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OMNICHATTER 8-4-2014

Monday and the OMNICHATTER

Gamingboy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 11:23 AM | 45 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 04, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4763967)
I am quite confident that the Braves' offensive malaise will end tonight in Seattle against-

*checks pitching match-up*

Oh, God dammit.
   2. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: August 04, 2014 at 01:31 PM (#4763975)
*Re-checks schedule*

Oh, God dammit.
   3. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 04, 2014 at 02:35 PM (#4764049)
Hunter Pence giggles like a madman !
   4. frannyzoo Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4764085)
So I finally finish chores, grab a beer and sit down for the matinee already in the 7th inning. The VERY FIRST PITCH I see is a 3-2 to Duda that is at least six inches low. It's called a strike. At least six inches. I think I'll focus on the beer and less on the game here, otherwise the beer bottle is going through the computer screen.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:10 PM (#4764095)
Hunter Pence texts you, but when you call him a minute later, he doesn't answer.

Hunter Pence still prints out important emails.

Hunter Pence doesn't sort his recyclables.

Hunter Pence tips 12%.

Hunter Pence still calls "shotgun" when he rides with you.

Hunter Pence says he doesn't care where to eat for lunch, then complains about the Indian buffet as soon as you get there.

Hunter Pence still writes checks at the grocery store checkout.

   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:17 PM (#4764104)
Hunter Pence always forgets to press the mute button during seminars via conference call.

Hunter Pence never replaces his divots.

Hunter Pence gets mad at you for spoiling the end of "The Sopranos", even though it came out seven years ago.

Hunter Pence requests that you play Candy Crush.

Hunter Pence likes Nickelback unironically.

   7. The kids disappeared, now Der-K has too much candy Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4764106)
Where did this Hunter Pence thing start? I heartily approve.
   8. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:27 PM (#4764129)
I think the Hunter Pence thang started during the Archer interview about Ortiz.

Hunter Pence killed Dumbledore !
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 04, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4764163)
Hunter Pence asks that you follow him on Twitter, but doesn't follow you back.

Hunter Pence asks you to go to lunch with him so he can use a "buy one get one free" coupon, then doesn't give you any of the discount.

Hunter Pence complains about politics, but isn't registered to vote.

Hunter Pence thought Jeff Daniels deserved the Best Actor Emmy over Bryan Cranston.

Hunter Pence doesn't call his mother on Mother's Day.

Hunter Pence uses obscenities in the name of his wifi netowrk.
   10. Al Kaline Trio Posted: August 04, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4764180)
Javier Baez to be called up for the game tomorrow. How did he get called up before Bryant??? (I'm looking at you Pence)
   11. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: August 04, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4764184)
Javier Baez to be called up for the game tomorrow. How did he get called up before Bryant???


Any minute now I'm expecting a "Cubs and Javier Baez agree to 6-year, $23MM contract extension with 4 options" announcement!
   12. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4764205)
Javier Baez to be called up for the game tomorrow. How did he get called up before Bryant??? (I'm looking at you Pence)

$$$
   13. Al Kaline Trio Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4764214)
So bring up Bryant when rosters expand to keep him an extra year? If so why not the same for Baez?
   14. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4764218)
I didn't realize how well Baez had been hitting since his miserable (and LONG) slump to start the year.

His slash lines at various points, courtesy of Bleed Cubbie Blue:
on 5/21: 178/252/341
on 6/18: 215/269/426
on 8/04: 260/323/510

Since switching to second base, he's slashing 339/394/763 with 7 homers in 59 at-bats.

   15. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4764220)
I'd imagine Soler's the next of the kiddie corps to get called up, probably in September. We're going to have to wait a bit for Bryant, silly though it is.
   16. Al Kaline Trio Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:44 PM (#4764231)
I didn't realize how well Baez had been hitting since his miserable (and LONG) slump to start the year.

His slash lines at various points, courtesy of Bleed Cubbie Blue:
on 5/21: 178/252/341
on 6/18: 215/269/426
on 8/04: 260/323/510

Since switching to second base, he's slashing 339/394/763 with 7 homers in 59 at-bats.


Bryant in AA: .355/.458/.702
Bryant in AAA: .308/.407/.654
Bryant overall: .337/.438/.683

These rules need to change.
   17. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: August 04, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4764234)
So bring up Bryant when rosters expand to keep him an extra year? If so why not the same for Baez?

Boras. He'll be up early next year, but not the beginning.

I didn't realize how well Baez had been hitting since his miserable (and LONG) slump to start the year.

He seems to start slow at every level, it's ideal that he's gonna have a bit of time to adjust this year.

I'd imagine Soler's the next of the kiddie corps to get called up, probably in September.

That's what the beat writers seem to think. I guess it makes sense since he's been hurt off and on, but there really isn't many other good reasons to leave him down much longer.
   18. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:19 PM (#4764257)
These rules need to changes

I was in no way arguing that Baez merits a callup before Bryant, mind you.
   19. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:21 PM (#4764258)
I didn't realize how well Baez had been hitting since his miserable (and LONG) slump to start the year.

He seems to start slow at every level, it's ideal that he's gonna have a bit of time to adjust this year.


Agreed. My comment was less about how slowly he started, than about just how well he's had to hit since to negate that bad start.

I'd imagine Soler's the next of the kiddie corps to get called up, probably in September.

That's what the beat writers seem to think. I guess it makes sense since he's been hurt off and on, but there really isn't many other good reasons to leave him down much longer.


Not with the current state of the outfield.
   20. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:31 PM (#4764270)
Both Ruggiano and Coghlan have been useful to good lately (less so and more so though, respectively), and now with Baez up Alcantara is in CF full-time. The Cubs OF is downright passable, with an off chance at goodish once Soler comes up.
   21. Al Kaline Trio Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:35 PM (#4764275)
#18 I know it's just frustrating to waste half a season in AAA when he could be learning the ropes in MLB.
   22. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4764281)
Yeah, as long as Ruggiano, Coghlan and Alcantara are keeping Sweeney, Lake and Schierholtz from getting playing time, it doesn't look so bad. I'm curious as to whether Coghlan can sustain this--he's been a legitimately good leadoff man of late, and the thing is, it's really not inconsistent with this minor league track record (and his ROY season). He's still only 29.
   23. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 06:39 PM (#4764285)
#18 I know it's just frustrating to waste half a season in AAA when he could be learning the ropes in MLB.

You're preaching to the choir. Thing is, he might not even NEED to learn the ropes in MLB; he hasn't struggled, at all, anyplace, in his entire professional career. It's been kind of amazing. Baez, as noted, has shown a pattern of starting slowly at every level, but then quickly mastering it.
   24. Joey B. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 07:40 PM (#4764336)
Vamos Ramos!!
   25. odds are meatwad is drunk Posted: August 04, 2014 at 07:42 PM (#4764339)
Solar coming up this year will happen since he is on the 40 man already and has a mlb contract. They will need to make a move at the mlb level for baez to come up (isnt on the 40 man yet).
   26. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: August 04, 2014 at 07:50 PM (#4764343)
Bryant in AA: .355/.458/.702
Bryant in AAA: .308/.407/.654
Bryant overall: .337/.438/.683


BJ Upton AND David Hale, but you might have to throw in half of the cash we owe Dan Uggla. Last offer!
   27. Joey B. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 07:55 PM (#4764346)
A WereWerth sac fly makes it 2-1.
   28. Joey B. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4764359)
Another one manufactured; now 3-1 after four.
   29. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4764370)
Verlander appears far more interested in Kate Upton (sitting behind dugout) than the game.
   30. Joey B. Posted: August 04, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4764371)
And it's hard to blame him.
   31. Spahn Insane Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:05 PM (#4764377)
BJ Upton AND David Hale, but you might have to throw in half of the cash we owe Dan Uggla. Last offer!

Glad to see suffering through both Uggla and BJ hasn't cost you your sense of humor.
   32. DKDC Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4764387)
Delmon drives in the go-ahead run, and the home crowd goes wild!

Still need to hold the lead, bullpen has been used heavily in this long string of close games.
   33. DKDC Posted: August 04, 2014 at 09:44 PM (#4764407)
I don't understand the threshold for stolen base batter's interference.

The Orioles catcher was basically tackled by the hitter yesterday, and the stolen base was allowed to stand.

In Nats-O's tonight, an Orioles stolen base was just invalidated because of far lesser interference by the hitter.

There's no way both of those calls were right.

EDIT: apparently the home plate umpire called interference on HIMSELF, as he got in the way of the catcher making the throw. That's a new one for me.
   34. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:02 PM (#4764418)
How is that possible? Isn't the umpire considered part of the field of play?
   35. DKDC Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4764427)
It's in the rulebook:

Umpire?s interference occurs (1) When an umpire hinders, impedes or prevents a catcher?s throw attempting to prevent a stolen base, or (2) When a fair ball touches an umpire on fair territory before passing a fielder.
   36. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:21 PM (#4764429)
You could kind of tell something was up when Davis was just ordered back to first. If Hardy had interfered, you'd think Davis would have been called out.
   37. DKDC Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:21 PM (#4764430)
O's cruise to a win, and rest the big guns in the bullpen.

11-6 after the break against the A's/Angels/Mariners/Nats, with most of those games on the road.

Now they take the third best record in baseball to Toronto for a critical divisional showdown.
   38. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4764434)
The Orioles catcher was basically tackled by the hitter yesterday, and the stolen base was allowed to stand.

In that case, the replay showed that no contact was actually made, which is a requirement for the rule to be triggered. If Hundley had followed through on his throw instead of trying to avoid the batter, the runner would have been out.
   39. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: August 04, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4764436)
O's cruise to a win, and rest the big guns in the bullpen.

Right now Miller (169 ERA+)/O'Day (358)/Brittan(248)is about as good as it gets. Quiet as its kept, that pickup of Miller may prove to be huge down the stretch and in the postseason.
   40. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: August 05, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4764475)
Pujols tags from 1st on a high fly ball to Puig in deep CF. T8th, 5-0 game. Pujols safe. Context: Aybar as a baserunner nearly got doubled off of first after a fly out to CF earlier in the game. Puig wagged his finger at Aybar.

Scully of course had a great line about how Puig was collecting wool in the OF, and the old wise man taught the young kid a lesson.
   41. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:02 AM (#4764485)
Great game by Richards. I would not have let him go the 9th, but whatever. If Oakland loses, there'll be a tie for the best record in baseball at the top of the AL West.
   42. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:19 AM (#4764488)
Ooooh, break for Oakland. Lowrie lost the ball behind him, but Sean Rodriguez was held up at third. He should have scored! And the very next hitter bunted back to the box, and Rodriguez was dead easy trying to score. Talk about your missed opportunities.
   43. greenback calls it soccer Posted: August 05, 2014 at 01:59 AM (#4764490)
Extra infielder for the Rays in Oakland.
   44. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:01 AM (#4764491)
Joe Madden just got tossed. Donaldson just got a clear check swing third strike called a ball, and now Donaldson walks to load the bases with one out. Looks like another walk off win for the As...
   45. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: August 05, 2014 at 02:07 AM (#4764492)
Yep, A's win again. It sure feels like their year; even in games that don't go well for them, they still find a break somewhere.

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