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Monday, April 28, 2014

OMNICHATTER for 4-28-2014

Only 7 games today, but the OMNICHATTER doesn’t care if it’s 7 games, 15 games, or just one game!

Gamingboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:12 AM | 48 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Super Creepy Derek Lowe (GGC) Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM (#4695685)
I've been pondering Friday's lead in:

BOOP BOOP BEEP

THIS IS THE OMNICHATTER

WHIZZ SPEEK SPORK BOOP


Is this inspired by the Flobot Progressive commercial?
   2. Hey - you and Tommy Lasorda...I hate Tommy Lasorda Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:22 AM (#4695692)
Obama's meeting with the Japanese robot? BTW - how come that thing kicked a soccer ball? I would think that a robot pitcher could be the first truly ambidextrous hurler.
   3. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:29 AM (#4695706)
Cardinals send Wong and Shane Robinson down to the minors recalled infielder Greg Garcia and Randal Grichuk.

Grichuk line is .313 .356 .542 .898 so far this season in AAA
Garcia .277 .362 .554 .916.

Grichuk is most famous for being selected by the Angels one pick before Mike Trout, but he's also a gold glove caliber corner outfielder, who can fake center with 20+ hr potential.

Poor Joey Butler, he couldn't find room on the major league roster in Texas, goes out and puts up a line of .431 .548 .638 1.186 in AAA and still can't break the major league roster (widely considered the Cardinals 4th best minor league outfield option)
   4. JJ1986 Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4695718)
Among Cardinals minor league outfielders who will never start for the team, I also would love to see Mike O'Neill in the majors. If their future outfield is Holliday-Taveras-Piscotty, they have a lot of extra guys between AA, AAA and MLB.
   5. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:47 AM (#4695737)
Every team in the AL east has a negative SRS(Simple rating system, which is basically just run differential and strength of schedule)
First place Yankees have -1.1...among the worst in the league.
In fact, almost every team has a negative in the AL when it comes to strength of schedule....must be a product of the relative balanced w/l records everyone has right now.
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:58 AM (#4695746)
Among Cardinals minor league outfielders who will never start for the team, I also would love to see Mike O'Neill in the majors. If their future outfield is Holliday-Taveras-Piscotty, they have a lot of extra guys between AA, AAA and MLB.


Their future outfield is going to be crowded, I find it hard to believe that they will keep Holliday for his entire contract, when you have Piscotty, Taveras, Butler, and Grichuk all earning starting playing time. Drawback is none of them are good centerfielders.

I'm just somewhat surprised that Butler didn't get the call up ahead of Grichuk, he has the least need for minor league everyday playing time, is on his last legs as a prospect, is major league ready right now. I guess they wanted someone who could fake center if Bourjos continues to not hit.

   7. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4695774)
Dueling NL/AL matchups of the day today...

Cubs (8-16) @ Reds (11-14), 7:10 pm
CHC: Jeff Samardzija (#29, 29, RHP, 0-2, 1.53)
CIN: Alfredo Simon (#31, 33, RHP, 3-1, 1.30)


Game Notes: I think Simon is more of a WTF story than Aaron Harang so far.


Athletics (15-10) @ Rangers (15-10), 8:05 pm
OAK: Sonny Gray (#54, 24, RHP, 3-1, 2.25)
TEX: Yu Darvish (#11, 27, RHP, 1-0, 1.61)


Rays (11-14) @ White Sox (13-13), 8:10 pm
TBR: Jake Odorizzi (#23, 24, RHP, 1-2, 6.52)
CHW: Andre Rienzo (#64, 26, RHP, 1-0, 4.91)

Indians (11-14) @ Angels (11-13), 10:05 pm
CLE: Justin Masterson (#63, 29, RHP, 0-0, 4.50)
LAA: Tyler Skaggs (#45, 22, LHP, 2-0, 3.21)

Brewers (18-7) @ Cardinals (14-12), 8:15 pm
MIL: Yovani Gallardo (#49, 28, RHP, 2-0, 1.42)
STL: Michael Wacha (#52, 22, RHP, 2-2, 2.10)


Game Notes: B-REF continues to break and return "undefined" data every time Michael Wacha pitches. He's apparently Walter Bishop's other son or something.


Rockies (14-12) @ D'backs (8-20), 9:40 pm
COL: Franklin Morales (#56, 28, LHP, 2-1, 3.86)
ARI: Wade Miley (#36, 27, LHP, 2-2, 4.50)

Padres (12-14) @ Giants (15-10), 10:15 pm
SDP: Tyson Ross (#38, 27, RHP, 2-3, 3.16)
SFG: Madison Bumgarner (#40, 24, LHP, 2-2, 3.14)
   8. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM (#4695800)
Game Notes: B-REF continues to break and return "undefined" data every time Michael Wacha pitches. He's apparently Walter Bishop's other son or something.


I complained to bb-ref about that. See if it gets fixed.
   9. boteman Posted: April 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM (#4695849)
What is Wacha doing that would result in a denominator of 0 (zero)?
   10. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 12:38 PM (#4695861)
What is Wacha doing that would result in a denominator of 0 (zero)?


It has something to do with their database design, it's not picking Wacha up as the pitcher at all when it's his turn. His name doesn't show up at all. So when you went to the preview it didn't have Wacha listed on either the bb-ref home page, or the preview for the game. Has been like that all season long for Wacha.


It's fixed now though.
   11. Dan Posted: April 28, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4695940)
I guess they wanted someone who could fake center if Bourjos continues to not hit.


Isn't that Jon Jay's raison d'ĂȘtre?
   12. SoCalDemon Posted: April 28, 2014 at 02:08 PM (#4695943)
Albert Pujols' most recent GIDP put him into a tie for 18th, with 275. He is 75 behind Cal Ripken for 1st. If he stays healthy (and good enough to stay in the line-up, which is looking much more likely now) over the next 8 years, he could do to this record what Bonds did to IBB. I'll be rooting for him today.
   13. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 28, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4695953)
I also would love to see Mike O'Neill in the majors.

His name was on BPro's 2014 OBP Leaderboard. I'd never heard of him so I had to look him up. Dude's got some hefty OBP in the minors, but is 26 and in AA.
   14. SoCalDemon Posted: April 28, 2014 at 02:21 PM (#4695955)
Haven't there been some studies that guys who get BB but can't hit for power just get eaten alive once they get to MLB?
   15. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 02:25 PM (#4695960)
Isn't that Jon Jay's raison d'ĂȘtre?


He's more or less the starter, but they liked having a third player who can play center, which is why Shane Robinson made the team. Jay bats left, Grichuk/Bourjos bat right also.
   16. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 28, 2014 at 06:11 PM (#4696144)
Athletics (15-10) @ Rangers (15-10), 8:05 pm
OAK: Sonny Gray (#54, 24, RHP, 3-1, 2.25)
TEX: Yu Darvish (#11, 27, RHP, 1-0, 1.61)

One happy note for A's fans: four A's starters have hit Darvish very well so far (OPS over 1.000, 10+ PAs), and three others have hit him pretty well (OPS of .785+, 10+ PAs).
   17. boteman Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4696193)
Brewers @ Cardinals is automatically the featured game because Bob Uecker is calling the play-by-play on the radio broadcast.
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:24 PM (#4696204)
Rays runner scored from second on a sacrifice fly against White Sox. Hawk wasn't disconsolate enough to keep me interested, so I'll watch something else.
   19. sardonic Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:25 PM (#4696205)
Hang on, why is Andrus batting second again?
   20. Al Kaline Trio Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:29 PM (#4696210)
More importantly why is Benji Molina the 1st base coach???
   21. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4696214)
He's actually the 3rd base coach. It's just taking him a while to get there.
   22. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4696218)
Cardinals first game(that I remember) with McCarver in the booth, and he really does still suck.
   23. Al Kaline Trio Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:38 PM (#4696219)
He's gonna have a hard time getting out of the way of a hard hit foul ball. He'll probably just block it.
   24. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4696225)
McCarver just said that the Brewers offense may not be too good, because Lucroy led their team in RBI last year with only 82. This was 2 minutes after they just got done saying that they were hurt last year by injuries and suspensions(to Aramis and Braun). He does have faith that their pitching will be good all season long though.
   25. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:01 PM (#4696241)
Josh Donaldson IS your 2014 AL MVP.
(banged a bases-loaded single off Darvish to put the A's up 2-0 in the 3rd)
   26. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:01 PM (#4696242)
what puzzles me is that nobody wants to consider that the brewers defense is pretty good

because they can't turn a double play but other than that this team is fielding better than i expected
   27. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:09 PM (#4696250)
i really, really wonder why ron thinks the brewers should try and run on molina

it's bizarre
   28. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4696252)
aramis ramirez is in a horrible slump. he's not even taking good swings

yikes
   29. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4696258)
A's suddenly hitting rockets all over the field against Darvish: Jaso lines a single, Reddick lines a triple, Callaspo lines out to left (scoring Reddick).
   30. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: April 28, 2014 at 09:27 PM (#4696261)
Darvish out after 3.1 innings and 80+ pitches.
   31. boteman Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4696303)
Yovani Gallardo? More like Yovani Gone-yardo!
   32. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:09 PM (#4696306)
Cardinals are finding their power....4 homeruns in their last two games... compared to 0 in the previous 10.
   33. Yoenis Cespedes, Baseball Savant Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM (#4696310)
Through five innings, Sonny Gray has thrown 64 pitches. Through 5.2 innings, the Rangers have thrown 133.
   34. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4696313)
That was the wildest wild pitch I've ever seen.
   35. sardonic Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:32 PM (#4696314)
Josh Donaldson hits the highest pop-ups I've ever seen.
   36. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:05 PM (#4696328)
Tyler Skaggs, one bad inning every game. I guess the 4th is tonight's bad inning.
   37. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4696335)
Ellis with a beautiful bunt to set up Grichuk in the bottom of the 9th, tie game, first and second one out.... no pressure for your first major league at bat.
   38. boteman Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:22 PM (#4696337)
Not-Candy Maldonado tried to help out the Cards, but going to extrys.
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM (#4696340)
Bourjos...you're killing me Smalls.

   40. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:43 PM (#4696341)
39--he was about 6 inches from a perfect bunt hit on his first attempt!
   41. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:44 PM (#4696343)
Why is Bourjos not running with the pitch there? On first, 3-2 count, 1 out. ???
   42. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:48 PM (#4696346)
This BrewCrew/Cards game is not enjoyable to watch. Fans are correct to bash the two Mc's behind the mic as well, they are lousy.
   43. boteman Posted: April 28, 2014 at 11:55 PM (#4696350)
"And the Brewers are retired quickly on 6 pitches."

Nothing like plate discipline.
   44. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:14 AM (#4696356)
43--Brewers lead the Majors in "Swing Percentage"--they swing at 49.8% of pitches they see.
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:17 AM (#4696360)
Uggh.... Game fell apart pretty quickly there.

This BrewCrew/Cards game is not enjoyable to watch. Fans are correct to bash the two Mc's behind the mic as well, they are lousy.




I will give McCarver and Mclaughlin the benefit of the doubt, first time working together and there is clear lack of "in sync" going on there.

But both of them are idiots, so the benefit of the doubt isn't much.
   46. cardsfanboy Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:29 AM (#4696367)
a lot of seats are empty at Busch right now.
   47. cardsfanboy Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:34 AM (#4696370)
Brewers win 5-3 in 12 innings.....Boo hiss...
   48. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: April 29, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4696373)
Good win for the Angels. Tyler Skaggs isn't getting credited with wins, but he's finished at least 7 innings in four of his five starts. Angels get a few hits with RISP, and take the bullpen out of the equation.

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