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Do you smell what OMNICHATTER’s cooking?! for May 2, 2018

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   1. Blastin Posted: May 02, 2018 at 09:00 AM (#5664244)
Will Ken Giles pitch today after getting hit hard by both Sanchez and his own dumb self?
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5664293)
Rockies/Cubs game last night had:

Four solo homers
Two singles
One triple
Four walks
Sixteen strikeouts

I'm glad they won, but that's a pretty dull game. Not just twice as many strikeouts as hits, but twice as many strikeouts as guys running the bases.
   3. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 09:59 AM (#5664295)
That was with the wind blowing out! All 4 home runs were wind aided and wouldn't have gone out just a couple days ago. I shudder to imagine what that game would have looked like in the weather we had this weekend.
   4. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:04 AM (#5664299)
If Sean Newcomb and company can hold down the Mets offense long enough for his fellows to end Jake DeGrom's 14+ scoreless innings streak, the Braves have a chance to take the lead in the division. If they do that, it will be the first division lead this late in the season (May) since 2014.
   5. Lassus Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:13 AM (#5664309)
Let us hope civilization doesn't come to that type of nadir today.
   6. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:15 AM (#5664312)
Still absorbing that postseasonworthy Yankees-Astros game last night, and one play in particular has stuck with me: Correa goes deep in the hole to throw out Sanchez.

On one level it wasn't particularly exceptional, since we've all seen plenty of similar plays like this is recent years. But it got me to thinking, and looking back, I realized that until fairly recently we never saw shortstops (or 2nd or 3rd basemen) with that sort of combination of athleticism and arm strength that would enable them to rob hitters from that far away while going in the opposite direction from 1st base. IMO this is exactly the sort of play that makes baseball in the 21st century as radically distinct from the game I grew up with as the NBA of LeBron James and James Harden is distinct from the NBA of George Mikan and Jack Twyman. In all the hundreds of games I saw either in person or on TV from the 50's through the early 70's (and probably well beyond that), I can't remember a single play that was equal to that rather routine highlight play of Correa's last night. Most of the shortstops of those earlier eras never would've even reached the ball, and of the ones who did, they either would've just swallowed it without further action or lobbed a blooper that the runner would've beaten by a mile.

   7. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:17 AM (#5664314)
Let us hope civilization doesn't come to that type of nadir today.


I understand that many of you have become numb to the obscenity and madness of the current day, but there are those of us who refuse to normalize evil.
   8. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:20 AM (#5664317)
If they do that, it will be the first division lead this late in the season (May) since 2014.


Big whoop. That and 5 bucks gets you on the subway.
   9. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:21 AM (#5664318)
That and 5 bucks gets you on the subway.


I hear bad things about the 7 train.
   10. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:22 AM (#5664320)
Let us hope civilization doesn't come to that type of nadir today.


Very good. :)

I understand that many of you have become numb to the obscenity and madness of the current day, but there are those of us who refuse to normalize evil.


The Braves lineup is going to be legit for years to come. I was telling my Cubs fan friend yesterday how depressing it is to realize that the Braves are probably about to win another 15 divisions in a row. Credit where it's due, but I don't think my psyche can handle another era of Braves dominance like that.
   11. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:23 AM (#5664323)
I hear bad things about the 7 train.


You still listening to that idiot Rocker?
   12. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:26 AM (#5664324)
Mike Soroka looked positively Madduxian last night. Absurdly smooth, easy delivery. Hitting spots like a pro. He made three mistakes, all on changes up in the zone. All to Cespedes. All were hit hard. The third one was hit very, very hard.
   13. Lassus Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:29 AM (#5664329)
Mike Soroka looked positively Madduxian last night.

Or like that kid from Baby Driver.
   14. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:32 AM (#5664333)
Or like that kid from Baby Driver.


Yeah. He wears his lack of age explicitly.

During the game FSS interviewed his parents in the stands. His dad is the most Canadian Canadian to ever Canadian a Canadia.
   15. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:37 AM (#5664337)
Mike Soroka looked positively Madduxian last night.


Maybe let him make 2 starts before comparing him to an all time great? On the plus side maybe now we can stop comparing Kyle Hendricks to Maddux now since there is a new possible Maddux comp.

   16. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:43 AM (#5664341)
Maybe let him make 2 starts before comparing him to an all time great?


I didn't compare him to a great in anything but poise and "look." I'm not stupid.
   17. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 10:49 AM (#5664350)
He definitely looked sharp and a good young Braves core is scary. Didn't mean to insinuate that you were stupid. In the Midwest I hear a ton of Maddux/Hendricks comps and it's annoying. Hendricks is good and he throws 88 so therefore he's just like Greg Maddux. Maddux also threw faster in his prime than most people remember. I think he topped out in the low 90s at a time when throwing in the high 90s was a lot more scarce than it is now. Hendricks is a lot more of an outlier today velocity-wise than Maddux was in his prime. Maddux of course was an outlier because he was probably the best pitcher I've ever seen in an era dominated by hitters.
   18. bunyon Posted: May 02, 2018 at 11:26 AM (#5664379)
I was telling my Cubs fan friend yesterday how depressing it is to realize that the Braves are probably about to win another 15 divisions in a row.

I think you underestimate how hard that is to do. Will they win a few divisions the next few years? I'd say yes. Will they win them all? Not a chance.

   19. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 11:47 AM (#5664395)
Of course. I was exaggerating. The point is that the Braves won a crapton of divisions in a row and they are about to be one of the best teams in the National League again, while the Mets have squandered away years of their window with injuries and a failure to spend more money.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 11:50 AM (#5664402)
The Braves lineup is going to be legit for years to come. I was telling my Cubs fan friend yesterday how depressing it is to realize that the Braves are probably about to win another 15 divisions in a row. Credit where it's due, but I don't think my psyche can handle another era of Braves dominance like that.

They're only playing a little better than the Phillies, and the Phillies will spend $200M a year when the time is right. There's going to be plenty of competition.
   21. PreservedFish Posted: May 02, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5664417)
I don't think the Braves are quite at future juggernaut level yet. They have the foundation to build an amazing team - a few exceptional talents in the lineup and huge youthful pitching depth - but it's not easy, even given those pieces, to win.
   22. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:01 PM (#5664426)
The Braves lineup is going to be legit for years to come. I was telling my Cubs fan friend yesterday how depressing it is to realize that the Braves are probably about to win another 15 divisions in a row. Credit where it's due, but I don't think my psyche can handle another era of Braves dominance like that.

They're only playing a little better than the Phillies, and the Phillies will spend $200M a year when the time is right. There's going to be plenty of competition.


Big fish in a small pond. By the end of the season the NL East will be well below .500, and none of its teams would have a prayer of winning in the AL East or AL West.
   23. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5664450)
In the Midwest I hear a ton of Maddux/Hendricks comps and it's annoying. Hendricks is good and he throws 88 so therefore he's just like Greg Maddux. Maddux also threw faster in his prime than most people remember. I think he topped out in the low 90s at a time when throwing in the high 90s was a lot more scarce than it is now. Hendricks is a lot more of an outlier today velocity-wise than Maddux was in his prime. Maddux of course was an outlier because he was probably the best pitcher I've ever seen in an era dominated by hitters.

None of the comparisons were ever because Hendricks in anywhere near as good. There's plenty of similarities and focusing on just the velocity misses it. Of course Maddux was better than Hendricks in every single way, doesn't make Hendricks can't be Maddux-esque.
   24. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5664451)
Big fish in a small pond. By the end of the season the NL East will be well below .500, and none of its teams would have a prayer of winning in the AL East or AL West.


I mean...the Yankees and Red Sox are good. The Astros are good. The Angels are pretty good. But there are some pretty terrible teams in those divisions too. Besides the Marlins, all the NL East teams figure to be pretty close to the Angels level.

   25. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:26 PM (#5664459)
I mean...the Yankees and Red Sox are good. The Astros are good. The Angels are pretty good. But there are some pretty terrible teams in those divisions too. Besides the Marlins, all the NL East teams figure to be pretty close to the Angels level.

I would say the bottom of the AL (CHW, KC, Balt.) is as bad as the bottom of the NL (MIA, CIN, SD). But the top of the AL is clearly better.

There's no NL team close to the quality of HOU, CLE, NYY, BOS.
   26. PreservedFish Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:28 PM (#5664462)
Usually "Maddux-esque" is a very low quality, low information comparison. It means "guy that doesn't throw hard but looks like he pitches smart." Does Hendricks share other similarities with Maddux that make the comparison more useful?
   27. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:29 PM (#5664464)
I like Hendricks. He's fun to watch. I guess the one similarity I can see is that both guys are pretty smart and pitch to weak contact. Shrug. I think the comparison is lazy, but we all have our irrational pet peeves I suppose.

Coke to my fishy friend.
   28. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:37 PM (#5664474)
There's no NL team close to the quality of HOU, CLE, NYY, BOS.


I wouldn't put Cleveland in that category either. I think the Cubs are better than Cleveland. I think the Diamondbacks are pretty legit too; but their injuries are disconcerting. To say that none of these teams are close to each other though? I don't think the NL teams are THAT far apart from Boston and the Yanks. I think Houston is the best team in baseball though.

FWIW my MLB Power Rankings right now:

1) Houston
2) Boston
3) Yanks
4) Arizona
5) Chicago Cubs
   29. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:37 PM (#5664475)
Does Hendricks share other similarities with Maddux that make the comparison more useful?

They kinda have the same haircut.
   30. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 12:42 PM (#5664480)
They kinda have the same haircut.


I bet they eat at the same restaurants and listen to the same music too. Maybe we should set them up.
   31. perros Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:14 PM (#5664516)
Sixteen strikeouts

April marked the first full month in baseball history where strikeouts exceeded hits.

They should set up a cooler of beer right inside the dugout.
   32. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:19 PM (#5664523)
They should set up a cooler of beer right inside the dugout.

C'mon. Everyone knows the keg goes at 1B. No beer if you make an out. Except in the 4th inning. That's the beer inning.
   33. PreservedFish Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:26 PM (#5664529)
Ironically the extra Ks are because the players are trying harder than ever before. Throwing harder and swinging harder.
   34. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:37 PM (#5664537)
Ironically the extra Ks are because the players are trying harder than ever before. Throwing harder and swinging harder.

I don't think swinging/throwing harder means trying harder. It's a change of approach. Not a change of effort level.

Past generations of pitchers were trading less max effort throws for more durability. Past generations of hitters were trading maximum swings for more contact.
   35. perros Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:50 PM (#5664548)
C'mon. Everyone knows the keg goes at 1B. No beer if you make an out. Except in the 4th inning. That's the beer inning.

The only way you drink is for a base on balls. Singles are for losers.
   36. perros Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5664553)

I wouldn't put Cleveland in that category either.

Francona must've read them your comment before they took the field today.
   37. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 01:58 PM (#5664558)

Francona must've read them your comment before they took the field today.


No kidding! But talk about a bad division.
   38. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:01 PM (#5664561)
Francona must've read them your comment before they took the field today.

9-2 in the top of the 3rd, and 5 HRs already. Two off Kluber.

The ball must be flying out in Cle today.
   39. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:02 PM (#5664562)
No kidding! But talk about a bad division.

You can say that again. But, to be fair, three of the teams aren't actually trying to win games this year.
   40. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:05 PM (#5664564)
Joe Kelly watched a couple of games from the stands while he was suspended. One thing he said today is that while watching the game from the stands he understands better the desire to speed the game up.
   41. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:05 PM (#5664565)
Joe Kelly watched a couple of games from the stands while he was suspended. One thing he said today is that while watching the game from the stands he understands better the desire to speed the game up.

That's refreshing.
   42. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:08 PM (#5664567)
three of the teams aren't actually trying to win games this year.


No doubt. And the Twins are playing as bad as any of them and some people thought they won the offseason.
   43. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:09 PM (#5664568)
Joe Kelly watched a couple of games from the stands while he was suspended. One thing he said today is that while watching the game from the stands he understands better the desire to speed the game up.


SUSPEND EVERYONE!
   44. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5664570)
No doubt. And the Twins are playing as bad as any of them and some people thought they won the offseason.

Still early. They've got plenty of time to get healthy feasting on the three amigos in their division.
   45. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:12 PM (#5664571)
Wow, Matt Moore is still in the game after allowing 9 runs in the first 2 innings.

edit: and has now loaded the bases with a BB, double, single.
   46. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:19 PM (#5664576)
Wow, Matt Moore is still in the game


Basically that part of the sentence covers it for me.
   47. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:25 PM (#5664578)
So far Giolito has fanned six of the 11 non-pitchers he's faced today, while Carlos Martinez has whiffed only two of 16 White Sox non-pitchers...

Entering today Martinez was on pace to strike out 231 batters, and he still wasn't even in the NL's top 10 in strikeouts.
   48. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:26 PM (#5664579)
That was not wind aided for Arenado.
   49. perros Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:29 PM (#5664582)
Twins are playing as bad as any of them and some people thought they won the offseason.

The Dodgers have lost more games.
   50. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:30 PM (#5664584)
Arenado has been on a tear since his suspension.
   51. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:35 PM (#5664589)
####### Mookie Betts is unreal. Two more dingers today after coming back from an injury.
   52. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:36 PM (#5664590)
However, he's been a little shaky defensively against the Cubs in that same timeframe.
   53. perros Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:36 PM (#5664591)
Arenado or Machado?
   54. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:44 PM (#5664599)
CARLOS MARTINEZ HOME RUN!

1-0 Birds.

EDIT: Huh, first career homer. I would've thought he'd hit a few by now, given that he's not a terrible hitter (for a pitcher).
   55. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:44 PM (#5664600)
The Cubs lack of HR power this year has been a bit surprising. I mean, the weather contributed somewhat, but they'll still near the bottom of all baseball in HRs.
   56. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:47 PM (#5664605)
What the #### was that throw, Willson?
   57. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:50 PM (#5664611)
The Cubs lack of HR power this year has been a bit surprising


Rizzo will probably wake up and hit some. Contreras only has one or two I think. I figure they'll hit their share over the course of the season.
   58. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:52 PM (#5664614)
The Cubs lack of HR power this year has been a bit surprising.

Well, Rizzo and Bryant only have four combined. Bryant's still been hitting great, Rizzo, not so much. But those are your big HR guys.
   59. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:57 PM (#5664623)
That's kinda my point. But it's not just those 3 you both mentioned. Russell has 0, Happ only 3, etc etc. As a team, their HR/AB is almost half of last season's rate with virtually the same roster.
   60. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 02:58 PM (#5664628)
They should all do whatever Javier Baez is doing.
   61. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:00 PM (#5664630)
Hey, at least Jason Heyward hasn't lost any of his power stroke! His HR numbers haven't dropped off at all.

I was listening to the game on the radio last night, and one of the Rockies announcers said that after Schwarber's triple, "Justin Hayward" flied out to end the inning. Just what the truth is, I can't say any more.
   62. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:02 PM (#5664634)
Carlos Martinez has allowed two runs in 40.1 innings since getting knocked around on Opening Day. Granted, three of the six starts during that stretch have come against the Reds and the White Sox, but still.
   63. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:07 PM (#5664641)
"Justin Hayward" flied out to end the inning


Too bad it's Wednesday Afternoon instead of Tuesday
   64. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:08 PM (#5664643)
Looks like Giolito ran out of gas.
   65. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:17 PM (#5664655)
Despite a slow start (current average .170), Dexter Fowler is on pace to set career highs in homers and RBI for the second straight year. Not bad for a 10-year vet who was a Rockie for the first half of his career.
   66. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:18 PM (#5664658)
Opinion: Mookie Betts is good at the baseball.
   67. jmurph Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:22 PM (#5664662)
Opinion: Mookie Betts is good at the baseball.

Jesus. I saw this and was like "old news, Jose, we already know he has two HRs today" but then no, he does not simply have two HRs today.

Also: perfect time for me to renew my fight to move him from the leadoff spot: 3 solo HRs today!

(I'm not actually invested in this fight, for the record.)
   68. Chip Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:23 PM (#5664663)
Betts now has the Red Sox franchise record for 3-HR games in a career with 4.
   69. The usual palaver and twaddle (Met Fan Charlie) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:24 PM (#5664665)
"Justin Hayward" flied out to end the inning. Just what the truth is, I can't say any more.


He's no Denny Laine.
   70. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:26 PM (#5664668)
I'm not sure Dominic Leone is a guy I'd be bringing into a high-leverage situation with men on base ... he's allowed a baserunner now in 7 straight appearances..
   71. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:27 PM (#5664670)
I think I can see why Carlos Martinez only has two wins this year despite allowing just two runs over his last six starts.
   72. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:28 PM (#5664673)
Betts now has the Red Sox franchise record for 3-HR games in a career with 4.

he's turning into quite the one-trick pony
   73. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:30 PM (#5664675)
... he's allowed a baserunner now in 7 straight appearances..

So far, two batters, 14 pitches, both reached base, the inherited runner has scored and the tying run is on base.
   74. Chip Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:30 PM (#5664676)
John Jay clearly puts foot out of the batter’s box to bunt, ball hits foot ... home plate ump rewards him first. Umpires meet, refuse to reverse obvious mistake. Unreviewable by replay.

Just embarrassing.
   75. salvomania Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:31 PM (#5664677)
Matheny just really wants to be sure Leone doesn't have it before he gets someone else warming up.

Sure, after the infield single to start the inning Martinez is pulled, but Leone gets all kinds of rope...
   76. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:33 PM (#5664678)
Joe Kelly watched a couple of games from the stands while he was suspended. One thing he said today is that while watching the game from the stands he understands better the desire to speed the game up.

That's refreshing.
Eh, I'm sure he followed that up with something like either "...but we players still have to be able do what we need to do" or "...and I think the batters should definitely hurry up." Lots of players say they "understand" that people don't like the dicking around, but they never want to have to change their behavior.
   77. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:34 PM (#5664679)
he's turning into quite the one-trick pony
Nah, there's the bowling thing too.
   78. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:36 PM (#5664683)
He's no Denny Laine.


I'm sure that the Cubs wish that Heyward would just "Go Now"
   79. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:49 PM (#5664695)
Getting hit by a pitch that you swing and miss has to be about as embarrassing as it gets for an MLB player.
   80. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:50 PM (#5664698)
John Jay clearly puts foot out of the batter’s box to bunt, ball hits foot ... home plate ump rewards him first. Umpires meet, refuse to reverse obvious mistake. Unreviewable by replay.

Just embarrassing.


Same thing happened yesterday on his bunt hit. I'm surprised that's not reviewable. That's a tough call for the home plate ump, he's got a lot to look at there and I can understand why he wouldn't see it and the other umps are all 100 feet away so I get why they don't see it.
   81. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5664701)
I don't think they're saying "Yuuu" at Wrigley.
   82. Jose is an Absurd Force of Nature Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:52 PM (#5664702)
Eh, I'm sure he followed that up with something like either "...but we players still have to be able do what we need to do" or "...and I think the batters should definitely hurry up." Lots of players say they "understand" that people don't like the dicking around, but they never want to have to change their behavior.


Probably but Kelly seems like a pretty good guy. I was on field for BP (with a bunch of other folks) a couple weeks after he was traded to Boston and he couldn't have been nicer. Posed for selfies, talked to everyone, signed anything anyone put in front of him. Just a guy I found myself pulling for.

And I say this as someone who HATES watching him pitch. Dude drives me nuts. Throws 102 but no movement, no control. Ick.
   83. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2018 at 03:56 PM (#5664707)
How much longer on that Darvish contract?
   84. Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:17 PM (#5664738)
I don't think they're saying "Yuuu" at Wrigley.

He got quite a few "Yuuuu"s on Friday. I mean, you never know.
   85. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:19 PM (#5664745)
Betts and Encarnacion both with 3 HRs today. It'll be interesting if we get a 3rd 3 HR game tonight. Over/under on when the first 4 HR game this year will be? I'll set it at July 23rd.
   86. perros Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:23 PM (#5664754)
Perhaps Darvish has PTSD.
   87. cardsfanboy Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:31 PM (#5664759)
That Holland signing is looking like a panic move, especially after the start to the season that Bud Norris is having.
   88. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:32 PM (#5664761)
I saw a tweet from Szymborski (sp?) that said he is going to start calling him Greg Netherlands. <applause>
   89. cardsfanboy Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:45 PM (#5664777)
Monthly award winners were announced... No surprises even if I wouldn't have agreed with all the picks.. Scherzer gets NL pitcher of the month(I probably would have gone with Cueto, but the 6 wins vs 3 is a pretty big number to ignore. Manea was the easy choice for the AL pitcher of the month. Ohtani was an easy choice for AL rookie of the month, Villanueva gets NL rookie of the month, (leads the NL in slg and ops... pretty easy choice) I would have gone with Trout over Didi, but they are close enough that I can see a reason to go with Didi. Pollock gets the NL nod, no issue with that one, him, Freeman, Markakis all could have gotten the nod.
   90. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5664784)
I would have gone with Trout over Didi,

Really? 327/421/735 10 HR, 24 R, 30 RBI from a SS crushes 291/408/631 10 HR, 21 R, 18 RBI from a CF. We shouldn't ignore context in awards.

I'm not going to trust Trout's +5 rField in one month at all, which is the only reason he's ahead in bWAR. Didi is ahead in rWAR.
   91. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2018 at 04:55 PM (#5664785)
NYY Roster moves:
Coley Harvey, ESPN Staff Writer

The Yankees made a series of roster moves today, chief among them signing reliever David Hale to a major-league contract, effectively bringing him back to the 25-man roster. He'll be taking the place of lefty starter Jordan Montgomery, who goes on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow strain. The Yankees also reinstated OF Clint Frazier from rehab work, officially taking him off the DL and optioning him to Triple-A (he was already playing in Triple-A as he rehabbed from a concussion). OF Jacoby Ellsbury (plantar fasciitis) was also transferred to the 60-day DL.

Hale is rather well-traveled in the last week or 10 days. Probably just a stopgap since the bullpen covered 8 innings last night. A good effort by Severino tonight gets everyone back on track.
   92. cardsfanboy Posted: May 02, 2018 at 05:00 PM (#5664792)
I'm not going to trust Trout's +5 rField in one month at all, which is the only reason he's ahead in bWAR. Didi is ahead in rWAR.



ehh. Trout has been ripped off so much in award voting, that I default to him in any close race. :)
   93. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 05:12 PM (#5664802)
Cueto is going to see Dr. Andrews this week and I don't think they are gonna discuss the weather.

edited for tense.
   94. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 02, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5664804)
Nolan Arenado has figured out how to avoid having your home run balls thrown back on the field at Wrigley.
   95. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2018 at 05:34 PM (#5664822)
Yankee lineup:
Hicks CF
Judge RF
Gregorius SS
Stanton LF
Sánchez DH
Austin 1B
Andújar 3B
Romine C
Torres 2B
Severino SP

It's not quite a platoon, but Brett Gardner is getting his off days against lefthanders.
   96. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2018 at 05:47 PM (#5664829)
Boone said this hour that Yankees are looking at "6 to 8 weeks" without Montgomery.

German next man up in that slot.
   97. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 02, 2018 at 06:37 PM (#5664844)
It's not quite a platoon, but Brett Gardner is getting his off days against lefthanders.

As well he should. He hasn't hit LHP for the last 2+ years.

Boone said this hour that Yankees are looking at "6 to 8 weeks" without Montgomery.

German next man up in that slot.


They've got the depth to handle this. German, Adams, and Sheffield are all fine #5 SP options.
   98. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2018 at 06:39 PM (#5664845)
coke to Panik - with rum if he's a Giants fan
   99. Howie Menckel Posted: May 02, 2018 at 06:44 PM (#5664848)
Nolan Arenado has figured out how to avoid having your home run balls thrown back on the field at Wrigley.

hit it out of the park?
I've told the story too often, but in the late 1980s I was in SRO in RF bleachers at Wrigley, last row.
HoJo hits one out, guy walking by on the street catches it on one bounce, looks up at me and asks, "Who hit it?"
I tell him, and he shakes his head in the negative - before tossing it OVER the bleachers and onto the field.
I yelled loud enough to tell Andrew Dawson to DUCK that he turned back in my direction. a second later, it just missed him.

I think they extended the bleachers to where that throw would be more difficult - if not almost impossible. I was the only one who saw him retrieve the ball, it seemed, and he looked directly at me. and I was the only one who yelled to Dawson. my weirdest ballpark moment, maybe.
   100. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 02, 2018 at 07:31 PM (#5664864)
Top of the 1st has the Pirates challenging 2 neighborhoodish plays at second with 50% success, on way to 1-0 lead. Bottom of 1st starts with Mr. Leadoff, Bryce Harper, hitting his 10th HR. 1-1.

EDIT: Matt Adams HR makes it 2-1, Nationals.
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