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OMNICHATTER 8-19-2014

OMNICHATTER for Today…

Gamingboy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 04:40 PM | 74 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 19, 2014 at 07:13 PM (#4774900)
Angels about to get underway in Boston,
LAA: Weaver (13-7, 3.66 ERA)
BOS: Webster (3-1, 4.79 ERA)

A's host the Mets later tonight.
NYM: Gee (4-5, 3.69 ERA)
OAK: Kazmir (13-5, 2.78 ERA)

There's still a long way to go... but not really. Less than 40 games left.
   2. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 19, 2014 at 07:49 PM (#4774925)
Kole Calhoun robs Brock Holt of a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 2nd inning. A great player to save Jared Weaver, who's looking pretty shaky early on.
   3. Joey B. Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4774931)
3-1 baby!
   4. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4774934)
having trouble finding a stream for the cubs giants game, the first row and vip box are letting me down. suggestions?
   5. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4774935)
Baez with walk no. 3!
   6. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4774936)
Meat, as your attorney, I advise you to turn on Pat and Ron.

And Rizzo hits one onto Sheffield.
   7. Joey B. Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4774938)
Asdrubal clears them, now 6-1!
   8. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4774939)
I like Anthony Rizzo, he hits home runs.

success on finding a game feed.
   9. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:25 PM (#4774940)
I reckon the Nats have chosen a good opponent to allow their win streak to continue. God, the DBacks are awful. And it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of guys.
   10. MNB Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4774941)
Wow. The Yahoo! box score comment sections are really where intelligence goes to die.
   11. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:28 PM (#4774943)
FWIW, Rizzo now leads all lefthanded hitters in homers.
   12. Brian White Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4774945)
The Pirates are playing some pretty lousy defense this series. Two ground balls that should have been outs this inning, both missed. Their only saving grace is that its up to Andrelton Simmons, B.J. Upton, and Aaron Harang to drive them in.
   13. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4774947)
And he now has four in less than a week, after going homerless for 19 games. Think it's safe to say he's off the schneid.
   14. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4774951)
What game feed are you on, Meat?
   15. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:38 PM (#4774955)
Oswaldo Arcia is having a damn fine month.
   16. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:39 PM (#4774956)
Vipbox its the smcsn feed but from japan so weird ad's but english language.
   17. Snowboy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4774958)
Blue Jays JA Happ vs the Brewers starts as expected: a mismatch.
Happ likes to throw his fastball early in the count, and the Brewers like to swing. It's a good fastball from a LHP, but the Brewers are also good hitters.
3 doubles in the first inning.
But a quick visit to the mound and Happ changes things up: still throwing strikes, but offspeeed. Ends the inning with two Ks.
Brewers jump out to a quick 2-0 lead.
   18. MNB Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:44 PM (#4774960)
I think this is the highlight so far from the Nats/Dbacks Yahoo! comments:

Frank writes, "Strasburg is a winning streak stopper. The biggest waste of money a team could ever spend is on this completely drunk piece of #$%$"
   19. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4774961)
Yeah, Yahoo, ESPN....any of those outlets, there's some quality moronitude on there.
   20. MNB Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4774963)
They really think Strasburg is the most overrated player ever, or second only to Harper.
   21. MNB Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4774968)
Only 2 Ks for Strasburg so far, but also only 58 pitches through 5. That's good given the work for the bullpen the last few nights.
   22. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 08:59 PM (#4774971)
I like the Nats' chances of not needing a walkoff tonight.
   23. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4774975)
I feel like I should start just sending random posts to this site ######## about scoring levels. I spent ten ####### years listening to people ##### about how too much scoring was happening. Now, not enough scoring is happening. Jesus Cristo. Its like hanging out with beer dorks, "Oh man this session beer is really low on percentage, oh the IPA is super boozey." Your life isn't bad if contemplating beer or baseball are your problem.
   24. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4774978)
Jared Weaver's struggled through the first five, I don't know that I'd have given him the 6th. The bullpen better be warm.
   25. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4774981)
lucroy's bat looks to have regained it's charm. 2 doubles tonight after a big weekend in la

that young man is having some kind of season
   26. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:29 PM (#4774983)
On cue, Weaver is pulled, but not after putting men at the corners with just one out.

Grilli comes in. Sac fly ties the game. Dang it, Scioscia. Shouldn't have let Weaver start the 6th.
   27. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:31 PM (#4774984)
francisco liriano with another rough start. makes me a bit sad. always liked that guy
   28. Joey B. Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4774985)
It's a squeaker in the American Legion World Series, with New Jersey clinging to an 18-0 lead over Michigan.
   29. Snowboy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4774986)
Jose Reyes commits his 35th, err, sorry, 16th official error. Leads the AL for SS. The ball was hit right to him.
Meanwhile Mike Fiers continues to baffle hitters. He doesn't throw hard, but he has developed a cutter, and throws up in the zone. Windup has lots of deception. Jays are swinging at balls.
Brewers lead 4-1, mid 4th.
   30. Snowboy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:40 PM (#4774996)
Gibbons pulls Happ in the 4th inning, brings in his 8th inning guy Dustin McGowan.
This is the official push of the panic button.
Despite having a day off yesterday, Gibbons is unshaven and is watching every moment of this game like a hawk.
Jays are traiing 4-1, but Happ has not been bad. Brewers have runners 1st and 2nd with 1 out, but the lead runner is the opposing pitcher who got on with a dink. Lucroy is at the plate, and he has doubled twice tonight, but...like I said, this is the panic button moment of the season for the Jays.
   31. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4774998)
Did anyone else see this brilliant analysis of the Cespedes for Lester deal?

Sorry if it was posted before and I missed it...
   32. Joey B. Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:43 PM (#4774999)
This could be the second complete game of Strasburg's career...
   33. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4775002)
snow

fiers is a smart guy. he took his lumps after a good spin around the league a while ago. he dominated triple a so having success in the majors now is not a surprise. he has all the amkings of a solid number 4 starter
   34. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:47 PM (#4775004)
Cubs grounds crew with an E6. And E5. Rolled out the tarp in a downpour in a diagonal and SS and 3B areas are not covered. Cubs are up of course 2-0 in the bottom of the 5th and Krukow is going on and on about how it's on purpose...
   35. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4775005)
"Are you telling me that it's August and they haven't figured out how to put a tarp on?" - Mike Krukow.
   36. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4775007)
the brewers pitching since the break has been crazy good.
   37. vortex of dissipation Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4775012)
Hisashi Iwakuma's line tonight:

8 IP
4 H
0 R
0 BB
11 SO

He may fly a bit below the radar, but the guy's really, really, good...
   38. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4775014)
khris davis' opposite field power continues to impress

   39. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4775016)
weeks dribbler up the middle scores another run
   40. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:01 PM (#4775021)
They shouldn't have bothered with the tarp at Wrigley; it was obvious from the radar it was only going to rain for about five minutes. It'll take them more time to drain the tarp and treat the uncovered dirt than it would have taken to just treat the dirt.
   41. Baldrick Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4775026)
I feel like I should start just sending random posts to this site ######## about scoring levels. I spent ten ####### years listening to people ##### about how too much scoring was happening. Now, not enough scoring is happening. Jesus Cristo. Its like hanging out with beer dorks, "Oh man this session beer is really low on percentage, oh the IPA is super boozey." Your life isn't bad if contemplating beer or baseball are your problem.

Weird. It's almost like more than one person posts here.

Also, I don't think all that many people dislike the scoring environment. What people don't like is the wreck of strikeouts, long at bats, and pitching changes that is producing it.
   42. DKDC Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4775030)
It's dry on the south side of Chicago, but Os are raining down the hits and lead 5-1.
   43. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:09 PM (#4775034)
baldrick

i have told jack he is getting too grumpy for such a young man.
   44. Snowboy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4775035)
Brewers continue to have a good approach at the plate (now a season high for doubles in a game, and counting) and the Jays continue to swing like/at crap.
Now 6-1 Brewers, 6th.
   45. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4775037)
The rain has stopped on the north side but the infield is a mess. Krukow and Miller were talking up the possibility of a suspended game instead of it being called complete because of the tarp situation if the field is deemed unplayable.
   46. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:14 PM (#4775038)
snow

it could be that fiers is making good pitches. the guy has been plowing through the league since he got his chance to start
   47. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM (#4775039)
Jeez, Joba Chamberlain looks like he belongs in the rasslin' thread. And he's pitching like it too.
   48. Into the Void Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:15 PM (#4775040)
The Cubs ground crew is amazingly incompetent.
   49. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4775046)
The Angels actually get to Uehara for a run, back-to-back doubles with two outs in the 9th. Huston Street again for the save. Scioscia's going to burn him out. ... but hopefully not today.

... Lead-off single. Hmph. Street's now allowed singles to his last five batters faced.
   50. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4775053)
Angels close out the Sox, so they're now temporarily a full game ahead of Oakland in the standings.

Go Mets. M-E-T-S, Mets, Mets, Mets.
   51. Snowboy Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4775054)
Harveys:

Ride it while you can. I'm not sure Fiers has the stuff to stick in the majors. Not enough speed on the fastball, and too much up in the zone. His curve has a nice drop, but to me it is telegraphed. New cutter seems the key. Yes, he struck out 14 last time, but it was the Cubs. Yes he's looked good tonight, but the Jays are the worst team in the majors this August. He had lots of pitches tonight that got swing & miss, but he doesn't have "the stuff" to keep that up regularly; it was more about deception and unfamiliarity with him. Second or third time around the league, we'll see. (Since that won't come until next season, and the Brewers will have a playoff appearance under their belt by then, who will care? Ride it.)
   52. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM (#4775058)
Kazmir isn't exactly sharp tonight. Was leaving a lot of pitches up early and command seems a little off. Selig is at the game and doing an interview with Glen Kuiper and Fosse. Puff stuff..nothing terribly exciting..
   53. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4775066)
Donaldson called out looking at a 3rd strike. A's leave the bases loaded in the 3rd. Still scoreless in Oakland.
   54. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4775069)
D'Arnaud with a solo HR - 1-0 Mets. Errg.
   55. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM (#4775079)
A's have scored 4 times in the 4th, including a bases clearing triple for Coco.
   56. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:36 PM (#4775080)
I know better than to count on the Mets for anything.
   57. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM (#4775083)
Any word on the status of the cubs game?
   58. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM (#4775084)
And comcast is back with a feed, tarp is off the infield, and in right field.
   59. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4775085)
Re Fiers: Isn't Harveys the same one who was dogging on Kyle Hendricks in another thread, for comparable reasons?
   60. Spahn Insane Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4775086)
So are they resuming the Cubs/Giants game, or what?
   61. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM (#4775089)
Didnt you have tickets?
   62. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4775090)
THUHHHHHHH ROYALS WIN!!!!
   63. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 20, 2014 at 12:35 AM (#4775095)
There is no way they get this game in tonight. Why havnt they called it yet.
   64. Spahn Insane Posted: August 20, 2014 at 12:59 AM (#4775102)
I'm sure I had tickets at some point, but evidently sold them. Not at the park tonight, in any case.
   65. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: August 20, 2014 at 01:05 AM (#4775103)
francisco liriano with another rough start. makes me a bit sad. always liked that guy


It's an even numbered year, so it's to be expected. I'm actually hoping his, shall we say, uneven 2014 campaign enables the Pirates to keep him around for 2015 on the cheap.
   66. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 20, 2014 at 01:24 AM (#4775109)
The Cubs-Giants situation is ridiculous. The grounds keepers aren't even on the field anymore, yet there's been no decision made on calling the game. A 2 1/2 hour delay so far for about 10 minutes of rain because people can't roll a tarp out properly. I'm guessing the umps are trying to get it suspended rather than called a completed game because of the incompetence of the grounds crew, but they can't make the call themselves.
   67. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 20, 2014 at 01:38 AM (#4775113)
My math was off...3 1/2 hours.
   68. caprules Posted: August 20, 2014 at 01:51 AM (#4775114)
Was at the Brewers game on Tuesday. It was Roenicke's birthday, and the scoreboard put up a happy birthday message and the crowd starts cheering (this is in between innings). Stadium puts a camera on Ron to get his reaction, and he is wondering why there is cheering going on. After a couple of seconds, he looks up at the scoreboard and see's whats happening and a little smile emerges. That was fun.
   69. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 20, 2014 at 02:25 AM (#4775121)
Looks like its final.
   70. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 20, 2014 at 02:54 AM (#4775127)
So does Wada get credit for a shutout? Wada and Vogelsong both get complete games.
   71. TerpNats Posted: August 20, 2014 at 02:58 AM (#4775129)
"Are you telling me that it's August and they haven't figured out how to put a tarp on?" - Mike Krukow
They must've learned from the Yankees ground crew.
   72. Dan Posted: August 20, 2014 at 04:09 AM (#4775133)
It's ridiculous that game was called with the Cubs leading when the delay was due to incompetence from their grounds crew. They should have either suspended play until tomorrow or required the Cubs to forfeit.

I can't wait for the next time a playoff contender has a rain delay during a home game while leading and the grounds crew conveniently fails to deploy the tarp properly. Brilliant job establishing precedent here by MLB.
   73. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 20, 2014 at 08:39 AM (#4775169)
I'm not sure Fiers has the stuff to stick in the majors. Not enough speed on the fastball, and too much up in the zone. His curve has a nice drop, but to me it is telegraphed. New cutter seems the key. Yes, he struck out 14 last time, but it was the Cubs. Yes he's looked good tonight, but the Jays are the worst team in the majors this August. He had lots of pitches tonight that got swing & miss, but he doesn't have "the stuff" to keep that up regularly; it was more about deception and unfamiliarity with him. Second or third time around the league, we'll see

he was pitching up last night because that was the gameplan. the catcher was regularly positioning himself to receive a fastball upstairs later in counts.

fiers has already been around the league once beginning in 2012 and took his beating 2013 before being sent down

fiers is an older version of the kid hendricks in chicago. yes he has to live on the edges. but for 4-5 years i think he makes it happen because he's a pretty smart guy with a deceptive motion that helps his middling stuff
   74. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4775980)
66. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: August 20, 2014 at 01:24 AM (#4775109)
The Cubs-Giants situation is ridiculous. The grounds keepers aren't even on the field anymore, yet there's been no decision made on calling the game. A 2 1/2 hour delay so far for about 10 minutes of rain because people can't roll a tarp out properly. I'm guessing the umps are trying to get it suspended rather than called a completed game because of the incompetence of the grounds crew, but they can't make the call themselves.


I was there for the whole saga. I'm not certain what the tarp drama was but it was really coming down, maybe as hard as I've ever seen, and I'd guess I've seen more baseball than most people my age.

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