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Thursday, April 17, 2014

OMNICHATTER for April 17, 2014

I will never be mistaken for Cal Ripken, or Lou Gehrig, or even Prince Fielder. Still, here’s the Omnichatter. 12 games, including appearances by SALE, VERLANDER, PRICE, WAINWRIGHT and so on.

Gamingboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:13 AM | 131 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:29 AM (#4687592)
Via Foreman.

Braves (10-4) @ Phillies (6-8), 1:05pm
ATL: Alex Wood (#40, 23, LHP, 2-1, 1.89)
PHI: A.J. Burnett (#34, 37, RHP, 0-1, 3.94)

Indians (7-7) @ Tigers (6-5), 1:08pm
CLE: Danny Salazar (#31, 24, RHP, 0-1, 6.75)
DET: Justin Verlander (#35, 31, RHP, 1-1, 2.57)

Blue Jays (8-6) @ Twins (6-7), 1:10pm
TOR: R.A. Dickey (#43, 39, RHP, 1-2, 5.30)
MIN: Kyle Gibson (#44, 26, RHP, 2-0, 1.59)

Mariners (7-7) @ Rangers (8-7), 2:05pm
SEA: Erasmo Ramirez (#50, 24, RHP, 1-2, 5.63)
TEX: Tanner Scheppers (#52, 27, RHP, 0-1, 7.88)

Dodgers (9-6) @ Giants (10-5), 3:45pm
LAD: Hyun-jin Ryu (#99, 27, LHP, 2-1, 2.57)
SFG: Madison Bumgarner (#40, 24, LHP, 2-0, 3.31)

Rockies (7-9) @ Padres (7-8), 6:40pm
COL: Franklin Morales (#56, 28, LHP, 0-1, 6.39)
SDP: Ian Kennedy (#22, 29, RHP, 1-2, 4.24)

Brewers (11-4) @ Pirates (7-8), 7:05pm
MIL: Yovani Gallardo (#49, 28, RHP, 2-0, 0.96)
PIT: Edinson Volquez (#36, 30, RHP, 0-0, 1.29)

Cardinals (9-6) @ Nationals (9-6), 7:05pm
STL: Adam Wainwright (#50, 32, RHP, 2-1, 2.57)
WSN: Taylor Jordan (#38, 25, RHP, 0-1, 4.76)

Blue Jays (8-6) @ Twins (6-7), 7:10pm
TOR: Dustin McGowan (#29, 32, RHP, 1-1, 4.00)
MIN: Mike Pelfrey (#37, 30, RHP, 0-2, 7.84)

Yankees (9-6) @ Rays (7-8), 7:10pm
NYY: CC Sabathia (#52, 33, LHP, 1-2, 6.63)
TBR: David Price (#14, 28, LHP, 2-0, 2.91)

Red Sox (6-9) @ White Sox (8-7), 8:10pm
BOS: Jon Lester (#31, 30, LHP, 1-2, 2.57)
CHW: Chris Sale (#49, 25, LHP, 3-0, 2.66)

Royals (6-7) @ Astros (5-10), 8:10pm
KCR: James Shields (#33, 32, RHP, 0-2, 2.37)
HOU: Scott Feldman (#46, 31, RHP, 2-0, 0.44)
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:37 AM (#4687595)
The Diamondbacks are 4-14. They could probably use Justin Upton (1.013 OPS), Adam Eaton (.392 OBA), Chris Johnson (.708 OPS), Tyler Skaggs (3.82 ERA), Trevor Bauer (1.89 ERA), Ian Kennedy (4.24 ERA), and Ryan Cook (2.70 ERA).
   3. DA Baracus Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4687598)
Yeah, but they've got grit!
   4. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:40 AM (#4687599)
But it's a gritty, red-ass, working class 4-14.
   5. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:44 AM (#4687606)
In the early going, looks like Gallardo vs Volquez is your matchup of the day, though I wouldn't be shocked to see Ryu vs Bumgarner take that title. I assume Scott Feldman's 0.44 ERA in Houston is a freak of early sample sizes. And of course, today all right thinking Americans are also Cardinals fans. Which seems dirty and wrong, but still morally necessary.
   6. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4687711)
 Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and gird up our loins, and so bear ourselves, that if the Washington Nationals and its fanbase last for a thousand years, men will still say, This was their finest hour.
   7. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM (#4687731)
On April 10th, Chipper Jones spent 15 minutes with BJ Upton in the batting cage. Prior to that visit, Upton had K'd 13 times in 29 at bats. Since that visit, Upton has hit .240/.345/.440 (785), which aside from being perfectly useful from a speedy, defensively valuable CF, is about six thousand times better than anything Melvin has done in Atlanta to date.
   8. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM (#4687736)
Today should be a fun day for the Jays. They're playing a day night doubleheader in Minnesota with a bench that consists of whichever catcher isn't catching and infielder Jonathan Diaz. Colby Rasmus is hurt, so the outfield is Melky Cabrera in left, Moises Sierra in right, and Jose Bautista in center.

They reportedly are allowed to add Anthony Gose to the roster for the second game, but the first game has the potential to be a clownshow.
   9. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:45 AM (#4687744)
It doesn't appear to be the case that "Moises Sierra" is the love child of Ruben Sierra and Moises Alou, but I'm going to assume he is anyway.
   10. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:49 AM (#4687752)
From Dave O'Brien's Twitter account:

Cliff Lee's past 3 starts vs. #Braves: 1-2 w/ 1.08 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 1 walk in 25 inn.


That's fantastic.
   11. DA Baracus Posted: April 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM (#4687756)
On April 10th, Chipper Jones spent 15 minutes with BJ Upton in the batting cage.


And he was probably drunk too. Still, whatever he said seems to have worked.
   12. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:15 PM (#4687780)
In the early going, looks like Gallardo vs Volquez is your matchup of the day
I'm gonna watch this. I refuse to believe Volquez isn't going to explode today, not after all those years of finding the location of home plate a total mystery only to plow a straight-arrow fastball right down the heart of it once he's walked a few guys.
   13. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM (#4687796)
And he was probably drunk too


In that he was awake, yes, he was probably drunk. Chipper seems to be patterning his retirement on his favorite player's drinking habits, much as he patterned his career on his approach to hitting.
   14. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM (#4687798)
I'm gonna watch this. I refuse to believe Volquez isn't going to explode today,


You should watch this one, and not watch the Angels game. That way, if Volquez implodes but the Angels pen holds a lead, we'll know it's actually all your fault.
   15. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:24 PM (#4687800)
Cliff Lee's past 3 starts vs. #Braves: 1-2 w/ 1.08 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 1 walk in 25 inn.


The numbers match my recollection of Lee's performances against Atlanta.
   16. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:31 PM (#4687807)
MLB Stat of the Day: Julio Teheran last night became the first pitcher to throw a complete game shut out against the Phils since they moved in to Citizen’s Bank.
   17. esseff Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:45 PM (#4687827)
MLB Stat of the Day: Julio Teheran last night became the first pitcher to throw a complete game shut out against the Phils since they moved in to Citizen’s Bank.


At the least, it needs a "regular season" disclaimer.
   18. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM (#4687829)
Naturally, Lee's one walk was to BJ Upton.
   19. DA Baracus Posted: April 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM (#4687834)
Cliff Lee's past 3 starts vs. #Braves: 1-2 w/ 1.08 ERA, 36 strikeouts, 1 walk in 25 inn.


Lee was the first player to pitch 9 innings, strikeout at least 13 and lose since Cliff Lee vs the Braves last year.
   20. Davo Dozier Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:00 PM (#4687847)
32 degrees in Minnespolis now , with the wind feels like 25. Still a bit of frozen rain coming down , after two inches of snow fell last night.

Not even Ernie Banks would want to play today's double-header.
   21. booond Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:18 PM (#4687868)
Not even Ernie Banks would want to play today's double-header.


"Let's play t-t-two."
   22. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:35 PM (#4687896)
Drizzling at "Globe Life" in Arlington but otherwise pleasant - of course I'm thinking about what to get for lunch, not playing baseball. Glad I'm not in Minnesota right now.
   23. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4687898)
You should watch this one, and not watch the Angels game.
Well, it IS a Los Angeles Travel Day of Anaheim, so I'll definitely not be watching the Angels tonight.
   24. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 01:48 PM (#4687908)
Drat, the Giants released Dontrelle Willis. I wanted to see a comeback.
   25. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:40 PM (#4687958)
Mitch Moreland hits a 2-out, 2-run single to put the Rangers up 3-0 in the first. Do not tell The Good Face about this, it would just annoy him :)
   26. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4687970)
Alex Wood and A.J. Burnett are exchanging zeros again today in Philly.
   27. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4687976)
Andrelton Simmons strikes out for the first time on the season. April 17, 2014: The Day The Music Died.
   28. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 02:58 PM (#4687981)
Well, I've now seen Choo's first HR as a Ranger, after seeing Fielder's (and for that matter Kouzmanoff's) the other night. 4-0, Texas.
   29. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:02 PM (#4687985)
Alex Wood is dealing through 7. Bats second in the 8th. Bullpen is rested. Tough call for Fredi. I let him hit. I love pitchers going deep.
   30. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:03 PM (#4687986)
OMG I hope I don't see Cano's first HR as a Mariner here.
   31. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:04 PM (#4687987)
Did I call that or what.
   32. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:08 PM (#4687991)
I wonder how great an idea it was to make Tanner Scheppers a starter instead of a closer.
   33. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:11 PM (#4687992)
Today should be a fun day for the Jays. They're playing a day night doubleheader in Minnesota with a bench that consists of whichever catcher isn't catching and infielder Jonathan Diaz. Colby Rasmus is hurt, so the outfield is Melky Cabrera in left, Moises Sierra in right, and Jose Bautista in center.


I haven't been watching so this is just a numbers observation but right now the Twins have a .444 BABIP (8 for 18) in the game. Has the outfield cost the Jays or are they just getting knocked around a bit?
   34. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:14 PM (#4687994)
I really wish someone could teach Alex Wood how to bunt.
   35. I am Ted F'ing Williams Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:21 PM (#4688002)
From yesterday's chatter:

Jordan Danks is not a top prospect, he's a cromulent 4th OF. De Aza is a proven 2 WAR player that has value to other teams should he continue to be a 2 WAR player. It's obvious why Danks isn't playing. Never understood Sox fans' crush on the guy. Yea he's a good soldier that has some talent and probably deserves a spot in MLB as a lefty 4th OF, but De Aza bats left as well, on this Sox team Danks is a 4th OF, no more no less.

De Aza is a mental midget at times but he's also a pretty good regular. I can see why Sox fans don't like the guy as he gets throw out on the bases often but then again so does Jordan Danks.


If DeAza wasn't a negative WAR player in 2013 and negative (so far) in 2014 these would be somewhat valid points. Instead, they're a joke. The White Sox thought so highly of DeAza's "proven 2 WAR" that they intended on platooning him until Garcia got hurt - they thought Danks would be better off playing every day than platooning.

OK, the best laid plans have to take a backseat to the reality of Garcia's injury. I'm not claiming Danks should just slide into the every day RF job. But that reality also means you don't have to simply abandon the platoon idea completely. As long as Viciedo is getting on base, he can play - once he has a 4-day slump it's time to get him out of the lineup for a couple days. Same is true of DeAza, same is true of Danks.

Right now, DeAza has the worst OPS+ of the regulars and it is dropping every game. By all means, continue employing his feeble at bats to cripple the offense AND the defense because it doesn't matter with such an effective bullpen. Oh wait.

Of course Danks isn't a prospect. But if he can produce a positive WAR playing 24 innings a week he's an improvement over DeAza and Viciedo. Give Danks the same opportunity to fail as DeAza has been given. At least the outfield defense will be better.
   36. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4688009)
Ben Revere just singles in the game's first run with two out in the bottom of the 8th. Phils up 1-0.
   37. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:38 PM (#4688018)
Villainy and evil prevail today.
   38. Nasty Nate Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4688021)
It's always weird following games online for the odd sequences that are displayed before the stringers can reconcile everything. EG this from Yahoo sports:

Rajai Davis hit by pitch, Rajai Davis to third on pitcher CC Lee's fielding error,

I don't really know how a pitcher can make a fielding error on a HBP....

(Also it's great that the Indians have a pitcher named "C.C. Lee"; I wish the Cubs had a "Kerry Prior")
   39. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4688027)
100 minutes to play the first 3 innings in Arlington today, 6-6 tie right now, first Seattle batter of the 4th doubles to right center. Aesthetically wanting but wait - Prince Fielder just started a nifty 36 DP. Anyway, I may be here awhile.
   40. Nasty Nate Posted: April 17, 2014 at 03:44 PM (#4688028)
I see Papelbon had a clean inning again.

Once again, rumors of his demise may have been premature.
   41. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 04:01 PM (#4688047)
Two hours to play four innings. Will this be the longest game in MLB history? That would be some consolation.
   42. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4688074)
8-6 Texas after five, 140 minutes. This isn't a ballgame, it's a lifestyle.
   43. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 04:59 PM (#4688097)
Billy Butler dropped to 6th in the order. I think he's covering an injury, his swing looks different.
   44. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:07 PM (#4688106)
Andrelton Simmons strikes out for the first time on the season.


He's not only a spectacular defensive player, but he's turning into Joe Sewell as well.
   45. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:17 PM (#4688108)
That's a quick hook for Bumgarner. Yeah, he's thrown a lot of pitches, but it'd be nice if he could get through the fifth.
   46. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4688114)
Aarghhh on a 3-2 count with 2 outs, bases loaded 1out, Kouzmanoff grounds into an easy DP. Texas keeps 2-run lead heading to the ninth, though.
   47. esseff Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4688121)
Andrelton Simmons strikes out for the first time on the season. April 17, 2014: The Day The Music Died.


Vlad Guerrero didn't strike out until April 19, 2000, in his 54th plate appearance. Fewer games than Simmons but more PAs.
   48. BDC Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4688122)
Well, that only ended up taking 3½ hours after all. Rangers beat Seattle 8-6.
   49. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 17, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4688130)
Vlad Guerrero didn't strike out until April 19, 2000, in his 54th plate appearance. Fewer games than Simmons but more PAs.
Can you imagine a guy who hits like Vlad and fields like Simmons? Boom.

EDIT: Now that I think about it, that guy might look a lot like Alex Rodriguez...
   50. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 17, 2014 at 06:49 PM (#4688148)
Kenley Jansen has an amazing arm, but he's had only one clean full inning in 11 games now.

EDIT: Gives up a run, but wriggles out of it. Dodgers win, 2-1.
   51. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4688160)
Two simple as can be defensive plays, two errors.
This does not bode well for this series.
   52. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4688161)
The Nats are...not sharp.

They finally made a routine defensive play, so there's that.
   53. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:18 PM (#4688163)
"They're pressing" and 'they're trying too hard" have become the most overused, banal cliches in the game. It's a bunch of hokum used to rationalize every screwup, and it means nothing.
   54. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:21 PM (#4688164)
Jordan recovers a bit with a couple of Ks, but the Nats gift-wrapped a 3 run lead to Wainwright.
   55. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:22 PM (#4688165)
Maybe the mental mistakes build on each other, maybe they don't. Either way, the Nats are making a bunch of them. That said, 9-6 isn't exactly some disastrous start.
   56. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4688167)
Harper is bunting for hits?
   57. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4688168)
I saw him show bunt twice in the series vs the Marlins.
   58. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4688172)
How can anyone not love Jacoby?
   59. Snowboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:47 PM (#4688173)
Mike Pelfrey (MIN) has walked 3 and hit a batter thru 2 innings..
It's about a frigid 37 degrees at game time, but he has not had much control so far this season.
Jays lead 2-1, have stranded 3.
(And wee Brian Dozier has homered to lead off a game AGAIN, 3rd time this year, and 5th HR overall, that's a tie for AL lead.)
(Also Jose Bautista has walked again, 18th so far, leads the league.)
   60. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:49 PM (#4688175)
I love it when a guy with an OPS+ of 56 gets intentionally walked.
   61. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4688180)
Welcome to Winter Baseball!!
   62. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4688181)
How can anyone not love Jacoby?


Have you seen the two uniforms he has worn?
   63. Dan Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4688182)
That's the second time I remember Sean Rodriguez grounding into a triple play. He grounded into one against the Red Sox a few years ago with Lowrie starting it at third.
   64. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4688183)
Yankees execute around-the-horn triple play against Rays!
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 07:58 PM (#4688184)
I love it when a guy with an OPS+ of 56 gets intentionally walked.


I absolutely hate walking the 8th batter with two outs... The 8th batter is usually a crappy hitter, you take the easy out, and start the next inning with another easy out...
   66. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:03 PM (#4688188)
Yankees execute around-the-horn triple play against Rays!

That's just payback for the triple play that the Rays turned against the Yankees in game #161 (the day before game #162. You know.)
   67. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4688189)
Crap! Even when Carpenter executes a Zimmerman-style throw across the diamond, forcing Adams to leap up in the air, he's still able to spin around and tag Werth before reaching 1B. If that had been Zimmerman the ball would be rolling down South Capitol Street still.
   68. Snowboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:08 PM (#4688190)
Yanks triple play: Solarte to Roberts to Sizemore
(How are these guys leading the division?)

Jacoby...I assumed the comment was re: Ellsbury, and had the same thought that the uniform was an important factor in the dislike.
OTOH if it was re: Brook, there are plenty of reasons to not love. Just not that good at baseball, but keeps getting jobs.
   69. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4688193)
I love the Nationals... I don't think the Cardinals are in their heads like the Braves...but man, for a team this good, they seem to make a lot of preventable mistakes.
   70. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4688194)
Boo... First time I have seen it, and it's a stupid rule. That exchange was good enough to qualify as a "good" transfer. Oh well, the Cardinals benefit, it's still stupid.

I don't mind them upping the requirement for the transfer, but that was absolutely a clean catch.
   71. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4688195)
Have I mentioned this hour how much this replay system STINKS?!?!?!
   72. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:15 PM (#4688196)
It's not the replay system, it's the new transfer rule.
   73. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4688197)
But yes it does stink... Challenge system that encourages teams to slow down the game.


WTF is Rick Horton talking about. He said it's his belief that the teams should use their challenge before the 7th inning no matter what. Why? I wonder if he is still having the mistaken belief that you don't use a challenge after the 7th inning.
   74. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4688198)
I'm more pissed at the clownshoes ball this team plays every time they play someone good than the umpiring.
   75. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:20 PM (#4688199)
Matt Williams and the 2B ump stood there, stone-faced, not arguing, staring into the goddamned dugout waiting for the f@cking decision from the Nats' video guy. Just transfer the responsibility to an ump dedicated to each game and cut out the f@cking middle man!

And yes, the transfer rule was mis-applied in that case with Espinosa. The sheer idiocy of that call tells me that we can buckle down for one long, miserable season of b.s. rules interpretation, so I've given up hope on that. But NOBODY likes it.
   76. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:27 PM (#4688202)
I concede that the Braves and Cardinals are playing better baseball right now, the facts speak for themselves. My expectations were understandably high based on the evidence available in Spring Training and the way the Nats came out of the gate swinging, even though their success came against the weaker Mets and Marlins.

But these defensive hiccups keep happening over and over, especially from an important position like shortstop. Ian Desmond is touted as the team leader, but I think he's more consumed by his "swagger" than executing the plays defensively. I haven't even looked lately at his offensive numbers, but I'm guessing he's close to a TTO guy. He has good power, but Ks too much.

The rest of these defensive OOOPSIES tonight can likely be blamed on the cold weather, but then why aren't the Cards suffering so badly?
   77. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4688204)
I concede that the Braves and Cardinals are playing better baseball right now,


The thing about the Cardinals, is that they haven't actually played good baseball other than a couple of games, they have had some luck to win a close game or two, have had a crap load of mistakes both defensively and base running and haven't had their offense show up yet.

   78. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4688206)
"Tommy Medica" has to be the fakest-sounding name in the major leagues right now.
   79. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4688207)
"Tommy Medica" has to be the fakest-sounding name in the major leagues right now.

He's the animated character that walks you through signing up on the ObamaCare web site.
   80. Snowboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4688210)
With this replay sys, you're losing the life and the fire of a guy like Earl Weaver turning his cap around to get even closer to a poor ump's face, or Piniella ripping out the bag and tossing it.

Now you have a bunch of guys who walk out with one hand in their pants and a mumble in their throat, gazing back into the dugout to see if someone-thru-someone-on-the-phone-with-someone will agree or disagree with their suspicion that something was amiss in the last play.

Or perhaps they don't come out to challenge, as happened an inning ago when Gardenhire did not dispute a call at 2B when the Jays player was clearly off the bag when he received the throw (so far off the bag that even the Jays announcers mentioned it). Perhaps Gardy did not want to use his "only" challenge on this play, or perhaps his "replay assistant" is slow with computers and such, but it was clearly a blown call, but not challenged for whatever reason.
   81. Good cripple hitter Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4688211)
"Tommy Medica" has to be the fakest-sounding name in the major leagues right now.


If that's true, it's only because Brian Bogusevic was sent down to the minors.
   82. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4688212)
With this replay sys, you're losing the life and the fire of a guy like Earl Weaver turning his cap around to get even closer to a poor ump's face, or Piniella ripping out the bag and tossing it.


No loss...The biggest flaw with Bobby Cox (outside of the wife beating) was his attitude on the field. For a guy who was such a great manager, he was a ####### cry baby #####. The loss of idiots like him, whitey, sparky or earl is great for the game.
   83. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:41 PM (#4688213)
Wainwright is pitching pretty good tonight.

   84. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:42 PM (#4688214)
I'm irritated, sure, between the unforced errors, the early 4-0 deficit, the ridiculous transfer rule interpretation, probably something else to boot. But what really gets my goat about this game? The Cards stole my big chance to say

F@CK PETE KOZMA!!
   85. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:48 PM (#4688218)
Wainwright hits a DP ball, but Desmond was running to cover 2d. That kind of night for the Nats. Wainwright is running HOT.
   86. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:49 PM (#4688219)
Bad news: that one play will probably convince Matheny to put the hit and run on ALL ####### YEAR.
   87. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4688220)
Bad news: that one play will probably convince Matheny to put the hit and run on ALL ####### YEAR.


Has been pretty much for any likely dp batter. I'm not sure it's hit and run as much as it's run and hit when it's Holliday or Molina batting, but still he has been pretty aggressive on the base paths this year.
   88. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4688221)
Has been pretty much for any likely dp batter. I'm not sure it's hit and run as much as it's run and hit when it's Holliday or Molina batting, but still he has been pretty aggressive on the base paths this year.

True, I should have said confirm instead of convince.

Rough start for Jordan, he got ~20 outs but doesn't make it through 6.
   89. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4688222)
It worked for Wainwright because as a pitcher they were anticipating bunt all the way. No surprise that the surprise swinging hit yielded a hit.

Good thing Desmond held on to the ball. All the Nats should just hold the ball tonight; whenever they throw it disaster strikes.

Tyler Jordan faced 28 batters, struck out 4. With defense like this, it's amazing the score wasn't even more lop-sided when he left.
   90. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:00 PM (#4688226)
Well that was weird.

Wild pitch, pitcher fails to catch the throw at home. But no one scores.

And then Adams ropes one into center, so mostly academic.
   91. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:01 PM (#4688227)
I think that can be said about a lot of things in this game so far (pretty much any time that the Nats have been on the field)
   92. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:02 PM (#4688228)
OK, good friggin night everybody! I'll see you in October. Or maybe I'll start rooting for the Marlins.
   93. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4688229)
That is a stat that doesn't feel right... Cardinals have the most games with 6+ runs in the National league(with 7)? That means that in their other 9 games, the Cardinals have scored 17 runs...that sounds about right I guess.
   94. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:16 PM (#4688231)
McLaughlin is a crappy announcer, but he is usually pretty right on things...and he is criticizing the Nats for their timidness at not trying to record the double play right there. Instead of charging the runner and tagging him, going to second, the Nats settled for the force play at second and gave up the shot to get the hitter.
   95. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4688232)
Why is Wainwright still in this game? Didn't they just call up 5 relievers? With a 7 run lead, let's get them some work.
   96. staring out the window and waiting for fenderbelly Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4688233)
Russell Martin is a very good catcher. So is Jonathan Lucroy. Both kind of underrated, I think.
   97. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4688234)
Bases loaded for the third time tonight...(third time Wong has come up with the bases loaded tonight also) Score should be more than 7-0.
   98. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4688235)
Wong struck out with the bases loaded in the 6th. Fortunately, he gets another chance in the 7th and gets a hit.
   99. cardsfanboy Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4688236)
Why is Wainwright still in this game? Didn't they just call up 5 relievers? With a 7 run lead, let's get them some work.


Hasn't thrown a lot of pitches.

Russell Martin is a very good catcher. So is Jonathan Lucroy. Both kind of underrated, I think.


Agreed, but Martin is a douche so I don't mind him being underrated. Lucroy is criminally underrated.
   100. Guts Posted: April 17, 2014 at 09:23 PM (#4688238)
Hasn't thrown a lot of pitches.

Sure, but he's racked up a lot of innings in the last two years - would rather cut his workload in the beginning of the year to bank some innings for later.
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