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Breakfast in Boston OMNICHATTER (April 15, 2019)

Red Sox-Orioles 11:05 first pitch.

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   1. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5831925)
Not quite Wimbeldon, but pretty close...
   2. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5831927)
The Sox probably wouldn't mind a rain out. Due to illnesses the lineup today is;

Pedroia DH
Betts CF
Moreland 1B
Martinez RF
Bogaerts SS
Devers 3B
Pearce LF
Swihart C
Vázquez 2B

Nunez and Bradley aren’t available due to the illness and Benintendi fouled a ball off his foot yesterday. Still, with all that happening Vazquez at second and Swihart behind the plate looks backwards to me. Shades of Doug Mientkiewicz getting a start at second base in 2004.
   3. Nasty Nate Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:25 AM (#5831932)
Why wouldn't they just have Pedroia at 2B? Or Pearce started some games there in 2015 and 2016.
   4. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:41 AM (#5831937)
I think Vazquez and Swihart are both more athletic than Pearce at this stage of their careers. I suspect they don't want Pedroia with his bad legs on the wet field. Why not send down Walden and call up Lin?
   5. PreservedFish Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:47 AM (#5831939)
I always thought that Mientkiewicz would make a cromulent 2B. He had wonderful range and fluidity for a 1B, certainly more so than Daniel Murphy.
   6. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:01 AM (#5831949)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY?!
   7. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:03 AM (#5831950)
Christian Vazquez played 5 innings at second base in A ball, so everything should be fine.
   8. Nasty Nate Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:10 AM (#5831956)
Before you made your edit, I was wondering why you were referencing a Red Sox backup MI from 15 years ago (Ramon Vazquez). I thought maybe he was making a comeback.

Ramon was traded in separate deals for each of the managers of last year's World Series!
   9. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:21 AM (#5831963)
Like Mienkiewicz Vazquez starts a DP in the first inning!
   10. PreservedFish Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM (#5831978)
Great pick by Vazquez. The guy is a phenom out there!
   11. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM (#5831994)
So are the Orioles maybe not completely terrible or is this a team that at some point is going to lose 50 out of 60 games once the league gets warmed up?
   12. Nasty Nate Posted: April 15, 2019 at 12:07 PM (#5832000)
So are the Orioles maybe not completely terrible or is this a team that at some point is going to lose 50 out of 60 games once the league gets warmed up?
They are on a 60-100 pace already. That would be a terrible finish compared to anything but their season last year.
   13. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 12:12 PM (#5832001)
12--I read multiple forecasts that had the Orioles as historically bad which was the basis for the question. 60-102 is not historically bad. That's just bad. Just clarifying.
   14. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 12:47 PM (#5832023)
That's right, Crew plays St Louis again. Stealing from Hamilton, Awesome--wow.

On Brewcrewball it was pointed out that Milwaukee plays Cards and Dodgers 17 times by May 1st.
   15. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:06 PM (#5832031)
Lou Merloni is ####### terrible in the booth. I really wish WEEI would stop using him.
   16. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:36 PM (#5832042)
12--I read multiple forecasts that had the Orioles as historically bad which was the basis for the question. 60-102 is not historically bad. That's just bad. Just clarifying.


I'd expect them to wind up with ~105-110 losses which would still be an improvement. It's hard to be as bad as they were last year. I think predicting a team to be historically great or historically bad is a fool's errand, baseball just doesn't work that way. Results get pushed to the middle, #### happens.
   17. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:43 PM (#5832046)
I like that the Orioles are so pitiful that a 6-10 start (which is outpacing their pythag.) has people asking, "Maybe they aren't as bad as we thought?"
   18. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:47 PM (#5832048)
If Chris Davis could hit against Red Sox pitching all year, he’d be an all-star.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:48 PM (#5832049)
Chris Davis HRs against Boston.
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:51 PM (#5832052)
Whatever we call the Orioles, it's still pretty embarrassing to only split a home 4-gamer against them.
   21. manchestermets Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:53 PM (#5832055)
These "MLB flashbacks" that mlb.tv show between innigs would be fine if they had more than about 10 of them, so you didn't see the same ones a number of times during every game.
   22. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 01:57 PM (#5832059)
Seriously, how much would it cost MLB to get some college intern to go through their footage, and find the top twenty or so plays for each day. Then you would have the novelty of different plays every day, and it would tie to the schedule. You could probably do it for a few thousand dollars.
   23. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 15, 2019 at 02:25 PM (#5832073)
I like that the Orioles are so pitiful that a 6-10 start (which is outpacing their pythag.) has people asking, "Maybe they aren't as bad as we thought?"
"They're still sh!tty."
   24. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 15, 2019 at 02:31 PM (#5832076)
And yet they're now a combined 4-3 in Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. Wonder what the odds would've been on that about a month ago?
   25. jmurph Posted: April 15, 2019 at 02:56 PM (#5832086)
And yet they're now a combined 4-3 in Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park.


Well yeah, anyone can pile up wins against the dregs of the AL East.
   26. salvomania Posted: April 15, 2019 at 05:01 PM (#5832150)
Weird day in Boston:
Woke up to a steady, heavy rain, which lightened up to a drizzle by 8 or 9am.
Rain completely stopped by the time the marathon began, but still gray.
Bright, sunny day by noon.
Went out for lunch around 1:30 and it was gorgeous, thousands of runners milling about in their "baked potato" foil wrappers.
By 3pm it was gray again with sheets of rain and an intense rain pummeling the straggling finishers (my work is just down the street from the finish line)
By 4:30 it's bright sunshine again, but still a bit of a wind. Runners still coming in.
   27. JJ1986 Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:30 PM (#5832195)
Bryce Harper is wearing too many colors.
   28. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:46 PM (#5832196)

cardinals hitting the ball hard early.

dejong launched a rocket.
   29. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 07:49 PM (#5832197)
ozuna dozing on the basepaths again ...

he's on first with two outs. o'neil hits a mile high popup, and marcel just stands there. what the hell was he thinking?
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:00 PM (#5832200)
Dan McLaughlin "Cardinals with back to back homeruns, both no doubters, 905 feet."

dang that is two pretty good bombs to be honest... I missed both of them.
   31. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:02 PM (#5832201)

ha ... dan mentions that the first two homers for the cards were no doubters, '900 feet of home run', and horton joshes him, surprised that the added it up without any help, saying he didn't think dan was much for math. truer words were never spoken, if he was good at math he'd understand metrics.
   32. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:02 PM (#5832202)

ooof ... cain robs us again!
   33. KB JBAR (trhn) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:13 PM (#5832204)
Darvish is tough to watch. Marmolvian. Chatwoody, even.
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:21 PM (#5832206)
well that inning sucked.
   35. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:22 PM (#5832207)
Yelich. In a few years this will be a newly defined word for being awesome beyond understanding
   36. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:24 PM (#5832208)

argh, bad inning for the redbirds.
   37. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:25 PM (#5832209)

cfb, i promise i'm not aping you on purpose.

i should refresh before i post.
   38. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:28 PM (#5832211)
Two pitches to DeJong in the zone called balls.
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:29 PM (#5832212)
By ops+ Ozuna is the Cardinals third best hitter (behind Wong and Dejong)

now if he could learn to run the bases.
   40. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:30 PM (#5832214)

this might turn into a slugfest ...
   41. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:33 PM (#5832218)
Yadier... in play run.
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:35 PM (#5832219)
Robinson pinch hitting for Tyler O'Neil. I'm thinking he must be injured.
   43. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:36 PM (#5832220)
Right Arm Soreness for Tyler O'Neil.
   44. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:40 PM (#5832221)

whoa ... there is a young lady in the first row who is exploiting the warm pleasant conditions inside the stadium by dressing quite casually.
   45. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:42 PM (#5832223)
44–probably front row Amy.
   46. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:42 PM (#5832225)

bader is hurt too. so now we are thin in the outfield tonight.
   47. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:44 PM (#5832226)

we're dropping like flies.

hudson being looked at, but now he stays in.
   48. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:44 PM (#5832227)
especially cf.
   49. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:44 PM (#5832228)
medical team out to check on Hudson.
   50. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:46 PM (#5832229)

geez, i think i'd take out hudson. he doesn't look right.

now that i've said that, he'll probably shut down the brewers.
   51. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:46 PM (#5832231)
This ump is missing strikes regularly.
   52. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 08:48 PM (#5832232)
Ron Kulpa! He’s the mfer who was in the thing with the guys right ? Doing my best Oceans 11 but I cannot remember the details
   53. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:10 PM (#5832245)
that is a ####### bullshit call.
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:11 PM (#5832246)
Goldschmidt called out on a foul tip, on a pitch he didn't swing at and that missed his bat by about 6 inches.
   55. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:11 PM (#5832247)
Trevor Cahill. Feh.
   56. Master of the Horse Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:15 PM (#5832251)
54. At least this terrible ump ##### everyone.
   57. salvomania Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:22 PM (#5832254)
Goldschmidt called out on a foul tip, on a pitch he didn't swing at and that missed his bat by about 6 inches.

His bat hit the catcher's mitt, should have been awarded first on catcher's interference, which would have loaded the bases.
   58. salvomania Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:22 PM (#5832255)
As the Brewers' announcers said, "Brewers caught a break."
   59. Brian C Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:44 PM (#5832260)
5.2 IP for Yu Darvish, giving up 2 runs, walking a bunch of guys (4) but striking out twice as many.

Still not good, exactly, and still pretty tough to watch. But approaching adequacy, so I'll take it.
   60. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2019 at 09:54 PM (#5832264)
Joey Gallo freakin' beat the shift for an RBI single. He didn't do it on purpose, got jammed and it just went left of second, but ... man. Arlington is ever and always a house of horrors for the Angels.
   61. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:01 PM (#5832267)
All falling apart for the Angels. Cam Bedrosian isn't a useful reliever anymore.
   62. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:08 PM (#5832268)

now we're losing umpires? i stepped out for awhile ...
   63. JJ1986 Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:09 PM (#5832269)
Let's delay the game for multiple minutes to determine if an already safe runner popped off the bag for a second. Why not?

edit: ####### absurd overturn.
   64. Howie Menckel Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:20 PM (#5832272)
if that's the Mets game, announcer at first called the overturn "the worst...."

then one more replay showed the old safe, play is over, but runner pops up, fielder puts glove back on runner and in that millisecond....

the rule sucks, but based on the rule it was the correct call

meanwhile, a tremendous stab at 3B by 144 MLB OPS+ in 302 career PA hitter Jeff McNeil for a clutch 8th-inning DP as Mets cling to 6-5 lead.

this just days before Todd "Pipp" Frazier's return
   65. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 15, 2019 at 10:45 PM (#5832275)
Literally over half of the Reds’ lineup against the Dodgers, including their entire outfield, are Dodger castaways.
   66. Howie Menckel Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:03 PM (#5832282)
Mets top 10th, 6-6 game, 2 out and none on

Dom Smith takes a 2-2 pitch that looks to be well off the plate, takes off helmet and slams it to the ground and a piece of the helmet chips off. ump points to ground - apparently to indicate a fine - but no ejection.

kinda seemed like the ump knew he blew it. not gonna change the call, but not gonna compound the mistake with a toss (Mets have one hitter left on bench)
   67. salvomania Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:17 PM (#5832285)
Yelich with his 7th homer against the Cardinals this year (he has 8 total).
   68. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:21 PM (#5832286)
I think that's the 3rd HP ump to leave a Brewers game in their last six games.
   69. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:42 PM (#5832290)
Great ugly win for the Mets. Diaz completely overpowers Harper, Hoskins, and Realmuto to end it. Maybe next time bring him in with the bases loaded and two outs in the 8th?
   70. phredbird Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:52 PM (#5832292)

god rick sutcliffe is unbearable.
   71. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: April 15, 2019 at 11:54 PM (#5832295)
Callaway in the postgame answering my question with an emphatic "no". Ugh.
   72. Howie Menckel Posted: April 16, 2019 at 12:16 AM (#5832299)
amusing play by butcher Hoskins to give Mets the go-ahead run.

1st and 2nd, 2 out, tie game, 11th inning.

hard-hit ball to first base, your Babe Ruth League coach already has taught you to keep the ball in front of you - worst-case scenario is bases loaded, 2 outs.

but Hoskins puts on the matador outfit and waves the red cape from the side.

the ball missed the cape.
   73. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 16, 2019 at 12:52 AM (#5832304)
Kemp and Puig beat the Dodgers today. ####.
   74. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 16, 2019 at 01:14 AM (#5832307)
They still play nine, no?
Dodgers 9th Pederson homered to right (384 feet), Taylor scored. CIN 3 LAD 4
   75. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 16, 2019 at 01:15 AM (#5832308)
Lol, reverse jinx! Pederson saved the day.

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