-down pass rate.

After an offseason and training camp in which Jackson passed as well as he ever has, if not better, the Ravens did not wait long to test out their proof of concept. They threw the ball on nearly three-quarters of their early downs in Week 1 against the New York Jets, then on over 60% of their early downs against the Dolphins. Even Sunday, when their rushing attack finally broke out in a win against the New England Patriots, the Ravens were among the NFL’s more pass-inclined teams.

“I try to mix it up,” Roman said last Thursday. “This time of year, we’re still kind of figuring out who we are, so I think I’ll get a better feel for that. It will change week to week; sometimes we’ll throw it more, sometimes we’ll run it more, but it’s going to be a week-to-week thing. I definitely think that the passing game is improving, but this is a whole new week, and we just have to keep getting better.”

Jackson said Wednesday that opponents this season have sometimes lined up on early downs as if they’re expecting the Ravens to turn back the clock. But defensive resources are finite. Teams committing to stopping Roman’s run game have opened up throwing lanes for a much-improved passing attack. According to the play index site nflfastR, the Ravens are averaging 10 yards on first-down pass plays (including scrambles) and 7.1 yards on second-down pass plays. Buffalo is averaging 6.5 yards and 7.1 yards, respectively, in those situations.

The Ravens’ early-down success has kept their offense on schedule and Jackson in command. Already an MVP front-runner, he’s first in the NFL in passer rating and fifth in rushing yards. Entering Week 4, the Ravens lead the NFL in points per game (33.0), yards per play (6.9) and offensive DVOA, a measure of efficiency.

“It’s Greg Roman and the offensive staff realizing people are going to play them a certain way,” CBS NFL analyst Charles Davis, who’ll call Sunday’s game in Baltimore, said in an interview. “I mean, they’re the Baltimore Ravens; you run the football, and you run it quite effectively. So when you throw the ball in the early downs, that’s countering what they planned for. … So I just think it’s Greg Roman and this staff saying, ‘Hey, we know how you’re going to play us,’ because we’ve earned that by how we run the ball. So we’re going to go counter to that and see if you’re going to adjust.”

Coach John Harbaugh, who lauded the Ravens’ “revolutionary” offense ahead of their record-breaking 2019 season, said Monday that “evolution kind of happens as it goes.” Amid departures from their passing game (wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown) and injuries to their running game (running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards) over the past year, the Ravens have tinkered and tweaked. Their offense is still unique, just in new ways.

“If you ask any defensive coordinator or head coach in this league, they’ll tell you that this offense is hard to defend,” Harbaugh said. “So that’s a pretty good measuring stick, right there. Now, executing and then keeping it going and coming up with ways to keep people off balance, that’s what coaches do, that’s what coordinators do. I really believe Greg is one of the very best in the business at that.”

The Bills won’t make anything easy Sunday. Despite a slew of injuries to key contributors, Buffalo has the NFL’s second-best pass defense and fifth-best rushing defense, according to Football Outsiders. If Roman and Jackson want to test an injury-ridden secondary, he’ll have to trust his protection against a fearsome pass rush. If they want to establish the run, they’ll have to overcome a defense that tackles the ball carrier at or behind the line of scrimmage nearly 30% of the time, one of the NFL’s best rates.

So: run or pass? Doesn’t matter to Ravens guard Kevin Zeitler. Inside the locker room Wednesday, he couldn’t even hazard a guess about how much the run-first offense he’d joined before the 2021 season had changed.

“You know, I honestly haven’t really thought about it too much,” Zeitler said. He added: “Teams like to do what they’re good at. If it’s passing, great. If it’s running, great. And I think if it works, it’s going to work.”

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Join senior market strategist and trading mentor Duncan Cooper as he monitors price levels on the monthly and daily charts of the S&P 500.

The price reversed sharply at the monthly support level of 3633 yesterday.

The break in price above yesterday’s high at 3735 would begin to confirm a short-term reversal targeting the daily resistance level of 3882.

Disclaimer: Trading involves risk. In times of heightened volatility, traders should apply strict risk management rules.

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A non-governmental organization (NGO), with financial ties to billionaire George Soros, has won a $41 million federal contract from President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) to help illegal aliens escape deportation from the United States.

The Acacia Center for Justice, an NGO with financial ties to the Soros-linked Vera Institute of Justice, signed a contract with Biden’s DOJ to provide “legal services” to cross-border commuters and illegal aliens after they were released from prison. inside the United States hoping to stay permanently.

Fox News’ Joe Schoffstall reports:

The Biden administration awarded $41 million in taxpayer-backed government contracts to a new liberal nonprofit working to help illegal immigrants fight deportation amid an escalating border crisis, Fox News Digital found. [Emphasis added]

The Acacia Center for Justice, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., was born out of a partnership between the Vera Institute of Justice and Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR), received six “legal services” contracts from the Justice Department that began Sept. 1, records show. [Emphasis added]

The multimillion-dollar contracts began just months after the secrecy nonprofit received a July 29 determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, which indicated that the effective date for the group’s tax exemption was December 29, 2021. [Emphasis added]

The Soros-linked Vera Institute of Justice, as Breitbart News previously reported, recently secured a $172 million DOJ contract from Biden to do the same job — helping illegal aliens evade deportation from states. -United

In 2018, the Vera Institute of Justice had already received $310 million from the Obama administration to help unaccompanied alien children (UACs) avoid deportation.

The latest estimates reveal that the Biden administration, from February 2021 to August 2022, released at least 1.35 million cross-border commuters and illegal aliens into American communities — a larger foreign population than the resident populations of Wyoming, Vermont, Alaska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Delaware, Rhode Island and Montana.

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Lunar Alert: Avoid major purchases or decisions after 5 p.m. EDT today (2 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. PDT). The Moon is in Scorpio.

Happy Birthday Thursday, September 29, 2022:

You’re talented, smart, and a bit of a maverick because you make your own decisions and do your own thing. You are caring, compassionate and a defender of justice. This year you will receive recognition, awards or perhaps a promotion to recognize your past work and efforts. Cheer!

RAM

(March 21-April 19)
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It’s a good day to review paperwork related to shared ownership, debt, taxes, and everything else we like to avoid. Roll up your sleeves and check it out, because you’ll be amazed at how much you’ve come up with. Stay realistic. No pie-in-the-sky stuff. Tonight: Explore!

BULL

(April 20-May 20)
★★★
Pick today for a one-on-one chat with a partner or close friend, perhaps about an ongoing situation with your kids or something to do with travel or college. You may not fix things, but you can make great progress if you start. Tonight: Check your finances.

GEMINI

(May 21-June 20)
★★★
It’s a good day to bring up old business related to your work, especially if it’s related to your family, job, or workplace. Resources and help from others might be the assistance you need. Think positive! Tonight: listen, cooperate.

CANCER

(June 21-July 22)
★★★★
This is a creative day for those who work in the arts or those who play sports or work with children. In particular, you may want to experiment with old ideas or previous methods that you were interested in before. A partner or close friend could help you. Tonight: work. Get organized.

LEO

(July 23-August 22)
★★★
A discussion with a relative of the family (perhaps mom) could be effective today. It could be related to old money issues or something you own. You might be able to fix something or find a better way to do a job. Most likely you want to help someone. Tonight: play!

VIRGIN

(August 23-September 22)
★★★
Communications with others today will be meaningful. You have something to say and someone wants to hear what you have to offer. Perhaps it concerns an old friend or an ex-partner. It can also be related to a different approach to managing children, sporting or social events. Tonight: Cocoon.

BALANCE

(Sep 23-Oct 22)
★★★
Be open to a new approach to financial matters today and perhaps how you earn your money. Or it could be how you handle something you already own. Someone could help you reuse an item you own. Do some research to expand your options. Tonight: Study.

SCORPIO

(23 Oct-21 Nov)
★★★★
Today you might be having a conversation with an old friend or a group – someone from your past – and that discussion is quite intense. Someone wants to get to the bottom of something. “What is really going on here? You see the subtext of things. Tonight: Focus on your finances.

SAGITTARIUS

(22 Nov-21 Dec)
★★★
It’s a popular time for you; nevertheless, today you might want to hide behind the scenes. Discussions about money, possessions, or your relationship with a parent or boss may require some sensitivity or privacy. Do not rush. Tonight: You win!

CAPRICORN

(22 Dec-19 Jan)
★★★
People look up to you now, especially bosses, parents, and people in authority. Of course, you can do this work for yourself. During this time, a friend might bring up old issues, perhaps related to travel, foreign countries, or a makeover project that might have interested you. Tonight: Loneliness.

AQUARIUS

(20 Jan-18 Feb)
★★★
Be aware that you are high visibility today. People notice you more than usual. Maybe someone will help you close old deals related to shared finances or shared ownership. Some research on your part might help you find useful information. Tonight: be friendly.

PISCES

(February 19-March 20)
★★★★
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Leicester v Nottingham Forest LIVE commentary: Under fire, Brendan Rodgers must avoid a seventh consecutive defeat in the East Midlands derby

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Leicester V Nottingham Forest Live Commentary: Under Fire, Brendan Rodgers Must Avoid A Seventh Consecutive Defeat In The East Midlands Derby
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Leicester host Nottingham Forest in the East Midlands derby on Monday night, with both clubs desperate for a win.

The Foxes have lost six Premier League games in a row and the pressure is really mounting on Brendan Rodgers.

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Things don’t look good for Rodgers

Leicester have decided not to sack the former Liverpool boss but you’d think time is running out unless he can turn things around quickly.

Meanwhile, Forest are yet to win an away league game since returning to the top flight.

Steve Cooper is always trying to incorporate all new players into his squad, which has been shown in recent performances.

But Forest beat Leicester 4-1 the last time these two met in the FA Cup earlier this year.

Leicester v Nottingham Forest: talkSPORT coverage

This Premier League clash is set to take place on monday october 3.

Kick-off at King Power Stadium is scheduled for 8 p.m.

talkSPORT coverage will begin at 7 p.m. with Adrian Durham.

Comments will come from Sam Matterface and former Liverpool man Danny Murphy.

To tune into talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 via the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen through the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

Cooper's Team Have Suffered Poor Results This Year

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Cooper’s team have suffered poor results this year

Leicester v Nottingham Forest: Team news

The hosts are without Ryan Bertrand and Ricardo Pereira as they recover from long-term injuries.

Caglar Soyuncu is also a doubt after picking up a slight knee problem.

Wilfried Ndidi is also a major doubt after suffering a minor hamstring tear while with Nigeria.

Rodgers must also decide who will play in goal with Danny Ward in less than impressive form.

Visitors will be deprived of Moussa Niakhate and Orel Mangala.

Emmanuel Dennis hasn’t played any role in Nigeria’s latest round of games due to an unconfirmed issue.

Scott McKenna has suffered a sprained knee, while Morgan Gibbs-White has not played in England Under-21 fixtures and is being assessed.

Ndidi Could Face Another Spell On The Sidelines

Ndidi could face another spell on the sidelines

Leicester v Nottingham Forest: Match facts

  • Leicester have won just one of their last seven league meetings with Nottingham Forest (D4 L2), it’s the first time the sides have faced each other in the league since a 2-2 draw at the City Ground in February 2014.
  • Nottingham Forest have lost just one of their six Premier League meetings with Leicester (W3 D2), winning the last such match between the sides 1-0 in May 1999. It turned out to be Forest’s last top-flight game before they return this season. .
  • Although they haven’t met in the league for over eight years, Nottingham Forest beat Leicester in their last meeting in all competitions, winning a 4-1 FA Cup draw at the City Ground last season. Forest last won consecutive games against the Foxes in March 1995 (a series of three).
  • Leicester remain the only winless side in the Premier League this season (D1 L6), despite failing to win any of their first four home games in a league campaign in 2001-02 (D2 L2), finishing bottom of the Premier League that year.
  • Nottingham Forest have lost their last four league matches, conceding at least two goals in all four games. They suffered five straight league defeats in a single season in January 2004.
  • After losing his last two Premier League home games with Leicester (0-1 to Manchester United and 1-2 to Southampton), Brendan Rodgers could lose three league home games in a row for the first time as a coach.
  • Nottingham Forest have allowed the most turnovers in the Premier League so far this season (15), conceding four goals from such turnovers, twice as many as any other side.
  • No team have conceded more goals from set pieces (excluding pens) than Leicester and Nottingham Forest (both 5) in the Premier League this season, while all five conceded by Forest have been via corners, a league peak in 2022-23.
  • Leicester’s James Maddison has been directly involved in 11 goals (seven goals, four assists) in his last 10 Premier League games, while at the King Power Stadium he has registered seven goals and six assists in his 14 last matches of the competition.
  • Neco Williams has taken the most shots (15) and created chances (9) in the Premier League for Nottingham Forest this season. His 24 shot appearances are the most of any player without scoring a goal or assisting in the competition in 2022-23.

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