His last start was the best outing of his career, 7 2/3 shutout innings of two-hit ball with nine strikeouts and no walks in a 1-0 Mariners’ win at home over the Boston Red Sox. Mookie Betts led off the game with a hit, then Boston didn’t have another baserunner until two outs in the eighth.
I executed pitches and when they hit them, they went right to guys, LeBlanc said.
LeBlanc is staying humble. He knows there are ups and downs in baseball. His career is proof, as he’s 33-35 with a 4.23 ERA playing for seven teams over 10 big-league seasons from 2008-2014 and 2016-18.
By the way, his return to the Yankees bullpen before Tuesday’s game brought back one of his favorite baseball memories. He was with the Yankees for 12 days in June 2014, and prior to his one outing, he charged out of the Yankees bullpen and crossed paths with Derek Jeter during his jog to the mound.
Put it all together and you have a handful of dudes who can become stars this year (Coleman, Gordon, Njoku, Chubb, Johnson) and several who have already done big things (Landry, Gordon, Hyde, Johnson).
When you look at the supporting cast in place for Taylor and Mayfield, it becomes clear the Browns are no longer a punchline.
A healthy and hot Green can make up for the lack of talent elsewhere, but even he’s coming off the worst statistical complete season of his career (he averaged a career-low 67.4 yards per game and caught a career-low 52 percent of the passes thrown his way). If he doesn’t get back on track in 2018, Dalton will have one of the worst supporting casts in the league.
Unfortunately for Alex Smith, the league’s highest-rated passer in 2017 won’t have as much support at the offensive skill positions in his new home.
Smith, who was traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Washington Redskins this offseason, joins an offense that is loaded with question marks.
If Doctson and/or Richardson come through, Reed stays healthy and Guice delivers, Smith could have a top-10 arsenal. But that’s hoping for a lot. Still, the Redskins stay out of the bottom tier here based on potential and because pass-catching back Chris Thompson could be a game-changer if he can bounce back from the leg injury that ended his breakout 2017 season prematurely.
When Paul Richardson and Jimmy Graham walked as free agents in March, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson lost two players who caught 16 of the 34 touchdown passes he threw in 2017.