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Nothing I can say but total eclipse of the OMNICHATTER, for August 21, 2017

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LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 01:46 PM | 62 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 02:40 PM (#5517987)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN OR LOSE TODAY?!

The Angels host the Rangers for four games. It's a vital series for the Angels, tied with the Twins for the WC2 slot, but it's very possibly a make-or-break series for the Rangers, 2.5 behind the Angels and Twins.
   2. BDC Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:54 PM (#5518037)
Yes, the Rangers can't do anything directly about Minnesota or KC, or Seattle for a few weeks, but in terms of controlling their fate vis-à-vis the Angels, they can't complain. It is as close to a do-or-die series as you can get in August, as you say.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 21, 2017 at 05:23 PM (#5518103)
Alex Speier:

Opportunity now looms for the Red Sox. With wins in two of the three weekend games against the Yankees, the Sox now enjoy a substantial five-game lead in the division.

With 39 games remaining, that gap qualifies as huge. Fangraphs pegs the Red Sox’ odds of reaching the postseason at 99.8 percent, while giving them a 92.9 percent chance of winning the AL East.

The infamous 2011 season, when the Sox’ nine-game advantage over the Rays with 29 games to go proved inadequate for a postseason berth, offers a reminder that even enormous leads can evaporate rapidly — and that something less than 100 percent qualifies as an uncertainty. That said, such collapses occur as frequently as, say, a solar eclipse.

So, Ray, has it always been over?
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:25 PM (#5518158)
Grandal and Granderson are the only two players with "grand" in their surnames and they're hitting back to back right now. Unfortunately, it's impossible for them to hit back to back grand slams.
   5. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:29 PM (#5518160)
White Sox really helping out the Angels today.

The Twinkies have moved Buxton from 7th to 3rd in the lineup now that Sano's DL'd. Buxton came in with a 10-game hit streak (.405/.425/.784) and he's 1-3 with a double today.
   6. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:30 PM (#5518161)
That said, such collapses occur as frequently as, say, a solar eclipse.


Well there must have been 2 solar eclipses close together because unless I'm misremembering didn't the Braves or someone lose a similar lead in a similar amount of time that exact same year?
   7. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:31 PM (#5518162)
ah, here it is, thank you John Slater: Bleacher report

The Atlanta Braves have just completed one of the greatest meltdowns in the history of baseball. Losing 18 out of their final 26, squandering an 8.5-game lead with less than a month to go in the season,
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:31 PM (#5518163)
[3] Interestingly, 538 has the Red Sox' division chances at only 85% instead of 93% which sounds closer to what it should be. The problem with many projection systems is that they use a Z or binomial distribution (basically decide team strength and then treat each game like an independent event) rather than a distribution with fat tails. If the Red Sox go on a bit of a losing streak, it likely means they've become a worse team and thus would be more likely to lose more games so the dynamic projection system shows the outliers as being a bit more likely which seems accurate.
   9. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:37 PM (#5518165)
I don't remember the Pirates TV team being as openly and aggressively homers as they're being today.
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 07:46 PM (#5518166)
I don't remember the Pirates' players as openly and aggressively hitting homers as they are today.
   11. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:25 PM (#5518174)
huh, dodgers and pirates playing today, and the dodger broadcast had a segment about the players watching the eclipse with their glasses. the last time there was a cross country total eclipse was june 8, 1918. on that day the dodgers had a doubleheader against ... the pirates.
   12. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:34 PM (#5518178)
It's actually pretty likely that some pair of teams would have the same matchup as some random day in 1918. It just happened to be the Dodgers-Pirates.
   13. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:38 PM (#5518179)
Polanco with a 3-run shot, and the Twins are suddenly down by just 1. 7-6 going into the 9th inning.
   14. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:45 PM (#5518182)
Close, but no grand cigar for Gonzalez.
   15. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 08:47 PM (#5518185)
Juan Minaya saves it for the White Sox with a 1-2-3 9th. Twins and ChiSox go again in about an hour or so.
   16. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:08 PM (#5518193)
Curtis Granderslam!!!
   17. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:08 PM (#5518194)
Cripes, this game isn't over yet but dayum the dodgers are good.
   18. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:12 PM (#5518196)
I have no idea what Hurdle was thinking that inning. Cole was completely out of gas and was left in to get shelled.
   19. Cowboy Popup Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:14 PM (#5518197)
Schoop homered again today. He's got a shot at finishing with more HRs than walks. It's 27 to 29 right now.

Heckuva season for having only 29 walks.
   20. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:16 PM (#5518199)
Granderson wears his pants with socks showing. I approve. I hate hate hate the long pants.
   21. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:25 PM (#5518206)
Schoop homered again today. He's got a shot at finishing with more HRs than walks. It's 27 to 29 right now.

I love Schoop, but by way of contrast, Ted Williams had 4 seasons with more home runs than strikeouts.** Joe Dimaggio had 7, and if you take away his final year, his career total would've been 349 HRs to 333 K's.

** 1941, 1950, 1955, and 1953, when he returned from Korea and resumed playing almost immediately, hitting .407 with 13 dingers and only 10 whiffs.
   22. Pirate Joe Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:25 PM (#5518207)
I don't remember the Pirates TV team being as openly and aggressively homers as they're being today.


Greg Brown (the play by play guy) has always been a huge homer. Steve Blass needs to retire. Five years ago would have been about right.

   23. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:27 PM (#5518210)
Granderson wears his pants with socks showing. I approve. I hate hate hate the long pants.

Then this uniform was made just for you.
   24. Pirate Joe Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:30 PM (#5518212)
I have no idea what Hurdle was thinking that inning. Cole was completely out of gas and was left in to get shelled.


I have no problem with sending him out to start the inning, but it was obvious pretty quickly that he had absolutely nothing left. The Dodgers had already hit several balls to the warning track, so it didn't come as any surprise that the next one went a little further.

But hey, Steve Blass thought it was a great idea, because it showed Cole that they have confidence in him. Personally, I'd rather win the game, but at least the next time this happens Cole will know that the Pirates have enough confidence in him to give up five runs.

Single, walk, fielders choice on a ball that Mercer made a good play on to get an out, single, single, grand slam. Might as well send everyone home.

   25. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:40 PM (#5518214)
Andrew Miller leaving game with some sort of arm injury. Not good for Indians.
   26. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:41 PM (#5518215)
Grandal and Granderson are the only two players with "grand" in their surnames and they're hitting back to back right now. Unfortunately, it's impossible for them to hit back to back grand slams.
If there's one team that can do it, it's this year's Dodgers. They feel like the most invincible group since the 1998 Yankees — and they don't even have Kershaw around.
   27. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:43 PM (#5518216)
And of course, just as I write that, the Pirates put the tying run on 2nd.
   28. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:44 PM (#5518217)
Granderson wears his pants with socks showing. I approve. I hate hate hate the long pants.


Concur. A thousand times over.

What the heck is going on the Red Sox game? First Miller gets taken out? They're moving umps around?
   29. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:47 PM (#5518218)
Boog Powell just hit his first career home run to near Boog's Barbecue on Eutaw Street in Baltimore.
   30. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2017 at 09:58 PM (#5518220)
It's actually pretty likely that some pair of teams would have the same matchup as some random day in 1918.

Hows abouts the Expos and the Diamondbacks??
   31. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:08 PM (#5518223)
Alec Asher is the second Orioles pitcher of the night with reverse splits: a right-handed pitcher who holds opponents to a lower batting average when hitting lefty. Brad Brach was the other one that I noticed. Maybe there are others on that team. Makes you wonder if Buck knows how to use this information, or if he even knows this information.
   32. Textbook Editor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:11 PM (#5518224)
Confess I've not felt good about Barnes for a while. While it would be 3 games in 4 for Reed would prefer Reed here, but I can only assume the use of Barnes here means Reed is not available.
   33. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:13 PM (#5518225)
The fact that [Name Every Red Sox Set-Up Guy] can't be relied on to throw strikes coming out of the pen from appearance to appearance is this team's glaring Achilles Heel. Tonight Kelly managed to do it, but now Barnes has self-selected to miss horribly on 3/4 of his first 10 pitches. So painful to watch.
   34. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:15 PM (#5518227)
... and now he's generated a rally by sucking so badly.
   35. Textbook Editor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:16 PM (#5518228)
If they wind up bringing in Reed, then I really don't get starting the inning with Barnes.

Hembree/Scott is like the white flag brigade. Wonderful.

#33--It's like none of them trust their stuff to just throw strikes. It's bizarre. Kelly was OK tonight but over the weekend he was monkeying around with hesitations and other dumb #### for no good reason... Just throw the damn ball and stop trying to strike every guy out.
   36. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:17 PM (#5518229)
Hembree continuing the awful.
   37. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:19 PM (#5518231)
The greatest lesson of Farrell's managerial career in Toronto and Boston is that he has little to no understanding of leverage.
   38. Textbook Editor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:20 PM (#5518233)
I get not managing this game like it's Game 7, and that throwing him tonight would mean no Reed tomorrow, but if Reed can't go 3 games in 4 days, that's gonna burn us at some point if we make the playoffs.
   39. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:22 PM (#5518235)
Hembree predictably fails, and Benintendi compounds the fail by missing cutoff badly with wild throw that kills DP chance and allows two runners into scoring position.

Now Robby Scott will deliver his patented HBP/go-ahead hit performance.
   40. Textbook Editor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:23 PM (#5518237)
The greatest lesson of Farrell's managerial career in Toronto and Boston is that he has little to no understanding of leverage.


Yup.

I mean, you could argue THIS was the inning to bring in your closer, not the 9th. Or at least to face EE, given the leverage.

And now, it's likely Kimbrell gets the night off. Whee!
   41. Textbook Editor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:27 PM (#5518238)
What's bizarre is that in some sense, Farrell must have some idea of leverage because I'm sure that the FO pounds it into them every day... But none of it sticks.

Just once, I'd like to see a Sabermetric Platonic Ideal manager in charge of a MLB team--one who does not give a #### about the save statistic. I've heard fanciful stories that such men existed in the 1970s, but I was too young to witness this firsthand, and suspect the stories may just be tall tales...
   42. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:28 PM (#5518239)
Dombrowski also deserves plenty of blame for his "trade assets for injured relievers and not come up with adequate alternatives" designs that have presented Farrell with so few reliable options.
   43. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:29 PM (#5518240)
LAD 5, PIT 5, 10TH INNING

ARI 1, NYM 1, 9TH

BOS 4, CLE 4, 8TH

SEA 6, ATL 5, 9TH (but we're hopeful!)
   44. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:32 PM (#5518243)
Robby Scott getting two Ks in a row in a tie game might be the most shocking performance of the season.
   45. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:32 PM (#5518244)
I realize that this isn't news, but Albert Pujols shouldn't be starting, much less hitting third. Weak ground outs to short have become so predictable.
   46. eric Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:36 PM (#5518245)
Trout is now 0 for his last 9. His last BB was 23 PAs ago.

Since hitting HR in his first two PAs a few days ago, all he does is pop out or K. I wonder if he's just in a rut with his regular approach, or if he's pressing.
   47. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:44 PM (#5518249)
Benoit...BALLS!! He walks the bases loaded in the 10th.
   48. Chip Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:49 PM (#5518252)
Brilliant decision by Holt. Just brilliant.

Sheesh.
   49. Textbook Editor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:51 PM (#5518253)
Welp. The piper just got paid, I suppose, for the stupid-ass #### that lead to the run being given up in the 8th.
   50. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 21, 2017 at 10:51 PM (#5518254)
I tuned in late - was there any reason not to use Kimbrel, or was it just garden-variety idiocy?
   51. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:09 PM (#5518258)
Dang, I go away and the buccos have tied it up. 23 & 28, I don't post as much as I used to but old timers here know that my two things I feel most strongly about are my undying emnity towards pete rose and those stupid looking long pants. Oh, three things, I also hate the DH.
   52. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:24 PM (#5518261)
Puig with a moon shot to center in the 12th.
   53. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:28 PM (#5518262)
And he plants a kiss on his coach. That cracks me up.
   54. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:34 PM (#5518264)
Well, I guess this might be better than having arm problems:
Scott Lauber, ESPN Staff Writer: Andrew Miller left the game with reaggravated patella tendinitis in his right knee; Carlos Santana exited with lower back tightness. Both updates provided by Indians.
   55. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:35 PM (#5518265)
Puig crushed it. Stripling has got to nail down the save.
   56. Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:37 PM (#5518268)
Kenta Maeda pinch-hits...because when you have a 76-man bullpen you have no room left on your roster for bench players.
   57. phredbird Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:45 PM (#5518269)
and puig gloves the last out. a fitting conclusion ...
   58. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 21, 2017 at 11:45 PM (#5518270)
In rehabbing with AAA Scranton news, Greg Bird went 2-for-3 with a double & 2 walks, Starlin Castro 2-for-4. Yankees would be formidable if they can get everyone healthy for an end-of-season push, although starting pitching remains a concern.
   59. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2017 at 01:19 AM (#5518287)
Trout comes through with an RBI single, and now it's Pujols up in the bottom of the 9th with the tying run on 1st. C'MON, ALBERT, BE WORTH IT.
   60. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2017 at 01:22 AM (#5518288)
I hate you, Albert.
   61. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: August 22, 2017 at 08:40 AM (#5518310)
Is it time to nickname him 'Albertross' yet?
   62. Spahn Insane, stimulus-funded BurlyMan™ Posted: August 22, 2017 at 09:52 AM (#5518352)
Is it time to nickname him 'Albertross' yet?

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