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OMNICHATTER 6-13-2014

Friday the 13th OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 02:21 PM | 69 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4725289)
I love it when I discover new things on bb-ref.. If you go into the league pages and scroll down, they have a listing for wins above average. You can highlight a team to see how well they are doing at pretty much all the positions.(including Ph, DH for NL teams, outfield, relief pitching and starting pitching)

Sean deserves a medal.
   2. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4725319)
That is nifty. But if I used it, I might accidentally see how the Braves are faring at second base, and that would ruin my day.
   3. Sweatpants Posted: June 13, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4725388)
Comfortably ahead of the Padres, actually, but dead last in the league at third base.
   4. Canker Soriano Posted: June 13, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4725391)
That is cool.

Cubs - last in the NL in non-pitching WAA (a cool -5.7), and last in the league in OF (-3.2). The only position where they grade out as above average is 1B. They're wasting a surprisingly good overall pitching season by the staff.
   5. dr. scott Posted: June 13, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4725479)
Looking at the AL, the A's are ahead by a factor of 2 over the second place team. the worst spot is... yep second base (-0.7), and next worse is SS at -0.2. Every other position is in the top quartile, which is impressive. I was surprised to see centerfield as high up as it was for the A's, as I know Coco was having a down year last i looked 2 weeks ago, but he has kicked it into high gear the last 2 weeks. 1100 ops in the last 14 days and 860 the last 28.
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 07:17 PM (#4725552)
Another thing I noticed, if you hover over a team, it tells you the number of pa from each person at that position.

Houston has the best starting pitching in the AL? Wow.

There is also a stat generator under that. It generates a chart based upon the stat you choose and you can compare league wide.
   7. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 13, 2014 at 07:36 PM (#4725569)
John Lackey has proven to anyone's satisfaction that throwing a too-high curveball right down the middle to Carlos Santana is a Bad Idea.

Also, credit to the Red Sox color guy for resisting the temptation to call the pitch "hanging".
   8. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 13, 2014 at 07:53 PM (#4725585)
Jason Heyward, a strong contestant for Unluckiest Man in Baseball, got drilled on the hand. Stayed in the game for now.

And Big Papi got gunned down at the plate by five feet. I don't think he actually touched the plate, due to his effort to evade the tag.
   9. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4725589)
C.J. Wilson with one of those days. Hits the first guy he faces, nearly gives up a 3-run jack to Upton, then actually gives one up to Gattis.
   10. Joey B. Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4725590)
It's that time once again when Bob Carpenter gets to call a series between his beloved ballclub and the Nationals.
   11. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4725592)
... and gives up another one, this time to Chris Johnson. Wilson's throwing batting practice, it looks like this one's over early in Atlanta.
   12. puck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4725593)
That new bb-ref feature is amazing.

While looking at the chart by fielding runs, I noticed the Rockies have good numbers in CF and Houston has really crappy numbers. UZR on Fangraphs is similar. So I guess Dexter Fowler really was a bad fielder, huh?
   13. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4725595)
Evan Gattis is some kind of awesome right now. If some of those mechanical changes he and Greg Walker are talking about really help him lay off breaking stuff in the dirt, that would be huge.
   14. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4725607)
And Heyward is out of the game. Dammit.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4725610)
Anyone see the newest MLB statcast? Puig making a great catch and McCutchen making a great catch. McCutchen's route efficiency was 99.7%...

The article(first link) talks about the differences between the two, Puig is faster, but McCutchen's jump time was so much better that it made up a difference of 8 1/2 feet covered.
   16. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4725611)
That pitch had to have broken Heyward's hand. Seems damn near impossible for it not to have.

Aaron Harang got ahead of Mike Trout 0-and-2 and then suddenly realized with horror that this is Mike Trout he's facing, and throws four straight pitches in the dirt (one of which got away from Gattis for a run).

Has anyone ever studied the question of whether wild pitches are entirely something pitchers do, or pitchers tend to throw more of them when facing a great hitter?
   17. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4725612)
John Lackey has proven to anyone's satisfaction that throwing a too-high curveball right down the middle to Carlos Santana is a Bad Idea.

HE SHOULD BE LOCKED UP!!!
   18. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4725615)
Ugh. Pujols with another failed AB with men on base. He's so obviously lunging at the ball, it'd be hysterical if it weren't so sad, hitting .144 with runners in scoring position.
   19. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4725616)
Welcome back Matt Adams. 1-0 Cardinals.
   20. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4725622)
The Royals scored six runs in the first two innings, and it looks like Jeremy Guthrie is going to need all of them. He is in all kinds of trouble in the bottom of the second. Bases loaded, one out, and he just walked in a run.

Edit: And he manages to escape.
   21. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:09 PM (#4725624)
Just a bruise for Heyward. Huzzah!
   22. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4725626)
Lance Lynn with a perfect game through 4 innings in San Lewy. Nats bats are helping him out a lil bit.
   23. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4725627)
Mike Trout is powerless before the might of Aaron Harang.
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:16 PM (#4725628)
Fox Sports Midwest just posted "Fip" to be square... a listing of the top 5 pitching staffs in the NL based upon their Fip. (Washington is First, Cardinals is third, which is probably why they brought it up)

Nice to see it being used, Rick Horton mentioned he's not fully on board on it, it would have been nice if he was a little more educated on it's weakness's(as he was pointing out line drive rates, and pitching to soft contact ala Greg Maddux, as issues he has with it.)
   25. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4725629)
You know, I'm strongly in favor hot women in black leather, and it's cool hearing Gin Wigmore's "Kill of the Night" on TV. But I don't understand why this Nationwide Insurance agent has to do all those gymnastics just to replace those people's stuff.
   26. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4725630)
Lance Lynn with a perfect game through 4 innings in San Lewy. Nats bats are helping him out a lil bit.


Peralta also helped him out. He's going deep into counts, no way he makes it to the 8th inning even if he stays perfect
   27. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4725631)
You know, I'm strongly in favor hot women in black leather, and it's cool hearing Gin Wigmore's "Kill of the Night" on TV. But I don't understand why this Nationwide Insurance agent has to do all those gymnastics just to replace those people's stuff.
Because she's hot, so just... quiet!
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4725633)
Announcers just mentioned that Tulowitzki is leading the league in average with a .356 and it reminded me of the Chase Utley might hit .400 article...just looked Utley is down to .314. (having a good year still, but that article was ridiculous)
   29. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4725634)
The Nats should save everybody a lot of time and just forfeit now.

Lance Lynn has all the offense he'll need tonight apparently.
   30. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4725636)
Troy Tulowitzki, road: .234/.346/.458
Troy Tulowitzki, home: .477/.550/.882
   31. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:26 PM (#4725637)
Adams with another hit up the middle... announcers said the shift was on....I still do not get that.

   32. Joey B. Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4725638)
Jeez, it seems like Rendon has had to make about half the plays in this game.
   33. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4725639)
I'm pretty sure Simmons did everything but make a sandwich before throwing out Pujols at first.
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4725640)
Cardinal announcers have a massive hardon for Espinosa and Desmond's arms.(and Rendon also)
   35. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:30 PM (#4725642)
And then Andrelton comes right back and makes a magnificent play to rob Hamilton.
   36. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:33 PM (#4725644)
Espinosa is an excellent 2B-man. Not much bat, though.
   37. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:35 PM (#4725646)
First hit of the night for Washington. Holliday then does his impression of Bourjos and boots the ball to allow the batter to reach second.
   38. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:36 PM (#4725647)
Cardinal announcers absolutely love Espinosa, every time we play them, they just gush over him.
   39. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:38 PM (#4725649)
I like how Lobaton was so taken aback that he got at least a chance for a base hit that it took a second for it to sink in, then he did that Looney Toons thing were his legs started spinning away before he actually moved toward 1B. Then when he saw Holliday butter-fingering the ball he did a weird stutter-step while deciding whether to advance to 2B. The Nats are doooooooooooomed tonight.
   40. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:45 PM (#4725650)
We got us an ol' fashioned pitchers' duel in Saint Louis, with Jordan Zimmerman slightly worse than Lance Lynn. At least it'll be a quick game, so there's that.
   41. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:49 PM (#4725652)
So "Cardinals Nation" is St. Louisian for "NatsTown" now?
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:52 PM (#4725653)
So "Cardinals Nation" is St. Louisian for "NatsTown" now?


????
   43. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:57 PM (#4725655)
The new Wrigley-like addition just beyond the LF stands. Has a huge red neon sign reading "Cardinals Nation". You haven't seen it? Strikes me as one of those PR/marketing overreach ideas, a la "NatsTown".

p.s. How 'bout that Danny Espinosa?! What a play! What an arm!!
   44. Joey B. Posted: June 13, 2014 at 09:59 PM (#4725656)
I think he's talking about that big sign.
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:04 PM (#4725661)
gotcha. Didn't pay attention to the sign.
   46. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4725664)
McLaughlin is over rating that play. Acting like it was a web gem quality play.
   47. Joey B. Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4725665)
This might be the best losing effort by any pitcher this season.
   48. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:10 PM (#4725666)
Not sure what the game plan was there, the Cardinals pretty much just surrendered that inning to Zimmermann.
   49. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4725669)
Espinosa woulda had that.
   50. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4725672)
Horton just asked "I wonder if someone has thrown a 76 pitch complete game and got a loss"... I just did a pi search since 1990 with less than 80 pitches(and eliminating rain shortened game) Robert Hernadez had a 77 pitch performance. 8-21-2007.

Jose Bautista threw a cg with 70 pitches 9-3-1988
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4725673)
Espinosa woulda had that.


So would Wong 98% of the time.
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4725675)
Ho hum...Cardinals threw another shutout...still maintaining a perfect record when we shut out the other team.
   53. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4725676)
Ho hum...Cardinals threw another shutout...still maintaining a perfect record when we shut out the other team.

I'll have you know that the Nationals are UNDEFEATED when leading after 9 innings.
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4725677)
Cardinals just got their 14th team shutout of the year, they had 15 all last season(NL leader was Dodgers with 22)
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM (#4725678)
I'll have you know that the Nationals are UNDEFEATED when leading after 9 innings.


I'm fairly certain that the Cardinals bullpen has managed to lose a game in that situation.
   56. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:32 PM (#4725681)
Nats @ Cards was a very tight, crisp game. Can't be disappointed about the play, just the outcome.
   57. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4725683)
When Raul Ibanez is your last hope...
   58. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4725685)
And Ibanez had no shot against Kimbrel. The 0-1 slider he swung at bounced before it reached the plate.
   59. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:43 PM (#4725688)
Pirates can't stand the prosperity, waste Jeff Locke's 6-2 lead with a bunch of walls in the 9th. Now tied 6-6 in the 10th. I can't watch because BLACKOUTS.
   60. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM (#4725690)
Jeter is 2 for 2 tonight; 4th multi-hit game in a row; 9 for 14 over that stretch. Pay attention, whippersnappers, this is some vintage Jeter. Not sure how long it'll last, but enjoy it while you can. Yankees leading 3-0 in 3rd, against Sonny Gray, no less.
   61. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: June 13, 2014 at 11:00 PM (#4725692)
I'm afraid the Pirates are showing all the symptoms of being a rather nondescript not-very-good team.
   62. PeteF3 Posted: June 13, 2014 at 11:24 PM (#4725697)
I'm afraid the Pirates are showing all the symptoms of being a rather nondescript not-very-good team.


Issuing 6 walks in a 9th inning that began with a 4-run lead has to be descriptive of something.
   63. boteman Posted: June 13, 2014 at 11:33 PM (#4725700)
Polanco's first home run is pretty descriptive of powah.

Instant loss, just add Dunn.

The Marlins are Dunn in by their bullpen.
   64. Random Transaction Generator Posted: June 14, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4725713)
Jeter is 2 for 2 tonight; 4th multi-hit game in a row; 9 for 14 over that stretch. Pay attention, whippersnappers, this is some vintage Jeter.


I'm glad he's not going out with a whimper.

/checks Jeter's 2014 stats

Never mind.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: June 14, 2014 at 02:58 AM (#4725744)
My facebook just had a blurb from MLB that Max Scherzer threw his first career shutout on the 12th.....so I looked at his bb-ref page, and was shocked to see, that that was his first career complete game. Has any starting pitcher prior to him, won a Cy Young while never having a complete game?

Edit: Sean is awesome, but his pi is missing the option to select "reward" options. It would be cool, if you could look for lowest ops+ (or waa/war) for a guy who was an all star/mvp...etc.
   66. stanmvp48 Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:04 AM (#4725745)
Bochy removed a guy with a .36. ERA who ha thrown two pitches to finish the 8th inning in order to bring in HIS CLOSER
   67. boteman Posted: June 14, 2014 at 03:33 AM (#4725748)
Heh, Bochy knows that 9th inning guys just don't grow on trees, ya know! Plus, he's the 9TH INNING GUY!!
   68. Scott Lange Posted: June 14, 2014 at 07:35 AM (#4725759)
¡EL COFFEE!

(Sorry for the fan boy-ism, but I targeted Polanco in a fantasy farm draft three years ago, followed him through the minors as he raised expectations at each level, and now get to see him burst through in the majors. Good times!)
   69. stanmvp48 Posted: June 14, 2014 at 08:41 AM (#4725762)
well the Rockies have sure figured out Romo and his little s*** sliders

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