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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

April 3rd, 2013 Omnichatter

Okay, uh, since it appears we are doing this every day, I guess I’ll try to do this until somebody tells me to stop (I really should check my e-mail)...

Anyway, full slate of 15 games today, ranging from two 2:10 ET starts (KC-CWS and TEX-HOU) to the late games at 10.

Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 12:23 AM | 319 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 09:05 AM (#4402926)
I really like the omnichatters. It's a good way to keep up on other games that I might not be watching.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: April 03, 2013 at 09:08 AM (#4402928)
Yes, I definitely think this is the way to go. It's particularly nice in a situation like last night, where you might not be aware that Yu is working on a perfect game, but discover it through the Omnichatter.

   3. Guapo Posted: April 03, 2013 at 09:39 AM (#4402950)
Somebody post the pitching match ups please
   4. Honkie Kong Posted: April 03, 2013 at 09:55 AM (#4402963)
From last night's chatter, thanks to Random Transaction Generator for his list of most scoreless innings to start the season.

Roy Halladay on the mound today. Phillies got good news with Utley, will it continue?
And will BJ Upton get a hit as a Brave..watch and find out!
And lots of Braves fans are excited for the debut of Evan Gattis. Will h epull a Heyward and homer on his first AB!?
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 03, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4402967)
Just want to say that the world we live in is shocking sometimes. I was laying in bed and watched the 8th and 9th innings of Yu's quest for perfection on a small handheld device in (nearly) real time. It just amazes me sometimes what we can do.

And I too like the omnichatters.
   6. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: April 03, 2013 at 10:00 AM (#4402968)
What happens when Gamingboy takes the day off??? We'll be lost, forever lost!
   7. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: April 03, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4402972)
It just amazes me sometimes what we can do.

It just amazes me sometimes what we Marwin Gonzalez can do.
   8. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 03, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4402973)
Somebody post the pitching match ups please


All times Eastern:

Royals (Ervin Santana) vs White Sox (Jake Peavy), 2:10
Rangers (Alexi Ogando) vs Astros (Phil Humber), 2:10
Tigers (Anibal Sanchez) vs Twins (Kevin Correia), 4:10
Red Sox (Clay Buchholz) vs Yankees (Hiroki Kuroda), 7:05
Cubs (Edwin Jackson) vs Pirates (Wandy Rodriguez), 7:05
Marlins (Kevin Slowey) vs Nationals (Gio Gonzalez), 7:05
Indians (Ubaldo Jimenez) vs Blue Jays (Brandon Morrow), 7:07
Angels (CJ Wilson) vs Reds (Mat Latos), 7:10
Orioles (Wei-Yin Chen) vs Rays (Jeremy Hellickson), 7:10
Phillies (Roy Halladay) vs Braves (Paul Maholm), 7:10
Padres (Clayton Richard) vs Mets (Matt Harvey), 7:10
Rockies (Juan Nicasio) vs Brewers (Wily Peralta), 8:10
Cardinals (Lance Lynn) vs Diamondbacks (Brandon McCarthy), 9:40
Mariners (Joe Saunders) vs A's (Tommy Milone), 10:05
Giants (Tim Lincecum) vs Dodgers (Josh Beckett), 10:10
   9. deputydrew Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:19 AM (#4403057)
Most interesting games of the day:
Phillies vs Braves - is Halladay done or just rope-a-doping us all?
Giants vs Dodgers - is Lincecum done or just rope-a-doping us all? (same question for Beckett?)
   10. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4403059)
I am especially interested in watching Lincecum tonight.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:20 AM (#4403060)
Best picthing matchup today - Wilson vs. Latos?

Other interesting arms to watch - Brandon McCarthy, recovering from injury. Tim Lincecum, recovering from sucking. Roy Halladay, recovering from an awful spring training. Couple intriguing young arms like Matt Harvey and Wily Peralta.

Egads, Phil Humber is your #3? Really?
   12. JJ1986 Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:23 AM (#4403065)
Egads, Phil Humber is your #3? Really?


And Kevin Correia is a #2.
   13. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:34 AM (#4403081)
Well, I, for one, just can't wait to see how non-roided up Gio Gonzalez fares against the mighty, mighty Marlins. I bet he'll get CRUSHED!!!
   14. Davo Dozier (Mastroianni) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 11:53 AM (#4403103)
I'm heading to Target Field in a few hours to watch The Great Kevin Correia shut down the Tigers.
   15. Esoteric Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:05 PM (#4403214)
Huge fan of these Omnichatters. I really see no reason why they can't become a permanent feature, drawing in fans watching ALL the games into one megathread. The nice thing, as someone else pointed out, is that it cues me to go flip to another game I might not be watching. For example, last night I started out watching the Jays/Indians, but Harvey's chatter about Milwaukee made me flip over to that one for entertaining innings before Darvish demolished the Astros and the M's game finally came on.

A very nice back-and-forth.
   16. Esoteric Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:06 PM (#4403216)
Egads, Phil Humber is your #3? Really?
You're talking about a man who PITCHED A PERFECT GAME LAST YEAR.

GOOD DAY, SIR!
   17. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:21 PM (#4403239)
At the end of last year the Twins' rotation was Diamond (pretty good), Deduno (pretty good), Swarzak (mediocre relief pitcher), Vasquez (bad relief pitcher), and Hendriks (bad starting pitcher). They also had rookie Cole de Vries, who was bad but might theoretically improve, who missed the last month with a cracked rib.

Currently Deduno is in the minors for some reason, and Diamond is injured. Swarzak and de Vries (again) are also injured. Their rotation is now

2012 Phillies fifth starter
2012 Pirates fourth starter
2012 White Sox sixth starter
Hendriks
?????

Fortunately the various other guys who washed out of their rotation over the last few years (Brian Duensing, Glen Perkins, Nick Blackburn) are still with the organization and ready for their 265th chance.

   18. Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:33 PM (#4403255)

Currently Deduno is in the minors for some reason, and Diamond is injured. Swarzak and de Vries (again) are also injured. Their rotation is now

2012 Phillies fifth starter
2012 Pirates fourth starter
2012 White Sox sixth starter
Hendriks
?????


Diamond is injured, as you said. Deduno is basically only in Rochester because he had a slight groin issue shortly after/during (I've seen varied reports) WBC and they didn't want to risk having to get him through waivers again if they had started him in MIN but had to send him down.
   19. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:52 PM (#4403274)
the cubs have now spent 3 days over .500 since the end of the 2009 season. 2 were this year!
   20. Mess with the Meat, you get the Wad! Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:53 PM (#4403276)
and who would of thought seattle would have the best record in baseball
   21. Poulanc Posted: April 03, 2013 at 01:56 PM (#4403282)
Currently Deduno is in the minors for some reason,


I think it might have something to do with his 1.544 WHIP and 1.08 K/BB ratios last year. At least I hope it does.
   22. Lassus Posted: April 03, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4403290)
I have Alexei Ogando going today for the Rangers. Maybe he'll get the game Yu didn't.

And the baseball gods were kind to me as I had to do an autodraft and still ended up with Matt Harvey.
   23. Eric Ferguson Posted: April 03, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4403292)
Another vote for the omnichatters here.

Also, a "here here" for #5.
   24. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4403297)
Also like the Omnichatters.

LETS GO ROYALS AND SCORE YOUR FIRST RUN OF THE YEAR! BUNT, BUNT, BUNT YOUR WAY TO VICTORY!
   25. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 03, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4403333)
Adam Dunn solo HR.
   26. Esoteric Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4403349)
Adam Dunn solo HR.
I had the misfortune of watching the highlight on MLB Gameday. Right there, immediately, was Hawk Harrelson's godawful "YOU CAN PUT IT ONTHEBOOOOOAAAARRRD....YES!" and I had to shut it down immediately.

Dear lord.
   27. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4403350)
For some reason it surprises me that ogando (which my phone wants to change to Obama) is the rangers 3rd starter
   28. Esoteric Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4403351)
Tyler Flowers. Such a *gentle* sounding name. Like a little adorable baby lamb.
   29. Esoteric Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4403352)
For some reason it surprises me that ogando (which my phone wants to change to Obama) is the rangers 3rd starter
If the Rangers have Obama penciled in as their #3 starter, then they've had a shittier offseason than we realized.

EDIT: However, the team that lands Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as their #5/long reliever might be doing better than we suspect.
Moyer-esque!
   30. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM (#4403357)

Tyler Flowers. Such a *gentle* sounding name. Like a little adorable baby lamb.


On the All-Floral Team:

C Tyler Flowers
1B Pete Rose
SS Willie Bloomquist

SP Ted Lilly
RP Ron Flores
RP Randy Flores
RP Steve Stemle
   31. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4403359)
I'm also a fan of the omnichatter, especially since the Mets ones died.

And the baseball gods were kind to me as I had to do an autodraft and still ended up with Matt Harvey

I have Harvey on all three of my teams. I also have Marcum on 2 of my teams, that is less good.
   32. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4403360)
Flowers has to be the backup to Buster Posey.
   33. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4403365)
Flowers is the long forgotten major piece of the Vazquez trade between Chicago and Atlanta. He's now 27 and has been impressive this spring and early on in the real season. Nobody expects him to hit much above 240, but 230/310/420 would be just fine. Unlike AJ, he can actually throw out the occasional runner.
   34. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4403366)
Adam Dunn at-bats this year:

Pop up
Strikeout
Ground out
Strikeout
Home Run
Walk

He's really diversifying his outcomes this year.
   35. boteman digs the circuit clout Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4403370)
What about former Nationals' catcher Jesus Flores?

Trivia: at one point he was part of the all-Jesus battery: Jesus Flores catching Jesus Colome in 2007.
   36. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4403371)
White Sox now have 3 homeruns in 4 innings. This has been a fun game.
   37. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4403373)
White Sox have hit 4 homers in 2 games. You can put 'em on the boooaaard, YES!
   38. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4403378)

White Sox have hit 4 homers in 2 games. You can put 'em on the boooaaard, YES!


Unless the are riddled with injuries, I really don't see this team not competing for a wild card spot. They have enough pitching to cover up any rough stretches with the offense and they finally have some cheap, home-grown position players like Flowers and Viciedo that are worth watching. Also, 3rd base is no longer a vortex of suck.
   39. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4403379)
EDIT: However, the team that lands Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito as their #5/long reliever might be doing better than we suspect.
Moyer-esque!


The jersey-tucked-into-khakis look is probably not going to sweep the nation.
   40. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4403380)
This Francoeur guy really looks like a ballplayer. Love the cut of his jib.
   41. Baldrick Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4403381)
Every pitcher who faces the Astros this year has got a decent shot of breaking his personal record for Ks in a game.
   42. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4403385)
Peavy is dominating. He's lost a few ticks on the fastball but boy does he know how to pitch inside for effect.
   43. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: April 03, 2013 at 03:54 PM (#4403411)
Unless the are riddled with injuries, I really don't see this team not competing for a wild card spot. They have enough pitching to cover up any rough stretches with the offense and they finally have some cheap, home-grown position players like Flowers and Viciedo that are worth watching. Also, 3rd base is no longer a vortex of suck.


Maybe. I can see the Sox on the losing end of a lot of 1-0 & 2-1 games. But if Konerko continues to defy age and Dayan and Flowers continue to develop they could be a fun team to watch. I don't see the Tigers really running away with the division anyway.

And John Danks needs to get healthy or someone like Santiago or Castro needs to pitch surprisingly well because a rotation of Sale-Peavy-Floyd-Quintana-??? is shaky. I don't trust Dylan Axelrod much.
   44. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:08 PM (#4403416)

Unless the are riddled with injuries, I really don't see this team not competing for a wild card spot. They have enough pitching to cover up any rough stretches with the offense and they finally have some cheap, home-grown position players like Flowers and Viciedo that are worth watching. Also, 3rd base is no longer a vortex of suck.


Yea, but...defense. Egads. Terrible today. Are they a bad defensive team?
   45. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:09 PM (#4403417)
But if Konerko continues to defy age and Dayan and Flowers continue to develop they could be a fun team to watch.


If I were Robin Ventura, I'd set the lineup so that it was Dayan, Flowers and Adam.
   46. The Kentucky Gentleman, Mark Edward Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4403423)
Yea, but...defense. Egads. Terrible today. Are they a bad defensive team?


Not normally, no. I'm only following the game on Gamecast, so I haven't seen today's errors, but... Ramirez is prone to mental errors. Wise shouldn't even be on the team if he's committing any sort of errors.
   47. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4403427)
Wise shouldn't even be on the team if he's committing any sort of errors.


Wise had a long run but should have made the play, little popup that he got a good jump on but simply failed to follow into his glove, ball bounced right off the webbing.

I'm not worried about the rotation. I think Quintana/Axelrod/Santiago is a fine 4,5,6 and the top of the rotation is about as good as it gets. The offense however will have to produce if they want to challenge Detroit. I don't see a division title, but a 2nd wildcard? Sure.
   48. Dale Sams Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4403429)
Question unrelated to today's games:

A while back when Dice-K made the scene, it seemed that if he fell behind he would rather let the guy walk and try and get ahead of the next guy or get the next guy to swing weakly at a ball. Now we saw this was unsustainable by him. But are there any other pitchers renown for this? I guess, IOW what pitchers are known for very high strand rates?
   49. madvillain Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4403430)
Man, there has been some bad baseball played today in this Royals/Sox game mixed in with some great pitching and power hitting.
   50. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:35 PM (#4403432)
Luke Hochevar is terrible at pitching baseballs.
   51. Baldrick Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:38 PM (#4403434)
The Astros are just absurd.
   52. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4403439)
   53. Gary Truth Serum Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:58 PM (#4403448)
But if Konerko continues to defy age and Dayan and Flowers continue to develop they could be a fun team to watch.

If I were Robin Ventura, I'd set the lineup so that it was Dayan, Flowers and Adam.

I see what you did there.
   54. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4403450)
Ah yes, you're never too old to get a chuckle out of that.
   55. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4403451)
Did anyone following the White Sox/Royals game on GameDay notice that Frenchy came up to bat and made an out before GameDay could even tell you the pitch?
   56. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:01 PM (#4403453)
The theme of the Astros offense for the remainder of the year will be: Remember opening night? That was fun, wasn't it?
   57. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:05 PM (#4403460)
Man, the Twins broadcasters really hate Kevin Slowey. What's that about?
   58. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:09 PM (#4403467)
By May, I'm pretty sure the Astros might be better off skipping a lineup and petitioning the league to just let field a Random Out Generator...
   59. Esoteric Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:18 PM (#4403477)
Not sure what to make of this.
Oh lord. So juvenile, and yet I authentically broke out into a spasm of embarrassed laughter.
   60. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:20 PM (#4403480)
Not sure what to make of this.

Oh lord. So juvenile, and yet I authentically broke out into a spasm of embarrassed laughter.


Gentlemen, gentlemen... the proper answer is "me too!"
   61. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM (#4403481)
I had the misfortune of watching the highlight on MLB Gameday. Right there, immediately, was Hawk Harrelson's godawful "YOU CAN PUT IT ONTHEBOOOOOAAAARRRD....YES!" and I had to shut it down immediately.
I wanted to watch the Chris Sale highlights from the first game, but I couldn't get past all the "He gone!" strikeout calls. WORST EVERYTHING IN BASEBALL EVER.
   62. WillYoung Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:34 PM (#4403496)
Man, the Twins broadcasters really hate Kevin Slowey. What's that about?


Slowey is an independent thinker who is incredibly bright. Dick and Bert are not particularly bright and despise anyone who challenges the company line. They consistently ripped on Slowey while he was on the Twins, and apparently are not content to just wish him well now that he's in the NL.

That minute or two stretch when they were discussing him (and the autographed baseball) a few innings ago were completely unprofessional and embarrassing.
   63. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:38 PM (#4403500)
One plus I will say about the non-stop interleague play... I'm watching the feed of the Twins-Tigers and my thoughts on Twins lineup are as follows:

Hicks - I know him... he's a prospect
Mauer - Isn't he in the Hall of Fame yet?
Willingham - Hasn't Minny traded him yet?
Morneau - I thought he was killed in a tragic offseason accident...
Doumit - So THAT'S where he ended up
Plouffe - Is a person or a slur?
Parmelee - I vaguely recall him as a failed prospect from the early ~90s
Dozier - the fullback!?!?!
Florimon - That's a really weird way to spell "Christian Guzman"

I do look forward to an increased familiarity with the lesser league...
   64. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM (#4403503)
That minute or two stretch when they were discussing him (and the autographed baseball) a few innings ago were completely unprofessional and embarrassing.

No kidding. I haven't really listened to them before but that soured me on them a bit.

If I lived near the ballpark, I would have taken them up on their offer and picked up a Kevin Slowey baseball.

Hunter has been really well positioned on a couple of hard hit balls to right center.
   65. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM (#4403504)
I do look forward to an increased familiarity with the lesser league...

To be fair I don't think even the average person attending Twins games knows who half of those guys are.
   66. Eric Ferguson Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:46 PM (#4403506)
What's the business about Slowey and the autographed baseball?
   67. Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4403508)
The Twins lineup still strikes more fear into my heart than the current Yankees line-up. Which isn't saying much, but still.
   68. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM (#4403513)
And no doubt they'd pound the Astros... which is saying even less.

Early odds on who represents the 'Stros in the ASG?
   69. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:54 PM (#4403515)
What's the business about Slowey and the autographed baseball?

The announcers just started bad mouthing Slowey, who I guess is starting for the Marlins tonight. They seemingly didn't like the way he left the club or something, but never got into specifics. And then one of them starts talking about how he still has a Slowey autographed ball, which apparently disgusts him and they spent like a minute+ talking about how to get rid of it. They invited anyone to come up to the booth to get the ball if they wanted it. It was weird.
   70. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:55 PM (#4403516)
The Twins lineup still strikes more fear into my heart than the current Yankees line-up. Which isn't saying much, but still.

Well sure, they've got at least three guys who you would expect to finish over 100 OPS+, maybe more. The Yanks have one, maybe two right now.
   71. Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:56 PM (#4403517)

Early odds on who represents the 'Stros in the ASG?


It has to be Altuve, right?
   72. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:57 PM (#4403519)
3-1 random relief pitcher
4-1 Altuve again
10-1 Matt Dominguez
15-1 Brett Wallace
15-1 Chris Carter
15-1 Carlos Pena
20-1 a catcher
30-1 Rick Ankiel
5000-1 a starting pitcher

note: I don't know how to set odds, don't offer to bet me
   73. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 05:58 PM (#4403522)
I guess... unless a lot of internet rumors begin proposing that the guy who created the X-files is playing LF for the Astros and magic happens with the voting.
   74. Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4403525)
3-1 random relief pitcher


C'mon, Xavier Cedeno has a name! So do Erik Bedard and Jose Veras!
   75. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:03 PM (#4403528)
Jose Veras

He's the reason I don't think it will be a reliever. Usually, with a team like this with no obvious position player or starter, the ASG pick will be a closer who has racked up a lot of saves, even if their ERA sucks. But by starting the season with Veras as the closer the Astros are guaranteed to have a different closer in a couple of months, preventing any of their guys from racking up the necessary saves to make the game.
   76. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:06 PM (#4403531)
Whoa, Ogando struck out 10 ten today? I wonder how he will do against a Major League lineup. He's such a cool pitcher, I hope he has a good year.
   77. WillYoung Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:07 PM (#4403534)
If I lived near the ballpark, I would have taken them up on their offer and picked up a Kevin Slowey baseball.


A friend of mine tweeted to Dick Bremer offering to grab the baseball "so you'll never have to think of Kevin Slowey again"
   78. Baldrick Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4403535)
Brett Wallace is an early threat to set the new strikeout record. By which I mean Nolan Ryan's record. 8 Ks in 10 AB so far.
   79. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:09 PM (#4403536)
A friend of mine tweeted to Dick Bremer offering to grab the baseball "so you'll never have to think of Kevin Slowey again"

Ha! Nice. I hope he gets it.
   80. bfan Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:09 PM (#4403537)
The Astros have struck out 43 times in their 1st 3 games; that has to be a record, doesn't it?
   81. Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:12 PM (#4403538)
The Twins starters find bats with extreme ease.
The Astros bats repel balls with extreme ease.

It'll be like a Cat with buttered toast on it, or something.
   82. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:13 PM (#4403539)
If Brett Wallace has over 200 Ks at the All-Star break, you can reduce his odds to 50-1.
   83. zonk Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:14 PM (#4403540)
He's gotta be 70 by now, but it might not be a bad idea for the Toy Cannon to start thinking "comeback" to see if he can pad his counting stats a bit and get another whack at the BBWAA HoF ballot... I feel relatively confidant that it would boost the Astros lineup regardless.
   84. Austin Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:16 PM (#4403542)
5000-1 a starting pitcher

I strongly disagree with this. The Astros' rotation is the best part of their team by a fair margin. Norris and Bedard are competent and have clear upside, and Harrell probably had the best season in 2012 that nobody seems to know about. It's way more likely they pick a starter than that they pick a Matt Dominguez or Brett Wallace type.

It'll be like a Cat with buttered toast on it, or something.

The ball will hang in midair between the mound and the plate after a Twins' pitcher throws it to an Astros' batter. Umpires will huddle around the rulebook with puzzled expressions on their faces.
   85. Danny Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:20 PM (#4403546)
The Astros have struck out 43 times in their 1st 3 games; that has to be a record, doesn't it?

They've already tied the major league record for most consecutive games with 13+ Ks.
   86. Dale Sams Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4403549)
Carlos Pena on course for about 300 Ks.
   87. Knock on any Iorg Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM (#4403550)
To be fair I don't think even the average person attending Twins games knows who half of those guys are.

"This guy's dead!"
   88. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:27 PM (#4403551)
I have no idea who Wilkin Ramirez is, but that was a quality AB to get the Twins on the board.
   89. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4403556)
Early odds on who represents the 'Stros in the ASG?

It has to be Altuve, right?


Justin Maxwell is on pace for 108 triples, so he has a shot.

(Seriously, Maxwell wouldn't come as a complete shock.)
   90. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:34 PM (#4403560)
Whoa, Ogando struck out 10 ten today? I wonder how he will do against a Major League lineup. He's such a cool pitcher, I hope he has a good year.

I wonder if he'll be a reliever again next season. He must be getting whiplash with the frequent role changing.
   91. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4403561)
If anyone's interested, Game of the Day has been posted in the Dugout. Since everyone already knows what happened in this one, I took a shot at calculating the odds of Darvish throwing a perfect game against yesterday's Astros lineup. The result was maybe a little pessimistic, considering how the Astros did today...
   92. Danny Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:47 PM (#4403569)
I strongly disagree with this. The Astros' rotation is the best part of their team by a fair margin. Norris and Bedard are competent and have clear upside, and Harrell probably had the best season in 2012 that nobody seems to know about. It's way more likely they pick a starter than that they pick a Matt Dominguez or Brett Wallace type.

What's the record for fewest wins by an All-Star SP?
   93. Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 06:59 PM (#4403576)
Glen Perkins, I think, is probably going to be a good closer. If any pitcher from the Twins somehow makes the ASG (doubtful, as I have to think it'll just be Mauer again), it'll be him.
   94. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:11 PM (#4403582)
Twins have runners on the corners with one out. CLOSER BY COMMITTEE DESTINED TO FAIL?!?!?!
   95. Dr. Vaux Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4403583)
Someone tell me again how the Tigers made it to the playoffs last year?
   96. WillYoung Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4403585)
Now that's a comical way to win a game.
   97. Gamingboy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4403586)
Eduardo Escobar! The Twins will not lose 162 games!
   98. Greg K Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM (#4403587)
Well that was a fun finish.
   99. Greg K Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:13 PM (#4403588)
I bet if Austin Jackson had that to do over again, he'd probably try to catch the ball.
   100. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 03, 2013 at 07:13 PM (#4403589)
Eduardo Escobar. CLOSER BY COMMITTEE DOOMED. EXPECT AN OFFICIAL TIGERS CLOSER BY TOMORROW.
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