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Italy industrial output tumbles nearly 30% in March

first_imgItaly’s industrial production tumbled nearly 30 percent in March as the country shuttered many businesses to contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the nation’s statistics agency said Monday.Production fell by 28.4 percent compared to February using seasonally adjusted figures and by 29.3 percent compared to March 2019 adjusting for the different number of working days, Istat said.Italy, home to the eurozone’s third-largest economy, has been hard-hit with almost 30,000 deaths due to the virus, with the economy shrinking 4.7 percent in the first quarter compared to a eurozone average of 3.8 percent.Italy was the first country in Europe to be hit by the pandemic, with the March industrial production figures impacted by a nationwide lockdown imposed from March 10 and all non-essential production being shut down since March 22, essentially paralysing the economy.Topics :last_img read more

Latest loss sends LA Dodgers on the road for NLDS

first_imgKershaw’s day was finished after that inning. He threw 82 pitches in his final playoff prep. He walked one – his 11th of the season in 149 innings – and struck out only four. For the season, his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 15.6 shatters the former record set by Phil Hughes in 2014 (11.6).“Sure. Yeah. I mean, I don’t have a choice,” Kershaw said when asked if he felt ready for the post-season. “I feel good. Arm feels good. I want to be perfect. It wasn’t perfect today but good enough for sure, yeah.”Kershaw wasn’t the most dominant left-hander in Saturday’s game. Giants rookie Ty Blach pitched eight scoreless innings in just his fourth big-league appearance and second start.The Dodgers made very little hard contact against him all day and managed just singles by Adrian Gonzalez in the second, Yasiel Puig in the fourth and Joc Pederson in the eighth. Only Gonzalez made it as far as second base.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had expressed optimism this week that his team was turning around its fortunes against lefties after beating Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich and getting to Giants ace Madison Bumgarner early in Friday’s game.Saturday put a big dent in that optimism.“We just couldn’t figure him out,” Roberts said of Blach who also pitched three hitless innings in relief against the Dodgers in September. “He was throwing fastballs and getting ahead of guys. We just couldn’t really put any good swings together, let alone consistent at-bats consecutively.“Today wasn’t a good day. … I think we gave away a lot of at-bats today. We’ve got to be better. We’re going to see a lefty in the next series (Washington’s Gio Gonzalez). We’ve got to be better.”The Giants’ win set up a photo finish for the final playoff spot in the National League Sunday. The three teams vying for the two wild-card spots – the New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals and Giants – each won Saturday. The Mets clinched the top spot with that win. The Giants maintain a one-game lead over the Cardinals heading into the final game of the regular season.If the Giants win or the Cardinals lose Sunday, the Giants would play the Mets in the wild-card game Wednesday in New York. If the Dodgers beat the Giants on Sunday and the Cardinals win, it would set up a one-game playoff for the final wild card on Monday in St. Louis. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It’s only exciting if we win so we’ll try to win on Friday.”They’ll try to win without homefield advantage in the first round for the first time since their 2013 run to the NL Championship Series. The Dodgers had the homefield edge but lost in the first round anyway in 2014 (to the St. Louis Cardinals) and 2015 (to the New York Mets).“To me, it doesn’t matter,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen who pitched a desultory eighth inning on Saturday. “We just don’t want to go home after the first round again.”Kershaw will again figure prominently in that. He certainly looked ready for the task most of the day Saturday.He retired the first 11 Giants batters in order and allowed just three hits in the first six innings, cruising along on 69 pitches. One of the hits was a solo home run by Angel Pagan, however, and the Giants added two more runs in the seventh inning when Brandon Crawford’s comebacker caromed off Kershaw and was thrown away for an error by Justin Turner when he recovered the ball.center_img SAN FRANCISCO >> Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound at Nationals Park next Friday. That is both a relief and a disappointment for the Dodgers.Kershaw made his fifth start since spending 75 days outside the lines with a herniated disc in his back and pitched well again, going seven innings for the second consecutive start and allowing just one earned run. But the Dodgers did nothing offensively against another left-handed pitcher and lost to the San Francisco Giants 3-0 Saturday afternoon.The fourth loss in five games since they clinched the National League West title last Sunday ended any possibility of the Dodgers catching the Washington Nationals for homefield in their NL Division Series matchup. That best-of-five series will open on Friday at Nationals Park.“It looked bleak there for a little bit in the middle of the season,” Kershaw said of drawing the Game 1 assignment for a fourth consecutive fall. “Didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it to this point. Now that it’s here it’s exciting.last_img read more

Ranking the best classes of rookie pitchers in the post-strike era

first_imgThoughts: You could make the argument that the classes of 2010 and/or 2013 are deeper, but the class of 2008 starts with two no-doubt Hall of Famers who are still performing at elite levels, so 2008 gets the nod. Here’s guessing the fine folks in Cooperstown have already started the process for making the plaques for Kershaw and Sherzer; they just need to wait for them to finish dominating to finalize the numbers. 1. 2006The elite stars: Justin Verlander, Adam Wainwright, Cole Hamels, Jon Lester Worth mentioning: Jonathan Papelbon, Matt Cain, Rich Hill, Jered Weaver, Francisco Liriano, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, James Shields, Chad Billingsley, Jonathan Broxton, Pat Neshek, Joel ZumayaThoughts: Just so, so good. Perennial Cy Young candidates on the top line, flashes-of-brilliance guys all over and a few better-than-average consistent performers in the mix, as well. On Tuesday, we took at look at the best classes of rookie hitters in recent memory. The motivation for that trip down memory lane was, of course, inspired by the crazy-good class of rookie hitters in 2019. And though the rookie pitchers in 2019 don’t hold a candle to their position-player counterparts, we still thought it would be fun to rank the recent classes of rookie pitchers (arbitrarily drawing the line at the end of the 1994-95 strike).  As with the previous ranking, we’re looking at what the pitchers did in their careers, not what they did solely in their rookie seasons. MORE: Chris Sale is fastest ever to 2,000 strikeoutsHere’s what we did …Using the Play Index feature on Baseball-Reference, I sorted by year and pulled out every pitcher with rookie eligibility who posted a bWAR of at least 1.0 that year. And then I went year-by-year through the Rookie of the Year voting to make sure I didn’t miss anyone (still, people, don’t get me started on the flaws in a three-person RoY ballot; that’s a topic for another time). The guys we’re considering have to have made at least some impact in that year. The year with the most rookie pitchers to post a 1.0 bWAR or better: 2006, with 35.The year with the fewest rookie pitchers to post a 1.0 bWAR or better: 1998, with 18. Though, at the moment, we only have 12 rookies at that level in 2019, so that could take the title by the end of September. Anyway, let’s look at the seven best years for rookie pitchers. 7. 2001The elite stars: CC Sabathia, Roy OswaltWorth mentioning: Shawn Chacon, Joel Pineiro, Danys Baez, Juan CruzThoughts: Neither Sabathia nor Owalt won their league’s respective Rookie of the Year awards, despite fine seasons. But that’s because Ichiro Suzuki was a rookie in the AL and Albert Pujols was a rookie in the NL and both of those hitters were incredible that year, while both pitchers — who finished second, btw — were merely very good. At some point in the not-too-distant future, Sabathia will join both Ichiro and Albert in Cooperstown, though. 6. 2014The elite stars: Jacob deGrom, Trevor Bauer, Masahiro Tanaka Worth mentioning: Kyle Hendricks, Delin Betances, James Paxton, Marcus Stroman, Jeurys Familia, Kevin Gausman, Ken Giles, Jake Odorizzi, Aaron SanchezThoughts: That’s just a solid group of arms, led by deGrom and his otherworldly 2018 Cy Young campaign. 5. 1999The elite stars: Roy Halladay, Tim Hudson, Eric Gagne Worth mentioning: Kris Benson, Freddy Garcia, Billy Koch, Gil Meche, Scott WilliamsonThoughts: Halladay is the only player on this list already in the Hall of Fame, though there will be others joining him down the road (many, many others). Hudson likely will wind up short of Cooperstown (he’ll be on the ballot for the first time with the class of 2021), but that’s not a knock on what was a stellar, underrated career. And Gagne, for a time, was undeniably the best relief pitcher in baseball. 4. 2013The elite stars: Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Hyun-Jin RyuWorth mentioning: Sonny Gray, Chris Archer, Zack Wheeler, James Paxton, Tanner Roark, Julio Teheran, Michael Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal, Danny Salazar, Shelby Miller, Cody Allen, Dan StrailyThoughts: The top of this list is so tough, and hopefully another reminder what we all lost as baseball fans when Jose Fernandez was killed in that accident. And when you consider the depth of quality for the guys not on the top line, that’s really what sets this group apart. 3. 2010The elite stars: Chris Sale, Madison Bumgarner, Stephen Strashburg, Kenley JansenWorth mentioning: Wade Davis, Neftali Feliz, Jaime Garcia, John Axford, Jhoulys Chacin, Daniel Hudson, Alexi Ogando, Jonny Venters, Travis WoodThoughts: Here’s the thing about this group: None of those four pitchers on the top line received even a single rookie of the year vote. Why? Because none of those guys was in the majors for the full 2010 season, though they were all stellar in their short appearances. Sale had a 1.93 ERA and four saves in 21 relief appearances; Bumgarner had a 3.00 ERA in 18 starts; Strasburg had a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts; and Jansen had a 0.67 ERA and four saves in 25 relief appearances. And this group ranks No. 3 because, damn, all four of those guys have had great big league careers, which is what we’re primarily considering here. 2. 2008The elite stars: Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer, Johnny Cueto, Worth mentioning: Craig Breslow, Joba Chamberlain, Armando Galarraga, Jim Johnson, Jair Jurrjens, Hiroki Kuroda, Justin Masterson, Brad Zieglerlast_img read more