The Washington Redskins had an incredible bounce back season this year. Many pundits and fans were ready to fire Jay Gruden due to Robert Griffin III not progressing as a quarterback under him. Instead he handed the reins to Kirk Cousins Alexander Mattison Jersey , a man who was a fourth round pick in 2012, the year they selected RG3 second overall. Fans were outraged over the team seemingly giving up on Griffin so quickly, as it seemed at times the organization wasn't patient enough with him. This season, the 'Skins shocked everybody by winning the division and by all looks of things, they seem like they'll be able to contend for it again this coming year.When looking at Washington in the 21st century though, it's full of disappointment as the team has been notorious for overpaying free agents and whiffing on way too many draft picks. The franchise we knew as a powerhouse back in the early 80s and early 90s is long gone and while they may contend in a weak NFC East, they're still very far from a Super Bowl. The 'Skins have far more needs as a team, and that will have to keep being addressed in future drafts. For now, we'll be looking at their first round picks of the 21st century and see where things went wrong. We'll be excluding this year's draft, as it's silly to re-draft for a player that hasn't even played yet. Josh Doctson is not on this list http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-dru-samia-jersey , as we'd like to see him play in the NFL first. We'll be going from 2001 to 2015. Going through this list, you'll also notice a common mistake that the 'Skins made and that was constantly giving up first round picks.
Note to opposing pitchers: Fear the beard.
The Colorado Rockies‘ Charlie Blackmon is starting to return to the form that saw him lead the National League with a .331 batting average last season, when he also had career highs with 37 home runs and 104 RBIs.
The bearded Blackmon homered in the first inning for the second time in the past three games Friday and added two other hits, sparking the Rockies to a 7-1 victory at Seattle. It was Colorado’s fourth straight win and seventh in the past eight games.
“It’s really good to continue to try and win games, play team baseball, even if you’re not feeling real awesome at the plate,” Blackmon told MLB.com earlier this week.
Blackmon hit a first-inning homer Tuesday in an 8-1 victory against San Francisco, then went deep against longtime Mariners ace Felix Hernandez on Friday.
During the Rockies’ four-game win streak, Blackmon is batting .471 (8-for-17) with two homers, four RBIs and has six runs scored. By contrast Daniel Jones Jersey , from June 6 to Monday’s 5-2 victory over the Giants, Blackmon hit .216 (22-for-102) with two homers.
“This guy is the National League batting champion,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He’s an All-Star, started the All-Star Game, hit 37 home runs, knocked in 100 runs from the leadoff position. He’s going to be pitched tough the next year, for sure.
“And Charlie, at times, has come out of his game a little bit. Our conversation with Charlie has been, ‘Hey Ed Oliver Jersey , be yourself.’ “
And that’s when opponents fear the beard.
“I’ve felt pretty good the past couple of days,” Blackmon admitted.
Blackmon will face a tough task Saturday afternoon in Seattle against Mariners left-hander James Paxton (8-2, 3.39 ERA). Paxton is 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in two career starts against the Rockies.
In his most recent start, Paxton pitched eight shutout innings, giving up just two hits while striking out 11, in a 1-0 victory over the Royals on Sunday.
Blackmon has a .305 career average against lefties. Of the left-handed batters with a minimum of 750 plate appearances, the only ones in baseball history with a better average against southpaws are Ichiro Suzuki, Tony Gwynn, Rod Carew and Larry Walker.
Colorado will send left-hander Kyle Freeland (8-6, 3.25) to the mound. Freeland has made one career start against the Mariners http://www.billscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-cody-ford-jersey , a 6-3 win at Safeco Field last season. He pitched six innings in that game and allowed two runs on six hits. In five career interleague starts, Freeland is 4-0 with a 2.14 ERA.
The Mariners hope to have outfielder Mitch Haniger back Saturday.
Haniger, who is second in the American League with 62 RBIs, has missed the past two games with a bruised right knee.
“(Thursday) it was really sore, but it’s calmed down quite a bit,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said before Friday’s game. “He had it looked at by the doctor and it’s day-to-day. Hopefully he goes along good today and he possibly could get back in there (Saturday). He was definitely moving and feeling better.”
Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon left Friday’s game in the sixth inning after trying to score from third base on a ball that was in the dirt and got away from Colorado catcher Tony Wolters. But Wolters quickly recovered and flipped to pitcher German Marquez, who tagged out Gordon, who tried to score standing up. Gordon landed awkwardly after crossing the plate and Servais said Gordon “tweaked his hip.”
“I think he’ll be OK,” Servais said. “We’ll know more (Saturday) morning.”