Just two days ago, Cam Newton put a spin on the Panthers’ record — and chose not to make it a positive or negative one. “The optimism of it is we are 5-3. The negative of it is that we are 5-3,” he said after a 17-3 win over the Buccaneers that raised as many questions as answers about the offense he’s running.
Ajayi broke out as an RB1 during the 2016 season, his second in the league after amassing huge numbers at Boise State, but did so a bit unconventionally, which is why there were some reservations for future production. While it’s nice to have a running back capable of producing three games of more than 200 rushing yards, those games accounted for more than half of Ajayi’s rushing total for the season.
Friday night’s Game 1 of the National League Division series offered more proof that there is no more dominant starter in baseball right now. It also suggested that Kershaw is mortal, although the source of his current vulnerability is hard to pinpoint.
Kershaw struck out 7 Diamondbacks and held Arizona to 5 hits over 6 1/3 innings in Los Angeles on Friday, but four of those hits were solo home runs by A.J. Pollock in the third, J.D. Martinez in the sixth, and Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis in the seventh. For a pitcher who allowed a career-high 23 home runs this season, the same number he gave up in the last two seasons combined, the question for Kershaw—the question he will likely be asked for the remainder of his Hall of Fame career—is, How’s the back?
Francois said that has made Blackman’s growing pains more difficult.