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OMNICHATTER for 4-24-2014

The OMNICHATTER has never been ejected for having a foreign substance on it’s neck.

Gamingboy Posted: April 24, 2014 at 12:11 AM | 65 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. General Zod Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:07 AM (#4692926)
Nor for being grammatically correct.
   2. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:56 AM (#4692934)
Royals (10-10) @ Indians (10-11), 12:05pm
KCR: Bruce Chen (#52, 37, LHP, 1-1, 6.60)
CLE: Corey Kluber (#28, 28, RHP, 1-2, 5.40)

Reds (10-11) @ Pirates (9-13), 12:35pm
CIN: Tony Cingrani (#52, 24, LHP, 1-2, 3.22)
PIT: Brandon Cumpton (#58, 25, RHP, 0-0, undef)

Game Notes: "Brandon Cumpton, ranked as the Pirates' No. 12 prospect, will get the call to replace injured left-hander Wandy Rodriguez. Cumpton made five starts (six appearances) for the Pirates last season, and in the final one blanked the Reds on two hits over five innings -- running his shutout streak to 15 innings. That is tied for the third-longest active streak among big league starters (Adam Wainwright 17, Martin Perez 17, Alex Cobb also 15) as he re-enters the picture."

Should Dan Haren and Wandy Rodrigquez ever pitch at the same time again, the world will implode.


White Sox (11-11) @ Tigers (10-8), 1:08pm
CHW: Jose Quintana (#62, 25, LHP, 1-1, 3.75)
DET: Max Scherzer (#37, 29, RHP, 1-1, 2.33)

Twins (10-10) @ Rays (10-11), 1:10pm
MIN: Ricky Nolasco (#47, 31, RHP, 1-2, 6.08)
TBR: Erik Bedard (#40, 35, LHP, 0-0, 6.35)

Cardinals (12-10) @ Mets (11-10), 1:10pm
STL: Lance Lynn (#31, 27, RHP, 4-0, 3.42)
NYM: Bartolo Colon (#40, 41, RHP, 1-3, 5.40)

Game Notes: Bartolo Colon at bats alert.


D'backs (6-18) @ Cubs (7-13), 2:20pm
ARI: Mike Bolsinger (#49, 26, RHP, 0-1, 10.29)
CHC: Edwin Jackson (#36, 30, RHP, 1-1, 5.40)

Padres (10-12) @ Nationals (12-10), 7:05pm
SDP: Eric Stults (#53, 34, LHP, 1-2, 4.35)
WSN: Jordan Zimmermann (#27, 28, RHP, 1-1, 3.92)

Orioles (10-10) @ Blue Jays (11-10), 7:07pm
BAL: Bud Norris (#25, 29, RHP, 0-2, 4.42)
TOR: Drew Hutchison (#36, 23, RHP, 1-1, 3.60)

Yankees (12-9) @ Red Sox (10-12), 7:10pm
NYY: CC Sabathia (#52, 33, LHP, 2-2, 5.19)
BOS: Felix Doubront (#22, 26, LHP, 1-2, 5.48)

Athletics (13-8) @ Astros (7-15), 8:10pm
OAK: Scott Kazmir (#26, 30, LHP, 2-0, 1.65)
HOU: Brett Oberholtzer (#39, 24, LHP, 0-3, 3.04)

Phillies (10-11) @ Dodgers (13-9), 10:10pm
PHI: Kyle Kendrick (#38, 29, RHP, 0-2, 3.60)
LAD: Dan Haren (#14, 33, RHP, 3-0, 2.16)

There is no OMNICHATTER Matchup of the Day today. While the late games look vaguely decent by the numbers, the OMNIPOWERS refuse to name a "matchup of the day" that includes either Kyle Kendrick or Brett Oberholtzer.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:32 AM (#4693009)
C'MON CHEN!
   4. SoCalDemon Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:36 AM (#4693013)
I am probably jinxing them, but I am glad the A's are getting a break from the Rangers. That was a painful series.
   5. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:53 AM (#4693030)
And just when we thought every pitcher in baseball had a sub-3 ERA!

Brutal 4th straight night game for the Phils in LA. Was expecting at least one pleasant, post-work, 4 pm (EST) start.
   6. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM (#4693045)
HOW WILL THE BRAVES STRIKE OUT WITH NO GAME TODAY?
   7. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:11 AM (#4693051)
HOW WILL THE BRAVES STRIKE OUT WITH NO GAME TODAY?


I hear that BJ Upton slept alone last night.
   8. DA Baracus Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:34 AM (#4693066)
HOW WILL THE BRAVES STRIKE OUT WITH NO GAME TODAY?


Batting practice.
   9. Gamingboy Posted: April 24, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4693241)
Somehow I missed Erik Bedard becoming a Ray.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4693250)
Cleveland 5th:

Carlos Santana doubled to deep right center.
Michael Brantley singled to shallow center, Carlos Santana scored.
Ryan Raburn walked, Michael Brantley to second.
Yan Gomes singled to shallow left, Michael Brantley to third, Ryan Raburn to second.
David Murphy singled to shallow left, Michael Brantley and Ryan Raburn scored, Yan Gomes to second.
Mike Avilés sacrificed to pitcher, Yan Gomes to third, David Murphy to second.
Asdrubal Cabrera doubled to shallow left, Yan Gomes and David Murphy scored.


LOL @ bunts. Bruce Chen needs to stop pitching for the Royals. Like ever again.
   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 01:45 PM (#4693264)
Eric Hosmer is trying to become the first 1B to hit .300 with a SLG below .400 since Gerald Perry in 1988.
   12. Depressoteric Posted: April 24, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4693273)
By the way, I just want to thank Sam H. for these breakdowns of the matchups within the thread. I suppose Gamingboy's too busy to put this info in his OP right now (and boy can I relate!), but I do truly enjoy Sam's additional commentary, snark and all. A public service, and I hope he can keep it up, because I'm loving it.

(As a sidenote, it's pretty funny how the ol' Neck-Stabber went from once upon a time being the Primate who annoyed me the most to being one of my favorites. Somewhere along the line a switch flipped and I finally "got the joke," so to speak.)
   13. Der-K thinks the Essex Green were a good band. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4693275)
Bruce was pretty good last year and been essentially league average over the last four seasons for you...
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4693280)
Bruce was pretty good last year and been essentially league average over the last four seasons for you...


He was good at first, but then he went too far.
   15. Depressoteric Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4693282)
Bruce Chen is one of those players whose continued presence in Major League Baseball -- and as a rotation fixture, no less! -- is in itself an amazing and weirdly admirable thing. Guy's had a SIXTEEN YEAR Major League career! And honestly, looking at his B-Ref page, I can see why: he's reliably hovered between slightly above-average and slightly below-average for all that time, never hitting a consistent trough.
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:04 PM (#4693283)
Speaking of Gerald Perry, how do you only hit 8 HR as a 1B in Fulton-County Stadium? Even Sid Bream managed double-digits.
   17. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4693285)
Damn. Now I'm all wobbly on the inside.

Bruce was pretty good last year and been essentially league average over the last four seasons for you...


He's also 37.

HOLY ####### MOTHER OF GOD BRUCE CHEN IS ####### THIRTY ####### SEVEN AND I AM OLD OLD OLD OLD OLD OLD OLD OLD OLD!!!

<sigh>

At least the Angels' pen is worse.
   18. cardsfanboy Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4693300)
Tony Cruz has been taking full advantage of his limited playing time.
   19. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4693306)
Speaking of Gerald Perry, how do you only hit 8 HR as a 1B in Fulton-County Stadium?


He was very bad at baseball.

Also, he hit 12 in 1987, primarily as a 1B.
   20. Nasty Nate Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:32 PM (#4693313)
Well it finally happened.

Tony Cingrani has given up more than 5 hits in a start.
   21. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:40 PM (#4693325)
Tony Cingrani has given up more than 5 hits in a start.


I originally thought you talking about the Red Sock who got hit in the face in the 70s.
   22. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4693333)
Also, he hit 12 in 1987, primarily as a 1B.


The clearest evidence the ball was juiced that year.
   23. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4693334)
Oh God, I am finally done with Ricky Nolasco. The #### is wrong with him?
   24. Nasty Nate Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4693341)
Tony Cingrani has given up more than 5 hits in a start.



I originally thought you talking about the Red Sock who got hit in the face in the 70s.

That Tony C's streak of 5 or less hits in a game is still ongoing.
   25. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4693346)
I am kind of loving Josmil Pinto's .231/.420/.481 line. As with Brian Dozier's .229/.356/.458, 5-for-5 on stolen bases.

We're like the Moneyball-era Oakland A's on steroids. 6th worst batting average in the league, but the best OBP--only team in baseball who's drawn over 100 walks.
   26. Gamingboy Posted: April 24, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4693347)
If you have a semi-decent arm, please proceed to Tropicana Field, the Twins and Rays need you.
   27. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:01 PM (#4693355)
In other Bruce Chen news, here's an image of Intentional Talk using an image of Bruce Chen while reporting on Wei-Yin Chen's win against the Red Sox. Because all Chen's look the same to them or something, I guess.
   28. Sunday silence Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:09 PM (#4693362)
Note Connie Marrero, passed away yesterday. He was baseball's oldest ex player at 102. They had a story about him a couple of months ago, he lived in Cuba.
   29. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:11 PM (#4693368)
In other Bruce Chen news, here's an image of Intentional Talk using an image of Bruce Chen while reporting on Wei-Yin Chen's win against the Red Sox. Because all Chen's look the same to them or something, I guess.
I would say that's racist, but racism is over.
   30. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:12 PM (#4693372)
Wow, Prince Fielder has already been intentionally walked 9 times already.

The Twins have the AL leaders in runs scored (Dozier) and runs driven in (Colabello). Not too shabby.
   31. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4693382)
There are 17 hitters in the American League who have drawn at least 12 walks, and 5 of them play for the Twins.

As a team, they've swung at just 39.6% of all pitches thrown this year, by a healthy margin the lowest percent in baseball. (The Brewers are in last place by this measure--they've swung at exactly half of all pitches they've seen.)
   32. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:08 PM (#4693444)
Sam Fuld is now 5 for 9 with 3 doubles in his career against the Rays. They never should have gotten rid of him!
   33. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4693445)
Matsuzaka closing! Granted, Farnsworth has saved two consecutive games but still.
   34. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4693454)
PIT: Brandon Cumpton (#58, 25, RHP, 0-0, undef)


Cumpton gave up 2 runs on 2 hit batsmen and then a double to drive them both in. Reds win 2-1.
   35. madvillain Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4693466)
I want robots umps, sick of it.
   36. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4693475)
Twins' bullpen trying their hardest to give this one away.
   37. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4693482)
I suppose I'm being unfair--entering today, Twins' relievers had been working on a 26-inning scoreless streak entering today.
   38. WillYoung Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4693489)
Plus, Jared Burton is clearly injured yet Gardy consistently will only use Tonkin for a batter or two and refuses to bring in Perkins for a 4-out save. He's stubborn as a mule.
   39. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4693498)
First time the Twins have won a series from the Rays since 2006.
   40. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:39 PM (#4693641)
Shaping up to be a tight pitchers' duel. Bulldog in particular brought his A game tonight.
   41. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:56 PM (#4693652)
MLBN typically utilizes the home team's TV feed when simulcasting games ... unless the Yankees are involved. Does anyone know why YES gets favorable treatment?
   42. Depressoteric Posted: April 24, 2014 at 08:09 PM (#4693659)
Danny Espinosa, surprisingly, has turned out to be as good at bunting (and choosing his moments intelligently) as Bryce Harper...is not.

By the way, I would really, really love to see Espinosa return to being a quality MLB starter (as he looks thus far) after 2013's annus horribilis.
   43. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4693661)
If the season ended at this exact second , the Twins and Blue Jays would have a one-game playoff to decide who would get to face the Athletics in the AL Wild Card game.
   44. Willie Mayspedes Posted: April 24, 2014 at 08:19 PM (#4693663)
Wow Donaldson almost hit the train in Houston. Is there going to be tornadoes during the A's trip to Texas?

EDIT: Are there going to be any tornadoes during the A's trip to Texas?
   45. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 24, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4693665)
MLBN typically utilizes the home team's TV feed when simulcasting games ... unless the Yankees are involved. Does anyone know why YES gets favorable treatment?

Quality, son, quality. But surely you can afford the Extra Innings package, which tonight has both feeds offered.

   46. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4693668)
Quality, son, quality.

I'm no fan of the NESN broadcasts, Andy, but would rather hear the Rays or Jays announcers over Michael Kay any day.
   47. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: April 24, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4693677)
David Cone is very good. He is a top 5 color guy I'd guess.
   48. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 24, 2014 at 08:56 PM (#4693679)
By the way, I would really, really love to see Espinosa return to being a quality MLB starter (as he looks thus far) after 2013's annus horribilis.

In retrospect, it sure seems like Espinosa was almost certainly injured last year, and made the mistake of trying to play through it.
   49. Depressoteric Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4693694)
So far it seems like the two most salient storylines for the Nationals so far this season are the surprising resurgences of Danny Espinosa and Adam LaRoche.
   50. Lassus Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4693695)
YES also has a boatload of cash, and the production crew basically laps the field - MLBAM loves dealing with them. Satan and Hitler also have good production values. And Charles Manson.
   51. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4693704)
Yankees up 12-2 over Red Sox in the 7th, in case anyone missed the score. Yangervis Solarte, a True Yangee, has 4 RBI.
   52. Depressoteric Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4693710)
FINALLY the Nats win a challenge.
   53. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4693711)
Holy ****, replay actually got one of our calls right for once!!! It's about damn time.
   54. Depressoteric Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4693719)
Wow. Padres IBB Bryce Harper in the bottom of the 9th inning to load the bases so they can face Danny Espinosa with two outs.

Espinosa has been 3-for-4 tonight with a homerun. Would love to see him make them pay now.
   55. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM (#4693720)
I believe that makes approximately 100 guys left on base tonight.
   56. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4693726)
Yankees up 12-2 over Red Sox in the 7th, in case anyone missed the score. Yangervis Solarte, a True Yangee, has 4 RBI.

And the umps never even noticed CC's pine tar stash. It's been a very good evening.
   57. villageidiom Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4693727)
Yankees up 12-2 over Red Sox in the 7th, in case anyone missed the score. Yangervis Solarte, a True Yangee, has 4 RBI.
At 12-5, the YES men made it sound like the decision to pinch hit for Ortiz will cost the Red Sox the game.
   58. Depressoteric Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:47 PM (#4693732)
The Padres have put Andrew Cashner in as their left fielder in the bottom of the 10th inning in place of Seth Smith (who apparently pulled something in his leg).

For those who are not Padres fans (i.e., everybody here), Andrew Cashner is the Padres' scheduled starting pitcher for Saturday. Wow.

EDIT: Huh. Now, one out later, Bud Black pulls a double switch and removes him in favor of a more appropriate backup fielder. It was all done to change the spot in the batting order where the pitcher has to hit. I love NL baseball late-game tactics.
   59. Davo Dozier Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:48 PM (#4693733)
Andrew Cashner is playing left field. And Mike Carp is pitching.

Crazy night.
   60. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:59 PM (#4693736)
Josh Donaldson with a Pujols-ian shot into the Houston sky.... and then Cespedes gets hurt (hamstring?) trying to beat out a grounder.
Yeesh.
   61. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 25, 2014 at 12:02 AM (#4693756)
Why do the Mets keep winning? I do not approve of the Mets winning. Make that stop.
   62. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 25, 2014 at 01:13 AM (#4693775)
Mattingly let Chris Perez bat for himself in a tie game in the 8th and didn't even send him out for another batter.
   63. Dan Posted: April 25, 2014 at 01:18 AM (#4693776)
and then put in Brian Wilson who is completely cooked, instead of using his closer in the 9th inning of a tie game at home.
   64. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 25, 2014 at 01:29 AM (#4693779)
Jansen has pitched four of the last five nights including the last two, so making him unavailable was reasonable.
   65. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 25, 2014 at 01:33 AM (#4693784)
Dodgers:
Starting pitchers 11-3
Reflief pitchers 2-7 bearing a miracle tonight. Yeah, the bullpen had been bad.

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