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first_imgWhatever the reason, Greinke dominated the Diamondbacks, giving up two hits in seven scoreless innings and the Dodgers snapped Arizona’s five-game winning streak with a 6-1 victory. “This is probably maybe the second time he’s had this kind of stuff,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Hopefully we’re trending toward this more consistently.” Greinke (7-2) struck out seven and walked two. He also had a career-high three hits. “That is how he won a Cy Young right there,” said Arizona’s Jason Kubel, who with Minnesota saw Greinke a lot when the pitcher was with Kansas City. “He has great stuff and he swung the bat well, too. He throws hard. He throws that hard slider and it is hard to pick up until it is too late and his location is big for him. He had it going.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Greinke has won four in a row but he hasn’t exactly been electric recently. In his previous start against Colorado, he allowed five runs and six hits and walked seven in six innings. That prompted some work to alter his mechanics. “It’s got to be more consistent,” he said. “Today was good but it can’t just be one game and then a couple of OK games and then a bad game and then a good game.” Greinke was 0-2 with an 8.71 ERA in four previous starts at Chase Field. “I’ve pitched really bad here,” he said, “some of my worst games ever at this place, so that was nice.” Hanley Ramirez singled three times to extend his career-best hitting streak to 19 games and was one of five Dodgers with an RBI. The Dodgers, winners of 13 of 16, tied their season high with 17 hits – 16 of them singles. Andre Ethier had three hits and A.J. Ellis drove in two runs as the Dodgers pulled within 3 games of the first-place Diamondbacks in the NL West. “Without this little streak we’ve been on who knows what position we’d be in,” Ellis said. “We also got a little help from the NL West coming back to the pack. Nobody ran away with it.” Randall Delgado (1-3) allowed three runs and 11 hits in six innings to take the loss. Arizona averted the shutout on Eric Chavez’s RBI single in the ninth. It was the opener of the first series between the teams since the three-game set that featured the June 11 melee at Dodger Stadium, resulting in eight suspensions. Greinke was a major player in the events leading up to the incident. Ian Kennedy, who hit Yasiel Puig and Greinke with high pitches to trigger the melee and served a 10-game suspension, starts for Arizona in the second game of the series tonight. center_img Photo Galleries: L.A. Dodgers 6, Arizona Diamondbacks 1 PHOENIX — Zack Greinke confessed to a tiny bit of added motivation in facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. After all, the last time he faced them, the game erupted into a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in eight suspensions. “I might want to win a little more,” he said. “That’s also because they’re in first place, so it’s a big game because of that.” last_img read more

first_imgAlso included are wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (83 throw power), who played quarterback for a brief time in the NFL; strong safety Jameill Showers (80 throw power), who was a quarterback in college; wide receiver Braxton Miller (74 throw power), who played QB at Ohio State, and oddly enough, tight end Hayden Hurst.What makes Hurst interesting is that he has 73 throw power — with accuracy ratings of 15, 10 and 6. This is because Hurst didn’t play quarterback at any point, but was a highly scouted pitcher who wound up being drafted by the Pirates. He could throw up to 90 mph as a high school freshman.Just goes to show the people behind the Madden ratings put a lot of research into their work. The player ratings for “Madden NFL 20” are here, as EA Sports released its entire database ahead of the game’s Aug. 2 release date.We looked beyond the top overall players to find some interesting notes buried deep within the player ratings system. It’s worth noting these are just the launch ratings for the game. Every week, EA Sports will update the ratings based on player performance to account for breakout stars, such as Patrick Mahomes last season. We’ll go through and explain all of them.Matt HaackThe Dolphins punter played wide receiver growing up. He earned first-team all-state honors playing receiver in high school and made the change to punter essentially when he went to college.Mitch WishnowskyThe 49ers punter ran a 4.63 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. As a punter at Utah, he showed off his ability to run a few times.Jake BaileySimilar to Wishnowsky, Patriots punter Bailey has shown off his wheels on fake punts in the past.IT’S FAKE PUNT SZN!!!! JAKE BAILEY GOT SOME SPEED! 😤 #PATRIOTSpic.twitter.com/plBXGBcxCD— #34 (@ftbeard_17) April 27, 2019The offensive lineman who can play receiverIf you filter out the positions that would have obvious receiving skills (WR, HB, CB, S, LB, etc.), you get some interesting results on out-of-position players with surprising hands. A few of them are explainable. For instance, J.J. Watt (LE) has 78 catching since he has played on offense a few times and has intercepted passes.Ryan Tannehill (who played wide receiver briefly in college) has 76 catching. Joe Webb, a listed quarterback who has experience playing receiver, is at 72.But the shocking player here is Seahawks right tackle George Fant.He has 70 catching, 66 catch in traffic and 68 spectacular catch. Not bad for an offensive lineman.So where does this come from? How can a 322-pound lineman be such a great receiver? Because last season, he showed off his hands in a game against the Vikings.🚨 GEORGE FANT CATCH & RUN 🚨 pic.twitter.com/DfpJgBjYkt— Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) December 11, 2018The surprising thing here, though, is he’s just four catching ratings lower than the wide receiver with the worst catching rating: Isaac Whitney. And fun fact for that, Whitney’s catching is so low because he’s a converted cornerback.The best non-QBs who can play QBThis is somewhat of a misleading title, because a lot of the non-QBs in Madden actually played quarterback at some point in their career.Lions tight end Logan Thomas, for example, has the best overall ratings among the non-QBs. He played quarterback at Virginia Tech, which explains his decent ratings. He could actually swap positions and be an interesting option at quarterback with his speed ratings. But for the most part, these ratings provide an important base for the remainder of the season.MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsMost of the ratings make a lot of sense. Tyreek Hill is fast, so he gets 99 speed (the fastest player in the game). Orlando Brown ran the fifth-slowest 40-yard dash ever at the NFL Combine, so he gets the slowest speed (50). But some of the ratings may make you question a few things.We spotted five of those ratings, and will explain all of them below.Odell Beckham Jr. the kickerOdell Beckham, the three-time Pro Bowl receiver, has the second-highest kick power (75) out of all non-kickers. He even has a solid kick accuracy (53), which would make him somewhat useful at the kicker position. Obviously he’s much better as a receiver, but if you want to have some fun you could turn him in to a decent kicker.His ratings are so high in these categories because he actually has shown off his kicking skills in the past. 🙌Another impressive pregame field goal from @obj: pic.twitter.com/BQBe5Gvshw— Sporting News (@sportingnews) November 25, 2018If that didn’t impress you, here he is making a 46-yard kick.We mentioned OBJ was the second-highest non-kicker/punter in the kick power category, so let’s explain the first: linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill. He actually has 85 kick power, which is just two points below an actual punter (Kasey Redfern) and just five points below a kicker (Sam Ficken). So what’s the story here? Grugier-Hill played soccer in high school, where he was an all-conference and second-team all-state punter in high school in Hawaii. In 2017, when Eagles kicker Jake Elliott had to leave a game because of a concussion, the linebacker stepped up and took over kicking duties.Zach Wood: The worst player at 36 overallZach Wood is listed as the Saints’ tight end in Madden, but not that’s not his role in real life. Wood is a long snapper, and unfortunately for this unique position, Madden doesn’t really have a way of rating it. As there’s no snapping category, there’s no official long snapper position. Most of the time, the person snapping the ball in the game is actually an offensive lineman.Seven players are ranked 40 overall or less, and they’re all listed as tight ends (but are actually long snappers). One of those long snappers, Patrick Scales, plays for the Bears — and he couldn’t believe his rating when read aloud to [email protected]’s got our #Madden20 ratings and he’s revealing them to some very interested teammates.PS – @EAMaddenNFL rating adjustor… @The_Dream99 is 👀 for ya. pic.twitter.com/oBa98G6w3t— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) July 15, 2019Please respect the long snapper, Madden.MADDEN: NFL players upset with ratings: ‘Put some respeck on my name’These punters have some serious speedDolphins punter Matt Haack is the fastest kicker/punter in the game with 85 speed, 86 acceleration and 61 agility. Saying he could play running back is a bit of a stretch since he has just 24 elusiveness and 18 trucking, but the point is he’s really fast. And the surprising part is that he’s not the only one.Let’s take a look at some of the punters and kickers with decent speed. 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