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Michael van Gerwens exceptional emergence as the world No 1 has lasted long enough that he might become even greater than Phil Taylor. Nike Air VaporMax Black Rainbow . The Dutchman is just 26, whereas Taylor didnt throw his first competitive arrow until the same age. Van Gerwen broke Taylors record for the highest ever televised average in this years Premier League but does that mean hes overtaking the 16-time world champion?Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle ponders who is better... Sky Live: PL Darts Thursday, 7pm, Sky Sports 1 Has Van Gerwen has become the best darts player ever? The debate has started. Is Michael van Gerwen the greatest darts player ever? Mardle said: Its not just the wins, its the performances. Whenever he is pushed, he has an answer.At the World Championship he lost with a 105 average. I dont ever remember Taylor having to deal with that during a World Championship. What Im getting at, is that the quality Michael needs to play at to win week-in week-out is not what Taylor had to put up with.I was world No 4 for a while. I was the equivalent of Adrian Lewis or Peter Wright. I couldnt beat Taylor, I only beat him once on the main stage. These guys can beat Van Gerwen or Taylor. Dave Chisnall is currently world No 10 - back in the day, that would have been Roland Scholten who has the very worst record of absolutely anyone against Taylor.Scholten was in the world top eight for six years! Can you imagine someone in todays top eight playing Van Gerwen 28 times and losing 25? That wouldnt happen now, its not possible. Watch Michael van Gerwen set a new record for the highest televised average score The players today are of a standard where, in 25 times, they will play their best game which is good enough to beat Michael. Against Phil it wasnt possible. My record against Phil was dismal - I played him 29 times and won three, and I was one of the players gunning for him!Phil didnt throw a competitive dart until he was 26. Michael, at 16, was ranked inside the BDOs top 10. Im not taking anything away from Phil but the opposition were not good - and I include myself in that.Does Taylors longevity makes him greater than MVG? Llook back at Phil Taylor’s previous record average of 117.35 from Exeter in 2012. Mardle said: Phil could only beat what was in front of him. He was probably too good, before his time. Hes a darting freak because he was always so much better than the rest.He didnt have the opponents to push him which is actually more impressive because he still pushed himself on. The fact that he kept striving for another win, another hiding, is impressive.I remember playing him in a Premier League game when you had to play all 11 legs. I was 8-0 down in Norwich and I remember thinking Phil really wanted to beat me 11-0 badly. I won two legs and he was devastated, you could see it in his eyes. I remember thinking he had something I didnt have - forget wins or talent - he had a special desire. Relive a Phil Taylor classic in the 2013 Grand Slam semi-final against Adrian Lewis We have all these stats about averages but do you really need to average 103? If you average 93 against someone averaging 83, you will annihilate them. Averages are just a guide.Deciding who is the best ever player shouldnt be subjective. You need a fact or a stat. Michael, before he packs up, needs to win six world titles. He cant have five, in the same bracket as Eric Bristow or Raymond van Barneveld, he needs six. Also See: Fixtures/Results On Sky TV Prem Table Darts betting Get Sky Sports Nike Air VaporMax Orange . P.A. Parenteau scored early in the third period to help the Avs edge Toronto 2-1 on Tuesday night. Cory Sarich also scored for Colorado (3-0-0), which is off to its best ever start. Nike Air VaporMax Navy White . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. http:///...rmax-star-blue-white . PAUL, Minn. HOUSTON -- Carlos Correa came through again with a clutch hit for the Houston Astros.Correas RBI double in the 14th inning gave the Houston Astros a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night.Houston got its ninth walk-off win this season -- with Correa driving in the winning run for the fifth time -- and 14th overall with its last at-bat.His demeanor, his approach, his swing decisions at the right pitches, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Correa. I love the way he goes to the opposite field thats where a lot of these walk-off hits have come. Hes not trying to yank into the Crawford Boxes. ... Hes taking whatever they give him and doing it well.Jose Altuve, who homered earlier in the game, opened the 14th inning with a single to shallow left field off former teammate Scott Feldman (5-4), and Correa followed with his hit off the fence in right-center field.Feldman was traded from the Astros to the Blue Jays earlier in the day.Ive been playing behind Feldman a lot and obviously in order to make plays for your pitchers youve got to know what they throw and how they throw it and what you as a hitter should do with it, Correa said. I figured he was going to throw something to get ahead in the count so I wasnt trying to do too much. I was trying to drive it the other way and give us a chance to win the game.Michael Feliz (7-1) pitched a perfect 14th inning, following Chris Devenski 4 1/3 perfect innings after entering the game in the ninth.I tried to stay focused on my game plan and making my game plan work for me and attacking those hitters, Devenski said.Russell Martin tied the score with a leadoff homer in the ninth against Astros closer Will Harris, who has blown three of his last five save chances.We couldnt get any offense going other than that one home run by Russ, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. That was it.Altuve gave the Astros a 1-0 lead with a two-out shot off Marcus Stroman into the first few rows of the Crawford Boxes for his 19thh home run of the season. Nike Air VaporMax Light Violet Light Violet-Violet Dust. stros starter Doug Fister gave up four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in six scoreless innings. Fister has now allowed three runs or fewer in 17 of his 21 starts this season.He was coming off one of his worst starts of the season, giving up six runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings on July 26 against the New York Yankees.Stroman surrendered one run and three hits, while striking out a career high 13 and walking one.I felt really relaxed, Stroman said. I felt strong. I felt me and Russell got into a pretty good groove early and carried that throughout the game.TRADE DEADLINEBlue Jays: Toronto acquired RHP Feldman from the Astros, LHP Francisco Liriano, C Reese McGuire and OF Harold Ramirez from the Pirates and RHP Mike Bolsinger from the Dodgers.Astros: Houston made two acquisitions, getting RHP Lupe Chavez from the Blue Jays for Feldman and INF/OF Yordan Alvarez from the Dodgers for RHP Josh Fields.TRAINERS ROOMBlue Jays: OF Ezequiel Carrera (left Achilles strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list ... INF Ryan Goins (right forearm tightness) came back from a medical rehab assignment at Triple-A Buffalo and was removed from 15-day DL ... Josh Donaldson was held out of the lineup on Monday with left hamstring soreness but pinch hit in the 12th inning and stayed in to play third ... SS Troy Tulowitzki (thumb) was held out of the lineupAstros: INF Marwin Gonzalez (right hand soreness) and CF Carlos Gomez (right hamstring strain) are day-to-day and were held out of the starting lineup.UP NEXTBlue Jays: RHP R.A. Dickey (7-12, 4.66 ERA) gets the ball for the Blue Jays on Tuesday looking for his first win since July 10.Astros: RHP Lance McCullers (6-4, 3.18 ERA) starts for the Astros on Tuesday coming off his second-straight double-digit strikeout performance and third in last five starts. 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