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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

4-09-2013 OMNICHATTER

The Astrodome opened today in 1965. Houston will honor its memory by playing in the retractable roofed stadium of Safeco Field…

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2013 at 11:36 AM (#4408397)
Also on this date in history in 1974, owner Ray Kroc went on the PA system after a Padres loss on their home opener to say "Ladies and gentlemen‚ I suffer with you. . . . I've never seen such stupid baseball playing in my life."
   2. JJ1986 Posted: April 09, 2013 at 11:42 AM (#4408405)
Are there available stats on how Interleague attendance is doing without the prime dates that it usually has? Seats for the White Sox series in Washington are incredibly cheap on the resale market.
   3. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 01:36 PM (#4408539)
Jered Weaver is out 4-6 weeks with a broken elbow on his non-pitching arm.
   4. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4408543)
Toronto is supposed to be hitting the HR's, not giving them up.
   5. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4408563)
Really nice call by Blue on a bang-bang play at the plate. Brandon Morrow is fooling no one so far, though.
   6. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4408566)
The mighty new looks Blue Jays have still not appeared I see
   7. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4408569)
Jered Weaver is out 4-6 weeks with a broken elbow on his non-pitching arm.
The tears... they won't stop...

This could be another horrific April for the Angels.
   8. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4408572)
Jered Weaver is out 4-6 weeks with a broken elbow on his non-pitching arm.
And then they're still gonna have to figure out what's wrong with his pitching arm.

Still, speaking as an M's fan...feel bad for Weaver, not so much for the Halos.
   9. Swedish Chef Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:10 PM (#4408573)
And the Amazing Brandon Morrow escapes the death trap in the nick of time!
   10. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4408578)
Ugh, the reality of season long interleague just hit me. The White Sox are playing the Nats and it feels very ####### wrong and stupid.
   11. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:25 PM (#4408587)
All this day baseball pleases me. At least one day game every day should be a rule. Also one 10 pm game. Baseball all day, every day!
   12. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4408589)
Dwayne Murphy shout out! Woo!
   13. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4408590)
M-V-P M-V-P

edit: That Tiger roar sounds a bit like a toilet flushing on my speakers. Just saying...
   14. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4408592)
Oof, Donk for Cabrera. Not the best day for Morrow and my fantasy squad.
   15. SoSH U at work Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4408594)
All this day baseball pleases me.


I like that idea, and I wonder if it wouldn't be an overall winner for MLB.

Ugh, the reality of season long interleague just hit me. The White Sox are playing the Nats and it feels very ####### wrong and stupid.


That's because it is. As JJ notes, it will be interesting to see how attendance tracks now that it's not just being held around Father's Day and mid-July.

   16. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:47 PM (#4408603)
All this day baseball pleases me.



I like that idea, and I wonder if it wouldn't be an overall winner for MLB.


Don't tell the Ricketts...

Cubs ironically play tonight -- I never understood why Cubs always seem so hot to toss a bunch of night games into April... the weather is usually lousy (it's gonna be ccccooooollllddd tonight). Why not bunch them up in the summer? I'd be willing to bet that the April no shows far outpace the summer no shows - even if the team is already known to suck in June/July/August.
   17. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:48 PM (#4408605)
That's because it is. As JJ notes, it will be interesting to see how attendance tracks now that it's not just being held around Father's Day and mid-July.


As a Sox fan it feels like OK, off to a solid start, took two of three from a division rival that should be improved (Royals), then wrap up the homestand with a couple close wins against another improved team, the Mariners -- and now they head off to Washington where they have to bench their DH and have their pitchers run around the bases in hamstring tweaking temps.

It's just stupid and ruins the flow of the season. Just when you get used to reserving a couple weeks in mid-summer for the distraction (the novelty has worn off, no?) the distraction now hits 6 games into the season. Cripes.
   18. Blastin Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4408613)
I like interleague all year. It's cool that my team is playing the DBacks next week.
   19. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4408615)
How is the interleague scheduling set up?

It looks like everyone plays two of three divisions in the 'other league'? That seems dumb... if we're doing year-round interleague, why shouldn't everyone play everyone else?
   20. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4408620)
oh cool, 2000 hits for Torii Hunter
   21. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4408640)

The mighty new looks Blue Jays have still not appeared I see


I was paying attention to the WBC and not spring training, so when I tuned into the home opener and saw that the 5-9 hitters were Lind, Arencibia, Rasmus, Bonifacio, and Izturis, I was somewhat surprised. Some of those are useful players, but the injury to Lawrie and the bench of Blanco, Davis, and Derosa make the lineup really shallow.
   22. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4408650)
You could argue Fielder really did clog up the bases that inning.
   23. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4408654)

It looks like everyone plays two of three divisions in the 'other league'? That seems dumb... if we're doing year-round interleague, why shouldn't everyone play everyone else?


Good question. Seems like you could do it and decrease the number of intradivisional games (nineteen games seems excessive). Take it down to 15, and play 6 against everyone else in your league.

3 x 14 (interleague) = 42
6 x 10 (intraleague, non-division) = 60
15 x 4 (intradivision) = 60

=162

EDIT: Oops, screwed up the math. There are 15 teams in each league now. Well in any case, figure it out MLB.
   24. SoSH U at work Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4408668)

3 x 14 (interleague) = 42
6 x 10 (intraleague, non-division) = 60
15 x 4 (intradivision) = 60

=162


That's my great fear about interleague every day - more interleague.

   25. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM (#4408670)
Does anyone else think Cabrera looks a little thinner this year?
   26. zonk Posted: April 09, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4408686)


That's my great fear about interleague every day - more interleague.
\

It appears right now that the interleague alignment with teams playing 2 of 3 divisions only has a 'home and home' series... if we're going to have interleague year round, I'd much rather just do a single series (alternate home teams every year).

I mean.... you people realize we're not going to see the Marlins and Astros play this year, right? Who wouldn't want to see a 89 inning scoreless affair that threatens Nolan Ryan's single season strikeout record in a single game?
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: April 09, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4408699)
Teams aren't playing 2 of 3 divisions in interleague. I think they are playing one series per team in one division, and then a mini home and home with one team in another division.
   28. Every Inge Counts Posted: April 09, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4408701)
This might be Austin Jackson's breakout year...looking good first week into the season.
   29. cmd600 Posted: April 09, 2013 at 04:33 PM (#4408712)
As a Sox fan . . . have their pitchers run around the bases in hamstring tweaking temps.


As a fan of a Sox rival, you guys are well overdue for a big pitching injury anyway. Deal with it.
   30. SG Posted: April 09, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4408713)
Does anyone else think Cabrera looks a little thinner this year?


Miguel? He looks noticeably thinner to me.
   31. CWS Keith plans to boo your show at the Apollo Posted: April 09, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4408722)
How is the interleague scheduling set up?

To go along with the interleague-all-season-long thing, there's a couple other schedule quirks that I believe are first-time happenings:

(a) The Sox play a non-Cub interleague team both home and away this season -- two against the Mets at Citi, two at US Cellular. I think I saw the Brewers do the same with Texas, so I assume this is now a league-wide thing.

(b) The Sox Cubs series has been shortened to four games, and the series' are back-to-back. I actually like the change, at least vis-a-vis the usual six-game set. The games are way too obnoxious for regular season baseball, so it'll be nice to get it out of the way in four days.

As a fan of a Sox rival, you guys are well overdue for a big pitching injury anyway. Deal with it.

Well, there's a good chance John Danks never returns to his pre-injury self. He was struggling to hit 90 MPH in spring training, and was subsequently getting thrashed by minor leaguers.
   32. boteman Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:14 PM (#4408854)
Does anyone else think Cabrera looks a little thinner this year?


Miguel? He looks noticeably thinner to me.


Dock Ellis on acid will be perplexed by this development. He's a veritable connoisseur of roly-poly third basemen of late.
   33. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4408858)
Nothing better than a 30 pitch first inning to make me feel good about Gio Gonzalez today.

EDIT: Oh great! Gio balks a run home!

I could insert my complaint about the *extremely* unforgiving strike zone here but why don't I just say THIS GAME IS GONNA SUCK.
   34. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:24 PM (#4408860)
How was that a balk?
   35. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:25 PM (#4408861)
I could insert my complaint about the *extremely* unforgiving strike zone here but why don't I just say THIS GAME IS GONNA SUCK.


Pitchtrax isn't the end all be all but the sequence to Ramirez was brutal. 3 bad calls in one at bat.
   36. spike Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:26 PM (#4408862)
Gattis goes deep again. How long before Keith Law raises the white flag on this guy?
   37. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:33 PM (#4408867)
Pitchtrax isn't the end all be all but the sequence to Ramirez was brutal. 3 bad calls in one at bat.
I'm going to have to see how the ump (Phil Cuzzi) calls those sorts of pitches for Jake Peavy before I really flip out. A bad strike zone is problematic enough, but as Pete Rose pointed out the other day in that linked article, part of the job of pitchers and hitters is to know their plate umpires. An INCONSISTENTLY BAD strike zone is the truly vein-busting frustration.
   38. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:35 PM (#4408870)
Really love Bryce Harper's at-bat here. Making Peavy work like mad. Ten pitches and counting!

EDIT: Oh my, doesn't this just summarize everything about Harper: 11 pitch at-bat, finally gets a single...and then immediately gets thrown out at second base trying to stretch it into a double.

Oh Bryce...people know not to run on you; you should know not to run on Alex Rios.
   39. Joey B. Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:36 PM (#4408871)
The Vegas K... er, not sure what you were thinking on that one, Bryce.
   40. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:38 PM (#4408872)
The Vegas K... er, not sure what you were thinking on that one, Bryce.
It's almost like he didn't read his scouting report or something. Rios has a very good arm, and the hit was fairly shallow anyway.
   41. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:39 PM (#4408873)
so far, it's like a game from... the twilight zone !
   42. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:41 PM (#4408874)
"Tyler Flowers" sounds like the name of guy who would have played bass in one of David Bowie's early '70s pre-Ziggy Stardust backing bands, wearing glammy outfits and glitter eye-shadow.
   43. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4408876)
I can't tell if Bryce Harper was dumb to go for that double on a hit to CF. The play was closer than I'd expected.
   44. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM (#4408881)
It's almost like he didn't read his scouting report or something. Rios has a very good arm, and the hit was fairly shallow anyway.


I dunno about "very good" but it's certainly accurate. On a 140 foot throw, he's going to put it one hop on the bag 9 times out of 10. Dumb decision imo even if there were two outs.
   45. boteman Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:48 PM (#4408885)
No Dunn, huh.
   46. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:53 PM (#4408892)
No Dunn, huh.


Lefty on the mound for the Nats makes it a no brainer. Viciedo is the better fielder (on arm alone) and compared to Dunn, mashes LHP. Problem is Dunn is off to a slow start and now he gets to sit. Whoopee.
   47. boteman Posted: April 09, 2013 at 07:54 PM (#4408893)
Peavy owns the strike zone tonight. He's getting calls on the inside and outside edges. Gio-Genesis threw a nasty slider to Beckham(?) to strike him out swinging.
   48. madvillain Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4408902)
Ugh, Viciedo, if he can't catch up to those fastballs he no other hit tool. That's what he's supposed to be good at -- hitting LHP and fastballs over the plate.
   49. Joey B. Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:07 PM (#4408903)
I just realized for the first time that the White Sox have an Alex, an Alexei, and an Alejandro. I like the diversity in names.
   50. JJ1986 Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:08 PM (#4408904)
I just realized for the first time that the White Sox have an Alex, an Alexei, and an Alejandro. I like the diversity in names.


And Alex used to be Alexis.
   51. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4408905)
THE NATIONALS:

TWO HITS.

TWO RUNNERS THROWN OUT TRYING TO STRETCH SINGLES INTO DOUBLES.

JESUS WEPT.
   52. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4408906)
No one ever taught Gio to slide.
   53. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:12 PM (#4408909)
No one ever taught Gio to slide.

Certainly not in Oakland...
   54. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:13 PM (#4408910)
What the hell is John Buck smoking? I want it made into a brownie!
   55. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:18 PM (#4408912)
a bit chilly for the brewers/cubs
   56. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:19 PM (#4408913)
Jake Peavy has faced the minimum number of batters so far despite giving up two hits. Think about it for a moment and get heartburn if you're a Nats fan.
   57. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4408915)
Ahahaha, Denard Span gets a hit for the Nationals, and Charlie Slowes with the radio call: "Span makes a wide turn around first and the crowd screams NO! NO! NO!"
   58. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4408917)
Yankees up 7-0. Carlos Carrasco was just ejected for hitting the next batter after Cano hit 2-run HR. Thankfully, it was Youkilis.
   59. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4408919)
I'm surprised Span didn't try to stretch that into a double.
   60. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4408920)
so the brewers infield is Betancourt (gack), weeks, segura, gonzalez and peralta. I have watched a lot of Milwaukee games. I don't know if there has ever been an all, well how do you say, non-Caucasian infield. and peralta is pitching

kind of interesting
   61. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM (#4408922)
I'm surprised Span didn't try to stretch that into a double.
I hope this is sarcasm.
   62. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM (#4408923)
but Span understood it as GO!GO!GO! and was thrown out at second !
   63. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM (#4408926)
Mets not doing well today.

So they are spending all their time talking about Matt Harvey from yesterday, which is kinda cute.
   64. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM (#4408927)
I think there are frogs living in Jayson Werth's beard.
   65. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4408928)
with the wind and the cold wily peralta should be throwing 80 percent fastballs
   66. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4408929)
I think there are frogs living in Jayson Werth's beard.
Sullen, taciturn frogs.
   67. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4408930)
What is with the Yankees scoring all these runs? Boo!
   68. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:23 PM (#4408932)
first and third ? time for a balk !!
   69. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:23 PM (#4408933)
Also, Eso, I sat Peavy tonight out of respect for your Nats.

Which now it seems a little too early to have.
   70. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:24 PM (#4408936)
These Brian Kenny - Harold Reynolds commercials are painful. Please MLB, don't make Brian Kenny pander.
   71. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:25 PM (#4408939)
Adam LaRoche just got a called strike that was even worse than the one that Joe Nathan used to strike out Ben Zobrist last night.

ROBOTS, PLEASE.

EDIT: And it happened to him again! Peavy's zone is insane and completely different than one the umpire is giving Gio. Argh.
   72. Joey B. Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:25 PM (#4408940)
Sure, give Peavy a strike zone three inches wider than Gio's. Because that's totally fair and all.
   73. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM (#4408941)
can really see the players breath at the cubs/brewers game
   74. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4408943)
LaRoche has sucked independent of the umpires since the start of the season. A robot umpire is not going to help him.
   75. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4408945)
so Soriano was playing way off the line and segura yanked one in the corner and gomez scored easily from first
   76. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4408946)
Jake Peavy has faced the minimum number of batters so far despite giving up two hits.

Is that really all that rare?

These Brian Kenny - Harold Reynolds commercials are painful. Please MLB, don't make Brian Kenny pander.

I've seen that show a couple of times. I don't know if they told Harold to play up the "stats are useless" thing, but he has said some really stupid stuff.
   77. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4408947)
They need to make a robot umpire that explodes if a foul tip hits it in the nuts, though. That's all I ask.
   78. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4408948)
the brewers either look like druids or seal team wanna bes in the ski mask getups
   79. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4408949)
Castro is such a thick-skulled idiot defensively. You knew he was going to botch the throw right there.
   80. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:31 PM (#4408951)
LaRoche has sucked independent of the umpires since the start of the season. A robot umpire is not going to help him.
He's actually looked pretty good. Lots of sharp, strong line-drive contact. It really is pure bad luck that nothing's fallen in for him, so far at least.
   81. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4408952)
Good god.
   82. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4408953)
betancourt beat a bad throw to first but he was still lollygagging down the line

and the scorer gives him a hit which is galling

his hot start will keep him in the lineup

sigh.................
   83. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4408955)
the brewers either look like druids or seal team wanna bes in the ski mask getups
HW, it's so goddamned hot over here in DC already that you've literally forced me to switch over to this game just in the hopes that it might make me 'feel' cold.

(Keep in mind, I absolutely loathe hot weather and am one of those rare weirdos who adores winters in Chicago and Madison (of which I've spent several.)
   84. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:34 PM (#4408958)
eso

it's only cold for baseball. I was outside without a coat this afternoon

of course most of my nerve endings are shot to h8ll
   85. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:34 PM (#4408959)
Mets chip chip chipping away.
   86. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:34 PM (#4408961)
Starlin Dunston.
   87. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:35 PM (#4408962)
what an awful throw

he slingshotted that ball for some reason
   88. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:36 PM (#4408964)
He slingshotted it because he's a lunkhead.
   89. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:36 PM (#4408965)
walks

his defense two years ago showed promise

who is the infield coach for the cubs? Rafael Ramirez??
   90. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4408969)
wood seems to be throwing more strikes than are being recognized
   91. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4408970)
It really is pure bad luck that nothing's fallen in for him, so far at least.

I hope you're right, but 0-15 (with a bad back) so far does not make me bemoan his bad luck. I can't trade his ass for a sack of dead rats in my roto league.
   92. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4408974)
Castro's defense showed promise, but he's always had some issues with mentally bearing down on the more rudimentary defensive plays. That hasn't really improved; if anything, it seems to be getting a little worse.

Braun busts it open right here.
   93. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4408977)
Well, not Castro's fault there, but what an inning for Castro.
   94. Joey B. Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4408978)
Gio could possibly win this game even with his mediocre stuff tonight.
   95. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4408980)
with solid shortstop play this inning may already be over
   96. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4408982)
I haven't actually SEEN a lot of Cubs baseball so far this year, but the defense has looked just atrocious. Not just with physical errors, but with "hits" that shouldn't have been.
   97. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4408984)
lucroy really stinks to start the season. geez
   98. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:43 PM (#4408985)
Pelfrey getting lit up.
   99. Lassus Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:44 PM (#4408990)
Nice catch, Jordany.
   100. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:44 PM (#4408991)
Gio could possibly win this game even with his mediocre stuff tonight.
He's struck out seven batters! That's more than anyone else on the team so far this season!

I get your point, that he hasn't looked fantastic, but c'mon...he's had a shitty strikezone to deal with.
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