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OMNICHATTER 8-15-2014

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   1. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4771670)
This is the first time both the Orioles and the Royals have been in first place past May since August 30, 1979.
   2. Joey B. Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4771813)
How badly will Oakland beat the Cobb County Cornpones today???
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 15, 2014 at 12:58 PM (#4771818)
This is the first time both the Orioles and the Royals have been in first place past May since August 30, 1979.

And the Royals got there by just having beaten Luis Tiant and the Yankees.
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 15, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4771847)
Yeah, the AL has been quite surprising this year. Preseason I had the Orioles and Yankees battling it out for third place in the AL East (behind Tampa and Boston ... yikes!) and I thought the Tigers were going to run away with the Central. In the NL, on the other hand, fourteen of fifteen teams are pretty much right where they were expected, the exception being the Brewers (perhaps the Marlins (overperforming) and D'backs (underperforming) but neither were expected to be nor are contenders)
   5. boteman Posted: August 15, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4771848)
Wait--is Luis Tiant still pitching for the Yankees??? That would explain a lot of things.
   6. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 15, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4771892)
Since they were traded for each other on July 22nd:

Chase Headley: .250/.349/.375, 2 homers, 3 doubles, 10 walks
Yangervis Solarte: .282/.370/.423, 3 homers, 1 triple, 11 walks

I said at the time that I thought there were good reasons to believe Solarte would out-hit Headley for the rest of the season; 20 games in, it's looking like that may not have been solely the result of my irrational love of Mr. Yangervis Solarte.
   7. DKDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 02:07 PM (#4771893)
Tiant pitched well in April/May, but then he had his throwing arm amputated after sleeping on it wrong. The Yankees are optimistic he can return for the stretch run.
   8. villageidiom Posted: August 15, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4771996)
This is the first time both the Orioles and the Royals have been in first place past May since August 30, 1979.
With teams in the playoff hunt including the Pirates, Angels, Brewers, and Nationals Expos.

It's 1979 all over again. Apparently we have returned to the peak of modern civilization. [/OTP]
   9. Curse of the Andino Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4772046)
Yeah, the AL has been quite surprising this year. Preseason I had the Orioles and Yankees battling it out for third place in the AL East (behind Tampa and Boston ... yikes!)


I thought it'd be Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore myself. I'm amazed they've done it without Weiters, Machado injured, and then Davis hitting .190 or something.
   10. villageidiom Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4772064)
I thought it'd be Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore myself. I'm amazed they've done it without Weiters, Machado injured, and then Davis hitting .190 or something.
They are a team of destiny.

Unfortunately, so are the other playoff-bound teams.
   11. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:40 PM (#4772069)
Aww, I missed Taney's LLWS game. Mo'Ne Davis is a beast, first girl to throw a shutout at the LLWS. 2 hits, 0 walks, 8 K's in 6 IP. Really hoping that team makes a deep run. She can get up to three starts, right?
   12. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 15, 2014 at 05:41 PM (#4772071)
I thought it'd be Boston, the Rays, and then Baltimore/the Yankees/Toronto fighting it out for third. And bless my soul, every surprise was a pleasant one.

I thought it'd be Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore myself. I'm amazed they've done it without Weiters, Machado injured, and then Davis hitting .190 or something.

Two words from the old Earl Weaver lexicon: Deep Depth. And a somewhat miraculous leap in performance over the past six or seven weeks from nearly the entire pitching staff. There's very little or no correlation between those overall ERA's of the starting rotation and the way they're pitching now.
   13. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 15, 2014 at 06:18 PM (#4772098)
As I noticed yesterday about the Orioles:

According to bWAR, their best position player is Steve Pearce, and their best picher is Darren O'Day.
   14. Joey B. Posted: August 15, 2014 at 07:28 PM (#4772133)
1-0 baby.

Make it 3-0 baby!! Vegas finally breaking out of his slump now.
   15. Joey B. Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4772155)
Let's make that 5-0 baby.
   16. DKDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4772158)
According to bWAR, their best position player is Steve Pearce, and their best picher is Darren O'Day.


I think that tells you more about bWAR than it does about the Orioles.
   17. JJ1986 Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:28 PM (#4772161)
I assumed Pearce was first because other Orioles had poor defensive value. Instead, he has a hugely positive rfield.
   18. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:29 PM (#4772163)
Man, Travis Wood sucks. Still not the worst starter on the team, but he's been just awful most of the year.
   19. DKDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4772167)
Wei Yin Chen was cruising until some guy named Zach Walters takes him deep.

Kluber alternated between looking very hittable and very unhittable tonight, so I feel good about the O's chances (as long as Chris Davis doesn't get another at bat with RISP.
   20. greenback calls it soccer Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4772169)
Ross has walked the first three Cardinals he's faced. He's now facing Matt Adams, which is like the irresistible force meeting the immovable rock.
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:35 PM (#4772170)
Adams refuses to walk.... Wong should have scored, Oquendo is un-Oquendo like this year.
   22. greenback calls it soccer Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4772175)
You really aren't supposed to send the runner home with nobody out.
   23. boteman Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4772176)
You really aren't supposed to send the runner home with nobody out.

Why not? You've got 2 more outs to burn!
   24. DKDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 08:57 PM (#4772183)
2 outs, man on second, 3 - 0 count, Flaherty on deck, Hardy at the plate

SWING AWAY, MAN!

Or take a fastball down the middle for a strike, walk on 3-1 and then let Flaherty pop up to end the inning.
   25. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:00 PM (#4772186)
As annoying as God Bless America is at the stretch it's worse when they do it in the sixth inning preceded by a "please stand and remove your caps..."announcement. That just happened at the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) game.
   26. cardsfanboy Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4772190)
You really aren't supposed to send the runner home with nobody out.


With Kolten Wong's speed and the deepness that the centerfielder was playing, he would have been safe pretty easily, even with the hesitation that Wong did.

As annoying as God Bless America is at the stretch it's worse when they do it in the sixth inning preceded by a "please stand and remove your caps..."announcement. That just happened at the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA) game.


As a veteran, that pisses me off. It effectively diminishes the songs that matter.
   27. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4772199)
The White Sox and the Jays are playing a game of "who can break out of their hitting slump the most", as they've combined for 14 hits and 10 runs in just 2 innings.
   28. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4772204)
Kole Calhoun homers! 3-run shot gives the Angels a 4-1 lead. He's the only one who's been hitting lately; even Mike Trout's been quite with the bat these last stretch of games.
   29. DKDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4772208)
O's string a few together and tie it up 1-1.
   30. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4772209)
The Braves are holding Zombie Night at Turner Field and, believe it or not, that doesn't refer to BJ Upton's bat speed in any way. The team is giving out a Zombie Survival Kit, which includes a mini-bat, a t-shirt and a draw-string back pack. That's a pretty lame survival kit.
   31. The District Attorney Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4772211)
even Mike Trout's been quite with the bat these last stretch of games.
Grant Brisbee had a fun article about articles we might see if the second half were the first half. Including:
We figured this would happen. But we figured it would be because Bryce Harper started dominating pitchers the way Mike Trout did. We didn't anticipate Trout hitting down to Harper's level.

But that's where we are. Trout is something of a low-average, low-contact slugger now, hitting .240/.322/.452 with 35 strikeouts (!) in 104 at-bats. Harper is more of a bat-control guy for the moment, with a higher average and OBP, at the expense of dingers (.270/.359/.427).
The Tigers are 12-16, already seven games behind the Royals... the only way [the Doug Fister] trade was going to look smart, even temporarily, was if Fister immediately got hurt and the Tigers immediately called up Robbie Ray because he was pitching so well. Even if that unlikely scenario were to happen, it's not like it would continue to happen. Fister's too good. He's the kind of pitcher who would make a playoff-bound team empty the farm in July. Now there's a chance that the Tigers will need to empty the farm in July for a starting pitcher.

By "empty the farm," I mean they would have to trade more than Robbie Ray. Because it's not like that guy is going to be the centerpiece of a package for a frontline starter. They'd have to trade ... I don't know ... their starting center fielder and another prospect to boot to get one of those guys.
The Padres are the best team in the NL, and you shouldn't be surprised. They've been good this whole time, but we weren't paying attention. They're 16-9, but their Pythagorean record is even better... It's not like they're going to go on an extended losing jag, fall out of the race, and wonder if that early winning didn't do anything but screw them out of a protected draft pick in 2015.
   32. Spahn Insane Posted: August 15, 2014 at 09:53 PM (#4772215)
Yeah, Wood just has never found any sort of groove. His stuff seems OK, but he's just not locating his pitches.
   33. Joey B. Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4772226)
Awooooooga, another Curly W is in the books!
   34. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:40 PM (#4772235)
Grant Brisbee had a fun article about articles we might see if the second half were the first half


That's great stuff.
   35. boteman Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:45 PM (#4772238)
Mike Aviles ruins the Orioles' night, 2-1 on a 10th inning HR off an inside pitch that he caught up with in front of the plate.
   36. DKDC Posted: August 15, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4772243)
Indians beat Os in a walkoff, but if Jays don't have a miraculous comeback, still a good night for the Os.
   37. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:11 PM (#4772248)
That 8th inning rally was a consolation, but WTF is it with Chris Davis? His SO/162 rate is now sitting at 230 after tonight's Golden Sombrero.
   38. boteman Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4772249)
Yasmani Grandal makes things interesting in St. Louis. 4-2 now in the 9th after a HR to dead CF grass beyond the wall. Neshek pitching.

edit: Neshek made it interesting at the end, but finally struck out Venable on a changeup low and away to end the game. 4-2 final.
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM (#4772250)
Neshek with one of his worst outings this year. Two hits in an inning? That is the fifth time he has done that this year in 55 appearances.
   40. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:20 PM (#4772251)
Huston Street trying to close out Texas in Texas for the Angels.
   41. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM (#4772255)
THUHHHHHHHH ROYALS WIN!!!!!!
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: August 16, 2014 at 12:13 AM (#4772263)
THUHHHHHHHH ROYALS WIN!!!!!!


I hope they make the post season, yes I still think the Tigers are the better team, but it would be nice to see a team do what the Royals did, last year posting a .500 record and this year improving on that. Every few years it seems Cleveland puts up a surprising season for everyone to pick them for the next year, and then they fall.
   43. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 16, 2014 at 12:28 AM (#4772266)
Damn, Greinke just through a very unimpressive 5 IP of shut out ball, two hits, 5 walks, a few Ks, and as usual the Brewers do nothing for Jimmy Nelson, who has thrown a good 6 ip on his own. Dee Gordon's speed busting him, as Puig has 2 Rbi on 2 seeing eye singles.
   44. boteman Posted: August 16, 2014 at 12:42 AM (#4772269)
Segura slid into 2B wide of the baseline as he was forced out, but blocked the throw down to 1B with his right hand and was called for obstruction so the batter-runner was called out to complete the double play.

Then Roenicke comes out to argue--something--while the trainer looked at Segura's hand and the dugout phoned in for internal replay. Nothing signaled out to the field, Roenicke continued to yammer with the umpires, then he left as the Brewers took the field. So a weird non-challenge discussion.
   45. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 16, 2014 at 01:10 AM (#4772272)
Not sure what Ron and crew thought they might be able to argue. The ball clearly hit Segura's hand, AND he was out of the baseline.

look at that, Overbay with a base clearing double, taking 3rd on the throw home. 5 run 8th.
   46. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 16, 2014 at 01:29 AM (#4772275)
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Dodger bullpen.

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