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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

OMNICHATTER 8-12-14

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Gamingboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM | 42 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4769343)
Given Correia's most recent performance, Dan Haren may be pitching with his job on the line tonight.
   2. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4769799)
Ah, yes, this is the Edinson Volquez I remember. The terrible one.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:30 PM (#4769805)
Wainwright got squeezed by Joyce on strike three to Stanton, ultimately leading to a walk. Oh well, hopefully it's just first inning adjustments and not bad Waino again.
   4. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:33 PM (#4769806)
The Vegas Kid takes the Mets deep again for an early 2-0 lead. Maybe he'll finally break out of his season-long slump now.

And Michael Taylor singles in his first major league plate appearance. Congratulations kid!
   5. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:55 PM (#4769816)
Rain delay at Citi Field, 2-0 Nats. RADAR shows a small cell passing over the area. I'd keep playing. I don't think the heavy stuff's gonna come down for quite a while.

AA callup Michael Taylor got his first MLB hit, a ground ball single over the mound and up the middle. Jayson Werth is seeing a specialist about his sore shoulder, but not yet going on the DL.
   6. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4769819)
Dodgers leading the Cobb County Cornpones 1-0 in the third.
   7. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:05 PM (#4769823)
Um, Dan Haren is pitching for the Dodgers and the Nats have seen that sad story so let's wait a few more innings before declaring victory.
   8. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:09 PM (#4769826)
Heyward just popped up a pitch about 10 feet toward the 1B bag from home plate. Dan Haren, A. J. Ellis, and van Slyke converged on it, looked at each other, and watched it drop foul squarely between all three of them.

Just go ahead and chalk this one up to the Braves right now.

edit: And now Turner gets doubled off 2B on an obvious fly ball to CF to end the inning. How were the Dodgers ever even sniffing 1st place in the West??
   9. cardsfanboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4769829)
Wainwright just allowed a 2 run homerun...3-0 Miami in the fourth. Ball hit the fair poll.
   10. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4769830)
Just go ahead and chalk this one up to the Braves right now.
How is it Jason Heyward can't slug .400?
   11. Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4769836)
1 1/2 starts in and I really really want Joe Kelly to succeed. He is a lot of fun to watch.
   12. He who brought the butter dish to Balshazar (CoB) Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:32 PM (#4769838)
Billy Butler just looks he should be playing in somewhere like Kansas City ...
   13. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4769841)
Dodgers back in front of the 'Pones 3-2 in the fifth.
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4769842)
Mclaughlin....is talking in a positive way about Loria in some respect.....Any comment that doesn't start with "one of the most evil human beings on this planet...".... is being too kind. (I find it hard to believe that someone with so little soul isn't 1. a lawyer and 2. an outspoken Christian)
   15. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:49 PM (#4769846)
The job of the broadcaster is essentially a salesman, so they won't utter an unkind word about anything or anybody under pain of being fired.
   16. cardsfanboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4769849)
The job of the broadcaster is essentially a salesman, so they won't utter an unkind word about anything or anybody under pain of being fired.


They constantly imply less nice things about 1. Taveras 2. darker skinned players for other teams with known attitude issues(doesn't have to be black, Carlos Gomez is a perfectly fine target for them) 3. Cueto...who is on the same scale as Loria as far as I'm concerned, so I'm fine with that.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:01 PM (#4769853)
Cardinals have 2 hits going into the 7th inning, and it's from a guy, that when Wainwright is pitching, is probably the worst bat in the lineup. Mark Ellis.

edit: Deleted because I was stupid enough to believe something our announcers said without double checking.
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4769855)
Garret Jones is a horrible first baseman(at least tonight)
   19. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:05 PM (#4769856)
Despite being unable to slug 400, Heyward is among the league leaders in WAR because his glove, apparently, is amazingly awesome.

(Also, his middle name is listed as 'Alias', which strikes me as... suspicious.)
   20. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4769858)
Tony Two Bags crushes one out: 3-0 Nats.

And BDD makes it 5-0!!
   21. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:17 PM (#4769860)
Rafael Montero has not been very good in the majors this year.
   22. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:26 PM (#4769864)
High school kid (at least by appearances) and right fielder Michael Taylor now has recorded his first MLB hit, groundout, and 2-run home run. Jayson Werth can go on the 15-day DL and I'm fine with that.

Welcome to the majors, indeed!
   23. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4769867)
So many great young players and so darn few places to play them all. What the heck are we going to do with all these guys?
   24. TerpNats Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4769868)
It's so good to see "ignored comment" under Joey B.'s blather.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: August 12, 2014 at 09:45 PM (#4769872)
pitiful game by the Cardinals.... 3-0 Marlins.
   26. Randomly Fluctuating Defensive Metric Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM (#4769883)
Despite being unable to slug 400, Heyward is among the league leaders in WAR because his glove, apparently, is amazingly awesome.


I disagree. I think any stat that places so much emphasis on fluctuating defensive metrics needs more polishing before it can be trusted to evaluate seasons on an individual basis. So I wouldn't necessarily give Heyward credit for being high on the WAR leaderboard. Brett Gardner has a -.0.6 rating this season. Did he forget how to judge a fly ball during the offseason? If his athleticism is eroding even slightly, why is he having his best offensive season ever? If the answer is, 'the defensive stats fluctuate,' then why is WAR constantly (and I mean constantly) cited during debates about the productivity of players during one year samples?
   27. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4769886)
Cornpones pwned at home 4-2.
   28. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4769890)
Melancon, stop being terrible!!!
   29. TerpNats Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4769892)
A 4 1/2 game lead for the Nats that, barring disaster, will soon be 5. (I'm sure Joey B. was saying much the same thing, albeit in a far more crude way. When he finally learns his lesson, let us know.)
   30. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:19 PM (#4769894)
pitiful game by the Cardinals.... 3-0 Marlins.

My buddy Nick was commiserating with me that Mike Dunn, of all pitchers, got the save. He's not a big fan of Dunn, but he did gitter done tonight so maybe he's coming around?

And don't look now, but the Marlins are only 1 (ONE) game behind the Braves at close of business tonight. I had a gut feeling based on...nothing really...that they might make a mini-charge. It's definitely making things interesting.
   31. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4769897)
Yep, another Curly W, and a five game lead and six in the loss column are the biggest numbers on the season.

Of course, the way the Corndogs are going they're probably not even going to be in second place for much longer.
   32. Ziggy: The Platonic Form of Russell Branyan Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:25 PM (#4769898)
Maybe defensive performance really does fluctuate wildly from year to year.

You've only got a "sample" if you are pulling it from a population. (And there's only a worry about a small sample if you are trying to extrapolate from the sample to the population.) Now, one year is too small of a sample to extrapolate to the larger population that includes the player's future performance. But WAR isn't trying to do that; though, of course, if you *are* trying to predict future WAR, you'd better not use one season's worth to do it.
   33. jobu Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4769904)
It sure is fun to see Josh Donaldson put a charge in one, with that high leg kick.
   34. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4769905)
It's so good to see "ignored comment" under Joey B.'s blather.


In my head, I replace it with this.
   35. kthejoker Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:49 PM (#4769908)
Chris Carter, post-ASB: .298/.368/.631
   36. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 12, 2014 at 10:54 PM (#4769910)
Chris Carter, post-ASB: .298/.368/.631

He has the second most home runs in baseball over the past calendar year, behind only Giancarlo Stanton's 42.

1. Giancarlo Stanton, 42
2. Chris Carter, 37
3. Brandon Moss, 36
4. Mike Trout, 34
4. David Ortiz, 34
6. Adam Jones, 32
6. Chris Davis, 32
6. Josh Donaldson, 32
9. Anthony Rizzo, 30
10. Todd Frazier, 29
10. Marlon Byrd, 29

In related news, it's 1973 again.
   37. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4769916)
Phillies are terrible. Four innings, and they only have one run on C.J. Wilson.

In other news, Angels losing again. This is getting bad.
   38. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4769920)
Hunter Pence gets thrown out at home on ground balls.
   39. Bote Man makes baseball fun again Posted: August 12, 2014 at 11:29 PM (#4769922)
Since when is Maddon in love with the bunt?? IN LOVE!

Keiermaier got lucky on a bunt that was mis-handled by Odor, so the next guy Figueroa just HAD TO BUNT. HE HAD TO. It's in the binder. It's tied 2-2 in the 10th so of course you want to hand an out over to the defense.

Oh, and Desmond Jennings just bunted on an 0-2 high fastball. And missed. Sit down. 3 consecutive batters. SRSLY??!!
   40. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 13, 2014 at 01:02 AM (#4769942)
White Sox bullpen acckkk!
   41. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 13, 2014 at 01:28 AM (#4769946)
Six game lead out west. Giants are now closer in the standings to the Padres than to the Dodgers.
   42. TerpNats Posted: August 13, 2014 at 02:22 AM (#4769951)
Interesting tidbit from Anaheim: Tonight, the Angels batted around (in the sixth) and for the second time this season, Mike Trout made two outs in an inning. As Rich Ashburn would have said, "Hard to believe, Harry, hard to believe."

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