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As the calendar flips from July to August http://www.newyorkjetsteamonline.com/trevon-wesco-jersey , that is a sign that NFL training camp is upon us. the NFL season is just around the corner. This is when players and coaches will begin “the grind” of daily practices, conditioning drills, and hazing rookies. With many veterans skipping the team’s mini-camp and OTAs, training camp also serves as a time where new teammates can get to know each other and also get acclimated to playing for new coaches or in a different system.Training camp also serves as the time when many players’ professional football careers will come to an end. Many times undrafted rookies will get an invite to training camp but then realize that they just don’t have what it takes to play at this level, and once released, they begin the next phase of their lives. But it’s not just players at the low end of the spectrum that get cut as it has become an annual occurrence for there to be shocking releases during training camp and the preseason. Some Patriots fans still can’t believe that Lawyer Milloy was cut back in 2003 and just months after playing in the Pro Bowl. David Garrard’s release from the Jags in 2011 was even more shocking as he had just finished appearing at a team function when he received the news of his release.This year is sure to be no different and with the NFL eliminating the initial cut-down period Alexander Mattison Jersey , the releases won’t be as spread out and will all happen within a matter of hours. Big-name free agent additions, former Pro Bowlers, and franchise stalwarts are all sure to be among this year's suprise cuts. It's always tough to see a person lose their job but the NFL is a business and roster cutdowns are a perfect example of that. It's speculation season so here is one player from each team that will be cut in training camp.

In 1964, Boston reliever Dick Radatz struck out 181 batters in 79 relief appearances, setting a mark that still stands.

According to Baseball-Reference.com, it’s the most strikeouts in one year for a pitcher with zero starts.

Relievers were used differently back then – Radatz threw 157 innings while setting his record – but even in today’s more specialized environment http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/dru-samia-jersey , Milwaukee’s Josh Hader has a chance to finish the season with a staggering strikeout total. He already has 80 in 39 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old left-hander also has six saves and a 1.13 ERA in 25 games, part of a bullpen that has led the Brewers to the National League’s best record.

The Brewers won 86 games last season and fell a game short of the second wild card. Now they have a two-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central. Milwaukee’s offense is just seventh in the league in OPS, and its starters have an ordinary ERA of 3.98. It’s the relievers who have led this charge.

Closer Corey Knebel missed time with a hamstring injury, but the Brewers have shown plenty of depth in the bullpen. Three regular relievers have ERAs under 2.00 – Hader, Jeremy Jeffress (1.19) and Jacob Barnes (1.78). Milwaukee has had an NL-high 28 games decided by one run, and the Brewers have gone 18-10.

Hader was a starter as recently as last year in the minors Daniel Jones Jersey , but with the Brewers he’s pitched exclusively in relief. He had 68 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings for Milwaukee last season, and he’s already surpassed that strikeout total in 2018.

If he can’t make it to Radatz’s mark, perhaps Hader can threaten the record for most strikeouts in 100 innings or fewer. Brad Lidge set that one in 2004 with 157.

Other developments from around the majors:

PULLING AWAY

The Cleveland Indians have had their issues this season, but a forgiving AL Central gave them plenty of time to work out their problems. After a three-game sweep of second-place Detroit, Cleveland is now eight games ahead in the division. The Indians outscored the Tigers 26-3 in the weekend series, and Cleveland has won seven games in a row.

The Indians (43-33) actually have a better record now than they did after 76 games last season. They were 40-36 then Quincy Williams II Jersey , but went on a tear in the second half to finish with 102 wins.

HIGHLIGHT

Tampa Bay shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was prepared for one of the quirks of his home ballpark Sunday. Clint Frazier of the Yankees hit a drive in the ninth inning that looked headed deep to left field, but the ball hit a speaker hanging from an overhead catwalk and caromed back down in shallow left. Hechavarria stayed with the play and made the catch for an out. The Rays went on to win 7-6 in 12 innings.

LINES OF THE WEEK

The Red Sox outslugged Seattle 14-10 on Friday night at Fenway Park. J.D. Martinez led the hosts, going 4 for 5 with a homer, five RBIs and three runs. Martinez now leads the majors with 60 RBIs and is tied for the lead with 23 homers.

Nelson Cruz also had a night to remember Friday in a losing effort. He went 4 for 5 with two home runs and seven RBIs.

 


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