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OMNICHATTER 5-25-14

If the Red Sox played Samardzija right now, would anybody come out with a win?

I’m sorry, that was mean. Here’s the OMNICHATTER.

Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM | 61 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Nasty Nate Posted: May 25, 2014 at 09:03 AM (#4713076)
After starting his career with an uncommon streak of allowing 5 or fewer hits in each of his starts, Tony Cingrani has now allowed more than 5 hits in 4 straight starts.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: May 25, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4713102)
I suggested a couple of weeks back that the Sox trade for Samardzija.

Crossing the streams would be less catastrophic.
   3. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM (#4713108)
Why?? Samardzija can't win!!11!!!1

In other news, Ken Rosenthal greets us this morning with these tweets about Manny being Manny:

@CSNMooney: Cubs announce Manny Ramirez has signed up to be a player-coach at Triple-A Iowa.

@Ken_Rosenthal: Manny will be a player-coach for Cubs at AAA Iowa. Always had great work ethic. Bet he takes his new role quite seriously.

@Ken_Rosenthal: Before scoffing at Manny’s new job with Cubs, read what he told me in March about how he changed his life. http://t.co/1Fost99d5D

@Ken_Rosenthal: Manny, by the way, is again represented by Praver Shapiro Sports Management. Had been with Miami Sports Management.

That is all.
   4. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4713119)
how will the nationals get swept today?
   5. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 25, 2014 at 01:07 PM (#4713122)
Does anyone know the league-wide fielding percentage of relief pitchers? Or how to find it?
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4713124)
Does anyone know the league-wide fielding percentage of relief pitchers? Or how to find it?


Just glanced at bb-ref and unfortunately, outside of rField, I didn't see a way to find defensive stats in play index or through other means.
   7. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4713131)
What exactly makes Frandsen, or any player for that matter, a "natural" second baseman? His hitting has never been any great shakes so I guess 2B is where you stick a weak-hitting player in order to get his defense out on the field?? I don't see what is natural about that; that expression has always bugged me.
   8. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4713134)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY?!

Garrett Richards vs. the Royals' offense? I like their chances.
   9. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 02:43 PM (#4713137)
Some of us liked the chances of Nats' pitching against the Pirates' offense; now the Nats are looking at the short end of a 4-game sweep pending the outcome of today's tilt. Don't get cocky.
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4713141)
Nice throw by Cespedes to get Reyes at home.
   11. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:05 PM (#4713142)
And now an Alfonse & Gaston routine in the OF leads to a video challenge on a force play at 2B.

Edit: The umpires uphold the call (out) and Gibbons gets tossed for arguing that, while gesturing to the Jumbotron that he could see that the call should have been reversed.

I'm glad replay will save everyone time from manager arguments...
   12. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4713145)
Chris Young has made 5 outs in 3 plate appearances today. Not the best day for him.
   13. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4713146)
Brewers @ Marlins, bottom 5th, Marlins trailing 6-0. G. Stanton comes to bat with bases loaded, 2 outs...and pops out the first pitch he sees to end the inning. He was hacking wildly yesterday and came up empty. I hope this continues for their next few games at Nats Park, then he returns to hammering the bejeezus out of the ball afterwards; when he really clubs the ball it's an artistic thing of beauty.
   14. Blastin Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4713152)
Old man Jeter with a defense-aided triple and a run on a wild pitch.
   15. I Am Not a Number Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:30 PM (#4713154)
Nice throw by Cespedes to get Reyes at home.

Not sure exactly why Reyes was sent home with nobody out.
   16. JJ1986 Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4713156)
Why the #### wouldn't you be warming a lefty behind Valverde?
   17. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:37 PM (#4713157)
Doug Fister surrenders a solo HR to Josh Harrison, then a couple singles, acts surprised when Matty Williams comes out to take the ball from him. Stammen gets a DP on one pitch to end the inning. Fister's good, but he the Pirates hitters had clearly figured him out so it was time.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4713160)
Old man Jeter with a defense-aided triple and a run on a wild pitch.

Would have been a double had the outfielder not dove for it. Jeter is 3 for 3 thus far. 5-0 Yankees, Tanaka looking good.
   19. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4713161)
No one's watching Dodgers @ Phillies? People need to tune into that game right now.
   20. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:09 PM (#4713166)
The Dodgers use the Game of Thrones theme as bumper music. Huh.
   21. simon bedford Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4713170)
6 in a row for the jays, reyes stole 3 bases, despite getting tossed out at home he had a good game
   22. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:19 PM (#4713171)
And that's it, a no-hitter. Josh Beckett's apparently fully healed from his surgery.
   23. Srul Itza At Home Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4713172)
Congratulations, Josh Beckett


Jeter is 3 for 3 thus far


4-4
   24. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4713173)
Jeter 4 for 4, with a triple & 2 RBI. 6-1 Yankees, top 7th.
   25. Greg K Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:23 PM (#4713174)
Edit: The umpires uphold the call (out) and Gibbons gets tossed for arguing that, while gesturing to the Jumbotron that he could see that the call should have been reversed.

I'm glad replay will save everyone time from manager arguments...

I'll have to ask my brother about that when he gets home tonight (he went to the game).

While the play was very, very close, Bautista looked out to me (or at the very least I didn't see anything to overturn the call and make him safe). Yet the crowd repeatedly cheered while they were reviewing as if the replays made it obvious. Then Gibbons gets tossed. I suspect it's just a case of fandom getting the best of you, but what the hell were they showing on that Jumbotron?
   26. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:27 PM (#4713176)
I'm thrilled for Josh Beckett. He's always been one of my favorite pitchers.
   27. Gamingboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4713177)
Oh, look, and now the Red Sox and Rays have had a shoving match.

Also, new rule: If there is a no-hitter going on elsewhere in the league, YOU SHOULD MENTION IT MASN! Jeez, it's not like my extra-innings package adds or takes away from your ratings...
   28. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:39 PM (#4713179)
Also, new rule: If there is a no-hitter going on elsewhere in the league, YOU SHOULD MENTION IT MASN! Jeez

Haven't you heard??? That would be bad luck, or sumpin.
   29. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:44 PM (#4713180)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY?!

Garrett Richards vs. the Royals' offense? I like their chances.
I've gotta stop jinxing. Angels so far this series, four errors that really should be six or seven, a couple of balks, and a lot of plays left unmade. Still early today, though.
   30. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4713181)
Also, new rule: If there is a no-hitter going on elsewhere in the league, YOU SHOULD MENTION IT MASN! Jeez, it's not like my extra-innings package adds or takes away from your ratings...
I tried!
19. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4713161)
No one's watching Dodgers @ Phillies? People need to tune into that game right now.
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4713182)
Nice gesture - White Sox Give Jeter Bench, Dirt, Money:
The Chicago White Sox gave Derek Jeter a miniature Yankees bench made out of bats, balls and bases, some U.S. Cellular Field shortstop dirt in a glass container with legendary shortstops' names on it and a $5,000 check made out to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation.

Paul Konerko, who also is retiring, stood with Jeter during the pregame presentation behind home plate. The bench was constructed by former White Sox slugger Ron Kittle, who has a company that makes such items.

Jeter has now received six gifts. On Tuesday, the Cubs handed him a No. 2 white-and-green square that fell off the Wrigley Field scoreboard. The Mets gave Jeter a No. 2 mosaic designed with subway tiles and donated $22,222.22 to the Turn 2 Foundation. The Houston Astros gave Jeter a pair of Yankees cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and some golf lessons. The Los Angeles Angels gave Jeter a paddleboard. The Milwaukee Brewers donated $10,000 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation and presented him with a bronzed bat.

When will Furtado announce the BBTF gift?
   32. TerpNats Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4713183)
If it's a Dodgers no-hitter and Scully isn't in the booth to announce it, does it still count?
   33. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4713184)
The Chicago White Sox gave Derek Jeter a miniature Yankees bench made out of bats, balls and bases

Whose balls???
   34. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4713190)
Red Sox lose 10th in a row, 8-5 to Rays. 1 more loss ties record for longest losing streak by a defending WS winner.
   35. TerpNats Posted: May 25, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4713192)
#34: What team did that? The '98 Marlins would seem an obvious choice...perhaps too obvious.
   36. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 25, 2014 at 05:40 PM (#4713196)
I'll take a guess: the 1991 Reds?
   37. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4713201)
#34: What team did that? The '98 Marlins would seem an obvious choice...perhaps too obvious.
Poking around the 'Net, you're exactly right, but the link I found said that the '98 Marlins' 11-game losing streak only matched the longest by a World Series winner. I haven't been able to find which team they matched.

I'll take a guess: the 1991 Reds?
Their longest losing streak was 10.
   38. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4713203)
#34: What team did that? The '98 Marlins would seem an obvious choice...perhaps too obvious.

1998 Marlins. Maybe another team, but I wasn't paying full attention when I heard that.
   39. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4713204)
Ah, here we go. The 1986 Kansas City Royals also lost 11 in a row.
   40. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4713205)
David Freese ties the game at 3s with a bases-loaded single. Whew!
   41. Ray (RDP) Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:03 PM (#4713206)
And that's it, a no-hitter. Josh Beckett's apparently fully healed from his surgery.


128 pitches, so he's probably headed back to the Dl :-)

Seriously, I've always liked Beckett too.
   42. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4713208)
128 pitches, so he's probably headed back to the Dl :-)
My exact thought when it happened!
   43. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:21 PM (#4713215)
The Rockies' announcers are relentlessly annoying.
   44. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:34 PM (#4713221)
Also, new rule: If there is a no-hitter going on elsewhere in the league, YOU SHOULD MENTION IT MASN! Jeez

Funny, since the O's radio announcers were giving updates beginning with the end of the sixth inning.

--------------------------------------

When will Furtado announce the BBTF gift?

That'd likely be a lump of coal and a broken ankle to go with steroids slipped into his locker, with the incriminating pictures then transmitted to TMZ.
   45. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4713222)
128 pitches, so he's probably headed back to the Dl :-)

The SABR crew: "Well, Skip, the pitch count got him."

The media crew: "Oh no, it wasn't the pitch count. It was fried chicken that killed the beast."


   46. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:43 PM (#4713231)
Angels come back from a 3-run deficit in the late innings and win 4-3. It didn't feel like the played well at all, but Richards pitched well, and a few lucky breaks went their way, and now are just 1.5 back of Oakland.
   47. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 25, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4713234)
Hard not to feel bad for BJ Upton when he has a day like this: fly out to warning track in CF, line out to LF and fly out to the wall in left. Hitting is hard enough, and BJ's struggled enough, that this just seems cruel.
   48. Astroenteritis Posted: May 25, 2014 at 07:27 PM (#4713239)
Congrats to Josh Beckett!
And I'm starting to think the Astros actually have a fighting chance when Keuchel pitches. He's piling up some good starts.
   49. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 25, 2014 at 07:41 PM (#4713244)
More Evidence Of The Decline - ESPN's Baseball Tonight is using Charlie Sheen as a panelist. Treating him and Barry Larkin as equals.
   50. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 25, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4713250)
Braves with four homers: two by Gattis, one by Justin Upton and one by Babip McHelmetthrow.
   51. Perry Posted: May 25, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4713258)
The Rockies' announcers are relentlessly annoying.


Drew Goodman (the PBP guy) is fine, and when Jeff Huson is the analyst he's harmless enough. George Frazier's the one I can't stand. Relentlessly annoying is a good description, although he must be a great guy because they keep bringing him back year after year after year. Goodman deserves better.
   52. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 25, 2014 at 08:29 PM (#4713261)
Frazier was the one I had in mind.

An awful color guy can tar a PBP guy, because it's the latter's job to set up and talk up the former. Goodman can't very well say, "That was pretty stupid, George. Thanks for ruining the broadcast. 2-1 count to CarGo...."
   53. boteman Posted: May 25, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4713262)
I listened to the Rockies broadcast recently and they sounded like somebody poured molasses all over the booth.

They...

talk...

soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...

slowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwly...
   54. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 25, 2014 at 08:59 PM (#4713273)
Bummer. We had tickets to the Albuquerque Isotopes tonight but it was rained out. :(
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 10:25 PM (#4713291)
Reds are falling apart right now.
   56. cardsfanboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 10:54 PM (#4713301)
Reds fans were really happy for that 11th strikeout... "Free Pizza" (which seems like a low total for free pizza, I'm willing to bet the announcer meant to say cheap pizza)
   57. cardsfanboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4713304)
UGHHH.... I ####### hate Cardinal announcers when they talk about Wainwright and the Cy young... Rooney just said the dot com voters screwed it up...in regards to Law and Carroll. Mind you both of their votes were ridiculously stupid, but that isn't why Wainwright lost. Wainwright lost because Lincecum had the better year.

If you are talking rate, then you vote for Carpenter, if you are talking value, you voted for Lincecum....either way Wainwright should have been second on the ballot. The fact is he still got the most first place votes...and to be perfectly honest, there is no way he should have gotten any first place votes..
   58. cardsfanboy Posted: May 25, 2014 at 11:09 PM (#4713306)
Wainwright has 117 pitches so far, not sure if he's going into the 9th or not. 0 runs, 5 hits, 12 strikeouts, 1 walk.
Choate is warming up, so it's very likely Wainwrights night is over. If so, this will be his 6th start of the season(out of 11) that he has allowed no runs.
   59. Ray (RDP) Posted: May 25, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4713307)
Mets lost 2-1 despite getting 9 hits, 3 walks, and 1 XBH.

They hit into 5 double plays in the nine innings.
   60. Greg K Posted: May 25, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4713316)
Weird. I assumed the first expression of fondness for Josh Beckett was sarcasm, but then more come in!

I mean, good for Beckett, I'm always rooting for the no-hitter or the perfect game (even if it's against the Jays, provided the Jays are down by enough to make the win unlikely). But he's probably my least favourite pitcher since Esteban Loaiza stopped playing. I know almost everyone does it, but he is the King of the "stand on the rubber staring into space until the batter finally steps out after 48 minutes" move, which long ago killed any residual love I may have had for his Yankee-killing in 2003.
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: May 26, 2014 at 02:23 AM (#4713336)
But he's probably my least favourite pitcher since Esteban Loaiza stopped playing.


Not sure about Loaiza, but yes I was shocked by the positive thoughts toward Beckett....He's always been one of the few people in baseball I just didn't care for.

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