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The OMNICHATTER makes lame Hunter Pence signs.

Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:23 AM | 50 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 09, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4767701)

No reason to think they'll start hitting again tonight.
   2. shoelesjoe Posted: August 09, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4767741)
From Friday night's St. Louis broadcast of the Cards/Orioles game. Whoever's responsible should be invited to throw out the first pitch at the World Series opener at Camden Yards.
   3. Every Inge Counts Posted: August 09, 2014 at 03:28 PM (#4767760)
One day we will stop trotting out Joe Nathan out like he is a closer.
   4. salvomania Posted: August 09, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4767761)
Stroman goes the distance in what looked to be a tough-luck loss, but Scherzer pulled after 8, up 2-1, and Nathan can't close the door in the bottom of the 9th, Jays tie it up 2-2 and still batting with runners aboard...

I wonder how hard Scherzer has to fight to stay in a game like that: he's at 106 pitches, only allowed four baserunners while striking out 11, if I was a manager I'd have to think twice about yanking a dominant starter who's around 100 pitches to replace him with a reliever with an ERA over 5....
   5. salvomania Posted: August 09, 2014 at 03:33 PM (#4767762)
Looked at another way, Scherzer retired 24 batters on 106 pitches, and allowed four batters to reach.

Nathan has retired 1 batter on 28 pitches, and allowed four batters to reach.
   6. salvomania Posted: August 09, 2014 at 03:34 PM (#4767763)
And now Soria replaces Nathan with no margin for error: tie game, bases loaded and one out...
   7. DKDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 03:34 PM (#4767764)
Were the Cards announcers in on the joke in #2, or were they pranked?
   8. salvomania Posted: August 09, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4767765)
And one pitch, one out, as Soria gets Francisco to pop up.
   9. puck Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4767777)
Jackie Robinson West Little League (Chicago, apparently) wins their regional and advances to the LLWS.
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:26 PM (#4767780)
1-0 lead for the Cardinals, although if Holliday had a little more speed, or if the Orioles outfield was the Cardinals, it could have been 2-0...

Peralta does something that his detractors claim he doesn't, which is delivered a hit with a man on base. (His detractors are former Matt Holliday detractors, and since Holliday has been more or less the only clutch player on the team this year--along with Adams---they had to go and find someone else to rag on...and it isn't allowed to be actual crappy players like Bourjos, as that is a violation of the rules of bagging on your hometown player...only allowed to bag on actual good players, who for whatever perceived reason isn't that good to your narrow minded, uneducated sports fanaticism...other words anyone who listens/participate in sports talk radio)

Wow... that play on Holliday in replay was a lot closer than it looked to the naked eye. (they did a replay on Holliday being thrown out at the plate, and the announcers are wondering if it was an official challenge or a crew chief review... Apparently it was a crew chief review....but that isn't actually allowed by the rules.. .

Crew Chief Reviews. At any time during a game, a Crew Chief may, in his sole discretion, initiate a Replay Review of a potential home run call (as defined in Section V.A below) or of a call involving the application of Official Baseball Rule 7.13 ("Collisions At Home Plate"). Moreover, if a Crew Chief exercises his discretion to initiate Replay Review of a call involving the application of Official Baseball Rule 7.13, the Replay Official shall review any other reviewable call on the runner at home plate on that play (e.g., whether the runner was forced or tagged out at home plate even if Rule 7.13 was not violated). With respect to other reviewable calls (including calls at home plate in which the Crew Chief has not requested Replay Review of a potential Rule 7.13 violation), beginning in the seventh inning, a Crew Chief may, in his sole discretion, conduct Replay Review upon his own initiative or upon the request of a Manager who has no remaining Manager Challenges. These Replay Reviews are subject to the following:
A Club that has exhausted its Manager Challenges may request but cannot insist that the Crew Chief invoke his right to initiate Replay Review.
Except in the case of potential home run calls, the Crew Chief shall not initiate Replay Review of any play or call if the requesting Manager has a Manager Challenge remaining.

1. There was no question about the lane available, so there should have been no review.
2. it was in the first inning, and crew chief reviews can't happen on other plays until the 7th inning

It seems as if they are making up the rules as they go along... mind you, in this case it happened during the commercial break so it didn't matter in the time of game.
   11. DKDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4767781)
Would be so awesome if Nelson Cruz gets some RBIs off Lackey today.

I'm sure Lackey will be railing on Peralta in the post game comments for putting his team up 1-0.
   12. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:33 PM (#4767783)
I know that they are reading from a script, but this entire "Taveras can't catch up to a fast ball" schtick is getting old.

Note:I'm not arguing against their opinion or not, but in the entire time I have watched Cardinal broadcasts, they have never nit-picked on a hometown young player, to the level that they are doing with Taveras.
   13. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4767784)
Jon Jay with his second homerun of the season...still do not get why people don't think he is a good player. He's (nearly) literally the definition of slightly above average.

edit: had to change that wording, to be more accurate.
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:48 PM (#4767789)
who the f, is Caleb Joseph?

Orioles with the 3-2 lead.
   15. shoelesjoe Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4767790)
Caleb Joseph is the guy who's hit a HR in five straight games. That's who.
   16. DKDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4767791)
Caleb Joseph is white hot.

Add in his defensive chops and framing, and the Os haven't missed Wieters at all.
   17. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4767792)
5-2 Orioles....but this game doesn't quite feel as bad as last nights game....
   18. DKDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:08 PM (#4767793)
Ha. Cruz gets Lackey again.
   19. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4767795)
Horton and Mclaughlin are not being complete idiots in talking about PEDs.... more or less acknowledging that it happened, that some players were helped more than others, and that the fans just don't care that much as witness by the votes for the All star game for guys like Nelson Cruz and Melky Cabrera, and mentioning that Mozeliak in regards to the Peralta signing "we are not the morality police".

   20. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4767799)
Jimenez is not that good today....
   21. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:21 PM (#4767800)
The ball is definitely carrying in Baltimore today.... The Cardinals need to change their philosophy and just put the ball in the air.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4767801)
We'll trade Pierzynski for Caleb Joseph.
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:27 PM (#4767802)
That transitions banner/ad is pissing me the f off.
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:29 PM (#4767803)
So the Orioles picked up some tendencies from their former pitching coach and are whining about the strike zone. Great... I was hoping that only the Braves were big ass whiners on strike zones, thinking that the other 29 teams weren't pussies.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4767807)
I always hate it when my team is facing a guy I like... I really want there to be some way for Machado to get a hit without a run scoring right now.... Oh well, fan loyalty before being a fan I guess... Go Cardinals..nice strikeout.
   26. DKDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4767811)
We'll trade Pierzynski for Caleb Joseph.

No bid.

I have no ill will towards the Cards, truthfully I barely recognize any of their players other than Holliday and the pitchers for the last two games that they just picked up from the AL.

But would love for the Os to win this one and pad their AL East lead.

The Cards are the toughest team the Os face for the rest of the year, mostly AL East games left. And a win today means they just need to go .500 for the rest of the season against a relatively soft schedule to win 90 games, which should be enough to win the division.
   27. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:50 PM (#4767812)
This is ####### ugly now...get Lackey out of there.
   28. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4767813)
The Cards are the toughest team the Os face for the rest of the year, mostly AL East games left.

Not as indicated by this series.... I get that the O's are a homerun team, but the Cardinals don't allow homeruns as a general rule...get two AL pitchers and that changes immediately.... frustrating.
   29. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:54 PM (#4767815)
Well it's 8-3 and we'll probably lose, but hopefully some individual players get to pad their stats.

Go Taveras.
   30. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: August 09, 2014 at 05:59 PM (#4767817)
Edwin Jackson continues to be just an utterly awful pitcher.
   31. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:06 PM (#4767819)
It's the sixth inning....Mclaughlin just said "They have scored in every inning against Lackey today, except two"....that isn't really that impressive. It's not unimpressive, but it's just ....Ehh...
   32. DKDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:07 PM (#4767821)
Man, I wish they could hang 9 more earned runs on sore loser Lackey.
   33. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:15 PM (#4767823)
I just can't get over how good Seth Maness is at creating the double play. Yes it's a product of situations he is put in, his style of delivery, etc...but still the number of double plays he records, even this year after his astonishing year last year, is impressive.
   34. cardsfanboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4767830)
Depressing...two ass whippings in a row... only upside is that the starting pitchers were the "new" guys so it's not like it's really us getting our ass kicked(at least it doesn't feel that way)

   35. AT-AT at bat@AT&T Posted: August 09, 2014 at 07:01 PM (#4767836)
Giants start with the Pa-Pe-Po 123 lineup !
Po-Pe would have been better, for good luck !!
   36. Gamingboy Posted: August 09, 2014 at 07:01 PM (#4767837)
Matt Wieters was merely the John the Baptist for Caleb Joseph.
   37. DKDC Posted: August 09, 2014 at 07:04 PM (#4767839)
Matt Wieters = Wally Pipp
   38. bobm Posted: August 09, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4767869)
They talked tonight during the game on PIX about David Wright's underwhelming season batting 3rd:

For 2014, Top 30 players by PA Batting 3rd, (requiring PA>=300 for entire season(s)/career), sorted by greatest sOPS+ for this split

Rk              Player   G   OPS OPStot  GS  PA PAtot HR RBI BAbip sOPS+
1      Troy Tulowitzki  48 1.118  1.035  48 206   375 14  35  .369   176
2           Seth Smith  52  .980   .882  52 221   374  7  27  .378   144
3           Jose Abreu  70  .964   .973  70 304   440 19  63  .335   137
4     Andrew McCutchen 109  .947   .947 109 489   489 17  67  .354   136
5        Jose Bautista 101  .941   .933 101 444   483 20  62  .315   135
6    Giancarlo Stanton 114  .941   .939 114 500   501 28  77  .358   133
7     Paul Goldschmidt 108  .936   .938 108 478   479 19  69  .368   133
8     Michael Brantley  82  .908   .891  82 369   486 11  50  .338   126
9       Miguel Cabrera 106  .888   .881 106 456   479 16  80  .339   120
10       Anthony Rizzo 107  .879   .887 107 472   497 24  58  .294   119
11       Robinson Cano 110  .873   .873 110 476   476  9  64  .362   119
12     Jonathan Lucroy  55  .860   .867  55 247   457  8  32  .310   113
13     Freddie Freeman 115  .849   .849 115 509   509 16  64  .333   112
14      Josh Donaldson  67  .853   .790  67 304   498 15  49  .290   112
15         David Ortiz  70  .855   .832  70 309   466 18  53  .245   111
16      Hanley Ramirez  54  .815   .822  54 236   406  8  28  .275   103
17       Matt Holliday  97  .806   .782  97 415   472 12  54  .301   102
18       Matthew Joyce  53  .799   .781  53 221   363  6  24  .336   101
19          Ryan Braun  53  .810   .837  53 225   406 10  37  .293   100
20        Buster Posey  76  .801   .788  76 321   429  8  42  .311   100
21        Jayson Werth 105  .795   .796 105 463   474 12  62  .323    99
22         Chase Utley 106  .797   .783 106 474   486 10  59  .316    99
23       Albert Pujols 113  .802   .802 113 503   503 21  70  .266    98
24          Adam Jones  78  .799   .791  78 335   498 15  44  .300    97
25     Conor Gillaspie  43  .780   .812  43 181   367  0  15  .360    96
26      Trevor Plouffe  61  .739   .730  61 276   418  5  34  .319    85
27     Jacoby Ellsbury  82  .725   .743  82 360   485  7  40  .301    82
28        David Wright 108  .713   .712 108 479   480  8  54  .320    79
29    Brandon Phillips  56  .691   .701  56 237   362  3  22  .317    73
30         Eric Hosmer  68  .690   .689  68 297   445  5  38  .292    72

Provided by View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/9/2014.
   39. Bote Man Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4767875)
OMFG! all I want to do is listen to the end of the Marlins game while driving home, but XM only plays the home broadcast. Marty B. has been reminiscing with a former player in the booth with nary a mention of a baseball game. Plus, Marty is being his usual blowhardy self. Just shoot me already.
   40. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:34 PM (#4767883)
Chris Christie is at the A's-Twins game. Wearing an A's hat. This is deeply weird.
   41. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:43 PM (#4767886)
Just got back an hour or so ago from the O's game. I was dreading the Jiminez start but OMG it turned out to be a "quality" one. And MF or Mercy, 9 homers in 2 games----what's up with the Cardinals' pitching?

Camden Yards is as beautiful as ever, and we (Mrs. JOSN and I) were grateful not to be sitting under a loudspeaker. We could actually hear ourselves think, and talk to each other without shouting. And with many or most of the former DC fans having switched their allegiances to the Nats, the crowd had a much more "Baltimore" flavor to it. They actually got up and sang along with "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" with as much enthusiasm as they did in the Wild Bill Hagy days of the 70's. That definitely wasn't the case in the 90's.

OTOH the total layout for the afternoon was roughly 8 or 10 times what it used to cost for comparable seats (upper deck, behind the plate) at Memorial Stadium, and that's paying list price rather than StubHub prices (which were about 50% higher in this case) and getting the cheapest parking lot around. Kind of makes it hard to just decide on the spot that you'd like to see a game that day and head north without any further planning.
   42. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:52 PM (#4767889)
Garrett Richards is pitching extremely well through six innings against the Red Sox.
   43. theboyqueen Posted: August 09, 2014 at 11:29 PM (#4767896)
Josh Reddick just made a play that made me think: is there any sort of defensive metric that measures outfielders cutting off balls in the gap? I guess it would sort of be expected versus actual bases yielded on a hit? I doubt it but this seems like a not insignificant part of outfield defense, even though it doesn't lead to an out.

Really it's the combination of Reddick's speed and his arm that kept the runner from getting what seemed like a sure double.
   44. Dan Posted: August 10, 2014 at 12:40 AM (#4767910)
I believe that DRS might classify saving bases on a cutoff under runs saved in the GFP category.
   45. CFBF Rides The Zombie Ice Dragon Posted: August 10, 2014 at 01:37 AM (#4767915)
Braves and Nats go to extras after a three-hour, 41-minute rain delay at the start of the game.
   46. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 10, 2014 at 02:13 AM (#4767918)
Nats blow it open on those Buckhead rednecks in the 11th.
   47. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: August 10, 2014 at 02:29 AM (#4767919)
Baaaaang, zooooooom, it's a Shermanesque redneck-whoopin' Curly W in the books!!
   48. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:23 AM (#4767924)
Since the Nationals game ended so late (almost 4 hour rain delay to start), I was surprised any west coast games were still going, but since the Red Sox - Angels were in extras, I figured I'd catch the end. But these clowns can't end anything - now in 18th, still 4-4. The Hawaiian election results may be in before this is over.
   49. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:35 AM (#4767925)
Albert Pujols just retired David Ortiz on a grounder, scored 5-3. Yeah, you read that right.

To the bottom of the 19th we go.
   50. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:39 AM (#4767926)
And Pujols hits one out, a walk-off homer. ... Maybe. They're going to review it.

EDIT: And it is indeed a homer. Four game losing streak over.

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