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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

OMNICHATTER for APRIL 22, 2014

Among the MANY fine pitchers starting today are J. Verlander, J. Fernandez, M. Tanaka, J. Lester, A. Wainwright,and… Kyle Gibson?

Gamingboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:14 AM | 92 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:26 AM (#4690876)
The bad news: the Tigers have scored only 63 runs, tied for 3rd-worst in MLB. The good news: they're still 9-7 and in 1st place. And they're gonna hit eventually.
   2. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:55 AM (#4690967)
OMNICHATTER MATCHUP OF THE DAY
Reds (8-11) @ Pirates (9-11), 7:05pm
CIN: Johnny Cueto (#47, 28, RHP, 1-2, 1.50)
PIT: Edinson Volquez (#36, 30, RHP, 1-0, 1.71)

Game Notes: "Cueto dealt a three-hit shutout with no walks and 12 strikeouts to beat Liriano and the Pirates on Wednesday by a 4-0 score. Lifetime against Pittsburgh, he is 15-7 with a 2.22 ERA over 22 games -- including a 1.90 ERA over 13 games at PNC Park... Volquez, who pitched for the Reds from 2008-11 and won 17 games during his first season with the club, was an 11-2 winner over the Brewers on Saturday. He allowed two earned runs and eight hits over seven innings with one walk and three strikeouts."


Royals (9-9) @ Indians (9-10), 7:05pm
KCR: James Shields (#33, 32, RHP, 1-2, 2.00)
CLE: Danny Salazar (#31, 24, RHP, 0-2, 7.71)

Game Notes: Big Game James.


Angels (9-10) @ Nationals (11-9), 7:05pm
LAA: Tyler Skaggs (#45, 22, LHP, 1-0, 3.43)
WSN: Taylor Jordan (#38, 25, RHP, 0-2, 5.94)

Game Notes: This matchup sounds like a knock of The Voice, performed exclusively at the CMA's.


Orioles (9-9) @ Blue Jays (10-9), 7:07pm
BAL: Miguel Gonzalez (#50, 30, RHP, 1-1, 6.28)
TOR: R.A. Dickey (#43, 39, RHP, 1-3, 6.26)

Game Notes: The OMNICHATTER anti-matchup of the day.


White Sox (10-10) @ Tigers (9-7), 7:08pm
CHW: Charles Leesman (#61, 27, LHP, 0-0, undef)
DET: Justin Verlander (#35, 31, RHP, 2-1, 2.08)

Game Notes: "The anticipated matchup between Detroit's Justin Verlander and Chicago's Chris Sale will not come to fruition. A flexor muscle strain landed Sale on the disabled list, general manager Rick Hahn announced after Monday's 3-1 White Sox victory... In his spot, Charlie Leesman will oppose Verlander, who labored in his last start, lasting just five innings after throwing 113 pitches... Leesman is 0-2 with a 1.59 ERA in three starts with Triple-A Charlotte this season. He has made just one big league start, throwing five innings of one-run ball last season against the Twins."


Marlins (9-11) @ Braves (13-6), 7:10pm
MIA: Jose Fernandez (#16, 21, RHP, 2-1, 2.66)
ATL: Alex Wood (#40, 23, LHP, 2-2, 1.67)

Game Notes: Wood is coming off of his longest outing of the year, 100+ pitches taking him into the 8th in Philly. Brian McCann is not around to keep Jose Fernandez in line if he connects again.


Cardinals (11-9) @ Mets (10-9), 7:10pm
STL: Adam Wainwright (#50, 32, RHP, 3-1, 1.80)
NYM: Dillon Gee (#35, 28, RHP, 1-0, 3.71)

Game Notes: Adam Wainwright against the Mets' lineup. Your OMNICHATTER best chance of a no-hitter.


Twins (9-9) @ Rays (9-10), 7:10pm
MIN: Kyle Gibson (#44, 26, RHP, 3-0, 0.93)
TBR: David Price (#14, 28, LHP, 2-1, 4.39)

Game Notes: "An interesting element of Price going against the Twins is their hitters lead the American League in walks, and Price pounds the strike zone... Gibson pitched eight shutout innings against the Blue Jays in Thursday's 7-0 Twins win, displaying dominating stuff in the process. He now has a 0.93 ERA... Gibson stands 6-foot-6, and a big part of his success can be attributed to his fastball. Though it clocks in in the low 90s, Gibson's fastball has a lot of sinking and darting movement."


Yankees (11-8) @ Red Sox (9-11), 7:10pm
NYY: Masahiro Tanaka (#19, 25, RHP, 2-0, 2.05)
BOS: Jon Lester (#31, 30, LHP, 2-2, 2.17)

Game Notes: A nice matchup that will obviously have Bristol wetting themselves. Game likely to last six and a half hours.


D'backs (5-17) @ Cubs (6-12), 8:05pm
ARI: Brandon McCarthy (#32, 30, RHP, 0-3, 7.11)
CHC: Jason Hammel (#39, 31, RHP, 2-1, 3.05)

Padres (9-11) @ Brewers (15-5), 8:10pm
SDP: Ian Kennedy (#22, 29, RHP, 1-3, 4.13)
MIL: Yovani Gallardo (#49, 28, RHP, 2-0, 1.46)

Giants (11-9) @ Rockies (11-10), 8:40pm
SFG: Madison Bumgarner (#40, 24, LHP, 2-1, 3.48)
COL: Franklin Morales (#56, 28, LHP, 1-1, 4.82)

Rangers (12-8) @ Athletics (13-6), 10:05pm
TEX: Nick Martinez (#22, 23, RHP, 0-0, 4.50)
OAK: Tommy Milone (#57, 27, LHP, 0-1, 4.09)

Astros (6-14) @ Mariners (7-12), 10:10pm
HOU: Collin McHugh (#31, 27, RHP, 0-0, undef)
SEA: Erasmo Ramirez (#50, 24, RHP, 1-2, 7.50)

Game Notes: "Righty Collin McHugh will make his season debut for Houston on Tuesday. McHugh was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday to replace starter Scott Feldman, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis after a strong start to the year... McHugh was scheduled to follow Nick Tropeano in Triple-A Oklahoma City's tandem starter rotation Monday. Instead, he'll head to Seattle to face a Mariners offense that has been trending downward for the last week. McHugh threw Thursday in Colorado Springs and allowed one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts in five innings... Astros manager Bo Porter said McHugh has built up his pitch count to 85, so he expects to use a long reliever Tuesday, though the way the Mariners' offense has performed lately, it might not be necessary."


Phillies (9-10) @ Dodgers (12-8), 10:10pm
PHI: A.J. Burnett (#34, 37, RHP, 0-1, 2.74)
LAD: Hyun-jin Ryu (#99, 27, LHP, 3-1, 1.93)

**all quoted game notes pulled from MLB.com previews
   3. Canker Soriano Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4690978)
I think the Cubs should be spending the days between his starts teaching Travis Wood to play left field. We need his bat in the lineup more than once every 5 games.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM (#4690980)
Fernandez vs. Wood will be a fun one to watch. If you've never seen Alex Wood pitch, its very interesting to watch, and I'm not sure how he's successful other than his deception, but I like rooting for him. And Fernandez is just tremendously exciting to watch.

Houston vs. Seattle - woof.
   5. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:17 AM (#4690988)
Another bad start by Paul Maholm last night. (and another brilliant one by Cliff Lee)

3 starts, 17.2 innings
22 hits, 8 walks, 6 strikeouts

We were all puzzled by why there was no Maholm market this winter. I wonder if he should be on the DL along with Kershaw and Billingsley.
   6. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:19 AM (#4690992)
We were all puzzled by why there was no Maholm market this winter.


Correction: You were all puzzled. Braves fans, who watched Maholm literally pitch himself off of the post-season roster over the second half of 2013, were not. He showed the same signs as Derek Lowe, but he didn't have the "Jesus, we're paying this guy $15m for the next three years" factor to keep him employed.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4690993)
We were all puzzled by why there was no Maholm market this winter.


Reminds me of Tommy Hanson last winter. I was puzzled why such a good pitcher would be traded for a middling reliever. But I guess teams know more about the medicals than we do.
   8. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4690996)
I used to get Volquez and Cueto confused, because I am a huge racist.
   9. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM (#4691010)
All dark skinned, thin-dread Reds pitchers look the same to you?
   10. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM (#4691012)
Reminds me of Tommy Hanson last winter. I was puzzled why such a good pitcher would be traded for a middling reliever.


Again, Braves fans were like "we got something potentially useful for a shoulder full of hamburger meat? Frank Wren's a genius!"
   11. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM (#4691016)
The Yankees/Red Sox game is a great pitching matchup. Tanaka has been so much better than I thought he would be, but it's been against second-rate teams or worse. If he can do it again against the Red Sox, it starts to get really exciting.
   12. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM (#4691020)
Also a point of order; once again, and going forward as long as I do these matchup posts, the data is being pulled from b-ref, because Sean makes #### really easy over there. Game notes will come from either MLB.com previews or me own snarky head. Outsourced game notes will be italicized and shown as quotes, because I actually take that sort of attribution process somewhat seriously.
   13. jmurph Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:57 AM (#4691030)
The Yankees/Red Sox game is a great pitching matchup. Tanaka has been so much better than I thought he would be, but it's been against second-rate teams or worse. If he can do it again against the Red Sox, it starts to get really exciting.


Boston's offense is looking up at "second-rate" right now.
   14. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4691036)
I have some concerns as to what Jose Fernandez is going to do with the Braves' offense right now. That said, BJ Upton continues to be vaguely useful.
   15. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4691046)
But his K-tastic tendencies have resurfaced. 3 in 6 at bats in the Mets finale; 2 in five at bats last night. His hits have fallen off, but his walks remain high.
   16. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 22, 2014 at 11:29 AM (#4691071)
BJ at least had a smart, professional approach against Marmol last night, which is more than I can say for Freeman or Johnson.
   17. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM (#4691142)
I used to get Volquez and Cueto confused, because I am a huge racist.


I still get them confused, but it's mainly because I'm a space cadet, or whatever term they use nowadays (to describe Astro fans).

And Collin McHugh sounds like a gritty defensive midfielder for some lower level Scottish football club.
   18. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:22 PM (#4691171)
Tanaka has been so much better than I thought he would be


How did you not expect a guy with a 24-0 record and 1.27 ERA in Japan to be anything other than a total beast?
   19. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:30 PM (#4691181)
LAA: Tyler Skaggs (#45, 22, LHP, 1-0, 3.43)
WSN: Taylor Jordan (#38, 25, RHP, 0-2, 5.94)

Game Notes: This matchup sounds like a knock of The Voice, performed exclusively at the CMA's.


Parents, stop giving your boys ridiculous last names as first names. Just stop. It's all been done and we are sick of it. We all stood by when the first wave of Jordans and Jacksons hit but this #### is out of control now. There is a kid in my daughter's school named Brantley and and another named Conroy. Jack and Joe and Josh people, let's keep it simple. These kids are going to be stuck with these crappy names forever.
   20. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4691183)
No day baseball. Life sucks.
   21. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:37 PM (#4691190)
Parents, stop giving your boys ridiculous last names as first names. Just stop. It's all been done and we are sick of it.


Sam: "I can't tell which will be picking, and which will be grinning. Actually, I assume Skaggs will be picking and singing a sort of knock-off bluegrass tune of heartache and despair, and Taylor Jordan will be countering with a smooth, Nashville-pop song of love and devotion tailored to the 18-25 year old demographic."

Facebook Friend: "Taylor Jordan will have a minor hit on the CMT circuit with "Our Love is Special Because It's Heteronormative (And Also You're Blonde)." Tyler Skaggs will go on to open a chain of shopping mall satellite BBQ restaurants that only white people ever eat at."

Sam: "The BBQ restaurants will be named after a secondary lyric from his big hit about how he just wants to go out ridin' in his truck with you, girl."

FBF: "You will get a coupon for a free medium side of Kickin' Cajun Fire-Fries with the purchase of four tires at the adjacent Sears Automotive."

Sam: "You can get the fries slathered in brown gravy, called "Redneck Poutine," also the second, saucier "party anthem" from his debut album."

FBF: ""Redneck Poutine" is also the sauce used to top the one-pound "Bubba's Big Mouth Bayou Burger," a 16-ounce burger topped with onion rings, bacon and pepperjack. It comes with a trip to the Star Spangled Sundae Bar, in itself a play on words for Skaggs' second and, to date, final album, which, despite appearances across the morning shows and a brief stint as a judge on American Idol, failed to reach expected sales. The eponymous lead single is still often played at NASCAR events during yellow flags, though."

FBF: "By this point, if Tyler Skaggs is anything short of the perfect mix of Mitch Williams and Guy Fieri, I will be incredibly let down."
   22. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:39 PM (#4691195)
"Tyler" and "Taylor" sound like normal names to me. They became common names 40 years ago (Tyler Houston, born 1971; Tyler Green, born 1970). Yet I am annoyed by "Tanner" and "Hunter" and "Tucker".
   23. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:40 PM (#4691200)
Yet I am annoyed by "Tanner" and "Hunter" and "Tucker".


Bryce. Cole.
   24. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:47 PM (#4691211)
I used to work with a guy named Tyler Tucker. We called him "the boy with two last names."
   25. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 22, 2014 at 01:56 PM (#4691232)
various reports have martin (pronounced marteen) Maldonado receiving a 5 game suspension for his part in Sunday's brawl
   26. rconn23 Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4691244)

"Boston's offense is looking up at "second-rate" right now."

Yeah, but they are starting to come around.

As a Yankees fan I'm excited by Tanaka's start and feel he will be very good, but I think he may due to get tagged tonight. Also, Lester is pitching better than ever. #freeagentyear
   27. Davo Dozier Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:13 PM (#4691253)
#16 -- Upton's approach against Marmol was the one all batters should use: Never swing!
   28. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:15 PM (#4691256)
Yet I am annoyed by "Tanner" and "Hunter" and "Tucker".

"Tanner" will always be acceptable, because Tanner Boyle.
   29. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4691259)
"Tyler" and "Taylor" sound like normal names to me.


There's Taylor, there's Tyler, there's Fillmore and there's Hayes...
   30. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4691267)
Volquez, who pitched for the Reds from 2008-11 and won 17 games during his first season with the club, was an 11-2 winner over the Brewers on Saturday.


No biggie, but his last start was on Thursday, not Saturday.
   31. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:31 PM (#4691272)
How is Volquez doing so well this season. Can't find the strike zone for nearly a decade, suddenly a strike throwing machine. What's different that the Pirates are doing with him?
   32. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4691289)
la

I think they made a mechanical adjustment with his delivery as his control looked a lot better. that and he just looked smoother on the mound. but that is based on a foggy memory from his days with the reds
   33. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 22, 2014 at 02:55 PM (#4691293)
Also, Lester is pitching better than ever. #freeagentyear


Farrell gave Lester a ten day break around the ASG last year and he has pitched his ass off since. 2.37 ERA including the post-season and 3 or fewer runs in 20 of 22 starts. I don't know what the hell he did over those ten days but he's been on a huge roll. #gonnagetcrushedtonight
   34. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 03:26 PM (#4691338)
I think they made a mechanical adjustment with his delivery as his control looked a lot better. that and he just looked smoother on the mound.
Thanks, Harveys. I'm going to take this all with a few cups of salt, though. I've had Volquez in a series of keeper leagues since 2008, and he's burnt my teams to a crisp every time. Hopefully for him and the Pirates the improvement is real, but I'm not holding my breath.
   35. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: April 22, 2014 at 06:33 PM (#4691491)
Yet I am annoyed by "Tanner" and "Hunter" and "Tucker".



Bryce. Cole.


Doesn't fit with my 'last name as a first name' rant, but my daughter was telling me something the other night about her class and mentioned 'Cale S.'. There is more than one Cale in a class of 20? Yes indeed, apparently a boys name. Her seat partner is a girl named Brinkley who has a twin sister named Brooklyn. Parents around here are nuts.
   36. Fred Lynn Nolan Ryan Sweeney Agonistes Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:07 PM (#4691515)
So how many more 14-11, 220 IP, 117+ ERA seasons does Mark Buehrle have to rack up before he's a legit Hall of Fame candidate? Fewer than 10?
   37. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:16 PM (#4691518)
He may not have his average back yet, but Pujols has his power back.

Hit 499/7th homerun.
   38. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4691520)
Pujols has already had a 10-game hitting streak and a 5- game hitting streak in the first 17 games of the season. I don't expect .330, but .300 is a good bet. A Good Albert would be very nice to finally have in the fold.
   39. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:23 PM (#4691524)
Pujols has already had a 10-game hitting streak and a 5- game hitting streak in the first 17 games of the season. I don't expect .330, but .300 is a good bet. A Good Albert would be very nice to finally have in the fold.


My optimist glasses say he'll hit .300, but until he does, my pessimist side argues to not give him the benefit of the doubt. If I was a betting man, I would take the over on .290.... but not fully confident on .300.
   40. Blastin Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:24 PM (#4691525)
#gonnagetcrushedtonight


Well, this wasn't the first inning he wanted to have.
   41. Blastin Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:32 PM (#4691531)
Ah, of course. We predict a duel, we get a million line drives.
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:33 PM (#4691532)
So how many more 14-11, 220 IP, 117+ ERA seasons does Mark Buehrle have to rack up before he's a legit Hall of Fame candidate? Fewer than 10?


He would need around six, that puts him at 270 wins, and should be pretty close to getting him in.
   43. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 07:39 PM (#4691535)
Basically if Buehrle does that, here would be his comparable pitchers (era+ 110/125, 250+ wins, winning percentage greater than .560
Rk           Player ERA+  ERA   W   G  GS  CG   L W-L%     IP
                                                             
1      Mike Mussina  123 3.68 270 537 536  57 153 .638 3562.2
2       Eddie Plank  122 2.35 326 623 529 410 194 .627 4495.2
3        Bob Feller  122 3.25 266 570 484 279 162 .621 3827.0
4         Red Faber  119 3.15 254 669 483 273 213 .544 4086.2
5      Warren Spahn  119 3.09 363 750 665 382 245 .597 5243.2
6     Bert Blyleven  118 3.31 287 692 685 242 250 .534 4970.0
7         Ted Lyons  118 3.67 260 594 484 356 230 .531 4161.0
8       Tom Glavine  118 3.54 305 682 682  56 203 .600 4413.1
9     Gaylord Perry  117 3.11 314 777 690 303 265 .542 5350.0
10    Andy Pettitte  117 3.85 256 531 521  26 153 .626 3316.0
11    Steve Carlton  115 3.22 329 741 709 254 244 .574 5217.2
12      Phil Niekro  115 3.35 318 864 716 245 274 .537 5404.0
13       Eppa Rixey  115 3.15 266 692 554 290 251 .515 4494.2
14   Fergie Jenkins  115 3.34 284 664 594 267 226 .557 4500.2
15    Robin Roberts  113 3.41 286 676 609 305 245 .539 4688.2
16       Nolan Ryan  112 3.19 324 807 773 222 292 .526 5386.0
17       Tommy John  111 3.34 288 760 700 162 231 .555 4710.1 


Buerhle with 6 more seasons of 117 era+ 14-11 would have 270-208, roughly 3900 ip, and era+ of 117

His weakness is the innings pitched at that point in time.
(on that list only Mussina, Pettite and Tommy John are not in the hof)
   44. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:00 PM (#4691543)
Skaggs has been going through the One Bad Inning thing every game. This is very clearly a Bad Inning, a lot of self-inflicted damage.
   45. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:02 PM (#4691546)
not that it matters much this early in the season, but Molina with a 13 game hitting streak. Cardinals have bases loaded no outs, with Jon Jay (our hottest hitter up...so he'll probably do a 1-2-3 dp)
   46. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:04 PM (#4691547)
Jay proves me wrong with a two run single (he has 9 rbi this season...team leader has 10. Jay has nearly 40 fewer pa than team leader)
   47. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4691549)
Has Jay taken ownership of CF?
   48. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4691550)
Has Jay taken ownership of CF?


Not really. It's pretty much evenly split still. Jay just has looked much better on both sides of ball.

Really Wong? Can't get the ball out of the infield even?
   49. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:12 PM (#4691551)
That slide by Jay was legal...but not really sure it's spiritually within the new rules that Matheny was a big force at getting enacted.
   50. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:14 PM (#4691553)
Rendon doing his best Zimmerman impression. That throw wasn't anywhere near first base.
   51. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:30 PM (#4691563)
Murphy with a nice bunt.... 2nd hit of the game for the Mets.... so far one over the minimum faced.
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4691565)
Holliday with the Endy Chavez impression. Steals a possible homerun from Chris Young.
   53. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4691566)
Albert gets 500! Second of the night, eighth of the season!
   54. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4691568)
Why in the heck would you put the shift on with a 2-0 game man on first one out.... this is just moronic.

And he still hits a base hit up the middle.
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:36 PM (#4691570)
Albert gets 500! Second of the night, eighth of the season!


Difference between Albert and Arod... it took Arod forever to get that 500th after 499.
   56. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:43 PM (#4691575)
The Nats crowd gave Pujols a very nice, respectful standing ovation after 500. Classy.

David Freese bones it swinging through a strike with the runners going, strands a guy on third with less than two outs. He's about to lose his job to Ian Stewart.
   57. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:44 PM (#4691576)
Pujols is signed for another 7(?) seasons...30 hr a year average puts him right with Ruth.
   58. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4691578)
Wainwright at 63 pitches going into the 6th inning.... a lot different than most of the other members of the staff.
   59. Blastin Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4691579)
30 hr a year average puts him right with Ruth.


That'll be easy!

(But, no, awesome for Albert and his fans.)
   60. Blastin Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4691581)
Puffy face Teixeira running!
   61. DKDC Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:52 PM (#4691582)
Man, the Skydome has really been a house of horrors for the Orioles the last few years.

Error at 2B, a walk, and then one of the Jay uppercut hackers takes the lead away as quickly as it came.
   62. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 22, 2014 at 08:58 PM (#4691584)
How can anyone not love Jacoby?
   63. DKDC Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4691587)
My formula for liking a player is roughly:

O^2 - R^2 - Y^2 - (R * Y)^2

O = # of years in Orioles uniform
R = # of years in Red Sox uniform
Y = # of years in Yankee uniform

Ellsbury has the potential to be one of my least-liked players ever if he finishes out that contract.
   64. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4691588)
Jeter's 2nd RBI hit of the game. He's also on an 11-game hitting streak. Perhaps those who "took the under" on Jeter's season are wrong yet again.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:06 PM (#4691590)
That'll be easy!

(But, no, awesome for Albert and his fans.)


I don't think anyone thinks it will be easy...but he'll probably break 40+ this year, and maybe even next year, but eventually time will catch up and he'll drop, but if he can get a large total before then, it should make a huge difference.

I'm guessing he'll get his 600 in late 2016 or early 2017... then he has a few more years on his contract at probably the shell of a player he once was, so it's going to be a race between his body and 714.... 762 and 744 is probably out of the question now.
   66. Brian White Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:08 PM (#4691592)
This is shaping up to be Alex Wood's third loss of the year. The score of those losses are 2-1, 1-0, and at the moment, 1-0.
   67. Depressoteric Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4691593)
Congrats to Pujols...I guess.

F**kin' Nats, though. Arrgh.
   68. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:16 PM (#4691595)
The Nats crowd gave Pujols a very nice, respectful standing ovation after 500. Classy.


Absolutely agree, that was more than you could reasonably expect from a road game.
   69. AndrewJ Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4691596)
Congratulations, Albert.
   70. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4691599)
I swear, that I have seen Wong hit the ball past the infield at some point in time....

Bullpen coming in? Uggh... c'mon Waino...1 more inning.
   71. Davo Dozier Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4691603)
Brian Dozier with another homer!

Let the record show, I never stopped believing in him. Even when he was slugging .250 last May.
   72. AndrewJ Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:28 PM (#4691604)
Marlins beat Atlanta 1-0. Fernandez (14 K) over Wood (11 K). When was the last time both starters got 10+ strikeouts in the same game?
   73. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4691606)
Tyler Skaggs goes 7 IP, just 3 hits and two runs allowed (4 BB, 5 Ks). He's finished 6 innings in each of his four starts, finished at least 7 innings in three of the four. He's had One Bad Inning in each of his last three starts, fought through them, and righted himself every time. Extremely impressive so far. Exactly what the Angel rotation needed.
   74. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:37 PM (#4691609)
Also Not Dead Yet - ICHIRO! batting .382.
   75. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:46 PM (#4691614)
Wainwright hyperextended knee.... doesn't sound too serious, but it's why he was removed after only 7 innings.
   76. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:47 PM (#4691616)
Rosenthal has no control over his pitches right now... I wouldn't swing at anything until you get two strikes.
   77. Lassus Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4691619)
Wright looked like crap in that AB against a struggling pitcher. Him AND Murphy. Terrible ABs - make him do something instead of flailing away.
   78. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:51 PM (#4691620)
Angels close it out, back up to .500. Hopefully, Albert and the Angels both move over 500/.500 tomorrow.
   79. cardsfanboy Posted: April 22, 2014 at 09:52 PM (#4691621)
Nice win, back over .500 on this road trip.
   80. Chris Fluit Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4691629)
Orioles - Blue Jays game has featured 4 3-run homers to account for all of the scoring. It would be a perfect Earl Weaver game except for the fact that the Jays have 3 of them and the Orioles only 1.
   81. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4691640)
Maybe someone can explain BB-Reference's SRS number to me. According to what I'm seeing, the 6-12 last place Cubs are supposedly better than every team in the AL East!

(Yeah, I know it's early, small sample size, etc., but that's still kind of bizarre.)
   82. Davo Dozier Posted: April 22, 2014 at 10:51 PM (#4691650)
Oh Oakland, why are you giving a free out to a struggling young pitcher when you have him on the ropes?!?
   83. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 22, 2014 at 11:13 PM (#4691656)
Tanaka now is 31 and 0 in his last 31 regular season decisions, going back to August 19, 2012. His current ERA+ is now over 200.

Yes, Tanaka Can Still Remember How It Feels to Lose

Needless to say, he'll be on the DL by Memorial Day.
   84. Moe Greene Posted: April 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM (#4691663)
Watching the highlights from tonight's game... I wonder how anyone ever hits Jose Fernandez's curveball.
   85. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4691665)
You don't want to get crazy with a 21-year-old in his 2nd season, but Fernandez looks like the Mike Trout of pitchers. Scary good.
   86. Sunday silence Posted: April 22, 2014 at 11:53 PM (#4691667)
Maybe someone can explain BB-Reference's SRS number to me. According to what I'm seeing, the 6-12 last place Cubs are supposedly better than every team in the AL East!


I second this emotion. Last year I kept looking for the Pirates and I cant remember them ever cracking the top ten while teams with clearly inferior records were ahead. This year the Dodger are 12-8 and ranked 28th..

EDIT: Andy it is based on run differential, both that team in question's run differential PLUS a weighted run differential of all the teams they played. Weighted by how many times they played them.

Generally such a system is likely to undervalue teams that win close games, and/or low run scoring teams. I am sure you know this.
   87. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 23, 2014 at 12:01 AM (#4691669)
Rockies close out the Giants 2-1, move into second in the NL West. Solo homers from Nolan Arenado and Tulo, plus seven strong innings from Red Sox reject Frankie Morales.
   88. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 23, 2014 at 12:24 AM (#4691674)
[63] Your formula for liking a player does not account in any way for how well they played?
   89. vortex of dissipation Posted: April 23, 2014 at 02:20 AM (#4691695)
So, tonight the Mariners faced a pitcher with a lifetime record of 0-8 with an 8.94 ERA, and he pitched 6-2/3 scoreless innings, and struck out 12, for his first major-league win? For the Astros? Hire David Moyes as the Mariners' manager. He couldn't do any worse...
   90. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 23, 2014 at 02:20 AM (#4691696)
20 games into the season and the Dodgers already have four extra inning losses. Ridiculous.
   91. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:00 AM (#4691728)
EDIT: Andy it is based on run differential, both that team in question's run differential PLUS a weighted run differential of all the teams they played. Weighted by how many times they played them.

Generally such a system is likely to undervalue teams that win close games, and/or low run scoring teams. I am sure you know this.


Yeah, and as I said, I figure that at this point a lot of those numbers are random noise, especially since most of the games so far have been intra-division games that kind of cancel each other out. The Yanks losing 2 of 3 to Houston and a 16-1 game to the Rays probably didn't help them, either.

But what's really goofy is that they're now listed as being worse than they were early yesterday evening, after totally dominating the Red Sox in what was maybe their most impressive win of the year. And they're still considered to be worse than the Cubs, who'd probably be lucky to win 60 games if they played a typical ALE schedule.
   92. Sunday silence Posted: April 23, 2014 at 08:23 AM (#4691736)
yeah but I am not sure you can even attribute it to random noise. If you look at the rankings at the end of the season it may not be any improvement on what you see now. As I said the Pirates were not even in the top ten when I was looking at it last year which you would think at some pt they might be.

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