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Thursday, April 18, 2013

4-18-2013 OMNICHATTER

Games start 1:10 with the Giants at Brewers, and the final game of the day starts at 7:10 when Miami is at Cincy. Among the pitchers today: Cain, Gallardo, Verlander, Lester, Wainwright, Price, Sale, Dickey and Hamels.

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   1. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: April 18, 2013 at 09:14 AM (#4417734)
Tony Cingrani was called up to start for Cincinnati today. He's struck out 26 against 2 walks in 14 1/3 innings this year. Does almost entirely with his fastball, so there are doubts on how he transitions as a ML starter.
   2. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 18, 2013 at 09:37 AM (#4417757)
Tony Cingrani was called up to start for Cincinnati today. He's struck out 26 against 2 walks in 14 1/3 innings this year. Does almost entirely with his fastball, so there are doubts on how he transitions as a ML starter.

If he can locate, he should be fine. Bartolo Colon has thrown his spongy fastball 93% of the time this year and he's been excellent.
   3. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: April 18, 2013 at 09:44 AM (#4417765)
The doubts also stem from Cingrani's reliance on deception, since he's not throwing gas (low 90s). Mostly I'm just tempering my own excitement.

Also, Jose Fernandez is starting for Miami. Good matchup.
   4. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 09:48 AM (#4417769)
Am I the only guy who'd never heard the story of William White, who in 1879 played an MLB game - and was 1/4 black? (h/t HUAL)
   5. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4417780)
Does almost entirely with his fastball, so there are doubts on how he transitions as a ML starter.


Don't know anything about him but a guy with that kind of control seems like at worst a passable set up man. If he is a ground ball pitcher on top of it that's a solid combination for a reliever.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 10:47 AM (#4417833)
It's sunny here in Denver, although also about 30 degrees. If they are able to get in three of the four scheduled Rockies-Mets games, in a week when we've had a total of about a foot of snow, that will be an impressive accomplishment.
   7. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM (#4417857)
Thank god there's a full day of baseball to watch.
   8. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM (#4417860)
Don't know anything about him but a guy with that kind of control seems like at worst a passable set up man. If he is a ground ball pitcher on top of it that's a solid combination for a reliever.


Drafted in 2011, has spent his minor league career as a starter.

211.2 IP, 136H, 60bb, 278k! He was called up to the Reds in September last year and struck out 9 in 5ip as a reliever
   9. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 12:07 PM (#4417909)
#6 - I recall a couple years ago that MLB said "No, thanks" to the old couple who used to arrange the baseball championship season schedules. I assume it's done by computer now. If so, one would think they could delay finalization of the schedule until they had a pretty clear picture of weather trends for the coming Spring, at least.

I still think it's foolhardy to schedule such a healthy percentage of games in places where it's almost guaranteed to be too cold or too stormy at this time of year. Some things are pretty constant, plus or minus the exact days. For example, it's a given that at least one big-ass cold front will barrel down out of Canada and cause nasty Spring thunderstorms and tornadoes across Missouri and the midwest, so maybe schedule the Cardinals for a chunk of away games during that most likely time period?

I know I'm talking super advanced whiz-bang calculus here so it would never fly among the troglodytes running MLB, but if they get their balls jammed in the door this season with all these postponed games they might open one eye and take a peek. It seems to me that this is a higher rate of cancellations, but I have no way to measure that notion.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 12:11 PM (#4417915)

I still think it's foolhardy to schedule such a healthy percentage of games in places where it's almost guaranteed to be too cold or too stormy at this time of year. Some things are pretty constant, plus or minus the exact days. For example, it's a given that at least one big-ass cold front will barrel down out of Canada and cause nasty Spring thunderstorms and tornadoes across Missouri and the midwest, so maybe schedule the Cardinals for a chunk of away games during that most likely time period?


This really isn't very normal weather.

Its also kind of a competitive disadvantage to cold weather teams to have to spend much of April every year on the road. And to solve what? Rain outs/snow outs? Its not the worst thing in the world and its not really all that commonplace. Every few years there is a weird spring with lots of cold weather and people flip out about this, and forget all the years in which it was perfectly lovely in Minnesota in April.
   11. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:00 PM (#4417989)
And to solve what?

More games to make up than there are remaining off days. Also, I don't know the specifics, but they can't schedule a double-header for just any old day, there are restrictions in the players' agreement to be observed. I don't think we're near that point, but it sure seems like it's possible if things keep going like this.

Plus, there has to be some revenue hit from not playing a scheduled game. I've seen the more cynical among us note that if the weather is iffy the home team might not call the game until the very last minute in order to reap the most revenue from concessions and parking sales. I don't think it's trivial to cancel a scheduled game.

p.s. I'm trying to get back in shape. I just jogged a whopping mile on the beach in the soft sand. Do not do this if you want to maintain your optimism about getting back in shape. I'm thinking about having my legs amputated. :-(
   12. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:17 PM (#4418025)
A very sobering first inning for the Giants.
   13. Dan Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:22 PM (#4418039)
Brandon Crawford batting 5th? That's some kind of house money lineup they're running out there today.

A schedule with no late west coast games makes me sad :(. Nothing to watch at bedtime!
   14. Dan Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4418043)
Cain hangs a slider middle-middle to Braun. And the predictable result was a massive home run.
   15. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4418045)
Braun hits a hanger.
   16. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:30 PM (#4418059)
More games to make up than there are remaining off days. Also, I don't know the specifics, but they can't schedule a double-header for just any old day, there are restrictions in the players' agreement to be observed. I don't think we're near that point, but it sure seems like it's possible if things keep going like this.


The solution would probably wind up causing more problems than the original problem though. There really isn't a meaningful difference in weather expectations between early April and late April. Unless you're shortening the season (yeah right) or asking teams to open the season with 25-30 game road trips you aren't going to do much. The teams in Boston, New York, Minnesota, Denver, Chicago, etc...are going to have to play some games at home in April.

Additionally those teams aren't going to want to tilt things too dramatically in a road/home split early in the season because the likelihood of a bad start is going to be increased.
   17. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:45 PM (#4418080)
Nice acting job by Gomez to earn a HBP on a pitch that hit the knob of his bat.
   18. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4418088)
Time for Bruce Bochy to invite Matt Cain into the Trust Tree.
   19. Dan Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4418089)
So....Cain isn't having a very good year so far. Just gave up a homer to the opposing pitcher.
   20. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4418090)
Gomez steals second, Yuniesky Betancourt drives him in with a single, and Gallardo clears the bases with a homer.

Not a good day for Matt Cain.
   21. Dan Posted: April 18, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4418092)
Cain's ERA now sitting at a nice round 8.00.
   22. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4418125)
Harveys is going to be really pissed when Yuni wins the MVP this year.

::ducks quickly::
   23. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:13 PM (#4418126)
Cheese wine for everyone!
   24. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:16 PM (#4418130)
Cain can't even keep track of the count right now. Hoo boy.
   25. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:22 PM (#4418140)
NNNNNNNNNNoooonan! MMMMISS IT!!

OK, I got that out of my system.
   26. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:29 PM (#4418148)
The main issue with reducing April games for cold weather teams, is that the other teams don't want to give up summer days to get it done. They draw more fans in better weather, and sell more concessions.
   27. esseff Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:38 PM (#4418165)
Of two minds on the schedule:

We're in the third week of the season, so, yeah, it's hard to keep baseball out of cold-weather locations this far into the season. At the same time, I think they need to be more careful with scheduling the early interleague series and get those into favorable locations. That wouldn't have helped the Mets-Rockies weather problems, but it might have helped series like Rangers-Cubs. The everyday interleague thing is going to cause the biggest problem with early postponements.

   28. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4418169)
Did Matt Cain drink Jobu's rum or sumpin? Man, the Giants can't get a break today!
   29. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:48 PM (#4418184)
I think the trick is to make sure most April home games in cold weather sites need to be within their own division, that way if there is a week of freaky weather, there are more options for rescheduling.

Edit: Clarity

   30. esseff Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:53 PM (#4418197)
I think the trick is to make sure most April home games in cold weather sites need to be within their own division, that way if there is a week of freaky weather, there are more options for rescheduling.


. . . keeping in mind that, at any given time, at least six teams have to be playing outside their division.
   31. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 18, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4418201)
Gallardo seems to be feeling better
   32. zonk Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4418210)
It's sunny here in Denver, although also about 30 degrees. If they are able to get in three of the four scheduled Rockies-Mets games, in a week when we've had a total of about a foot of snow, that will be an impressive accomplishment.


It seems that same system has arrived in Chicago, but in the form of rain -- 6 friggin inches worth!

Cubs/Rangers now in the 3rd -- I have to think the league is just praying they can get two more innings in between storms.... given the state of the bullpen, a 5 inning game doesn't sound half bad to me either considering it's 1-0 Cubs.
   33. zonk Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4418213)
Given what's become of Sanchez, Lincecum, and now Cain -- it just might be time to consider a quarantine of Giants pitchers.... Run, Madison, ruuuuuunnnnnnn!
   34. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4418223)
dan

gallardo is a good hitter for a pitcher

now if that was bob buhl who took him deep that would be concerning
   35. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4418227)
and the real "hit me" pitch was the roller to lucroy

jonathan came out of his shoes on that one
   36. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:13 PM (#4418232)
rizzo doing a fine adam Dunn impersonation of hitting some homers while batting .190
   37. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4418233)
. . . keeping in mind that, at any given time, at least six teams have to be playing outside their division.


There are cities in all six divisions where either the weather is moderate in April, or the parks have domes.

Cities like Denver should have their home games scheduled against the 4 NL West teams early in the season. If they snow out, the games can be made up during a couple of mid-season homestands. How many times a year do the Mets come to Colorado?
   38. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4418236)
Mets jump out to a 1-0 lead. David Wright has a pretty swing.
   39. JJ1986 Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4418237)
In 4 weeks, you'd only need about 12 different teams to host games outside their division. 3 series at a time and a team can do two in a row. You can definitely avoid the 2 Chicago teams, Boston, Colorado, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Cleveland and Detroit.
   40. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4418243)
khris davis can hit in the majors

lot of folks yammer about him playing first but the crew tried that and he was a disaster in spring training

he is exclusively Braun's caddy for now as he cannot throw well enough for right and has no ability to handle center

but he can hit
   41. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4418245)
How many times a year do the Mets come to Colorado?


Once. Still and all, even though the weather was unusually harsh this week, they ended up with just one game that needs to be made up. You can't complain too much about that.
   42. zonk Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4418246)
OK, OK -- let's go Cubs... quick outs... we need quick outs...
   43. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4418265)
You can definitely avoid the 2 Chicago teams, Boston, Colorado, Milwaukee, Minnesota, Cleveland and Detroit.

It's unlikely that the Beer Dome would be adversely affected by foul weather.
   44. Dan Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:41 PM (#4418267)
khris davis can hit in the majors

lot of folks yammer about him playing first but the crew tried that and he was a disaster in spring training

he is exclusively Braun's caddy for now as he cannot throw well enough for right and has no ability to handle center

but he can hit


What about Braun at first then? Obvioualy he was a disaster at third base, but first is significantly easier, and he's developed into a decent LFer. Plenty of guys e.g. Teixeira were disasters at third but are perfectly capable gloves at first.
   45. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4418271)
O's released Ryan Berry from Frederick of the Carolina League. Dominant at Rice, but injured even before he started his pro career.
   46. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4418276)
dan

the brewers didn't want to create any chNce of messing with Braun's offense

   47. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:52 PM (#4418281)
the brewers didn't want to create any chNce of messing with Braun's offense

Don't worry, Bud Selig and his PED-hunting cronies will see to that.
   48. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: April 18, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4418282)
All in all, I'm glad to have the Giants-Brewers on TV. My original plans were to be in Milwaukee for the game today, but sadly the plans changed and I had to cancel the trip.
   49. Dan Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4418288)
the brewers didn't want to create any chNce of messing with Braun's offense


I feel like teams are overly concerned about this a lot of the time. Miguel Cabrera has hopped around from 3B to LF to RF to 3B to 1B and back to 3B with no ill effects. Guys like Yaz and Musial were constantly shuttling back and forth from 1B to the OF. There's really no shortage of outfielders who have played 1B when their teams needed help at the position either, short term or long term. I just refuse to believe that playing Betancourt there is something an actual major league team thinks is their best solution. It's simply mindboggling, and I'll never understand it.
   50. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4418293)
dan

not enamored with it either

to compound matters betancourt has not been a disaster

this portends more of Yuni down the road

sigh
   51. JJ1986 Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4418296)
The Rangers lineup goes R-R-R-R-L-L-L-L. I know batting order barely matters, but that seems silly. Relief pitchers could get the platoon advantage in every PA.
   52. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4418298)
this portends more of Yuni down the road

sigh
I feel bad for you, HW, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy the heck out of watching you bitch about Yuni.
   53. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4418301)
Jon Garland: the gentlemen's journeyman.
   54. Fancy Pants Handles lap changes with class Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:16 PM (#4418306)
The Rangers lineup goes R-R-R-R-L-L-L-L. I know batting order barely matters, but that seems silly. Relief pitchers could get the platoon advantage in every PA.

If I was the Rangers, I would be more concerned that I am fielding an 8 man lineup.
   55. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4418308)
Man, Colorado is such a weird place. That ball would have been a medium deep flyout in another stadium.
   56. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4418327)
so if anyone posts the YouTube clip of pesci doing his "i'm a clown?" Thing only imagine instead of everyone laughing he beats liottA to death with the butt of his gun that would help eso grasp what i think of him right now
   57. Dan Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:34 PM (#4418328)
Apparently Jeter has a small fracture in his surgically repaired ankle, and will be out until at least the ASB. They found it on a CT scan. I'm beginning to wonder if he might have played his last game now...

edit: Ah, I see we have a thread on it already.
   58. salvomania Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:51 PM (#4418354)
Verlander's really working hard against Seattle. Looks like he'll fail to make it into the 7th inning for the 3rd time in four starts.

EDIT: The game's still scoreless after 4 innings, but Verlander's already at 71 pitches, continuing his early-season trend.
   59. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 18, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4418361)
so if anyone posts the YouTube clip of pesci doing his "i'm a clown?" Thing only imagine instead of everyone laughing he beats liottA to death with the butt of his gun that would help eso grasp what i think of him right now
Whoa. Don't take it that way, HW. All I meant is that you're entertaining when you're griping about Yuni...not that I enjoy the idea of you being displeased.
   60. salvomania Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:07 PM (#4418372)
I think Harvey's "him" was directed at Yuni, not at Eso. But I could be wrong.
   61. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:11 PM (#4418376)
Carlos Gonzalez' third hit of the day puts his average up to .407. Torii Hunter, look out!
   62. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:18 PM (#4418382)
Wilin Rosario's bases-loaded single puts the Rockies up 5-2 (and still batting) in the seventh.
   63. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:22 PM (#4418389)
Todd Helton follows with a two-run double off the right-field wall. 7-2 Rockies.
   64. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:23 PM (#4418390)
I know Helton's power has been tailing off in recent years, but I think that frigid Denver air is doing the job of the humidor today. He juuuuuuuuuust missed hitting one out.
   65. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4418398)
The game's not on TV here - I'm following it on GameDay - but I'm more impressed that Helton was able to score from second on a single.
   66. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4418406)
The Mets bullpen is terrible. I don't know why I'm still watching this game.
   67. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:35 PM (#4418407)
The Mets bullpen is terrible. I don't know why I'm still watching this game.

The Tigers and Mariners are knotted scoreless in the 7th inning right now. So there's that.
   68. salvomania Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:35 PM (#4418408)
I wonder why the Mariners would pull Iwakuma from a scoreless game after 6 in which he's allowed four baserunners and thrown only 70 pitches...

EDIT: And Capps gives up a double to Prince, giving the Tigers their first runner as far as second base.
EDIT: Apparently Iwakuma has a recurring blister issue.
   69. madvillain Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:49 PM (#4418428)
Feel pretty bad for M's fans, although it was laughable how many people on talk radio seemed convinced from their record spring training that they'd be a slugging ball club. But they are starting to get a White Sox 2007 esque vibe with their young position player development, more to the point, their complete lack of it. Safeco is turning into a place where prospects go to die. It's not a fun experience having been there myself with those White Sox kids from 06-09ish.
   70. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4418435)
Verlander now at a season-high 113 pitches, just gave up a single to noted slugger Robert Andino with his 0.120 BA. No score in the 7th in Seattle.

edit: OK, I blame myself for Andino scoring right there. I shouldn't have posted anything.
   71. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4418436)
Feel pretty bad for M's fans, although it was laughable how many people on talk radio seemed convinced from their record spring training that they'd be a slugging ball club. But they are starting to get a White Sox 2007 esque vibe with their young position player development, more to the point, their complete lack of it. Safeco is turning into a place where prospects go to die. It's not a fun experience having been there myself with those White Sox kids from 06-09ish.
Yeah, as someone who's watched M's prospect after M's prospect be highly touted only to wither instantly in the Majors, it's clear that the franchise has a major player development problem.

True fact: the last homegrown talent the Mariners developed who turned into anything? King Felix. And that's it. Even Michael Morse had to go to Washington in order to become Michael Morse.
   72. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4418439)
Even Mikey Morse had to go to Washington in order to become MICHAEL MORSE.

FTFY
   73. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:56 PM (#4418442)
Fowler and Tulowitzki homer off Hefner to make it 11-3 Rockies in the eighth. No doubt about it, it's tough to pitch in pajamas.
   74. salvomania Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:59 PM (#4418445)
Wow, after K'ing the first two batters in the 7th Verlander gives up three straight hits to the bottom of the Ms lineup (well, technically Endy Chavez is at the top of the lineup, but the point is unchanged) to fall down 2-0. Now he's up in the mid-120s with the pitch count, it looks like he's run out of gas...
   75. Swedish Chef Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:06 PM (#4418453)
Fowler and Tulowitzki homer off Hefner to make it 11-3 Rockies in the eighth. No doubt about it, it's tough to pitch in pajamas.

"Impotent Hefner taken deep by Fowler and Tulowitzki"
   76. Baldrick Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:11 PM (#4418459)
Wow, after K'ing the first two batters in the 7th Verlander gives up three straight hits to the bottom of the Ms lineup

In his defense, Andino singled on a 2-2 count, when both of the balls were CLEAR strikes. I mean, I'm happy for the runs and all, but Verlander did his job there.
   77. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:17 PM (#4418470)
Did you guys realize the Rockies are now 11-4?
   78. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:17 PM (#4418471)
Listening to the Mariners' radio broadcast I hear them playing "Take On Me" as Morse comes to bat. Neat.
   79. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:18 PM (#4418473)
Did you guys realize the Rockies are now 11-4?

That's the final score, right?
   80. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:34 PM (#4418490)
That's their won-loss record, Hoss.
   81. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:38 PM (#4418494)
Looks like the Astros have had just about had enough of Brett Wallace. That's got to be pretty demoralizing, especially on a team like that.
   82. puck Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:48 PM (#4418508)
Did you guys realize the Rockies are now 11-4?

I can hardly believe it. But I guess, everyone's hitting, and all the starters are healthy, and I figure the starters won't stay that way all season, and the hitters won't stay hot all season. Maybe Pomeranz will have pulled it together by the time they need him.
   83. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:06 PM (#4418525)
Yeah who the hell is pitching for the Rockies, anyway?
   84. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:16 PM (#4418532)
Jon Garland pitched and won today, after being pulled off the scrap heap, and he looks like the same Jon Garland we came to know and love over the past decade. ERA+ this year: 129 before today's game. The other starters are:

Juan Nicasio: Onetime hot prospect, now fully recovered from a broken neck in 2011 and a season-ending knee injury last year. ERA+: 85.
Jorge de la Rosa: The Rockies putative ace after the departure of Ubaldo Jimenez, he had TJ surgery in 2011 and hardly pitched at all last year. ERA+: 125.
Jeff Francis: A hero from 2007, now returned to the fold. ERA+: 59 after getting smacked around in the snow yesterday afternoon.
Jhoulys Chacin: A really good starter in 2010-11, he fell apart at the beginning of last season and got sent down, but rebounded with a 2.84 in nine starts after coming back to the big club in August. Not really an ace, but looks capable of heading up a mediocre rotation. EA+: 244.
   85. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:21 PM (#4418536)
Thanks Tom - I forgot about Jorge de la Rosa, who was turning into a nice pitcher pre-TJ. I also keep forgetting about Jhoulys.

This rotation at best-case scenario isn't very bad.
   86. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:27 PM (#4418542)
Napoli triples.
   87. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:27 PM (#4418543)
Nava RBI single to bring in Napoli. Man who gives a #### about SSS I'm glad he's doing well.
   88. cardsfanboy Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:28 PM (#4418545)
I think the trick is to make sure most April home games in cold weather sites need to be within their own division, that way if there is a week of freaky weather, there are more options for rescheduling.


Is it fair for teams that play in cold weather environment to start every season on the road and have significant number of road trips? I just don't see any realistic fair way to get around the problem, although you could help alleviate it by scheduling primarily in division games with home teams in high risk environments.. That way if there is a postponement, that there is likely future series to play make up games.

edit: or what post 37 said.
   89. boteman Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:28 PM (#4418547)
Miguel Gonzalez in hot water in Charm City. Bases loaded 1 out, TB already up 2-0 from their 1st inning HR outburst.
   90. cardsfanboy Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:36 PM (#4418561)
Just playing with standings in bb-ref....The Yankees and Brewers have faced the toughest SOS(strength of schedule) so far this year, the Braves, Rangers and White Sox have faced the easiest schedules... and surprisingly the Braves expected W/L record is exactly with their actual W/L record..generally if you have a streak of results, it skews the pyth record to the opposite.
   91. cardsfanboy Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:39 PM (#4418562)
Early in the game, but so far Wainwright has no walks for 2013... 25k's over 24 ip...doing his best Schilling imitation this year.
   92. madvillain Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:42 PM (#4418565)
Alexei Ramirez routinely makes the spectacular routine. Runner on third 2 outs Melky chops a slow one to short Ramirez bare hands it shoulder level and on the ultimate short hop off the turf seamlessly fires a bullet to 1st to get Melky by half a step. Any delay at all in charging it or throwing it and that's a run.
   93. madvillain Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4418567)
Dickey dominating, dome or no dome.
   94. cardsfanboy Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:48 PM (#4418568)
Cardinal's announcers are having fun with Ben Revere(as I'm sure every other announcer probably has) Already did the "on his horse" call and just informed us that this is the anniversary of Paul Reveres ride.
   95. madvillain Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4418569)
Good pitching dual in Toronto, Sale and Dickey.
   96. madvillain Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:59 PM (#4418572)
Adam Dunn is just sad trombone all the ####### time.
   97. cardsfanboy Posted: April 18, 2013 at 08:02 PM (#4418574)
Rick Horton..."Freese unable to get the runner to third from second, that is a problem the Cardinals had last year, unable to advance the runners to scoring position." ..... smh.
   98. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 18, 2013 at 08:05 PM (#4418575)
I have about as much control over teheran's pitches tonight as he does.
   99. cardsfanboy Posted: April 18, 2013 at 08:12 PM (#4418578)
Ryan Howard trying to kill Matt Carpenter.
   100. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 18, 2013 at 08:17 PM (#4418581)
Munenori Kawasaki is unstoppable in Toronto.
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