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What NFL experts are saying about the Patriots’ loss to the Seahawks – Boston.com

“This week’s loss needs to be graded on the curve.”

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The Patriots-Seahawks rivalry has always been a dramatic one, and Sundays matchup was a testament to that.
From Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmores scuffle with DK Metcalf during the third quarter, to head coach Bill Belichicks decision not to call a timeout in the last 29 seconds of the game, the game was on the line (the one yard line, to be exact) when quarterback Cam Newton found himself looking to run it in for a touchdown.
Despite a valiant effort by Newton, he was stuffed by a solid Se…

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A failed Dodgers bullpen game drags down two young pitchers — and the viewers – Yahoo Sports

Nothing went according to plan when the Dodgers tried a Rays-like pitching strategy in Game 2. Were their hurlers put in a position to succeed?

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There is nothing more hackneyed than hating the latest tactical evolution in the game. Especially if it works. Which means that opportunistic, self-aware writers have to jump at any chance to complain about games pitched by a parade of relievers in place of a clash between starters aspiring to go the distance.
As weve seen this postseason, bullpen games are a savvy if unpopular strategy. Theyre a way to win without an ace available. Unless you lose. And then theyre ugly, alienating, and ineffective….

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Tyronn Lue: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George Will ‘Have To Adjust To My System And My Program’ – RealGM.com

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Tyronn Lue laid out of his expectations for the upcoming Los Angeles Clippers season during his introductory press conference, with an emphasis on leadership and getting the most out of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Lue challenged George and Leonard to show that they’re the best two-way players in the league.
“[Leonard and George] are going to have to adjust to my system and my program. But also I also have to be able to adjust to their comfort zone and what makes them better.
“Also setting the…

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Young Dodgers pitchers set up to fail in ‘out-getter’ role in Game 2 – Los Angeles Times

The Dodgers have not done an optimal job putting players into position to succeed this postseason and it showed on Wednesday with Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May.

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So the Chicago White Sox are interested in hiring Tony La Russa as their manager? Everything old is new again.
La Russa is 76. Only Connie Mack has managed more games. La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame six years ago, and this ranks among his distinctions: He is the inventor of the modern bullpen.
In the late 1980s, at a time relievers were mostly considered an interchangeable group of failed starters, La Russa converted Dennis Eckersley from a starter into a closer and, eventually, into…

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