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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

OMNICHATTER for 5/20/2014

The Omnichatter is illegal in North Korea, presumably.

Gamingboy Posted: May 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM | 61 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 06:50 AM (#4709974)
HOW WILL CUETO CRUSH THE NATS TODAY???
   2. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:28 AM (#4710073)
Let me count the ways:

IP=72, GS=9, CG=3, SHO=2 (bullpen? he don't need no shtinking bullpen!)
ERA=1.25, ERA+ = 294, FIP=2.98, WHIP=0.708
HR=7, K=76, BB=18 (4.22K/BB)
HBP=0, WP=0

There have been too many games this season for which I said the Nats should have just forfeited instead of putting the wear and tear on the players to lose 9-0 or equivalent. Tonight might be another such night given the circumstances. Doug Fister has his work cut out for him.
   3. salvomania Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:37 AM (#4710121)
Tonight might be another such night given the circumstances.

Except the Reds can't hit. Third to last in NL in RPG, and even with the great pitching, they have a negative run differential.

And Cueto's FIP is 3---the luck probably won't last forever; just get a baserunner or two and put one over the wall---he's one dinger allowed from being in the Top 10 in that category.
   4. Al Kaline Trio Posted: May 20, 2014 at 01:10 PM (#4710197)
SOUNDS LIKE A CHALLENGE!!!11!
   5. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 20, 2014 at 06:35 PM (#4710366)
Alex Guerrero is now hitting .368/.411/.737 in AAA. So, ya know, whenever Dee Gordon decides to stop being Maury Wills circa 1962, they'll still be in decent shape.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: May 20, 2014 at 06:58 PM (#4710381)
Alex Guerrero is now hitting .368/.411/.737 in AAA.


Miguel Olivo reportedly bit him during a dugout altercation this afternoon.
   7. Brian White Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:54 PM (#4710404)
You usually don't think of defensive wizard shortstops as having tape measure power, but Andrelton Simmons cares not for your shortstop stereotypes.
   8. Every Inge Counts Posted: May 20, 2014 at 07:54 PM (#4710405)
Well it worked earlier this year for Miggy...but WTF is wrong with Verlander...
   9. Baldrick Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:09 PM (#4710415)
Verlander was not very good all last year and then was JUSTIN VERLANDER in the playoffs.

Now he's back to not being very good. So...huh?
   10. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4710417)
This Cueto kid has only given up 2 runs thanks to the best defense in the game behind him; Reds have 2 errors in the 2nd inning. That's when Span's "bunt triple" on the overthrow scored Fister who got aboard courtesy of the other error.

Outside of that, the Nats are bunting and dinking their way into outs.
   11. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4710419)
Standing ovation for Derek Jeter in 1st inning @ Wrigley Field.
   12. Baldrick Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:26 PM (#4710427)
Beltre showing off his defensive skills. Great play to throw out Seager on a pretty nice bunt.
   13. Brian White Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4710432)
Braves are challenging the call of Simmons getting tagged out at second. Replays show he's safe, but it takes multiple looks. Given how many obviously wrong calls are not overturned, I'd be surprised if this one is changed
   14. Brian White Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4710437)
Huh, overturned. Right call, but I'm surprised.
   15. Brian White Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4710440)
Julio Teheran hits a perfectly placed chopper just behind the pitcher, between SS and 2B, for a hit. Yovani Gallardo hurt himself jumping for the ball. Brewers give up a run, and may lose their pitcher.
   16. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4710448)
Make that 3 errors for the Reds. Span is ON FAHR tonight. Go figure.
   17. Joey B. Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:45 PM (#4710449)
Cueto, you're good, but you ain't God, baby.
   18. DA Baracus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4710454)
Maybe Lyle Overbay can pitch again tonight.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:51 PM (#4710456)
Rejuvenated Jeter steals base.
   20. Rob_Wood Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4710457)
too many left fielders for reds
   21. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4710458)
I'm not the kind of guy who says, "I told ya so"...and this is why.
   22. Rennie's Tenet Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:00 PM (#4710459)
Has anyone else's brain merged Karros-Klesko-Konerko into a single career? It bothers me that I can do that with guys from the 90s.
   23. Rob_Wood Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:01 PM (#4710460)
ah, span for president and reds look like crap
   24. DA Baracus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:02 PM (#4710461)
The Braves could probably improve their base running by replacing the 3B coach with a mannequin with its hand up.
   25. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4710463)
OK, maybe the Reds should've forfeited.
   26. Rob_Wood Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4710465)
well, I confuse Gene and Vern Stephens (and Junior too) even though they were nothing alike (they both played slightly before my time). If I have seen a guy play, I can do a pretty good job or keeping him straight from others I have seen (or not seen).
   27. Canker Soriano Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:13 PM (#4710470)
Standing ovation for Derek Jeter in 1st inning @ Wrigley Field.

Did he catch a grounder?
   28. Lassus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:15 PM (#4710471)
Thank you David Wright, for making my walk in the door SO ####### DISAPPOINTING.
   29. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:24 PM (#4710476)
Make that 4 Reds errors tonight.
   30. simon bedford Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:26 PM (#4710478)
brett laurie annoys me no end and i am a blue jays fan
   31. Transmission Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4710479)
Bumgarner just hit the cutoff-man, Mike Morse, with a perfect throw on a sacrifice bunt, but Morse never made the relay throw on to first.

   32. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:29 PM (#4710480)
Back-to-back failed squeeze plays for Cubs. Don't see that every day.
   33. Rob_Wood Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:30 PM (#4710481)
not since don zimmer managed the cubs anyway
   34. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:32 PM (#4710482)
#31 Where in the world was Bumgarner that he needed Morse to relay a throw?? Weren't they all on the infield close to the plate?
   35. Transmission Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:35 PM (#4710484)
Bunt was just to the right of Bumgarner, in front of the mound. Morse broke in to field the bunt, and while Bumgarner was considering throwing to second, Morse broke back to cover first, but the 2Bman already was there. So instead of getting out of the way, Morse just sort of squatted down ducking, but not getting all the way to the ground. Bumgarner threw a strike towards first that would have been waist-high to the guy covering first, but that was also head-high and right online to Morse. So Morse caught it, about six feet in front of the 1st base bag. Throw would have beaten runner to the bag.
   36. Joey B. Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:36 PM (#4710485)
This might be Detwiler's last chance here to save his spot on the roster.

I hope he comes through, because I like the kid and think he has been completely mishandled.
   37. Snowboy Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4710488)
Edwin Encarnacion's first homer today smashed off a billboard on top of the Cask & Flagon pub, before dropping onto Lansdowne Street in Boston.

Gibbons is currently removing Dustin McGowan to let Robbie Rasmussen make his MLB debut against David Ortiz, to protect a 7-4 lead in the 7th.
   38. Snowboy Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4710492)
And Rasmussen gets Ortiz, only batter he faces. Removed from mound with many pats on the back.
   39. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:51 PM (#4710498)
Denard Span with his usual 5-hit game. No big deal.
   40. puck Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4710499)
#35: yeah, that was a weird play. The runner was the pitcher, Franklin Morales.

Different inning; the Rockies have gone ahead. Tulo hit a liner to left that Tyler Colvin got a glove on but dropped (double agent?). Wilin Rosario brought him home with another double.

However, Morales will be back out.
   41. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 20, 2014 at 09:58 PM (#4710503)
Asking the flaming pile of garbage that is the Dodgers bullpen to protect a 2 run lead for 4 innings is not a recipe for success.
   42. Rob_Wood Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:01 PM (#4710505)

I generally love FP Santangelo since he keeps everything light and humorous while giving a lot of information. However, he just showed his true colors with the typical ex-player comment. Nationals knocked out Cueto and lead 9-2 (Reds with 4 errors and looking like crap). So what does Santangelo say was the key to the Nationals victory tonight? Span's stolen base to lead off the 7-run sixth inning. Maybe the six hits (and two hits by pitch) had something to do with scoring those seven runs.

Anyway, that is the type of comment that drives me nuts. It's like the color announcer has to demonstrate how smart he is, how knowledgeable about inside baseball, something that Joe Morgan used to do ad nauseum. Just say they were the first team to knock out Cueto this season.
   43. Joey B. Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:02 PM (#4710506)
And that might well be the last time we see Det for a good long while.
   44. DA Baracus Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4710509)
Another complete game shutout for Julio Teheran.
   45. boteman Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4710510)
#42 The other day I was forced to listen to Mike Shannon in the car. He was beside himself because some no-hit AAAA guy bunted his way aboard. It's The Narrative. Praise small ball above all else.
   46. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:10 PM (#4710511)
Madison Bumgarner just swung at a 3-0 pitch. He fouled it off, then struck out two pitches later.
   47. salvomania Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4710516)
Wainwright has two different 11-consecutive-batters-retired streaks tonight vs. AZ...
   48. Rob_Wood Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:24 PM (#4710517)

uh oh, i just turned back to mlb network and harold reynolds is joined by sean casey, the only two analysts on mlb that are worse than mitch williams (free mitch!); actually casey can be decent if he doesn't try to be funny at all times
   49. salvomania Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:41 PM (#4710527)
Nice 1-hit shutout for Wainwright; the only baserunner was a Goldschmidt double in the 4th.

That's five starts this year he's allowed zero runs, and eight out of 10 he's allowed two or fewer.
   50. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:46 PM (#4710533)
Where is Brandon League?! Why is Brian Wilson pitching in a high leverage situation?!

Edit: Wilson survives!
   51. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4710538)
Franklin Morales bats in the bottom of the sixth, score tied 3-3, with two on and none out. He bunts foul three times. Then Walt Weiss pulls him - Morales doesn't come out for the top of the seventh. What the...
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM (#4710541)
Why use a ph for a sac?
   53. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4710544)
For one thing, I wouldn't necessarily sacrifice in that situation. For another, if you're desperate to bunt, the Rockies have some pitchers you could put up there who can handle the bat, like Jordan Lyles, unlike Franklin Morales, who can't.
   54. puck Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:19 PM (#4710546)
Heck, I thought it was a little weird Morales was allowed to bat in the bottom of the 5th down 3-1.
   55. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 20, 2014 at 11:25 PM (#4710549)
Hey, Morales already had a hit* in the game!

*See post 35.
   56. puck Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:08 AM (#4710562)
I guess LaTroy Hawkins is cooked? 6 K's in 16.1 innings isn't really what you're looking for. Though geez, his K rate is amazingly low over his career.
   57. puck Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:17 AM (#4710563)
Nolan Arenado hammered a 2-strike pitch from Romo to drive in 2 for the walkoff hit. On replay it might have been a HR but I guess they're not reviewing it.

Edit: Rockies still at .350 in Coors.
   58. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM (#4710565)
Hawkins is one of the three guys who played in the very first game I ever attended who are still active--the other two are Alex Rodriguez and Torii Hunter.
   59. Los Angeles El Hombre de Anaheim Posted: May 21, 2014 at 12:46 AM (#4710570)
David Freese, off the DL and actually looking like a real genuine big league hitter.
   60. cardsfanboy Posted: May 21, 2014 at 01:01 AM (#4710573)
Watching baseball tonight and the web gems(by far the best part of that show) and they care comparing Tony Gwynn's catch to Phillips and seem to think Gwynn's was better....and I have to respectfully disagree, that Phillips play is one of the best plays I have ever seen, that Gwynn play was just a normal great play.
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: May 21, 2014 at 01:06 AM (#4710575)
Has anyone else's brain merged Karros-Klesko-Konerko into a single career? It bothers me that I can do that with guys from the 90s.


Been on the road most of the day, but saw this and had to replay.. YES!!! Absolutely Yes. It helps that they have 1. same first letter and 2. somewhat of a reputation of the same skill set... but Klesko is surprisingly fleet of foot compared to the others.

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