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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have changed a lot in the eight days since they were swept by the Washington Nationals in Washington, D. Air Max 270 Womens Coral .C. But the Nationals hope the result remains the same during a four-game series this weekend in New York.The series pitting the top two teams in the National League East begins Thursday night, when the suddenly scorching Mets host the first-place Nationals at Citi Field.The Nationals remained four games ahead of the Mets by virtue of a 7-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, New York beat the Miami Marlins 4-2.The Nationals lead was six games on June 29, the day they capped the sweep of the Mets. At that time, it seemed as if the final series before the All-Star break might present an opportunity for Washington to bury the defending NL champions.But the Mets responded to the three straight losses by authoring a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs and then taking two of three from the Miami Marlins. New York outscored the Cubs and Marlins 46-24 in the last seven games -- a stunning turnaround for a team that scored just 47 runs in 15 games from June 14 through June 29.I said it a lot in the Cubs series: Coming into that series without playing well, (it was) really, really important to have a good series against them, and we did, Mets manager Terry Collins said Wednesday afternoon. (The) Marlins, for all the years Ive been here, play us tougher than any team we play, I think.Now weve got to go against the Nationals, who are going to come in here looking to put some more distance between us. So weve got our work cut out for us this weekend.So do the Nationals, who went 3-3 between series against the Mets despite playing two NL Central non-contenders in the Brewers and Cincinnati Reds.I always want to go into the All-Star break hot and come out hot, Nationals manager Dusty Baker told reporters Wednesday.Nationals right fielder and reigning NL Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper put his inimitable succinct spin on the weekend.How many games are we up on them? Four? Harper told reporters Wednesday. We could either be tied or up eight. Its plain and simple.Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon is scheduled to start Thursdays opener against Nationals right-hander Lucas Giolito in perhaps the most distinct old vs. young battle of the season.Colon is the oldest player in baseball at 43 and has 483 starts under his belt, most among active players. He has been pitching so long that his first appearance against the Nationals franchise came in 2002, when the team was still the Montreal Expos. Colon is 4-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 11 career appearances (10 starts) against the Nationals/Expos.The 21-year-old Giolito. meanwhile, is the seventh-youngest player in the majors and has made just one career start. He threw four shutout innings against the Mets in an appearance cut short by a rain delay on June 28. Air Max 97 Silver Bullet Mens For Sale . Its an influence in football and a big part of the game. Air Max 180 Mens . After slipping from the summit during the week, the Gunners overcame struggling Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday thanks to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlains second-half brace. . 4 Villanova with a 96-68 drubbing on Monday. Wragge hit 9-of-14 from behind the arc, matching Kyle Korvers school record for 3-pointers in a game set in 2003, as Creighton (16-3, 6-1 Big East broke a conference record with 21 treys in the rout. 108.5 R Ashwin to Ben Stokes - pitch explosionThis was the first ball of the game that took a piece of the pitch after landing. The ball hit the edge of one of the cracks on a good length, right in front of the batsman. The cracks running right through the 22 yards have opened up a little from the first day and this ball was a sign of the edges crumbling a little. That puts England in a commanding position.Reverse swing and the off-stump trap for left-handersThe thing with reverse swing is that it allows you to both take wickets and, if needed, stop the flow of runs. India tried that with Ben Stokes, with both seamers bowling from around the wicket. India had set a 7-2 off-side field and bowled an 8-10th-stump line to him, and it not only stemmed the flow of runs but also produced two outside edges. As a batsman, Stokes had two options - he could either leave everything alone or walk across to get closer and drag it towards the leg side. Now, you might ask why the same does not apply to right-handed batsmen. The reason is that when the ball is reversing, it tends to tail back in more as compared to leaving the right-hander, and that makes it tougher to set an off-side trap.Yorkers - conspicuous by their absenceThe ball has reverse swung quite appreciably in this game, but we have not seen many attempts from the bowlers to bowl yorkers. During the last series, Zaheer Khan told me that you nneed either the extra pace or some reverse swing to attempt hitting the blockhole. Air Max Tn Plus Mens. The Indian fast bowlers were fortunate enough to have both in this innings - Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav are reasonably quick in the air and both were extracting considerable reverse swing. So it was slightly surprising that they did not attempt more yorkers. The angle of attack to StokesAgainst the pacers, Stokes scored most of his runs through the leg side. Whenever Indias seamers bowled outside off, they were able to keep him quiet. So, was there a case for bowling more in that channel outside off and also trying to go over the wicket more to use the natural angle taking the ball away from him? Indias fast bowlers did not go over the wicket even once to him.Making an open stance workTheres been a lot of talk about Gautam Gambhirs new stance and the challenges it is likely to pose. With the new, very open stance, a couple of things that Gambhir must be careful about are his judgment of where his off stump is and avoiding the temptation to play booming drives to full balls outside off. Thus far, Gambhir has shown both the patience and the judgment - he has left balls in the fifth-stump channel and allowed the full balls to come to him instead of going towards them. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

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