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April 13, 2013 OMNICHATTER

It’s Saturday. And that means a few things… one of them being a full slate of games. And, to make it even better, a lot of aces will be on the mound today. Fun.

Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 12:09 AM | 330 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 09:25 AM (#4412917)
Remember that one game where the Nats thought they were going to win but then they lost? That was awesome.
   2. JE (Jason) Posted: April 13, 2013 at 09:28 AM (#4412920)
What a shame that you turned off the TV in disgust after the top of the eighth inning.
   3. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 09:45 AM (#4412923)
What TV? I watched the game on MLB.tv all night. Or is this one of those ironic things where you're saying I did it, but really you did it, because, FUNNY! Hey, did you see that Jose Reyes' underlying Mets-ness came out again last night?
   4. JE (Jason) Posted: April 13, 2013 at 09:54 AM (#4412926)
Yeah, I saw what happened to Jose. As noted elsewhere, I wonder how it impacts the Lakers' playoff chances.
   5. Lassus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 09:58 AM (#4412927)
Sam is still trying to come to grips with how much better Buck is than Gattis.
   6. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4412929)
Sam is still trying to come to grips with how much better Buck is than Gattis.


Jack Buck can probably call a better game than The Bear.
   7. Lassus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4412930)
Jack Buck can probably call a better game than The Bear.

I know it's Saturday, but isn't it awful early for you to be incomprehensibly drunk?
   8. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 10:04 AM (#4412931)
Well, last night's game sucked balls. The only positive is that I learned Jayson Werth is now using the game of thrones and walking dead themes as walk-up music, which is pretty awesome.
   9. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: April 13, 2013 at 10:08 AM (#4412934)
I know it's Saturday, but isn't it awful early for you to be incomprehensibly drunk?


Sam is a get things done kinda guy. If he's going to get drunk he's going to get drunk before noon dammit!
   10. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM (#4412937)
ICYMI, Dexter Fowler led off the ninth against the Padres with his second homer of the game, which turned out to be the game-winner. He's now tied for the major-league lead in homers, even though the Rockies have played only three games at Coors Field.
   11. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM (#4412938)
I know it's Saturday, but isn't it awful early for you to be incomprehensibly drunk?


1. Clock watching and waiting for the proper hour to punch in is so plebeian and prole. Professionals are always on the clock, son.

2. I don't have to be drunk to be incomprehensible.
   12. Northpaw Posted: April 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM (#4412978)
Cubs' new closer on DL. Link
   13. Baldrick Posted: April 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM (#4412981)
I'm off to Wrigley for my first ever time. It's going to be mighty cold out, but at least it doesn't look like rain. Let's go Giants!
   14. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 13, 2013 at 12:42 PM (#4413000)
Here's hoping the Anderson / Verlander matchup is as good as it might be (A's win, 1-0, in 1:57).
   15. Starlin of the Slipstream (TRHN) Posted: April 13, 2013 at 12:54 PM (#4413006)
I know it's Saturday, but isn't it awful early for you to be incomprehensibly drunk?


Based on his appearance on the pre-game, Mitch Williams doesn't seem to think so.
   16. Esoteric Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:10 PM (#4413011)
The outcome of yesterday's Nats/Braves game nearly scared me off baseball altogether.

No, seriously, while it obviously wasn't quite that bad, I'm STILL a little traumatized by it.
   17. Esoteric Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM (#4413013)
That was an awfully long leadoff fly ball for Strasburg to give up to B.M. Upton.
   18. Esoteric Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:12 PM (#4413014)
....and Strasburg hits the second batter.

Too early to give up on the season?
   19. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:16 PM (#4413017)
Gattis was a half second behind launching that.
   20. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:16 PM (#4413018)
....and Strasburg hits the second batter.

Too early to give up on the season?


7-3, man. Calm down.
   21. flournoy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:17 PM (#4413020)
If you're tired of the Nationals, I'll warmly accept you as a new Braves fan.
   22. Esoteric Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:21 PM (#4413023)
If you're tired of the Nationals, I'll warmly accept you as a new Braves fan.
I never said give up on the NATIONALS. Just the season. Besides, I would rather surgically remove my own face and feed it to a pack of slavering boars than become a Braves fan.

In all seriousness, something is very wrong with our bullpen right now, and I am left with little confidence in the Nats' ability to hold a lead against a good team.
   23. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4413026)
What is Span doing? That looked like an out off the bat.
   24. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4413027)
Nicely done, Denard.
   25. Esoteric Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4413028)
My soul just died a little bit inside.
   26. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4413029)
That looked like strike 2.
   27. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4413030)
ah SPAN YOU POOR DUMB BASTARD
   28. DA Baracus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:25 PM (#4413031)
Denard Span, good to excellent baserunner.
   29. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4413033)
A truly baffling boner by Span. That ball wasn't close to being in a gap, and it was clearly playable off the bat.
   30. Esoteric Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4413034)
Denard Span, good to excellent baserunner.
Everybody's human. Given the start he's otherwise had to the season, I'm willing to forgive and forget.

But yeah, damn near inexplicable.
   31. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:27 PM (#4413035)
That said, Freddie Freeman needs to get healed. This "pretend anyone can play first" thing is getting old.
   32. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:28 PM (#4413037)
Fox explaining OPS to the viewers. Nice.
   33. DA Baracus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:29 PM (#4413038)
Fox proudly announcing it has taken a step out of the dark ages.
   34. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:29 PM (#4413040)
Things I want to hear about while watching a National League East game - last year's AL MVP race.
   35. Esoteric Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:30 PM (#4413041)
Fox proudly announcing it has taken a step out of the dark ages.
Explain? (Listening on the radio, not watching TV.)
   36. DA Baracus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4413044)
Explain? (Listening on the radio, not watching TV.)


They are listing OPS in the lower third when a batter comes up.
   37. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4413045)
Fox announcers just explained the new "OPS" stat they are showing for hitters this year.
   38. Publius Publicola Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:31 PM (#4413047)
Last night's game against Atlanta was a real spleen crusher.
   39. Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:32 PM (#4413049)
Hang on, I thought there had been a deal that we'd no longer get blacked out during FOX Saturday games... or does that take effect next year?
   40. Publius Publicola Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:32 PM (#4413051)
Fox explaining OPS to the viewers. Nice.


Great. Now who explains it to Fox?
   41. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:34 PM (#4413052)
Great. Now who explains it to Fox?


The guy doing the explanation did a really good job of it, actually. Not too simple, but clear enough that a Fox Saturday crowd is going to follow along well enough.
   42. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:36 PM (#4413053)
Strasburg really should have gone after the 8 hitter with 2 outs.
   43. Meatwad stole 3rd base on Lester Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:36 PM (#4413054)
Double Steal!
   44. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4413056)
Uggla gives it back. And of course the announcers act like that's a great play by Harper. I could have made that play.
   45. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4413057)
OH! KNEEL BEFORE BRYCE!
   46. DA Baracus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4413058)
#### you Uggla. #### you.
   47. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:38 PM (#4413060)
Keep running on the Vegas Kid, you slow, dumb MFer.
   48. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4413062)
Seriously. This is why normal people hate you and that little prick. That wasn't even a "good" play by Harper. It was a routine play. The mistake was made by Uggla running through a stop sign for no apparent reason.
   49. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4413063)
Seriously. This is why normal people hate you and that little prick. That wasn't even a "good" play by Harper. It was a routine play. The mistake was made by Uggla running through a stop sign for no apparent reason.


Fine, your player sucks, whatever.
   50. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:41 PM (#4413064)
This is becoming a baserunning anti-clinic.
   51. DA Baracus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:41 PM (#4413065)
Fine, your player sucks, whatever.


He really does.
   52. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:42 PM (#4413066)
Oh, for christ's sake.
   53. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:42 PM (#4413067)
Fine, your player sucks, whatever.


It was clearly a baserunning mistake by Uggla. Singing the praises of Harper on that play is like saying BJ Upton made a great throw to double up Span.
   54. Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:43 PM (#4413069)
I asked up in 39 because I'm watching TB-Boston.
   55. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:44 PM (#4413071)
It was clearly a baserunning mistake by Uggla. Singing the praises of Harper on that play is like saying BJ Upton made a great throw to double up Span.


This attitude is probably why you are so universally beloved.
   56. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:47 PM (#4413073)
This attitude is probably why you are so universally beloved.


I'm universally beloved by anyone with even reasonable tastes and reading comprehension. Which admittedly, eliminates most Natinal fans.
   57. cardsfanboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4413074)
Yea...I get the Cubs/Giants game.... I guess it could be worse, I could have to watch the Inferior league play and that Boston team.
   58. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:48 PM (#4413075)
Whoof. Bj's been right on a number of balls yesterday and today but doesn't seem to be able to put it together.
   59. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:50 PM (#4413077)
Well struck. And nice job of working the pitch count up so far.
   60. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:52 PM (#4413079)
Eegh, Zim's throws are just not working at all right now.
   61. DA Baracus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:52 PM (#4413080)
Zimmerman picking up where he left off.
   62. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:53 PM (#4413081)
If Zimmerman can only throw everything sidearm now, he's finished as a 3rd baseman. This crap is for the birds.
   63. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:53 PM (#4413082)
Yeah. He wasn't a half-second behind that one.
   64. DA Baracus Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:54 PM (#4413083)
El Oso Blanco es muy bueno.
   65. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:54 PM (#4413084)
Crap. Who the hell is this gattis guy?
   66. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:56 PM (#4413085)
Would you like the link to our pre-season podcast where I explain Evan Gattis?
   67. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4413086)
Would you like the link to our pre-season podcast where I explain Evan Gattis?


No, summarize it for me.
   68. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4413089)
Gattis was a reasonably well respected C prospect back in 2004 or so. Out of Texas. Had a sort of mental breakdown/existential crisis and gave up baseball for 4-5 years. Rejoined the Braves three years ago or so. Has destroyed minors, and then Dominican League this winter, but always written off as old for his league. Massive, massive power. Absurd power.
   69. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4413091)
Oh, I thought espinosa did something useful, but of course it was a highlight from another game
   70. Mike A Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4413094)
From ski-lift operator/janitor/golf course cart-boy to bombing a HR off Strasburg in a few short years...Gattis is definitely one of the stranger baseball stories.

And he's starting to make even a skeptic like me a believer.
   71. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4413095)
I'm telling you, Mike. Until he falters, you play him. You find ways to get that stick in the lineup every day.
   72. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:06 PM (#4413096)
Has Gattis ever played third? There's not much room to get him starts in the outfield.
   73. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4413097)
He's never played 3B, but then again, until last night's start he'd only played 7 innings of 1B in single-A.
   74. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4413100)
Gattis was a reasonably well respected C prospect back in 2004 or so. Out of Texas. Had a sort of mental breakdown/existential crisis and gave up baseball for 4-5 years. Rejoined the Braves three years ago or so. Has destroyed minors, and then Dominican League this winter, but always written off as old for his league. Massive, massive power. Absurd power.


Huh. Sounds like a movie script. Cool.
   75. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4413101)
You get him at-bats splitting time (evenly) with McCann. Laird becomes a 3rd catcher. You get him at bats backing up Freeman at 1B. You get him at bats in LF whenever you rest JUpton or Heyward (moving JUpton to RF.) When McCann returns you cut either Reed Johnson or Jordan Schafer.
   76. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:10 PM (#4413103)
75+ pitches in the 4th.
   77. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4413104)
Hudson's a hell of a ballplayer. Easily one of my ten favorite active players.
   78. Brian White Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4413105)
He's never played 3B, but then again, until last night's start he'd only played 7 innings of 1B in single-A.


On one hand, his miscues at 1B last night highlight the danger of sticking him at random positions just to get his bat in the lineup.

On the other hand, we're surviving with Juan Francisco at third, so how much worse can it be? Plus, Gattis hits frickin' bombs.
   79. Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:12 PM (#4413109)
David Price looks far more David Pricey today.
   80. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:13 PM (#4413111)
And of course, he or McCann are your DH's in AL parks. (He was reasonably unterrible in LF before getting hurt last year in the minors.)
   81. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:15 PM (#4413112)
Uh-oh, Baby Strassy is going to hit our starters' strict 90 pitch limit next inning.
   82. Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4413113)
Hudson's a hell of a ballplayer. Easily one of my ten favorite active players.


Tim Hudson may well be the most underrated pitcher of this generation.
   83. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4413114)
Evan Gattis looks a lot like David Ross with the mask on.
   84. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:20 PM (#4413115)
Because, seriously, what we need to hear on a national broadcast is Ken Rosenthal "reporting" "what eh hears around baseball about Bryce Harper." For ####'s sake.
   85. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:21 PM (#4413117)
Dan Uggla made a good defensive play?
   86. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:22 PM (#4413118)
Nice play by Uggla there. Johnson should have had that ball.
   87. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4413120)
Tim Hudson may well be the most underrated pitcher of this generation.


He's definitely the one I underrate the most. I think it's because he was never really one of the top 3-4 starters in baseball. There were Johnson, Schilling, Pedro and Clemens, then Sabathia, Halladay and Santana, then Verlander, Lincecum and Felix. But Tim's been an ace-level pitcher the whole time.
   88. cardsfanboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4413122)
I really hate the way era is figured....I don't care how the man got on base, if you allow a homerun, you should at least be charged for the homerun batter.
   89. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4413123)
Oh my God, he's at 90 pitches. Pull him out, take him out RIGHT THIS INSTANT!!!
   90. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:30 PM (#4413124)
@88 - Just look at RA instead.
   91. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4413127)
Heyward put a charge into that last fly out. They're not getting cheated up there.
   92. Gamingboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4413128)

He's definitely the one I underrate the most. I think it's because he was never really one of the top 3-4 starters in baseball. There were Johnson, Schilling, Pedro and Clemens, then Sabathia, Halladay and Santana, then Verlander, Lincecum and Felix. But Tim's been an ace-level pitcher the whole time.


Yeah, he's constantly somewhere in the 5 to 10 best pitchers in baseball but is rarely if ever in the top five.
   93. cardsfanboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:32 PM (#4413129)
Tim Hudson may well be the most underrated pitcher of this generation.


When we were doing the prediction thread, I kept going back to Hudson for my Cy Young pick...but ended up going with Cueto instead...but it wouldn't surprise me to see Hudson put up a Cy Young vote type of season.
   94. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4413130)
If Huddy wins a Cy Young this year it will almost certainly be seen as a Miggy-over-Trout travesty by the statheads.
   95. cardsfanboy Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:38 PM (#4413133)
@88 - Just look at RA instead.


It doesn't have the nice park adjusted stat like era+ though.
   96. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:38 PM (#4413134)
ok. i think that's the first useful thing espinosa has done all year
   97. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4413135)
Fly ball outs are not what you want to see from Hudson.
   98. Rickey! something like a pipe-bomb ready to blow Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4413137)
BPro does an RA+ stat, or at least they used to.
   99. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4413139)
If Huddy wins a Cy Young this year it will almost certainly be seen as a Miggy-over-Trout travesty by the statheads.

If he ever did win a Cy Young, it would likely be a travesty. People are right about him about being one of the consistently very good pitchers in baseball but he's rarely even been great.
   100. JJ1986 Posted: April 13, 2013 at 02:41 PM (#4413140)
I guess 90 pitches isn't the limit.
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