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OMNICHATTER 7-11

The “Insert Lame 7-11 Joke” OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 07:22 AM | 73 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4748602)
Here's an article about this year's "AL Least". When was the last time we heard about the AL Least?

"NL Least", "NL Worst", "AL Worst", "Comedy Central" of both leagues, we're familiar with all of these, but never the AL Least.
   2. Dale Sams Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4748700)
Uhm..."7-1-1 is a joke in your town."?
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 11, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4749006)
Last Man Standing, 39-year old Hiroki Kuroda, starts for the Yankees tonight in Baltimore. Better keep our fingers crossed.
   4. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 11, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4749064)
Teams are starting to play La Stella with the SS right behind the bag. That's his favorite spot. Time for an adjustment, or he's going to have a lot of frustrating ABs.
   5. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 11, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4749090)
The Cubs' Justin Ruggiano walks off the Rednecks.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 11, 2014 at 07:40 PM (#4749107)
Brian Roberts hits HR to flag court in first AB back in Camden Yards. 1-0 Yankees, Kuroda uninjured as of 2nd inning.
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 11, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4749110)
Kelly Johnson HRs to flag court in top of 3rd, 2-0 Yankees. Kuroda finished 2nd inning without injury.
   8. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4749114)
Phillies up 4-0 early on the Nats. What in the world's gotten into the Phillies lately? Swept the Brewers from out of nowhere, now giving Washington the business.
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4749125)
Yovani Gallardo is 86-58 in his career....1-11 versus the Cardinals. Wow...
   10. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4749132)
DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.

(Jordan Zimmermann just left the Nats game, looks quite likely it's an UCL injury.)

DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.
   11. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4749137)
Kelly is struggling in his first game back. Brewers already taking advantage of no Molina with a double steal. The Cardinals had depth to handle the loss of any player at any position except catcher. We(Cardinal fans) were worried about the loss of Molina, let's hope that worry was in vain.

Kelly just walked the bases loaded on a 10 pitch at bat....he's thrown 13 pitches...

Aramis with a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 bad guys.... Aramis with his 144th rbi against the Cardinals.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4749138)
DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.


DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.


Latveria is not in the World Cup.
   13. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4749139)
DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM.
Things were going so well, too.
   14. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4749144)
Looks like Kelly may reach his pitch limit in the first inning.

3-0 Crew, still batting.
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4749146)
Kelly is not going to make it out of the first inning.
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4749154)
Pull Kelly now, he has nothing.

We have the all star break coming up, use the pen as necessary.
   17. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4749156)
Mike Trout goes boom again. 1-0 Angels.
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:05 PM (#4749157)
This is the difference between the 60's and current baseball. If Bob Gibson allows 5 runs in two innings, they would pull him. In todays game, it doesn't matter how many runs you allowed, you are expected to go five innings no matter what.
   19. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:09 PM (#4749159)
We have the all star break coming up, use the pen as necessary.

So true, CFB---these games matter. You're carrying 12 pitchers and you play two games over the next week.
   20. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4749161)
There goes any dream of the Cardinals going into the all star break in first place. Ryan Braun with his 6th triple of the year, gives the Brewers a 6-0 lead in the second inning.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:14 PM (#4749163)
Worse part of this shellacking is that outside of Brauns hit, none of the rest of the hits have been particularly well driven. They were hit solidly but grounders past the first baseman, grounder up the middle, flare to left. I would rather have shots that clearly indicate that they own him instead of just well placed balls.
   22. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4749164)
Wife glances up, looks at Brewers' weird uniforms, and says, "They look like hot dog vendors."
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4749165)
Billy Hamilton being Billy Hamilton.

This is why you go to the bag and don't try to tag the guy. I'm playing this really stupid/lame CBS baseball game on facebook, and I got Billy Hamilton as a player(give you an idea, hofers are 50th+ level, Hamilton is like 10th) and kept him simply because I wanted to train him to the upper level for the speed aspect.) Love the guy, even if he isn't that great of a player, although he seems to be a pretty good player.

Kelly with a base hit....not even sure why he is in the game still.
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4749167)
Wife glances up, looks at Brewers' weird uniforms, and says, "They look like hot dog vendors."


I almost posted how much I like the Brewer uniform. Nice color, great contrast with the super bright yellow, etc. (of course I also loved the powder blue uniforms of the Cardinals and Expos and loved, loved, the infamous Astros uniforms...so my tastes isn't the best)
   25. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4749170)
Last Man Standing Hideki Kuroda makes it through 7 innings without injury. Praise The Lord.
   26. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4749171)
Matt Carpenter looks pissed after GIDPing for the first time all season.

Birds looking defeated, and after getting pasted 9-1 last night after the extent of Yadi's injury became known, seem to be at a critical point: do they surrender, or do they say fuc;k; it, play with passion and have some fun?
   27. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:29 PM (#4749172)
I hate bagging on the manager, but Kelly has to be pulled now. I know our team isn't that great offensively, but you can't keep letting them score without attempting to stop it. It's the third inning, 6-0 is not insurmountable, but each run just kills the motivation of the team.
   28. DKDC Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:35 PM (#4749173)
You'd think YES would be tolerable with Michael Kay miraculously missing, but Singleton and whoever the other guy is are pretty boring.

Plus I have to hear about how three Oriole batters were hit by a pitch that slipped out of the Yankee pitcher's hand, but the one HBP in the other direction was clearly intentional.
   29. DKDC Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4749176)
Apparently Britton is nails against everyone except the Yankees.
   30. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4749177)
I really wish announcers would make sure what they are saying was grammatically correct. One word difference and it would have been accurate.

Dan McLaughlin just said "Hank Aaron hit 420 of his homeruns in Milwaukee".... change that in to a for and he would have been right. (And yes he was implying IN Milwaukee as he then proceeded to talk about the cold nights he had to be in for that..in regards to the cold nights of Milwaukee)


Adams with a big homerun to make it 6-2 Brewers.... As I said this game is not out of reach, but you can't let Kelly continue to pitch.
   31. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4749178)
Craig is just utterly toast right now, having Descalso play in his spot is just as likely to produce offense.
   32. DKDC Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:49 PM (#4749183)
Zach walks Solarte on 4 pitches to put Roberts in scoring position....feeling like this is headed in a bad direction.
   33. DKDC Posted: July 11, 2014 at 09:51 PM (#4749185)
Whew. Walkoff time, Nelson.
   34. DKDC Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4749191)
Woo hoo. Nick Hundley walkoff.
   35. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4749193)
Yikes, another homer for Wong. That's his fourth this week after coming off the DL on Sunday.
   36. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4749194)
Kolten Wong with his 5th homerun of the season(4th of the week) .....I seem to remember someone claiming he doesn't have (and won't develop into) 10 homerun power. :)
   37. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4749195)
Did not realize that Matt Adams was fifth in the league in slugging percentage. I realize that is helped by his batting average, but still nice.
   38. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4749196)
Random observation:

Starling Marte currently has a slash line of .256/.324/.383. That's a 100 OPS+.
In 2001 Fernando Vina put up a slash line of .303/.357/.418. That's a 100 OPS+.

The times sure have changed. A second baseman with a mediocre glove and those slash stats would be an All-Star today.
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4749197)
Cardinals are back in the game, 6-5 Cardinals following a Peralta homerun... Still need to score in the late innings to win, and as I have mentioned in these threads, Cardinals don't score late in games.
   40. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM (#4749198)
Three homers for the Birds through six innings so far... very unusual for this team, as is their scoring five runs after being down huge.
   41. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:26 PM (#4749200)
Of course now the Cardinals need to rely on Allen Craig to deliver.... at least he is no longer top 5 in the lineup, but he should probably still be batting after Jay right now.
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4749202)
Craig with a single....Jay up to bat now...Singles on the first pitch...1st and 2nd one out with Cruz coming up to bat now and 6-5 game....should be interesting.
   43. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4749208)
Cardinals tie it up, after being down 6-0. Still have 3.5 innings to go, but that was nice to see.
   44. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM (#4749209)
Birds tie it up with a 4-run sixth....

Wong looks like an aggressive, attacking major-league hitter these days, despite grounding out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM (#4749210)
Birds looking defeated, and after getting pasted 9-1 last night after the extent of Yadi's injury became known, seem to be at a critical point: do they surrender, or do they say fuc;k; it, play with passion and have some fun?


I think they have answered it with the latter option instead of the first option. I don't expect any Cardinal team to just give up no matter what adversity, and for the most part we have been relatively lucky on the injury front these past few years. (not blessed of course, but spread out enough that we can devise a counter plan)
   46. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM (#4749215)
You have to love the Cardinals announcers when they talk about Ted Simmons...pointing out he deserves to be in the hof.
   47. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM (#4749216)
I seem to remember someone claiming he doesn't have (and won't develop into) 10 homerun power. :)

I still don't see it. But obviously Wong has had a great week.

I don't remember an inning where all three outs were fielded by the pitcher like the one Maness just threw. OK, I'm cheating on the 1-4-3 groundout, but still weird.
   48. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM (#4749217)
I don't remember an inning where all three outs were fielded by the pitcher like the one Maness just threw. OK, I'm cheating on the 1-4-3 groundout, but still weird.


just the other day(or yesterday) it almost happened with Lynn, but he threw it away on the first two plays.
   49. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM (#4749218)
just the other day(or yesterday) it almost happened with Lynn, but he threw it away on the first two plays.

Lynn tends to do that, although my memory is skewed by Game 5 of the 2012 NLCS.
   50. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM (#4749220)
I still don't see it. But obviously Wong has had a great week.


Do they give out NL rookie of the week award? If so, Wong has to be a candidate, heck has to be a candidate for regular player of the week award(Not counting todays game .429/.529/1.143/1.672 for the week)
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4749226)
Craig is useless.
   52. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM (#4749227)
I'm an Allen Craig fan, but he's got to be trade bait at this point.
   53. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4749229)
Interesting article on Fangraphs this week on Craig, with the gist being that he simply doesn't/can't hit anything to left and is useless on anything middle in. Whether he's evolved a flawed approach or he's just lost bat speed is unclear, but the results are not.

http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/allen-craig-who-once-knew-left-field/
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4749230)
I'm an Allen Craig fan, but he's got to be trade bait at this point.


I'm an Allen Craig fan, but right now my frustration is too high on him. Not entirely his fault, but Matheny waiting forever to move him down the batting order was frustrating.

His trade value is non-existent (Jake Peavy non-existent level) Bat him lower in the order, (at this point in time, if Jay or Taveras is playing he should bat 7th...if Bourjos then 6th...any where else is hurting the team) until the time arrives for him to remember how to hit the ball in the air.
   55. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:18 PM (#4749233)
His trade value is non-existent

I doubt this. Good history before 2014 and there's always demand for decent hitting.
   56. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4749234)
That is sad, when Bourjos comes in to take over for Jay, and Jay moves to replace Craig, and I'm okay with that move (unfortunately Taveras is out of this game)

   57. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:23 PM (#4749236)
http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/allen-craig-who-once-knew-left-field/
read the article, interesting not sure if there is a fix out there for that or if that means he's toast now.


I doubt this. Good history before 2014 and there's always demand for decent hitting.

The rumor was Craig for Peavy, that gives you an idea of his trade value right now(I'm thinking the Cardinals did turn it down though) but Craig is not going to be the centerpiece of any trade except in a challenge trade.

I don't mind personally, he's cheap and has been undervalued for a few years, and of course rebound is possible. I would rather give him a chance to return to form than lose him right now, but again, he shouldn't be in the top half of the batting order.
   58. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:27 PM (#4749238)
I would rather give him a chance to return to form

Totally. Until this year all the guy has done, minors and majors, is hit; he's 29 years old, it's way too early to give up on him.
   59. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4749242)
Tony Cruz is going to end up delivering the game winning rbi. :)

edit: of course that might be in extra innings....
   60. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:50 PM (#4749258)
Matt Holliday!!!!!

7-6 Cardinals in the 9th inning, 4th homerun by the team today....K-rod sucks.
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM (#4749265)
Brewer fans have exactly who they want up to bat in this situation(Braun)...Cardinal fans do not have who we want to pitch in this situation(although Rosenthal isn't as bad as some people act like he is)

Should be fun.
   62. salvomania Posted: July 11, 2014 at 11:59 PM (#4749267)
Yikes, Braun up in the bottom of the 9th representing the winning run against Rosenthal, and he's 4-for-4 lifetime vs. Rosenthal, with a HR...

EDIT: And Trevor gets him with the changeup!
   63. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:00 AM (#4749268)
Braun strikes out....It looks like(hopefully) that Rosenthal has abandoned the change up for this game. (except when needed)
   64. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:02 AM (#4749270)
Lucky call there....first base ump said the batter went, and I do not see how that is remotely close to an accurate call.

Roenicke just got tossed arguing the strike call, and I think he was right, that wasn't an "offer" on the swing.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:07 AM (#4749272)
Wow....what a game... Cardinals win 7-6 after being down 6-0. 4 homeruns tonight, 1 game back behind the Brewers, with Wainwright going tomorrow. I like our chances...

This is the type of game you wouldn't have been surprised to see them do last year, but this year, it's not remotely within reasonable expectations. Or even optimistic expectations.
   66. salvomania Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4749275)
HUGE comeback win for the Birds---down 6-0 in the 2nd inning to the team right in front of them in 1st place, a day after losing 9-1 on the day they find out they've lost Molina for the season, and the Cardinals battle back, scoring seven unanswered runs---including four home runs--while the relievers throw seven shutout innings and they're now just a game out.
   67. salvomania Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:11 AM (#4749276)
that wasn't an "offer" on the swing.

HP ump called it a strike (not a check swing); it sure didn't look like it on the TV, but PitchFX (and the ump) both said it caught the bottom of the zone. Maybe it had crazy late movement, i don't know, but in real time it sure looked low.
   68. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:11 AM (#4749277)
Here's an article about this year's "AL Least". When was the last time we heard about the AL Least?

"NL Least", "NL Worst", "AL Worst", "Comedy Central" of both leagues, we're familiar with all of these, but never the AL Least.


I've argued for years that the NL Central got a bum rap because the number of teams made them look worse than they really were, but it's nice to see the AL Least (I mean east) getting called out.
   69. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM (#4749278)
HP ump called it a strike (not a check swing); it sure didn't look like it on the TV, but PitchFX (and the ump) both said it caught the bottom of the zone. Maybe it had crazy late movement, i don't know, but in real time it sure looked low.


Good to hear, because I thought it was a crime that it was called a strike on appeal. Called strike on the pitch is a little different (I thought it was a little low personally also)
   70. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4749289)
Speaking of questionable calls Punto just got rung up to end the Oakland game on a pitch that looked high and inside.
   71. salvomania Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM (#4749290)
That was a terrible called strike three, but I thought the first pitch to Punto was an obvious strike over the outer half and it was called a ball....

EDIT: never mind, just looked at gameday, maybe I was remembering the first pitch to the previous batter
   72. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: July 12, 2014 at 12:36 AM (#4749291)
Great helmet toss by Punto too...
   73. cardsfanboy Posted: July 12, 2014 at 02:28 AM (#4749316)
Aroldis Chapman set a record, 40 straight appearances with a strikeout.....breaking Bruce Sutter's record. I find that to be odd, with the higher strikeout rates in today's game, that someone like Kimbrel hadn't broken a 30 year old record.

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