Email NewsLimerick should follow Cork over pedestrian bridgeBy Alan Jacques – October 16, 2016 1038 Previous articleKilcornan people are victims of their own politenessNext article‘Marshland’ thriller at Millennium Film Club Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Twitter Cllr Joe LeddinCllr Joe LeddinLABOUR Party councillor Joe Leddin has called for Limerick City and County Council to follow the example of Cork City Council in building a pedestrian and cycle bridge across the River Shannon.The Cork local authority has issued tenders to prospective contractors for a pedestrian bridge at a cost of €3 million that will link the older area of the city with the newly pedestrianised city centre.“With the future planned redevelopment of the Council-owned Cleeves site located beside the River Shannon, this area would prove an ideal location to construct a bridge that would not impede with port activities and also link pedestrians and cyclists directly into the heart of the city centre,” Cllr Leddin suggests.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The planned riverside office development at the former ESB premises together with the proposed remodeling of O’Connell Street would fit neatly with a new pedestrian riverside access.“While I can understand the thought process around creating an iconic feature adjacent to King Johns Castle, the redevelopment of the Opera Site and the demolition of the existing Sarsfield House building will lend itself to creating additional footfall in that general area,” he explained.Cllr Leddin went on to say that the substantial difference in the costs associated with the new Cork bridge at €3 million and the proposed Limerick bridge at €16 million was also highly questionable.“Ultimately what people want is a functional bridge or indeed bridges for the costs proposed that can be easily maintained. If we want to facilitate alternative smarter travel options for people and visitors then improved and new infrastructure for cyclists must also be factored into our future city development plans,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSCleeves siteCllr Joe LeddinCorkLabour Partylimerickpedestrian bridge Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Print Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash
One of the participants was eight-year-old, Sophia Papastratis, who helped pick up garbage on the west side of Binghamton. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “If garbage gets dropped on the earth it’s everybody’s job to clean it up,” said Papastratis. She was able to get over 30 people involved in the Facebook group and on the Saturday they went to work. “It’s never too early, she’s very aware of the importance of keeping earth clean,” said Resciniti. The event was organized by Sophia Resciniti. “It’s about having cleaner neighborhoods, when it’s cleaner, it’s safer,” said Resciniti. “There’s nothing that feels good about driving down a street in your community and seeing it littered,” said Resciniti. The two tell 12 News they were happy to do their part, while enjoying a nice day in their neighborhood. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – On Saturday, a group of Binghamton residents spent time picking up trash off the streets to help improve their community.
The St. Louis 7th grade boys basketball team lost a heartbreaker to thevisiting St. Lawrence Panthers 32-31 at home Monday evening.CJ Grote and Cayden Pohlman pulled much of the load with Abe Streator defending low post attacks most of the game. Streator was high scorer followed by Thomas Raver, Cody Mohr and CJ Grote. A couple steals by Adam Vogelsang and big offensive rebounds by Ryan Reder kept the game close and with St. Louis controlling the ball. However, the last few shot attempts and stickbacks by the home team wouldn’t fall to give the Cardinals the thrilling last second win with which they were looking.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Mohr.The St Louis 8th grade Cardinals defeated the visiting St. Lawrence Panthers 34-8 last nite at the St. Louis Activity Center.It was 8th grade night for St. Louis and the team turned in a solid performance both offensively and defensively as they held the Panthers to eight points for the game and eight players for the Cardinals made it into the scoring column.The team had a balanced scoring attack consisting of Tyler Kuntz with 1, Kurt Siefert 8, Riley Schebler 3, Jack Forbeck 3, Andrew Oesterling 2, Lletyon Ratcliffe 5, Will Freeland 7, and Sam Voegele had 6. Defensively the team was led by Karson Macke on the inside and Jacob “Weasty” Wuestefeld on the perimeter.The Cardinals play on the road Tuesday against South Dearborn and return home and play South Ripley on Thursday.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp is unwilling to let Clint Hill or Shaun Derry leave the club.Derry left Elland Road in 2008.Leeds boss Neil Warnock, who signed both players for Rangers, would like to take them to Elland Road.He was reported to be looking to capture them during the transfer window, but Hill, 34, has been a key player since Redknapp took over at Loftus Road and Derry, 35, has also been involved.Redknapp said: “Clint’s been playing and he’s done a good job for us. Shaun Derry’s also come on and done a great job.”Derry, who had a three-year spell at Leeds, was in line for a return to the Yorkshire club when he was out of favour under Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes.Click here for our Chelsea v QPR quizSee also:Hill: We won’t hold it against Warnock if he signs DioufWarnock confirms he wants to take QPR man to LeedsDefender Hill signs one-year QPR contract’My legs won’t get there – I’ve been punished’ admits honest HillHill: More spending will not rescue QPRQPR stalwart Hill hits out at BosingwaNo approach from Leeds United for HillEx-boss lifts lid on Hill’s Palace move and his attempt to sign him for 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
In the past, the word discovery was used to describe both a stage in the sales process as well as an outcome. Both the stage and the outcome described the process of asking clients to share their dissatisfaction with their results, their supplier, and their challenges. Discovery presupposed that the client was dissatisfied, and if you get them to share all the ways they were unhappy, you could share with them how you might help improve their results and their experience.Like any strategy or tactic, over time it can lose some of its effectiveness. You would be hard-pressed to identify all the many factors that have made what I will call “traditional discovery” less effective over time, as there are many.There is no doubt that many businesses now have fewer people who are being asked to do more with less; we are leaner.It’s also true that the purchasing function has gained both power and influence, with larger companies consolidating suppliers while also ensuring they have enough vendors to take care of their needs, and making traditional discovery more difficult.There is also a drive to achieve consensus before making significant changes, as well as a willingness to live with the status quo, the two of which may be more closely linked than we recognize.All of these factors, as well as the many more missing from this list, leads to more difficulty making a case to displace the status quo.If the idea of solution selling began with traditional discovery, modern consultative selling now starts with something that might be more accurately termed “Exploration,” if only to shift both the strategy and the outcome.The Difference in Discovery and ExplorationIn traditional discovery, the outcome is to ask questions that caused your prospective client to disclose their dissatisfaction, that dissatisfaction being necessary for you to create an opportunity. In Exploration, the idea of discovery is broadened to include different approaches and different outcomes, both of which require more business acumen, as well as more significant sales acumen.Exploration opens up several possibilities and a higher likelihood of creating a new opportunity by allowing for the Exploration of any known problems, challenges, or dissatisfaction while also creating a space to explore what is possible, the better results available to your dream client even if they are not presently dissatisfied. More still, the idea of exploring change moves past the idea that dissatisfaction by itself is enough to compel your prospect to change; if it were, your prospect would already be working on change.Exploration offers the ability to explore change when the client’s dissatisfaction may not rise to a level that yet compels change, allowing you to share the context that should cause the client to act.If you have wondered why you have had meetings with prospects who are dissatisfied, who need to do something different, and who still do nothing, it is because they are not yet compelled to change. This is why you have meetings with stakeholders who are happy to have discovery meetings with you and then go dark, which brings us to another shift worth exploring here.B2B Sales is a Game of Consensus-BuildingThe idea of traditional discovery, while still being valuable, tends to lose something when there are more stakeholders involved in decisions to change. Let’s say you found a stakeholder with a title and the responsibility for the very outcome you can improve. You have had a traditional discovery call, and this stakeholder has shared her dissatisfaction. You might believe you have an opportunity, but the fact that the four other people who would have to agree to change were absent from your conversations makes it unlikely.The idea of Exploration takes a different look at opportunity creation, starting with the idea that you are exploring change, a change that is going to require the support of multiple stakeholders.In The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales, I provided an outline of the commitments one generally needs to obtain along the path from target to close. In that book, and on LinkedIn, I made note of the fact that the sales process and the buying process are both nonlinear. It’s unlikely that a complex B2B sale progresses through stages without going back over ground already covered, and without some conversations that a traditional approach would have seen as needing to occur later in the linear process, we try to adhere to.No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. You are likely now to find different stakeholders in different places along the continuum of “dissatisfied” or what Exploration might better describe as “compelled to change.” Exploration extends to exploring change and collaborating with more stakeholders to build consensus. It recognizes that the change you are asking—and helping—the client to make is organizational.Intentionality and ChangeIn one of my businesses, I started asking clients to provide me access to the stakeholders who were going to be affected by any decision to change as the next step in our rather linear process more than two decades ago. Just paying attention to their needs not only increased sales and improved our results, but it also increased the speed at which we won deals. We recognized that without allowing them to participate in Exploration, we not only wouldn’t have their support, we would also create resistance to their executing the solution (which sometimes boiled down to not placing orders).What was interesting about meeting with a lot more stakeholders, including end-users, was that there were always more people compelled to change that would have been left out of the conversation.Even though traditional discovery is valuable, approaching conversations as the Exploration of Change allows for a broader conversation about change and greater outcomes when it comes to creating new opportunities. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
NEW GOAL: Kapil Dev’s dribbleKapil Dev has now swung the ball the other way. And no, it’s not golf again. The former cricket allrounder, who rarely watches cricket these days, has instead decided to push for a hockey training academy in Punjab.The aim: to restore India’s past glory in hockey,,NEW GOAL: Kapil Dev’s dribbleKapil Dev has now swung the ball the other way. And no, it’s not golf again. The former cricket allrounder, who rarely watches cricket these days, has instead decided to push for a hockey training academy in Punjab.The aim: to restore India’s past glory in hockey, and Punjab because most Indian hockey players of the glorious era hailed from this state. The UK-based Laureus Sports for Good Foundation of the World Sports Academy, of which Dev is the sole Indian member, has agreed to contribute to the venture.”In Punjab, children still play hockey, and who knows there may be a champion among them,” says Dev. “Cricket has already got a lot of attention.”Dev is also trying to pilot a similar project in Sri Lanka although he hasn’t decided what the sport is going to be. And it’s not as if the cricketing legend has cut off ties altogether with the game that once brought him fame. He is also promoting a cricket project with another former English allrounder Ian Botham in Ireland.”Sports always promotes harmony and happiness. Crime rate and drug abuse have come down in places where we have launched similar projects,” says Dev.As for cricket, Dev is mum on the proposal to induct him as the Indian team’s bowling coach. “I have to see whether I am capable of it. A good student does not necessarily make a good teacher,” he says. As for Indian cricket? “It’s good to see more medium pacers now. But I have not seen much of the newcomers as I only watch highlights sometimes,” he says.advertisementAnd what about Sachin Tendulkar? “To get the world’s best sportsman award, Sachin needs a year that is his uniquely,” says Dev. He feels Tendulkar has to deliver a great and consistent performance throughout the year, “something like Brian Lara’s domination in Sri Lanka”.Previous winners include Tiger Woods and Michael Schumacher. Now that he has a new goal, here’s hoping Dev can dribble past the obstacles.
If the Ole Miss Rebels are going to return to form in 2015, they’re going to need all of their star players to get healthy by September. Luckily, it looks like both wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche are ahead of schedule in recovering from broken ankle injuries this past season. Treadwell posted a video of the duo doing sprints this past weekend. They both look to be moving pretty well, all things considered.Ole Miss made some serious noise in the SEC West this year before injuries eventually derailed their dreams of a historic season. Perhaps they’ll be a force to reckon with again in 2015.
New Custos Rotulorum for the parish of Westmoreland, Canon Hartley Perrin, has ascended to the high office with great vision and prospects for the parish and its citizens.The Anglican Dean and Past President of the Westmoreland Lay Magistrates Association has an outstanding record of service in the parish, spanning more than 30 years, but feels that with his new position, he can make an even more significant impact.As the Governor-General’s representative in Westmoreland, Canon Perrin has the awesome task of assisting in the maintenance of good order and discipline in the parish, and upholding the rule of law. He is also keeper of the roll of Justices of the Peace (JPs), with responsibility for leading the large contingent of lay magistrates, and ensuring that they are “steadfastly focused” on their duties.The new Custos said that among his immediate tasks is to ensure that JPs and citizens are continuously trained in the understanding, acceptance and practice of the concept of dispute resolution. He noted that it is “crucially important” to get more persons to accept the fact that more could be gained by sitting down to talk out a problem rather than by “fighting it out”.Canon Perrin said he also intends to spearhead action that will bring unity and collaboration among the various civic organisations and groups; help showcase the parish’s rich heritage and history in tourism and agriculture; and ensure that citizens have ready access to their JPs.He cautioned JPs against engaging in acts of corruption, pledging to stamp out the scourge where this exists, and build an enhance professionalism and integrity, as well as standards of excellence and honour.He warned the JPs that they will be penalized if caught accepting money for services rendered. “I wish to state unequivocally that this Custos condemns any such practice and will initiate appropriate action to stamp out any such practice wherever they may exist in this parish. I therefore demand your full cooperation in this matter. A word to the wise is sufficient,” he stated.Affectionately called ‘Father Perrin,’ the new Custos is regarded as the consummate community worker/servant, having impacted hundreds of lives in his home community of Petersfield and adjoining areas for over 30 years.He was among seven residents recently hailed as local heroes for outstanding contributions to the development of the parish.Canon Perrin, who was raised by a single mother, attended a private preparatory school where he gained a scholarship to Manning’s High School. At Mannings, he successfully passed his external examinations, which qualified him to work as a pre-trained teacher at Petersfield Primary and Infant School.After four years at Petersfield, he decided to enter the priesthood and attended the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI), where he underwent four years of intense preparations for his calling.“That calling on my life is still very current, and I would not want to change to be anything else than what I am right now; a priest,” he said.After graduating from the UTCWI in 1978, he was assigned to St. Mary’s Church in Kingston, before being posted to his parish, where he thought he would serve for no more than a “year or two”.Thirty-four years and counting, Canon Perrin is still serving the people of his home parish, gaining their respect and support. “I have been enjoying the journey, and truly making inroads in transforming lives in my area of service,” he pointed out.Since 1979, he has been Rector of the Petersfield/Darliston Cure, which consists of five churches. He has been called on to preach in the United States, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean.The new Custos also chairs several school boards in Westmoreland, is president of the Lion’s Club of Savanna-la-Mar, station pastor for the Whithorn Police Station, vice-chairman of the Westmoreland Parish Health Committee, member of the Governor- General’s Committee for Excellence and chairman of the board of Clifton Boys’ Home.He has received various awards for his service, including the the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica in June 2003.Looking back at what he has been able to accomplish, Canon Perrin feels satisfied that he has impacted countless lives, and has accomplished his mandate to serve his parishoners.“I feel proud of my service to the people, especially when I see those whose lives I have been able to touch, both young and older ones, holding their own in society and making great contributions to the enhancement and empowerment of those around them, for me it is mission accomplished,” he told JIS News.Looking ahead, he said that he has accepted the high office of Custos with sincere humility and great expectations. He is confident that God had plans for other avenues and opportunities where he could render service so that he can continue to make a positive contribution.
TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Twins15108379+2036152 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have been stuck behind somebody in this division for most of Mike Trout’s stellar career, whether it be the Rangers and A’s early on or the Astros most recently. This season is supposed to be the start of something different, from the signing of Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani (more on him later) to other solid, under-the-radar pickups such as Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart. Still, the forecast systems aren’t totally sure what to make of the Halos yet, penciling them in for win totals between the upper 70s and mid-80s. The best-case scenarios there probably won’t be enough to run down the Astros, but they might just be enough to snag the Angels a wild-card berth.Rebuild alert: Oakland A’s, Texas Rangers. Billion-Dollar Billy Beane and the Athletics have been rebuilding ever since going for broke (and coming up short) in the 2014 season. That probably won’t change this year, even though Oakland’s farm system is improving and showed some signs of life at the MLB level last season. Perhaps more interesting is the question of whether Texas will also commit to resetting things this season. If you squint, you can see the potential for a bounce-back Rangers season behind an overhauled pitching staff; easier to see, though, is the potential for another frustrating summer in Arlington.Player to watch: Mike Trout, Angels. I wanted to choose someone else here, I really did. But Trout is still the “player to watch” among any group of players you might ponder watching. Sadly, after last season’s campaign was limited by injury, he is no longer able to say he was the best player (by WAR) for any age at which he played a full season. (Ty Cobb finally got his revenge!) But Trout played so well when he was healthy that he may be primed for a comeback season for the ages. (Note: He was still the fifth-best player in baseball last season despite missing about 50 games.) Keeping tabs on Trout and his statistical feats is a duty — and joy — that falls on the shoulders of every baseball fan.Biggest enigma: Shohei Ohtani, Angels. Ohtani came to the U.S. with immense expectations, and it would be unrealistic to expect him to deliver an instant payoff — particularly as the first legitimate hitter/pitcher in decades. All rookies need time to adjust, especially one who’s in a new country, facing a completely different style of opponent. That said, Ohtani has been unable to pitch or hit effectively this spring. His numbers have been so poor that analysts are wondering if he should make the team. Even that is a testament to his talent — who else’s spring stats are getting this much scrutiny? — but it also might make Ohtani the most uncertain player in the major leagues this season.Read our National League preview, and check out our latest MLB predictions. It’s opening week in the major leagues, and that means it’s time to catch up on what’s been happening in baseball over this very odd offseason — and time to look forward to the season ahead. To do that, we’ve enlisted the help of our preseason forecasting model (publishing Wednesday), which assesses every team and offers a projection for their 2018 campaign. I’ve also gone through and highlighted the most interesting teams and players to watch during the year, as well as the ones about which we just don’t have any clue. (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) Play ball! Orioles14757290-8493<1 Athletics14907686-47166<1 Yankees15659567+12574%48%10% How Elo is forecasting the AL East race Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… AL CentralTeam to beat: Cleveland Indians. With a 79 percent chance of winning the Central, Cleveland is our model’s strongest division favorite for 2018. Sure, the Tribe lost a few recognizable names (Carlos Santana, Jay Bruce) over the winter, and this year’s roster is probably not as talented as the version that snapped off a 22-game winning streak last August and September. But they still boast ace starter Corey Kluber (whom FanGraphs projects to be the most valuable pitcher in baseball), ace fireman Andrew Miller (projected as the fourth-most valuable reliever in baseball) and a bevy of dangerous hitters (such as Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor). There’s more than enough talent here for the Indians to comfortably claim another division crown. How Elo is forecasting the AL West race Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Minnesota Twins. The range of predictions for the Twins is actually quite small: From Vegas to the computers, most forecasters basically call for Minnesota to win 82 or 83 games this year. But that’s a little difficult to reconcile with the team’s 85-win season a year ago and the flurry of improvements it made in the offseason — to say nothing of the ongoing strides expected from its core. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Twins end up beating that projection.Rebuild alert: Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals. One of the big reasons that Cleveland is such a strong favorite in this division — and why the Twins can be optimistic, too — is that the Central is home to numerous, um, “rebuilding” efforts. The White Sox have been engaging in one of the most extreme multi-year teardowns ever and probably won’t begin to emerge from it until next season. The Tigers finally admitted to themselves that their early-2010s heyday was over and became sellers at last year’s trade deadline. The Royals are just now embarking on a reboot of their own. This division might be formidable in several years as a result of the tank-fest, but for now it contains a bunch of teams that aren’t even trying to compete.Player to watch: Jose Ramirez, Indians. Ramirez turned in a perfectly solid 2016 season manning third base for the AL champion Tribe, hitting .310 during the World Series. But he vaulted himself into another stratosphere last year — and squarely into the MVP conversation — with a .318/.374/.583 batting line and plus defense. Cleveland’s chances won’t hinge on him repeating those numbers, but in his age-25 season, it should be fun to see if Ramirez can keep up his ascent.Biggest enigma: Lucas Giolito, White Sox. As a rookie with Washington in 2016, Giolito struggled horribly, posting a 6.75 ERA in 21.1 innings with a shockingly poor 8.21 fielding-independent pitching (FIP). Then he was shipped to Chicago as part of the Adam Eaton deal — and, superficially, the change in scenery helped: Giolito bounced back in 2017 with a far healthier 2.38 ERA. Trouble is, he also benefited from allowing an unsustainably low .189 batting average on balls in play, masking a FIP that remained pretty unimpressive. The former first-round pick and top-five prospect still has plenty of potential, but nobody is really sure what kind of season to expect from him in 2018. Astros15779765+15181%66%14% AL WestTeam to beat: Houston Astros. The defending world champs also enjoyed one of the better offseasons of any team when they hauled in starting pitcher Gerrit Cole from the Pirates in a January trade. Now Houston boasts a deep rotation with Cole, Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel (among others), plus it hung on to practically all of the cogs in an offensive machine that led the majors with 896 runs scored last season. While no favorite is unbeatable — the Astros finished third in the division as recently as 2016 — anyone other than Houston winning the West would be a stunning development. Avg. Simulated SeasonChance to… Indians15769963+17488%79%14% TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series Red Sox15499171+8961336 Tigers14496894-12342<1 Blue Jays15078181-227102 Team ¯\_(ツ)_/¯: Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have had a pattern of up-and-down seasons in recent years, and the projections don’t quite know what to do with them this year, either. If you ask PECOTA, Tampa could potentially factor into the playoff mix; if you ask the Las Vegas books, it might sink down into the basement of the East. Our model basically splits the difference and calls for the Rays to post 78 wins.Rebuild alert: Baltimore Orioles. Going into the spring, O’s GM Dan Duquette scoffed at the notion of rebuilding. But he may have no choice with Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Zach Britton all up for free agency after the season. If the Orioles falter early — and our projections don’t see much hope for them this year — Baltimore could be due for a fire sale.Player to watch: Mookie Betts, Red Sox. Two seasons ago, Betts was the American League’s most valuable player not named after a freshwater fish, but last year his production was down amid a power outage and a 54-point drop in batting average. The difference between an MVP-caliber Betts and a merely pretty-good version might be the margin in this division race; Boston fans should be encouraged by Betts’s strong finish last September and outstanding numbers this spring.Biggest enigma: Aaron Judge, Yankees. Judge’s roller-coaster 2017 season was remarkable enough on its own. But add his terrible debut season in 2016, and it becomes almost impossible to predict how Judge will perform in 2018. The projections that FanGraphs lists are all over the map, from 3.8 wins above replacement on the low side to 6.2 WAR on the upper end. (And remember, he had 8.2 last year.) Judge could be great again, or he could just be good — we really have no idea yet. TeamElo RatingWinsLossesRun Diff.Make PlayoffsWin DivisionWin World Series White Sox14577092-10462<1 How Elo is forecasting the AL Central race AL EastTeam to beat: New York Yankees. Our simulations show the AL East as the tightest division battle of the 2018 season, but we’re giving the Yankees a slight advantage over the Boston Red Sox here. While both teams used the winter to put more distance between themselves and the rest of the division — New York added Giancarlo Stanton and Boston signed J.D. Martinez — the Yankees still appear to have the edge in bullpen depth and marquee talent. (And don’t forget about their impressive farm pipeline; touted infield prospect Gleyber Torres could make an impact before the season is done.) That said, we also give Boston a 61 percent chance of making the playoffs, so this renewed rivalry might well extend into October either way. Angels15108181-427112 Mariners15088082-726102 Rangers14977884-291971 Rays14957884-321961 Royals14597092-10172<1