The 2017 Astros are the prime example of that. From the middle of the season, there was little doubt that Houston would be in the playoffs.

Still, Pittsburgh held a five-run lead in the late innings and Hurdle could have replaced Taillon after eight to preserve his pitch count. But within the industry, things like complete games and shutouts still matter to those playing the game. It’s just that now, they have to fall within a very specific set of usage parameters. Those parameters are managed by… the manager.

They had plenty of time to focus on the 18 postseason games it took to get the 11 wins they needed to clinch the franchise’s first title.

Eighteen games — each one an exhausting, self-contained adventure. Hinch had to keep his pitchers fresh for that run, even while positioning the Astros for the top seed. And when his bullpen faltered, almost en masse, he had to lean heavily on his starting pitchers. He was able to do that because of the work he did during the season to preserve those starters. And because of Verlander.

Now would be the perfect time to start developing a young quarterback whom the Giants can pay a relative pittance as they rebuild their offensive line. For a team that might still have one of the worst lines in football, even after handing Nate Solder a record contract, the idea Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men to build around the ground game seems at odds with both these Giants and this era of football.

There just isn’t a strong enough argument to take Barkley with the second overall pick over taking a chance on a quarterback, regardless of how good Barkley could end up. The Giants might regret passing on Barkley if he turns into a superstar, but given that they would be paying him like one of the league’s top running backs before he ever steps on an NFL field, Barkley would need to be a perennial Pro Bowler just for the Giants to break even on his rookie deal. If they don’t think any of the Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys quarterbacks in the draft has any prayer of succeeding, Gettleman and Pat Shurmur would be better off trading down and grabbing multiple first-round picks for a team that is missing a generation of draft picks. Plus, they still need to address their future post-Manning, which is coming sooner rather than later.

←More from NFL Jerseys 2016

↑ Back to Top