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April 5, 2013 Omnichatter

Home Openers in Detroit, Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore and Philly today, while Josh Hamilton returns to Arlington and Kyle Lohse gets his first start of the season after a long, long offseason.

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   401. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:45 PM (#4406323)
*flip*
   402. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM (#4406325)
I'm always amused at the lengths to which teams will go in order to avoid having their pitcher catch a pop-up. Nate Schierholtz just popped a ball up to the pitcher's mound, literally one step to the left of the rubber, and Julio Teheran fled so that the first baseman could run in and make the catch.
   403. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:00 PM (#4406327)
BJ Upton still hasn't gotten a hit.

And Josh Hamilton is 1-20.
   404. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:11 PM (#4406329)
BJ Upton still hasn't gotten a hit.

Tougher league.
   405. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:12 PM (#4406330)
BJ Upton still hasn't gotten a hit.

Tougher league.
Lazier, less motivated Upton.
   406. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:14 PM (#4406331)
Barring a double play, Chris Davis is about to come up to bat again with RISP.
   407. Sheer Tim Foli Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:14 PM (#4406332)
BJ Upton still hasn't gotten a hit.


Sorry that is my fault. I protected him in my roto league. That is what usually happens.
   408. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:17 PM (#4406334)
Davis with his 17th RBI. Single.
   409. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:18 PM (#4406336)
Bauer has thrown more balls that strikes, in the 3rd inning. At 67 total pitches.

I can't believe Francona hasn't given him the hook. 7 walks in 2.2 innings.
   410. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4406339)
Bauer's got a no-hitter through 3 innings! And it's only taken 70 pitches so far!

I'm sure the Indians will let him throw 210 pitches to seal the deal.
   411. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:24 PM (#4406340)
Maybe it's just who the Braves have played so far, but it seems like I'm seeing a lot more shifts on defense than last year. Both the Cubs and Phillies played shifts against Freddie Freeman, for instance, and I don't recall that happening a lot last year.
   412. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:30 PM (#4406342)
Indians lose the DH. Marson out of the game, with Santana moving from DH to Catcher.

Conveniently, Marson was batting 9th.
   413. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:33 PM (#4406344)
Kelly Johnson hits his first homer!

Rizzo hits his 2nd!
   414. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:34 PM (#4406345)
Teheran and Bauer are both having pretty rough 2013 debuts.
   415. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:36 PM (#4406346)
If you are looking in the Phillies/Royals box score and are surprised to see Frenchy hit a double, it was just a ground ball down the 3B line that didn't go foul.
   416. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4406349)
Teheran hasn't been able to strike anyone out. Lots of two-strike counts, not a lot of Ks.
   417. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:39 PM (#4406350)
If you are looking in the Phillies/Royals box score and are surprised to see Frenchy hit a double, it was just a ground ball down the 3B line that didn't go foul.


I assume it was also Michael Young playing third base.
   418. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4406351)
I'm really glad MLB frontloaded the key interleague rivalry of Kansas City and Philadelphia, so that we didn't have to wait until June for it to happen.
   419. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4406353)
I assume it was also Michael Young playing third base.
It was a cruel trick of fate that landed a guy like John Lannan (extreme groundballer who relies heavily upon defense) on the Phillies. Geriatric statues at every damn infield position. If he gets out of this season with an ERA below 4.50 it'll be a miracle.
   420. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:42 PM (#4406354)
Especially third base. A soft-tossing lefty needs good 3B defense to succeed.
   421. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4406355)
B.J. Upton hits one on the button, but right at Soriano. Still hitless on the season.
   422. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4406356)
Especially third base. A soft-tossing lefty needs good 3B defense to succeed.
Without a doubt. It has to be a rude shock for him to go from being backed up by Ryan Zimmerman in his defensive prime (2008-2011) to Michael Young.
B.J. Upton hits one on the button, but right at Soriano. Still hitless on the season.
Clearly a function of his "Devil Rays" mindset.
   423. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4406357)
Heyward is looking to bunt against the shift. I'd love to see lefties do that more, especially if the lone infielder on the left side is playing more towards second.
   424. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4406358)
Alex Cobb has been damned impressive. Shields who?
   425. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:52 PM (#4406359)
Frenchy just hit an actual legitimate double.
   426. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:53 PM (#4406360)
brewer fans can bemoan the lineup but when the starters stink that is the real issue
   427. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4406362)
Whoa! Phillies catcher (dont know him) picks off Migeul Tejada at third, after the announcers spent all inning gushing about his veteraness.
   428. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4406363)
yost has to be told who to play since he has no ability to grasp who can play and who cannot.

if left to his own devices he will play the guys he likes

wes helms being exhibit a and it looks like frenchy is challenging helms status as ned's favorite fella
   429. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 06, 2013 at 08:58 PM (#4406364)
Humberto Quintero is the catcher.
   430. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:00 PM (#4406365)
Bases loaded and nobody out for Adam Jones and Chris Davis to come up to bat. O's down by two runs.
   431. Sheer Tim Foli Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4406366)
Twins are set to triple play depth
   432. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4406367)
wes helms being exhibit a and it looks like frenchy is challenging helms status as ned's favorite fella


Jeffy seems to be a joint Yost-Dayton Moore production. It's Moore who's been enamored of Francoeur for so long.
   433. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:02 PM (#4406368)
Alex Cobb has been damned impressive. Shields who?


I'm expecting a good year out of Cobb, though it's Fausto Hernandez that is really replacing Shields in the rotation and I'm not particularly optimistic about him. Archer had a great first start for Durham though and Odorizzi is there too so help is near if needed.
   434. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:03 PM (#4406369)
Adam Jones is such a beast. God how I wish he were still a Mariner.

EDIT: And he hit a really good pitch from Vance Worley. Low and away outside the strike zone.
   435. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:12 PM (#4406370)
I'm expecting a good year out of Cobb, though it's Fausto Hernandez that is really replacing Shields in the rotation and I'm not particularly optimistic about him. Archer had a great first start for Durham though and Odorizzi is there too so help is near if needed.


Like you said, they have options to replace Fauxsto if he fails. A reason to be optimistic about him is that when he was with the Indians, he had some of the worst pitch-framers in MLB catching him. Moving from that to Molina and company could easily make a huge difference in his results. And if the Rays saw something to fix mechanically as well, I wouldn't write off his upside just yet.
   436. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4406374)
BJ Upton with his first hit as a Brave. Chopper to short that Castro bobbled.

On a quasi-related note, it looks like Upton was just released from a labor camp. Whatever the cause of his struggles, they for damn sure don't include being out of shape.
   437. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4406377)
something not to like about the brewers manager and that's burning through relievers because you can. c'mon.
   438. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4406381)
solid play by uggla in getting the force at home

kind of surprised he got it right
   439. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:43 PM (#4406383)
wieters has swung at some poor pitches tonight and gotten himself out
   440. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:44 PM (#4406384)
I will wait awhile but I don't like the hitch in Rizzo's swing.
   441. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4406385)
ok that was a terrible at bat by Rizzo. that third strike he just swung for the h8lluva it.
   442. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4406386)
wieters has swung at some poor pitches tonight and gotten himself out
Adrenaline, I'm guessing. They don't look too deceptive off the pitcher's hand.

But then again, WTF do I know? I'm some schlub, not a Major League baseball player.
   443. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM (#4406387)
Cubs load the bases with no outs and 1-3 in the batting order due up; don't score. Just like old times!
   444. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:46 PM (#4406388)
I will wait awhile but I don't like the hitch in Rizzo's swing.
Define your terms if you can? People use the word "hitch" in such variant ways when discussing swings.
   445. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4406389)
Justin upton with some hustle. good throw gets him but that didn't happen
   446. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:52 PM (#4406390)
eso

he starts relaxed and then winds up as the pitch is delivered
   447. Dale Sams Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:55 PM (#4406391)
Nice to see that last Phillie say \"#### taking this first pitch fastball down the middle of the plate"
   448. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:55 PM (#4406392)
oh brewers..............
   449. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:56 PM (#4406393)
juan Francisco swung at a pitch that was around level with his shoulders and six inches off the plate. thaht was one wild swing
   450. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 09:59 PM (#4406394)
Fujikawa is a pretty homely fellow.
   451. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:00 PM (#4406395)
Kevin Frandsen with a walk-off bases loaded triple. Inning was BB, BB, BB, K, K, 3B.
   452. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:00 PM (#4406396)
Just logged in here to see what people are saying about this Rockies/Padres game. Still looking for the comments.
   453. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM (#4406397)
Is Fujikawa Japanese for Marmol?
   454. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM (#4406398)
I was gonna lament how it's now gonna be a save opportunity for Marmol, but at this rate, we'll never see a bottom of the 9th.
   455. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:02 PM (#4406399)
Good thing the Cubs left the bases loaded last inning!
   456. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:03 PM (#4406400)
Ramiro Pena has been a more impactful free agent signing than BJ Upton.
   457. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM (#4406401)
Ha, now not only is Marmol gonna come out, but he's only got a run to work with.
   458. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:04 PM (#4406403)
Terrible pitch to swing at, Reed. And you turn it into two outs, to boot.
   459. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:05 PM (#4406404)
Justin Upton walkoff homer off of Marmol? It almost feels inevitable.
   460. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:10 PM (#4406407)
Will Venable reminds me of some outfielder from the 1970s who hits .265 with 10 homers every year but keeps a job because he's never really terrible. He's the new Wilbur Howard or Jim Wohlford.
   461. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:13 PM (#4406410)
Who's taller, Alexi Amarista or Jose Altuve? It would be fun to get those guys back-to-back.
   462. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:14 PM (#4406412)
Fujikawa is a pretty homely fellow.

A.J. Burnett ain't gonna win any modeling competitions, and he has allowed 3 stolen bases if Vin was right. Double ugly.
   463. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:15 PM (#4406414)
Playing the bottom of the ninth in Atlanta almost seems pointless with Marmol due to face the top of the order in a one-run game.
   464. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:19 PM (#4406415)
i swear to god if marmol blows this i will lose my ####
   465. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:19 PM (#4406416)
Marmol is just dreadful.
   466. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4406418)
Well, I was right about Upton homering. I just had the wrong one!
   467. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4406419)
You can smile, Bossman.
   468. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4406420)
are you ####### kidding me
   469. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4406421)
It's too bad the Cubs couldn't move him during the off-season. At this rate, he won't be even a semi-attractive chit during trade season.
   470. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4406422)
I don't think any hitter is worried about facing marmol any more

the mystique is gone
   471. Dale Sams Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM (#4406423)
Hey Theo, I gotta shitton of relievers if you can give me a cromulent starter.
   472. Dale Sams Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4406424)
I'll give ya Tazawa and Aceves for Garza Theo.
   473. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4406425)
B.J. didn't even hit it squarely and he still cranked it well out into the stands. Mercy!
   474. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4406426)
Wow.
   475. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4406427)
Well. The Upton thing worked out pretty much as hoped.
   476. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4406428)
Holy #### i was right!!
   477. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4406429)
goodness
   478. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4406430)
Dan wins the thread.
   479. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM (#4406431)
#### you carlos marmol you worthless piece of ####
   480. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:26 PM (#4406432)
One would think that's curtains for Marmol in any important role in the Cubs' pen. It's not just wildness anymore. He's getting smacked around the yard.
   481. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:26 PM (#4406433)
marmol is 2006/2007 derrick turnbow
   482. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:27 PM (#4406434)
So two homeruns to center and a sharp line out to left.

There was a year or two there where your only shot against Marmol was to keep your bat on your shoulders and hope he threw 16 straight balls. Which he might do. But you weren't putting any kind of effective swing on the ball.
   483. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4406435)
SO MUCH UPTON!!!
   484. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4406437)
So two homeruns to center and a sharp line out to left.

There was a year or two there where your only shot against Marmol was to keep your bat on your shoulders and hope he threw 16 straight balls. Which he might do. But you weren't putting any kind of effective swing on the ball.


And that's why I don't think you can wait it out. This team isn't going anywhere, but it's no longer a case of Marmol channeling Rick Vaughn. He's not fooling anyone.
   485. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4406438)
On the other hand, I have serious doubts about the grit level of Justin's two home runs. The walk-off dinger was practically grit-less.
   486. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:32 PM (#4406441)
Justin Upton walkoff homer off of Marmol? It almost feels inevitable.

Ha, most excellent.
   487. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:33 PM (#4406442)
I want to say that Chris Davis was so distraught at no longer leading the majors in home runs that he committed a crucial 9th inning error, but it didn't quite happen in that order.
   488. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:33 PM (#4406444)
Justin's the first one to 5 homers this year, right? Leapfrogging past Morse and Davis?
   489. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:34 PM (#4406445)
Justin Upton walkoff homer off of Marmol? It almost feels inevitable.


I called it nearly 20 minutes in advance too!
   490. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:35 PM (#4406446)
I am just really glad that Mr. and Mrs. Upton decided to have unprotected sex.
   491. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:37 PM (#4406447)
here's to Justin upton rubbing the d'backs nose in sh8t
   492. Brian White Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:38 PM (#4406448)
Worth noting: All of Justin Upton's home runs this year have come with two strikes.
   493. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:48 PM (#4406451)
I don't like letting Burnett bat there while down by 1 run and already at 93 pitches.
   494. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4406452)
Worth noting: All of Justin Upton's home runs this year have come with two strikes.

He uses the added pressure of having a 2-strike count to compensate for his lack of grit and chemistry.
   495. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:51 PM (#4406453)
Marte looked out on replay.
   496. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:52 PM (#4406454)
I thought Marte looked out live, but I didn't catch the replay to verify.
   497. boteman Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4406459)
Burnett has allowed 3 stolen bases if Vin was right.

Checked the online box score: Carl Crawford stole 2B twice, Mark Ellis stole 2B once.
   498. Dan Posted: April 06, 2013 at 10:59 PM (#4406461)
So with BJ having his first good game at Leadoff while Simmons was out, does Fredi leave him there for a while?
   499. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: April 06, 2013 at 11:00 PM (#4406462)
Justin Upton hit his 5th home run on May 23rd last year.
   500. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 06, 2013 at 11:18 PM (#4406471)
Justin Upton hit his 5th home run on May 23rd last year.


He didn't note that his order of grit would take 6 to 8 weeks to arrive and didn't bother order until the end of spring training.
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