There are nights when the Blue Jays have looked lost at the plate, a confounding reality of the inconsistent 2023 season thus far.
There are nights when the Blue Jays have looked lost at the plate, a confounding reality of the inconsistent 2023 season thus far.
There are also stretches such as the recent weekend sweep in Boston when they rattled off 44 hits over three games and looked like the offensive juggernaut of old.
And then there are nights like Monday, when the imposing starting pitcher is dealing such heat that they appear to have no chance.
That was certainly the case at a soggy Progressive Field in Cleveland when the Jays faced 6-foot-6 Guardians right-hander Gavin Williams, who blew fastball after fastball by them, striking out 12 batters through seven shutout innings.
When they finally got to the bullpen, however, things changed in a hurry as a Jays player who doesn’t get the chance to show his stuff every day, came up big. That guy would be Cavan Biggio, who unleashed a big 415-foot blast to left field, a two-run homer to snap a scoreless deadlock and send the Jays on therir way to a nail-biting 3-1 victory.
And on a night when so little was happening offensively for either team, how about the unheralded Biggio making it happen on defence as well? Getting the start at second base, Biggio made an unassisted double play to end a potential Guardians rally in the eighth to keep his team in front.
With the tying run at third and the go-ahead at first, Biggio took a sharply hit grounder from Steven Kwan, tagged out Bo Naylor who was running toward second, then raced to first to get a sliding Kwan.
It was the Jays’ fourth consecutive win to start this seven-game road trip as they continue to take advantage of struggling opponents.
The Jays improved to 64-50 and have now won 10 of their past 14 while proving to be road warriors in the process. In fact, with 14 wins in their past 18 contests away from Toronto, they have the best road record in the majors since June 20.
As confounded as the Jays were by the electric stuff brought by the talented 24-year-old Williams, the latest victory showed the continued signs of a good team starting to get it right with strong pitching and defence keeping them in the game.
The work from the mound was mostly terrific, even with starter Hyun-Jin Ryu leaving the game due to a leg injury after four shutout innings.
A parade of relievers held the Guardians to just one hit until Yimi Garcia surrendered a pair of one-out singles in the eighth. Lefty Tim Mayza was able to clean up that mess leaving the Jays and Jordan Hicks to survive a testy bottom of the ninth.
The current win streak is a potentially big one for a team that, we must remember, is without its best hitter (Bo Bichette) and closer (Jordan Romano) due to injury. But so far on this trip, they’re taking care of business against struggling opponents. Doing so allowed them to move three games ahead of their closest pursuer, Seattle, for the third and final wild-card spot in the American League.
The magic of Davis Schneider took a night off as the sensational callup was promoted to hitting leadoff — just four games into his big league career — but followed with an 0-for-4 night. After going 4-for-5 with a home run in Boston on Sunday, Schneider began his career with a 9-for-13 run at the plate through three games … With Ryu out, the Jays had to cycle aggressively through their bullpen to keep the Guardians hitters at bay, using six relievers in total … The welcome resurgence at the plate from George Springer continued with a clutch RBI single in the ninth to give the Jays an important insurance run. Though overshadowed by the Schneider heroics in Boston, Springer was a stellar 7-for-12 over those three games and entered Monday on an 8-for-17 run since breaking his 0-for-35 slide … Of course, even that insurance run didn’t feel like enough when the night’s designated closer, Hicks, loaded the bases with two outs before getting Brayan Rocchio to ground into a game ending out … By the fifth inning, Guardians starter Williams had struck out every Jays hitters except catcher Danny Jansen, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with right wrist/forearm soreness … Quite the pitching duel early, each team had managed just one hit through six innings.
The return of Jays pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu was showing a world of promise in Cleveland on Monday night, but ended in pain.
After allowing just one walk through four innings of the Jays’ game against the Guardians, a sharply hit ball from Oscar Gonzalez caught Ryu on the inside of his right leg below the knee.
Reacting on instinct, Ryu scrambled to retrieve the ball and threw it to first baseman Vlad Guerrero Jr., to record the final out of the inning, but collapsed to the ground in pain.
Perhaps encouragingly, Ryu walked off the field under his own power, but was replaced in the fifth inning by Jays reliever Jay Jackson. Ryu threw 52 pitches through four innings, allowing the lone walk while striking out two.
The preliminary Ryu diagnosis from the Jays was a right knee contusion.
Ryu, who had Tommy John surgery in June 2022, was making just his second start since returning to the Jays after a lengthy rehab to recover.
The Jays had 14 hits or more in each weekend game in Boston, just the fourth time in franchise history that they’ve had that many in three consecutive games and the first time since 2004 … For the three remaining games in Cleveland, the Jays will send Yusei Kikuchi, Kevin Gausman and Alek Manoah to the mound.
In the ever-expanding world of online sports betting, selecting the right sportsbook is crucial. This is to ensure an enjoyable and secure gambling experience. With numerous options available, it can be challenging to find the perfect fit. For instance, you can be looking into sites like BestOdds to find a sportsbook to go with but do not know what exactly to check.
This article will explain the basics of finding an excellent online sportsbook.
The first and most critical factor when choosing an online sportsbook is ensuring it operates in a legal and transparent manner. A reputable sportsbook should possess a valid license from a recognized regulatory authority. These licenses indicate that the sportsbook adheres to strict standards, including fair play, responsible gambling and financial security.
Before registering, check for the sportsbook’s licensing information. In most cases, you will find this in the footer of their website. Some of the most reputable regulatory bodies for online sports betting include the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) and the Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission.
Additionally, research the sportsbook’s track record for regulatory compliance and any previous non-payment or unethical practices incidents. User reviews and industry news sources can provide valuable insights into the sportsbook’s reputation.
The quality of odds and the variety of betting markets offered are key factors in determining the suitability of an online sportsbook. Competitive odds provide better potential returns for your bets, while a wide range of markets allows you to explore different betting options.
Compare odds from multiple sportsbooks to ensure you get the best bet value. Some websites and apps even offer odds comparison tools to make this process more convenient.
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The budding relationship between fifth-year forward Rui Hachimura and four-time MVP LeBron James has been one of the stories of the offseason for the resurgent Los Angeles Lakers. Stories of the two working out together have become commonplace. “I call him my Daniel-san and I’m Mr. Miyagi,” James joked at Lakers’ media day Monday. It was an appropriate comparison not just between James and Hachimura, but the legend and his entire team.
Now that Udonis Haslem has called it a career and Andre Iguodala is seemingly headed in that direction, James is officially the NBA’s oldest active player. He proved that he is still a superstar on the court last season, but aside from Anthony Davis and Taurean Prince, all of his Laker teammates are at least a decade his junior. In a perfect world, the days of James pushing for 30-point triple-doubles on a nightly basis are now over. He has a group of young teammates eager to learn from his example and lift him up when he needs it.
“I think with this team we have the most depth,” new Lakers big man Christian Wood said Monday. “No team in the league has more depth than we have.” This was the goal of the Lakers’ offseason. Though they didn’t make any particularly splashy additions, six of the seven Lakers to play at least 200 postseason minutes are back this season. Joining them are Gabe Vincent, a starter on Miami’s finalist from a season ago, and Wood, one of the NBA’s most dynamic scoring big men. Rounding out the new-look bench are former first-round picks Taurean Prince (29), Cam Reddish (24) and Jaxson Hayes (23). That youth-oriented approach was no accident, as Lakers coach Darvin Ham explained Friday.
“Now that we have, top-to-bottom, what we feel is a highly balanced, skilled, athletic, younger team of guys that have logged a ton of NBA minutes, we can surround both he and AD with these players who are coming in eager to contribute, eager to show that they can impact winning,” Ham said. “That’s gonna allow us to be able to be more efficient with his game-to-game minutes.”
Managing James’ minutes was difficult last season. The Lakers lacked depth on a roster depleted by the Russell Westbrook trade, and when Davis was hurt, James needed to carry a remarkable burden just to keep the Lakers afloat. He averaged 24.1 shots and 34.6 points per game between Dec. 18 and Jan. 24, Davis’ longest extended absence of the season. Roughly one month later, he suffered the foot injury that hampered him for the rest of the season. It’s an outcome Davis is hoping to avoid this time around.
“It’s my goal every year to play 82,” Davis said. Though likely unobtainable, keeping Davis on the floor will be essential to the Lakers’ championship hopes this season. In fact, James might even argue that his co-star’s health is more important than his own. “He is the face [of the franchise],” James said at media day. For stretches last season, he was among the NBA’s best players. Between Nov. 13 and his own injury on Dec. 13, Davis averaged 32.4 points per game while doubling as the league’s best defensive player.
But for the Lakers to realize their considerable potential, he’ll have to sustain that dominance for longer stretches. The supporting players, who were so instrumental in lifting the Lakers from out of the top-10 in the West and into the Western Conference finals, will have to continue to benefit from James’ presence as Hachimura has. The Lakers went from cellar-dweller to contender last season when they morphed from an older, star-driven roster to a younger, balanced one, and whether that means Davis stepping into James’ role as the focal point of the team or the role players improving with another year in the system, the Lakers made it clear at media day that they plan to continue that transformation.
Online casinos have surged in recent years, partly because the pandemic moved people from traditional brick-and-mortar establishments to playing from the safety of their homes and partly because technological leaps have made online gaming more engaging and immersive.
In response to the rise in online casinos, companies have invested in bringing the experience to mobile apps. Apps provide players with an accessible way to enjoy their favorite casino games—plus, there are usually more features and gameplay is more convenient.
This guide explores the benefits of online casino apps, the legal considerations surrounding gambling in Canada, the different types of casino games available on apps and future trends in the industry. If you’re an online casino enthusiast looking to sample the best apps, try this list first to see if your favorite casino already has an app. Chances are, they do.
Smartphones have brought a level of convenience to life that is not always appreciated, especially as users become increasingly accustomed to having a tiny computer in their pocket. Ease of access to everything from email to real-time maps to e-reading devices allows for an unprecedented level of flexibility.
Online casinos are no exception. You can access a wide range of casino games while you’re waiting for a bus, relaxing at home on the couch, or during a lunch break. Apps, in comparison to online casino websites, provide a user-friendly interface that is specifically designed for your phone.
It is important to understand the legal considerations and gambling regulations in Canada, or from whichever country you are partaking in online gambling. Engaging with licensed casinos is the best way to protect yourself from potential harm associated with cybercrime, scams, or other unethical practices. Reading reviews from online casino comparison sites or verifying casino licenses is recommended before playing, especially with real money.
In Canada, the legality of online gambling varies across provinces. Some provinces have their own online gambling platforms, while others rely on offshore operators. As a general rule of thumb, online gambling is legal in Canada. The legal gambling age varies by province, so it’s best to check laws and regulations depending on your specific location.
Most casino games have been adapted for mobile apps. Slot games are particularly popular because developers have been able to introduce vibrant graphics and exciting themes to the app experience. Table games such as blackjack, roulette and poker are also popular for those seeking a more strategic, reflective experience.
A lot of online casino apps also offer live dealer games, where players can interact with actual dealers and other players in real time. By leveraging a smartphone’s unique features, such as vibration, these types of games played on an app can feel even more immersive and authentic.
The online casino app industry is continuously developing, with cutting-edge innovations and trends shaping the industry’s future. One emerging trend is the integration of virtual reality (VR) technology. VR technology, while still not fully mimicking physical casinos, does create a more interactive gaming environment for players.
Another trend is the improvement of mobile payment options. By incorporating a variety of payment options, such as Apple Pay and Google Pay, making deposits and withdrawals in mobile casino apps is increasingly more simple and secure. Additionally, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) are being leveraged to enrich the gaming experience, with AI-powered chatbots providing personalized customer support.
In today’s age, apps are a normal part of our daily routine. Online casinos have successfully tapped into ever-evolving smartphone technology to create engaging and accessible entertainment options. It is as important as ever to choose reputable service providers and practice responsible gaming, but as the industry continues to innovate, more complex and engaging options are on the horizon.
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