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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

OMNICHATTER 9-3-2014

26 Days Remain (including today). And then…

OCTOOOOBBBEEERRR.

Gamingboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:53 AM | 145 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:57 AM (#4784354)
The Braves have scored 1 run in their last 36 innings, striking out 40 times in the process.
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:07 AM (#4784357)
brewers lost their 7th in a row yesterday. on the 9 game road trip milwaukee is 1-7. won the first game 10-1 and then all downhill.

been all around ugly. primary issue is that the offense has collapsed. nobody is hitting. you name it they stink at the plate save for aramis but even he is just hitting singles.

of course the pitching has not helped. several blowouts as different guys served up meatballs. defense has certainly chipped in on stinking.

for all of ron's flaws his teams have historically finished well so this is a surprise. you can point to him riding a few guys too hard (lucroy, will smith) but this is not the '69 durocher cubs. guys shouldn't be tired. ron has used his bench pretty liberally through the season.

i know the snarky reaction by the dave cameron set is that this is a .500 club that played over its head for five months. and right now those folks have their wind at their back on making that case.

whatever the truth it's been a rough go. and you can see it on the guys faces. they are expecting failure. and ron's team normally do scrap. they are not scrapping now. as soon as something happens they are just rolling over and packing it in for the day.

that's disappointing.
   3. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:10 AM (#4784358)
the nl batting average leader board is pretty crazy
   4. Scott Ross Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:44 AM (#4784378)
the nl batting average leader board is pretty crazy

If Revere catches Harrison, would he have the lowest WAR and OPS+ of any batting champion ever?

And on an unrelated note, going into last night's start, Kershaw had 7.0 bWAR. Today, after posting an impressive, but hardly historic 8.0 3 1 1 2 8, he now has 7.8 bWAR. Pardon my stupid, but how is this possible?
   5. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:09 AM (#4784396)
And on an unrelated note, going into last night's start, Kershaw had 7.0 bWAR. Today, after posting an impressive, but hardly historic 8.0 3 1 1 2 8, he now has 7.8 bWAR. Pardon my stupid, but how is this possible?

You completely skipped over his 1 for 2 performance at the plate!
   6. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:17 AM (#4784399)
If Revere catches Harrison, would he have the lowest WAR and OPS+ of any batting champion ever?

The lowest one I found was Dick Groat's 110 in 1960 (he hit .325/.371/.394 and won the MVP Award).
   7. zonk Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:21 AM (#4784407)
Cubs sound likely to shut down Castro and Rizzo for the season and will go with a 6 man (with Arrietta/Wada/Hendricks/Wood taking regular turns - Straily/Doubront/Turner mixing and mmatching).

Wonder whether they move Baez to SS or Alcantara... If Baez' longterm is 2B - probably makes the most sense to have Alcantara fill in. Based on who's coming - super-sub might be where he best fits anyway.
   8. DKDC Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:27 AM (#4784412)
Divisional records since the 2012 re-alignment (excluding assumed ~44% of .500 record intra-divisional games):

ALE 688-594 .537 (+336 rd)
NLC 663-620 .517 (+264 rd)
NLE 640-644 .498 (-73 rd)
ALW 629-655 .490 (+26 rd)
NLW 618-666 .481 (-262 rd)
ALC 611-670 .477 (-291 rd)
   9. Jeff Frances the Mute Posted: September 03, 2014 at 09:56 AM (#4784427)
Today Kershaw has 7.4 WAR for pitching and .4 WAR for hitting.
Yesterday Kershaw had 7.0 WAR for pitching and .3 WAR for hitting.
   10. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:03 AM (#4784434)
Last night, Bryce Harper became the first left-handed batter to get an RBI against Clayton Kershaw this year.
   11. Willard Baseball Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4784439)
Rizzo and Castro may both be out for the season. Cubs really need to keep a top 10 pick. I would love to see them get Lester/Scherzer this offseason. They would forfeit 2nd rounder for Scherzer, nothing for Lester. Do that, improve at backup catcher and add a reliever and they could really be a major factor.

C: Castillo
1B: Rizzo
2B: Baez
SS: Castro
3B: Valbuena
RF: Soler
CF: Alcantara
LF: Coghlan

Bryant can come up quick, and Russell could be up mid-season. I am a bit concerned about CF, but that is still a strong lineup.

Rotation:

Lester
Scherzer
Arrietta
Hendricks
Wood/Jackson/Wada/Edwards

That is a great rotation and the young relievers have thrown well. I think that group puts them in the playoffs with a payroll of just a bit over 100.
   12. Guapo Posted: September 03, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4784441)
And on an unrelated note, going into last night's start, Kershaw had 7.0 bWAR. Today, after posting an impressive, but hardly historic 8.0 3 1 1 2 8, he now has 7.8 bWAR. Pardon my stupid, but how is this possible?


The Replacement Guy fell down the stairs last night and sprained his ankle.
   13. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:34 AM (#4784507)
Anecdotally, Bryce Harper has really fired up his bat in about the last couple weeks-ish. His injured thumb apparently has been healing nicely, as throughout July and into August I could see him wince noticeably after some hard foul-offs and even some violent checked swings. The only way he could be hammering the ball with such authority of late is if that thumb is not barking at him so much now. His timing could not be better.

His fielding...eh, not so much.

Oh, and the Nats finish the season series against the Dahhhhdgers this afternoon, so YAY for day baseball.
   14. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:46 AM (#4784521)
The Braves have scored 1 run in their last 36 innings, striking out 40 times in the process.


And are still in the "playoff" hunt. This league sucks.
   15. Bunny Vincennes Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4784524)
2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:07 AM (#4784357)
brewers lost their 7th in a row yesterday. on the 9 game road trip milwaukee is 1-7. won the first game 10-1 and then all downhill.

been all around ugly. primary issue is that the offense has collapsed. nobody is hitting. you name it they stink at the plate save for aramis but even he is just hitting singles.

of course the pitching has not helped. several blowouts as different guys served up meatballs. defense has certainly chipped in on stinking.

for all of ron's flaws his teams have historically finished well so this is a surprise. you can point to him riding a few guys too hard (lucroy, will smith) but this is not the '69 durocher cubs. guys shouldn't be tired. ron has used his bench pretty liberally through the season.

i know the snarky reaction by the dave cameron set is that this is a .500 club that played over its head for five months. and right now those folks have their wind at their back on making that case.

whatever the truth it's been a rough go. and you can see it on the guys faces. they are expecting failure. and ron's team normally do scrap. they are not scrapping now. as soon as something happens they are just rolling over and packing it in for the day.

that's disappointing.


My observation after rewatching the last two Brewer/Cubs games, and I've had this conclusion but not soundly before; the Brewers play stupid baseball. A microcosm of that is Braun, who managed to finally get on base, tried to steal second with Aramis Ramirez their most consistent hitter at the plate and was easily thrown out against one of the better throwing catchers in the NL. The question isn't "what was he thinking" its "was he thinking at all?" I sometimes feel like the Brewers just can't read.

And Harveys right. It is disappointing. I hate when the whole city rolls over and decides, "Well its Packer season." Hell no. There is a fair amount of baseball to be played. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and come out fighting. I like that the Central Division winner has to come through Chicago and even though they've lost Rizzo and Castro, its still not going to be a cakewalk. But, damn it Milwaukee, grow a pair. Also, I'm tired of Ron sounding like Ned Yost. The only thing he hasn't been quoted as saying was/is Yost's favorite, "It is what it is."
   16. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 11:58 AM (#4784533)
Cubs sound likely to shut down Castro and Rizzo for the season and will go with a 6 man (with Arrietta/Wada/Hendricks/Wood taking regular turns - Straily/Doubront/Turner mixing and mmatching).

Wonder whether they move Baez to SS or Alcantara... If Baez' longterm is 2B - probably makes the most sense to have Alcantara fill in. Based on who's coming - super-sub might be where he best fits anyway.


I'm a little worried about Rizzo's back, in the sense that back problems suck and tend to be recurring. Hopefully it is just a one-time muscle thing, and if it just needs rest, so be it. It gives Valaika and eventually Olt some ABs to maybe try and win a spot competing for a backup role next year. If Castro really only has a sprained ankle - to be honest, I thought it was much worse seeing it live, too many Derrick Rose injuries to not assume the worst at this point - he could be back depending on the severity. It doesn't seem like they'd need to shut him down for precautionary reasons.

As for the second question, I've been wondering the same thing about Baez moving over. But also, if Alcantara is going to be in CF next year, why move him*? I actually thought Baez looked great at SS last night and when he played there a few weeks ago. He obviously was much more comfortable there, and his plus arm is more valuable there. I guess I'll default to the ol' I'll trust what they're doing. I think getting major league reps is the most important part, and there's no reason to have to have anyone's position set in stone at this point.

*I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Alcantara looks very, very good in CF. It's hard to believe he's only played there a little this year. He already looks like a plus defender there.
   17. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4784541)
Oh, forgot to add, both Watkins and Valaika have played SS in the minors. So they do have options on the roster now if they really wanted to keep Baez at 2b.
   18. esseff Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:08 PM (#4784542)
I'm concerned that the Cardinals may not have enough lefty bullpen arms for the stretch run. They have only six.
   19. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:13 PM (#4784545)
Also, I'm tired of Ron sounding like Ned Yost. The only thing he hasn't been quoted as saying was/is Yost's favorite, "It is what it is."

"It is what it is" has become the generic meaningless phrase when one is expected to say SOMETHING. Don't be surprised when you hear it from anybody.
   20. Juilin Sandar to Conkling Speedwell (Arjun) Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:20 PM (#4784553)
Oh, forgot to add, both Watkins and Valaika have played SS in the minors.

Did Valaika just play every position or something? He's definitely bounced around positionally since getting pulled up to the Major League club.
   21. zonk Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4784554)
It's a silly thing, I guess, and hardly the most unsettled/important roles to fill...

But I really like the versatility that the Cubs ought to have next year. Alcantara can - and has - played all over the IF. I agree he's looked good in CF - and feel safe assuming he'd be fine in LF/RF, too. Valbuena is probably a bit stretched at SS - but he could certainly be non-embarrassing in a limited role, in addition to 3B/2B. Logan Watkins is probably just as versatile as Alcantara - he's another guy you can lean on to fill in all over the diamond. I suppose Lake was terrible in the IF, but he's got experience at SS/2B/3B in addition to the OF.

That's in addition to Baez who can probably play SS as well as he can 2B.

That sort of versatility has a lot of hidden value... we're not talking about a Mike Fontenot (disastrously) filling in at SS here -- we're talking a legitimate 3-4 guys who could handle SS adequately or better.

I think discussing the bench and who should head north with the team next spring will be a lot of fun and there are a ton of options.
   22. flournoy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4784557)
The Braves batting order today by OPS+:

110 (Heyward)
76 (Simmons)
140 (Freeman)
47 (Doumit)
88 (La Stella)
85 (Johnson)
54 (Bethancourt)
69 (Upton)
-36 (Santana)
   23. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4784569)
A run!
   24. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:42 PM (#4784574)
And a BJ Upton home run! Merry Christmas, Atlanta!
   25. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: September 03, 2014 at 12:43 PM (#4784577)
jack

i think it has been well established that ron is willing to endure foolishness in return for constant hustle

i don't agree that one needs to accept this tradeoff.

but i am not calling the shots
   26. Bunny Vincennes Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:06 PM (#4784596)
constant hustle


In the office, this is called "unproductive busy work."
   27. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4784602)
The Braves batting order today by OPS+:

Jordan Schafer is hitting .341/.413/.427 with 11 steals for the Twins this year.
   28. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:16 PM (#4784606)
Jordan Schafer is hitting .341/.413/.427 with 11 steals for the Twins this year.


That simply will not last.
   29. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:28 PM (#4784617)
Hell, that's broadly similar to the start Schafer got off to last year, I think.

Checking on b-ref, Schafer hit .312/.399/.464 in the first half last year. Ended at .247/.331/.346, though with his defense and baserunning he was still a useful fourth outfielder.
   30. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4784634)
"Wil Nieves singles" is all you need to know about Ervin Santana's performance this afternoon. Phillies just tied it up on 2 singles, a walk, and a sac fly.
   31. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:44 PM (#4784642)
Schafer seems to have a Francoeurian ability to turn it on his first few weeks with a team. He hit well his first month or so with Houston.
   32. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4784658)
Mario Hollands has been removed from the game with some sort of minor injury, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is now pitching. I guess this means that the Phillies' post-season hopes have been dashed to the ground, huh?
   33. stanmvp48 Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:17 PM (#4784671)
Ben Revere is 3-3 taking the lead in the race for the "Batting Championship"
   34. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4784674)
They should PH Gosselin for Johnson here.
   35. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4784703)
Did Joey take terpnats' advice and leave the site?
   36. flournoy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4784717)
The Braves had a lefty in the game. They remove him and bring in a right hander to face Ryan Howard, since Ryan Howard now sucks and who cares? Howard struck out. I love it.
   37. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:03 PM (#4784723)
Andrelton Simmons is lucky to be in a lineup that has BJ Upton's futility to hide him.
   38. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:07 PM (#4784725)
Andrelton's offensive approach is undeniably frustrating, but every time I start to get mad at him for it he does something extraordinary at shortstop and I find myself thinking, "Oh, shiny!"
   39. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4784728)
Now, Chris Johnson...his season is worthwhile only as an experiment to see if it's actually possible to hit into a double play with two outs and no one on base.
   40. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4784733)
I'm not saying Andrelton shouldn't play. His glove is, in fact, bright and shiny. But jeezus, his bat is so bad. And the fact that he's stuck in the 2-hole because BJ Upton is worse doesn't help.
   41. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:15 PM (#4784735)
Chris Johnson should never hit against a RHP. He's a platoon guy without a platoon partner.
   42. JJ1986 Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:16 PM (#4784736)
The Cardinals just tried to hit a player in a tie game in the middle of a pennant race.
   43. Kiko Sakata Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:31 PM (#4784751)
Oh, forgot to add, both Watkins and Valaika have played SS in the minors. So they do have options on the roster now if they really wanted to keep Baez at 2b.


Presumably Watkins would be the guy they're adding to the lineup anyway. In which case, if Watkins can play SS, I think it probably makes sense to leave Baez at 2B and Alcantera in CF if that's where they'll be playing next season. I think Alcantera might be my favorite of the kids. He kind of snuck in under the radar below that "Core Four". Like others said, he looks like he could end up very good in CF (there have been a couple of plays where I think his inexperience has shown). And his power is shocking - 5'10", 170 lbs, and he has 8 HR in 220 MLB PAs as a 22-year-old.
   44. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:34 PM (#4784758)
The Dodgers stream on MLB.tv is now filling the previously peaceful and silent 2 minute commercial breaks with MLB highlights from years past. I prefer the silence. Is this a new thing for all channels now or is it specific to the Dodgers or what?

I've already heard Milo Hamilton say "There's a new home run king, and it's Henry Aaron!!" three times now and it's getting cloying in the half hour this game has been on. I hope they abandon this experiment forthwith.
   45. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:39 PM (#4784766)
Is Hanley Ramirez nursing some sort of leg injury? He seems a bit gimpy and I haven't paid close attention.
   46. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:41 PM (#4784769)
Is Hanley Ramirez nursing some sort of leg injury? He seems a bit gimpy and I haven't paid close attention.


He's been gimpy for three years now.
   47. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:47 PM (#4784780)
The Dodgers stream on MLB.tv is now filling the previously peaceful and silent 2 minute commercial breaks with MLB highlights from years past. I prefer the silence. Is this a new thing for all channels now or is it specific to the Dodgers or what?

I've already heard Milo Hamilton say "There's a new home run king, and it's Henry Aaron!!" three times now and it's getting cloying in the half hour this game has been on. I hope they abandon this experiment forthwith.
They did it on mine earlier in the season, but stopped a couple months ago.

You're lucky you're getting actual MLB highlights. I got things like that "historic" moment when AJ Pierzynski grounded out to Neil Walker to secure the Pirates' 82nd win of the 2012 season.
   48. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4784787)
Frias has a shutout through 3 IP. Given how he's looked since his call up, that is pretty surprising.
   49. morineko Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4784802)
I see from various tweets from earlier in the day that Ryan Braun has gone back to Milwaukee to be with his wife and impending new baby. It's entirely possible that he could make it back by gametime, but I'd assume not. It's September so there's no need to utilize the paternity list for roster purposes.
   50. just plain joe Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4784812)
I've already heard Milo Hamilton say "There's a new home run king, and it's Henry Aaron!!" three times now and it's getting cloying in the half hour this game has been on. I hope they abandon this experiment forthwith.


I would cut off my ears before listening to another word from Milo Hamilton's mouth.
   51. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4784815)
Frias has a shutout through 3 IP. Given how he's looked since his call up, that is pretty surprising.

The Nationals this season have perfected the art of making a scrub/spot starter look like Kershaw. No surprise here.
   52. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4784822)
#47 - I've discovered that if I go back to the game home/away selection screen and go back into the game it defeats the highlight playback on my Roku. I don't know if this trick applies to viewing on a web browser.
   53. cardsfanboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:28 PM (#4784828)
The Cardinals just tried to hit a player in a tie game in the middle of a pennant race.


Someone has to counter the Pirates headhunting ways.

   54. cardsfanboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4784833)
I've already heard Milo Hamilton say "There's a new home run king, and it's Henry Aaron!!" three times now and it's getting cloying in the half hour this game has been on. I hope they abandon this experiment forthwith.


I haven't seen it yet, but I would prefer anything over just "commercial in progress". I'm using a proxy server that sometimes goes down, and the commercials does a good job of telling me I'm getting a connection. I like the idea of a highlight package, but they will need to rotate in more than a limited few.
   55. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:30 PM (#4784836)
Birds and Pirates about to go to extras in a scoreless game.
   56. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4784840)
I haven't seen it yet, but I would prefer anything over just "commercial in progress".

They're actually pretty awful; the two worst are a Mike Trout catch highlight, in which the audio is distorted and sounds terrible, and the Miguel Cabrera "triple crown" highlight in which the volume suddenly goes 50% louder.

But yes, they repeat the same five or six random highlights, including a couple of Mets moments---Rey Ordonez throwing out Ray Lankford from his knees, the last out of Santana's no hitter, etc.---that leave me thinking, "The Endy Chavez catch was way more spectacular and watchable than either of those..."
   57. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:36 PM (#4784843)
Birds and Pirates about to go to extras in a scoreless game.

Birds walk off with three straight two-out baserunners!
   58. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4784846)
Molina fouls off a couple two-strike pitches to draw a two-out walk, then Jay and Bourjos follow with singles, and that's a winner. Cards sweep Bucs, go up 2-1/2 and Brewers.
   59. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:39 PM (#4784847)
Molina has returned? When did this happen?
   60. cardsfanboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:41 PM (#4784850)
Matheny looks like a genius for having Jay bat at the bottom of the order instead of in the number two spot where he should probably be at, as Jay moves Molina over, and Bourjos drives him in, in the ninth inning, and again this team scores with two outs. 1-0 Cardinals victory!
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:41 PM (#4784851)
Molina has returned? When did this happen?


Friday. Back 1-3 weeks earlier than projected, just like everybody predicted.
   62. morineko Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:42 PM (#4784853)
I expect Melancon screwups to involve home runs, so this is new.
   63. cardsfanboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4784855)
suddenly goes 50% louder.


Half the commercials do that, and a few screw up the volume permanently for the rest of the broadcast. The game comes on, and the volume is about half of what it was, only way to fix is to close and restart.
   64. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4784861)
Matheny looks like a genius for having Jay bat at the bottom of the order

Well, before that Jay reached base leading off in both the 5th and 7th and didn't score. Not that he necessarily would have had he been batting in front of Holliday/Peralta/Adams/Molina, but I like his chances a lot better there than I do at the bottom with Bourjos and the pitcher/pinch-hitter.

Jay is probably one of the only everyday players with an OBP over .380 batting in the bottom third of the lineup. Maybe that makes Matheny unconventional and innovative.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:05 PM (#4784880)
Well, before that Jay reached base leading off in both the 5th and 7th and didn't score. Not that he necessarily would have had he been batting in front of Holliday/Peralta/Adams/Molina, but I like his chances a lot better there than I do at the bottom with Bourjos and the pitcher/pinch-hitter.


Agree, for all the illegitimate beefs people have with Matheny, this is about the only one I agree with the herd on. Maybe for the first half of the season when the projections for Wong or Taveras or whoever was better, it made sense to bat Jay down in the lineup, but the reality of the season has to take precedent. (also I was kinda hoping for Jay to get enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, batting 2nd gets him close to 110 pa over the rest of the season, which will still be short, but close enough if he has a big enough lead) at the bottom we are talking closer to 90 pa, assuming he plays every game.
   66. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4784893)
And just like that the A's look like they are going to lose another series.
   67. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4784901)
batting 2nd gets him close to 110 pa over the rest of the season,

Except that he and his .397 avg vs LHP will be benched against lefties several times between now and the end of the season.
   68. Baldrick Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:45 PM (#4784905)
@66

Nope. Rodney is warming up. The A's still have an excellent chance.
   69. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:47 PM (#4784909)
If Castro really only has a sprained ankle - to be honest, I thought it was much worse seeing it live, too many Derrick Rose injuries to not assume the worst at this point - he could be back depending on the severity. It doesn't seem like they'd need to shut him down for precautionary reasons.

So much for that. It's a high ankle sprain, which is normally 4 weeks. Not officially shut down, but also not expected to be back. Still sounds like Baez is going to stay at SS the rest of the year, which I wouldn't read too much into (but still do kinda wonder what that means).

I think Alcantera might be my favorite of the kids. He kind of snuck in under the radar below that "Core Four". Like others said, he looks like he could end up very good in CF (there have been a couple of plays where I think his inexperience has shown). And his power is shocking - 5'10", 170 lbs, and he has 8 HR in 220 MLB PAs as a 22-year-old.

Yeah, he's fun to root for. Even with the unexpected pop, he's more of a speedster than any of the other kids, so if he can keep his OBP up might be the guy that slides into the leadoff spot.

I'm head over heels for Soler already. I know it's just a hot streak, and he'll have to adjust, but his approach and demeanor (I know) seem well ahead of his age. He just *looks* like he knows exactly what he's doing and what he wants to do already. It doesn't hurt that he really has great power, a nice arm and fairly decent range in RF. I like his chances of really breaking out better than Baez's already.
   70. salvomania Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:49 PM (#4784913)
"Core Four".

Who are considered the Core Four? Baez; Soler; Bryant, and..?
   71. Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 05:59 PM (#4784919)
Who are considered the Core Four? Baez; Soler; Bryant, and..?

Almora. Though it's really 5 guys with Russell, who is usually right behind Bryant and ahead of Almora.

Well, the Trib ran a Core Four report all year, where they showed those guys stats from the previous game. I forget what they called it when they added Russell - Future Five, maybe? They're back to calling it Core Four, and added Schwarber.
   72. Kiko Sakata Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4784920)
Who are considered the Core Four? Baez; Soler; Bryant, and..?


Alberto Almora - he's a CF who I think was Epstein/Hoyer's 1st first-round pick
   73. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4784921)
Sigh. At least I won't put myself through the misery of actually watching the A's lose...
   74. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:01 PM (#4784922)
Kenley Jansen just melted down for the Dodgers. Tie game in LA, and the Nats are still batting.
   75. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:08 PM (#4784924)
Span singles with two outs, and Jansen's meltdown is complete.
   76. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:14 PM (#4784926)
Bringing in Jansen in the 8th inning of a day game after a night game with 15 pitches was just bizarre. That melt down was completely predictable.
   77. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:16 PM (#4784929)
It was strange that Wilson didn't get to face Werth. It's not like he was terrible, K-walk-K. And Jensen didn't look good in the 8th, either.
   78. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:22 PM (#4784933)
#######, watching the A's offense is giving me flashbacks to me trying to date in High School. A lot of swinging and missing.
   79. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:26 PM (#4784936)
Jayson Werth DROPS THE BALL! Last out of the ball game a flyball down the line, and Werth got there and just DROPPED IT! Clanked of his glove, he must have lost it in the sun! Ethier comes around to score. Tie game... damn, what a break for the Dodgers!

Now the tying run is on 2nd base and still have a chance to win.
   80. Kiko Sakata Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4784938)
Jayson Werth DROPS THE BALL! Last out of the ball game a flyball down the line, and Werth got there and just DROPPED IT!


Ron Santo and any Cubs fan who remembers 1998 can feel the Nationals' pain.
   81. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:34 PM (#4784940)
Ron Santo and any Cubs fan who remembers 1998 can feel the Nationals' pain.

"OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"
   82. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4784941)
More accurately.... "Oh, NO! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"
   83. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:38 PM (#4784946)
Welp, another day, another close Pirates loss.

I hope ownership will be willing to spend a little bit of money this offseason. Otherwise the 2015 Pirates will be just like the 2014 Pirates: Respectable, but not quite good enough. I'm not going to lie, it feels great to watch a mediocre Pirates team--mediocrity still feels like an amazing achievement to Pirates fans. But that honeymoon is going to wear off quickly as the end of the McCutchen era quietly begins to appear on the horizon. And the dirty little secret about the Pirates is that they are not an especially young team.
   84. Ziggy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 06:45 PM (#4784950)
They do have the current NL leader in batting average.

What a weird year.
   85. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:28 PM (#4784970)
The Nationals and Dodgers desperately trying to let each other win, but it just won't take.

Now Matty Williams is keeping LOOGY Jerry Blevins out there with the bases loaded to face a RHB, which definitely did not end well the last time that exact situation arose. Why learn from your mistakes when you can just repeat them??
   86. Baldrick Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:29 PM (#4784971)
Hopped on the BART at 11:45. Watched a great game. Made it home by 3:35.

Beautiful day out. Quick game, with both Felix and Lester working quickly. Didn't seem like Felix had his very best stuff (wasn't getting many guys to bite on his change), but had enough to rack up another win. All the runs from solo HR, but there was plenty of nice defensive plays to keep things exciting.

Apparently A's fans hate Cano. I have no idea why. Anyone? They also hate Rodney. I understand that perfectly.
   87. The District Attorney Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4784974)
Fine, so Jeter's not much defensively or offensively anymore, but if he does get on, maybe he can help you with his baser... oh, no.
   88. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4784982)
The Nationals finally nudge ahead of the Dodgers, who've been trying to fail ever since the 8th inning. Adam LaRoche, big hero today.
   89. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 07:55 PM (#4784984)
LaRoche has been in and out of the lineup recently with back stiffness. His back should get stiff more often if this is the result.

Now let's see how the Nats defense and bullpen can gack up THIS lead...
   90. Baldrick Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:00 PM (#4784988)
This Dodgers/Nats game may go on forever.
   91. Baldrick Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4784993)
Fister is coming in to lead off the inning. They're really taking advantage of these 40 man rosters, huh?
   92. madvillain Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4784994)
The Twins gave Konerko one of those giant bottles of wine (like the novelty ones) and 10k to his charity. Eat your heart out Jeter.
   93. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4784997)
In the words of Senator Keely, "I don't believe this! I don't f@cking believe this!!"
   94. Spahn Insane Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4784998)
Hendricks with an efficient 7-pitch first inning...
   95. Snowboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4785000)
Rays home game in a rain delay.
Ugliest concrete monstrosity in MLB history (possibly in all of sports, I invite corrections?) and although they might be able to keep the rain out, they can't keep the lights on.
   96. madvillain Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4785001)
Ugliest concrete monstrosity in MLB history (possibly in all of sports, I invite corrections?) and although they might be able to keep the rain out, they can't keep the lights on.


kingdome was pretty bad but yea the Trop takes it I think.
   97. Spahn Insane Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4785004)
Worse than the Big Owe?
   98. SOLockwood Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4785006)
The Astrodome had a rainout once -- flooding prevented people from getting to the park -- but I can't remember any rain delays.
   99. boteman Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4785007)
What's the problem in St. Pete? The power went out?? Haven't they heard of generators there?? I mean, it's Florida for f@ck's sake, EVERYBODY has a generator here!
   100. Snowboy Posted: September 03, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4785010)
Worse than the Big Owe?


I've attended a few games at the Big O. Some of them were (apparently now) 20 years ago, so maybe it's the after-glo of watching Rondell knock in 7 runs, or the post-game feast at Schwartz's, but I'm gonna stick to my guns: The Trop is worse/worst.
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