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April 8, 2013 OMNICHATTER

More teams have their home openers as the second full week of baseball begins…

Gamingboy Posted: April 08, 2013 at 12:10 AM | 169 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2013 at 07:43 PM (#4407988)
FLIP
   102. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4407991)
I was trying to remember which outfielder the Phillies were missing that forced Nix into the starting lineup.

Unfortunately, Nix is a better hitter than he is.
   103. AJMcCringleberry Posted: April 08, 2013 at 07:44 PM (#4407992)
Who is the ESPN announcer with the very nasally voice?

Boone?
   104. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 08, 2013 at 07:46 PM (#4407993)
boy that was some inning for the reds
   105. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 08, 2013 at 07:50 PM (#4407994)
Sutcliffe might've wanted to think about the sentence "look at the fire that comes from his waistline there!" before he said it.
   106. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2013 at 07:58 PM (#4407996)
Halladay's not going to make it through four innings.

Boone?

Thanks

   107. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:06 PM (#4407999)
this Harvey kid with the mets, he's got something

that and a great name of course
   108. Brian White Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4408005)
Even after Paul Maholm somehow got ahead in the count 1-2, it was pretty clear that he had zero interest in throwing anything resembling a strike to Giancarlo Stanton.

I'm amazed Stanton only had four walks coming into tonight's game.
   109. Willie Mayspedes Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:10 PM (#4408006)
Ya Harvey looks great.
   110. DA Baracus Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:14 PM (#4408007)
Uggla, I don't like your jerk off swing, I don't like your jerk off face, I don't like your jerk off fielding. Stay out of my town Lebowski.

EDIT: Whoops, that wasn't Uggla. Still, I can't stand him.
   111. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4408008)
Stop me if you've seen this one before: at the Marlins' home opener, a fan with a home-made T-shirt reading, "Marlins helping other teams get better since 1998"

@joecapMARLINS: Protester #marlins park http://t.co/X5HM0wSEbc
   112. Brian White Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:19 PM (#4408011)
So, I knew that all of Justin Upton's home runs this season had come with two strikes. But apparently up until this inning when he doubled to right, all of his three of his non-home run hits had also come with two strikes. That's a bit weird.
   113. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4408016)
What do you guys think of Jimmy Rollins HOF chances? He could very well get 2500 hits, 500 stolen bases, and maybe even 1500 runs scored. He has 4 gold gloves and an MVP.
   114. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:38 PM (#4408019)
Reds take the lead...scored a run in the 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th(and maybe more...as we have now intentionally walked two guys)

I like when stupid IBBs actually cost teams. Well, I probably wouldn't like it if a stupid IBB cost the Red Sox, but I would like the principle of it.
   115. Honkie Kong Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4408022)
OMFG, Justin Upton is out of his mind!
The rest of the team looks disinterested in playing. He is just dragging the team along on his own
   116. Brian White Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:41 PM (#4408024)
Justin Upton puts one way, way, WAY back in the LF bleachers. Your move, Mike Morse.
   117. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:42 PM (#4408025)
[113] His MVP was based as much on narrative as production. He was a very good fielder and an above average hitter (for a short stop) and a great baserunner. But he never had a monster season, and he had some mediocre years mixed in, bringing his rate stats down. I don't see him doing any better than Concepcion.
   118. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:45 PM (#4408027)
Mets lead Phillies all night long,
Dudaaaa, Dudaaaa
   119. rb's team is hopeful for the new year! Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:47 PM (#4408029)
After the episode of the "The Office" last week, the only thing I can think of when I see Ryan Howard is "Eat Fresh."

That was possibly the worst episode of television i have ever seen.
   120. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:49 PM (#4408031)
RUBEN TEJADA LAUGHS AT YOU, PHILADELPHIA
   121. Chokeland Bill Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM (#4408032)
This Halladay thing is not going well.

At least he gets the Marlins next.
   122. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM (#4408033)
Mets radio saying Durbin has allowed all 7 of his inherited runners to score. I haven't verified.

Welcome back to Philly, buddy!
   123. Willie Mayspedes Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:50 PM (#4408034)
Upton has a career high of 8 homeruns in a month coming in July of 2011. Think the Diamonbacks want take backsies?
   124. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:51 PM (#4408035)
Another ugly book for Halladay: seven earned in just four innings. He can barely hit 90 on the gun anymore, and most of the hits off him were really barreled up hard. He's so doneski.
   125. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4408037)
Harvey continuing to look great.
   126. hokieneer Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:12 PM (#4408046)
Of the Reds' 97 wins last year, 44 were comeback wins.


The Reds also had an amazing bullpen last year (and a pretty good one going back to 2010). Being able to keep teams from pulling away helps with this stat.


I find it weird that the team is now starting Choo in CF and a perfectly adequate centerfielder in LF.


Going into the year, I completely expected Ludwick to prove 2012 was a fluke, and his bat to regress to the point where it made sense in the 2nd half of the season to move Choo to LF and start Heisey (or swing a trade) in CF. As of right now, I think you have to keep running Choo out in CF, just because the Reds need to find out how disastrous he is going to be out there and evaluate if they have to move to other options. If you move him to LF now, by the time Ludwick is back it might be too close to the deadline if a deal needs to be made. And hell Ludwick might come back and stink up the place and lose his spot to Heisey anyway for the stretch run. Very bad timing, given all the variables.
   127. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:22 PM (#4408050)
MLB Tonight is discussing Matt Harvey by showing an at bat against Ryan Howard, and they refer to Howard as "obviously one of the best players in the game".
   128. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:23 PM (#4408051)
"obviously one of the best players in the game".


One of the best players in this particular Mets/Phillies game. At least among the 25 best.
   129. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4408053)
Ogando has a chain, possibly a crucifix, hanging off his neck down his right shoulder. Pretty soon guys will be going out there wearing beads hanging off their forearms so they can get "hit by pitch". I thought there are rules against all these accoutrements?
   130. DA Baracus Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:30 PM (#4408055)
Ogando has a chain, possibly a crucifix, hanging off his neck down his right shoulder. Pretty soon guys will be going out there wearing beads hanging off their forearms so they can get "hit by pitch". I thought there are rules against all these accoutrements?


Come up wearing a Snugli and eliminate the pitcher from even thinking about going inside.
   131. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:30 PM (#4408056)
110 pitches. A bit over-optimum for seven innings, but still not too shabby.
   132. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:33 PM (#4408058)
A.J. Polack unties it with a squeaker of a HR to RF. 2-1 Texas

Moreland HR makes it 3-1 Texas. That pitch was right in his wheelhouse.

Hellickson rattled? Maybe?
   133. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:35 PM (#4408059)
Rays pitching seems to be overdoing the regression thing.
   134. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:36 PM (#4408060)
like the idea of Justin upton playing 'angry' all season
   135. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:37 PM (#4408061)
That last one to Gentry sailed 390 feet, but stayed in the park. As Gentry was stepping up to the plate Hellickson's face looked like a blowfish, like he was ready to spit nails from giving up the two HR. Hope he can settle down during the half-inning, but wasn't this a knock on him right after he came up?
   136. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:41 PM (#4408063)
I do not think that ball was actually interfered with.
   137. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:45 PM (#4408064)
Mets radio saying Durbin has allowed all 7 of his inherited runners to score. I haven't verified.

He's the undisputed leader of the Phillies' bullpen, which has allowed 12 out of 13 inherited runners to score.
   138. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4408067)
and a met was just busted picking his nose in the dugout

that's gonna generate some twitter action
   139. Honkie Kong Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:56 PM (#4408071)
Man, Justin Upton is en fuego.
Heyward needs to snap out of it though. BJ Upton and Simmons can show a bit more interest in working the count too!
   140. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 09:59 PM (#4408072)
Heyward needs to snap out of it though. BJ Upton and Simmons can show a bit more interest in working the count too!

No need when Justin can do the work of 8 others.
   141. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:03 PM (#4408075)
that sums up Michael young in a nutshell. 3-2 pitch gets a fastball down the middle takes a big swing and hits a long fly ball out
   142. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:04 PM (#4408076)
Justin's brother BJ I won't be able to get a sack of rancid vegetables for in my roto league. I also have Justin, at least.


Mets keeping it real, nice win.
   143. Rob_Wood Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:12 PM (#4408080)

I watched the phils game tonight - halladay has definitely entered another (final) phase of his career. Not sure if he can adapt to having less stuff since he still tries to get hitters out the old way.
   144. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:15 PM (#4408081)
If Joe Ortiz and Jose Molina collide in a run down to 1B it just might change the orbit of the Earth.

/Dock Ellis on acid
   145. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:23 PM (#4408083)
Rays conceding the game here, Kyle Farnsworth coming in.
   146. RollingWave Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4408095)
so Brian Cashman is essentially doing a FU to all of us so far this season as Vernon Wells is crushing the ball, and so's Travis Hafner and Kevin Youkilis.

(the yankees are still pretty bad so far however.)

   147. Guapo Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:52 PM (#4408097)
Derek Lowe walks Shelly Duncan on 4 pitches with the bases loaded.
   148. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 10:56 PM (#4408099)
Rangers pen seems a bit thin if Derek Lowe is the answer in the 8th inning of a close game.
   149. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:06 PM (#4408107)
EYJr got picked off stealing just in time, because here comes CarGo with a homer run into McCovey Cove. 3-1 Giants now.

And a guy fished out the ball from the bay with a custom little net on his fishing rod. Only in S.F.
   150. RollingWave Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:07 PM (#4408109)
for a guy who didn't sniff the majors until age 27, Shelly Duncan has done a lot better than I thought he would. I can't believe he's been average hitter as a whole in his career, I was sure he'd be playing for the Brothers Elephants by now.
   151. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:10 PM (#4408111)
Kelly Johnson is a popup machine.
   152. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:12 PM (#4408112)
Jose Molina just stole second base. WOW.
   153. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:16 PM (#4408115)
Rays put the tying run on first as Sean Rodriguez singles in Molina.
   154. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:17 PM (#4408116)
Good P.A. by S-Rod, I never woulda thunk it. Zobrist could make it interesting.
   155. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:22 PM (#4408118)
Zobrist just got called out on a 3-2 pitch that was at his ankles and off the plate. Wow, what an awful call. And it would've brought Longoria up with tying run on 2nd, goahead run on 1st. What a horrible way for a game to end.
   156. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:23 PM (#4408121)
That was a horseshit call. I cannot believe it was called a strike. Nathan couldn't believe it was called a strike.
   157. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:24 PM (#4408122)
He certainly made it interesting, all right. I don't know what Joe thinks he's going to accomplish by arguing at this point. That stinks for the Rays, I'd like to have seen Longoria drive in the tying or winning run(s).
   158. Jim Wisinski Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:25 PM (#4408124)
That was an insanely bad call. It was barely ever in line with the plate during the entire delivery and nearly bounced in the dirt. Utterly inexcusable.
   159. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:26 PM (#4408126)
   160. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:27 PM (#4408128)
I never even considered that that pitch could be a strike. Instantly I figured he walked.
   161. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:32 PM (#4408132)
The best part of it was Texas' commentators calling it a 'borderline' pitch that could've gone either way.
   162. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:35 PM (#4408133)
Cue the outrage over bad ball/strike calls, to be followed by stunning inaction by HizzonerForLife Selig.
   163. Dan Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:38 PM (#4408134)
Umpire's internal monologue:

"Alright, 3-2 count, 2 outs in the 9th, one pitch away from getting out of here and back to my hotel room for room service and pay per view"
"Crap, that's ball 4"
"Is that close enough to call a strike? I don't want to be stuck here for another half inning or worse EXTRA INNINGS"
"Screw it, I'm calling it. I want to get out of here"

::makes dramatic late strike 3 call::
   164. Blastin Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:40 PM (#4408135)
Wow. I usually don't care much about ball/strike stuff, but lordy that was... I can't even with that.
   165. OsunaSakata Posted: April 08, 2013 at 11:53 PM (#4408140)
Worst end of game call since that play at the plate with Atlanta and Pittsburgh.
   166. Baldrick Posted: April 09, 2013 at 12:13 AM (#4408153)
I'm away from the TV and can't get my VPN to work. Anyone watch the Giants game? Was Bumgarner's control really bad, or was it just one of those games where everything misses by an inch or two?
   167. Austin Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:14 AM (#4408174)
Strike three to Zobrist was a seriously ugly call, but it wasn't quite as bad as it looked. It was a curveball, so if it crosses the bottom edge of the strike zone, it should already be expected to look low by the time it reaches the catcher's mitt. Pierzynski's shitty framing then dragged the ball even closer to the ground as he caught it. The PITCHf/x plot bears out that it wasn't necessarily too low. The bigger problem is how far outside it was, but there's also a caveat there - the "lefty strike zone" means that pitches a couple inches off the plate to left-handed batters are often called strikes. This pitch was still well outside even the shifted zone, but I'm not even sure it's in the worst 1% of missed calls.
   168. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 09, 2013 at 02:37 AM (#4408179)
In spite of pitch/fx, that looked awful, definitely in the worst 2%, perhaps 1% if you exclude Angel Hernandez called 3rd strikes.
   169. TomH Posted: April 09, 2013 at 08:10 AM (#4408224)
Gregg has called strikes on pitches 3 inches further outside.
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