Dodgers’ Corey Seager trying to work his way out of slow start

first_img“I’m getting there,” Seager said when asked if the video work had unearthed any secrets. “It’s just going to take time, getting more swings.”Seager offers no more specifics about his slow start. But a pair of absences could be playing into it.Seager had a close relationship with former assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten who worked with Seager as he rose through the minors and continued to work with him in Los Angeles. Wooten is in the Angels’ organization now.And Seager doesn’t have Justin Turner batting behind him. The Dodgers’ No. 3 hitter for the first nine games of the season, Yasiel Puig, is batting .205 after a two-hit day Sunday and offering little deterrent to pitchers who have attacked Seager more softly than in the past – a full 30 percent of the pitches Seager has seen in the early going have been curveballs or changeups (up from 22 percent the past two seasons).“I think with Corey it’s easy to see they’re not going to give in to him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’re going to pitch to the corners and try to have Corey get himself out and potentially make Yasiel beat them. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Corey understands that. When he’s in the strike zone, he’s as good as any hitter in baseball. When he’s aggressive out of the strike zone, it makes him pretty average. He understands that but it’s not his intent.  Just being diligent in the strike zone is going to make him much better.”BAD SUSHIBoth Alex Wood and Cody Bellinger were hit by a bout of food poisoning Saturday. Wood stayed at the team hotel and said he was sick all day, unable to eat anything. Bellinger got a milder case and played all 14 innings of the Dodgers’ 7-5 loss to the Giants.Both went were part of a group that went out for sushi at a Japanese restaurant Friday – Kyle Farmer joked that he escaped the illness by being more selective about what he ate. Bellinger, meanwhile, said his ground zero could also have been a room service quesadilla at the team hotel.Wood was feeling better Sunday but not well enough to throw his scheduled bullpen session. So the Dodgers will swap Wood and Hyun-Jin Ryu for the two-game series against the Oakland A’s at Dodger Stadium. Ryu will start Tuesday now with Wood getting an extra day to recover. He will pitch on Wednesday.Roberts said he had not decided on the weekend rotation yet. After an off day on Thursday, Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda will start against the Arizona Diamondbacks but “we haven’t decided on the order yet,” Roberts said.ALSODodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, Roberts pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Kenley Jansen presented Giants reliever Tony Watson with his National League championship ring before Saturday’s game. Watson was acquired by the Dodgers at the trade deadline last season. He signed with the Giants as a free agent last winter. The Dodgers received their rings in a pregame ceremony at Dodger Stadium last weekend.UP NEXT: The Dodgers are off before starting a two-game interleague series against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday. 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Any redness in his eyes can be blamed on all the video he watches, hours before each game.So far, all that work has not dug Seager out of a rare slump.He did have two hits (and a pair of walks) in Saturday’s 14-inning game, part of a 7-for-24 burst that seemed to point to an awakening. But a hitless Sunday dropped his average back to .206.During his first two full seasons in the majors, Seager has been relentlessly consistent at the plate. His batting average visited this low-rent neighborhood (.222 or lower) for a total of only three days – one early in 2016, two early last season. He doesn’t have an extra-base hit in the Dodgers’ first nine games this season. In those previous two seasons, he went without an extra-base hit that long just once – last August just before and during the week he spent relegated to the Dodgers’ bench with elbow pain.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Accountable fracking topic of discussion during first Mayors’ Partnership meeting of NEBC Resource Coalition

first_img Spearhead stage: Also referred to as an acid stage, it is generally a mix of water with diluted acid, such as hydrochloric acid. This serves to clear debris that may be present in the wellbore providing a clear pathway for fracture fluids to access the formation. Pad stage: A batch of carrying fluid without proppant that is used to break the formation and initiate the hydraulic fracturing of the target formation. Proppant stage: During this stage a mixture of water and sand (i.e. proppant) is fed into the wellbore. The proppant is composed of non-compressible material, such as sand, that will be carried by the fracture fluid into the formation and deposited. The proppant will remain in the formation once the pressure is reduced and ‘prop’ open the fracture network. Thus, maintaining the enhanced permeability created by the hydraulic fracture program. Flush stage: A volume of fresh water is pumped down the wellbore to flush out any excess proppant that may be present in the wellbore.In regard to on-site monitoring, that’s done from a single truck often referred to as the Data Monitoring Van.The van monitors and records the rate and pressure at which the fracturing fluid is pumped down the wellbore, the rates of the necessary additives present in the fracturing fluid and proppant concentration.According to Heffernan, information regarding the hydraulic fracking process is of particular importance for this region, as he says Northeast B.C. is “the epicenter” of oil and gas activity in Western Canada.Heffernan says drilling in the Montney region has increased 26 per cent in 2014 from the previous year, which now accounts for 90 per cent of drilling activity in the province.Advertisement President Kevin Heffernan says the society’s primary objective is to “encourage and inform dialogue”, whether that be with land owners or corporate owners, in an effort to help them “make decisions on facts, not innuendo and misperceptions.”A primary example of this was illustrated though information regarding the evolutionary process of the industry; including industry collaboration an standards, re-using and recycling fluids, increasing additional stages of fracking in an effort to reduce pressure, use of other fluids like saline water, and on-site monitoring.“When you hear people talking about stages in a horizontal well, they’re talking about isolating 100 meters, more or less, of that well and hydraulically fracturing that well, and then shifting and isolating another 100 meter section of the well.”- Advertisement -Heffernan adds, “It’s much more efficient in terms of the use of fluid, the use of energy, and resource recovery.”The hydraulic fracturing stages are broken down into four.The following information has been obtained from www.fracfocus.ca:Advertisementlast_img read more