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You don’t must push Ryan Dempster in any respect. While you convey up the title Albert Pujols, the retired pitcher gives a response so good it appears rehearsed.

“I’m an knowledgeable in giving up house runs to Albert Pujols,” Dempster quips. “In case you’re going to go get again surgical procedure, you’re going to attempt to discover the perfect doctor to do this. However if you wish to know how to surrender house runs to Pujols, there’s no person that’s extra certified than me.”

There’s some reality to that line. The 2 are very aware of one another, having confronted off in lots of heated divisional matchups between Pujols’ Cardinals and Dempster’s Chicago Cubs. And Dempster, a local of Gibsons, B.C., who spent 16 seasons within the majors, has the doubtful honour of being the pitcher who’s allowed probably the most homers to Pujols. The St. Louis Cardinals slugger, who notched his 699th and 700th profession house runs on Friday in an 11-0 thumping of the Los Angeles Dodgers, tagged Dempster for eight lengthy balls in his 79 plate appearances in opposition to the pitcher.

“A lot nice competitors between the 2 of us,” says Dempster, now an analyst for Chicago’s Marquee Sports activities Community. “He’s such a ferocious competitor. And for a protracted stretch of time, he was the perfect hitter within the sport. So, to have the ability to compete in opposition to him and have success and have failures [made] moments you look again on method later in life and keep in mind.”

Dempster has solely pitched to at least one hitter greater than Pujols throughout his profession (he’s seen 87 plate appearances from Lance Berkman). And for his half, Pujols has solely confronted 4 pitchers extra instances than he’s stepped into the field in opposition to Dempster. The outcomes of their frequent assembly tended to skew in favour of Pujols, who owns a .339/.456/.807 slash line in opposition to Dempster, with 14 walks versus simply two strikeouts.

Dempster’s favorite story of battling Pujols contains even doses of success and failure.

The Cubs had a three-game cushion on the second-place Cardinals for the NL Central lead in early September 2008 with Dempster on the mound to start out a key three-game collection in St. Louis. The suitable-hander held a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning, when he surrendered back-to-back singles, bringing Pujols to the plate representing the tying run.

The slugger promptly deposited the primary pitch he noticed from Dempster — a fastball away — over the right-field fence.   

The Cardinals went on the win that sport, 4-3, and Dempster remembers chatting with Cubs outfielder Jim Edmonds later that evening. Edmonds, who had spent seven years enjoying alongside Pujols with the Cardinals, informed the pitcher that the subsequent time he confronted Pujols late in a sport, to watch out for throwing him something on the outer half of the plate. After concerning the sixth inning, Pujols tended to regulate his method and tried to spray the ball to the alternative discipline, Edmonds defined.

Certain sufficient, the Cardinals visited the Cubs at Wrigley Discipline a number of weeks later, offering Dempster with an opportunity for atonement.

“We clinched [the NL Central title] in opposition to the Cardinals and, the subsequent day, I began in opposition to them,” says Dempster. “I remembered Pujols’ earlier at-bat and informed myself, ‘I’m not throwing him fastballs away as a result of final time he hit it.’

“Jim additionally talked about to me that Pujols by no means broke bats, so I stated to myself, ‘I’m going to interrupt his bat at present,’” he continues. “I had nothing to lose. We simply received the evening earlier than, so I used to be in a position to run a sinker in on his arms and I broke his bat. He was pissed off.”

When Dempster was traded to the American League towards the top of his profession, Pujols was proper there ready. The Cubs dealt Dempster to the Texas Rangers simply earlier than the July commerce deadline in 2012 and his first begin along with his new crew was in opposition to Pujols and Los Angeles Angels.

The suitable-hander was tattooed for 9 hits and eight runs over simply 4.2 innings. Pujols didn’t homer, however Dempster nonetheless felt his impression.

“I believe, personally, that Albert had a big piece in that,” Dempster says. “Simply due to the scouting report he may give these hitters. We confronted one another so many instances — he’s seen me pitch not solely once I confronted him, however the many at-bats I had in opposition to his teammates and the quantity of video he most likely watched of me. So, he gave these guys a extremely good scouting report they usually executed. Even good pitches I threw, they have been on it.”

The 42-year-old Pujols has captured the baseball world’s consideration along with his latest house run chase. He introduced in spring coaching that this marketing campaign — his twenty second within the majors — shall be his closing one earlier than retirement. The native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, returned to the Cardinals for one final hurrah after spending a decade with the Angels (plus a half-season with the Dodgers) and as his 2022 unfolded, he appeared to search out new life, producing his strongest offensive numbers in years.

His climb within the document books intensified as he clubbed eight homers in August. Pujols moved into sole possession of the fourth spot on MLB’s all-time house run checklist when he hit his 697th homer on Sept. 11 to move Alex Rodriguez and now, he trails simply three males: Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762).

Dempster says Pujols is the proper mix of expertise, work ethic and hitting IQ.

“He was a particularly good chess participant,” says Dempster. “Understanding what you have been going to throw, discovering patterns through which you have been going to pitch. You all the time needed to attempt to keep one pitch forward or change up what you have been doing as a result of in case you stayed in the identical form of repetitive behaviours, he was going to reap the benefits of that. Possibly he’d sit on a pitch and in case you made a mistake with that pitch, you’re going to pay.

“I all the time stated, ‘When Albert was going good, in case you made a mistake, he was going to hit a house run. In case you executed your pitch, he nonetheless may hit a house run.’ That’s how good he was.”

As a self-proclaimed knowledgeable within the topic of surrendering lengthy balls to Albert Pujols, Dempster has been intently watching the slugger conclude his Corridor-of-Fame profession on the very best of notes.

“He’s as locked in proper now as I believe I’ve ever seen him,” says Dempster. To emphasise that, he factors to a lyric from the 2005 track, “As Good As I As soon as Was.”

“‘I ain’t pretty much as good as I as soon as was, however I’m pretty much as good as soon as as I ever was,’” says Dempster, quoting nation music artist Toby Keith.

“Albert Pujols resides that proper now, man.”

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Joseph Parker has labelled Joe Joyce tactless and has promised a win regardless of the British powerhouse’s undefeated file from 14 fights.The pair went face-to-face on Thursday forward of the WBO Interim Heavyweight Championship of the World title combat at Manchester’s AO Enviornment, which takes place on Sunday (AEST).The pre-fight press convention was a largely one-sided affair through which Parker threw shade at his opponent, who appeared content material to cop the brunt of the mudslinging from the customer.Joe Joyce will face former world champion Joseph Parker in a titanic conflict for the interim WBO world heavyweight title on Sunday, September 25 from 7.30am AEST. Watch dwell and unique on Stan EventAsked whether or not he had taken offence to Joyce’s slight, through which he referred to Parker as “Little Joe” when the combat was introduced, the Kiwi fired again.”I do not actually care what he thinks or what his opinion is of my energy or how I combat,” stated the previous world champion.”He’ll get a style of it on Saturday night time (native time). I’ve carried out the work and I again every little thing that (coach) Andy (Lee] says. We have put within the work, me and Andy, within the gymnasium, daily, grinding away. Joseph Parker is predicting a win on Sunday on the AO Enviornment. (Provided)”We have got Tyson (Fury) there becoming a member of our runs and our coaching cheering us on bringing constructive vibes. “I’ve bought the meals, restoration, every little thing has been ticked off on this camp, so there is no excuses. There isn’t any doubts. “There isn’t any cause why I am getting into there and lose this combat. I’ll go in there and win, and win effectively.”Joe Joyce has one model. I do not see any changes I do not see any change. It is dependent upon how I present up.”READ MORE: ‘Irresponsible’ $1.2m name created ‘false financial system’ within the NRLREAD MORE: Grim ‘final probability’ warning for title-starved EelsREAD MORE: ‘No regrets’ Novak sends message to Aus Open organisersULTIMATE GUIDE: AFL grand ultimate 2022The press convention shortly descended into a clumsy tit-for-tat, through which Parker reiterated his “lump” description of Joyce.”A lump. An enormous man. A person that is assured and a person that is prepared, however a person that is going to be stopped in his tracks,” Parker stated, earlier than Joyce retorted.”Do you actually imagine that?” he stated.”Sure I really imagine that,” Parker fired again.”I’m very assured going into this combat, little doubt. I’ll cease you proper in your tracks. Hype practice.”Joe Joyce (left) and Joseph Parker (proper) throughout their pre-fight press convention. (Provided)”What’s that?” Joyce stated.”Hype practice? Alright.”Requested whether or not Parker would have a straightforward night time, Joyce replied, “I do not imagine so. He is clearly going to search out out.”  The winner of Sunday’s combat in Manchester will take a step in the direction of an eventual world title shot in opposition to WBO titleholder Oleksandr Usyk.Joyce is ranked No.1 by the WBO, with Parker second.WHAT IS AT STAKE?The winner will combat for the WBO Heavyweight Championship of the World title in opposition to an as-yet undetermined opponent, more likely to be Oleksandr Usyk.WHERE IS THE FIGHT?AO Enviornment, Manchester, United Kingdom.HOW MANY ROUNDS IS THE FIGHT?The combat is scheduled to go 12 rounds, however knock-outs.HOW CAN I WATCH IT ALL?Stan Occasion will carry each second of the motion completely, dwell and ad-free.The pay-per-view combat prices $40 for Stan subscribers.WHEN DOES THE ACTION START?Stan Occasion will start its broadcast at 3am with the principle occasion combat between Parker and Joyce slated for 7.30am, pending outcomes of earlier fights.

Parker’s supervisor suggestions ’emphatic’ assertion

FULL FIGHT CARDJoe Joyce vs. Joseph ParkerAmanda Serrano vs. Sarah MahfoudMichael Magnesi (c) vs. Anthony CacaceEkow Essuman vs. Samuel AntwiNathan Heaney vs. Jack FlatleyRaven Chapman vs. Jorgelina Guanini James Heneghan vs. Rod Douglas Jr. Amaar Akbar vs. Karlo WallaceTommy Fletcher vs. Toni VisicMark Heffron vs. Martin Ezequiel Bulacio  JOE JOYCE BIOStatus: Present World WBO No.1Nationality: BritishAge: 36 (Born: September 19, 1985)Top: 198cmReach: 203cmTotal fights: 14Record: 14-0 (13 wins by way of knockout)JOSEPH PARKER BIOStatus: Present world WBO No.2, former world championNationality: New ZealanderAge: 30 (Born: January 9, 1992)Top: 193cmReach: 193cmTotal fights: 32Record: 30-2 (21 wins by way of knockout)For a day by day dose of the very best of the breaking information and unique content material from Huge World of Sports activities, subscribe to our e-newsletter by clicking right here

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Some Grand Ultimate traditions have stood the check of time. The in a single day Grand Ultimate Marathon, the pre-game beverage(s) at your mate’s BBQ, and the half time kick to kick on the road.

Lately nevertheless, new traditions are beginning to take over.  Exhibiting your mates that you’ve got the data and confidence to again in your Norm Smith choose, your first objective scorer and selecting the winner of the Granny. And for worth you place these alternatives in a identical sport multi.  But in terms of final bragging rights in your group of mates, it’s all about beating them on the leaderboard on Draftstars.

In case you have by no means heard of Draftstars earlier than, the location is for Every day Fantasy Sports activities. You in all probability heard of season lengthy fantasy competitions reminiscent of AFL Fantasy, Supercoach and Dream Staff however Draftstars contests are only a one-day fantasy format.

It’s good to assemble a line-up of gamers inside a $100,000 wage cap after which as soon as the sport is underway, you rating fantasy factors to your line-up from the gamers statistics. These statistics are up to date stay so you may see the place you stand on the competition’s leaderboard. In case your staff places collectively an excellent efficiency, then your paid entry can yield a good-looking return!

This week, Draftstars have launched their largest ever prize swimming pools for the AFL Grand Ultimate between the Cats and the Swans. The featured contest is assured for $250,000 in whole money prizes for that someday in September.

The $250k is just not the one contest they’ve on the location, there are different contests that fits everybody’s funds with contest charges beginning at 50 cents per entry all the best way as much as $150 per entry in case you wish to play with the “Excessive Rollers”. The location can also create customized contests between your pals so you may actually cheer in your gamers after your Identical Recreation Multi is mud after the first quarter.

The scoring format is strictly the identical because the official AFL Fantasy sport, so in case you are used to that format then it is going to be straightforward to comply with.  

Constructing a Draftstars staff for the Grand Ultimate is kind of easy in case you preserve to those rules:

  • Choose your Ruckman first – Since there are solely a few gamers to select from as your Ruck, then make that choice first. You don’t need to make a fantastic wanting staff and realise you should not have sufficient cash in your wage cap to roster a Ruck. Do that first and in case you wish to stay dangerously then roster the underperforming and damage susceptible Rhys Stanley.
  • Twin Positions Gamers are fashionable – With 9 roster spots and 4 positions, there’s overlap for gamers who push ahead or roam again. Thus, Draftstars give these gamers a twin place. Gamers reminiscent of Zach Tuohy and Mitch Duncan are at all times fashionable as they are often rostered as a Defender and a Midfielder.
  • Determine on a line-up construct technique – Having a wage cap means you can’t simply choose the 9 finest gamers and win. In season lengthy fantasy, the very best coaches load their groups firstly of the 12 months with premiums and rookies. The Rookies play and their wage will increase over the season. That’s no completely different right here, you may construct groups with 3-4 costly gamers and fill the remainder of your roster with cheaper low wage gamers. This is called ‘Stars and Scrubs’. If the Scrubs go nicely and the Stars do what they’re purported to do, then your line-up has a variety of potential.  Nevertheless, the scrubs have a tendency to attain what they usually do, and that isn’t a lot in any respect. Different gamers look to construct a staff that’s fairly center of the highway. Not selecting the gamers who’re the costliest and never selecting the underside of the barrel gamers both. That is known as a ‘balanced’ strategy. These gamers look to extract worth from gamers who look to be under-priced from dangerous latest kind. Joel Selwood is the precise sort of participant right here. Center priced however has the power to attain a considerable amount of fantasy factors. Every technique has its professionals and cons.
  • You should not have to spend all of your wage cap in Tournaments – You might have rostered your remaining participant and also you see you might have over $1,000 left in your wage cap. To you it might look fallacious however don’t change it! Our minds are educated to extract all the worth you may from an merchandise. Taking part in fantasy is not any completely different. You might have sufficient cash in your wage cap to go from Oliver Florent to Zach Tuohy who is strictly $1,000 extra. 98 individuals out of 100 will mechanically change from Florent to Tuohy as a result of they’ve the funds and Tuohy seems to be to be a greater participant than Florent on their historical past of fantasy scores. In these massive discipline tournaments having “wage on the desk” makes your line-up very distinctive and offers you leverage. You’re taking part in to win the big first place prize, to not share it with ten of your closest associates! If Florent scores merely 1 extra fantasy level than Tuohy, you might have achieved leverage.
  • Have a sneaky play – Consider a participant that nobody want to play of their groups. Max Holmes with a dodgy hamstring. Jed Bews continues to be getting a sport though I don’t see him close to the footy. Paddy McCartin is a good story however is he a fantasy pig? Having a rostered participant who might be low owned could make or break your staff. This can be a event with over 14,000+ in entries. In case your sneaky goes above and past on their expectations for fantasy, then your line-up has the potential to be on the very high and nobody else could have him of their lineups.
  • Construct to your narrative – Are the Cats going to win by 10+ targets? Then you might have considered trying objective kickers reminiscent of Jeremy Cameron, Tom Hawkins or Gary Rohan in your groups. Does it seem like a moist MCG? Then search for huge tacklers reminiscent of James Rowbottom and Callum Mills. Take into consideration how the sport may play out and roster gamers for that narrative.
  • That is the final probability to make use of your AFL Fantasy data earlier than we put it away for the 12 months. And better of all a cheeky brag to your mates on Grand Ultimate day in case your line-up comes up trumps. 

    Eager to offer it a go? Hit up Draftstars at this time to get began.

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    With over 3.5 billion followers, soccer is likely one of the hottest sports activities on the earth. As a result of its recognition, punters in lots of components of the world favor to wager on soccer.
    Prime membership leagues and competitions just like the UEFA Champions League, the English Premier League, Bundesliga, and La Liga make soccer enjoyable to look at. These leagues are extremely aggressive and folks typically wish to again their golf equipment or place bets on different golf equipment.
    On a world scale, the FIFA World Cup is the best soccer competitors because it includes a number of nations all world wide competing for the trophy. Throughout the World Cup, even followers of rival golf equipment come collectively to attempt to cheer their nations to success. soccer is that nice.
    Punters use totally different bookies to position their soccer bets, nevertheless, we are going to use Merrybet bookmaker as an illustration. Merrybet is likely one of the high bookies in Nigeria with a number of classes of sports activities and betting markets to select from. On Merrybet, you possibly can place over/underneath bets, handicaps, and parlay bets. To be assured in your recreation don’t overlook to make use of ht/ft free ideas from specialists to construct on the data and expertise of others.
    On this information, I’ll clarify how to wager on soccer on Merrybet. I’ll make clear the totally different betting markets we’ve got in soccer, how to place your self for successful in soccer bets, and get predictions like right rating betting ideas so you can begin off rapidly. Let’s get to it.

    Prime betting markets and odds for soccer 

    There are alternative ways punters wager on a soccer match and on this part, I’ll talk about the frequent betting markets in soccer.

    Over/underneath

    Over/underneath bets are one of many high betting markets in soccer. Right here, punters merely predict the least or most variety of occasions an occasion will happen in a soccer match. The occasions you possibly can predict embody corners, aim kicks, yellow playing cards, and objectives.
     
    Let’s take an over/underneath nook wager for example. If Tottenham and Manchester United go face to face within the Premier League and you choose an over 10.5 corners wager, this merely means you’re predicting the sport to finish with not less than a complete of 11 corners. Likewise, if you choose an underneath 10.5 wager, you might be predicting the soccer match to finish with no more than 10 corners.

    Outrights 

    The outright betting market includes betting on the doubtless outcomes of the season. As an example, chances are you’ll wager on a workforce to win the UEFA Champions League, any of Europe’s high 5 leagues, or home cups. You win your wager in case your chosen end result is true on the finish of the competitors.
     
    Notice that betting early on outrights offers you increased odds as the percentages are decreased because the season proceeds.

    Goalscorer betting market 

    In goalscorer bets, you merely predict the participant(s) to attain in a soccer match. It could possibly be within the first half, second half, or anytime through the match.

    Asian handicap 

    Within the Asian handicap market, the weaker workforce is given a digital head begin within the match to degree the enjoying discipline.
    As an example, a Liverpool(-3) vs Bournemouth(+3) handicap wager means Liverpool begins the sport with a three-goal deficit whereas Bournemouth begins with a three-goal benefit. Which means in case you are backing Liverpool, they’ve to attain not less than 4 objectives to win the wager. Likewise, in case you are backing the underdogs, you win the wager in the event that they don’t concede greater than three objectives.

    Double probability & draw no wager 

    Double probability offers extra flexibility in your wager as you possibly can wager on two occasions at a time(Normally a win or draw). As soon as any of the eventualities is true, you win the wager.
    Alternatively, draw no wager is considerably much like double probability. Draw no wager merely means betting on a draw will not be an possibility, one of many groups should win. You possibly can wager on the house workforce or away workforce to win.

    Each groups to attain (BTTS) 

    Because the title implies, BTTS includes a punter predicting each groups in a soccer match will rating not less than one aim every. If the situation happens, you win the wager. This market is a bit technical so remember to contemplate groups with very excessive xGs extra.

    ACCA betting market 

    Most punters do ACCA bets, also called accumulator bets. Right here, as an alternative of constructing a single wager, you possibly can mix a number of bets to get pleasure from increased odds. Nonetheless, you need to win all of the sub-bets you choose to win the general wager.

    What’s particular about stay soccer betting? 

    Dwell betting supplies bettors with an opportunity to position bets in real-time. This implies you could have the chance to see the efficiency of gamers and groups earlier than betting on them. Dwell betting doesn’t essentially imply you’ll all the time win your bets. Nonetheless, it’s safer as you possibly can base your prediction on the current circulation of the match.

    How to position a wager on soccer on Merrybet? 

    To wager on Merrybet, comply with these steps:

  • Go to the official Merrybet web site.
  • Check in to your account or register for it.
  • Navigate the web page and choose soccer.
  • Choose the league you want to wager on.
  • Select the occasion you wish to place wagers on.
  • Enter the quantity you want to stake.
  • Affirm your wager. 
  • Prime factors to contemplate when doing stay betting on soccer on Merrybet 

    Get entangled 

    One of many methods to enhance in soccer betting is by really watching the groups you like to wager on ceaselessly. This fashion, you possibly can monitor their real-time performances, spot key gamers, and their sample of play. This info will come in useful when choosing your bets.

    Use a good and appropriate bookmaker 

    Bookmakers additionally affect your soccer betting expertise. Make sure you discover the bookmakers out there to you to examine whichever presents the most effective expertise. The aim is to stay to essentially the most appropriate and reliable bookmaker.

    Don’t overinvest 

    One of many quickest methods to get burnt out in betting is by overinvesting in bets. It’s a lot simpler if you choose just a few groups and betting markets to discover. If you happen to unfold your stake out too usually, you doubtless find yourself shedding greater than you win.

    Conclusion 

    soccer is likely one of the most well-liked sports activities to wager on as a result of folks already get pleasure from watching it. Whereas soccer betting could possibly be enjoyable, don’t overinvest. Solely make investments what you possibly can lose.
    I hope this text has been useful to you. Pleased betting!

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