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Thursday, May 01, 2014

OMNICHATTER for 5-1-14

April showers bring May flowers….

SO HOPEFULLY GAMES WILL STOP FREAKING RAINING OUT!

OMNICHATTER ON!

Gamingboy Posted: May 01, 2014 at 12:36 AM | 67 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Scott Ross Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:17 AM (#4698139)
Everybody wish base ball chick a happy birthday.
   2. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:23 AM (#4698141)
The week of hellish crashing to earth by your favorite starters continues. What? Your favorite starters are doing okay? You root for the devil.

Pirates (10-16) @ Orioles (12-12), 3:33am
PIT: Brandon Cumpton (#58, 25, RHP, 0-1, 2.57)
BAL: Chris Tillman (#30, 26, RHP, 3-1, 3.38)

Game Note: Taking "the early game" to the extreme here, aren't we boys?


Rays (11-16) @ Red Sox (13-14), 1:05pm
TBR: Cesar Ramos (#27, 30, LHP, 1-1, 3.38)
BOS: Jake Peavy (#44, 33, RHP, 1-0, 2.87)

Dodgers (15-12) @ Twins (12-12), 1:10pm
LAD: Dan Haren (#14, 33, RHP, 3-0, 2.03)
MIN: Mike Pelfrey (#37, 30, RHP, 0-2, 7.32)

Game Note: No one expects Dan Haren to finish the year.


Pirates (10-16) @ Orioles (12-12), 4:05pm
PIT: Charlie Morton (#50, 30, RHP, 0-3, 4.35)
BAL: Bud Norris (#25, 29, RHP, 1-2, 4.44)

Mariners (11-14) @ Yankees (15-11), 7:05pm
SEA: Roenis Elias (#29, 25, LHP, 1-2, 3.54)
NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 2-2, 5.28)

Brewers (20-8) @ Reds (12-15), 7:10pm
MIL: Marco Estrada (#41, 30, RHP, 2-1, 2.87)
CIN: Homer Bailey (#34, 28, RHP, 1-2, 6.15)

Braves (17-9) @ Marlins (13-14), 7:10pm
ATL: Ervin Santana (#30, 31, RHP, 3-0, 1.95)
MIA: Henderson Alvarez (#37, 24, RHP, 1-2, 2.73)

Game Note: If the Marlins blow up Santana for 27 runs again tonight, I'm willing to take out all of Florida and half of the Carib. We do not negotiate with terrorists.


Dodgers (15-12) @ Twins (12-12), 7:10pm
LAD: Kris Johnson (#53, 29, LHP, 0-0, undef)
MIN: (#0, 2014, RHP, 0-0, undef)

Game Note: I'm on site with a client this week and don't have time to look up who is actually starting for the Twins this game. Until told otherwise, I will assume it to be Micheal Wacha.


Rays (11-16) @ Red Sox (13-14), 7:10pm
TBR: Chris Archer (#22, 25, RHP, 2-1, 4.11)
BOS: Felix Doubront (#22, 26, LHP, 1-3, 6.00)

Blue Jays (12-15) @ Royals (14-12), 8:10pm
TOR: Mark Buehrle (#56, 35, LHP, 4-1, 2.16)
KCR: Jeremy Guthrie (#11, 35, RHP, 2-1, 4.22)

Game Note: Mark Buehrle!


Mets (15-11) @ Rockies (16-13), 8:40pm
NYM: Bartolo Colon (#40, 41, RHP, 2-3, 4.50)
COL: Juan Nicasio (#12, 27, RHP, 2-1, 5.27)

Game Note: Bartolo Colon at bats. In Colorado. Here's to hoping he gets his weight behind one solidly...
   3. JJ1986 Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:49 AM (#4698166)
Kris Johnson is actually on the Twins. The Dodgers are starting Red Patterson in that game, so the two pitchers have one combined major league start between them before today.
   4. stanmvp48 Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:55 AM (#4698222)
I noticed the Dodgers couldn't wrap up a 6-1 game without using Jansen. Seems to happen a lot.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:56 AM (#4698225)
Patterson is going today so the Dodgers can take advantage of the 26 man roster for double headers rule since they need to play 6 games in five days and need a 6th starter. I think Patterson just had fortuitous timing in terms of when he came up in the rotation and that Lee and Magill were unavailable at such short notice.
   6. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: May 01, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4698242)
We need more modern-day athletes named "Red." I'm rooting for Patterson.
   7. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:04 PM (#4698268)
@danconnollysun: Orioles announce option of Lombardozzi.

Here come the "TARDE FOR LOMBO" demands from NatsTown in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
   8. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:07 PM (#4698269)
Game Note: No one expects Dan Haren to finish the year.

Knowing a certain contingent of Nats fans who watched Haren whimper through last season, I say he doesn't make it out of D.C. alive!
   9. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4698280)
A-HA! Part 2 of #7 is: Orioles activated Manny Machado from D.L. which explains why Steve Lombardozzi's heart, grit, and clubhouse chemistry can now be found in Norfolk.

Norfolk?? Can't tell the teams without a program. Last time I checked that was a Mets farm team. Or maybe Yankees. Like Harvey's says, I need to get out more often.
   10. Kurt Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4698288)
We need more modern-day athletes named "Red." I'm rooting for Patterson.


Dumbass.
   11. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:55 PM (#4698302)
I have a friend texting me from Target Field, says he can't believe they are playing through these conditions. Of course, he's agreed to attend both games as a fan. Puig's gotta love this.
   12. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: May 01, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4698303)
Dejesus with a bid for the shortest home run of the season. Line drive down the RF line at Fenway that got about 2 rows deep.
   13. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: May 01, 2014 at 02:05 PM (#4698307)
I noticed the Dodgers couldn't wrap up a 6-1 game without using Jansen. Seems to happen a lot.


As of right now, Jansen and Howell are the only reliable relievers. It's not a good thing.. of course, Brandon damned League is still holding a roster spot when he has been almost useless for the last year.
   14. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: May 01, 2014 at 02:11 PM (#4698310)
Game Note: If the Marlins blow up Santana for 27 runs again tonight, I'm willing to take out all of Florida and half of the Carib. We do not negotiate with terrorists.
Don't ever change, Sam. And to be fair, I'd be willing to go in with you on this one. For my own reasons, of course.
   15. Srul Itza Posted: May 01, 2014 at 03:20 PM (#4698353)
Puig's gotta love this.


Four for Four so far, with a double, 2 RBI and a stolen base
   16. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 01, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4698361)
As of right now, Jansen and Howell are the only reliable relievers.


Chris Perez has been ok. But yeah, the bullpen has been beyond atrocious. Ethier and Crawford have struggled a bit but the offense has been fine overall. The starting pitching has been great. If they could merely improve the bullpen to below average, this would be a great team.
   17. Curse of the Andino Posted: May 01, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4698362)
Game Note: If the Marlins blow up Santana for 27 runs again tonight, I'm willing to take out all of Florida and half of the Carib. We do not negotiate with terrorists.


Hey, spare the Third Coast. We're only responsible for one "Florida Man" story in three. Also, folks here watch the Rays religiously... on TV.
   18. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 03:38 PM (#4698367)
Minneapolis: Cloudy with showers. High 48F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

"Let's play two!"
   19. Chip Posted: May 01, 2014 at 03:51 PM (#4698379)
Replay fails again in Boston.
   20. Ok, Griffey's Dunn (Nothing Iffey About Griffey) Posted: May 01, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4698397)
How will the Reds lose today?!
   21. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 01, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4698408)
18--This is the second awful doubleheader (weather-wise) in Minneapolis this year. (The first one was the night Toronto's relievers gave up 8 runs on 1 hit.)
   22. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: May 01, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4698414)
Awful weather in Minneapolis? I refuse to believe it!
   23. stanmvp48 Posted: May 01, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4698416)
So, what was the story of the challenge in the Red Sox game?
   24. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 01, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4698419)
Hey, spare the Third Coast. We're only responsible for one "Florida Man" story in three


Third Coast is not part of Florida. The lines on the maps lie.
   25. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4698429)
Joe Angel and not-Fred "Mistake-a-minute" Manfra on the Orioles radio broadcast is amazingly listenable.
   26. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:26 PM (#4698434)
We need more modern-day athletes named "Red." I'm rooting for Patterson.

Red: Forman, party of two.
Hostess: Okey dokey, that'll be about two hours.
Red: Here's twenty bucks.
Hostess: Okay, we'll have something in fifteen minutes.
Red: You don't want this place to burn down twice do you?
Hostess: Okay, we have something right now.
Red: I thought so.
   27. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4698436)
Oreos in a rain delay in Baltimore. RADAR shows not much, so it shouldn't last long.
PIT 1, BAL 0
   28. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4698438)
Eric, didn't I tell you to wash up for dinner. I know, it's difficult to hear with your head up your ass.
   29. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4698443)
What has two thumbs and doesn't give a crap? Hi! Bob Kelso, have we met?


OK, OK, wrong Kelso. But there must be a Bryce Harper joke in there somewhere.
   30. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:43 PM (#4698449)
But there must be a Bryce Harper joke in there somewhere.


Two Bryce Harper's walk into a bar. SURGERY!
   31. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4698454)
Baseball resumes in the City by the Bay...the Chesapeake Bay, that is. 21 minute rain delay.

Somehow after the rain delay the Orioles are still down 1-0 to Los Piratas de la Guarida.
   32. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:02 PM (#4698464)
Not anymore.
   33. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4698478)
Two Bryce Harper's walk into a bar. SURGERY!


Bryce Harper walks into a bar. Matt Williams benches him for not running into the bar.
   34. Chris Fluit Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:37 PM (#4698485)
Clevenger scores on a Steve Pearce single. The bottom of the Baltimore line-up is really coming through in the early game.
   35. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 06:38 PM (#4698486)
BREAKING: Steve Pearce is responsible for the 1 game margin that will propel the Orioles into the post-season! Slides at 11.
   36. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 01, 2014 at 07:43 PM (#4698501)
So, I see Chris Heisey pinch-hit for Billy Hamilton to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Anyone know what happened there?
   37. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4698511)
So, I see Chris Heisey pinch-hit for Billy Hamilton to lead off the bottom of the 1st. Anyone know what happened there?
Sprained two of his knuckles on his throwing hand whilst diving to make a pretty good catch. No idea how serious it is yet.
   38. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:17 PM (#4698514)
Look at the box score and see the Dodgers have 3 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings... and no runs. Nice clutch hitting guys!
   39. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:24 PM (#4698520)
The Marlins are clearly stealing signs at home.
   40. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:25 PM (#4698523)
38-- they have no chance against a pitcher as good as Kris Johnson.
   41. Lassus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4698532)
WOOOOOHOOOOOOOO Mets.
   42. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4698533)
Johnson pulled with one out in the 5th, 4 hits and 6 walks allowed, but no runs (unless Swarzak lets inherited runners score).
   43. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4698538)
And it's official, Kris Johnson gets through an entire start without allowing a run.
   44. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4698541)
42--and 5 strikeouts for Johnson. That's the fourth best total by a Twins starter this season!
   45. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:57 PM (#4698543)
Chris Archer's 5th inning: 3 walks, a wild pitch, and a Hit-By-Pitch. Yikes.
   46. Lassus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 08:58 PM (#4698544)
Booooooooo Mets.
   47. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 01, 2014 at 09:53 PM (#4698570)
Seriously. They're stealing signs at home.
   48. Chris Fluit Posted: May 01, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4698579)
That was awesome. The NESN announcers thought that the station was going to commercials during a pitching change... except they didn't. We got to listen to one announcer loudly clear his throat for several seconds. Then an announcer- perhaps the same one- spent some time whistling along to The Who's Baba O'Riley which was being played over the stadium loudspeakers. Someone must have finally tapped him on the shoulder or buzzed him in the ear because he stopped whistling to ask "Are we on air?" The other announcer replied, "Yup." Then another good 15 seconds of silence before they did their standard back-from-commercial plug.
   49. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:05 PM (#4698583)
Wow. The Braves went into the 9th trailing 5-4 and went quickly against Cishek on something like 5 or 6 pitches. Heyward, B.J., Freeman. Sweep complete.
   50. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4698585)
That Cishek guy clearly has three or four teenage girls cained up in his basement.
   51. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4698591)
No need to resort to subterfuge when true talent will do nicely.

Meanwhile, 5280 feet above sea level Carlos Gonzalez has left the game with a contusion on his hand. Don't know which one, but he was last seen browsing the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist on his phone in the clubhouse.
   52. Rafael Bellylard: Built like a Panda. Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:31 PM (#4698598)
Top of 9th, 5-5
Rays announcer #1: "Yunel Escobar is 0-11 lifetime against Uehara."
Rays announcer #2: "Whoop-de-doo. Break out of it right here."
First pitch, Escobar sends it out of Fenway, over the left field stands.

Note: "Whoop-de-doo" is an exact quote.
   53. Misirlou has S.C.M.O.D.S Posted: May 01, 2014 at 10:58 PM (#4698610)
The last 17 pitches of the Rays-Red Sox game had 0 swings of the bat. After Ortiz grounded out to first, a 3-2 strikeout looking, a 3-2 walk, and a 2-2 strikeout looking to end the game. Sheesh!
   54. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:04 PM (#4698612)
Apparently whatever voodoo magic Bartolo Colon had been using to start the season is now expired. He threw 82 pitches into the 5th inning, but Mets getting shut out 7-0 now in the top 8th. His ERA has ballooned up like his ample waistline. Mets radio booth is waxing prosaic on Rocky Mountain oysters, Nolan Ryan's early career with the Mets, and various other distractions to ease the pain.
   55. Lassus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4698614)
It was fun for awhile, but my GF decided a blowout was less fun to watch than a GoT rerun.
   56. Lassus Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4698615)
Our offensive woes are going to come home to kill us, and soon. If not already. Thank god the Braves suck.
   57. boteman Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:27 PM (#4698621)
I just tuned over to the Pirates-Orioles game. Tied 4-4 in the 7th, Troy Patton just departed in favor of Ryan Webb who inherits runners on the corners, nobody out. Let's listen in...

Also, I really wish Jonathan Schoop didn't pronounce his surname like a bottle of mouthwash. I really want to hear his walk-up music be something by the Shirelles or Pointer Sisters with a lot of "SCHOOOOOP!" lines in it.

Oh dear! Markakis smacks a bleacher ball, tied 5-5 Baltimore.
   58. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 01, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4698627)
So I would not have expected this:

Joe Mauer has exactly one walk-off hit in his Major League career. It happened in this 2007 game.
   59. boteman Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:09 AM (#4698640)
Bottom 8th, tied 5-5, Matt Wieters with 13-pitch PA finally Ks swinging for out #1. Gameday says mostly sinkers, but the graphic showed them mostly in the middle to upper part of the zone and he fouled them off.
   60. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:16 AM (#4698641)
Classic Twins rally in the 11th:

Bloop single
7-pitch walk.
9-pitch walk.
   61. boteman Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:32 AM (#4698644)
Hey! Why bunt when you can walk???

Manny not being Manny on his first game back since September: 0-5, just popped out in bottom 9th when you just knew everybody was hoping for him to jack one out to win it. Now Cruz and Adam Jones. Tied 5-5

edit: Going to extrys in B-more. The Arbutians are restless.

edit: O'Day strikes out Tabatha, but walks McCutchen. Buck rushes out to call in Tommy Hunter (who I thought is calling the game on the radio in place of Manfra. Huh, go figure.)
   62. puck Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:47 AM (#4698647)
Apparently whatever voodoo magic Bartolo Colon had been using to start the season is now expired. He threw 82 pitches into the 5th inning, but Mets getting shut out 7-0 now in the top 8th.


The Rockies' hitters have been going extra nuts in Coors Field so far this year. .984 OPS going into the game vs. Colon.
   63. boteman Posted: May 02, 2014 at 12:52 AM (#4698648)
Manny Machado makes a sterling pickup on a broken-bat roller from Gaby "The Pest" Sanchez and makes a better throw than Ryan Zimmerman ever dreamed of to end the Pirates threat in the 10th. Glad to see him back on the field, even with his 0-fer.

edit: A Wieters winner! Matt Wieters smacks a pitch up around the letters (or higher) that just squeaks over the fence at the RF foul pole. 6-5 Orioles as they sweep the double header.
   64. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:02 AM (#4698650)
Matt Wieters won the O's game on a Vlad Guerrero special: a home run on a ball so far out of the zone (up around his shoulders!) that it almost seems like a violation of the laws of physics for it to have gone out of the park.
   65. DKDC Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:13 AM (#4698652)
Matt Wieters violates the laws of physics with walk off home runs....all before breakfast.
   66. boteman Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:21 AM (#4698657)
And the laws of physics didn't even press charges; I heard they liked it!
   67. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 02, 2014 at 01:52 AM (#4698675)
Well, at least it's a sweep.

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