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Friday, May 16, 2014

OMNICHATTER 5-16-2014

The OMNICHATTER does not sleep. It naps sometimes, though.

Gamingboy Posted: May 16, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 41 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM (#4708034)
As the season progresses, samples get larger, and we have arbitrarily decided that the Conditions For Bolding shall be moved from 2.5 or lower, to 3.0 or lower. Particularly low ERAs will be marked with italics.

Brewers (26-15) @ Cubs (13-26), 2:20pm
MIL: Kyle Lohse (#26, 35, RHP, 4-1, 2.75)
CHC: Jeff Samardzija (#29, 29, RHP, 0-3, 1.45)

Kyle Lohse vs the Serbian Mullet. Your early afternoon OMNICHATTER Matchup Of The Day, Game One.


Reds (18-21) @ Phillies (17-21), 7:05pm
CIN: Alfredo Simon (#31, 33, RHP, 4-2, 2.89)
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (#38, 29, RHP, 0-3, 3.98)

No one expecst Alfredo Simon to end the season with a sub-3 ERA.


Mets (19-21) @ Nationals (21-19), 7:05pm
NYM: Jon Niese (#49, 27, LHP, 2-2, 2.17)
WSN: Tanner Roark (#57, 27, RHP, 2-1, 3.65)

Jon Neise?!? MLB needs to do something about this. Jon friggin' Neise?!!


Athletics (25-16) @ Indians (19-22), 7:05pm
OAK: Sonny Gray (#54, 24, RHP, 4-1, 2.17)
CLE: Zach McAllister (#34, 26, RHP, 3-3, 3.89)

Pirates (17-23) @ Yankees (21-19), 7:05pm
PIT: Edinson Volquez (#36, 30, RHP, 1-3, 4.36)
NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 0-0, 4.09)

Tigers (24-12) @ Red Sox (20-20), 7:10pm
DET: Max Scherzer (#37, 29, RHP, 5-1, 2.04)
BOS: Jon Lester (#31, 30, LHP, 4-4, 2.75)

Your evening edition of the OMNICHATTER Matchup Of The Day, Game Two.


Blue Jays (21-21) @ Rangers (20-21), 8:05pm
TOR: Drew Hutchison (#36, 23, RHP, 1-3, 4.37)
TEX: Yu Darvish (#11, 27, RHP, 3-1, 2.33)

Darvish, Yu.


White Sox (20-22) @ Astros (14-27), 8:10pm
CHW: Jose Quintana (#62, 25, LHP, 1-3, 3.67)
HOU: Collin McHugh (#31, 27, RHP, 2-1, 2.81)

Every time Collin McHugh pitches I hear Mike Myers in the back of my head shouting "HEED! PANTS!! NOW!!" It's like an orange on a toothpick.


Mariners (20-20) @ Twins (19-20), 8:10pm
SEA: Chris Young (#53, 35, RHP, 3-0, 2.63)
MIN: Kyle Gibson (#44, 26, RHP, 3-3, 4.74)

Orioles (21-18) @ Royals (20-20), 8:10pm
BAL: Chris Tillman (#30, 26, RHP, 3-2, 3.97)
KCR: Jeremy Guthrie (#11, 35, RHP, 2-2, 4.80)

Braves (22-17) @ Cardinals (21-20), 8:15pm
ATL: Ervin Santana (#30, 31, RHP, 4-0, 1.99)
STL: Lance Lynn (#31, 27, RHP, 4-2, 3.83)

Padres (20-22) @ Rockies (23-19), 8:40pm
SDP: Eric Stults (#53, 34, LHP, 2-3, 5.03)
COL: Jorge De La Rosa (#29, 33, LHP, 4-3, 4.81)

Dodgers (22-20) @ D'backs (16-27), 9:40pm
LAD: Zack Greinke (#21, 30, RHP, 6-1, 2.38)
ARI: Wade Miley (#36, 27, LHP, 3-3, 4.82)

Rays (18-24) @ Angels (22-18), 10:05pm
TBR: Chris Archer (#22, 25, RHP, 2-2, 5.16)
LAA: Jered Weaver (#36, 31, RHP, 4-2, 3.22)

Marlins (21-21) @ Giants (27-15), 10:15pm
MIA: Henderson Alvarez (#37, 24, RHP, 2-3, 3.33)
SFG: Yusmeiro Petit (#52, 29, RHP, 2-1, 4.85)

Not Jose Fernandez.
   2. stanmvp48 Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4708038)
And the second wild card teams, if the season ended today, are the Yankees and Nationals at 21-19.
   3. SoCalDemon Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4708076)
For the last team to make the playoffs, 85-77 is really not that bad a record. In the 1984 AL West, that would have won the division.
   4. stanmvp48 Posted: May 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM (#4708091)
It just struck me as abnormal. I am not sure what the history is. I know for the last few years, 88 was necessary.
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 16, 2014 at 11:21 AM (#4708100)
Here are the AL 2nd Wild Cards from 1996-2011. What's interesting is that about 2002 the number jumped a bit. The overall average is about 88 1/2 which makes sense. I feel like expansion is the answer to why the number jumped in 2002 but I don't know WHY I think that's the answer.

2011 - Red Sox - 90
2010 - Red Sox - 89
2009 - Rangers - 87
2008 - Yankees - 89
2007 - Tigers/Mariners - 88
2006 - White Sox - 90
2005 - Indians - 93
2004 - Athletics - 91
2003 - Mariners - 93
2002 - Red Sox/Mariners - 93
2001 - Twins - 85
2000 - Indians - 90
1999 - Athletics -87
1998 - Angels - 85
1997 - Angels - 84
1996 - Mariners/White Sox/Red Sox - 85
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 16, 2014 at 01:20 PM (#4708212)
I feel like expansion is the answer to why the number jumped in 2002


The effect of expansion has a four year delay?
   7. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: May 16, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4708213)
Joey Votto Undergoing MRI on knee

If he needs to be out for awhile, the Reds may not average even 3 runs a game. What a waste of a great pitching and defense team the 2014 Reds are turning out to be.

Billy Hamilton over his last 28 days (he did miss some games with injuries over that span): .328/.364/.475. There is some life in that bat.

   8. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 16, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4708220)
The effect of expansion has a four year delay?


Yeah, like I said I'm not sure WHY I think that's the reason. I think there might be something to the idea that the first years of expansion create a more stratified league with a few great teams, a few horrible teams and a bunch in the middle hence relatively low titles for the fifth best team. Then as teams come to the middle a bit there is a little more bunching up as the 5th place team gets a few wins that the 1st and 2nd place teams lose.

Or I'm 100% wrong which is often the case.
   9. DanO Posted: May 16, 2014 at 02:09 PM (#4708243)
Not Jose Fernandez v. Not Tim Hudson. Phooey.
   10. madvillain Posted: May 16, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4708263)
Billy Hamilton over his last 28 days (he did miss some games with injuries over that span): .328/.364/.475. There is some life in that bat.


I saw his fWAR is at .07 and his updated ZIPS is for like 1.5.

He's proving above replacement level, much to my surprise. A lot of it is the defense component which from what I've read jives with the "eye test". Wouldn't be the first time a supremely athletic outfielder made up for bad reads and a bad arm with pure speed however.
   11. stanmvp48 Posted: May 16, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4708265)
For that matter there are only 4 teams in the majors which are better than + 1/2 RPG.
   12. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 16, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4708334)
Wow Cubs. Wow.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 16, 2014 at 03:34 PM (#4708344)
Yankees rained out already. Playing a real doubleheader on Sunday. Not sure if that is just to avoid "infringing" on ESPN's Sunday Night game.
   14. Canker Soriano Posted: May 16, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4708348)
For 3 innings, this may have been the worst played baseball game I've ever seen. The Cubs have made 3 errors directly leading to 2 runs, but the Brewers seem determined to give it right back.

The highlight (lowlight?) had to be Anthony Rizzo throwing the ball 5 feet over Castro's head during a rundown.
   15. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 16, 2014 at 03:35 PM (#4708349)
That was close. Cubs almost took a lead or something there, but then the universe came to its senses.
   16. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 16, 2014 at 04:34 PM (#4708407)
Babe Ruth's daughter is on the cubs telecast. This is pretty cool, actually.
   17. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: May 16, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4708408)
She is a red sox fan, because "if you live in New England you have to watch the Red Sox" but it's ok because "Daddy started with the Red Sox. He was very proud of his pitching record".

And she says Babe called his shot.
   18. SoCalDemon Posted: May 16, 2014 at 04:39 PM (#4708411)
Price Fielder leads the league in intentional walks with 11. Why? He is now on 887 PAs since the beginning of last year with a 118 OPS+; I would take my chances with that.
   19. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 16, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4708429)
@masnKolko: Matt Williams currently taking grounders at 3B during BP and whipping throws over to second. Looks like he's still got the Gold Glove form

Ryan Zimmerman was last seen in the clubhouse contacting his agent...
   20. Willie Mayspedes Posted: May 16, 2014 at 06:42 PM (#4708486)
Price Fielder leads the league in intentional walks with 11. Why? He is now on 887 PAs since the beginning of last year with a 118 OPS+; I would take my chances with that.


They owe Ron Washington a favor?
   21. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 16, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4708499)
Whoa, David Wright has only two home runs? It's incredible that the Mets record is somehow as good as it is.
   22. Depressoteric Posted: May 16, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4708505)
Jon Niese is not having the best possible start to this Nats/Mets game.
   23. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: May 16, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4708509)
That home plate umpire at Fenway has to be on the take. He's already cost the Tigers at least one run in the top of the inning and it's like he's got two different strike zones depending on which team is up.
   24. Sonic Youk Posted: May 16, 2014 at 07:46 PM (#4708510)
Time to carve out a space next to Kevins Millar and Youkilis on your personal mt Rushmore. Mookie Betts ties the all time
Minor league on base streak.
   25. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4708518)
So this is how all those other teams felt when the Nats were digging themselves an early hole? Huh. I have to say it's pretty nice.

In fairness, the Mets defense has been far from stellar.
   26. Snowboy Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4708520)
Tonight's attempt by Darvish at a perfect game is done: walks Melky Cabrera
   27. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4708523)
"@Jim_Duquette: Was told by 2 sources that Kyle Farnsworth is finalizing a deal with either Philly or Cinci by tomorrow. Likely major league deal."

The thing that wouldn't leave.
   28. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4708524)
I just noticed that coming into today, the Mess were tied for 17th in the majors in runs, 26th in home tuns, and 29th in team OPS.

Their hitting with runners in scoring position to this point has to be off the freaking charts, and obviously completely unsustainable, because they really suck.
   29. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:21 PM (#4708527)
I think there might be something to the idea that the first years of expansion create a more stratified league with a few great teams, a few horrible teams and a bunch in the middle hence relatively low titles for the fifth best team. Then as teams come to the middle a bit there is a little more bunching up as the 5th place team gets a few wins that the 1st and 2nd place teams lose.


The problem with this reasoning is it would mean relative bunching at the top. The Yankees and A's both won 102 games and the Angels 99 that year. 2002 had an unusually large number of 100 loss teams.
   30. madvillain Posted: May 16, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4708535)
Chris Sale line from AAA tonight:

4IP, 11K, 0BB, 1H, no runs.

Is this guy a prospect kinda old for AAA at 25...
   31. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 16, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4708544)
Sweet, ESPN has updated their GameCast software so that it now shows you the pitch speed and type in addition to the location. That is awesome.
   32. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 16, 2014 at 09:30 PM (#4708551)
Kolten Wong will be free to a good home soon.
   33. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 16, 2014 at 09:45 PM (#4708559)
Wright is not himself at all. He must be playing hurt or something, because he usually makes us his bittches.
   34. Davo Dozier Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM (#4708562)
Homers by Pinto and Dozier today... Any hope of the Twins being good next year involves the two of them being proving this year isn't a fluke.
   35. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:15 PM (#4708566)
De La Rosa's line so far tonight in Colorado: 6 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 5 K.
   36. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4708567)
Never a doubt! Untuck those shirts, it's another Curly W in the books!!
   37. Lassus Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4708570)
It would have been more fun to watch Werth come back in to the mound without the ball and punch Soriano in the face. Which is what he wanted to do anyhow, even though he caught it.

For ####'s sake.
   38. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM (#4708574)
Which is what he wanted to do anyhow, even though he caught it.

I'm on board with this.

I switched over to the Barves-Cards game. It's amazing...those must be the best fans in baseball.
   39. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 16, 2014 at 10:31 PM (#4708578)
Avilan has some serious movement on his pitches. They're like guided missiles correcting course 2/3 of the way to the plate.
   40. Srul Itza Posted: May 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM (#4708611)
I read somewhere on here that Puig's success last season was a fluke

Looks like the fluke is keeping on, since he's raised his OPS to 1.012 today.
   41. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 17, 2014 at 12:41 AM (#4708612)
Dammit. Pujols has disappeared this past week, just 3 hits and 2 walks in his last 36 PAs, .088/.139/.147. Been leaving an army of guys on base, including five more tonight.

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