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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

OMNICHATTER FOR 4/30/14

15 games today, which is one more than 14.

Gamingboy Posted: April 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM | 52 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:15 PM (#4697582)
Rather than throw 20-pitch, scoreless innings, and then get yanked after 5+, Shelby Miller has decided to throw efficient, 11-pitch run-scoring innings. We'll see if his new approach gets him to the 5th.
   2. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:48 PM (#4697623)
Yay, Matt Adams increases his season RBI total by 60% with one swing of the bat! After a month of baseball that's not a great sign!
   3. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4697638)
Great 10-pitch at-bat going on with Tony Cruz vs. Matt Garza, two out and two on....
   4. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:58 PM (#4697640)
Now four straight 3-2 fouls by Tony Cruz...
   5. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 02:58 PM (#4697642)
Five straight 3-2 fouls...
   6. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:00 PM (#4697645)
And Cruz walks on the 13th pitch of the at bat to load the bases for Shelby Miller.

And Garza strikes out Shelby Miller to end a 44-pitch inning.

(edited to reflect that Garza was not, in fact, yanked after the walk to Cruz)
   7. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4697660)
Judging from the onslaught of cats and dogs here in Philly, I don't think 15 games will be played tonight.
   8. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:19 PM (#4697667)
Phils postponed, along with the Yankees game, and Baltimore. Go April!
   9. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4697669)
Even if Matt Carpenter hasn't really been hitting this year he's still on pace to walk 100 times and score 110 runs.
   10. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:45 PM (#4697707)
Allen Craig finally coming to life: this series he's reached base 8 times, with four extra base-hits, after having four extra-base hits through the first 25 games.
   11. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4697725)
N.L. ball! Shelby Miller delivers his second RBI double of the season, after Kyle Lohse killed the Cardinals last night with a two-out bases-loaded single.

Miller now at .273/.333/.455, which puts him 5th on the team in OPS behind Molina, Adams, Holliday, and Tony Cruz.
   12. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4697748)
Mariners game in New York postponed because of rain. It's 80 degrees and sunny here in Seattle...
   13. ChubbyJoeyMeyer Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:15 PM (#4697749)
The Brewers are evidently letting Wang pitch himself into an injury and/or unconsciousness.
   14. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4697751)
Craig with his third extra-base hit of the game, this one a triple, his second of the series.

EDIT: Replay shows a homer (his second of the series), not a triple.
   15. ChubbyJoeyMeyer Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4697757)
In all seriousness, this looks to be the end of the Wang experiment for the Brewers. Contenders need full bullpens, and they're clearly working him to the breaking point today in anticpation of giving him back to the Pirates. At least I'd hope. Nice kid, wacky phallocentric name, but not an MLB pitcher yet.
   16. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:49 PM (#4697787)
Shelby Miller has killed fantasy owners whose leagues use Quality Starts instead of Wins:

In 2013 alone, he had 12 starts in which he pitched at least 5 but fewer than 6 innings while allowing 3 or fewer earned runs. Six times he was removed with two outs in the 6th, needing to retire just one more batter for the QS.

In 2014 it was more of the same: His last two starts before today he allowed zero runs but was removed in the 6th before getting three outs, once with one out and once with two outs.

Today he allowed three runs but lasted six, so he merits the magical QS.

Not counting a start last year in which he was hit by a line drive by the leadoff hitter and removed, for his career he's lasted at least 5 innings 35 times in 37 starts (94.6%), but more than 6 innings just four times (10.8%).
   17. salvomania Posted: April 30, 2014 at 04:56 PM (#4697790)
Randy Choate has now plunked Khris Davis, becoming the 13th different Cardinal pitcher to hit a batter in 2014.

Somewhere Harvey's is rolling his eyes at me.
   18. Chris Fluit Posted: April 30, 2014 at 05:10 PM (#4697808)
Phils postponed, along with the Yankees game, and Baltimore. Go April!


You can add Boston to that list.
   19. Baldrick Posted: April 30, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4697894)
Okay, so WTF is going on with Aaron Harang?
   20. Swedish Chef Posted: April 30, 2014 at 07:41 PM (#4697898)
Harang is doing all his regression to the mean this inning.
   21. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4697905)
Edwin Jackson has always been a frustrating pitcher to watch, but at least he used to counter some of that with being good now and again. He just outright sucks now.
   22. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:03 PM (#4697906)
Nice to see Starlin continue to hit the ball well early in the going. It's only a month in, but he's looked better so far than at any point last year.
   23. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4697907)
The Braves are currently down 5-0 to the Marlins in the 4th inning -- which admittedly blows my mind, though as a Mariners fan I could've told you that Aaron Harang was too good to be true -- and one must imagine that Miami is a reasonable bet to hold on to win. Meanwhile, the Nats are playing the Astros, whom they only barely managed to edge out last night. With Jordan Zimmermann on the mound, if the Nats can't use this opportunity to gain a game on Atlanta, then they quite honestly don't deserve to win the NL East...nor will they.
   24. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4697908)
Huh, I just checked the standings, and the relative strength of the NL East surprises me. What on earth are the Mets doing in second place? Or the Marlins as the only team in the division under .500 (and even then at a relatively solid 12-14)?
   25. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4697909)
Rochey getting a day off today, huh? As red hot as he is, I imagine he can't be too thrilled about that. Especially given that tomorrow is a day off.
   26. Swedish Chef Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:27 PM (#4697915)
And now Eovaldi has the lowest ERA in the matchup.
   27. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4697919)
Wow. 8-0 now, Marlins over Braves, and it's only the 5th inning. I'm never one to count Atlanta out until they're well and truly dead, but this is indeed looking like a golden opportunity for the Nats to steal a game on the Braves. Even more amusing/appalling is the fact that Eovaldi is currently tossing a one-hitter.

EDIT: Make that 9-0. Aaron Harang's regression to the mean was inevitable, but I don't think anyone thought it would come this quickly, and against this particular team.
   28. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:59 PM (#4697931)
Inside-the-park home run for Denard Span!

Further evidence that "Tal's Hill" is the stupidest ####### idea to ever be introduced into a Major League stadium.
   29. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 30, 2014 at 08:59 PM (#4697933)
Span goes for the (sort-of) inside the park home run!!

I'm not sure that ball actually went on the hill, but I absolutely agree with your point generally.
   30. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4697941)
David Freese showing some signs of life this past week, lifting his slash line from .136/.197/.186 to .195/.253/.280 over the last week. C.J. Wilson's been dealing tonight, so the Angels may be able to get over .500 for the first time in 187 games.
   31. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4697952)
Mike Trout almost homers, his double denting the high wall in right-center and driving in two. THE PROMISED LAND OF OVER .500 IS IN SIGHT.
   32. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4697953)
LOL ASTROS LOL.
   33. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4697954)
How many HRs has Stanton hit tonight?
   34. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4697956)
How many HRs has Stanton hit tonight?
None, but there is still time yet.
   35. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:26 PM (#4697957)
Yep. Hard to believe they somehow turned that hit into a run.

I'll say this: the folks coming out to watch this Astros team in person are seriously loyal fans.
   36. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4697959)
Anthony Rendon is nailing down his position as a starter for the Nationals rock-solid at this point. Impressive.
   37. sardonic Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:36 PM (#4697960)
The Angels have kind of quietly put up by far the second best run differential in the AL despite their soon-to-be-above .500 record. At this point I'm not sure they're not the A's main competitors in the AL West right now.
   38. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4697961)
The Angel bullpen's warped their record so their W-L doesn't jive with their run differential, but this offense is rolling along even with David Freese not hitting at all and Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun still on the DL. The rotation's been solid 1-4 (not so much 5), so it's all been about the bullpen for this team. If they get even average relief, they'll be competitive.
   39. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4697965)
Rafael Soriano is available. Or at least he should be.
   40. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 09:56 PM (#4697970)
Rafael Soriano is available. Or at least he should be.
Beat me to it. And his scoreless inning streak extends all the way back to August of last year! Buy, other teams, buy!!
   41. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM (#4697982)
The Rice Raker does it again. Now a triple away from the cycle.
   42. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4697986)
Clemens back on the mound in Houston. His fastball just isn't the same since he went off the juice, though.
   43. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4697987)
You guys joke but the Angels could really use Soriano. Just not for that price tag.
   44. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4697988)
Take my closer. PLEASE!
   45. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM (#4697990)
Jordan Lyles helps his own cause with a solo homer. Rockies now up on woeful Arizona 4-0 in the fourth.
   46. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4697993)
Tyler Clippard must be dead. It's the 8th inning and Matt Williams did not bring him in to pitch. Millions baffled.
   47. Esoteric Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:07 PM (#4697998)
Welp, barring outright disaster, the Nats have finally moved back into second place and gained a game on the Braves. It's been a fine night of baseball.
   48. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM (#4698002)
In addition to Miami we should also nuke Havana. Just to be safe.
   49. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:14 PM (#4698004)
Relax. Jose Fernandez already escaped Havana.
   50. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4698009)
I know. Because commies. ####### Stalin. Die in a ice you pol pot loving bastard.
   51. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 30, 2014 at 11:45 PM (#4698021)
Matt Belisle just came into the game and walked Cliff Pennington on four pitches, struck out Tony Campana on three pitches, struck out Eric Chavez on three pitches, went 0-2 on Gerardo Parra - then broke the string with a ball, although he then struck out Parra on the fourth pitch.
   52. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 01, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4698042)
The rotation's been solid 1-4 (not so much 5), so it's all been about the bullpen for this team. If they get even average relief, they'll be competitive.


Want to make a trade? The entire Dodger bullpen for the entire Angel bullpen?

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