Men’s water polo runs win streak to nine

first_imgFanfu Shentu | Daily TrojanRounding off another perfect weekend, the second-ranked men’s water polo team continued its winning run to advance to 9-0 on the season after facing No. 15 Cal Baptist and MIT on Saturday and Santa Clara and No. 6 Long Beach State on Sunday. Despite facing two top-ranked teams, the Trojans were not fazed and continued sticking to their system to get the wins. USC started off the weekend with a bang as different players scored the team’s first nine goals against Cal Baptist. The Trojans showed their depth of skill not only on the scoring front, but also in the cage. Senior goalie McQuin Baron had seven saves by the end of the game and became the program’s all-time saves leader, passing previous holder Joel Dennerley, who played on the team from 2008 to 2011.By the end of the tournament, Baron had not only passed the previous record of 855 saves, but had also gone well on his way to exceeding that record. He finished the tournament with his 869th goal and is quickly proving it will be difficult for anyone to match his tally. Throughout the tournament, the Trojans did not hold anything back. On Sunday, 12 players scored against Santa Clara, and eight made their mark against Long Beach State. Many players, like sophomore 2-meter man Matt Maier, ended with 10 goals by the end of the tournament. Others, like senior 2-meter man Lachlan Edwards and redshirt sophomore driver Daniel Leong, who put up 17 goals combined, made their mark on the games this last weekend.Their closest match of the tournament came at the end against No. 6 Long Beach State. The two finally faced during the season after a handful of scrimmages over the summer. The game was tied in the first half three separate times by the 49ers, but the Trojans finished the half with a strong run to give them the lead before finishing the period. USC returned with the same energy in the second half that would eventually shut the 49ers out for the entirety of the fourth period and clinch the Trojans their final victory of the tournament.After a long, but successful weekend, the Trojans have to turn around and prepare for both a solo game on Thursday and hosting the MPSF tournament this weekend at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.last_img read more

Dodgers vs. Houston Astros World Series scouting report, prediction

first_img Astros Notes: Josh Reddick is prepared to hear from Dodgers fans Video: Dodgers vs. Astros World Series previewWORLD SERIES SCHEDULEGame 1: at Dodgers, Tuesday, 5:09 p.m.Game 2: at Dodgers, Wednesday, 5:09 p.m.Game 3: at Astros, Friday, 5:09 p.m. Game 4: at Astros, Saturday, 5:09 p.m.Game 5-x: at Astros, Sunday, 5:19 p.m.Game 6-x: at Dodgers, Oct. 31, 5:09 p.m.Game 7-x: at Dodgers, Nov. 1, 5:09 p.m.x- if necessary Back injury could make Corey Seager the Dodgers’ preferred DH in Houston Dodgers vs. Astros is a World Series for baseball’s Information Age Times listed are for first pitch. All games broadcast on Fox/Ch. 11TALE OF THE TAPEOFFENSEDodgers  (MLB rank) … category … Astros (MLB rank)770 (12th) … Runs scored … 896 (1st).334 (6th) … OBP … .346 (1st).437 (T-8th) … Slugging Pct … .478 (1st).771 (8th) … OPS … .823 (1st).249 (22nd) … Batting Avg. … .282 (1st)221 (11th) … HRs … 238 (2nd)77 (19th) … SBs … 98 (8th)PITCHINGDodgers (MLB rank) … category … Astros (MLB rank)3.38 (2nd) … Team ERA … 4.12 (11th)3.38 (4th) … Bullpen ERA … 4.27 (17th)1.15 (1st) … WHIP … 1.27 (8th)9.65 (4th) … Ks per 9 inns … 9.91 (2nd).671 (1st) … Opponent OPS … .720 (9th).228 (T-1st) … Opponent Avg. … .240 (6th)PROJECTED LINEUPSAstros: CF George Springer (.283, 34 HRs, 85 RBI, .847 OPS), 3B Alex Bregman (.284, 19 HRs, 71 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (MLB-leading .346, 24 HRs, 81 RBI, 32 SBs, .957 OPS), SS Carlos Correa (.315, 24 HRs, 84 RBI, .941 OPS), RF Josh Reddick (.314, 13 HRs, 82 RBI, .847 OPS), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.299, 18 HRs, 75 RBI), LF Marwin Gonzalez (.303, 23 HRs, 90 RBI), C Brian McCann (.241, 18 HRs, 62 RBI)Dodgers: CF Chris Taylor (.288, 21 HRs, 72 RBI, 85 runs scored, team-leading 17 SBs), SS Corey Seager (.295, 22 HRs, 77 RBI, 85 runs scored), 3B Justin Turner (.322, 21 HRS, 71 RBI, team-leading .415 OBP and .945 OPS), 1B Cody Bellinger (.267, team-leading 39 HRs and 95 RBI, .933 OPS), C Austin Barnes (.289, 8 HRs, 38 RBI), RF Yasiel Puig (.263, 28 HRs, 74 RBI), LF Kike’ Hernandez (.215, 11 HRs, 37 RBI), 2B Logan Forsythe (.224, 6 HRs, 36 RBI)The Astros ran the table during the regular season – they led the majors in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They had the lowest strikeout rate and the second-most home runs. More complicated stats liked them just as much. The Astros’ wRC-plus (weighted runs created plus) of 121 – a statistic that compares performance across league average – was the fourth-highest in baseball history behind three Murderers’ Row-era Yankees teams. That offense, however, has only been seen sporadically in the postseason. They will be further handicapped by losing the DH for any games in Los Angeles. Still … EDGE: ASTROSSTARTING PITCHERSAstros: LH Dallas Keuchel (14-5, 2.90 ERA, 1.12 WHIP), RH Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36 ERA, 1.18 WHIP), RH Lance McCullers (7-4, 4.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP), RH Charlie Morton (14-7, 3.62 ERA, 1.19 WHIP)Dodgers: LH Clayton Kershaw (18-4, 2.31 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 202 Ks, 175 IP), LH Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 166, 135-2/3IP), RH Yu Darvish (10-12, 3.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 209 Ks, 186-2/3 IP), LH Alex Wood (16-3, 2.72 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 151 Ks, 151-2/3 IP)Keuchel and Verlander are an imposing duo. They have a combined 1.93 ERA and 1.02 WHIP this postseason. One or the other was the winning pitcher in six of the Astros’ seven victories to get here (including Verlander’s relief appearance in Game 4 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox). The Dodgers’ trio of Kershaw, Hill and Darvish has been just as good (a combined 2.87 ERA and 0.98 WHIP) and the Dodgers haven’t lost a game started by any of them this postseason. EDGE: DODGERSBULLPENAstros: RH Ken Giles (1-3, 34 saves, 4 blown saves, 2.30 ERA, 1.04 WHIP), RH Chris Devenski (8-5, 4 saves, 2.68 ERA, 0.94 WHIP), RH Brad Peacock (13-2, 3.00 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, in 34 games, 21 starts), RH Wil Harris (3-2, 2 saves, 2.98 ERA), LH Francisco Liriano (6-7, 5.66 ERA, 1.63 WHIP) RH Joe Musgrove (7-8, 2 saves, 4.77 ERA, 1.33 WHIP), RH Luke Gregerson (2-3, 4.57 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (5-2, 3.55 ERA in 12 starts).Dodgers: RH Kenley Jansen (5-0, 1.32 ERA, 41 saves, 1 blown save), RH Brandon Morrow (6-0, 2.06 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 10.3 Ks per 9 IP), RH Josh Fields (5-0, 2.84 ERA, 0.97, 9.5 Ks per 9 IP), RH Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 3.98 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 7.0 Ks per 9 IP), LH Tony Cingrani (0-0, 4.22 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 11.0 Ks per 9 IP), LH Tony Watson (7-4, 3.38 ERA, 10 saves, 1.38 WHIP with Pirates and Dodgers), RH Kenta Maeda (13-6, 4.22 ERA, 1.15 WHIP. 25 starts)This is where so many postseason series are decided – and the Dodgers would seem to have a big advantage. Their bullpen carries a postseason-record 23-inning scoreless streak into the World Series. Opposing batters have hit .125 off Dodgers relievers and Dave Roberts’ choices have been unassailable. The Astros, meanwhile, had a very good bullpen during the regular season but that group has been less dependable during the postseason, particularly their two most important pitchers – Giles (five runs in six innings) and Devenski (four runs in three innings). EDGE: DODGERSBENCHAstros: DH-OF Carlos Beltran (.231, 14 HRs, 51 RBI), C-DH Evan Gattis (.263, 12 HRs, 55 RBI), OF Derek Fisher (.212, 5 HRs, 17 RBI) OF Cameron Maybin (.228, 10 HRs, 35 RBI, 33 SBs)Dodgers: C Yasmani Grandal (.247, 22 HRs, 58 RBI), LF Andre Ethier (.235, 2 HRs, 3 RBI in 22 regular-season games), IF-OF Charlie Culberson (.250, 4 HRs, 32 RBI in Triple-A), 2B Chase Utley (.236, 8 HRs, 34 RBI), OF Joc Pederson (.212, 11 HRs, 35 RBI)The Astros will be unable to use Beltran or Gattis at DH in the games at Dodger Stadium, taking away from their lineup but adding to their bench. Beltran has been one of the best postseason performers of his generation – a .311 average, 16 HRs and a 1.035 OPS in 62 career postseason games. EDGE: EVENMANAGERHas Roberts made a mistake this postseason? Maybe he shouldn’t have left Kershaw in to pitch the seventh inning of NLDS Game 1 against the Diamondbacks. Maybe he shouldn’t have given Granderson a start. But his lineups have produced and his bullpen usage has been impeccable. Astros manager A.J. Hinch has had a more challenging road with a bullpen that has not pitched up to its regular-season standard. EDGE: DODGERSSERIES PREDICTIONThe World Series hasn’t seen two 100-win teams since the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds faced off in 1970. In that one, pitching (the Orioles featured three 20-game winners in Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally) prevailed in five games over the offensive juggernaut that was the Big Red Machine. The Dodgers feature the better pitching in this matchup (with what appears to be a significant advantage in the bullpen) while the Astros have one of the best lineups in years. But it’s not that clear-cut – the Astros also have Keuchel and Verlander capable of shutdown performances potentially starting four of the seven games. The Big Red Machine didn’t have that. 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