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OMNICHATTER 8-22-2014

Ghost of OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:17 AM | 47 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4776953)
How will the Nats get their walk-off win 2-day??????????
   2. boteman is here Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4776971)
Ghost of OMNICHATTER

You killed OMNICHATTER. You bastard!!
   3. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:54 AM (#4777094)
Can David Holmberg pitch again tonight?
   4. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM (#4777096)
Sure, pitch him every day, why not. You're already putting Zack Cozart out there every day.
   5. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM (#4777106)
Angels in Oakland tonight to finish off a long roadie, a nice long Boston-to-Oakland flight with no travel day to cushion things. They play the A's seven times in the next ten days (hosting Marlins/A's homestand next week), then go on the road for a crazy Houston-Minnesota-Cleveland-Texas road trip. No day off until the last Thursday of next month.

   6. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:17 PM (#4777117)
I'm going to the Jays game tonight, and I'll be able to see Stroman vs Smyly.
Two young future #1/#2 pitchers going at it.

(As someone who has both of them on his Scoresheet team, I'm hoping for a nice 0-0 game until Smyly leaves in the 7th, and then the Jays score a couple of runs to win it.)
   7. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4777120)
And I will see the Royals tonight in Arlington.

Colby Lewis will never go back to those palmy days when he was putting up 10-9 records with an ERA over seven; the game has changed too much since he was a kid. But tonight he tries to take more small steps toward getting his win column into double figures while keeping his ERA under six, which is going to look like a major accomplishment at this point.
   8. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:01 PM (#4777170)
I'm going to the Jays game tonight, and I'll be able to see Stroman vs Smyly.
Two young future #1/#2 pitchers going at it.
Is Stroman really a #1 in the making? It's just strange for me to see some so, I dunno, slight be dominant.
   9. Dillon Gee Escape Plan Posted: August 22, 2014 at 01:26 PM (#4777212)
You shot OMNICHATTER you team-killing ########!
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 22, 2014 at 02:23 PM (#4777277)
Pedro was pretty slight, but Stroman's even smaller than him.
I'm definitely overrating him, but when he's been good he's been fantastic.
As just a starter, he's put up a 3.12 ERA and that includes him blowing up for 5 ER in 0.2IP his last start.
   11. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 22, 2014 at 03:22 PM (#4777327)
Good outing so far for arrietta
   12. Joey B. has reignited his October #Natitude Posted: August 22, 2014 at 03:22 PM (#4777329)
Jake Arrieta mowing down his old team through the first four innings, and I expect many thousands of Orioles fans are shaking their heads in disbelief right now, saying "where the hell was this the last four years?"
   13. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 22, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4777451)
oh no ... so Omni now joins my two other favorite ghosts... the Giants and A´s !




   14. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4777474)
99 degrees in Arlington. Tonight's giveaway: Nolan Ryan jerseys. I saw several people walking away from the park with jerseys, which are nice souvenirs and worth more than the tickets ... plus you can beat the heat and WAY beat the traffic by leaving an hour and a half before the game :)
   15. DKDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 06:53 PM (#4777490)
Arrieta is a pitcher with good stuff who is prone to control lapses. AKA Oriole kryptonite. It's no shocker he shut down the Os.

Gausman puts up a stinker against a weak lineup. I snuck a peek at the game just in time to watch Gausman pump a fastball right down the pipe on an 0-2 count to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead. Gausman has a good fastball, but I haven't seen that dominant second pitch, and he's going to need to pitch smarter to make the jump from avergish starter to the #2 he's supposed to become.

And now Manny Machado is undergoing surgery and is out for the year.

A depressing day for sure, but the division lead is still huge and the big picture is bright.
   16. Baldrick Posted: August 22, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4777510)
Disputed HR/foul call for Bogaerts against Felix. They've shown a replay about 15 times but none of them are right down the line, making them basically useless.

How do they not have cameras set up for that?
   17. Ziggy Posted: August 22, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4777515)
Wainwright is getting murdered. What's wrong with that guy?
   18. greenback calls it soccer Posted: August 22, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4777516)
He's getting BABIP'd.

Matt Adams is not a good defensive 1b.
   19. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4777519)
A BABIP is as good as a hit.
   20. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 08:57 PM (#4777520)
Speaking if which, it's cooled to 96 in Texas and the Royals have chipped away at Lewis for a 3-1 lead in the third.
   21. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4777524)
Josh Willingham wallops one into the bullpen, that's not a BABIP. 4-1 Kansas City.
   22. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4777525)
Mike Minor is interesting through six in Cincy.
   23. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:49 PM (#4777540)
Minor is more interesting than the game I'm at, for sure.
   24. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:54 PM (#4777543)
Minor loses the no-hit bid with two outs and a 1-2 count on Billy Hamilton, who ended up looping an RBI single into center. Bad luck for Mike, but that's going to happen when you walk Zach Cozart.
   25. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:54 PM (#4777544)
Well, the interest pendulum has swung back. Actually I've seen way worse out of the Rangers this year. Lewis has plodded through six and Texas is still in the game. Some fun innings ahead perhaps, KC up by 3.
   26. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 09:57 PM (#4777546)
Adrian Beltre with career hit # 2,565.
   27. boteman is here Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4777549)
The Nationals had hoped to end their 10-game winning streak with a huge blowout loss, just the way it ended in 2005. They have accomplished that.
   28. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4777555)
Angels and A's trade first inning homers. Tonight feels like a playoff game.
   29. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4777561)
Ah, mid-inning pitching change, just what this game needed to drain interest. Though it is the soft-tossing lefty sidearmer Alex Claudio, he's fun to watch. Replaces a generic fellow named Klein.
   30. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4777562)
Claudio dialing it all the way up to 75 mph.
   31. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4777565)
And he strikes out Willingham on three 68-mph breaking pitches.
   32. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:43 PM (#4777567)
Hector Santiago is completely hittable tonight. The Angels will be lucky to get through his stretch of innings and still be in this game.
   33. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:54 PM (#4777569)
Billy Butler, playing first for KC, is holding an animated conversation with the 1B umpire between pitches, even during pitches. Doesn't look hostile, it looks like they're planning Thanksgiving or something.
   34. BDC Posted: August 22, 2014 at 10:58 PM (#4777570)
Jonathan Edwards is pitching for the Rangers. We are in the hands of an angry God.
   35. Ziggy Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:10 PM (#4777576)
Into the 11th in Cinci. Chapman threw 2 solid innings in relief, he needed that after he last game. (Only 4 k's though, what a slacker.)
   36. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4777588)
Got back from the Jays/Rays game.

Stroman looked lost, but not as lost as Jays hitters did against Smyly.
It wasn't that he was overpowering them, it was just that every time they made contact with the ball, they seemed to be reaching for it, leading to an easy ground ball to the shortstop, pop fly to the 2Bman, or a lazy fly to the OF. There was one hard hit ball all night by the Jays, a line drive to the warning track by Valencia that Myers tracked down. They didn't get a man on base after the 3rd inning.

In contrast, the Rays just kept putting men on base every inning. I think they had at least one on for each one except the 9th.
Throw in some lazy fielding (Rasmus allowing a seeing eye single up the middle by KK to turn into a double by jogging to the ball and not watching the play in front of him as KK hustled to 2nd), and Stroman just couldn't keep things from slipping away. Then the bullpen (Loup, Drabek, Richmond) just crapped the bed as well, and it was over.

The only Jays highlight was a between-innings segment called "Japanese or not Japanese", with Kawasaki declaring things as one (sumo wrestling) or not (poutine).
That taped segment ended with the camera on Kawasaki in the dugout, where he proceeded to do the "You can't see me!" thing from wrestling, and then some crazy thing with his eyes. Big cheers from the crowd. The dude is crazy popular.
His game-worn jerseys sell for the most money (in the souvenir shop) among the active players (tied with R.A. Dickey).

Oh, and one more note: fan interference worked in favour for the Rays. Rasmus popped a foul ball behind 1st base and near the stands. As Loney rushed in and slid feet first to try and catch it against the wall, a Jays fan reached over the wall and caught the ball before it could land in/near Myers glove. Everyone cheered, and then the umpire ran in and declared it fan interference and Rasmus out. Could Loney have caught the ball? Maybe, but it would have been a hell of a catch. Gibbons argued briefly, but couldn't challenge it (I guess). Side note: The fan was NOT thrown out of the game. I guess if you pay big bucks for those seats, you get extra leeway about that sort of thing.
   37. RMc is a fine piece of cheese Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:28 PM (#4777589)
Well, with the Tigers being utterly humiliated in Minnesota and the Royals winning their 3,741st game in a row, it's now a 2.5 game lead for KC. The good news is, it's looking like I won't have to watch yet another galling Detroit playoff loss this fall...
   38. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:30 PM (#4777590)
   39. JJ1986 Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:46 PM (#4777594)
Holy ####, Jim Johnson is bad now.
   40. Baldrick Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:53 PM (#4777597)
The Dodgers just had Darwin Barney pinch hit for Dan Haren.

Is that really the best they could do? Barney's career OPS is .626 (!). I mean, Haren's is .531 for crying out loud.
   41. JJ1986 Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:56 PM (#4777599)
Is that really the best they could do? Barney's career OPS is .626 (!). I mean, Haren's is .531 for crying out loud.


I'm not sure quite who's on their bench but it's at least 2 lefties and Drew Butera. Zack Greinke probably would have been the best option.

Edit: Their last right-handed bat is rookie Miguel Rojas with a 49 OPS+.
   42. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM (#4777600)
Jason Grilli, pitching for the 4th time in 5 nights, gives up the go-ahead runs to Oakland. The way the Angels have been swinging the bat, 2 runs feels enormous.
   43. JJ1986 Posted: August 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM (#4777601)
Fire Wilmer Flores!
   44. The District Attorney Posted: August 23, 2014 at 12:03 AM (#4777603)
Re: Detroit: WOULD SOMEBODY STOP THE DAMN MATCH???
   45. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 23, 2014 at 12:04 AM (#4777604)
Edit: Their last right-handed bat is rookie Miguel Rojas with a 49 OPS+.


BJ Upton is available.
   46. Snowboy Posted: August 23, 2014 at 12:24 AM (#4777605)
RTG way to jinx the Stroman start!
Thanks for the game report.

On TV Gibbons came out briefly to ask about that fan interference call, but the guy was clearly leaning into the field of play when he made the catch. It would have been a waste of a challenge, so Gibbons retreated. And the guy should have been walked out, on principle.

On TV Smyly wasn't "dealing" in the overpowering sense, but it was apparent immediately that he had a plan and his control. He worked quickly, and the game went quickly. I think it was a factor for Stroman, who was barely catching his breath before having to take the mound again. He missed badly with the HR pitch to Longoria, but wasn't too bad otherwise until he seemed to just get overwhelmed. Reminded me of a football defense that has been on the field too long because the other side of the ball keeps going three-and-out, and they start to slide. He also had to pitch a lot from the stretch, and similar to Hutchison this year has not been as effective pitching from there.

The Kiermier RBI and "double" grounder to Rasmus was classic Rays. Also Wil Myers with a steal. They watch for mistakes or inattention, and push for advantage.
   47. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: August 23, 2014 at 12:32 AM (#4777606)
Dilson Herrera today, 3-3 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly. 29 XBH in 214 AB in AA (9 HR, 3 triples, and 17 doubles.)

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