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April 15, 2013 OMNICHATTER

It’s not only Jackie Robinson Day… it’s also Patriots’ Day! So that means, y’know, 11:05 start for Boston-Tampa. Sadly, the Cubs have the day off, presumably because we can’t have nice things.

Other things to watch: Buerhle faces his old Chicago teammates, Cliff Lee goes for a 3-0 start, and the Dodgers face the Carlos Quentin-less Padres.

Gamingboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 12:10 AM | 178 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:46 PM (#4415088)
Today's WTF roster move: the Jays had claimed Casper Wells from Seattle. He spent the weekend with the team but never got into a single game. They DFA'ed him today so they could claim Ramon ####### Ortiz so he could be the thirteenth pitcher on the roster. Emilio Bonifacio is the team's current fourth outfielder and utility infielder.

Is there something about Wells I'm missing about him? He's not great but surely he'd be more valuable to Toronto than yet another 8th relief pitcher who's going to get DFA'ed in a week or two.
   102. JJ1986 Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:48 PM (#4415092)
What's the record for most players on a roster during a season? I'll bet Anthopoulos shatters it; he's making 2-3 waiver claims a week.
   103. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:55 PM (#4415099)
Look, it's Ben Revere!
   104. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4415102)
whoa, a john maine sighting
   105. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4415103)
Three pitches, three doubles. Thank god for the Marlins.
   106. Howie Menckel Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:58 PM (#4415105)

Not sure I buy this announced Marlins attendance of "42" - and on Jackie Robinson Day, no less.

By my count, that's at least 10 people in the bathroom right now, which seems like a high percentage for this early in the game.

   107. Joey B. Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:59 PM (#4415109)
Columbia, Maryland's own Steve Lombardozzi: giving us more offensive production in a day than Espinosa gives us in a series (that's a hint Davey).
   108. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:59 PM (#4415110)
What's the record for most players on a roster during a season?

I think the most players used by a team is 59 by the 2002 Padres. They had the same number of pitchers with ERA over 7.00 (nine) as pitchers with more than 50 innings. And one pitcher who did both. (Dennis Tankersley)

Pretty amazing that the team that hired a whole fake lineup to play one game doesn't come close to the record.
   109. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 15, 2013 at 07:59 PM (#4415111)
Look, it's Ben Revere!
Lives up to the billing. Heck of a catch.
   110. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:07 PM (#4415122)
Chris Coghlan showing his fielding prowess for yet another season.
   111. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:13 PM (#4415134)
Not sure if anyone has mentioned it, but Dodgers/Padres is the free game of the day today. Might be interesting...
   112. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:14 PM (#4415137)
whoa, a john maine sighting
Well I guess that explains why he hasn't been seen more often.

EDIT: As does that.
   113. Dale Sams Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4415139)
I would think Mattingly told his crew to wait for retribution. For several reasons.
   114. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:24 PM (#4415152)
Nats and Cards blowing out the competition (pity the Pirates) while the Phils and Reds are scoreless through 5 innings. An either/or night.
   115. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4415159)
10-0 Nats now...but Span ran into an out at second base. I'm really getting sick of the Nats' baserunners doing that.

EDIT: Dammit, replays show Span was clearly safe.
   116. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4415161)
Jordan Zimmermann is a pretty good hitter. That situation would have been perfect for him to swing away and see if he can knock one out like he did last year. I'd even take a solid single to advance the runners and probably score Lombo.

And another National base runner thrown out trying to stretch a single. Same notation above applies here, though, since they were up 8-0 at the time. Now 10-0.
   117. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4415166)

EDIT: Dammit, replays show Span was clearly safe.


yeah, see my post 99
   118. Joey B. Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4415169)
I love winning, but it's hard to take a lot of joy in beating up on a team this awful.
   119. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:35 PM (#4415173)
I love winning, but it's hard to take a lot of joy in beating up on a team this awful.
Screw that, I'll take it. Every win counts.
   120. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:37 PM (#4415174)
It's days like these that having a beloved distraction is so welcomed. Too bad Joe Blanton is pitching.
   121. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4415183)
Brendan Harris?!
   122. Joey B. Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4415185)
Screw that, I'll take it. Every win counts.

Of course, but at a certain point it becomes like beating up a kid or something.

Davey just better not pull Zimmermann out after seven innings tonight, or I might destroy my television.
   123. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4415187)
I am not sure how I feel about the Cards' feast or famine offense. They're using up all the clutch hits!
   124. esseff Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4415189)
With the way Lynn is pitching, and the Cardinals' bullpen problems, they may need all of those runs.
   125. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4415190)
I love winning, but it's hard to take a lot of joy in beating up on a team this awful.


Pittsburgh isn't that bad....Cardinals did allow them to score 4 runs...

I am not sure how I feel about the Cards' feast or famine offense. They're using up all the clutch hits!


10 runs...0 homeruns.... they way they are riding that clutch, is liable to...(ok, can't come up with a car metaphor....not a gearhead, and helicopters don't have a clutch)
   126. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:54 PM (#4415191)
With the way Lynn is pitching, and the Cardinals' bullpen problems, they may need all of those runs.


Supposedly Mujica might be given a chance to be the closer...all we have to do is make it two outs into the 8th inning..
   127. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:55 PM (#4415193)
During the Blue Jays broadcast, they asked Jack Morris which batter "always did well against him".
Morris said it was Jim Gantner, and that he would "often go 4-for-4 or 4-for-5 against [Morris]".

Of course, I run a quick check through BRPI, and it says Gantner batted .309/.337/.412 and had only 1 4-hit game against Morris.

In reality, it was guys like George Brett (.984 OPS in 111 PA) or Dwight Evans (.940 OPS in 103 PA) or Wally Joyner (1.140 OPS in 60 PA) that beat him like a rented mule.
   128. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 08:55 PM (#4415195)
The Pirates seem like a decent team, way better than some of their past rosters. It's not their fault the Cards can string together 10 2 out hits.

At least they started hitting some doubles. Still no walks.
   129. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:01 PM (#4415200)
In reality, it was guys like George Brett (.984 OPS in 111 PA) or Dwight Evans (.940 OPS in 103 PA) or Wally Joyner (1.140 OPS in 60 PA) that beat him like a rented mule.


to be fair, I think pitchers don't look at ops as much as they would look at average and or slugging...the thought process is that walks aren't about the batter but the pitcher.

Having said that, Wally Joyner pretty much owned Morris. .420/.500/.640
   130. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:01 PM (#4415201)
OK, I lied, they have 4 walks today. That's 31 for the season, which is about a 6% walk rate. Not great.

Last year, for comparison, was around 8.5%. And it's not like that led the league.
   131. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4415202)
The Pirates seem like a decent team, way better than some of their past rosters. It's not their fault the Cards can string together 10 2 out hits.


Is that true(I missed the first two innings (rewatching Doctor Who so my GF could see it)?
   132. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:03 PM (#4415204)
Cliff Lee just issued his first walk of the season.
   133. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:06 PM (#4415211)
Is that true

10 is an exaggeration. They give get 6 straight men on base with 2 outs though.
   134. flournoy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:09 PM (#4415212)
The Braves are 0-1 on Thursdays this year, and 11-0 on non-Thursdays. The good news is that they only have 14 more Thursday games. 147-15!

Of course, but at a certain point it becomes like beating up a kid or something.


If you feel guilty about it, look at it this way: The Nationals have given up more runs to the Marlins in this game than the Braves did in their whole three game series with the Marlins!
   135. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:10 PM (#4415217)
to be fair, I think pitchers don't look at ops as much as they would look at average and or slugging...the thought process is that walks aren't about the batter but the pitcher.


Yeah, if you go with just raw hits, then Gantner's not a bad one to pick. He had 30, which ties him for 4th most off Morris in his career.
Baines (35H, .294 AVG), Yount (34H, .276 AVG), Molitor (33H, .320 AVG), Boggs (30H, .349 AVG), Ripken (30H, .283 AVG) are the other ones up there.
   136. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:11 PM (#4415220)
with Skipworth pinch-hitting, MLB Scout sez: "Jordan Zimmermann is having trouble locating his four-seam fastball, missing the strike zone with his last three."

Moving my eyes a few inches to the right of the Scout's invaluable report I see the MLB strike zone showing 3 of those 4 pitches inside the top edge of the strike zone, but called balls.
   137. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:18 PM (#4415225)
Bryce Harper batting to the score.
   138. Brian White Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4415228)
The Braves are 0-1 on Thursdays this year, and 11-0 on non-Thursdays. The good news is that they only have 14 more Thursday games. 147-15!


They're hitting .270/.349/.535 on non-Thursdays, and .077/.077/.077 on Thursdays.
   139. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4415231)
with Skipworth pinch-hitting, MLB Scout sez: "Jordan Zimmermann is having trouble locating his four-seam fastball, missing the strike zone with his last three."


That thing is completely useless. I know it's an automatic script, but it's horribly designed.
   140. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4415232)
Phillips seems to get a lot of big hits for the reds
   141. Brian White Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4415233)
I love winning, but it's hard to take a lot of joy in beating up on a team this awful.


C'mon, you should always take joy in beating a team owned by Jeff Loria.
   142. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:25 PM (#4415234)
Npb is going to open '14 w games in Anaheim and LA.

Speaking of Anaheim, the LAAoA called up Michael Roth a few days ago. I found this kind of bizarre - the middle reliever turned soft tossing ace at South Carolina signed for 20k out of the draft last year as a signability pick in round nine, was iffy in limited action for the Orem Owlz last year - only to get a shot as a LOOGY/mop up guy, years before he needed to be on the 40. Scioscia said of him 'his makeup is off the charts' - it'll have to be.
   143. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4415237)
that was a fine pitch to strike out frazier

too bad the lead runs already scored
   144. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4415239)
Scioscia said of him 'his makeup is off the charts'

Maybelline or TRESemme?
   145. Joey B. Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:31 PM (#4415242)
I can't relate to the kind of thought process that causes a guy to get a neck tattoo like Jon Rauch's. He looks like a complete horse's ass.
   146. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:34 PM (#4415245)
Chapman on to slam the door on the Phillies. Arroyo went 8 innings.

And for once Davey Johnson won't allow his bullpen to gack up a 7 run lead.
   147. Random Transaction Generator Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4415247)
I know I need to get more sleep because I spent a good 30 seconds looking at the batter for the White Sox and trying to figure out who number 42 was...
   148. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4415250)
Joe Blanton. He's terrible.
   149. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4415251)
I'm not the only one in St Louis with a mancrush on McCutchen...Horton and Rooney are singing his praises... including his professionalism and makeup.
   150. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:39 PM (#4415255)
Beautiful! Now hows abouts letting Strasburg get a CG the next time circumstances permit? It's not like the Nats' bullpen has been anything like lights-out so far.
   151. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:43 PM (#4415259)
I can't relate to the kind of thought process


And scene.
   152. Joey B. Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4415262)
Beautiful! Now hows abouts letting Strasburg get a CG the next time circumstances permit? It's not like the Nats' bullpen has been anything like lights-out so far.

And by the way, Detwiler is good enough to get a CG some day too, if Johnson ever decides to let him.
   153. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4415265)
This is the perfect game to rest Molina and give Cruz more time with the bullpen.
   154. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4415268)
I'm not the only one in St Louis with a mancrush on McCutchen...Horton and Rooney are singing his praises... including his professionalism and makeup.

McCutchen is awesome. I hope Taveras grows up to be just like him.
   155. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM (#4415280)
Scrabble doing his best to keep the game interesting.
   156. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:03 PM (#4415281)
It's tiiiiiiime for...Rumble in the Ravine.
   157. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:05 PM (#4415282)
I'm not the only one in St Louis with a mancrush on McCutchen...Horton and Rooney are singing his praises... including his professionalism and makeup.


I'm a Reds fan, yet he's one of my favorite players.
   158. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:14 PM (#4415291)
Really...a double switch in a 10-6 game to remove your best player because he made the last out? If you think your team is going to bat, and have a chance to win, you almost have to go through the lineup.

   159. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4415293)
Really...a double switch in a 10-6 game to remove your best player because he made the last out? If you think your team is going to bat, and have a chance to win, you almost have to go through the lineup.

Yeah, I'm still not a believer in Matheny. Despite how handsome he is.
   160. WillYoung Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:17 PM (#4415294)
So the Angels aren't very good, are they?

Also, how can Brendan Harris possibly be playing SS for a Major League team. As bad as the Twins have been the last few years (and as bad as their shortstops have been especially), even they couldn't fathom playing that statute there.
   161. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:22 PM (#4415297)
Yeah, I'm still not a believer in Matheny. Despite how handsome he is.


Not talking about Matheny...the Pirates manager. Although Matheny make an equally useless double switch the other day.
   162. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4415298)
Boggs is pretty much eliminating any chance he has of keeping the Closers job.

Bring on Mujica...Save situation?
   163. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4415300)
Boggs.....c'mon dude. I thought we were past this.
   164. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4415302)
I'm bemused by the P.A. announcer giving the players' numbers as they come to the plate tonight. Why bother?
   165. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM (#4415304)
Not talking about Matheny...the Pirates manager. Although Matheny make an equally useless double switch the other day.

Clearly I am paying close attention. Matheny would totally do this though.

Boggs!
   166. Guts Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4415305)
Well, that went better.
   167. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4415307)
Yea..... Cardinals win a tough 10-6 game.....barely holding onto their early 10-1 lead... :)
   168. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM (#4415310)
Some weird delay in L.A. Umpires conferring, now back underway.

I thought it might be a fan disturbance in response to the Greinke incident.
   169. flournoy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 10:48 PM (#4415322)
I'm bemused by the P.A. announcer giving the players' numbers as they come to the plate tonight. Why bother?


That is how it's done. It's how it should be done. "The third baseman, number ten, CHIPPER JONES!" Perfect.
   170. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:00 PM (#4415329)
Scully reminiscing about Jackie Robinson tonight -- not sure if he intends to keep it up throughout the broadcast, but it's a bit of an oral history session, perhaps one of the last by someone with first-hand knowledge of much of Robinson's career.
   171. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:06 PM (#4415338)
Man, it helps when my two favorite teams play the two worst teams in the world.
   172. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:32 PM (#4415347)
#170 - Yep, I'm listening to the TV broadcast with interest. He started broadcasting Brooklyn Dodgers games in 1950 with Barber and Desmond and took Barber's spot in 1953, so he saw Jackie Robinson play before his very eyes. I'm guessing that his early years with the Dodgers radio team had him doing those grunt-work interviews which gave him such insight into these little tidbits that he recounts now.
   173. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM (#4415353)
Oh good, just what we need: a home plate umpire with something in his eye, impairing his vision.
   174. boteman Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM (#4415355)
That is how it's done. It's how it should be done. "The third baseman, number ten, CHIPPER JONES!"

Except TONIGHT it would be "The third baseman, number forty two, CHIPPER JONES!" and then he would inch his walker up to the batter's box.
   175. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:47 PM (#4415356)
So the Angels aren't very good, are they?
What's really amazing isn't that they're not good, but just how not good they seem to be. They apparently have no pitching to speak of at all, not in the rotation, not in the bullpen, and not in the minors.
   176. flournoy Posted: April 15, 2013 at 11:57 PM (#4415362)
Oh, I forgot that tonight was the "everyone wears 42" night. That sheds new light on your previous comment!
   177. boteman Posted: April 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM (#4415372)
Vin Scully with the watermelon story. Somebody needs to find a way to download this man's mind.
   178. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 16, 2013 at 01:21 AM (#4415393)
Seriously? Dodgers gave up a 3 run bomb to Eric Stults!
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