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A short season can help Michael Wacha, who is often injured

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A short season can help Michael Wacha, who is often injured

Section 25 in the series analyzes the New York Mets

The biggest winner among the Mets’ whistles during baseball closure is probably Michael Wacha.

No longer facing the busyness of the six-month season, left-handed players, who have a history of shoulder problems, may have a better chance of reaching the finish line during a short schedule. Wacha suffered shoulder discomfort as recently as last September, preventing him from throwing a postseason for the Cardinals.

“You don’t want to include it in the initial 25-30,” said a talent evaluator from the National League club. “But more like 12-15 might be in a better wheelhouse, so I think a short season helps a man like him.”

Wacha, 28, went 6-7 with 4.76 ERA and 1,563 WHIP in 29 appearances last season for the Cardinals. From that appearance, five came as relievers, putting him in conversation for the swingman role when spring training began this season with the Mets.

But because the camp was suspended because of the COVID-19 outbreak, the dynamics in the Mets pitching staff had changed: Noah Syndergaard underwent Tommy John’s operation on March 26 which would keep him out until 2021, leaving Wacha as a possible fifth starter, behind Jacob deGrom, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz and Rick Porcello.

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But if the Mets want to be creative, they can move Seth Lugo into rotation, even at the cost of a bullpen. Lugo last season was the Mets’ best reliever, but maybe the Mets would be willing to experiment with Wacha in a multi-inning role.

“Wacha, I think this is the range to think he can be a big factor this year,” the talent assessor said. “Obviously, he will get a chance, but maybe he takes over the role that Lugo has. Maybe you can give Lugo more rest time and the two of them can handle that starting point, long help, middle help role.

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“I see that more [Wacha’s] role rather than trying to start him, because even with a short season he is a man who I think won’t be able to sustain his business over time because of his shoulders. I think in shorter bursts, and not that it cannot be extended by more than three or four innings at certain times, but I see it more in the role of Lugo than in the role of rotation. “

Wacha was an All-Star for the Cardinals in 2015, when he went 17-7 with 3.38 ERA, but three of the last four seasons were a struggle for him. In 2018 he posted some of his best numbers – a 3.20 ERA and 1,233 WHIP, but that only appeared 15 times, because he was ruled out by several oblique strains.

Wacha arrived at the Mets last winter with a full one-year incentive contract that guaranteed him $ 3 million. The Wacha contract can be a maximum of $ 10 million based on initial appearance and assistance. The contract has a “point” system embedded in it that will reward Wacha even if he is not a full-time start pitcher. Under that arrangement, Wacha received one point as a start or every appearance of relief from at least three innings. Bonuses start to accumulate once he reaches 10 points.

The Mets also signed Porcello last winter, but the former Cy Young Award winner was seen as a lower risk than Wacha.

“Whatever I get [Wacha] “It’s going to be sauce because I think he’s not the same person and hopefully he’s healthier,” said the talent assessor. know how to throw and all that stuff. You have two men there, Porcello is more a man you can discuss because he has no injuries. He really posted. “

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Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge

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Thomas Gouveia remains the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge

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Tournament of the second European circuit.

Thomas Gouveia solidified his status as the best Portuguese in the Swiss Challenge this Saturday by finishing the penultimate day of the second European round robin in a group of 31st placed golfers.

Thomas Gouveia hit the card with 73 shots, one over par on the course, after two birdies (one under par hole) and three bogeys (one over), after making 71 shots in the previous two days for a total of 215.

Thomas Bessa needed 75 hits, three over par and tied for scarecrows, he finished 48th with 218 total, five short of Vitor Lopez, 60th with 223, after today needs 78, with just one bird . to fit five scarecrows and a double scarecrow.

The Swiss Challenge, which concludes on Sunday in Folgensburg, France, is still led by France’s Chung Veon Ko with a total of 206 shots, one short of Denmark’s Martin Simonsen in second place.

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Miguel Oliveira qualified eighth for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira (KTM) qualified this Saturday in eighth position at the Japanese MotoGP Grand Prix, 16th of 20 races of the season, despite a last-minute crash.

The Portuguese from the Austrian brand set his best lap of 1.55.895 minutes, finishing 0.681 seconds behind fastest Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda). France’s Johann Zarco (Ducati) was second with 0.208 seconds and South African Brad Binder (KTM) was third with 0.323 seconds.

“I had good speed and potential in the second quarter and on this particular lap. [a última], but I was on the floor in the ninth turn. It was a shame, but I have confidence in tomorrow (Sunday),” commented the Portuguese rider in statements released by the KTM team. “It was difficult to prepare for the race, but we’ll see.” [o que vai acontecer]”- concluded Miguel Oliveira.

The Portuguese left the third row of the grid after falling just three minutes before the end of the session, marred by rain that caused a delay of more than an hour and had already forced the cancellation of the third free game. training session, at night. The fall of the Portuguese rider occurred in the third sector of the track, at a time when his results were improving. When 15 minutes of this second qualifying stage (Q2) ended, Oliveira finished in fourth place.

However, several riders were still halfway to the last lap and the Almada rider ended up being overtaken by Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Brad Binder and Aprilia Spaniards Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales.

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Pole position was won by Marc Marquez 1,071 days after he was the fastest in qualifying for the MotoGP World Championship, namely the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix.

“I am very pleased with the pole position. This morning I felt very strong on the wet track and decided to give it a try. This is very important for us and for the future. Tomorrow, on a dry surface, everything will be different. history,” said the Spanish rider, who has already become world champion eight times.

The rain that hit the Motegi track became a headache for the riders and the organization, which was forced to interrupt the Moto2 qualifying nine minutes before the end and cancel the third free practice in MotoGP.

Traffic on the track only resumed after more than an hour, and the wet track was the cause of several accidents, including that of a Portuguese KTM rider who slid off the pavement without physical consequences.

Johann Zarco’s Ducati was the fastest today, reaching 302 kilometers per hour, while Oliveira’s KTM lost 30 kilometers per hour in a straight line (the maximum speed achieved by the Portuguese was 270 kilometers per hour). Luca Marini’s Ducati was the slowest, reaching 255.9 kilometers per hour, leaving the Italian in 10th place.

Champion and championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) of France finished ninth behind Miguel Oliveira, while World Cup runner-up Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) of Italy finished 12th and last in the second quarter, bringing together the top 10 fastest in free practice and the top two in the first quarter.

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Already the Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati), the winner of the previous stage in Aragon, remained in Q1, where he fell without physical consequences.

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Arapiraquense makes humorous videos to give Portuguese advice: “You learn and laugh” | alagoas

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“You learn and you laugh” is how Erivaldo Amancio defines the Portuguese language content he offers online. Born in Arapiraque, Alagoas, he humorously gives advice and answers questions about the Portuguese language.

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Erivaldo has 767k followers on Instagram and over 17.5k followers on YouTube. It all started a year and a half ago when he got scolded in a comment on social media.

Because the swearing contained several grammatical errors, Erivaldo responded by posting a video teaching a “lesson” to the hater.

“It happened more than once. Some of these videos were posted on humorous Instagram profiles. It made me stand out,” he said.

A literature student at the Federal University of Alagoas (Ufal), Erivaldo wants to prepare even more for face-to-face classes when he is near the end of the course. He says the purpose of the profile is to encourage followers to seek out more knowledge.

“Tips on the web are just a seed, the fruit of which can be curiosity about objects,” he explained.

Through social media, Erivaldo responds to his followers’ doubts about the Portuguese language.

Erivaldo’s profile is also in demand by contestants and students preparing for Enem.

“[Os seguidores] it is said to be a very interesting way of learning. Many regret not learning from teachers who use humor in the classroom,” he said.

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