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1 Nick ComptonBack-to-back centuries in New Zealand suggested Compton had what it takes as a Test opener. But he never again reached 20 as an opener and was dropped ahead of the 2013 Ashes. Perhaps, with more sensitive man-management, he might have fared better but when recalled for a stint at No. 3 (he had one more innings as an opener), he again started well and then faded.***2 Joe RootPromoted to open in the 2013 Ashes, Root made one memorable century at Lords - during which he was dropped early - but otherwise only passed 30 once in the series. In retrospect, it was premature elevation for a man still learning his trade. After briefly losing his place at the end of the 2013-14 Ashes, he returned to establish himself as one of the best middle-order players in the world. Briefly returned, with success, to the top of the order in the Mohali Test when Hameed was indisposed.***3 Michael CarberryOne of the more unfortunate players on this list, five of Carberrys six Tests came against an outstanding Australia attack featuring Mitchell Johnson at his best and Ryan Harris not far from his. Carberry performed as well as anyone: he faced more balls than any England player in the series and only Kevin Pietersen scored more runs. But having passed 50 only once he was dropped as England looked to rebuild at the end of the series.***4 Sam RobsonBorn in Sydney but with a mother from Nottinghamshire, Robson represented Australia Under-19s before committing his future to England. A century in his second Test promised much but some uncertainty around off stump - he was bowled four times and caught in the cordon five times in 11 Test innings - undermined his progress. He was dropped at the end of the 2014 English season having failed to reach 40 in his final four Tests.***5 Jonathan TrottAn ill-fated return as opening batsman in the Caribbean in early 2015 never threatened to work out. Although he made one half-century in helping Cook post an opening stand of 125 in Grenada, he was dismissed for three ducks and two other scores under 10 in six innings. He later admitted he knew he was screwed as soon as he walked out to bat in the first Test of the series with the anxiety issues that had previously plagued him returning with a vengeance.***6 Adam LythLike Robson, Lyth also made a century in his second Test - in front of his Yorkshire faithful at Headingley, no less. But he was unable to kick on from that solid beginning. He only reached 20 once more and never again passed 40 - his next highest score of 37 came in the opening Test of that summers Ashes at Cardiff. Increasingly loose outside off stump, he averaged just 12.77 in the series.***7 Moeen AliMoeens promotion from No. 8 (he had actually batted at 9 in two of the final three Ashes innings of August 2015) was always likely to prove testing but, with England looking for a way to squeeze a second spinner into the side for their three-match series in the UAE, Moeen was - as ever - the man asked to compromise. He started well enough, adding 116 with Cook in the first innings of the series, but from there his form and confidence fell away sharply. In five other innings he failed to reach 25.8 Alex HalesAfter a tricky start against South Africa, there were times Hales seemed close to cracking it in Test cricket. Three times in five innings he passed 80 against Sri Lanka without converting to that elusive maiden century. He was also never quite able to convert the fluency of his limited-overs cricket to the longer game and, after averaging 18.12 in the four-Test series against Pakistan, the selectors let it be known that he would not have been taken to Bangladesh even if he had not opted out of the tour due to security fears. With the opportunities available to him (and the demands placed upon him) by limited-overs cricket it is entirely possible that future Test opportunities will elude him.***9 Ben DuckettPromoted on the back of an outstanding county season, Ducketts struggles demonstrated how great the divide between Division Two of the county championship and Test cricket has grown. He was, perhaps, unfortunate to make his debut on tracks offering substantial assistance to spin bowlers but some technical flaws were soon exploited and though he made one fine, counter-attacking half-century before being moved down the order, it was an exciting rather than a secure innings. He is young and talented enough to come again.***10 Haseeb HameedAlthough the raw stats look underwhelming, they do not capture the composure and assurance Hameed demonstrated in his first three Tests. Missing out on a century on debut as he attempted to up the pace and set up a declaration, he nevertheless set a new highest score for a teenager in Test cricket for England and demonstrated both technique and temperament while batting 50 overs for 25 as England battled for a draw in Vizag. Arguably his best innings to date was made at No. 8 after sustaining a badly broken finger, but it was made, in part, against the new ball and demonstrated a wider range of stroke than had been apparent before. It would be a surprise - and a disappointment - if he is not Cooks opening partner for the last few years of Cooks career.***11 Keaton JenningsCalled up following an outstanding domestic season (in which he scored more Division One runs than anyone), an injury to Hameed and the loss of form of Duckett, Jennings is the 11th man to partner Cook in Test cricket since the retirement of Andrew Strauss in August 2012.*Individual records reflect innings played as opening batsmen only Nike Air Zoom Baratas . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Nike Zoom España . Now, correct me if Im wrong but I saw one official distinctly pointing at the net indicating a good goal but after an inconclusive review they overturned the goal. Shouldnt the ruling on the ice (good goal) stand after an inconclusive review? 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The Indians would not be where they are without the extraordinary work of Andrew Miller, the MVP of the American League Championship Series. Andrew Miller would not have been the MVP of the ALCS without the unconventional managing of Terry Francona. But theres a third leg of this stool, the back leg, small and obscured by perspective but just as necessary to keeping the thing standing: Terry Francona would probably not be managing unconventionally if it werent for Cody Allen.Its not often an outstanding closer goes underappreciated in the postseason. Mariano Rivera, to give the obvious example, might well go down as the greatest postseason hero ever. But even slightly lesser relievers like Jeurys Familia and Wade Davis and Koji Uehara and Sergio Romo and Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson have all, for a few weeks in recent postseasons, been temporarily elevated to gods by the stakes and the tension of October. Allen has been as good this month as any of them were, which is valuable enough on its own. But in this case, it has been even more important because it has made the Andrew Miller experiment possible.I have some experience in this. In the summer of 2015, as part of a book project with Ben Lindbergh, I ran the baseball operations of an independent minor league team called the Sonoma Stompers. This included pushing our managers (we replaced one midseason) toward certain in-game tactics. Nothing consumed our time and our powers of persuasion so much as trying to convince them that our best reliever should come in whenever we most needed our best reliever -- as Andrew Miller has been used this month -- instead of in the ninth inning by default. We ran into two obstacles, each specific to the manager in question, and each significant to understanding the role Cody Allen plays in Cleveland right now.Our first manager, the old-school one, simply would not bring in our closer -- an outstanding sinkerballer named Sean Conroy -- if he wasnt sure that Conroy would be available for the final out. He saw the 27th out as infinitely more important than the 26 before it, and considerably more difficult to attain than the 26 before it. After one brutal loss, we tried again to convince our manager that Conroy should have been brought in for the biggest moment of the game -- with runners on and our opponents best hitter batting in the seventh. But then I dont have a closer, he said. I need to have a closer. If I dont have a closer, I cant count on anybody else to get those last outs.Our second manager, more open-minded to our numbers-driven recommendations, was convinced by the leverage-based argument for bringing Conroy in earlier. Eventually, he was calling for Conroy as early as the fifth inning, just like Francona has used Miller. But, like his predecessor, this manager also didnt trust anybody else to get the final out, so he would leave Conroy in the game all the way to the end, pretty much no matter what. This was thrilling to watch, but it introduced some new problems: Conroy was throwing 50, 60, 70 pitches in relief outings. That probably dimmed his effectiveness by the time the eighth and ninth innings came around, and it made him unavailable for a couple days afterward. The latter concern had its own ripples: We were sometimes gun-shy about bringing him in, knowing it would leave the back of our bullpen gutted for the next games.For each manager, the obstacle to using Conroy the right way was the lack of another Conroy behind him. No matter how big the game situation, the manager cant stop worrying about the bigger situation that might come.At the risk of burying Allen further under Millers legend: Cody Allen is Terry Franconas second Andrew Miller. Hes thrown fewer innings than Miller this postseason, but theyve been almost every bit as good: Miller has a 47 percent strikeout rate, six Ks per walk, a 17 percent swinging-strike rate, and no runs allowed; Allen has a 43 percent strikeout rate, five Ks per walk, a 17 percent swinging-strike rate, and no runs allowed. Like Miller, hes death to both lefties and righties -- indeed, like Miller, hes got a slight reverse split -- allowing him to cut through large swaths of a lineup uninterrupted. Like Miller, hes capable of memorable acts of endurance, having entered in the eighth for his first two saves of this postseason, having twice thrown 40 pitches in an outiing.ddddddddddddAllen is not, to be sure, on quite the same level as Miller -- or Wade Davis, or Aroldis Chapman or Zach Britton -- but hes comfortably in the second tier of major-league closers, with a better ERA+ over the past three seasons than Kenley Jansen, Craig Kimbrel, Roberto Osuna or Ken Giles. Hes converted 89 percent of his saves since taking over as Clevelands closer in 2014 -- the difference between him and Chapman is about one blown save in 50 tries. He is, in other words, a closer who not only gives a manager confidence going into the ninth inning, but cover in the post-game interviews if something goes wrong. Terry Francona neednt worry about being second-guessed for using Cody Allen in the ninth inning.Theres no rule that a manager has to romanticize the 27th out, and even without Allen, Francona might still have used Miller the way he has. But Franconas history suggests he wouldnt have. In two postseasons before this year, he has had exceptional closers. His usage of those closers seems to presage the way he has used his bullpen this fall -- but also strongly suggests that Francona wouldnt have used Miller this way without a closer as good as Allen pitching behind him.In 2004, Francona had Keith Foulke, and used him extremely aggressively in October. Foulke entered one save situation in the seventh, which very few managers have been willing to ask of their closers even in October. He pitched even in games the Red Sox were trailing, and in 11 of 14 games Boston played. In six of those games he went four outs or more, with single-game pitch counts of 36, 37 and 50.In 2007, he had Jonathan Papelbon, and used him extremely aggressively in October. In six of Papelbons seven appearances, he was asked to get four or more outs. From 2007 to 2009, Papelbon made 16 postseason appearances, and 12 of them were either four or more outs or began in the eighth inning (or earlier).So we have two data points for Francona using his relievers in unconventional ways, but notably not in the way he has used Miller. In no instance did he put either reliever into a situation where the pitcher was likely to be relieved. (There were games Foulke or Papelbon were removed from, but only because the game was tied or the situation changed.) They were used in the most aggressive way that would still have them on the mound for the 27th out.Maybe Francona got religion since then, but a) he was already way ahead of his peers in pushing his closers to their limits, and he still drew the line at bringing in either pitcher for the sixth and b) he has never used Allen that way since he took over in Cleveland.In addition to making it safe for Francona to use Miller in the sixth and seventh innings, Allens excellence has made it safe for Francona to pull Miller in the eighth and ninth. Consider the first game of the ALCS against Toronto: Miller entered in the top of the seventh inning and struck out two batters to end the inning. In the eighth, after a leadoff single, he struck out the next three batters. The Indians led by two runs going into the ninth, and Francona would certainly have been happy to leave Miller out there to finish the game, as our second-half manager did with Sean Conroy. But Miller had already thrown 31 pitches, and another inning might have left him too tired to pitch the next day. So Francona brought in Allen, who earned the save. Both pitchers were then available for Game 2, and both pitched brilliantly in a 2-1 victory.If there were no Andrew Miller, Allen might be the talk of this postseason. In saving Game 1 of the ALDS he got 11 swinging strikes, which is almost exactly what Corey Kluber has averaged in his starts this postseason. He threw 80 pitches in a three-game sweep of Boston. He pitched in four of five ALCS games, including one outing in which he basically was Miller -- coming into the seventh inning with the tying run up, chewing through the heart of the Blue Jays order for five outs, and finally handing the ball to Miller in the ninth. And he struck out the side in Game 1 of the World Series. But Millers brilliance has ensured that Allens brilliance has gone overlooked. The irony is that Allens brilliance had ensured that Millers brilliance has been possible. ' ' '

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