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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

OMNICHATTER 5-28-2014

It has been [3] days since the last no-hitter.

It is now day [4454] of Operation Shutdown. Stay strong, Derek. Stay strong.

Gamingboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM | 81 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:43 AM (#4714466)
Can anyone stop Edwin Encarnacion?

It's Chris Archer's turn to give it a try...
   2. mathesond Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:17 AM (#4714475)
Can anyone stop Edwin Encarnacion?


I loved the reaction in the dugout when he hit his dinger last night
   3. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4714542)
Today is the first of three "ferry doubleheaders" for Bay Area baseball fans in 2014: Giants are at home to play a day game, A's are at home tonight.
   4. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM (#4714558)
Pirates (23-28) @ Mets (23-28), 1:10pm
PIT: Charlie Morton (#50, 30, RHP, 1-6, 3.29)
NYM: Bartolo Colon (#40, 41, RHP, 3-5, 5.34)

Bartolo Colon at bats!


Astros (21-32) @ Royals (24-27), 2:10pm
HOU: Jarred Cosart (#48, 24, RHP, 3-4, 4.39)
KCR: Danny Duffy (#41, 25, LHP, 2-4, 2.59)

I had never heard of Danny Duffy until this morning.


Cubs (19-31) @ Giants (33-19), 3:45pm
CHC: Edwin Jackson (#36, 30, RHP, 3-4, 4.94)
SFG: Tim Lincecum (#55, 30, RHP, 4-3, 4.55)

Rockies (28-24) @ Phillies (22-27), 7:05pm
COL: Jordan Lyles (#24, 23, RHP, 5-1, 3.45)
PHI: Roberto Hernandez (#27, 33, RHP, 2-2, 3.83)

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)


Wait? Didn't Blake Treinen go yesterday? No, it was postponed. Because God hates both of these teams.


Rays (23-30) @ Blue Jays (31-22), 7:07pm
TBR: Chris Archer (#22, 25, RHP, 3-2, 4.11)
TOR: Liam Hendriks (#39, 25, RHP, 1-0, 1.59)

What?! C'mon people? The hell is a "Liam Hendriks?!" It's like trying to keep up with the secondary characters in "A Song of Fire and Ice."

Braves (28-22) @ Red Sox (22-29), 7:10pm
ATL:
Gavin Floyd (#32, 31, RHP, 0-1, 2.49)

BOS: John Lackey (#41, 35, RHP, 5-3, 3.58)

At least they're back in Boston so Ortiz can DH and not imbalance the field by standing on it. And all of those pink hatted "Red Sox fans" can crawl back up to the northern arc suburb from whence they oozed the last couple of days. If you "love Boston" so much, you could have stayed there ya know!


Indians (24-29) @ White Sox (27-27), 8:10pm
CLE: T.J. House (#58, 24, LHP, 0-1, 6.43)
CHW: Hector Noesi (#48, 27, RHP, 0-4, 6.82)

This one has the promise of some offense to it.


Rangers (26-26) @ Twins (24-25), 8:10pm
TEX: Joe Saunders (#47, 33, LHP, 0-1, 9.82)
MIN: Kyle Gibson (#44, 26, RHP, 4-4, 4.68)

Orioles (26-24) @ Brewers (31-22), 8:10pm
BAL: Bud Norris (#25, 29, RHP, 3-4, 3.83)
MIL: Yovani Gallardo (#49, 28, RHP, 2-3, 3.51)

Yankees (27-24) @ Cardinals (28-23), 8:15pm
NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 3-3, 4.55)
STL: Shelby Miller (#40, 23, RHP, 6-3, 3.18)

Padres (24-29) @ D'backs (21-33), 9:40pm
SDP: Tim Stauffer (#46, 32, RHP, 2-0, 1.90)
ARI: Chase Anderson (#57, 26, RHP, 2-0, 5.06)

Tim Stauffer. Lean Cuisine. Stauffer's Lean Cuisine. Whatever. It's funny if you're not a stupidhead.


Tigers (29-19) @ Athletics (31-21), 10:05pm
DET: Anibal Sanchez (#19, 30, RHP, 2-2, 2.83)
OAK: Scott Kazmir (#26, 30, LHP, 5-2, 2.56)


OMNICHATTER MotD


Reds (22-28) @ Dodgers (29-24), 10:10pm
CIN: Homer Bailey (#34, 28, RHP, 4-3, 5.34)
LAD: Clayton Kershaw (#22, 26, LHP, 3-1, 3.49)

Angels (29-22) @ Mariners (25-26), 10:10pm
LAA: C.J. Wilson (#33, 33, LHP, 6-3, 3.00)
SEA: Felix Hernandez (#34, 28, RHP, 6-1, 2.75)

Felix, King.
   5. Davo Dozier Posted: May 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM (#4714566)
There are two teams in baseball who have 2 of the league’s Top 10 pitchers (by FIP) in their rotation.

One is the Cardinals, with Adam Wainwright (3rd) and Michael Wacha (10th).

The other is the Astros. With Collin McHugh (7th) and Dallas Keuchel (8th).
   6. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM (#4714593)
The other is the Astros. With Collin McHugh (7th) and Dallas Keuchel (8th).


I'm probably just having spasms of wild optimism due to the strangeness of a 4-game winning streak, but the rotation shows signs of life.
Keuchel has been solid. Some predicted a breakout year from him based on his peripherals and such, but I didn't see it coming.
McHugh was highly regarded by the team's stats guys; not so much by the scouts. So far, the stats guys have that one on their side.
Cosart just needs to find the strike zone more often, and Feldman is trying to be a right-handed Kirk Rueter.
Still, they have four guys who can keep them in games most days. Any sign of hope is welcome for this team.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM (#4714629)
The Astros bullpen has been much better the last few weeks too. And George Springer is doing George Springer things. They're still hitting .231 as a team and there are some awful holes in their lineup, but there is room to be optimistic in Houston, they are starting to resemble a MLB team.
   8. Davo Dozier Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:26 PM (#4714656)
Astros starting pitchers have the 7th best ERA in the American League, which is pretty crazy.
   9. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4714662)
Mark Bowman ?@mlbbowman 7m The #Braves have promoted Tommy La Stella to the Majors. A corresponding move has not been announced.


The Dan Uggla era seems to be closing up shop in Atlanta.
   10. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4714668)
The #Braves have promoted Tommy La Stella to the Majors. A corresponding move has not been announced.


YES.

The Dan Uggla era seems to be closing up shop in Atlanta.


I'll believe it when I see it. I WANT TO BELIEVE. Crap:

Have not yet confirmed the corresponding move, but Uggla will stick w/ the club. La Stella is expected to be in Boston tonight.
   11. dr. scott Posted: May 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4714675)
At the Detroit/A's game last night. Great game until Davis steals 3rd while the catcher is throwing back to the pitcher. all kinds of wrong there.

Noticing that Joe Nathan is now on the Tigers i remembered he is friends with the bartender at our local next door to our house. So the wife and i stroll by after the game to see if he would visit like he often does when in town. Our bartender tells us that he was there the night before with Verlander and... Kate Upton. Yep, Kate Upton was drinking in a public bar next to my house Monday night and i was on the couch playing video games.

Bartender, BTW, confirmed that Verlander really does own a "Property of Pablo Sandoval" shirt, and that hes a really nice fun guy.

I, however, have reached the gold level on all the Zombie Highway courses.
   12. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:00 PM (#4714684)
Astros starting pitchers have the 7th best ERA in the American League, which is pretty crazy.


The craziest thing about it is that the Astros are in the American League.
   13. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4714691)
I suspect someone will go on the DL to make room for La Stella. Alex Wood is probably due for a two-week stretch of "shoulder soreness" to limit his innings.

Of course, that would leave the Braves with just 11 pitchers. Heaven forfend.
   14. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4714695)
I know Simmons left the game last night with an injury, is he going on the DL? I'm in that weird bummed/happy place as a fan. I'm going to the game tonight and the Sox are better off with the Braves not having Simmons but I was really looking forward to seeing him in person.

Plus as CFBF notes, you can't go with 11 pitchers. That would be just craaaaaaazy.
   15. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:15 PM (#4714704)
I suspect someone will go on the DL to make room for La Stella.


Could be Simmons. Gattis also has an injury. Or they could send down Pastornicky instead of the better option, cutting Uggla.
   16. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:37 PM (#4714736)
The Braves are (publicly) pretty sanguine about both Simmons and Gattis and say that they should be back in the lineup after a day or two.

I suppose the long-shot possibility is DFAing Pena. If Simmons' latest injury really isn't serious, he's a 150+ game-a-year sort of guy. Pastornicky becomes your utility infielder, and while no one wants to see him play shortstop on a long-term basis, he can cover the position on Andrelton's very rare days off.

I can't see the Braves doing that, but it's one option.
   17. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4714738)
There's also a not-insignificant chance that La Stella gets the bat knocked out of his hands at the big league level, so you probably want to keep yourself covered for that eventuality.
   18. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4714741)
I suppose the long-shot possibility is DFAing Pena.


I'd be shocked. They probably haven't announced the call up yet because they're shopping someone around, but it'll be Pastornicky or maybe Shafer that goes if it's not a DL move.
   19. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4714754)
I had completely forgotten about Schafer. Heyward can cover center, obviously, though he's so brilliant in right you hate to move him out of that spot. With Doumit and Pastonicky (and Gattis in an emergency) you can handle the corners. And your OFers are all young and athletic, so they're probably not getting many days off anyway ("Yes, I'll put all my cash on BJ Upton's recent hot streak.").

As poorly as Schafer has hit, I still like his speed, defense and baserunning in the late innings, but if you're going to keep 12 pitchers....
   20. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:01 PM (#4714755)
I doubt it's Schafer, but it wouldn't surprise me. It's got to be Pastornicky, otherwise they'd have five middle infielders.
   21. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4714757)
And the Braves make it official, Pastornicky to Gwinnett.
   22. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:13 PM (#4714759)
Sigh. The numbers don't show it, but I like what I've seen out of Pastornicky so far. He certainly offers far more to a big league roster than Uggla.
   23. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4714762)
Pastornicky is a little better but it's pretty clear the front office isn't going to eat Uggla's contract, which is terrible management by them. He's a blackhole, their best option is to move forward without him.
   24. bunyon Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4714763)
Mrs. Pastornicky, if she exists, offers more to a big league roster than Uggla. And I don't mean that it in an off-color way, eitehr.
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4714764)
George Springer has more home runs in the last week than any Royals player has all year.
   26. madvillain Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4714765)
Gordon Beckham is doing the Sox a favor and having a great dead cat bounce: fWAR of .9 with a triple slash of 296/333/448. His underlying rates aren't anything to celebrate, and it's mostly due to a BABIP bump (granted he's hitting quite a few more balls hard) but he's still a strong armed 2B with decent range and a cromulent bat. Maybe a 1-3 WAR player for the next few years.

It will be interesting to see what the Sox do with him. Quite a few "contenders" (seems almost every team in the AL can say that right now) are lacking even average starters at 2B, so some team (hello Yankees) might over pay for him with a couple "B" level prospects.
   27. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4714768)
Yeah, I don't begrudge the Braves their decision to go into the season with Uggla as the starter. There weren't any good options after the year he had in 2013, and it wasn't unreasonable to think that the "best" bet was hoping Uggla could see a dead cat bounce, hit .220, draw a gob of walks and jack some homers. Maybe that would be enough to entice some dumb or desperate GM (hi Dayton!) into picking up five or six million on his contract in the off-season.

But that's pretty clearly not going to happen, and two months is too much leash. Which the team obviously knows, considering how little he's been playing recently. The nicest thing you can do for Uggla at this point is to put him out of his misery.
   28. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:24 PM (#4714769)
Two dead cat bounces in two posts!
   29. Rob_Wood Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:47 PM (#4714782)
anybody else watching mets-pirates game? bizarro world
   30. salvomania Posted: May 28, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4714785)
bizarro world

???

It's the 6th inning and Bartolo Colon has 7 Ks?
   31. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4714791)
I'm sick of Mets' fans hijacking Braves' threads to talk about....

Oh. Never mind.
   32. Rob_Wood Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4714800)
comic defense, little league triple, catchers who cannot catch, first baseman who cannot catch, a third baseman that cannot throw, etc.
   33. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4714804)
George Springer Beast Mode: a two-run homer and two walks after four innings.
   34. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:30 PM (#4714811)
George Springer has as many home runs in the month of May than the Royals do as an entire team.
   35. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4714812)
The craziest thing about it is that the Astros are in the American League.


Yeah, it's wrong on so many levels. I look at my pocket schedule and my first thought is, "geez, we have a whole lot of interleague games."
   36. base ball chick Posted: May 28, 2014 at 04:04 PM (#4714833)
James Newburg is in awe of Cespedes' CORE STRENGTH Posted: May 28, 2014 at 03:25 PM (#4714804)

George Springer Beast Mode: a two-run homer and two walks after four innings


- reminds me of luke scott coming up in 06. except that the team WANTS springer to succeed and they were NOT wanting luke scott to succeed

now the astros have TWO ML position players, springer and altuve. and their now ace pitcher is a guy who never was expected to go past AA. and wasn't ever a prospect. the other guys they have pimped and traded for ucksay
   37. kthejoker Posted: May 28, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4714837)
- reminds me of luke scott coming up in 06. except that the team WANTS springer to succeed and they were NOT wanting luke scott to succeed

now the astros have TWO ML position players, springer and altuve. and their now ace pitcher is a guy who never was expected to go past AA. and wasn't ever a prospect. the other guys they have pimped and traded for ucksay


*Dexter Fowler weeps a single tear*



   38. stanmvp48 Posted: May 28, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4714845)
"now the astros have TWO ML position players, springer and altuve"

Fowler 265/386/370. AL CF 252/325/375

Castro 235/309/394 AL C 250 316 388
   39. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4714865)
all right, who woke up Chris Carter?
   40. kthejoker Posted: May 28, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4714874)
all right, who woke up Chris Carter?


Someone said he's been out of the lineup specifically to work on his swing.

So, uhh, good job, whoever was involved in that.
   41. salvomania Posted: May 28, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4714893)
If Tim Lincecum can last for 170 or so pitches, he still has a shot at a no-no vs. the Cubs....

EDIT: never mind, he's pulled after 5 at 96 pitches, Cubs still hitless. Giants not much better, three singles and 9 K's, 0-0 ballgame.
   42. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 28, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4714900)
This Cubs @ Giants game has a deceptive line score. Dave Flemming noted how both starting pitchers had been a bit wild, so maybe they were effectively wild? Anyway, I got a break here and checked and was surprised at how many zeroes are up on the board, except for the Giants' 4 hits and 1 error.

This leaves the remaining question: HOW WILL EDWIN JACKSON LOSE TODAY?

edit: by getting relieved in the 6th inning with runners at the corners.
   43. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 28, 2014 at 06:07 PM (#4714905)
Then the Cubs IBB Brandon Crawford to load the bases with 2 outs. Ehire Adrianza obliges this brilliant strategy by popping the first pitch to Chris "Adventures in the Outfield" Coglan to retire the side. Predictable outcome, but I was hoping that Adrianza would wave the Big Dummy flag right in the Cubs' face for doing that.
   44. salvomania Posted: May 28, 2014 at 06:26 PM (#4714912)
Cubs get a hit, with one out in the 7th.
   45. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 28, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4714914)
LOLCubs.

How come we get so soon Olt and so late gewinnt?
   46. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 28, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4714915)
2-run triple. Game's over.
   47. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 28, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4714920)
2+ minute review, Sanchez' foot appeared to be an inch away from the 3B bag as the tag was applied to his armpit, but N.Y. says call stands. Ultimately didn't result in more Giants runs, but even Jon and Dave were saying he was out.

YAY REPLAY!!
   48. salvomania Posted: May 28, 2014 at 06:50 PM (#4714925)
Looks like the Giants are on their way to using 6 pitchers to win a nine-inning 5-0 shutout.
   49. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4714939)
I've been really impressed by Boegarts in the field. Excellent range.
   50. cardsfanboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4714957)
I know errors isn't the be all, end all of defensive stats, but the Cardinals have one error in the past 18 games, considering how the season started that is something nice. They have a lot of guys who lack range, but at least they are getting the outs on the plays that they get to.
   51. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4714961)
Ryan Doumit's eyes freak me out.
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4714975)
Tim McCarver: "You never hear the term range in reference to an outfielder, it's generally used for an infielder, but Ellsbury has great range."

WTF is he talking about? you rarely hear range in regards to an outfielder? Maybe not in the broadcast he's on, but c'mon you hear about it all the time.

Brendan Ryan doing a Jeter impression...gets a hit and makes a poor defensive play.
   53. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4714978)
That at- bat BJ Upton just put up against Lackey was not significantly different from one you'd see out of a Little Leaguer.
   54. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4714980)
Ryan Doumit's eyes freak me out.


I'm not sure he has eyes. Just gateways to darkness.
   55. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 08:58 PM (#4714982)
Can Chris Johnson play with one of these? If you hit the ball right at him he can't catch it.
   56. cardsfanboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:05 PM (#4714984)
Shelby Miller is a frustrating pitcher to watch... With his talent the fact that he thinks he's Traschel on the mound is just annoying. (and the walks.)
   57. cardsfanboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4714986)
Cardinal announcers do not appreciate the lack of name on the Yankee jerseys.... McLaughlin literally just said. "Gets that guy." in reference to a force play at second base(involving Murphy)
   58. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: May 28, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4714993)
We have a winner. Steve Stone becomes the first announcer (that I've heard)to refer to George Springer as Russ Springer.
   59. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4715009)
Not Jerry Springer???

Meanwhile, in our Nation's Crapital the Nats are showing why they're a .500 team at best: they loaded the bases in the 8th with no outs; Mike Dunn threw 35 pitches and the heart of the Nats order could not score to break the tie.

#60WinsOrBust
   60. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:22 PM (#4715014)
I really do t like this Red Sox team. There is nothing good about them at all.
   61. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4715016)
On the con side, the Braves appear to have single-handedly awoken the Red Sox from their stupor. You're welcome, AL East.

On the pro side, La Stella has contributed more with the bat tonight than Dan Uggla has since hitting two homers against the Phillies in early April.
   62. cardsfanboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4715021)
Wong with a three hit night.... he looks much better since his recall.
   63. frannyzoo Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4715023)
Jayson Werth will never be confused with Willie Mays.

   64. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4715025)
Jays get their first walk-off win of the season, and they do it with speed.
Pinch-runner Pillar scores from first as the Rays pitcher attempts an ill-advised throw on a bunt by Gose.
Gose was going to reach base no problem, and the ball MIGHT have still rolled foul.

Pillar scored on an amazing looking dive at home. There should be a great "Superman"-pose photo on the web soon.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4715027)
Good thing I had to take the dog for a potty break. I came back and McCarver and Mclaughlin is in the middle of Jeter fellatio. Still going on though......
   66. Greg K Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4715029)
Pillar scored on an amazing looking dive at home. There should be a great "Superman"-pose photo on the web soon.

I have been looking for a new desktop background.
   67. DA Baracus Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:50 PM (#4715033)
On the pro side, La Stella has contributed more with the bat tonight than Dan Uggla has since hitting two homers against the Phillies in early April.


All I ask is for replacement level production and considering that what he's good at is what the Braves desperately need (walks, not a lot of strike outs, hits line drives and for a good average) that will be an enormous boost.
   68. puck Posted: May 28, 2014 at 10:55 PM (#4715036)
Ouch. Ryan Howard walkoff 3-run shot off (lefty) Boone Logan. Rockies gave the Phillies 4 or 5 outs that inning.
   69. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 28, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4715048)
   70. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM (#4715060)
Khris Davis shows the other Chris Davis how it's done. 8-3 Brew Crew.
   71. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM (#4715086)
Scott Kazmir lives!! He must be like, what...43 years old by now???
   72. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4715091)
Nice pitchers' duel in Oakland between Kazmir and Sanchez. 1-0, Detroit through 8.

It's taken two hours so far, and Kazmir's out for the ninth.
   73. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:26 AM (#4715097)
Check out the dive at the end of the play.

I actually dislike Escobar twice in the same play - wandering in front of the runner, and then kind of hanging out as the play develops (the Jeter Flip is a play most shortstops would just stand around watching).
   74. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:33 AM (#4715100)
Josh Donaldson IS your 2014 AL MVP.
(just homered to win the game with one out in the bottom of the 9th)
   75. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4715101)
I didn't see any of the game. I know Sanchez was over 100 pitches, but was he showing signs of fatigue?
   76. Every Inge Counts Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:36 AM (#4715102)
To be a Tigers closer you must suck.
   77. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM (#4715107)
I don't know if he was showing signs of fatigue, but Callaspo had a 12-pitch at-bat (out), that sort of set up Crisp's double - and that got Sanchez out of the game.
   78. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4715110)
What a game! What a game.
   79. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:43 AM (#4715114)
I thought Donaldson's HR was going to hook foul. Great game and Kazmir's first complete game since 2006.
   80. Morph Posted: May 29, 2014 at 12:56 AM (#4715117)
I was watching Kazmir pitch an exhibition game against the Giants in spring training. He looked like a Cy Young candidate. "But it's the Giants offense," I thought. Turns out the Giants' offense is pretty good, and Kazmir is a Cy Young candidate. The real takeaway: I know nothing.
   81. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 29, 2014 at 01:05 AM (#4715120)
Dee Gordon has stolen 30 bases in 33 attempts and Mattingly thinks the best way to get him into scoring position is to ask Ethier to bunt.

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