Catherine Walker Tapped to Star in A Gentleman’s Guide on B’way

first_img Written by Robert L. Freedman and Steven Lutvak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder follows Monty Navarro (Pinkham), a long-lost member of a noble family who stands to become the next Earl of Highhurst—if he can eliminate the eight other relatives (all played by Mays) who precede him in line for the title. The tuner received four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Walker has also appeared on Broadway in Mary Poppins and Ragtime. Other stage credits include The Sound of Music, Anything Goes, Phantom, Carousel, Show Boat and Brigadoon. DeNise comes to A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder directly from the original Great White Way cast of Kinky Boots. Related Shows A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder View Commentscenter_img The company currently additionally includes Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham and Lisa O’Hare. As previously reported, Carole Shelley will also join the cast on October 28, taking over the role of Miss Shingle from Jane Carr. Catherine Walker will take over from Lauren Worsham as Phoebe D’Ysquith in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, beginning performances on October 28. Walker is part of the original cast of the production, playing Miss Barley, as well as understudying the role she is about to assume. Sandra DeNise will join the Great White Way company to take over Walker’s current role. Worsham will play her final performance on October 26 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 17, 2016last_img read more

Golden Jaguars to know 2022 World Cup Qualifiers opponents on August 19

first_imgGUYANA’S Golden Jaguars will know their opponents for the 2022 Qatar World Cup on August 19, when the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), hosts its preliminary draw at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.With 35 member associations from across North, Central America and the Caribbean set to be involved, CONCACAF said the preliminary draw is a significant moment that will determine the tournament pathway for the first and final rounds under the new qualification format.Based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola World ranking as of July 16, 2020, the draw for the first round will allocate the 30 lowest-ranked CONCACAF teams to six groups. This will be followed by the draw for the final round, which will indicate the position of each team within the final qualification stage, which will also be contested in a group format.The pots for the first-round draw will see Guyana being joined by Grenada, Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda and Belize in Pot three.El Salvador, Canada, Curacao, Panama, Haiti and Trinidad and Tobago are in Pot 1, while Antigua and Barbuda, Guatemala, St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic are in Pot 2.Pot 4 will have St Lucia, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Montserrat, Dominica and the Cayman Islands. Bahamas, Aruba, Turks and Caicos Islands, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Anguilla are in Pot 5.The six highest-ranked teams in the first round – El Salvador, Canada, Curacao, Panama, Haiti, and Trinidad and Tobago – will be pre-seeded into groups A to F respectively.The first round will be played in a single round-robin format, meaning each team will play four matches; two home and two away.During the second round, the six group winners will face-off in a home-and-away elimination format in three predetermined pairings. The winners of each tie will proceed to the final round.The final round will see the three winners from the second round join the five highest-ranked CONCACAF teams, according to the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking as of July 16, 2020. They will play each other in a home-and-away round-robin format.Fans around the world will be able to follow the draw live on, with the exception of the territories where the draw will be broadcast live on TV.last_img read more

Guardiola Wants ‘Perfect’ City against Barca Tonight

first_imgGuardiola’s side lost 4-0 in their Group C encounter against the Spanish giants at the Nou Camp on October 19 –- their fifth defeat in as many meetings with the Catalan club.City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was sent off in that match and Guardiola acknowledged the importance of keeping 11 players on the pitch against a side of Barcelona’s class.“We know we need to play almost perfectly,” Guardiola, who guided Barcelona to two Champions League titles while manager from 2008-12 after starring for the club as a player, told a news conference yesterday.“It’s always difficult in the Champions League. Ten versus 11 against Barcelona is almost impossible. We have to improve that otherwise it is impossible to achieve the target.“I have never thought we can’t win a football match and I will never start to think that way, even though we lost 4-0. We’ll give it a go. We know it is difficult and they are a difficult opponent.“Maybe we are going to change the way we press, the build-up, many things. I would like to play in a good level. What passed in Barcelona, that is not the reason for what it is going to happen here.“We have to be focused in 90 minutes knowing they are going to provoke our mistakes with the quality they have. In that moment we try to keep going and finish better than in Barcelona.”Barcelona top the group at the halfway point with three victories from their three matches, while City have four points after a draw against Celtic and victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach.Guardiola said the group standings meant tonight’s match was of greater significance for City than Barcelona.“It is not a final for them. It is a final for us,” the 45-year-old explained.“There are just three games left. We dropped two points in Glasgow against Celtic and we need to recover those points.“Every manager, every trainer has his plans. We know them, they know us. But football is unpredictable. Hopefully our quality in front can make a difference.“In the first half we played well at Camp Nou but the two wide players for Barcelona are almost unstoppable. The only thing I can ask of our players is they play the way they know.”With Bravo suspended following his red card in the first fixture, Willy Caballero will start in goal for the match at the Etihad Stadium and Guardiola has every confidence in the 35-year-old goalkeeper.“He has helped me very much from the first few games,” Guardiola said.“I like Willy on a personal level and as a goalkeeper he has played and given a lot of confidence. If he plays well, we’re all be happy with him. If he doesn’t, then we will support him. But I have no doubts about him.”City forward Nolito also said striker Sergio Aguero will be a key player against Barcelona and insisted his teammates have the self-belief needed to beat the La Liga champions.“I think he’s one of the best strikers in the world,” Nolito said. “And it’s a pride to have him in the team and we hope he has one of those days where he scores lots of goals.“Sincerely, we have to beat Barcelona one day. We have to win this one because of the situation we’re in. We have to. Knowing how strong they are we will have to be at our best.”STANDINGSGroup ATeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsArsenal 3 2 1 0 9 1 8 7P S G 3 2 1 0 7 2 5 7Ludogoret 3 0 1 2 2 10 -8 1FC Basel 3 0 1 2 1 6 -5 1Group BTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsNapoli 3 2 0 1 8 6 2 6Besiktas 3 1 2 0 5 4 1 5Benfica 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4D’Kyiv 3 0 1 2 2 5 -3 1Group CTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsBarca 3 3 0 0 13 1 12 9Man City 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4M’gladbach 3 1 0 2 3 6 -3 3Celtic 3 0 1 2 3 12 -9 1Group DTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsAtlético 3 3 0 0 3 0 3 9Bayern 3 2 0 1 9 2 7 6PSV 3 0 1 2 3 7 -4 1FC Rostov 3 0 1 2 2 8 -6 1Group ETeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMonaco 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 5Tottenham 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4Leverkusen 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3CSKA 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2Group FTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsMadrid 3 2 1 0 9 4 5 7Dortmund 3 2 1 0 10 3 7 7Lisbon 3 1 0 2 4 4 0 3Legia 3 0 0 3 1 13 -12 0Group GTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsLeicester 3 3 0 0 5 0 5 9Copehagen 3 1 1 1 5 2 3 4FC Porto 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4Brugge 3 0 0 3 1 9 -8 0Group HTeam P W D L GF GA GD PtsJuventus 3 2 1 0 5 0 5 7Sevilla 3 2 1 0 2 0 2 7Lyon 3 1 0 2 3 2 1 3D’Zagreb 3 0 0 3 0 8 -8 0TONIGHTBesiktas v NapoliB’Gladbach v CelticLudogorets v ArsenalBenfica v D’ KyivBasel v PSGPSV v BayernMan City v BarcelonaAtletico v RostovTOMORROWLegia v MadridJuventus v LyonMonaco v CSKAPorto v BruggeSevilla v D’ZagrebCopahagen v LeicesterTottenham v LeverkusenDortmund v SportingShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEEmbattled Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, has admitted his players must keep their discipline and produce the “perfect” performance to beat Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League at Eastlands this evening.last_img read more

WATCH: Italian forward nets superb acrobatic volley

first_imgBenevento Calcio’s Alessandro Marotta scored a fine strike in his side’s 5-0 win at Messina in Lega Pro Group C.It was the fifth and final goal and what an effort it was.As the ball was crossed from the right-hand side, it was hit behind the on-running forward who, from eight yards, instinctively reached back to get a touch on the ball.He made a sweet connection with a one-legged scorpion kick, beating goalkeeper Alessandro Berardi.The reaction of his team-mate who crossed the ball says it all!See below: 1 WATCH: Italian forward nets superb acrobatic volley last_img read more

Brand South Africa commemorates Human Rights Day in collaboration with Constitution Hill

first_imgThe 21st March 2018 marked the commemoration of Human Rights Day – a day in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. The massacre ensued as a result of protests against the Apartheid regime in the country.On that day 69 people died and 180 were wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered in protest against the Pass laws. This day marked an affirmation by ordinary people, rising in unison to proclaim their rights. It has since become an iconic date in the country’s history.“As we commemorate our fallen heroes of the 1960 massacre, let us not forget the price paid for our freedom. We need to reflect on how we can better empower each other and take the opportunity to embrace and be reminded of the Bill of Rights, Chapter 2 of the Constitution- that everyone has a right to life, equality and human dignity”, said Brand South Africa’s Stakeholder Relations Manager: Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The Bill of Rights preserved in the Constitution is the cornerstone of the constitutional and representative democracy. The Constitution as the supreme law means that no laws may be passed that goes against it. The Bill of Rights also comprehensively addresses South Africa’s history of oppression, colonialism, slavery, racism and sexism and other forms of human violations. The Bill of Rights embeds the rights of all people in our country in an enduring affirmation of the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.“Brand South Africa takes the opportunity to emphasize the importance of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution through its Constitutional Awareness programme. The programme aims to inspire constitutionalism, tolerance and constructive expression amongst citizens of South Africa”, adds Ms Gumede.One of the ways in which Brand South Africa will deliver on this will be a collaboration with Constitution Hill, for the delivery of the annual Human rights programme on the 23rd – 25th March 2018.This event promotes social cohesion and commemorates the coming of age of the world’s most progressive constitution through activities which nurture patriotism, constitutional awareness and active citizenship.The three-day programme articulated below;• Day 1 – Civil Society Organisations EngagementOn the 23rd March 2018, Constitution Hill in collaboration with Brand South Africa, will host a dialogue and matchmaking session with role players in the CSI space, specifically, NPO’s, relevant state entities and corporates who have an intention to align and collaborate with the NPO space in the delivery of their CSI programme.• Day 2 – African Human Rights Film screening and African Human right book sessionOn the 24th March 2018, will be film screenings of African film that speak to Freedom as well as a book session within the constitutional space such as Memoirs of a born free. Brand South Africa’s Audiovisuals will be played in-between the film.• Day 3 – WE THE PEOPLE WALKOn 25th March 2018, Brand South Africa will participate in the WE THE PEOPLE WALK. Brand South Africa, in collaboration with Constitution Hill and its stakeholders, will engage in this symbolic activity that seeks to affirm constitutionalism as the foundation of the South African Nation Brand and specifically the protection of human rights.“We urge the youth, social activists and social advocacy groups in the constitutional advocacy space to come and engage in this exciting programme as we commemorate Human Rights Day and be educated in terms of the Bill of Rights”, concludes Ms Gumede.Register to participate in the walk here.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5071Mobile:0817041488Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare fears for career after horror crash

first_imgCrystal Palace defender Pape Souare said he is not certain he will ever recover completely from injuries he suffered in a horrific car crash in September and resume his career.The Senegal international broke his jaw and thigh bone in the accident on a motorway outside London and needed to be cut free from the wreckage before being airlifted to the hospital for surgery.Manager Alan Pardew previously said Souare would be “up and running” in six months but the 26-year-old has now expressed doubts over his footballing future.”I don’t know about my injury. I don’t know if I can get back or not,” Souare told BBC.”Sometimes I think I was very lucky because it was crazy and it could have been worse for my career or my life.”The injury was very bad… it could have been worse. My leg broke and with my jaw, I couldn’t eat for the first month. Now, I can eat.”I remember the helicopter coming to get me. I remember the door on my leg … I remember they cut the roof to take me out.”The left back joined the South London club in January 2015 from Lille.last_img read more

Video: Tennessee Football Turned Its Weight Room Into A Club For A Late Night Lifting Session

first_imgJosh Dobbs working out.Vimeo/Tennessee FootballAt first, we bet some Tennessee football players weren’t into the idea of a late night lift session, but the Volunteers found a way to make the workout a bit more palatable: they turned the weight room into a night club. Tennessee put out a video of “Night Lift” on Vimeo, and while the workout looks pretty intense, there is also a light show, a fire machine, and a full DJ booth set up. We must say, this is pretty cool.During the season, we’ll have to see if Tennessee takes some inspiration from Rutgers and sets up its own version of Club Tub. This definitely looks like a party that Butch Jones and his staff can approve of, and we’re sure it won’t hurt the recruiting efforts either.last_img read more

Analyst warns BC gas prices could soon hit a record high

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — Drivers in B.C. should brace for record high gasoline prices this summer and the financial pain has the potential to spread across the country, says a petroleum industry analyst.Dan McTeague of the online tech company GasBuddy predicts that beginning in April and continuing to September, gasoline prices across much of B.C.’s south coast will hover around $1.60 a litre.He blames the hike on high demand and chronically short supply, made even worse by Friday’s announcement that the Olympic pipeline that distributes gasoline throughout Washington and Oregon will be taken off-line for four or five days of maintenance. Prices across Vancouver hit about $1.55 over the weekend, while Victoria remained around $1.40, but McTeague warns southern Vancouver Island could see an eight-cent-a-litre leap as the ripple from short supplies and climbing local taxes spreads.The high for a litre of gasoline in Metro Vancouver was set on June 22, 2014, when the price was just under $1.56.McTeague said some analysts fear higher prices will spread east.“People are shaking their heads,” he said. “It’s become quite the story, with some national overtones.”McTeague said other parts of the country are not looking at the same prices for gas, particularly because of B.C.’s taxes on gas.“It’s not quite the same thing, you are not dealing with 50-cent-a-litre taxes and you are not dealing with a shortage in the same way Vancouver is experiencing,” he said. “But it does suggest, I think, the likelihood of breaking the all-time record in Vancouver will likely happen this week.” In other parts of the country on Monday, the average price for gas was just under $1.14 a litre in Edmonton, about $1.25 in Toronto and around $1.12 in Halifax.Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline supplies about 50 per cent of the gasoline for B.C.’s south coast, but McTeague says it is already congested and can’t meet the region’s demand.The expected lengthy maintenance shutdown of the Parkland refinery, which McTeague said carries 25 per cent of the Vancouver-area’s gasoline, has further crimped supply, while the low dollar adds to the expense of topping up from Washington state refineries.“By any stretch or by any measure, the price you are paying in Vancouver is, for most people, prohibitive,” said McTeague.center_img Los Angeles is the other city in North America where gas prices are unusually high, selling at $3.50 a gallon. But McTeague said even when the exchange rate and other factors are calculated, B.C. drivers would pay about $5.00 for a gallon.last_img read more

For 94 large A/Cs, banks take Rs 1 lakh crore haircut!

first_imgMumbai: Banks have taken a huge 57 percent haircut in the 94 large accounts worth Rs 1.75 lakh crore which were resolved in FY19, recovering just Rs 75,000 crore or only 43 percent of the admitted claims, finds a report. The numbers assume importance as the bankruptcy law enters the third year this month.As of March, there were 1,143 cases pending at various bankruptcy tribunals, and 32 percent of them are pending for over 270 days. The average resolution timeline for these 94 cases resolved was 324 days as against the stipulated timeline of 270 days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”Only 94 stressed with a total claim of Rs 1,75,000 crore by financial creditors were resolved in FY19 with a recovery of Rs 75,000 crore or 43 percent of the admitted claims under the insolvency process approved by the various national company law tribunals (NCLTs),” say a joint study by Crisil and industry lobby Assocham released Friday. The report said had these 94 companies been liquidated, the recovery would have been just 22 percent which is significantly lower than the recovery rate through normal resolution process. The report further said there are a few big-ticket accounts for which resolution has not been finalised for over 400 days as IBC framework is still a work in progress. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAccording to the study, some of the key issues that need to be addressed for successful implementation of IBC are adherence to timelines, adequate judicial infrastructure, creditor classification and prioritising, among others. To maximise value and stakeholders’ interest, the IBC framework for liquidation under a going concern basis needs to be explored further and should be followed in true spirit, the report said. The report, however, termed the recovery rate of 43 per cent “respectable”. “With a respectable recovery rate of 43 per cent, resolution for 94 stressed assets has been reached for Rs 75,000 crore as on March 31, 2019 out of Rs 1,75,000 crore total claim of financial creditors admitted under the Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process (CIRP) approved by the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT),” said that report titled, ‘Strengthening the code’.last_img read more

A FiveThirtyEight Debate Whos Going To Win The World Series

25Milwaukee BrewersNLOct. 41463 26San Diego PadresNLOct. 41457 30Atlanta BravesNLOct. 41424 10Houston AstrosALOct. 141520 2Kansas City RoyalsALOct. 231558 neil_paine (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): After the long season, it all comes down to the Royals and the Mets. So, first things first, let’s just put it out there: How do these two teams compare? Kansas City had a better regular-season record (95 wins vs. 90 for New York), but what do the deeper indicators say?hjenten (Harry Enten, senior political writer and huge baseball fan): Well, let me take the surface-layer answer here as a non-sportswriter (though one who follows some of the deeper statistics) — based off runs scored and allowed (i.e., the Pythagorean win formula), the teams are very close. The Royals should have won 90 games, while the Mets should have won 89 games.rob (Rob Arthur, baseball columnist): I would echo Harry and say that the teams are quite even. BaseRuns gives the Mets a small but significant edge, but the Royals relief corps plays up in the postseason, when they can use their top three relievers more.hjenten: I think that, of course, ignores the fact that the Mets were a far different team after they traded for Yoenis Cespedes in late July. The Mets went a combined .627 in August, September and October, while the Royals went .567.neil_paine: Rob, to your point, it seems like the Royals used “sequencing” to their advantage, but there may be reason to think that at least some of that is real and can persist in the World Series?rob: The Royals are a very contact-oriented team, with the lowest strikeout percentage in the majors by a large margin. They are also excellent against high-velocity fastballs, which pitchers often go to when they are in a jam. Those attributes may give them a tiny edge in terms of sequencing, but there’s no question that they’ve been overachieving as well.neil_paine: And for what it’s worth, it should probably be mentioned that the Royals played a tougher schedule (certainly during the regular season);’s Simple Rating System has the Royals ranked 10th in baseball in strength of schedule and the Mets 29th, which probably feeds into the difference in their Elo ratings even now: hjenten: Of course, the Mets just beat the team that had the NL’s best Elo rating going into the league championship series, the Cubs …neil_paine: That’s true — Elo gave the Cubs about a 60 percent chance of winning that series, and the Mets won (swept!!) anyway; now Elo gives KC a 55 percent chance of beating New York, so grain of salt and all that.Harry, you brought up a difference in the two teams as the season went on. Obviously the Mets added Cespedes at the trade deadline, but the Royals also did some dealing — some of which has worked out better than others.rob: The Royals grabbed Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist at the deadline. And while Zobrist has been his typical self — with a .933 postseason OPS (on-base plus slugging) — Cueto has not looked comfortable. It’s hard to tell how much of that is normal performance fluctuation and how much is real. There are reasons that Cueto might not be at his best: a new catcher in Salvador Perez, the fatigue of a long season and many innings, and the ever-present threat of a hidden injury.hjenten: Yes, and the Royals were actually slightly worse in the final few months of the year than they were overall. The Mets, on the other hand, were clearly better after those trades.neil_paine: How much of that do we think is because the Royals all but locked up the division and the playoffs so early? And maybe more to that point, how much credence do we give to playing your best baseball right now? Certainly that’s what the Mets seem to be doing.rob: I don’t put very much stock in the second-half stats, partially because the Mets put up those stats against the weakest second-half schedule in MLB. As for the more recent postseason performance, a lot of the Mets’ playoff run has been fueled by an insane stretch from Daniel Murphy, which likely will not continue.It’s also worth noting that Cespedes is injured, so if he’s the cause of their second-half surge, the Mets may be in trouble.hjenten: Well, here’s why I would put a little more trust in the late-season records. Yes, the Mets beat up on some crummy teams, but they also went 7-2 against the Nationals from July 31 on and more than whacked the ever-loving snuff out of some of those bad teams. They scored 320 runs and gave up 243 (a 103-win pace, according to Pythagoras); meanwhile, the Royals scored 290 and gave up 269 (an 87-win pace). In other words, NY was playing far better ball than KC over the season’s final two-plus months.And it’s not like Kansas City has dominated the postseason, either. If not for a miracle against Houston, they’d be sitting at home like we are. As for Cespedes — yeah, he got hurt in that final game, but I haven’t seen any signs that he’s not going to play. We’ll see.neil_paine: Since you guys mentioned Cueto, Murphy and Cespedes, let’s talk about the Mets’ hitting against the Royals’ pitching. I think we can all agree that Murphy will eventually cool down and stop hitting like a real-life Roy Hobbs, so where will the Mets’ offense come from when that happens? Do they have any players on cold streaks that might regress to the mean (in a positive way) and cover for Murphy?rob: One reason for Mets optimism is the fact that so many of their players have been underachieving in the postseason: David Wright, Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud all spring to mind. So even if (when!) Murphy cools off, one of these guys might step it up. They have an OK offense by BaseRuns, so they shouldn’t need Murphy to be superhuman forever.hjenten: I think we’re obviously dealing with small sample sizes in the playoffs, but during the regular season, the Mets’ best hitter was not Daniel Murphy. D’Arnaud (who hit two homers in the NLCS) posted a 128 OPS+ in limited action, and Mike Conforto (who homered in the division series) had a 132 OPS+. Obviously Duda (132) and Cespedes (157) were also outstanding hitters. Duda had been in a slump, but he showed some signs of life in Game 4. To me, the offense is less of a question than whether Jacob deGrom, Thor and Matt Harvey can continue to pitch as well as they have been doing.neil_paine: We’ll certainly get to those three later, but before we do: Is KC’s rotation as concerning as it might seem? Can its dominating bullpen make up for it?rob: The Royals’ rotation is worrisome, especially with Cueto potentially being in trouble. But as you mentioned, Neil, the Royals have the tools to make up for their shaky starters: an incredible defense (best in MLB last year by a HUGE margin) and a top-notch group of relievers. Here, too, the Royals may be able to take advantage of sequencing, by putting their good relievers in at the moments when the lead is most threatened. (This relies on Ned Yost knowing when to put his best relievers in, but he’s been much improved in that regard of late — Game 6 of the ALCS aside.)I think it will come down to whether the Mets can chase the Royals starters early and expose the weaker members of the bullpen. Because once it gets to their best relievers in the late innings, the Royals become very hard to beat.hjenten: And the Mets bullpen, outside of Jeurys Familia, is quite troubling. Their eighth-inning man, Tyler Clippard, has been anything but steady, giving up three runs in 4 2/3 innings this postseason. (That’s after giving up 10 runs in 14 2/3 innings in September/October.) And their lefty specialist is Jon Niese, who was rubbish as a starter. I’d say their best pitcher out of the pen at this point (besides Familia) is Bartolo Colon. That’s never a good sign.rob: Don’t underestimate Fireman Bart!neil_paine: But we’d be remiss if we didn’t also point out that the Mets’ starting rotation of deGrom, Syndergaard, Harvey (you mentioned these guys earlier, Harry) and Steven Matz have been otherworldly in the postseason so far. I crunched the numbers, and New York is allowing the second-lowest playoff FIP (fielding independent pitching) — relative to the league average — of any pennant winner during the wild-card era (since 1995).Rob, you talked about the overwhelming velocity of New York’s starters when the Mets played the Cubs in the NLCS and how the strikeout-prone Cubs might have been particularly ill-equipped to deal with their heat. But now we almost have the polar opposite kind of lineup with the Royals.rob: Right, the Royals are contact-heavy. And there’s some limited evidence that they are better than average at hitting heat. So as far as the matchup between the Mets’ starters and KC’s lineup, this looks to be strength against strength, and it’s not at all clear how that battle will end up.It’s worth noting as well that temperature plays a significant role in offense, and it should be pretty chilly.hjenten: On the weather front: Going for a low of 49 in KC on Tuesday night, 40 on Wednesday night. 42 in NYC on Friday night. 45 on Saturday night. So it will not be warm.rob: Cold temperatures mean less offense, so when you mix the cold, high velocity and the quality Mets starters, we could see the Royals doing a lot more whiffing than they are used to.hjenten: The Mets’ great starting pitching is not a fluke, either. During the regular season, deGrom had a 2.70 FIP, Harvey 3.05, Syndergaard 3.25. Matz was the worst, with 3.61 in limited time — still 7 percent better than the NL average. That stands in contrast to the Royals’ starters (during their time with KC): Only Ventura (3.57 FIP) was better than any of the Mets starters were during the regular season.neil_paine: Through that lens, it looks like a pretty big mismatch of starting rotations.hjenten: Now, can the Royals, who hit for contact, avoid that? Maybe. As you mentioned, the home-run-hitting Cubs were the opposite of the Royals in that regard. The key for the Royals is to get into that Mets bullpen early. If they can, the Mets are in trouble.rob: And bear in mind that FIP won’t be totally fair to the Royals’ pitchers. Because their pitchers aren’t fielding-independent: Every liner they give up goes toward Lorenzo Cain or Alcides Escobar or some other, similar-competent defender.neil_paine: That’s a great point, Rob. Although relative to the league, the Royals in this postseason actually look worse by ERA than by FIP!hjenten: Here’s another thing. Compared with the regular-season numbers for deGrom (2.54 ERA), Harvey (2.71), Syndergaard (3.24) and Matz (2.27), the only Royals starter with a better ERA than any of them was Chris Young, at 3.06. No one else was under 3.50. (And it isn’t as though the average ERAs for the AL and NL were drastically different — the NL’s ERA was about a tenth of a run lower.)rob: Ha — well there goes that idea.neil_paine: We mentioned the cold and how it might not be conducive for hitting. Does this give an edge to a team like the Royals, who are pretty adept at the small-ball things that win one-run games? Or have we seen enough of that out of the Mets this postseason (even if it’s uncharacteristic, given their regular season) that it might not be as much of a lopsided matchup on the basepaths?hjenten: The Mets didn’t really run in the regular season, with only 51 stolen bases (worst in the NL). Meanwhile, the Royals stole 104 times (second in the AL). But in the postseason, you’re right, it’s different: The Mets have had nine steals, while the Royals have had seven. Cespedes can run, and Granderson can definitely run (three stolen bases in the NLCS).rob: In theory, the Mets have the baserunning edge anyway. That’s hard to believe when you look at specific players like Lorenzo Cain (who scored the series-winning run from first on a single in Game 6 of the ALCS), but bear in mind that Cain is counterbalanced to some extent by Kendrys Morales, Mike Moustakas and others.neil_paine: So it sounds like that won’t be as much of an edge for KC as it’s often made out to be.rob: Yep. I think a lot will hinge on the Royals’ appetite for (and execution of) those small-ball tactics (like sacrifice bunts) that are despised by modern sabermetrics. It works for them — or at least it has worked, over and over — but the percentages suggest that it isn’t helping them in the long run. We’ll have to see whether Kansas City’s magic runs out.hjenten: And all it takes is one play in the World Series.neil_paine: OK, so let’s bring it all the way back for the big picture on the Series itself. What are your predictions?rob: I will say Royals in seven, but let’s be realistic: A 55 percent favorite (as Elo estimates) is barely a favorite at all. The outcome is almost certainly within the margin of error of any publicly available forecasting tool.So it will not surprise me whichever way this goes. And after this postseason, I am just excited to see some more weird baseball.hjenten: I also want to say the Royals in seven. But to be different, I will say Mets in five.neil_paine: OK, you heard it here first — Royals in seven … maybe.Thanks for chatting, guys, and we’ll be back later in the World Series. See you then! 1Toronto Blue JaysALOct. 231565 12San Francisco GiantsNLOct. 41516 7Los Angeles DodgersNLOct. 151530 17Tampa Bay RaysALOct. 41502 9Texas RangersALOct. 141523 11Baltimore OriolesALOct. 41517 19Arizona DiamondbacksNLOct. 41487 23Oakland AthleticsALOct. 41465 8Cleveland IndiansALOct. 41523 RANKTEAMLEAGUELAST PLAYEDELO RATING 13New York YankeesALOct. 61516 16Boston Red SoxALOct. 41509 14Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimALOct. 41511 Why should politics get to have all the fun with chats? In preparation for the World Series, which starts Tuesday, we summoned the biggest baseball obsessives on FiveThirtyEight’s staff to Slack to talk about the New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. As usual, the transcript below has been lightly edited. 5Chicago CubsNLOct. 211546 20Seattle MarinersALOct. 41487 29Cincinnati RedsNLOct. 41436 15Washington NationalsNLOct. 41509 28Philadelphia PhilliesNLOct. 41437 22Detroit TigersALOct. 41466 21Chicago White SoxALOct. 41478 27Colorado RockiesNLOct. 41450 3Pittsburgh PiratesNLOct. 71554 6St. Louis CardinalsNLOct. 131542 18Minnesota TwinsALOct. 41500 24Miami MarlinsNLOct. 41463 4New York MetsNLOct. 211546 read more

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