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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

OMNICHATTER 5-27-2014

It has been [1] day(s) since Jeff Samardzija last won a game.

It has been [2] day(s) since the last no-hitter.

Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:01 AM | 67 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4713828)
My "don't post starters and they win" magic seems to have faltered against the power of Beantown's Roider-whom-everyone-loves-anyway, so we're back at it today.

Marlins (27-25) @ Nationals (25-26), 7:05pm
MIA: Henderson Alvarez (#37, 24, RHP, 2-3, 3.21)
WSN: Blake Treinen (#64, 26, RHP, 0-2, 1.56)

Who, or what, is a Black Treinen?


Rockies (27-24) @ Phillies (22-26), 7:05pm
COL: Jorge De La Rosa (#29, 33, LHP, 5-3, 3.91)
PHI: Cole Hamels (#35, 30, LHP, 1-2, 4.30)

Rays (23-29) @ Blue Jays (30-22), 7:07pm
TBR: Alex Cobb (#53, 26, RHP, 1-1, 1.40)
TOR: Mark Buehrle (#56, 35, LHP, 8-1, 2.16)

I have at least heard the name "Alex Cobb" before.


Red Sox (21-29) @ Braves (28-22), 7:10pm
BOS: Jon Lester (#31, 30, LHP, 4-6, 3.36)
ATL: Aaron Harang (#34, 36, RHP, 4-4, 3.32)

Pirates (23-27) @ Mets (22-28), 7:10pm
PIT: Edinson Volquez (#36, 30, RHP, 2-4, 4.37)
NYM: Jon Niese (#49, 27, LHP, 3-3, 2.70)

Astros (20-32) @ Royals (24-26), 8:10pm
HOU: Collin McHugh (#31, 27, RHP, 2-3, 3.32)
KCR: Jeremy Guthrie (#11, 35, RHP, 2-3, 4.39)

Rangers (26-25) @ Twins (23-25), 8:10pm
TEX: Yu Darvish (#11, 27, RHP, 4-2, 2.35)
MIN: Phil Hughes (#45, 28, RHP, 5-1, 3.15)

Darvish, Yu.


Indians (24-28) @ White Sox (26-27), 8:10pm
CLE: Justin Masterson (#63, 29, RHP, 2-3, 5.32)
CHW: Chris Sale (#49, 25, LHP, 4-0, 1.89)

So this Sale guy is pretty good, right?


Orioles (26-23) @ Brewers (30-22), 8:10pm
BAL: Wei-Yin Chen (#16, 28, LHP, 5-2, 4.08)
MIL: Matt Garza (#22, 30, RHP, 2-4, 4.92)

Yankees (27-23) @ Cardinals (28-23), 8:15pm
NYY: David Phelps (#41, 27, RHP, 1-1, 3.18)
STL: Lance Lynn (#31, 27, RHP, 5-2, 3.60)

Padres (23-29) @ D'backs (21-32), 9:40pm
SDP: Eric Stults (#53, 34, LHP, 2-5, 4.97)
ARI: Wade Miley (#36, 27, LHP, 3-5, 4.85)

Tigers (28-19) @ Athletics (31-20), 10:05pm
DET: Max Scherzer (#37, 29, RHP, 6-1, 2.59)
OAK: Sonny Gray (#54, 24, RHP, 5-1, 1.99)

Angels (28-22) @ Mariners (25-25), 10:10pm
LAA: Jered Weaver (#36, 31, RHP, 5-3, 2.85)
SEA: Roenis Elias (#29, 25, LHP, 3-3, 3.68)

Reds (22-27) @ Dodgers (28-24), 10:10pm
CIN: Alfredo Simon (#31, 33, RHP, 6-2, 2.31)
LAD: Zack Greinke (#21, 30, RHP, 7-1, 2.01)

Cubs (19-30) @ Giants (32-19), 10:15pm
CHC: Jake Arrieta (#49, 28, RHP, 1-0, 2.33)
SFG: Tim Hudson (#17, 38, RHP, 4-2, 2.13)

OMNICHATTER isn't picking a matchup of the day today, but simply suggests that you stay up late and watch the hippies out west. They have some hurlers lined up tonight. Tim Hudson is the most lovable man in all of baseball. If you don't love Tim Hudson, your grandchildren will join you in hell for your sins.
   2. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM (#4713832)
Edwin Encarnacion now up to 13 HR for the month of May, one off the record HR in any month by a Blue Jay (14, Jose Bautista).

The top 4 spots in the lineup (Reyes, Cabrera, Bautista, Encarnacion) are just churning out runs now.
Reyes is getting on base and running wild.
Cabrera is moving him along with hit-after-hit-after-hit.
Bautista is smashing the ball OR drawing walks.
Encarnacion is just hitting home runs like crazy.

The matchup tonight:
Alex Cobb (26, RHP, 1-1, 1.40)
Mark Buehrle (35, LHP, 8-1, 2.16)

The Jays have roughed up the last two good young pitchers they've faced (Pomeranz and Chavez), so Cobb could be in for a long night.
   3. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:35 AM (#4713853)
A note to Fredi Gonzalez:

I know it's tough following a legend, and I get that a lot of Braves fans have been unfairly harsh on you. Generally speaking you do a solid job, and your overall record with the Braves is quite impressive.

That said...

When David Ortiz has a chance to tie the game against your obviously scuffling starter, please just walk him. Facing AJ Punchtothenuts with the bases loaded is a much better option.

Thanks.
   4. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:54 AM (#4713870)
You defile OMNICHATTER with your incomprehensible refusal to designate Gray v Scherzer as Matchup of the Day.

Shame!
   5. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM (#4713891)
@dianagram: Jacob deGrom already totals 0.3 WAR *AS A BATTER* for the Mets. That ties for 7th on the team.

You Can't Predict Baseball.
   6. SoCalDemon Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4713902)
Re #2: I think roughed up is pretty strong language for both of those starts. Neither were good starts, but 4IP, 2R, and 5 1/3IP, 4R(2ER), do not strike me as particularly horrendous starts. Also, while I have been loving what Pomeranz and Chavez have done so far, I think we can only expect a large amount of regression from both of there (although visually, Chavez looks like a completely different pitcher from last year).
   7. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4713916)
I think roughed up is pretty strong language for both of those starts.


True. I glanced and saw "didn't get through 5IP" and then "4R in less than 6IP" and stretched it a bit.
   8. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 27, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4713919)
I've been thinking about what the Red Sox can do this year to improve their team:

1. Send Buchholz to the minors and put Capuano in the rotation. It's clear Buchholz is not right. The velocity is in line with last year and his Zone% is actually solid, but the results have been awful. Capuano profiles as a solid #4 starter.
2. Send Doubront to the bullpen, replacing Capuano, and put Workman in the rotation. This may be shuffling deck chairs, but Workman has more upside than Doubront and has earned the opportunity.
3. Send Breslow to the DL, and replace him with de la Rosa. Yes, Doubront would be the only lefty in the bullpen, but Breslow is pitching through some injury. He's lost 3 MPH on his fastball.
4. Trade for Andre Ethier and either demote Bradley or DFA Sizemore. This assumes that the Red Sox can agree to reasonable financial terms with the Dodgers. Ethier is no great shakes, but he would add 1.5-2 wins to the Red Sox over the course of the season. Bradley and Sizemore are not going to help the Red Sox make the playoffs.
5. If trading for Ethier is not feasible, then Mookie Betts should play CF. Give Bradley until the All-Star Break to turn things around. That would give Betts six weeks in CF. His bat is just about ready now.
6. Trade for Jeff Samardzija, if possible. The Red Sox have plenty of minor-league depth from which to trade. The only player off-limits should be Betts.
   9. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 27, 2014 at 01:24 PM (#4713968)
5. If trading for Ethier is not feasible, then Mookie Betts should play CF.


No no no no no no no no no no no no no no. I really mean this, no. Absolutely not.

Look, Betts is an incredibly exciting prospect. He is also 21 years old and is playing a new position at AA. If I'm wrong I'll gladly concede it but I highly doubt that Betts is going to be ready for such a meaningful role in 2014. The leap from AA to MLB is HUGE and that is just a massive challenge. Beyond that the reality is that if Bradley/Sizemore don't turn it on enough to be useful there is going to be no sense calling up Betts on July 15 because the Sox are going to be 20 games out.

For what it's worth I went to Manchester and saw Portland (Sox' AA team) and Betts was in center. He did not have a ton to do but I thought his reads looked pretty good. One ill-advised throw to third but hardly anything glaringly stupid.
   10. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 27, 2014 at 01:49 PM (#4714000)
I don't see why the Red Sox front office doesn't simply commit to Betts as the CF of the future. He has an elite hit tool, and is blocked everywhere else. Developing a Zobrist is easier said than done. He projects as, at least, a league-average starter this year. He just needs time to get familiar with CF.

As far as Bradley/Sizemore, I don't think they're the canaries in the coal mine for the Red Sox season. If they can't find more than 2.5 useful starters, then they'll have real problems staying in the hunt. But if the Red Sox are still in it at the All-Star break and the CFs are not hitting, Betts should come up and start if he develops as projected.
   11. madvillain Posted: May 27, 2014 at 03:01 PM (#4714051)
White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie is now hitting 352/388/467 in 132 AB. According to fangraphs his defense is perfectly average so far at 3B. MLB 3B in 2014 are hitting for a combined wRC+ of 96 -- Gillaspie is at a wRC+ of 134.

Conor was acquired in 2013 for A ball pitcher Jeff Soptic and he might just turn into an above average regular at 3B. If he keeps this up, Rick Hahn will have pulled one over on the Giants, who forced their own hand on Conor prematurely it seems.
   12. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 27, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4714057)
I don't see why the Red Sox front office doesn't simply commit to Betts as the CF of the future. He has an elite hit tool, and is blocked everywhere else. Developing a Zobrist is easier said than done. He projects as, at least, a league-average starter this year. He just needs time to get familiar with CF.


That could be exactly what's happening. I don't think they're going to come out and say "Mookie Betts is our centerfielder of the future" while Jackie Bradley is trying to get his #### together at the big league level. I think the Zobrist stuff is more a function of expecting/hoping Bradley, Pedroia, Bogaerts and Middlebrooks/Cecchini all to pan out. If the Sox are in a place in two-three years where they have Mookie Betts putting up an .800+ OPS as a superutility guy they are going to be awfully good.

It's kind of the positional equivalent of what happens if De La Rosa, Webster, Ranaudo, Owens and Barnes all pan out. If that happens you enjoy it. Too many good players is not a problem.
   13. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 03:50 PM (#4714086)
Ethier is the only Dodger outfielder that can play CF at an ok level (unless they want to promote Pederson who is killing it in AAA). Still if you want his contract you can have it. Or if you'd consider Crawford, we could send some money with him.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 07:10 PM (#4714197)
Yuniesky Betancourt is hitting .141 /.139 /.155 for the Orix Buffaloes. That is amazing.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4714199)
Colin McHugh had a 3.8 K/9 ratio in 26 innings last year. He has a 9.7 K/9 ratio in 38 innings this year. Has he done something differntly or just small sample noise?
   16. madvillain Posted: May 27, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4714202)
@15, just quickly looking at his fangraphs page suggests he's seen an uptick in "stuff". His swinging % percentage is up over 5% and his average FB velocity is up 1.2 MPH.
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 07:43 PM (#4714209)
   18. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2014 at 07:53 PM (#4714213)
Nava, who had an .894 OPS against righties last year is sitting for Gomes who had .745 OPS vs righties…and a .623 this year.
   19. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2014 at 08:01 PM (#4714217)
Of course the Braves loaded the bases with no outs and did not score.
   20. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4714218)
Shoulda suicide squoze DA.
   21. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4714220)
Fredi's done it before. So yeah, why not.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 27, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4714230)
   23. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 27, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4714232)
#14 for Edwin Encarnacion.

Dude is a machine right now.
   24. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4714233)
Gomes after Ortiz is literally like batting Ortiz 8th. Against a rightie.
   25. Baldrick Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4714235)
The Red Sox sure are doing their best to keep the Harang bubble unburst for another night. I'm not sure I can remember seeing so many seemingly-hittable pitches be swings-and-misses for the third strike. He's throwing curveballs right down the middle of the plate and they're flailing.

I'm willing to listen to the argument that he's somehow captured Greg Maddux's brain and Cliff Lee's pinpoint control. But I also want to throw out there that maybe the Red Sox hitters are in some serious and potentially life-threatening slumps and/or are just terrible.
   26. Rob_Wood Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:07 PM (#4714236)
benito santiago batted after barry bonds (you can imagine the results)
   27. Baldrick Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:16 PM (#4714243)
Oh, look, a fastball right over the plate, and Ross swings and misses.
   28. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:26 PM (#4714248)
Harang's bubble burst against the Giants, then he rebuilt it. Last year Freddie Garcia pitched pretty well all things considered. And they've had young guy after young guy come up and pitch really well. Roger McDowell is a really good pitching coach.
   29. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4714249)
The favorite sandwich of the Red Sox: Ming-and-Swiss with mustard.
   30. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4714250)
Apparently Cardinal fans need to suffer for their sins. Listening to Tim McCarver talk about Derek Jeter is not fair.

Ellsbury just ground out 4 unassisted as Wong beat him to the bag on a groundball against a conventional defensive alignment.
   31. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4714254)
Then again, the Braves "defense" has allowed the Red Sox to take the lead, so there's that.
   32. cardsfanboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4714257)
Ellsbury just ground out 4 unassisted as Wong beat him to the bag on a groundball against a conventional defensive alignment.


Wong flashing the leather today. Too bad he had to do that stupid bunt attempt.
   33. madvillain Posted: May 27, 2014 at 09:52 PM (#4714258)
Damnit, delayed again in Chicago. Chris Sale picked up where he left off against the Yankees and is mowing down Tribe hitters but is now up against the clock on the rain delay. Have to think much over a half hour and he's done for the night. Man, the Sox have had their share of bad luck this year.
   34. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4714270)
Blue Jays bats keep rolling. Three more home runs (EE, Lind, and Francisco) help carry Buerhle's meh start to his 9th win, as Cobb gets roughed up for 6ER in 5IP.

Next up, Liam Hendriks vs Chris Archer, and a chance for the Blue Jays to sweep a 3-game series from Tampa for the first time since...August 2010.
   35. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM (#4714276)
Another problem the the 4 hour game endemic: I want to watch the Dodgers, but the Red Sox and Braves are still playing on ESPN.
   36. cardsfanboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4714282)
Six is a serious number...cheap drinks at mobile on the run as the Cardinals scored 6 runs today...

Two homeruns, giving the Cardinals 9 for the month of May....There were 9 players with as many(7) or more homeruns than the Cardinals had this month... there are only 2 with 9 or more(Edwin Encarnacion 13, and Nelson Cruz 9)(unless one of the guys with 8 hit one today... Victor Martinez, Brandon Moss, George Springer)


George Springer with 8 is impressive. Guess he has a handle on this game. Didn't get his first one until May 8th.
   37. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4714285)
And I miss seeing Ethier's HR because the Braves can't make an out in a timely manner.
   38. steagles Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4714288)
one of the great streaks in baseball history is now over.

/ben revere
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM (#4714292)
one of the great streaks in baseball history is now over.

/ben revere

Wow...he's the only active player with even over 300(he has 1562 going into tonights game) pa without a homerun (not counting pitchers) That is nuts.
   40. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM (#4714299)
Lance Lynn with a complete game shutout of the Yankees on 126(!) pitches.
   41. cardsfanboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM (#4714302)
Lance Lynn with the shutout.... he's the modern day version of what people think Jack Morris is, he must have messed up today and not realized that the Cardinals scored 6 runs.
   42. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM (#4714304)
Is Khris Davis walk-up music from Les Miz...or was that just some kind of rally music?
   43. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM (#4714307)
[39] And Brock Holt is the new leader among active non-pitchers in PAs without a HR. Including pitchers, it would be Tim Lincecum
   44. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM (#4714310)
And Brock Holt is the new leader among active non-pitchers in PAs without a HR. Including pitchers, it would be Tim Lincecum


JBJ will catch up when Brock starts sitting for Drew.
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4714312)
And Brock Holt is the new leader among active non-pitchers in PAs without a HR. Including pitchers, it would be Tim Lincecum


That is 211 going into tonights game...I imagine Kolten Wong passes him up before to long. But not sure how long Kolten can go without a homerun...he currently has 5 hr a year pop and possibly more.
   46. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4714313)
Brooks Machado!!
   47. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4714314)
Lol at Billy Hamilton's throwing arm.
   48. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM (#4714319)
Buck IBBs the winning run (lets the winning run get on base to set up a DP), and then follows that up by PHing a pitcher (sends a pitcher to the plate to PH) and has him bunt with 1 out.
   49. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:29 PM (#4714328)
Lyle Overbay says "FEH!" to the Orioles' defensive shift to lead off the inning with a base hit to the vacated SS hole.
   50. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:29 PM (#4714329)
Simon KO'd!
   51. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:33 PM (#4714340)
"Ryan" Machado.
   52. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4714350)
"Brooks" Herrera with the diving stab that stopped a ball smoked toward the LF corner. I'm glad I tuned over to this game.
   53. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:57 PM (#4714380)
LOL at Buck. Awesome.
   54. boteman Posted: May 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM (#4714385)
Yovani Gallardo and his .071 bat just knocked a ball off the CF wall to drive in the winning run. You Can't Predict Baseball.
   55. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:00 AM (#4714387)
Gallardo wins it with a PH double in the 10th inning. Naturally, he will start Wednesday for the Crew. That's gotta be rare.
   56. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM (#4714414)
Sean Burnett hurt again. Looks like his Angel stint will be all of 3 batters faced this year. Money well spent.
   57. Baldrick Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4714417)
Gray/Scherzer hasn't really lived up to expectations, I guess.
   58. BochysFingers Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:37 AM (#4714419)
Another reason to hate the intentional walk (and to not have the DH)... check out the bottom of the 10th in Milwaukee: (Tie game, two out, nobody on, Showalter orders Mark Reynolds an IBB. The Brewers, with no position players left, send SP Gallardo up as a PH, and he ends the game with a double):
   59. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM (#4714420)
Enter Scot Van Slyke. It was already clear that Kemp was in the doghouse. This confirms it.
   60. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM (#4714422)
A's announcers talking about how Josh Donaldson "drops a pinky" (holds the knob of the bat in the palm of his bottom hand).
Has anybody done a study? I feel like in the 70's and 80's, nobody held the bat this way, and now lots of guys do it.
   61. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM (#4714424)
And there goes the streak that the announcers were mentioning ad nausea. And after he got ridiculously squeezed on the 2-2 pitch.
   62. cardsfanboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:11 AM (#4714431)
Enter Scot Van Slyke. It was already clear that Kemp was in the doghouse. This confirms it.


Hasn't Van Slyke been pretty much kicking ass all year long? Not sure if playing a 165 ops+ player over a 118 guy is an indication of anything (especially when defensively van slyke is +3 rField and Kemp....well is not. -11)
   63. steagles Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:25 AM (#4714458)
what's with all the badmouthing of yovani gallardo? the guy has 12 career HRs and won a silver slugger in 2010. letting him pinch hit is not some cardinal (brave?) sin against the sport.
   64. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:31 AM (#4714462)
I wish Van Slyke were on a different team - he tore up the minors between 2011-13, been consistently solid in a difficult role for LAD, and is a surprisingly solid defender for such a beefy dude. Worthy starter for several other teams.
   65. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:54 AM (#4714502)
As far as I know, the A's won the game on the Jaso homer.
   66. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM (#4714646)
Enter Scot Van Slyke. It was already clear that Kemp was in the doghouse. This confirms it.


I was almost passed out when it happened (somehow the game was on ESPN last night and I was actually able to watch it) and I initially thought the same thing. Kemp is obviously in the dog house. No doubt about that, but if you think about it for a few seconds, Van Slyke was probably a better choice. He's played a decent left field and is used to coming into games in that type of situation.

   67. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:34 PM (#4714666)
Hasn't Van Slyke been pretty much kicking ass all year long?


Van Slyke has a very specific role. He's a lefty masher. He's had 63% of his PAs against left handed pitchers this year, which certainly boosts his rate stats (also small sample size). For his career, Van Slyke has a .858 OPS against LHP and .694 OPS against RHP.

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