by on April 17, 2018

MIAMI -- Jerad Eickhoff is a big man at 6-4 and 245 pounds, and the Philadelphia Phillies right-hander works in a way that befits his imposing stature. Tyler Lockett Jersey .In his first full year in the majors, the 26-year-old Eickhoff has yet to miss a start.Thats my job, Eickhoff told the media after his most recent start. I take pride in being able to do that.He will get start No. 28 on Monday, when the Phillies (60-76) open a three-game series at the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. The Phillies are hoping to snap a six-game losing streak.Meanwhile, the Marlins (68-69) come home after a brutal 1-6 road trip, including a 6-5 walk-off loss at the Cleveland Indians on Sunday. Miami relievers allowed six runs, including three in the ninth. That loss put the Marlins four games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second and final wild-card playoff berth.Miami is under .500 for the first time since April 28.Eickhoff will seek to take advantage of the Marlins slump and will be looking to pitch more like last year, when he made his major league debut, going 3-3 with a 2.65 ERA in eight starts. He was 7-for-8 in terms of quality starts, using a low-90s fastball and a hammer curve to neutralize batters.This year hasnt been quite as good for Eickhoff, who has 15 quality starts, a 9-13 record and a 3.90 ERA. His batting average allowed has increased from .212 last year to .261 this year, when he has allowed 22 home runs.Eickhoff was at his best this June, when he went 3-2 with a 2.23 ERA. But his ERA was 4.50 in July and 4.85 in August.Among Eickhoffs problems includes the fact that he has struggled on the road -- his 4.55 ERA away from Philly is almost one run higher than it is at home.In addition, Eickhoff has struggled late in his starts. He has a 2.64 ERA in the first five innings but 12.32 thereafter.Yet another problem has been Eickhoffs inability to consistently handle lefty hitters, who are batting .279 with 14 homers against him. He is holding righty hitters to a .239 average and eight homers.The Marlins, who will start rookie right-hander Jake Esch against him, will likely look to load the lineup with lefty batters.Among the lefty hitters who could do some damage for the Marlins are first baseman Derek Dietrich, second baseman Dee Gordon and outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Christian Yelich.They and the rest of the Marlins offense will try to support Esch, who will be making just his second major league appearance.Esch, a 26-year-old Minnesota native who played shortstop in high school, was a pitcher/hitter in his college days at Georgia Tech. The Marlins made him their 11th-round pick in 2011, drafting him as a pitcher even though he had just five innings on the mound in his junior year.With a fastball that ranges from 90 to 94 mph, Esch is not overpowering, and -- like Eichhoff -- hes had his struggles against lefty batters.But with the Marlins rotation injuries -- left-handers Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen are on the disabled list -- Miami has little choice but to give Esch a chance.In his first big-league start, last week against the New York Mets, Esch averaged 91 mph on his fastball and lasted just 4 1/3 innings. He allowed seven hits, three walks and two runs, striking out two.The Mets hit .389 against Esch, who escaped with a no-decision.Theres nothing like getting thrown into the fire, Esch told the media after allowing a two-run homer to Mets infielder Wilmer Flores. I wish I could have taken back that one mistake.Esch, who had 20 family members in the stands for his big-league debut in New York, should have a more normal pregame experience leading up to Monday.But even if Esch were to give Miami a good start, the Marlins bullpen is suddenly a concern. Closer Fernando Rodney was dominant with the San Diego Padres earlier this year, posting a 0.31 ERA in 28 games, earning an All-Star berth.But in 29 games since he was acquired by Miami, Rodney is 2-2 with a 4.45 ERA. He inherited a two-run lead on Sunday and couldnt hold it, giving up a tying hit with two outs and a 1-2 count.Set-up man A.J. Ramos, who was an All-Star closer before the Marlins got Rodney, had a 2.25 ERA before the All-Star Game and a 6.28 ERA since then, including an 8.22 mark in August. Tre Madden Jersey .  The 19-year-old Olsen played 34 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL this season. In that time, hes recorded 17 goals and 17 assists with 36 penalty minutes. Terence Garvin Jersey . -- Hunter Smith scored the winner with just 12 seconds remaining in the third period as the Oshawa Generals edged the host Sarnia Sting 5-4 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal.  Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review?  Why was this overturned?  James Veaudry Pembroke, ON --  Hey Kerry, Youll get a lot of these, but why was the Montreal goal against Nashville Saturday night overturned? Eller puts the puck on net and the on ice ruling from the ref behind the net is a Montreal goal. WENTWORTH, England -- European captain?Darren Clarke has named?Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters as his picks for next months Ryder Cup.Clarke, who will lead Europe into the defence of the title at Hazeltine from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, made the announcement at the European Tours headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday.The trio will join automatic qualifiers Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose,?Rafael Cabrera Bello, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett and Chris Wood in the team.There is no place in the team for Scotlands world No. 20 Russell Knox, who finished 10th in qualifying, just 0.04 points ahead of Pieters.With rookies filling five of the nine automatic qualifying places -- albeit one of them being Masters champion Willett -- Clarke had made no secret of the fact that he wanted to balance the team with experienced players.Westwood and Kaymer had long been favourites to be selected and finished 13th and 14th on the world points list respectively, with Westwood securing a 10th consecutive appearance in the event. Clarke revealed hes been losing sleep over the decision to choose Pieters or Knox -- but it was the Belgians incredible win at last weeks Made in Denmark tournament, where he opened with a 62 on Thursday before birdying the final three holes on Sunday to earn his third European Tour in three months. Knox, meanwhile, is left kicking himself for not taking up European Tour membership before his WGC-HSBC Champions win in November.Lee and Martin were two pretty obvious choices but the last one was very difficult, Clarke told reporters at Wentworth. Graeme McDowell and Luke Donald, in terms of experience, could have been in the three, but those two havent quite been on top of their own games.So then it came down to the choice between Russell Knox and Thomas Pieters and it was an incredibly difficult decision. I havent slept a lot.Having to phone Russell yesterrday and give him the information was probably one of the toughest phone calls Ive ever had to make. Eddie Lacy Jersey. Russell has played unbelievably well over the qualification period.Some people would say he deserves a position on the team but I took a look at it and put them side by side... Ive always been a big Thomas Pieters fan from when I first witnessed how he hits the golf ball.To win that tournament in the manner that he did [with birdies on the last three holes] impressed me and I found it impossible to leave him off the team.He didnt hole anything [for the 62]. Usually somebody shoots a really low number, they hole a couple of 30-footers or they chip-in. But he made the game look ridiculously easy. He has the talent to go all the way to the top in the world in my belief.Clarke insisted Westwood had not been selected because of the pairs longstanding friendship, adding: I selected him because he brings something that no one else can bring to the Ryder Cup. This is his 10th one. There is nobody that has that amount of experience on the team.He will be somewhat like the general amongst the team. Anything he says, everybody sits up and listens. Thats what makes Europe the team that we are, because theres always guys that want to learn and want to get better, and you cant have a better guy from a playing point of view than Lee Westwood in that team room.The selection of Pieters means the European team features six rookies for the first time since 2010 and the most in America since there were seven at Brookline in 1999.Its going to be a monumental task but Ive got full confidence in the team were going to take, Clarke added. Its a team thats going to go there and do everything we possibly can to bring that trophy back home again.Press Association Sport contributed to this report. NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale China NFL Jerseys Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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