Just how good is Shohei Ohtani, anyway?

He’s also allowed just 24 home runs (0.4 per nine) and a mere 384 hits, an impressive 6.4 per nine innings. In other words, Ohtani has the profile you’d expect from an accomplished young star with a triple-digit fastball. As a hitter, he has a career .286/.358/.500 slash line and has played a good deal of games in the outfield, so when we say he’s a good-hitting pitcher, we don’t mean it in the left-handed-compliment sense, as when we praise Madison Bumgarner’s offense while implicitly noting that pitchers hit terribly. Ohtani is in actual good-hitter territory.

Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon last season during the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets and underwent surgery. But Parker continues to inch closer toward returning, and Popovich said he thinks Parker will be back “very soon.”

“For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest,” he said.

I know it’s early, but early happened to him. Lonzo Ball is the most over-hyped player I have ever seen. May he catch his stride ????

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Joe Flacco is in the midst of one of the worst seasons of his career. Bad throws and poor decisions are the reasons why he ranks among the league leaders with 11 interceptions. But Flacco hasn’t had much help. Protection has been shoddy because the offensive line has been hit with injuries, and Flacco’s receivers have dropped too many passes. The Ravens need him to cut down on turnovers and stretch the field more in order to get them back to the playoffs for the first time since 2014. — Jamison Hensleynike_patriots_564

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