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Monday, April 07, 2014

OMNICHATTER for APRIL 7, 2014

Today’s games are….

Orioles (Jimenez) at Yankees (Kuroda)
Angels (CJ Wilson) at Astros (Cosart)
A’s (Kazmir) at Twins (Correia)
Reds (Cingrani) at Cardinals (Wacha)
Padres (Erlin) at Indians (Kluber)
Rangers (Scheppers) at Red Sox (Lackey)
Rays (Moore) at Royals (Vargas)
White Sox (Paulino) at Rockies (Lyles)

Gamingboy Posted: April 07, 2014 at 12:20 AM | 72 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 07, 2014 at 12:12 PM (#4680953)
"Why isn't so-and-so highlighted with a bold font?"
   2. bfan Posted: April 07, 2014 at 12:24 PM (#4680967)
Cingrani would have been at Rice when Wacha was at TAMU, although Coingrani was a reliever at Rice, so I doubt they would have been a mound match-up there.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 12:28 PM (#4680972)
John Lackey is going to suck hard this year, Red Sox fans.

I've been a big fan of Robbie Erlin for awhile now. Hope he does well.

Felipe Paulino is healthy enough to start - nice job letting him go, Dayton.
   4. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 12:29 PM (#4680973)
The sun is shining and temperatures should get into the low 50s for the Twins' home opener today. There's still a ton of snow on the ground, as we just had a mini-blizzard hit us on Friday night, but should be a good day for baseball.
   5. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 07, 2014 at 12:47 PM (#4681001)
Felipe Paulino is healthy enough to start - nice job letting him go, Dayton.


I noticed that Paulino was a two start pitcher this week with relief eligibility, so I thought about picking him up. Then I looked him up on bb-ref and noticed that he sucks. I doubt the Royals will miss him.
   6. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:02 PM (#4681023)
Paulino was right on the verge of a breakout in 2012 before he injured his arm. After the Royals picked him up in 2011 and turned him into a starter, he made 20 starts and had a 4.11 ERA, but with much stronger peripherals--8.6 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 0.7 HR/9.

Then he started 2012 on absolute fire--7 starts, 1.67 ERA, 39 strikeouts in 37 innings. He seemed like he was ready to make the step up into a #1 starter..... However, injuries kept him out of baseball until this year.

I'm rooting for him, but time's running out.
   7. Blastin Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4681031)
I'm a lot sadder about Jeter than I realized. I'm 27 and I became a baseball fan when I was 9, so... that's the whole thing right there. Blah blah overblown, etc, but still.
   8. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:09 PM (#4681033)
looking forward to kazmir's start for the A's today. He was quite good in his last spring training start and the first start of this year. Nice to see correia is still playing, and for the other team.
   9. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:14 PM (#4681043)
RBIs on the season--

Chris Colabello: 11
San Diego Padres: 11
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:29 PM (#4681068)
I don't like these 10am Monday games. I just noticed Alexi Ramirez is playing at Colorado and my fantasy roster is now locked for the week. Oh well, it's completely my fault so I shouldn't complain.
   11. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:33 PM (#4681077)
Nice little bouncer hit for Cruz
   12. Blastin Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:42 PM (#4681090)
Good baserunning there Nelson Cruz.
   13. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:45 PM (#4681095)
Nice escape for Jimenez
   14. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:45 PM (#4681096)
Twins' lineup for the home opener:

1. Brian Dozier (R) 2B
2. Joe Mauer (L) 1B
3. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
4. Chris Colabello (R) RF
5. Josmil Pinto (R) DH
6. Jason Kubel (L) LF
7. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
8. Aaron Hicks (S) CF
9. Pedro Florimon (S) SS

This may very well be the worst defensive outfield any team will use this year.
   15. if nature called, ladodger34 would listen Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4681106)
Man, than Cingrani and Wacha matchup should be good.
   16. madvillain Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4681111)
I don't like these 10am Monday games. I just noticed Alexi Ramirez is playing at Colorado and my fantasy roster is now locked for the week. Oh well, it's completely my fault so I shouldn't complain.


Ramirez had a helluva game for himself yesterday. Drove in the critical 1st run on a grounder up the middle in the top of the 7th and then came back in the bottom of the inning with a sparkling play ranging far to his right and then throwing from his knees on the edge of the infield to nail Butler and turn a leadoff single into an out. Butler runs like crap but still a helluva play.

He's a streaky player and appears a bit rejuvenated this year as he enters the end of his prime. If there is anything to chemistry, the Sox' having 4 Cubans on the roster (Nieto, Abreu, Viciedo, Ramirez) might help him get into a comfort zone. Nieto, who the Sox nabbed in the rule 5 draft, had never played above A ball entering the spring. He not only made the roster, but has looked good behind the plate, nailing the only guy that tried to run on him, and at least competent with the bat, putting some solid contact on it. He Sox might have just stolen a cheap 1-2 WAR backup catcher.
   17. Nasty Nate Posted: April 07, 2014 at 01:59 PM (#4681119)
Man, than Cingrani and Wacha matchup should be good.


I was watching their first matchup last week, and the announcer noted that Cingrani has not allowed more than 5 in any of his 19 starts in the bigs, which apparently is very uncommon.

Did I miss the hype on Cingrani, or did he slip through the cracks of the scouting and prospect-ranking communities? In 228 minor league innings, he had a 1.65 ERA and 301 K's, but I don't think I would have heard of him last year except for fantasy baseball.
   18. Sunday silence Posted: April 07, 2014 at 02:00 PM (#4681120)
can you provide a key for the bolds? That's par for the course for formats like this.
   19. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 02:12 PM (#4681140)
This may very well be the worst defensive outfield any team will use this year.


And offensively, it doesn't look that hot either. Other than that, the Twins lineup looks terrific.
   20. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 02:19 PM (#4681147)
#19--Best offense in baseball this year, 6.3 runs a game! We just need to keep up our .400/.486/.500 line with 2 outs & RISP all season, and we'll be in good shape!
   21. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 07, 2014 at 02:45 PM (#4681169)
This may very well be the worst defensive outfield any team will use this year.


The defending world champs opened the season with Jonny Gomes-Grady Sizemore-Daniel Nava. You want bad defense? We got your bad defense.
   22. The_Ex Posted: April 07, 2014 at 03:18 PM (#4681213)
Did I miss the hype on Cingrani, or did he slip through the cracks of the scouting and prospect-ranking communities?


Cingrani's prospect status was downplayed because he is a pitcher that relies heavily on one pitch. None of the prospect experts thought he would be this good and many of them think he will be found out shortly.
   23. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 03:24 PM (#4681219)
Cingrani was a Top 100 prospect by BA, BPro and MLB.com, so I wouldn't say no one thought he was this good.
   24. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 03:52 PM (#4681249)
Just noticed that this Yankees team has 5 guys who've led the league in stolen bases on it.
   25. madvillain Posted: April 07, 2014 at 03:55 PM (#4681251)
Just noticed that this Yankees team has 5 guys who've led the league in stolen bases on it.


Former stolen base champs now in their mid 30s is the new moneyball.
   26. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:10 PM (#4681266)
Scott Podsednik is available.
   27. Nasty Nate Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:13 PM (#4681269)
Just noticed that this Yankees team has 5 guys who've led the league in stolen bases on it.


Ellsbury
Gardner?
Soriano?
Beltran?

I'll go look it up.
   28. Blastin Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:14 PM (#4681270)
Ichiro!
   29. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4681275)
Okay, enough boring baseball--let's go Twins!
   30. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:16 PM (#4681276)
Brian Roberts, not Beltran.
   31. Blastin Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4681278)
It's Ellsbury, Gardner, Soriano, Ichiro and Roberts.
   32. Nasty Nate Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:18 PM (#4681284)
Ichiro (of course) instead of Beltran, and Brian Roberts is the 5th.

Beltran has been second, Jeter has been third, and A-Rod as high as 4th.

Edit: Cokes all around!
   33. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:20 PM (#4681289)
Scott Podsednik is available.
And surely Juan Pierre would pick up the phone if the Yankees called.
   34. Blastin Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:21 PM (#4681290)
They're (mostly) older, but most of those guys can still run. Should be a far less stationary team this year.
   35. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:24 PM (#4681297)
And surely Juan Pierre would pick up the phone if the Yankees called.


Hopefully the Yankees didn't delete Rickey's number. I know it was Rickey who wasn't supposed to lose that number though.
   36. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:31 PM (#4681305)
CJ Wlson's shutout bid is over — a homer to Corporan — and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Let some scrub finish the 9th, no need to push Wilson after an excellent outing. Angels looked pretty good in Houston; here's hoping they left some for the Mariners tomorrow.
   37. Nasty Nate Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:35 PM (#4681312)
My internet says that Billy Hamilton went from first to third on a sac bunt. Was he running on the pitch?
   38. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4681316)
34--they have the most stolen bases in baseball so far this year. I know it's early, but nice to see a Yankees team that can run.
   39. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:40 PM (#4681318)
37--Mine says he got a lead-off double. But I'm not watching the game either.
   40. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:50 PM (#4681333)
Billy Hamilton and Peter Bourjos are no longer among the hitless.

Your hitless leaders:

Zack Cosart - 20 PAs
Travis D'Arnaud - 17
Mike Moustakas - 17
Marc Krauss - 15
Roger Bernadina - 13
Justin Ruggiano - 11
Gregor Blanco - 10
Jose Molina - 9
   41. nick swisher hygiene Posted: April 07, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4681340)
35--nice; I made an entirely unappreciated "Josie" allusion only minutes ago in another thread....
   42. Willie Mayspedester Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4681369)
Lowrie is getting screwed here twice.

EDIT: Got the walk on a close call maybe not so screwed.
   43. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4681375)
Glad to see Correia keeping up his reputation. Go As.
   44. Willie Mayspedester Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:22 PM (#4681380)
Beltran has been second, Jeter has been third, and A-Rod as high as 4th.


I think A-Rod will win the triple crown this year now that he has more time to concentrate on only one sport.
   45. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:22 PM (#4681381)
Callaspo, putting in early numbers for MVP... who didn't pick that?
   46. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4681385)
I mean, who needs Donaldson to hit when you have Callaspo as your DH?
   47. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4681386)
Wacha-Cingrani Part II is kinda cool I guess, but don't really like it when the schedule creates a pitcher facing the same team twice in one week. They are both young talented kids who dominated last week. I think the last thing you'd want to do is then go face the same team.
   48. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4681392)
The Twins have picked up Eduardo Nunez from the Yankees for minor league pitcher Miguel Sulbaran.

   49. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:30 PM (#4681394)
So far this inning Kazmir has either thrown down the center of the plate for a BIP on the first pitch, or 4 straight balls for a walk. He should find another strategy.
   50. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:32 PM (#4681396)
The Orioles have acquired right-hander Preston Guilmet from the Indians in exchange for infielder Torsten Boss, which is a pretty insignicant trade, but it ranks high in name awesomeness.
   51. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4681398)
Oh good, he mixed it up. 3 balls and then one down the middle for a double.
   52. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:34 PM (#4681401)
I didn't see it, but what was the purpose of Phillips sacrificing with Hamilton on second base in the first inning?
   53. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4681403)
52--

It's what.

Smart managers.

Do to.

Win ballgames.
   54. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:36 PM (#4681404)
Good, I see you can throw at least one fastball down the middle to suzuki without any issues. But apparently not two...

Apparently even Suzuki has trouble hitting into a double play when no one is on first.
   55. dr. scott Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:38 PM (#4681406)
And Aaron Hicks has finally proven that fastballs down the middle are a good strategy for Kazmir.
   56. Willie Mayspedester Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:51 PM (#4681417)
He's been pitching Mauer tough today.
   57. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4681422)
Something new. The Minnesota Twins broadcast apparently has a law firm sponsoring the "without the express written consent of MLB" disclaimer. Took me by surprise.
   58. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:52 PM (#4681423)
Clued in by the Twins' announcer, I looked up Kazmir's stats last year, and was stunned to see he walked just 2.7 per 9 last year. I just assumed he survived despite his bad control, but, quite the opposite--that rate is very solidly better than average.
   59. Lindor Truffles Posted: April 07, 2014 at 05:57 PM (#4681427)
The Orioles have acquired right-hander Preston Guilmet from the Indians in exchange for infielder Torsten Boss, which is a pretty insignicant trade, but it ranks high in name awesomeness.

This is after the Tribe sent Colt Hynes to the Dodgers for Duke von Schamann. Excellent name trades for Cleveland.

On that note, they're rained out today and will play a traditional doubleheader Wednesday vs the Padres.
   60. salvomania Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:00 PM (#4681430)
OK, Cingrani extends his MLB-record streak of now 20 straight starts allowing 5 or fewer hits.

Sure, he only went four innings (fifth time out of the 20 starts he's failed to go at least five) and he leaves on the short end of a 3-0 score, but he keeps his streak alive.

EDIT: Cingrani allowed three hits---all within the first five batters he faced---but none of the last fourteen batters he faced got a hit.
   61. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4681445)
The Twins have picked up Eduardo Nunez from the Yankees.

Hopefully, they can run an offense-defense platoon at short with him and Pedro Florimon (their all-glove/no-hit shortstop).

When their starting pitcher is a pitch-to-contact guy, they can play Florimon at short. And when their starting pitcher has a really high K-rate, they can use Nunez.
   62. SG Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:23 PM (#4681449)
Craig Kimbrel does not have a high enough K-rate to allow Nunez to play defense.
   63. stanmvp48 Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:27 PM (#4681455)
Does anybody know if Dexter Fowler is injured?
   64. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:28 PM (#4681456)
Another problem with that is that Nunez isn't a very good hitter either.
   65. cardsfanboy Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:32 PM (#4681459)
I love how Matheny is using Carlos Martinez. He was said to be our "8th inning reliever." but Mike kept saying he wanted to use him where he had the biggest impact and has used him twice in the 6th or 7th inning in close games.
   66. JJ1986 Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4681461)
5k/9ip is a high K-rate for the Twins.
   67. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 06:43 PM (#4681465)
I'm sure Mauer is happy he didn't have to face Kazmir a fourth time today.
   68. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 07, 2014 at 07:16 PM (#4681486)
I'm a lot sadder about Jeter than I realized. I'm 27 and I became a baseball fan when I was 9, so... that's the whole thing right there. Blah blah overblown, etc, but still.

It was like Frank Robinson for me, Justin. When I realized he was old, I knew I wasn't a kid any more.
   69. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 07, 2014 at 07:17 PM (#4681489)
I think A-Rod will win the triple crown this year now that he has more time to concentrate on only one sport.

Nice!
   70. Davo Dozier Posted: April 07, 2014 at 07:28 PM (#4681494)
With runners on first and second, down by 2 runs, with 2 outs in the 9th inning, Billy Hamilton WAS allowed to bat for himself—they did NOT send up a pinch-hitter.

He popped out to end the game.
   71. sinicalypse Posted: April 07, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4681551)
greetings primates! i have to report some repugnant *hi* i heard from the cardinals TV broadcast team during the reds/cardinals game.

1) early on when cingrani loaded the bases and gave up the 3R double to yadier molina, the announcer said "right now tony cingrani is HOPING he has a plan B. .........adam wainwright has plans C, D, and E."

2) later on when trevor rosenthal came in, the announcer started pontificating "you know, last year EVERYONE all across the league was raving about matt harvey's electric stuff. ........trevor rosenthal is better."

the second one really set me off. it made it crystal clear as to why so many dislike-to-despise the cardinals; it wasn't enough for the announcer to rave about how great rosenthal is and rah rah rah, he went out of his way to sideswipe not only (....*scoffs*) matt harvey, but EVERYONE ALL ACROSS THE LEAGUE for their obviously-wrong thoughts about matt harvey in the wake of the norse pitching god known to us mortals as trevor rosenthal. it really fosters this "us against the world" mentality in a fanbase that is already pretty damn quick on the trigger to call themselves "THE BEST FANS IN BASEBALL(TM)" --- you know, it's like "all those other idiots THINK they know the game when they prattle on about some stiff like matt harvey, but *WE* know that our guy is better"

can't you just say that rosenthal is good and be done with it? blarghhhhh that really offended my baseball sensibilities today. my apologies in advance if this post activates any cardinal fan self-defense mechanism/s that show up to prevent any besmirching of the cult's sterling name/image/reputation =D
   72. salvomania Posted: April 07, 2014 at 09:48 PM (#4681559)

the second one really set me off. it made it crystal clear as to why so many dislike-to-despise the cardinals;

I think the terribleness of the Cardinals' TV announcers has been pretty well established over the past several years.

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