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April 7, 2013 OMNICHATTER

Some pitching match-ups to watch: Lester vs. Dickey, Sabathia vs. Verlander, Wainwright vs. Cain, and, in the ESPN game of the week: Weaver vs. Darvish.

And I didn’t even mention Strasburg’s pitching (against Cueto).

Gamingboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 12:34 AM | 359 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   301. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4407068)
Arizona didn't win today. The Brewers just lost. What a dumb finish.
   302. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4407069)
so cruel ! i hate baseball !
   303. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:22 PM (#4407070)
BREAKING: HEATH BELL IS STILL A FATTY! Film at 11
   304. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:24 PM (#4407071)
As a Cardinal fan, I find the thought of Heath Bell ever being an effective reliever to be hilarious. Not sure he ever showed up as a legitimate major leaguer against the Cardinals.
   305. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4407073)
Just saw the replay of Reddick's injury. Hustle is nice and all, but in the 5th inning of an 8-0 game I don't think you need to be going all out to try to catch that.
   306. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:30 PM (#4407075)
omg, posey is batting like a little girl ! what is wrong with him ?
   307. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:31 PM (#4407076)
Boom goes Wil Rosario. 3 already this year? Geez.
   308. puck Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:32 PM (#4407077)
Boom goes Wil Rosario. 3 already this year? Geez.

And 2nd on the team.
   309. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:34 PM (#4407080)
omg, posey is batting like a little girl ! what is wrong with him ?


He needs more days off playing first base. :)
   310. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4407081)
posey is playing like he needs to be on the 60 day vacation list ! maybe jamaica or hawaii !
   311. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:36 PM (#4407082)
I had no idea who Wil Rosario was until right now. 28 homers as a catcher last year? Even in Coors that's pretty impressive.
   312. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:41 PM (#4407084)
Rosario came out of nowhere last year. He had these crazy power numbers in the minors, but I always figured he would never walk enough to make it in the bigs. Still doesn't walk, but his power even translates well enough on the road that he could be making multiple All-Star squads.
   313. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:42 PM (#4407085)
this 13 relievers nonsense is so ned yostian it makes me want to puke

I long for the days of 10 pitchers on a staff

that is the one thing of 21st century baseball I loathe beyond all things related to baseball.

   314. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4407086)
28 homers as a catcher last year?


In less than 400 ABs.
   315. spike Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:43 PM (#4407087)
Astros are now at a 12.3 K/9 ratio

Braves are at 11.3
   316. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:52 PM (#4407091)
I long for the days of 10 pitchers on a staff

that is the one thing of 21st century baseball I loathe beyond all things related to basebal


Without changing the rules, that is going to be the standard. What I miss is the deeper benches more than the complaints about too many pitchers. I like the speed specialist or the PH specialist etc that teams used to carry. You can't do that anymore, you have to have versatility on the bench.

   317. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:52 PM (#4407092)
It seems like right off the bat Rosario was the player that teams spent so long hoping Miguel Olivo would turn into.
   318. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:55 PM (#4407095)
Astros are now at a 12.3 K/9 ratio

Braves are at 11.3


Not sure about where they are after today, but coming into play today the Astros strikeout percentage was 35%, the Pirates 28.9% and the Braves only 26.1%

I'll keep wailing against the usage of k/9 ratio. :)
   319. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:57 PM (#4407098)
As a Cardinal fan, I find the thought of Heath Bell ever being an effective reliever to be hilarious. Not sure he ever showed up as a legitimate major leaguer against the Cardinals.

He did have a 2.53 ERA and 1.118 WHIP in 354 appearances with the Padres.
   320. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:59 PM (#4407099)
I don't have the ability to watch the Cardinal game, stuck with Gameday. Cardinals have scored 10 11 runs, and there are 4 video replays on Gameday...2 of which are the Giants scoring... :(

   321. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 06:59 PM (#4407100)
He did have a 2.53 ERA and 1.118 WHIP in 354 appearances with the Padres.


I know, but he always sucked against the Cardinals. He was the anti-Bud Norris.
   322. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:08 PM (#4407105)
He did have a 2.53 ERA and 1.118 WHIP in 354 appearances with the Padres.

He does have a career 3.80ish ERA outside of Petco, FWIW. I think that might be a tad harsh because I think he was legitimately very good with Padres.
   323. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:13 PM (#4407110)
Two Three extra base hits for the entire series for the Cardinals(and one of those doubles was probably a catchable ball by the shortstop) yet they have scored 17 20 runs this weekend. Not bad for a team that supposedly lives off of the long ball.
   324. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4407112)
There seemed to have been some high scoring games today (three teams scored over 10 runs, 3 with 9, and another 2 teams with 8 runs) but because of a few shutouts(Det, Tor, TB), the average runs scored per team is just 5.25... still reminiscence of the halcyon days of roid ball.
   325. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:23 PM (#4407113)
There was a note on the Rockies broadcast that Jhoulys Chacin now has the lowest ERA in franchise history, lower even than Ubaldo's. But he's still about 75 IP short of qualifying for the bb-ref leaderboard.
   326. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:24 PM (#4407114)
damnit, my radio broadcast just switched to the spanish version of the Giants announcers...wtf. And I really ####### hate the Giant normal announcer. (Miller??? never understood his appeal)
   327. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:28 PM (#4407116)
Hasta la vista, pelota, dammit.
   328. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:29 PM (#4407117)
Kelly has been pretty piss poor in the reliever role so far this year.
   329. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:37 PM (#4407120)
That is a winner (for the Cardinals). Great to see this team hitting at every spot in the lineup. Every starting position player got a hit, and 2 runs/rbi combo.
   330. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 07, 2013 at 07:48 PM (#4407125)
Joba Chamberlain shaved his mustache today.
   331. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:09 PM (#4407133)
Joba Chamberlain shaved his mustache today.

Well, good. That thing was a blight on mankind.
   332. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:11 PM (#4407134)
Well, good. That thing was a blight on mankind.


Yes, hopefully the mustache goes on to live a fulfilling life as it's no longer attached to a blight on mankind. :)
   333. Danny Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4407140)
Buster Olney tweet: As Albert Pujols ran off the field after that DP, he passed birthday guy Adrian Beltre and patted him on the head -- something Beltre hates.
   334. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4407141)
Weaver not off to a good start here.
   335. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:32 PM (#4407142)
Buster Olney tweet: As Albert Pujols ran off the field after that DP, he passed birthday guy Adrian Beltre and patted him on the head -- something Beltre hates.


Shocker, walk to Pujols, Hamilton with the gidp.
Glad to see that Berkman hit a homer.
   336. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4407143)
I'm intentionally trying to catch as many of the free broadcasts as I can this year, trying to rate the announcers etc... watched the Reds game today and their announcers and was pleasantly surprised at the competence, after years of utter incompetence, it's gotta be a major change from what they had a few years ago to what they have now. The announcers actually acted like they heard of baseball games being played after 1980, compared to the incompetence of before.
   337. Depressoteric Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4407144)
Shocker, walk to Pujols, Hamilton with the gidp.
Ron Washington gets a lot of deserved flak for being a crappy in-game strategist, but give the man credit: he's gotten inside Hamilton's head brilliantly, like the way IBM's "Deep Blue" team got inside Garry Kasparov's back in 1997. He's living in there rent-free right now.

Those intentional (and 'unintentional') walks to Pujols every at-bat are just a masterful display of contempt, leading Hamilton to have terrible at-bats borne of frustration.
   338. Danny Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:44 PM (#4407145)
Is there a narrative about why Hamilton was 1 for 12 with 6 Ks against the Reds?
   339. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4407146)
I understand why he is leading off, but I really dislike the idea of Trout leading off instead of batting second. Yes I know, if he bats second, he isn't allowed to steal with Pujols batting third but I'm just a big fan of batting your a very good hitter second(if they have speed)
   340. RollingWave Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:01 PM (#4407149)
Joba Chamberlain shaved his mustache today.


Good god, I had thought that was photoshopped on when I first saw it.

Apparently the book on Verlander is to send a lot of iffy slap hitters against him.



   341. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM (#4407151)
Another walk to Pujols...at some point in time, they are going to have to move Hamilton to a different spot in the lineup(if you aren't batting Trout second, why not Hamilton...Aybar is about the worst choice imaginable for the second spot)

of course Hamilton with a double right there.
   342. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:04 PM (#4407152)
Hamilton is alive! ALIVE!
   343. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:09 PM (#4407154)
F
U
C
K
   344. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:10 PM (#4407155)
Another walk to Pujols...at some point in time, they are going to have to move Hamilton to a different spot in the lineup

Why? If I'm the Angels I'd be happy with the opposition giving me a free baserunner every time. Pujols, as awesome as he is, is no Barry Bonds circa 2001.
   345. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4407159)
Why? If I'm the Angels I'd be happy with the opposition giving me a free baserunner every time. Pujols, as awesome as he is, is no Barry Bonds circa 2001.


Because as of right now, it hasn't paid off. The theory only works if the guy batting behind Pujols is performing as an average major leaguer. It's almost always best to IBB a guy batting in front of a pitcher, and if Hamilton is hitting like that, then he needs to be moved.

But as it stands, Aybar batting second is just idiotic.
   346. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:29 PM (#4407161)
Because as of right now, it hasn't paid off. The theory only works if the guy batting behind Pujols is performing as an average major leaguer. It's almost always best to IBB a guy batting in front of a pitcher, and if Hamilton is hitting like that, then he needs to be moved.

But you'd have to put a lot of stock on a small sample size of at bats to conclude that Hamilton is that bad, when the vast majority of evidence is that he isn't.
   347. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:37 PM (#4407163)
Weaver doesn't have it today. Even his outs are hard outs.
   348. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:38 PM (#4407164)
But you'd have to put a lot of stock on a small sample size of at bats to conclude that Hamilton is that bad, when the vast majority of evidence is that he isn't.


Not saying he is actually that bad, but saying he was playing and looking like crap so far this season. You have to go by your eyes sometimes when you are trying to judge where the player is at.

This silliness of thinking "oh eventually it equals out" is just stat geeks being ####### retarded about the real world. So far this season, Hamilton has looked overmatched, maybe he needs a little bit of babying.
   349. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4407168)
But even if you think he looks overmatched, you have no idea when he's going to snap out of it. And this isn't like an IBB in front of a pitcher. When Hamilton snaps out of it, that free baserunner you put on in front of him could well be immediately scoring.
   350. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:46 PM (#4407171)
But even if you think he looks overmatched, you have no idea when he's going to snap out of it. And this isn't like an IBB in front of a pitcher. When Hamilton snaps out of it, that free baserunner you put on in front of him could well be immediately scoring.


That is what managing is about. You move players who are struggling around to spots where the pressure is reduced. There is a difference between knowing that there is no such thing as the ability to predict when a streak will end or start, versus seeing a player struggling.
   351. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:47 PM (#4407172)
Good thing they didn't walk Pujols that time.
   352. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:49 PM (#4407173)
Good thing they didn't walk Pujols that time.


Helps that the umps can't see.
   353. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: April 07, 2013 at 09:55 PM (#4407175)
I saw a good bit of Wilin Rosario in the Texas League and he is one of my favorites of all the "my guys" because I saw them play in the minors. Really seemed to enjoy himself during the games and saw him goofing around in warmups and just keeping everybody loose. But when the ball was live, he was focused. Seems like a good kid.
   354. Dan Posted: April 07, 2013 at 10:28 PM (#4407185)
Does anyone actually believe that Scioscia doesn't call pitches from the dugout? All those signs are NOT setting the defense. Bull ####.
   355. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2013 at 10:29 PM (#4407186)
Welp, time to turn off the TV.
   356. Guapo Posted: April 07, 2013 at 10:40 PM (#4407192)
Ok, I was watching Angels-Rangers on my iphone (I am an MLB.tv subscriber). Decided to watch on my iPad instead for the bigger picture. Go to the game- and it tells me it's blacked out! Can anyone explain why it would be blacked out on my iPad but not on my iPhone?

#firstworldproblemsiknow
   357. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2013 at 10:56 PM (#4407199)
These Ranger radio announcers are way too caught up in caring about the up to date seasonal stats.... earlier were talking about the leaders in the batting race, and now talking about the leaders in the RBI race...
   358. Dan Posted: April 07, 2013 at 11:07 PM (#4407204)
Ok, I was watching Angels-Rangers on my iphone (I am an MLB.tv subscriber). Decided to watch on my iPad instead for the bigger picture. Go to the game- and it tells me it's blacked out! Can anyone explain why it would be blacked out on my iPad but not on my iPhone?

#firstworldproblemsiknow


Weird that you were even able to watch it on your iPhone. You should only be able to watch ESPN games on your MLB.tv if you are outside the US. If you get the WatchESPN app you can watch the Sunday Night games though.
   359. Dan Posted: April 07, 2013 at 11:09 PM (#4407206)
Fans get one last chance to boo Hamilton. They've had a fun night.
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