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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Just-In-Case Opening Thursday Omnithread

BOS (Lester) at DET (Verlander) at 1:05
ATL (Hanson) at NYM (Santana) at 1:10
PHI (Halladay) at PIT (Bedard) at 1:35
WSH (Strasburg) at CHC (Dempster) 2:20
TOR (Romero) at CLE (Masterson) at 3:05
MIA (Buerhle) at CIN (Cueto) at 4:05
LAD (Kershaw) at SD (Volquez) at 7:05


All times EST. Remember, there is no such thing as too much baseball.

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   1. Cabbage Posted: April 05, 2012 at 12:04 PM (#4097886)
Lousy lazy Primer Chimp.
   2. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4097911)
Good old Extra Innings package. You may not be MLB.tv (that'll probably be next year) but you are still awesome.
   3. TerpNats Posted: April 05, 2012 at 12:38 PM (#4097928)
Still no MASN on Lynchburg Comcast cable, so I will have to hope WGN won't be blacked out locally.
   4. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM (#4097937)
there is no such thing as too much baseball.


Right now there might be, I have no idea which game to watch. Halladay? Strasburg? Jays opener? I guess it'll be Boston and Detroit until Halladay starts, then maybe switch over to the Jays game. I'm not used to having the ability to watch any televised game.
   5. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 12:53 PM (#4097940)
...Johan Santana is starting for the Mets on Opening Day. I can scarcely believe it.
   6. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4097943)
...Johan Santana is starting for the Mets on Opening Day. I can scarcely believe it.


Opening day for the Mets
   7. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:00 PM (#4097947)
Read yesterday that the Mets actually have the best record on opening days.
   8. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:04 PM (#4097952)
What is the deal with no official game threads?
   9. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4097958)
MLB.tv hd feed looks great.
   10. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4097960)
MLB.tv hd feed looks great.


It does.
   11. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4097961)
The Mets have like .630 WP on opening days. Why do you build me up, buttercup.
   12. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4097962)
With all these games going, I feel like I should take advantage of the split screen MLB.tv. Anyone doing that?
   13. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4097964)
NESN graphics department apparently skeptical of Aviles' glove at short, too.
   14. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4097965)
Mini-checklist:
Somebody goes at least 5 innings of no-hit ball [ ]
Strike out of side [ ]
Somebody hits more than one dinger [ ] (Somebody goes the full Tuffy Rhodes [])
Walk-off []
Pitcher gets a hit [ ]
Bryce Harper gets a hit in AAA game []
Somebody hits a triple [ ]
Verlander hits 100+ [ ]
Umpire ejects somebody [ ] (Not named Bobby Valentine or Ozzie Guillen [ ])
Somebody has more than one error [ ]
   15. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4097967)
I cannot wait to watch Miggy Cabrera play 3b again. This is going to be so much fun!
   16. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4097968)
What is the deal with no official game threads?


Primer Chimp missed his fight back from Spring Training.
   17. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:10 PM (#4097969)
First pitch of the Sox season is a strike looking. They're doooomed!
   18. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4097971)
Baseball!
   19. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4097972)
_elmon Young appears to have decided that he wasn't a terrible enough fielder, and he should get super fat, too.
   20. staring out the window and waiting for fenderbelly Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM (#4097973)
Here we goooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Seems more like a real opening day than the previous three games.)
   21. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM (#4097975)
Young was fat before too. He lost a lot of weight before 2010.
   22. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:12 PM (#4097976)
Time for a beer! Yay vacation days!
   23. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4097979)
Okay, so, judging by the first inning, Verlander will be the first person to throw a perfect season.
   24. JJ1986 Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:14 PM (#4097981)
Mookie!
   25. nick swisher hygiene Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4097982)
two games in Japan, one yesterday, half a dozen today; no game threads: what a wet fart of a start to the season......
   26. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4097983)
Verlander is unfair. The movement on the fastball is ridiculous. AND he can throw 100.
   27. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:15 PM (#4097985)
Why oh why is there a 3 Stooges movie?
   28. PreservedFish Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4097986)
Lezgo Mets!
   29. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4097988)

CBS Game Tracker is showing 3 bench players for the Sox. Is that correct?
   30. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4097991)
There goes the perfect game.
   31. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4097992)
Why oh why is there a 3 Stooges movie?


That isn't the start of it. Nevermind that it will be horrible... but there's something wrong with it's very premise. The Stooges were raised by Nuns? Seriously? They do realize the original Stooges were all Jewish, right?
   32. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4097993)
Great double play.
   33. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4097995)
CBS Game Tracker is showing 3 bench players for the Sox. Is that correct?
Yup. 13 pitchers to start the season. The hope is that they can counter the lack of quality in the bullpen with an abundance of quantity.
   34. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4097997)
This game will be done by 2:30.
   35. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4097999)
CBS Game Tracker is showing 3 bench players for the Sox. Is that correct?


Yes. 13 pitches to open the season since so many of their relievers are guys who can only get either RHH or LHH out and Bailey is out. Expect a lot of playing the matchups to get through the 6th and 7th innings for the first few weeks until a few of the RHP show they can get lefties out.
   36. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4098001)
Good to see Santana back.
   37. Swedish Chef Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4098002)
Plenty of empty seats in the stands at Citifield.
   38. PreservedFish Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM (#4098005)
Nobody specify what game you're talking about! I enjoy the mystery.
   39. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4098007)
Ross will also be an everyday player until Crawford is back, so there's less of a need for an extra bat on the bench. If Repko or Ciriaco or Spears had made the team, they probably would've seen 0 game action outside of a blowout scenario where Bobby would be looking to rest the regulars. But resting the regulars is less important this early in the season anyway, so why not get a pitcher who might have some use rather than a guy whose ass would be stapled to the bench?
   40. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4098008)
I'm watching the Masters. Is this supposed to be a baseball thread?
   41. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4098009)
Yup. 13 pitchers to start the season. The hope is that they can counter the lack of quality in the bullpen with an abundance of quantity.


8 relievers plus a 5th starter who won't be needed until Apr 24? That's just nuts.
   42. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4098010)
Okay, there goes the perfect season for Verlander.
   43. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4098011)
Bunt papi!
   44. TerpNats Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4098012)
Read yesterday that the Mets actually have the best record on opening days.
Ironic, that, considering that the Mets won a World Series before ever winning on opening day (1970, the last opener at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh).
   45. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4098016)
Or, you know, a double down the opposite field line!
   46. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4098017)
8 relievers plus a 5th starter who won't be needed until Apr 24? That's just nuts.
They're using all five starters. The day off is going to be used for giving everyone extra rest instead of for skipping the #5.
   47. Misirlou's been working for the drug squad Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:24 PM (#4098020)
Ross will also be an everyday player until Crawford is back, so there's less of a need for an extra bat on the bench.


I don't understand this logic.
   48. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM (#4098024)
Verlander should go back to the heater.
   49. Swedish Chef Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4098026)
With Uggla its almost as if Frenchy never left for Braves fans.
   50. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4098028)
The Sox 6-9 is vastly less threatening than 1-5.
   51. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:26 PM (#4098029)
The real problem is that the Sox didn't have a good bat for the last spot. The final contenders for the 25th man position were a RH 5th OF (redundant with McDonald) and a utility infielder (redundant with Punto). The Sox will probably be looking for a lefty bat once they get the bullpen settled.
   52. JJ1986 Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM (#4098030)
I don't understand this logic.


I think it's because none of the bench guys are good enough to use as pinch hitters, so they'll always be available for defensive duty.
   53. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:27 PM (#4098032)
The real problem is that the Sox didn't have a good bat for the last spot.


They do. They just stashed them in AAA. They'd rather they get regular at bats.
   54. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4098035)
They do. They just stashed them in AAA. They'd rather they get regular at bats.
Oh, yeah. I was simplifying - they need a lefty bat that they don't mind if he only gets a couple PA per week.
   55. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM (#4098037)
Is Cody Ross allowed to append "2010 October Hero" to the end of his name whenever he wants?
   56. DA Baracus Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4098039)
With Uggla its almost as if Frenchy never left for Braves fans.


Except no one blindly defends Uggla. (Well, one guy I know does.)

Also, kill me now, Chip Caray is calling the game.
   57. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4098040)
Ryan Sweeney, who couldn't crack the A's starting lineup, is hitting 6th for the Red Sox. Amazing.
   58. PreservedFish Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM (#4098041)
The Mets have a very respectable lineup for such a supposedly bad team. At least, almost all of the players are no-doubt oughta-be-starters.
   59. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4098052)
Ryan Sweeney, who couldn't crack the A's starting lineup, is hitting 6th for the Red Sox. Amazing.
You talk about a guy who can sell jeans, though.
   60. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4098053)
Except no one blindly defends Uggla. (Well, one guy I know does.)


If Francoeur could fake 2B he'd have been a lot more beloved by stats folks.
   61. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4098057)
Ryan Sweeney, who couldn't crack the A's starting lineup, is hitting 6th for the Red Sox. Amazing.


The guy has had 300-500 PA in all of the last 4 years. I'd hardly call that not cracking the starting lineup. He had 488 PA batting third for the A's.
   62. McCoy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:35 PM (#4098059)
I get to watch the Cubs on Opening Day! Yeah!
   63. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4098063)
How the #### did Fielder hit that? It was ball 4 anyway.
   64. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:37 PM (#4098064)
For some reason the HD channels of Extra Innings aren't working. Have sound but no video.
Fail.
   65. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4098066)
Paying twice the money for EI over MLB.tv is fail ipso facto.
   66. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4098068)
Delmon young: close your mouth. Lester's not throwing twinkies.
   67. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM (#4098069)
Judging by the "CHOOOOCH" on the Standard-Def of Pit-Phil, though, I'm guessing plenty of Phanatics took the trip across the Keystone State.
   68. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4098072)
Paying twice the money for EI over MLB.tv is fail ipso facto.


Main problem is that I don't have a Smart Phone that's good enough for MLB.TV and such. I've already decided next season I'm going to go that direction.
   69. JJ1986 Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4098074)
Duda's looked awkward on two balls already.
   70. JJ1986 Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4098075)
Paying twice the money for EI over MLB.tv is fail ipso facto.


It's free today.
   71. The Piehole of David Wells Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4098076)
The cutter or slider is working for Lester.
   72. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4098080)
Not to jinx nothin', but Johan Santana looks like a good major league pitcher. Not quite Johan Santana - he won't blow any righties away with that fastball - but a good pitcher who should win a bunch of games.
   73. PreservedFish Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4098083)
Duda's looked awkward on two balls already.


1.000 awkwardness rating. He's Incaviglian.
   74. zonk Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4098086)
With Toews still out, Dempster is contemplating foregoing the start to fly up to Minnesota.... Feels weird not to have Zambrano get knocked around on opening day (I know Demp got the nod last year, but that was weird, too).
   75. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4098100)
Halladay also will fail in the great pursuit of a perfect season.
   76. DA Baracus Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4098101)
If Francoeur could fake 2B he'd have been a lot more beloved by stats folks.


Agreed. Also CF, at least compared to the slop the Braves have run out there for the past few years.
   77. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4098105)
If Francoeur could fake 2B he'd have been a lot more beloved by stats folks.
Also, doesn't Uggla draw walks? And hit lots of homers?

Uggla's a TTO hitter who can (sort of) play an up-the-middle defensive position. He's really no kind of Frenchy comp.
   78. hokieneer Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:49 PM (#4098106)
If you are stuck at work, and not a MLB.tv subscriber like me, the Sox/Tigers are streaming on ESPN3.com. The Marlins/Reds will be streaming at 4 as well.

Of course, with all access to any baseball game by any avenue, blackout restrictions apply.
   79. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:50 PM (#4098107)
If Frenchy could handle a premier defensive position, he wouldn't be Frenchy.
   80. DA Baracus Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4098113)
Also, doesn't Uggla draw walks?


Not last year.

He's really no kind of Frenchy comp.


He was last year (the first half). That's the comparison, it's just superficial.
   81. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4098116)
Jeff Francoeur's career high in walks drawn is 42. Dan Uggla's career low in walks is 48.

Last year Uggla drew 62 walks, close to double Frenchy's total in KC.
   82. Swedish Chef Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4098121)
Yes, the Frenchy-Uggla comparison is based on the hapless flailing of 2011 (and 2012?) Uggla.
   83. hokieneer Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:56 PM (#4098127)
Better bounce back candidate this year: Santana or Morneau
   84. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 01:59 PM (#4098132)
Better bounce back candidate this year: Santana or Morneau


Hard to compare pitchers with hitters, but I'd say Santana, if only because of the fact he's playing in a pitcher's park and pitching while Morneau is in a pitcher's park and hitting.
   85. ColonelTom Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4098136)
Galvis giveth (great DP turn with 2 on, 0 out) and Galvis taketh away (GIDP with 2 on, 1 out).
   86. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4098138)
I really don't buy that Morneau's going to come back at all.
   87. Swedish Chef Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4098139)
, but I'd say Santana, if only because of the fact he's playing in a pitcher's park and pitching

They changed the dimensions, maybe it's a bandbox now.
   88. PreservedFish Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4098142)
Torres' stance reminds me of Pagan's. I think he might just be Pagan but short.
   89. Mike Webber Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:01 PM (#4098143)
I'll back Santana too. Morneau's head injuries just don't seem to be clearing up.
   90. Swedish Chef Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4098145)
If only Uggla could fake 2B.
   91. Gamingboy Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:02 PM (#4098146)
Yeah, after all, he's apparently going to only be able to DH for awhile, apparently.
   92. PreservedFish Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4098147)
What a funny player Uggla is. If he was 6'2", and otherwise exactly the same player, would anyone ever think to put him at second base?
   93. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4098148)
And when we say 'fake it at 2B' we mean exactly that. E4 on Uggla. Pickoff by Hanson/Freeman.
   94. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4098151)
I like Morneau's chances better since they decided to just use him as sthe everyday DH. I still don't know how his chances are overall, but they're definitely better than they would be if he had to play the field as well.
   95. Dan Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4098152)
Personally, I think the Braves should just move Uggla to third base after Chipper's retirement.
   96. Lassus Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4098153)
Nice just-in-case, I see.

I think I already hate Torres.
   97. hokieneer Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4098154)
Yeah I'm leaning towards Santana as well.
   98. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4098155)
True, but the fact that they had to get him off the field makes me skeptical his head's going to allow him to perform his newly limited duties, either.
   99. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:06 PM (#4098158)
Santana's grinning ear-to-ear out there. It's ####### adorable.
   100. Lassus Posted: April 05, 2012 at 02:08 PM (#4098163)
SIT DOWN FATSO
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