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OMNICHATTER 7-9-2014

The Omnichatter will not give you a final vote hashtag. Because it’s the OMNICHATTER!

Gamingboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 07:17 AM | 63 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:18 AM (#4746801)
Some real nice races shaping up in the National League, both for divisions and for the wild cards.

After recently having a 6-1/2 game lead, Milwaukee now has three teams within 4-1/2 games of them in the Central, and the Braves/Nats are essentially tied in the East while the Dodgers lead the Giants by one game.

There are five teams within two games of each other for the two wild card spots.
   2. boteman Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:38 AM (#4746809)
Yes, indeed. It looks like in the NL Least the Nationals and Braves will be duking it out right down to the wire.
   3. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: July 09, 2014 at 10:06 AM (#4746827)
Cain and Hudson need to pitch gems the next couple of days !
Watching the Giants right now is like watching a baby seal getting slaughtered, in slo-mo.
Awful !
I now sacrifice my Clam Chowder in Bread to the Gods in order to make ALL Giants' players HOT !!!
Gmen.
   4. Lassus Posted: July 09, 2014 at 10:28 AM (#4746843)
Can we hear #3 from the Mets over the Braves?
   5. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 02:14 PM (#4747096)
The Braves/Nats are essentially tied in the East

Yeah, but the difference of course is that the Nats actual record is below their Pythag record, while the Braves have been overplaying their talent recently.

Unless of course you seriously believe that Julio Teheran is really a 2.29 ERA starting pitcher that is. Meanwhile, Bryce Harper has done absolutely nothing so far this season, and we still came into today tied for the best run differential in the National League. Heh heh heh.

And by the way, that's why The Psychopath abandoned the game chatter threads a while back and has pretty much sequestered himself inside the political threads; because he knows damn well that they're not very good this year.
   6. Gamingboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4747101)
Omar Vizquel is the Tigers' first base coach? Never realized that until now.
   7. Every Inge Counts Posted: July 09, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4747109)
Ausmus benching Miggy for the Greinke slayer Don Kelly working out really well today.
   8. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 09, 2014 at 03:48 PM (#4747186)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS LOSE TODAY?

C.J. Wilson's been relentless bad lately, 6.75 ERA over his last 7 starts, opponents hitting .291/.377/.475 off him in that stretch. Replay helps Wilson out early today, but I'm not optimistic.
   9. Snowboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4747218)
13th error of season for Reyes, a ball right between his legs.
I don't care that he homered last night, he's been playing like crap for most of this year.
   10. Snowboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4747228)
Speaking of hashtags, the Angels have sprayed VoteGRich around the diamond, for their "last man" candidate.
Jays colour man Pat Tabler made a funny last night "I didn't know Bobby was still playing?!"
   11. boteman Posted: July 09, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4747265)
The GRich who stole the All-Star vote.
   12. Snowboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 04:44 PM (#4747301)
Trout cut down again by Melky Cabrera (last night at third, just now at home.)
7th assist for Melky this year, he would not have been a bad selection to All-Star game. Second in AL in hits, really playing well.
   13. salvomania Posted: July 09, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4747306)
All three Angels so far in the 3rd have base hits, yet there's two outs and nobody on because two of them are out on the bases (the third one scored).
   14. Snowboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4747350)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS LOSE TODAY?

C.J. Wilson's been relentless bad lately


My first response was going to be "well, everything is lining up for him to have a good outing: the Jays are terrible against LHP, and a day game after a night game on the west coast might be a little tough for them."

But then I watched Wilson pitch a little. He does not look right. Even when there was nobody on, he was walking all around the mound and taking forever. Seemed reluctant to throw a breaking pitch? Looked like possible injury going on there? He's pulled in the fourth, allowing 5 runs in the inning.
   15. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 09, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4747368)
Wilson's been throwing like that for 8 straight starts now. It looks like he's nibbling, or simply unable to get his fastball over without making it a meatball. Maybe it's just a rough patch, but maybe something's wrong.

Luckily for the Angels, they hit good. Calhoun's homer ties it up, 6-6.
   16. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: July 09, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4747385)
Calhoun is quickly becoming one of my favorite players.
   17. boteman Posted: July 09, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4747402)
Mike Giancarlo Stanton just dove for a fly ball in RF, so of course he missed it and it rolled all the way to the wall. Ozuna backed up the play, but by the time he got it back to the infield Gregorius was already at 3B. Then Nick Ahmed (who??) singled him home to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom 8th in Phoenix.

Nate Eovaldi held off the mighty, mighty D-backs through 7+, but as my buddy Nick would say, now with Dunn coming on the Marlins are done.
   18. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 09, 2014 at 05:53 PM (#4747413)
After getting back from that sprained ankle, Calhoun went just 1-19 in his first 7 games back. In the 33 games since (not counting today), he's hit .357/.423/.591. During that stretch, Mike Trout's hit .339/.438/.693 with 29 RBIs. Trout's going to hit no matter what, but it's nice to have a 1-2, left-right punch right there at the top.
   19. boteman Posted: July 09, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4747417)
Well, Nick knows his Dunns: Cody Ross singles, a couple outs later he IBB Goldfingerschmidt to load the bases, but Montero grounds out to end the inning. Lucky for Dunn, I'll say. Bud & Co. won't let me see the game so I'm only listening, but it sounds like the Marlins squeaked out of a tight jam. Now it's up to McGeHeeHeeHee, G. Jones, and Ozuna to keep this game from going to extras.
   20. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: July 09, 2014 at 05:59 PM (#4747421)
Plus he's like 5-foot-11! I love seeing him high-five Trout after a home run, it's like the Jolly Green Giant and his tiny cousin.
   21. boteman Posted: July 09, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4747424)
Yeah, but with Trout and Calhoun bangin home runs at the top of the batting order, you just KNOW they're killing potential rallies.

/RallyKillers!!!11!!11
   22. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 09, 2014 at 06:50 PM (#4747495)
PUJOLS! Angels take the lead!
   23. Snowboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 06:55 PM (#4747505)
Pujols with his 20th HR of the season gives the Angels the lead.
That's #512 for him, ties him with...Mr Cub...and...the guy who was on the first cover of the first issue of Sports Illustrated
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 06:57 PM (#4747512)
Freese is rebounding nicely from a pretty pitiful start to the season.
   25. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 07:15 PM (#4747526)
Rice Raker + WereWerth = 1-0 Nats.

+ LaRoche = 2-0 Nats!
   26. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 09, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4747534)
Freese is rebounding nicely from a pretty pitiful start to the season.
He really has. Still not 100% healthy, so we're seen a lot of defensive caddies for him, but Freese has hit .317/.405/.446 since June 1st. It's more than a bit illusory (.448 BABIP during that stretch) and he's seeing a lot of flares and bloops fall in without that much power there, but I'm not complaining.
   27. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 07:33 PM (#4747543)
You suck Dan Iassogna.
   28. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 09, 2014 at 07:52 PM (#4747563)
The Braves telecast is doing a fun bit where their in-the-stands guy is reporting "returns" from various cities and counties for the All Star vote. They're trying to shame some small southern counties that aren't voting for Justin Upton.
   29. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4747573)
Bobby Abreu just ran into the wall to make a catch. That's an odd thing to write.
   30. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:16 PM (#4747575)
Desmond crushes one to make it 4-1 Nats; Harper still doing absolutely nothing. Just wait until he finally gets his timing back...
   31. Snowboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4747584)
Brandon McCarthy debut for the Yankees@Indians
He's wearing #38? With DBacks he was #32, and per b-ballref his twit(ter) handle was bmccarthy32. No one is wearing #32 for the Yankees this year, why didn't he take it?
   32. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4747587)
He's wearing #38? With DBacks he was #32, and per b-ballref his twit(ter) handle was bmccarthy32. No one is wearing #32 for the Yankees this year, why didn't he take it?


#32 is one of the 83 numbers retired by the Yankees, in honor of Elston Howard.
   33. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4747590)
Matt Adams provides way more percentage of the Cardinals offense than anyone else.....nearly hit his fourth triple, but was toasted at the bag.
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4747592)
Adams hit the triple, but was called out, on replay he wasn't tagged, but apparently it wasn't definitive enough, I think they blew the call, but the throw beat him by enough that it's not a big deal
   35. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4747593)
Great at bat by Betts. Hits a double off Sale on the 11th pitch.
   36. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4747598)
I wonder how many runs Ben Revere's arm has cost this year. Single to CF, Revere gets to it on 2 hops will full momentum towards home plate. Aramis Ramirez is just touching 3B and the coach waves him home. He had to swerve slightly but scored standing up as Revere's 2 bouncer slices 10 feet up the 3B line, allowing the hitter to take 2B.
   37. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4747599)
I don't know what Heyward was looking for on that 3-2 pitch. Gee couldn't have hung that change-up any more perfectly.
   38. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 08:51 PM (#4747603)
I wonder how many runs Ben Revere's arm has cost this year. Single to CF, Revere gets to it on 2 hops will full momentum towards home plate. Aramis Ramirez is just touching 3B and the coach waves him home. He had to swerve slightly but scored standing up as Revere's 2 bouncer slices 10 feet up the 3B line, allowing the hitter to take 2B.


Throws are based relative to average, and with the four Cardinal outfielders(Jay, Holliday, Craig and Bourjos) having not thrown one guy out at the plate this year(exaggeration--but not by much....Bourjos has 0, Jay 1, Holliday 1, Craig 3 assists...not sure which base they threw them out) I imagine the numbers may not be as bad as you imagine it is. (If Colby Rasmus played more this year the average would be even lower....seriously I've never seen a player with as bad of an arm in baseball, that is actually strong--yes you have the Juan Piere's and Damon with weak ass arms, but Rasmus had a strong arm which was able to hit the pitchers mound every single throw ever made)
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:00 PM (#4747606)
Okay, finally for the first time that I can remember, the Cardinals clearly screwed up on a bunt attempt, by making one that was not defensible. Man on first and third less than two outs and they sacrifice the runner over to second base.....Just let him swing away at that point, especially when you have the lead.
   40. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:01 PM (#4747608)
Mets take a 4-1 lead over Buckhead in the 7th.
   41. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4747612)
cfb, Revere's arm is Pierre/Damon weak but inaccurate to boot. It's almost inconceivable that an athlete that good could have an arm that bad.
   42. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4747614)
Dillon Gee is still a G.
   43. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:13 PM (#4747615)
The Braves have seemingly hit into some awful luck this series. Citi Field's outfield has been particularly unforgiving. Of course, it doesn't seem to stop the Mets from rocking homers all over the place, so I probably shouldn't complain.
   44. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:16 PM (#4747617)
The WereWerth hits our third bomb of the evening! 6-2 Nats.
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4747622)
As Peralta drives in a run, I'm thinking that the Cardinals have four all stars, and their second and third best players didn't make the all star game (Adams and Peralta....with Wainwright being the best player)
   46. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4747624)
Yadier pulled with a hand injury caused by sliding into third base.... (on a foot first slide....)
   47. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4747629)
Wow, the Mets win again, and will be going for a four-game sweep of the Rednecks tomorrow.
   48. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4747631)
Third base is a meat grinder out there today...first (All-Star)Yadier gets injured out there, and now (All Star) Carpenter just had a scare out there(possible wrist injury)
   49. Lassus Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:49 PM (#4747634)
I say it here, it comes out there.
   50. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 09, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4747640)
Baaang! Zoooooom! It's a back-all-alone-in-first-place Curly W in the books!!
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4747660)
Wong with a homerun to give the Cardinals a 5-2 lead....
   52. greenback calls it soccer Posted: July 09, 2014 at 11:26 PM (#4747663)
...and greenback declares bankruptcy after back-stopping a derivative which only paid off if Wong homered in consecutive games.
   53. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 11:37 PM (#4747667)
Rosenthal allows a leadoff walk..... those have been killing him this season.

Arggh....I hate any conclusion from that stat, showing a teams record vs above .500 teams and below .500 teams and making some type of conclusion, because they are below .500 against teams with an above .500 record. That is not unusual at all and it really doesn't provide you much evidence on the quality of the team.
   54. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: July 09, 2014 at 11:40 PM (#4747669)
Rodon reaches agreement w the White Sox for north of 6.45m, which is above slot (5.7215m)
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: July 09, 2014 at 11:41 PM (#4747671)
Cardinals win 5-2 and have an outside chance of being in first place at the all star break(so do the Reds and of course the Brewers----Cardinals and Brewers destiny are in their own hands for that piece of trivia)

3rd team in the NL to win 50 games.... if you ask Cardinal fans, this has been a terribly disappointing team.
   56. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:08 AM (#4747743)
I came away thinking the Cardinals are just better than the Pirates, which seems illogical given they needed two walkoffs to secure a sweep by a total of 5 runs. The Pirates are an extremely .500 team, the very image of average: Their Pythag is 45-45, they're 6th in runs scored and 6th from the bottom in runs allowed, they've consistently been beating the bad teams and losing to the good teams.

Their lineup has become respectable since the addition of Ike Davis and Gregory Polanco (well, so long as Josh Harrison continues to fail to remember he's Josh Harrison, anyway), but their starting rotation has collapsed into Charlie Morton and a Quad-A mess.

If the rotation remains mostly Cole-and-Liriano-free, which seems likely, the team's probably on its way to a nice quiet 78-84 finish. Neal Huntington's job isn't in jeopardy, so I hope he is sharp enough to understand he doesn't have a playoff team this year and keeps his young talent in hand, because I am very high on Polanco and I think if they can get a little bit more talent in the rotation the 2015-2018 Pirates can make some real noise.

Oh, and they need to figure out who their catcher is going to be next year. As it stands I suppose they'll grimace and live with Tony Sanchez, but Sanchez is a backup (and I've never seen any indication the organization thinks of him as more than a marginal major league backup) and they could really use a starter. I'm not sure if I should be hopeful that they sign Russell Martin to an extension or fearful of it; I imagine he'll cost well north of $10 million a year. Come to think of it, I wonder what he'd bring back in a trade... at the very least, they should be able to give him a qualifying offer and bag the draft pick with no worries this offseason.
   57. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:12 AM (#4747746)
3rd team in the NL to win 50 games.... if you ask Cardinal fans, this has been a terribly disappointing team.


Funny, isn't it? Same with the Reds, a win today will get them to 50 wins, and, they have seemed lousy the whole season.
   58. MNB Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:18 AM (#4747747)
3rd team in the NL to win 50 games.... if you ask Cardinal fans, this has been a terribly disappointing team.


Funny, isn't it? Same with the Reds, a win today will get them to 50 wins, and, they have seemed lousy the whole season.


I think Nationals fans probably feel the same way...
   59. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:28 AM (#4747752)
The National League, everybody!

Brewers and Giants fans are happy; everyone else's fans are like, "What is WRONG with this team?"
   60. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 08:47 AM (#4747756)
Brewers and Giants fans are happy; everyone else's fans are like, "What is WRONG with this team?"


If you had told me at the beginning of the season that Devin Mesoraco and Todd Frazier would be All-Stars, that Billy Hamilton would show that he is a bonafide Major Leaguer, and that the Alfredo Simon experiment would lead to a 12-3 record and a 2.70ish era at the All-Star break, I would have said that the Reds would easily be in first place at the break.
   61. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: July 10, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4747778)
Brewers and Giants fans are happy

The Brew Crew just lost 3 in a row to the Phillies, the fans might be at least fidgety. Yesterday they made Roberto Hernandez look like prime Fausto Carmona.
   62. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 10, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4747781)
I wonder what happened to Fausto, anyway? He was pretty good.
   63. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: July 10, 2014 at 10:28 AM (#4747837)
Brewers and Giants fans are happy; everyone else's fans are like, "What is WRONG with this team?"

Absolutely nothing wrong with the Nationals whatsoever. The only thing that has gone wrong so far is the rash of injuries we went through, but we're healthy now and starting to dominate the way we should be.

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