Sports fans love statistics.

  • The masses of numbers and categories about our favorite players and teams paints a picture away from the field and stadium which allows us to see who has done well and who needs to work a little harder to get that ‘deserved’ contract extension. In debates with friends and family over ‘the greatest’ teams and players Jordan Scarlett Jersey , we often throw out our arsenal of numbers in an attempt to convince the masses of misguided and brainwashed followers of other teams and players. The debate is never one sided as every argument always seems to produce an opposing set of supporting facts and figures in an effort to shoot down our arguments. Kobe versus Jordan, Federer versus Nadal, Schumacher versus Senna and Ronaldo versus Messi – these are all debates where opposing sides resort to stats in an attempt to prove their point about a player’s value or greatness.The NFL is no different. For the stats lovers, each season provides us with a mountain of facts and figures. Everything from completion percentages to yards rushed to sacks to yards-per-game, there’s enough there to keep the most die-hard fans busy during the off-season. In terms of quarterbacks, there have been many greats who have played the game, and there are still many greats entertaining us every weekend. Like every other sport and every other player position, QBs are not immune to the debate concerning who the greatest is/was. The major challenge with rating a QB is the fact they rely on the rest of their team so much for their stats. A QB must not only be quick thinking, fast and strong, but also needs a good offensive line, a capable receiver or two and even a smart and strong running-back. Quarterbacks are central to leading a team, but their performances Greedy Williams Jersey , ultimately, rely a large degree on a supporting cast of other players.The following looks at the top 15 NFL QBs when it comes to game-winning drives (GWD). It is in no way an assessment of the greatest ever QBs but this stat is no doubt part of any formula in figuring out just who might make it on a potential ‘greatest QB’ list. For the sake of definition, a game-winning drive is an offensive scoring drive in the fourth quarter or overtime that places the winning team in the lead once and for all. Some GWDs are intense and packed with drama while others occur without you noticing how important they were at the time. Just keep in mind that the following 15 QBs, for the most part, had an excellent supporting cast of offensive and defensive players to help make it all possible. Matt Carpenter had a hunch a fastball was coming. When the pitch arrived, he delivered.

     

    Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping the St. Louis Cardinals edge the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Tuesday night.

    Carpenter also had a tying two-run double in St. Louis’ four-run seventh. Tommy Pham homered and singled for the Cardinals, and Kolten Wong also went deep.

    Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana connected for the Phillies.

    Seranthony Dominguez (1-1) struck out the first two batters in the ninth and had Carpenter in a 0-2 hole. But Carpenter lined the next pitch, a 98-mph fastball, over the wall in right to extend his homer streak to three games.

    Carpenter noticed Dominguez shake off catcher Jorge Alfaro just before the 0-2 pitch and believed the right-hander wanted to throw a fastball.

    ”I wouldn’t say I sold out for it, but I was ready for it,” he said.

    A hard-throwing rookie http://www.ravensfootballauthentics.com/justice-hill-jersey-authentic , Dominguez began his career by tossing 15 2/3 scoreless innings and entered with 27 strikeouts and a 1.27 ERA in 21 1/3 innings.

    ”You have to step in the box ready to go,” Carpenter said.

    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Dominguez’s pace actually helped Carpenter.

    ”You’ve got a guy with that live of an arm, you just need to get the barrel to it,” Matheny said. ”It was a nice swing path.”

    The Cardinals trailed 4-2 before rallying against Vince Velasquez and Tommy Hunter.

    Velasquez got the first out of the seventh before a single and hit batsman brought manager Gabe Kapler to the mound. Hunter got pinch-hitter Greg Garcia to line out to left before Carpenter doubled, Pham singled and Jose Martinez made it 6-4 with another two-run double.

    The Phillies tied it in the eighth on Rhys Hoskins‘ two-run double. Austin Gomber started the inning, but was lifted for Jordan Hicks (3-1) with two out and runners on first and second. Three of Hicks’ four pitches to Hoskins were fastballs that registered at least 100 mph, but the slugger drove the final 101-mph heater into the gap in right-center.

    Hicks pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two, to secure the victory.

    ”Frustrating game to lose, obviously,” Kapler said.

    The Phillies opened the scoring with Santana’s RBI groundout in the first. Pham extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with a two-out homer to deep left in the third, tying it at 1.

    Herrera continued his hot hitting against St. Louis by driving the first pitch he saw in the third Ben Powers Jersey , a 79-mph curveball, into the seats in right for a 2-1 Phillies lead.

    Cesar Hernandez’s bases-loaded walk in the fourth made it 3-1, but Philadelphia wasted a chance for more when Luke Weaver got Hoskins to pop out to shortstop before fanning Herrera to leave the bases full.

    BAD BREAK

    The Phillies also lost infielder J.P. Crawford for four to six weeks when he was hit by a Weaver pitch in the fourth, fracturing his left hand.

    ”It’s really tough,” Kapler said. ”I feel for him the man. I feel for him the player.”

    ROAD RAKING

    Carpenter has hits in 12 straight road games and is batting .412 with six homers and 11 RBIs over that streak.

    FOR STARTERS

    The Cardinals’ rally took Weaver off the hook. Weaver was in line for his fifth straight loss when he left after permitting four runs and six hits in five innings.

    Velasquez was charged with four runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and walked three.

    CRAZY ABOUT CARDS

    Herrera is batting .360 with five homers and 21 RBIs in 25 career games against the Cardinals.

    TRAINER’S ROOM

    Cardinals: RHP Matt Bowman (blister right hand) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and replaced by RHP Greg Holland. Holland pitched a perfect seventh with a pair of strikeouts.

    Phillies: OF Nick Williams suffered a broken nose in the field on Monday night, and Kapler said after Tuesday’s game that Williams would go through concussion protocol on Wednesday before getting clearance to play.

    UP NEXT

    Cardinals RHP Michael Wacha (8-2, 3.24 ERA) will oppose Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (5-5, 3.33 ERA) in the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Wacha had his career-best eight-game winning streak snapped in a 13-5 loss to the Cubs in his last start. Arrieta will try to help the Phillies win their first series over St. Louis since August 24, 2014.