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Cowboys get crushed by Packers; Jets up next

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The Dallas Cowboys were dominated by the Green Bay Packers on Sunday when they were defeated 34-24. The Cowboys were out of synch right from the start and never really had a chance to win after allowing the Packers a 24 -0 lead.

Recap

For the second week in a row Dallas has turned the ball over a few more times than their opponent, and once again came out on the losing end of the game. Don't let the score fool you, the Cowboys gained a lot of empty yards and points late in the second half.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was 27/44 for 463 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 3 INTERCEPTIONS. He also ran 4 times for 27 yards. With the Cowboys playing catch-up basically from the start, receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup had big days. Cooper had his best day as a Cowboy with 11 catches for 226 yards and 1 touchdown. It was Gallup's 1st game back since injuring his knee three weeks ago. He had 7 catches for 113 yards and 1 touchdown as well.

With the team trailing all game long, Pro Bowl running back Ezekiel Elliott was kept in check by the Green Bay defense. He only had 14 touches total. Zeke carried 12 times for 62 yards, a 1 yard rushing touchdown and 2 catches for 29 yards. Without Elliott leading the way for the Cowboy offense, the Packers were able to control the game and cruise to an easy win.

Dallas now falls to (3-2) and is now tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for 1st in the NFC East.

3 Things to Watch For

1.Ezekiel Elliott (Running Back): The Cowboys need to feed Zeke the ball and not stop in order to get back to their winning ways. There is no reason he should not get less than 20 touches in every game.

2.Michael Gallup (Wide Receiver): Didn't show any signs of slowing down in his return to the field. He has caught 6 or more passes in every game he has played this season and I would expect it to keep going due to the great chemistry he has with Prescott.

3.Brett Maher (Kicker): 2nd year man had some issues in the Preseason and it looks like he hasn't fixed them. He is 4/7 on field goal attempts for the season, which is 57.1%. That is not good, that isn't even close to average.If this continues, the Cowboys are going to need to find themselves another kicker.

Coming Up

This Sunday October 13th, the Dallas Cowboys (3-2) will be going to the Big Apple to take on the New York Jets (0-4) at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford New Jersey. Kickoff is set for 3:25 pm Central time. With the Cowboys losing 2 in a row, I expect them to come out and let Zeke run over the Jets defense. A good mix of run and pass plays should allow Dallas to stay in rhythm and roll to an easy victory. The Jets #1 quarterback Sam Darnold will be back from missing a few games due to illness but he will probably not be 100 percent game shape ready.

If you have any fantasy players, the only must start players are:

Cowboys:Ezekiel Elliott (RB), Amari Cooper (WR), Dak Prescott (QB), Michael Gallup (WR)

JETS:Le'Veon Bell (RB)

For you gamblers out there, the Cowboys are currently -7.5 and the over/under is 43.5. I would only take Dallas at -7 or less would be even better but I think the over is the best play, just like last week!

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When Martin Maldonado comes to bat for the Chicago White Sox against the Astros this week, you can expect our TV and radio announcers to wax nostalgic about Maldy’s six years in Houston.

They’ll go on about how popular he was with fans and what a leader he was in the clubhouse. They’ll praise his defensive ability and mastery of the catcher position. They’ll talk about how pitchers had confidence in him and pitched their best with him in the lineup.

Social media will come alive with thoughts the Astros blew it by letting Maldonado go in free agency in favor of giving the full-time catcher job to Yanier Diaz.

Let’s put that defenseless talk to rest.

I could stop right here: Martin Maldonado is a terrible hitter, on course to put up the worst offensive numbers in baseball history. He’s a very below average defensive catcher, perhaps the worst in the Major Leagues.

As they used to say on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, let’s go to the tote board.

Maldonado, 37, is batting a ridiculously paltry .083. He has only nine hits in 107 at bats, with one homer and five RBI.

To put those lowly numbers in perspective, the worst season a player with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title in history was Orioles first baseman Chris Davis in 2018. Davis batted .168 that year.

Maldonado won’t reach the required number of plate appearances, but raw numbers, Davis’ batting average was more than double Maldonado’s current .083. Speaking of double, Maldonado has only two doubles this season. The season is almost half-over.

OK, he is horrible at the plate, the closest thing to an automatic out since Little League.

This from a Reddit post: there’s an expression to describe a terrible hitter … “He can’t hit his weight.” If you’re talking pounds, that’s been done many times over history. But if Maldonado stays the course, he will be the first ever who didn’t hit his weight in kilograms. He weighs 104 kilos.

Now let’s look at his defensive numbers. Surely those must be some impressive stats to justify his place in the starting lineup. Wrong. He simply can’t throw out base stealers, an important measure of a catcher’s defensive worth. This year, 34 runners have attempted to steal a base on Maldonado. He’s thrown out only two of them for a 6 percent success rate.

Maldonado has three passed balls this season. He had 12 passed balls last season with the Astros and led the league in that department. He is one of the most porous catchers over the past decade.

As for his intangibles and handling of pitchers, the White Sox have a team earned run average of 4.93. That’s good for 29th place in MLB. There are 30 teams. The White Sox staff’s WHIP is 1.42, also good for 29th place. The bullpen has 11 saves, yup, 29th place.

Not surprisingly, the White Sox are in last place in the American League Central with a 19-54 record. That’s a winning percentage of .260. Only five teams since 1900 have had a lower winning percentage for a season. The last time a team had a lower winning percentage than the 2024 White Sox was the hapless first-year New York Mets in 1962.

It’s not like the White Sox are doing so well they can withstand a catcher who can’t hit and can’t throw out base stealers.

So why is Maldonado still behind the plate for the White Sox? He has caught 38 games, more than half of the games the White Sox have played.

Here’s White Sox manager Pedro Grifol a couple of weeks ago: “I’m actually OK with his results at the plate. He hasn’t played 12 seasons because he hits .300.”

No, he’s played 12 seasons and his career batting average is .203.

More from Grifol: “He’s played as long as he’s played because he does what he does behind the plate. A future Hall of Fame manager (Dusty Baker), he wanted him behind the plate. There’s a reason for it.”

Let’s play $25,000 Pyramid. The answer is “Things a manager says before he loses his job.”

Meanwhile, for all the wringing of Astros fans’ hands over Yanier Diaz’s recent batting slump, chasing pitches outside the strike zone and grounding into double plays …

Diaz, 25, is hitting .260 (solid for a catcher) with seven home runs and 33 RBI (tied for third on the Astros). Over 44 games behind the plate, he has thrown out nine potential base stealers for a 20 percent success rate. He has no passed balls, this year or for his career.

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