Thursday Rockpile: Who should the Rockies’ next hitting coach be? Part II

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Thursday, October 27th, 2022

After a lousy 2022 season the Colorado Rockies and hitting coach Dave Magadan have parted ways. Magadan was the hitting coach for four seasons in Colorado but now the team will be exploring fresh—or not so fresh—faces for the role. Last week we discussed who the Rockies should definitely not hire at the position, as well as two potential men to fill the vacancy. This week, we will continue exploring fits in the dugout.

Todd Helton

If there’s anyone who knows how to hit both at Coors Field and away, it’s the Greatest Rockie. The soon-to-be-Hall of Fame first baseman. Helton slashed a truly excellent .345/.441/.607 within the confines of Coors Field, but his numbers on the road were nothing to scoff at either with a line of .287/.386/.467 over his 17 year career. With over 2500 career hits and a career batting average of .316 Helton is in sole possession of most major hitting milestones in a Rockies uniform. Helton was an on-base machine that excelled in keeping the ball off the ground. He hit ground balls just 36.5% of the time over a lengthy career compared to a 42.9% league average… and the bloated 46.8% figure the 2022 Rockies boasted. Helton was a prodigious doubles hitter with 592 career two-baggers, but could also send the ball over the wall when needed with 369.

Helton returned to the Rockies organization last year as a special assistant to general manager Bill Schmidt. He worked as a guest instructor at minor league spring training before spending his season touring Rockies minor league affiliates and mentoring the prospects and stars of the future. Notably he worked with first base prospect Michael Toglia, who ended up hitting eight doubles, two triples, and two home runs in his first taste of the majors. After a year of traveling, perhaps the Toddfather might be interested in reclaiming a permanent seat in the Rockies dugout?

Matt Holliday

Despite having spent more time as a St. Louis Cardinal than he did as a Rockie, Matt Holliday still has close ties with the organization after returning for his swan song in 2018. Holliday is a career .299/.379/.510 hitter over 15 seasons in the big leagues and hit 316 home runs. He does have a higher than average career ground ball rate at 45.9%. However, Holliday differentiates himself from other former Rockies candidates due to the fact that he played outside of the organization. Hitting .316 at home and .282 on the road during his career, Holliday can provide a multi-faceted perspective to both hitting at Coors Field and the hangover that comes with it.

Another key factor for Holliday as a candidate is coaching experience. He joined the coaching staff at Oklahoma State University as the Cowboys’ hitting coach in 2019. His son Jackson was also the first overall selection in the 2022 draft by the Baltimore Oriones. Jackson Holliday had an impressive professional debut as an 18-year old. He hit .297/.489/.422 while drawing a whopping 25 walks through 90 plate appearances across FCL and Low-A level ball.

Jeff Albert

If the Rockies hire anyone from outside the organization—which they should—it needs to be former St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach Jeff Albert. In a surprise announcement on Wednesday it was revealed that Albert would not be returning to the Redbirds for 2023. The Rockies need to swoop in a bring Albert in for an interview as soon as possible (and maybe even bring in Mike Maddux as a bonus).

Jeff Albert as elected not to return as hitting coach. Mike Maddux is stepping down as pitching coach.

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— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) October 26, 2022

The Cardinal’s offense was staggeringly better than the Rockies in 2022. They saw MVP-caliber seasons from Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, the latter of which had their best season since 2019. Albert Pujols delivered an exciting final season to cap off his storied big league career. The Cardinals had eight players with double digit home runs compared to the Rockies’ five. The Cardinals had three batters with 20 or more home runs while the Rockies had two. The Cardinals had two batters with 30 or more home runs… The Rockies had none.

The Cardinals offense was categorically and systematically better than the Rockies from top to bottom. While the Rockies had one of the worst OPS+ and wRC+ in the league, the Cardinals had one of the best. They drew more walks, they struck out less, and most importantly they elevated the ball. St. Louis had a top ten team ground ball rate at 41.2% compared to the Rockies league-worst (and franchise worst) 46.8% rate. They also hit the ninth most home runs as a team and ranked among the best in the league at drawing walks and avoiding strikeouts. Albert’s departure came as a surprise, and the Rockies need to take advantage of it immediately for their own benefit.

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MLB playoffs poll: Insiders weigh in on new format, manager’s role, pitcher usage | The Athletic ($)

On Tuesday our own Paul Elliott discussed the new MLB playoff format as game one of the 2022 World Series approaches. The folks over at the Athletic polled several MLB coaches and scouts about their feelings on the new format, as well as topics like what a manager’s role should be in the playoffs.

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Arizona Fall League

The Salt River Rafters did not play on Wednesday following their 12-0 victory on Tuesday. Instead, watch this clip of Zac Veen being an excellent base runner.

Have you ever seen a player work a walk and steal a base on the same pitch? Well, @zacveen did just that!

Watch as the @rockies prospect shows off his blazing speed! #AFL22

— MLB’s Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) October 26, 2022

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Bills vs. Chiefs Preview: Can Josh Allen avenge “13 seconds” meltdown in Week 6?

The Game Matchups Preview series is dedicated to breaking down how the Buffalo Bills match up with their opponent in each game of the 2022 NFL Season. This series will look at five key matchups; Bills Pass Offense vs. Opponent Pass Defense, Bills Rush Offense vs. Opponent Rush Defense, Bills Pass Defense vs. Opponent Pass Offense, Bills Rush Defense vs. Opponent Rush Offense, and Bills Special Teams vs. Opponent Special Teams. This entire analysis will conclude with three sections; “Why Buffalo Will Lose”, “Why Buffalo Will Win”, and a score prediction for the game.

Below I present 2022’s sixth iteration of this analysis for the Bills’ Week 6 clash versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Included is a scale ranking the advantage in each matchup from 👏 (Minimal Advantage) to 👏👏👏👏👏 (Massive Advantage).

Bills Pass Offense vs. Chiefs Pass Defense

Just two seasons ago, Josh Allen finished 2nd in MVP Voting, and this season, he’s playing at the same level – if not better. He has one less Touchdown (16), one less Turnover (5), and 218 more Net Yards (1837) through 5 games. The stats are just a part of the story though, as the eye test suggests that Josh Allen has taken yet another leap in his already impressive development. His deep ball continues to be among the league’s best, while his short game has improved by leaps and bounds.

More and more often, teams are keeping two safeties deep to force Allen to attack short and while in years past that may have been successful, in 2022 Allen is using that opportunity to continually gain first downs. Adding to all of this, Allen’s ability to gain yardage with his legs, and now in year five, he has become one of the most indefensible players in the entire NFL.Josh Allen QuBeR

Week 6 will be Allen’s first opportunity to contend with an opposing secondary that does not include an All-Pro DB. They still do have talented players, however, including one of the best Safety duos in the league in Justin Reid and Juan Thornhill. The talent of the two will inevitably shine through, but early in the season, the two have struggled giving up a combined Passer Rating against of 126.2.

Those struggles were most evident on Sunday night against the Raiders where both of Derek Carr’s Touchdowns traveled 35+ Air Yards. The Chiefs are much more vulnerable in front of their Safeties, where outside of L’Jarius Sneed – who sees the majority of his snaps against the Slot – there are a lot of questions.

Their #1 CB is Rashad Fenton (Currently Injured) who is giving up a Completion Percentage of 80%. Their #2 CB (Due to Injuries) is 7th round pick Jaylen Watson who outside of a 99-Yard INT TD in Week #2 has struggled mightily. The hope for Kansas City is that 21st overall pick Trent McDuffie can return from injury this week and take over the CB #1 or CB #2 role, a move which may be necessary for them to contain the Bills’ Offense.

Regardless of how Kansas City’s injury report shakes out, the matchup between their secondary and the Bills’ skill players seems to be fairly one-sided. Stefon Diggs has been a matchup nightmare for any CB this season, as he has already torched the likes of Jalen Ramsey, Xavien Howard, and Marcus Peters. The Chiefs’ subpar talent at CB will all but mandate consistent double coverage on Diggs, opening up the rest of the field for the Bills to attack.

This should provide an environment for Gabe Davis to attack Kansas City’s safeties and possibly improve on his league-high 28.1 Y/R, which is 6.0 yards more than any receiver in the league. Assuming Kansas City focuses on those two players, the likes of Dawson Knox, Isaiah McKenzie, and Khalil Shakir should provide Buffalo with some mismatches underneath and over the middle. With Buffalo having the skill advantage at all three levels and Josh Allen at Quarterback, outside of turnovers this specific matchup will be one of the more lopsided ones we see on Sunday.

EDGE: Bills 👏👏👏👏

Bills Rush Offense vs. Chiefs Rush Defense

Buffalo’s Running Backs played much better in Week 5, but still not to the level expected of a top-tier Offense. Devin Singletary, James Cook, and Zack Moss combined for 11 carries for 80 yards, but more than half of those yards (43) came on just 2 carries. The inconsistency of the Bills’ traditional run game has plagued them for the first third of the season and has resulted in an increased reliance on Josh Allen in high-leverage situations.

Still, Sunday’s game against the Steelers did provide some flashes of positivity. The interior OL was able to get some push, even against Cam Heyward, while the Bills Running Backs seemed more apt to attack upfield. Buffalo’s run game is not something that will be resolved overnight, or by bringing in an RB from Carolina, but will likely be a work in progress for the remainder of the season.

Kansas City does not provide for an environment where the Bills Running Backs seem destined for a big game. The Chiefs currently rank 8th in the NFL holding opposing teams to just 4.1 Y/A. A massive amount of that credit is owed to a Chiefs Defensive Line that is among the best in the NFL. Game Wrecker, Chris Jones, is playing better than any Defensive Tackle in the NFL right now and when he isn’t making Quarterback’s lives difficult he is stuffing RBs in the backfield.

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Joining him in the middle is a rotation of Tershawn Wharton and Derrick Nnadi the former used in passing downs and the latter on rushing downs. On the outside, rookie George Karlaftis has been incredibly impressive while Frank Clark, when healthy, looks every bit of the 3-time Pro Bowler he is. These 5, along with some depth pieces, project to be the most difficult matchup thus far for a Bills DL that has already taken on the likes of Aaron Donald, Jeffery Simmons, Calais Campbell, and Cam Heyward.

Behind that DL is a solid LB duo in Nick Bolton and Darius Harris. Bolton had 112 tackles in just 12 starts in 2021 and currently ranks 11th in the NFL in tackles with 47. Your typical NFL MLB, Bolton has an innate ability to recognize plays and fend off blocks on his way to the ball carrier. The Bills will likely attempt to get their athletic linemen in the face of Bolton but his history suggests he will be more than capable of handling that. Joining Bolton, Darius Harris has been forced on the field after the Chiefs’ other starting LB, Willie Gay, was suspended. A Special Teams player his first couple seasons, Harris may be perceived as the weak link on Kansas City’s defense, but he has been somewhat impressive during his 3 starts. These two will likely remove the Bills’ ability to consistently gain yardage with their RBs but whether or not they have the athleticism to chase down a scrambling Josh Allen will be something to monitor.

EDGE: Chiefs 👏👏

Bills Pass Defense vs. Chiefs Pass Offense

The Bills have now played 2 of their 5 games with backups at nearly every position in their secondary. It should surprise no one that arguably the Bills’ two worst games defending the pass came under those circumstances, but combined they only gave up 24 points. The future looks bright for Buffalo, as it’s more likely than not that All-Pro Safety, Jordan Poyer, will return this week against the Chiefs. At 31, Poyer is playing arguably the best football of his career and is quite possibly the single most important defensive piece needed to slow down Patrick Mahomes. The Bills will still be without All-Pro CB Tre White and their impressive rookie Christian Benford this week, both of whom look like they will be ready after the Bye against Green Bay.Patrick Mahomes

This all means that Patrick Mahomes will be throwing on a defense that includes Dane Jackson (CB), Kaiir Elam (CB), and Damar Hamlin (S). A scary proposition for Buffalo, considering that Mahomes is playing as well, if not better than any Quarterback in the NFL right now.

His 74.70 sits just ahead of Allen’s 73.16 making this game the likely determining factor of who is statistically the best Quarterback in the league through six games. This is a different Mahomes than years past though as while his reliance on All-World TE Travis Kelce still exists, the loss of Tyreek Hill may have made him…better?

He is now distributing the ball more than ever using his pseudo-WR1s in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in a way that makes them possibly more dangerous than a single Tyreek Hill. Add to that auxiliary options like Mecole Hardman, Noah Gray, and Skyy Moore, and Mahomes’ capabilities may make this Andy Reid’s most dangerous offense yet.

Where the Bills can gain an advantage is in both pressuring AND sacking Patrick Mahomes without the assistance of extra rushers. Buffalo’s ability to pressure, but the inability to sack last year lead them to pay huge money for Von Miller as a player that should be capable of closing out games. Miller along with Greg Rousseau, Ed Oliver, and Tim Settle/Jordan Phillips are the primary pieces in now one of the best 4-man pass rushes in the NFL. That Pass Rush has produced a 23.8% Pressure Rate while only blitzing on 13.5% of dropbacks resulting in the 6th most sacks in the league at 16.

The Chiefs will present the Bills biggest test at maintaining these numbers by trotting out an OL of Orlando Brown (LT), Joe Thuney (LG), Creed Humphrey (C), Trey Smith (RG), and Andrew Wylie (RT) who have combined for 281 Starts, 3 Pro Bowls, and 1 All-Pro. With the abilities of both team’s OLs and DLs, this game very well may be decided in the trenches.

EDGE: Chiefs 👏👏👏

Bills Rush Defense vs. Chiefs Rush Offense

The Bills Rush Defense not only looks fixed this season, it looks dominant. The Bills currently rank 3rd best in Rush Y/A (3.5) and among Running Backs with 10+ attempts against, the Rams Darrell Henderson has the highest Y/A at just 3.6. The Defensive Scheme has altered little under Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier but there have been some personnel alterations in 2022.

Along the DL the addition of Von Miller, DaQuan Jones, Tim Settle, Jordan Phillips, and Shaq Lawson has proven fruitful. These additions have made opposing OL’s jobs much more difficult allowing the likes of Tremaine Edmunds (LB), Matt Milano (LB), and Taron Johnson (CB) to roam free and make plays. Against the Chiefs that free roam may very well be a key to the Bills leaving Kansas City 5-1.

The Chiefs have a surprisingly efficient running game, which when humming provides Patrick Mahomes with more freedom in the passing game. Their Top-3 backs – Clyde Edwards-Helaire (CEH), Isiah Pacheco, and Jerick McKinnon – have combined for 104 Rushes for 469 Yards and a Y/A of 4.5. While more successful than the Bills trio, there is an interesting dichotomy between the Chiefs and Bills run games.

CEH is somewhat similar in running style to Devin Singletary with similar inconsistency issues which has led to the split workload. Behind CEH is a rookie in Isiah Pacheco whose hard running style is what the Bills hoped Zack Moss could be, while third string is Jerick McKinnon a receiving back similar to what the Bills hope James Cook will be. This isn’t the rushing attack of a Colts or Titans team but is one that is symbiotic with the Chiefs’ abilities through the air.

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Further propagated by their Quarterback, the Chiefs’ running game is significantly more dangerous because of Patrick Mahomes. While a very different runner than Josh Allen, Mahomes ability to gain first downs on the ground makes him one of the more dangerous running Quarterbacks in the league.

This will result in a similar game plan for Buffalo as the one they levied on Lamar Jackson, where Buffalo’s LBs will be responsible for intermediate middle coverage while simultaneously spying the Quarterback. Against the Ravens, the Bills were successful at doing just that, containing Lamar Jackson while negating their biggest threat in that area of the field, Tight End Mark Andrews. The Chiefs clearly provide a different challenge though, as Mahomes is a better passer and worse runner than Jackson, while Travis Kelce is a better pass catching Tight End than Mark Andrews. Outside of battle in the trenches on both sides of the ball, Edmunds and Milano versus Mahomes and Kelce may be the biggest deciding factor in this entire game.

EDGE: Bills 👏👏

Bills Special Teams vs. Chiefs Special Teams

Tyler Bass has kicked the ball 28 times this season, he has made 26 of them, and had 2 of them blocked. Add in that he has made 88 consecutive XPs in the regular season, and the Bills have one of the most automatic Kickers in the entire NFL.

As for Punter, Sam Martin continues to do his job when called upon, which is rare. To date, he has punted a league-low 9 times, meaning he is averaging under 2 punts per game. With the Bills’ offense seemingly getting better as the season progresses, the expectation is that we will rarely see Sam Martin. Returner is a position of concern for Buffalo, as rookie Khalil Shakir is still getting his feet wet on PR and KR. With Isaiah McKenzie set to return this week, it’s worth monitoring who lines up at PR and KR throughout Sunday’s game.

While the Bills have questions at Return, the Chiefs have questions at Kicker. Due to Harrison Butker’s early season injury, the Chiefs have rotated through the likes of Matt Ammendola, Matthew Wright, and even Safety Justin Reid at the position. There is a chance Butker could play this weekend, but if he does not, then each and every kick the Chiefs line up for will be an adventure.

Punting for Kansas City is Tommy Townsend who is on his way to a First Team All-Pro award. He has punted just 15 times this season but is averaging 53.3 Yards per Punt and a whopping 48.7 Net Yards per Punt. If the Chiefs need to, they have the player to flip the field. At returner, a pair or rookies handle the duties – second-round pick Skyy Moore is the primary PR, and a dangerous one at that, while seventh-rounder Isiah Pacheco occasionally handles KRs.

EDGE: Bills 👏👏

Why Buffalo Will Lose

Patrick Mahomes is one of the few Alpha NFL players that are capable of single-handedly carrying his team to victory. It doesn’t particularly matter who the other 10 players are on the field with Mahomes, his ability to move the ball up and down the field at will is otherworldly. If Mahomes plays one of those games where he is at his peak, then there is a near 0% chance the Bills will have any chance of beating the Chiefs.

On the defensive side of the ball, when you have a Game Wrecker like Chris Jones in the middle of the field then all the deficiencies behind him are mitigated. Jones is playing quite possibly the best football of his career and making everyone around him better. The Chiefs project to have the edge in the trenches which should force Josh Allen to throw the ball before he wants to. Do that, force a few turnovers, and the Chiefs will be in the driver’s seat for the #1 Seed in the AFC.

Why Buffalo Will Win

Josh Allen is one of the few Alpha NFL players that are capable of single-handedly carrying his team to victory. It doesn’t particularly matter who the other 10 players are on the field with Allen, his ability to move the ball up and down the field at will is other worldly. If Allen plays one of those games where he is at his peak then there is a near 0% chance the Chiefs will have any chance of beating the Bills.

The Bills’ defense does look more well-rounded than the Chiefs. At all three levels, the Bills have proven playmakers and while the loss of Micah Hyde will likely be exposed this week there are other players on the defense capable of making game-changing plays. Von Miller, Ed Oliver, and Jordan Poyer are the three that come to mind and as long as at least one, or more, of them, make a game-changing play on Sunday, the Bills should be in a good position to leave Arrowhead in the driver seat for the #1 Seed in the AFC.

Prediction: Bills 35 – Chiefs 31

You could tell me the Chiefs will win this game and I won’t argue with you. Buffalo vs. Kansas City is a matchup of the two best teams in the NFL and there is no reason to expect this game will be anything short of legendary. Each of these teams has an Offense capable of putting up a large number of points, and quickly, but the Bills’ more well-rounded defense will be the separator in this Regular Season matchup. Of course, this assumes that the Bills’ Jordan Poyer is playing, if Poyer does not play then the prediction shifts to Bills 35 – Chiefs 42. This is just Game #1 though, these two are destined to see each other again in January.

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PSOE-Podemos, unions oversee largest growth of inequality in Spain since 2008 crash

Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government is overseeing the largest fall in living standards since the 2008 global economic crisis, and the savage EU austerity imposed by successive PSOE and right-wing Popular Party governments at the behest of the banks.

Since the pandemic hit in March 2020, inequality has surged due to massive bank bailouts and the NATO war in Ukraine against Russia. According to the National Institute of Statistics (INE), the Spanish population at risk of poverty or social exclusion increased in 2021 to 27.8 percent. In 2018 it was 21.5 percent, which means that more than 1 million people fell into poverty over the last two years.

The latest report from the FOESSA foundation, linked to the Catholic charity Caritas, points in the same direction. Six million people in Spain are in a state of severe social exclusion, an increase of 50 percent over 2018; less than half of households are safe from suffering some type of social exclusion.

According to the NGO Save the Children, one in three Spanish children lives in poverty, suffers from severe material deprivation or lives in households with low employment intensity—i.e., whose working age members did less than 20 percent of their total work potential in the year prior to the survey. Spain is the third European country with the highest rate of risk of poverty and child exclusion, only surpassed by Romania and Bulgaria.

At the same time, the ongoing capitalist breakdown has been seized upon by the capitalist oligarchy occupying the heights of society to plunder unprecedented wealth. As Marx wrote, the accumulation of wealth at one pole requires the accumulation of poverty, misery and degradation at the other.

The annual report of the European Network for the Fight against Poverty and Social Exclusion, indicates that the income of the richest 10 percent of society grew by 11.8 percent more than that of the poorest 10 percent in 2021, 1.3 percentage points more than in 2020. This increase is the largest in the 13 years since this study has been carried out.

All these data mark a catastrophic situation for working families. The worst, however, is yet to come, as inflation skyrockets well above wage increases. Only 400,000 workers out of a workforce of 20 million have salary revision clauses pegged to inflation. The trade unions are the chief guarantors of this policy, actively working with employers to enforce wage agreements well below inflation, which in September was 9 percent. De facto, this implies widespread real wage declines.

For example, in the metal sector, the average salary increase will be only 2.29 percent for almost 940,000 workers. In the chemical sector it will be only 2 percent this year, after rising only 1 percent in 2021 (with an inflation of 6.5 percent). Construction wages will rise 4 percent, while for civil servants it will be only 3.5 percent. In banking, the union bureaucracies signed ridiculous increases of 2.5 percent in 2021, 1 percent in 2022 and 1.25 percent in 2023.

For 75 percent of workers with a collective agreement, raises will not reach 4 percent, and it will be even worse for the 65 percent of Spanish workers who are not subject to any agreement.

The union leaders defend their role as the domestic police force to enforce wage increases below inflation to allow the financial oligarchy to increase its profits and wage NATO’s war in Ukraine. Javier Pacheco, general secretary of the Podemos-linked Workers Commissions (CC.OO) of Catalonia recently declared: “I don’t think we are in a position to agree on collective agreements with wage increases at today’s inflation levels.”

For more and more working class families, it will be impossible to make ends meet. Although inflation stands at 9 percent, many basic products have seen their prices rise much higher. A study by the Organization of Consumers and Users pointed out that in one year, the average price of food has risen by 15.2 percent—pasta has risen 59.9 percent, olive oil 52.6 percent, wheat flour by 49.7 percent and eggs by 45.9 percent.

To the rise of food is added that of housing. According to real estate portal Fotocasa, rents in Spain have risen 41 percent between 2015 and 2021. But even more serious may be the rise in mortgages for those who have bought a home. The increases in interest rates that the European Central Bank is enforcing is increasing mortgage payments. The number of variable mortgages revalued annually has increased by 35 percent in September, which means about €180 more monthly cost for an average loan.

The situation was summed up by economist Elisabet Ruiz-Dotras, a professor at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) who told the daily El Pais: “We are at the beginning of something serious … prices have risen a lot, and we notice it in the supermarket or electricity bills. If we add the rise in mortgage payments, there is little room left for families.”

That is also the opinion of many charity organisations dedicated to social assistance. The Red Cross expects to have to serve 400,000 more people this year, and Cáritas will spend 10 percent more money to serve the same people than in 2021, although they are aware that they will have many more requests.

The social catastrophe is yet another devastating exposure of the anti-working class policies and imperialist militarism of the pseudo-left Podemos party.

The PSOE-Podemos government claims it is addressing the situation in the 2023 budget, presented as Spain’s highest social expenditure in history. Podemos leader and Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz said: “They are General State Budgets that speak to working people, to those who have been worst hit.”

However, as the WSWS has noted, this is false. The increase in social spending is well below the level of inflation. The main budgetary increase is in defence spending, which will reach almost €27 billion, 2.17 percent of GDP, according to the pacifist Delàs Center for Peace Studies. It will even exceed NATO’s request to its members to reach 2 percent of GDP spent on defence. This is a clear support for NATO’s militaristic policy and its war against Russia in Ukraine.

Another important item of expenditure will be the €31 billion provided for the payment of interest on the public debt and which will end up in the hands of banks and large international investment funds. Compared to these figures, only €2.7 million will be spent on the Minimum Vital Income, the money aimed at preventing the risk of poverty and social exclusion, or the €3.4 million for the care of dependent people.

The working class must take stock and draw fundamental political conclusions. Three years in power, the PSOE-Podemos government’s promises have proven to be a fraud. Podemos is presiding over a social crisis on a scale not seen since the hunger years after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Meanwhile profits are soaring: in 2021, companies obtained a record net profit of €57 billion.

That force that can put an end to this is the international working class, unified on the basis of an international socialist programme, grounded on the overthrow of the profit system. Rank-and-file committees must be created in every workplace, democratically controlled by workers themselves. These can unify workers in Spain with those in Europe and internationally in a struggle against the banks, capitalist governments and their pseudo-left accomplices such as Podemos.

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How surprise start for Chiefs’ Isiah Pacheco impacts fantasy football

Well, Sunday gave us the surprise, even if it didn’t deliver the party.

The Chiefs unexpectedly announced rookie running back Isiah Pacheco would get the start ahead of team rushing leader Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

That came out of nowhere. It created a mad dash by many to pick up Pacheco while they still could before the Sunday kickoffs started. But he didn’t “get got” in all leagues.

As of Sunday night, he still was listed as rostered in only 51 percent of Yahoo leagues and a mere 14 percent at ESPN. It was a bit more reasonable at CBS, where he was on 70 percent of rosters. The point is, there still is a better-than-slim chance he is available.

Now, the bigger question: Is Pacheco worth adding? After getting a good amount of garbage time in Week 1, the rookie was third on the workload list the next two weeks behind CEH and Jerick McKinnon.

After a one-game spike when he heavily outworked McKinnon, Pacheco went back to being the third wheel in Week 5 before an equal amount of useless usage between him and McKinnon last week (two carries each).

So there was no sign this shift was coming. That makes us nervous, because if it can appear out of nowhere, it presumably can disappear just as easily. But, and this is important, we like having exposure to the Chiefs’ offense. We want those players on our rosters, even if we aren’t starting them every week.

Whoever the lead RB is for Kansas City, we would very much like to have that player on our team. The problem is, we just might not get something that clean cut. Sunday, Pacheco got the start, but he had just eight carries to CEH’s six, and Edwards-Helaire got the TD.

What we can confidently conclude is that McKinnon isn’t going to push his way to the forefront. So if you’re hanging onto to him, let go. But as for the CEH-Pacheco dilemma, that might stick around.

So here’s what we would do: Add Pacheco wherever you can, but don’t force him into your starting lineup. Essentially, we would wait to see a good sign that his work increases steadily, or if he burns us on the bench with a unexpected spike in volume. After either of those events, then we start maneuvering to make sure we’re playing him every week.

If you have Edwards-Helaire, well, consider yourself lucky you got as much production as you did from him early on — it is more than the Madman expected. But also, don’t panic, at least not fully. You probably want to downgrade him to a weekly Flex decision rather than a solid RB2 option.

We believe he will continue to get a decent chunk of work and get the lion’s share of carries near the goal line. So he still has value, even if that value wasn’t what it was as recently as Saturday.

So surprise! Who knew we would be dealing with this today.

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