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Friday, August 19, 2011

RedSox (75-48) @ Royals (51-74), Friday, August 19, 2011, 8:10 pm

BOS: Andrew Miller (26, LHP, 4-1, 5.40)
KCR: Jeff Francis (30, LHP, 4-13, 4.76)

The Primer Chimp Posted: August 19, 2011 at 01:00 PM | 68 comment(s)
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   1. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:14 AM (#3904462)
Gonzalez shows up clean-shaven tonight and immediately hits a double. Coincidence? I think not.
   2. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:15 AM (#3904463)
Gonzalez looks awful without the goatee. Put it back!
   3. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:16 AM (#3904464)
First inning intentional walk?
   4. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:16 AM (#3904465)
R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Pedroia.
   5. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:18 AM (#3904466)
Well ####.

Also, tonight's Giant's lineup:


1. Aaron Rowand (R) CF
2. Mark DeRosa (R) 3B
3. Cody Ross (R) LF
4. Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
5. Aubrey Huff (L) 1B
6. Miguel Tejada (R) SS
7. Chris Stewart (R) C
8. Mike Fontenot (L) 2B
9. Ryan Vogelsong (R) P

Is that the worst lineup in history? Gotta be pretty ####### close.
   6. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:20 AM (#3904468)
Getting the game off to a good start with 3 LOB. I'm sure Miller will hold the Royals scoreless for at least one inning.
   7. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:22 AM (#3904469)
I was briefly freaking out about Miller getting a start, wondering how that happened, before remembering the doubleheader. That is the only reason, right?
   8. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:23 AM (#3904470)
Is that the worst lineup in history? Gotta be pretty ####### close.

I'm not even sure it's the worst lineup in that game...
   9. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:25 AM (#3904471)
Why would a hitter ever have the 3-0 green light against Miller? He's practically guaranteed to throw a ball in one of the next three pitches.
   10. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:34 AM (#3904474)
When he has to throw a strike, he takes so much off of it, it's a meatball if it's over and worth taking a chance on early in the game.
   11. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:35 AM (#3904475)
Most of those young guys for the Astros have been solid since they were called up at least. That Giants lineup is just hopeless.
   12. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:37 AM (#3904477)
Worst 2 strike pitch ever.
   13. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:47 AM (#3904481)
I get the feeling Adrian Gonzalez is going to make a heck of a hitting coach when he retires; I never see anybody else give so much specific detail when interviewed about his hitting.
   14. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:48 AM (#3904482)
WTF?
   15. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM (#3904483)
Pedroia is not Barry Bonds.
   16. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM (#3904484)
Seriously another IBB?
   17. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:50 AM (#3904486)
Another chance for Lavarnway!
   18. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM (#3904487)
Bases juiced again for Lavarnway. Time for a grand slam, Ryan!
   19. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:51 AM (#3904488)
Another failure for Lavarnway!
   20. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:52 AM (#3904489)
####### christ on a cracker. Bases left loaded twice already.
   21. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:56 AM (#3904492)
Bunting against Miller is ridiculous.
   22. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:57 AM (#3904493)
Most of those young guys for the Astros have been solid since they were called up at least. That Giants lineup is just hopeless.

I know with so many scrubs in the game this isn't really a fair way to do it, but total oWAR for the lineups: Giants: 2.5; Astros: 2.8.
   23. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:58 AM (#3904494)
I know with so many scrubs in the game this isn't really a fair way to do it, but total oWAR for the lineups: Giants: 2.5; Astros: 2.8.

National League baseball!
   24. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:58 AM (#3904495)
Bunting against Miller is ridiculous.

It's the Royal's way...
   25. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 12:58 AM (#3904496)
Damn fine play by Ellsbury there.
   26. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:02 AM (#3904497)
Holy crap Carl Crawford extra base hit!!!
   27. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:07 AM (#3904500)
McDonald delivers.
   28. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:07 AM (#3904501)
!

Darnell McDonald drives in Crawford. Who'da thunk?
   29. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:08 AM (#3904502)
Well I'll be damned, McDonald did something useful...
   30. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:10 AM (#3904503)
National League baseball!

It's even funnier when you think of it this way: Jose Bautista has 1.5 more oWAR than the Giants and Astros lineups combined.
   31. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:11 AM (#3904504)
They're touching up Francis pretty good this inning.
   32. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:12 AM (#3904506)
Think they'll walk Pedroia again? Not this time. Not with two outs and men on 1st and 2nd.
   33. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:13 AM (#3904507)
The ####? I know he ended up safe, but stealing third with two outs? It's not like he was safe by a mile, either.
   34. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:13 AM (#3904508)
Good job, Mike.
   35. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:18 AM (#3904513)
Son of a gun, Miller is at least throwing strikes.
   36. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:21 AM (#3904514)
Very nice double play.
   37. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:26 AM (#3904516)
C'mon Ryan.
   38. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:27 AM (#3904517)
YES!
   39. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:27 AM (#3904518)
Happy first hit, Ryan!
   40. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:28 AM (#3904519)
Oh sure, couldn't have done that either of the times you had the bases loaded!
   41. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:28 AM (#3904520)
Finally, a hit.
   42. Joel W Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3904523)
SALTY
   43. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3904524)
Salty! Wooo!
   44. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:31 AM (#3904525)
Nice one, Salty; that thing seemed to carry better than anyone expected.
   45. Joel W Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:32 AM (#3904526)
That's some pretty raw power to hit that out on a swing like that.
   46. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:32 AM (#3904527)
Niceeeee.
   47. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:33 AM (#3904529)
Lavarway scores his first major league run on that too.
   48. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:41 AM (#3904534)
Consider the opponent, but this is a pretty nice game for Miller.
   49. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:41 AM (#3904535)
Miller actually looking pretty good so far. The Royals will do that, I guess.
   50. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:42 AM (#3904536)
So Miller is through 5 innings, 1 ER, about 70 pitches. What's his pitch count limit, you think? 85? 100?

Also, that double by Crawford was a well-placed, pulled-down-the-line, routine grounder. He sucks.
   51. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:46 AM (#3904539)
Adrian looks weird without the facial hair, but apparently it was holding him back.
   52. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:46 AM (#3904540)
I guess Gonzalez is gonna be clean-shaven for awhile.
   53. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:46 AM (#3904541)
What the hell? Get out of my brain!
   54. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: August 20, 2011 at 01:58 AM (#3904554)
51. Jay Seaver Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:46 PM (#3904539)
Adrian looks weird without the facial hair, but apparently it was holding him back.
52. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:46 PM (#3904540)
I guess Gonzalez is gonna be clean-shaven for awhile.
53. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 19, 2011 at 09:46 PM (#3904541)
What the hell? Get out of my brain!


Dudes, I made the same kind of statement in the very first post of this Chatter. Get on my level.
   55. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:00 AM (#3904555)
Miller seems like he's tired. Not stretched out to be going this deep into the game, I don't think. He had a good game though. I think I'd prefer him in the rotation over Wakefield. Call me crazy.
   56. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:01 AM (#3904556)
Yeah, but yours was based on just one at-bat. We had a sample size of, like, four with which do draw our conclusion!
   57. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:01 AM (#3904557)
Believe it or not, Miller's ERA is below 5 now.
   58. Jay Seaver Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:10 AM (#3904559)
Dang. That was some catch by Gordon.
   59. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:14 AM (#3904560)
Incredibly crappy game by Lavarnway, stranding 8 runners.
   60. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:14 AM (#3904561)
This is where Aceves is so valuable. He's pitching well, and should be able to get us through at least the 7th, and maybe the 8th.

Quick question, though: Does Tito hate Dan Wheeler? Wheeler has pitched very well for most of the season. He struggled mightily in the first month, and then went on the DL. Since he got back from the DL on May 21st, here's his line:

27 G, 29.2 IP, 19 H, 24/7 K/BB, 1.52 ERA, slash line of .179/.230/.274. He's been excellent, and if we're trying to figure out what our depth chart should look like for the postseason, why isn;t Wheeler part of that process? He's been used in garbage time during this whole stretch.
   61. Dan Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:21 AM (#3904563)
It would be cool if the Twins would ever actually win a game against the Yankees instead of continually rolling over for them.
   62. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:27 AM (#3904564)
It would be cool if the Twins would ever actually win a game against the Yankees instead of continually rolling over for them.

I was just thinking the same thing. Can't even remember the last time the Twins won aginst the Yanks...
   63. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:30 AM (#3904567)
Pedroia is an awesome cleanup hitter.
   64. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:32 AM (#3904569)
Pedroia is an awesome cleanup hitter.

Yeah, but Aviles is a crap #2...
   65. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:33 AM (#3904571)
Wheeler's been good lately, but who would he displace? The usual chain for close games has been Albers-Bard-Papelbon, which is defensible. Aceves comes in for multi-inning appearances. The bullpen's been decent enough that they haven't really needed Wheeler to take a bigger role.
   66. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:37 AM (#3904573)
Great job by Aceves.
   67. ray james Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:38 AM (#3904575)
Wheeler's been better than Albers lately, IMO.
   68. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: August 20, 2011 at 02:43 AM (#3904577)
Yeah, he probably has. It wouldn't surprise me to see Wheeler take the 7th inning of a close game at some point soon.

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