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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

OMNICHATTER for April 8, 2014

I’d write the big list and bold particularly notable pitchers, but Mark Buerhle is pitching today, so in honor of him, I’m going to be quick.

Gamingboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 12:22 AM | 143 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: April 08, 2014 at 12:52 PM (#4681954)
Can My Cojones follow the Rick Ankiel career path?

@ChrisCotillo: Source: Marlins agree to minor league deal with RHP Micah Owings http://t.co/Iu470BrWNi
   2. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 08, 2014 at 01:08 PM (#4681972)
Buerhle is leader amongst active pitchers in IP. I found that a little surprising. We've had a lot of great pitchers retire in the last 5 or 6 years.
   3. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4681990)
I'm surprised he has more than Tim Hudson. They have almost exactly the same number of starts 430-427, but Buehrle had 25 relief appearances his rookie year.
   4. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 08, 2014 at 01:34 PM (#4682001)
I had to read the phrase "first baseman Francisco Cervelli" a couple of times before it registered.

I always operate on the assumption that the Yankees will win 90 games but man are they thin.
   5. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: April 08, 2014 at 01:43 PM (#4682009)
I'm surprised he has more than Tim Hudson. They have almost exactly the same number of starts 430-427, but Buehrle had 25 relief appearances his rookie year.


Looks like Buerhle has exactly 70 innings on Hudson. Most of that can be attributed to Hudson only throwing 42 innings in 2009 (Tommy John the year before) as well as the 2008 and 2013 seasons being cut short by injury. Contrast that with Buerhle, who just throws 200 innings every single year as if it's about as physically stressful as eating popcorn.
   6. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 08, 2014 at 02:26 PM (#4682038)
Chase Utley out for the home opener with the flu. Let's hope it's not the "flu", but anything's possible with the Phils crack medical staff.
   7. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 02:28 PM (#4682042)
Omar Infante had six stitches on his chin after getting beaned by Heath Bell in the face last night. The Royals have no reserve middle infielders on the roster. Danny Valencia played 2B in the ninth last night, and hilarity ensued.
   8. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 02:44 PM (#4682061)
UPDATE: Valencia is the starting 2B tonight. Dear lord.
   9. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4682069)
Buerhle is leader amongst active pitchers in IP. I found that a little surprising.


Jamey Wright is 12th, which is....something.
   10. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 08, 2014 at 02:57 PM (#4682077)
I could see Buehrle being this generation's Tommy John. He's essentially been John plus 300 innings through the same age.

John through age 34:
2593 IP, 154-123, 117 ERA+, 5.2 K/9, 2.6 BB/9

Buehrle:
2891 IP, 187-142, 118 ERA+, 5.2 K/9, 2.0 BB/9

Buehrle has had a bit better control, but not as good at striking guys out relative to his era.
   11. Davo Dozier Posted: April 08, 2014 at 03:01 PM (#4682087)
Royals Retro-- last night's emergency inning was the first time in Valencia's professional career playing second base.

Such awful roster construction. They have a 4-man bench, and not one of those four guys can play the middle infield.

And for those who don't follow the Royals that closely, please note that this is a team that let Emilio Bonifacio go for nothing--just to save a tiny bit of cash.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 03:37 PM (#4682118)
People who have played 2B in the majors.

Ivan Rodriguez
Brad Ausmus
Jorge Posada
Gene Tenace
Tony Perez
Harmon Killebrew
Matt Stairs
Ty Cobb
Roberto Clemente
Mickey Mantle
Kelly Gruber
Tim Wallach
Kirby Puckett
Gary Gaetti
Steve Garvey
BJ Surhoff
Joe Carter
Hal McRae
Larry Walker
Chet Lemon
Albert Pujols
Ron Gant
Don Mattingly
Vernon Wells
Aubrey Huff
George Bell
Pedro Guerrero
Danny Tartabull
Cecil Fielder

I cannot imagine the terror of sliding into second base spikes up with Cecil Fielder hurdling over you, attempting to turn two.
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 03:39 PM (#4682120)
And for those who don't follow the Royals that closely, please note that this is a team that let Emilio Bonifacio go for nothing--just to save a tiny bit of cash.


To be honest, I don't think it entirely had to do with cash, they had to find a way to keep Valencia on the roster as a hedge against Mike Moustakas possibly sucking (ugh), and Valencia (and their reserve OF Justin Maxwell and Jarrod Dyson) were all out of options. Bonifacio was the worst out of the four, so he was the odd man out.

But yea, awful roster construction, which Dayton has demonstrated time and time again.
   14. salvomania Posted: April 08, 2014 at 03:40 PM (#4682122)
I'm amazed that beyond the starters there's no one on the KC roster who can play M.I.

Were Infante and Escobar supposed to play every inning of all 162 games?

I see KC DFA'ed Pedro Ciriaco on Saturday... and replaced him with a middle reliever.
   15. Davo Dozier Posted: April 08, 2014 at 03:57 PM (#4682130)
The most famous 2B appearance of the people in RoyalsRetro's list in #12--gotta be Aubrey Huff's, right? It contributed very directly to his (somewhat public) mental breakdown.
   16. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:03 PM (#4682135)
The Cecil Fielder one is notable too. He and someone else (maybe Gruber) spent the game shuffling between 3B and 2B.
   17. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:11 PM (#4682140)
Mattingly's is famous too, it was the last inning of the Pine Tar Game, played several weeks after the first 8 innings of the game had been played. Billy Martin played Mattingly at 2B and Ron Guidry in CF as protest.
   18. esseff Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:17 PM (#4682144)
The Cecil Fielder one is notable too. He and someone else (maybe Gruber) spent the game shuffling between 3B and 2B.



19 fielding changes. Or, rather, 18 changes after their initial deployments.
   19. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:22 PM (#4682148)
19 fielding changes. Or, rather, 18 changes after their initial deployments.


It wasn't quite as dramatic but Jimy Williams did something similar in 1998 with Damon Buford and John Valentin in an extra inning game. I was at the game and it was one of the funniest things I'd ever seen. The batter would complete his at bat and Valentin and Buford would jog across the infield, high five and take up their new positions.

Making it better is that Steve Avery scored the winning run. Jimy wasn't sitting on his heels.
   20. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:25 PM (#4682152)
The Larry Walker 2B game is this one.. Its pretty bizarre managing. In the top of the 9th of a 5-5 game, IF Jason Bates pinch hits for CF Curtis Goodwin. Larry Walker enters the game in the bottom of the 9th as a defensive replacement. Mind you, he is the reigning NL MVP. After pitcher Jerry DiPoto gives up a walk and a double, catcher Jeff Reed has to leave the game, I imagine due to injury. Shortstop Neifi Perez steps in behind the plate, Vinny Castilla moves from 3B to SS, Mike Lansing moves from 2B to 3B, and Larry Walker moves from RF to 2B. This is all done to intentionally walk Tim Salmon - Walker then move to 3B when Cecil Fielder comes up. Why? I have no idea. DiPoto tosses a wild pitch which loses the game, the ball is never even put in play while Walker is in the infield.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:32 PM (#4682157)
Mattingly was the last lefty to play 2B. Before him, it was pitcher Sam McDowell in this July 6, 1970 game against Washington. The right-handed Dean Chance relieves McDowell, but McDowell moves to 2B for two hitters to finish the eighth (McDowell actually makes the putout on a force-out at second base). To start the ninth, McDowell goes back to the pitchers mound.
   22. Danny Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:37 PM (#4682162)
I remember McGwire starting games at 2B and SS so that he could bat in the top of the 1st inning--not that he ever took the field at those spots.
   23. Davo Dozier Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:38 PM (#4682163)
After pitcher Jerry DiPoto gives up a walk and a double, catcher Jeff Reed has to leave the game, I imagine due to injury
I somehow remember the highlights of that game (I think I was in a fantasy league where all those players gained positional eligibility or something)--on that double, the Rockies threw the runner on first out at the plate, and the catcher Reed got injured on that collision (but still held on to the ball for the out).
   24. Danny Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:42 PM (#4682169)
Walker then move to 3B when Cecil Fielder comes up. Why? I have no idea.

With the winning run on third and only one out, I assume they had 5 infielders.
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4682171)
TJ surgery for Cory Gearrin. I believe the next TJ surgery is free for the Braves.
   26. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4682174)
With the winning run on third and only one out, I assume they had 5 infielders.


But Walker was already playing IF. He just switched places with Mike Lansing. Why? A rightie was coming up in Cecil Fielder. Was he an away hitter?

How do they put that in the boxscore when you have five infielders? Are you just considered still an outfielder, but playing on the infield?
   27. a fatty cow that need two seats (cough, cough) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:45 PM (#4682176)
   28. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:47 PM (#4682179)
[22] bb-ref does not acknowledge this. And yet it does acknowledge Lou Gehrig's game at shortstop in similar circumstances.
   29. esseff Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:49 PM (#4682184)
Brandon Belt is rather locked in.
   30. Davo Dozier Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:51 PM (#4682188)
26-- Possible reasoning for Colorado:

With Edmonds on third and 1 out in a time game, they (obviously) intentionally walked Salmon to set up a double play.

So now, once the double play was in order, they no longer wanted Larry Walked at second base trying to make the pivot, so they moved him to third.
   31. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:52 PM (#4682190)
That makes sense Davo.

But that still doesn't explain pinch hitting Jason Bates when Larry Walker is on your bench! Was Walker hurt?
   32. Danny Posted: April 08, 2014 at 04:53 PM (#4682192)
[22] bb-ref does not acknowledge this.

From McGwire's 2000 game log, check out the games from September 8-12.

Or his batting splits by position:
I          Split    G   PA    H    BA   OBP   SLG   OPS
           
as 1B 1747 7357 1572  .264  .395  .593  .988
           
as 2B    4    4    1  .333  .500 1.333 1.833
           
as 3B   21   78   14  .197  .256  .324  .580
           
as SS    1    1    1 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
           
as LF    1    1    0  .000  .000  .000  .000
           
as RF    3    7    1  .250  .571 1.000 1.571
           
as DH   37  150   20  .180  .387  .360  .747
           
as PH   64   64   17  .340  .484  .780 1.264
    
as PH for DH    2    2    0  .000  .500  .000  .500 
   33. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:10 PM (#4682221)
Braun homered.
   34. Dan Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4682231)
Brandon Belt is slugging .813 on the season.
   35. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:13 PM (#4682232)
Braun homered


PROBABLY CUZ OF ROIDS
   36. Dan Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:14 PM (#4682233)
Can My Cojones follow the Rick Ankiel career path?

@ChrisCotillo: Source: Marlins agree to minor league deal with RHP Micah Owings http://t.co/Iu470BrWNi


No, he can't follow the Ankiel career path because he's already given up on making it as a hitter and has gone back to pitching. The Marlins signed him as a pitcher.
   37. Dan Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4682237)
People who have played 2B in the majors.


A notable omission from your list was Doug Mientkiewicz, who actually started a game at second base for the Red Sox in 2004.
   38. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:31 PM (#4682257)
Braun with #2. Vyle Vendrick is inhabiting Kyle Kendrick's body today.
   39. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:33 PM (#4682263)
A notable omission from your list was Doug Mientkiewicz, who actually started a game at second base for the Red Sox in 2004.


Oh man I forgot about that! He turned a hell of a double play early in the game too.
   40. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:35 PM (#4682269)
He also made a great play in RF (by his standards). Philly fan really rubbed today.
   41. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:37 PM (#4682275)
"Braun is a big fraud and a cheater! Let's go Marlon Byrd!"
-Phillies fans, probably
   42. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:39 PM (#4682277)
"Braun is a big fraud and a cheater! Let's go Marlon Byrd!"
-Phillies fans, probably


giving Philly fans too much credit.... they will also boo their own players after all. I imagine that comment would work for every other fan base in baseball though, but Philly fans look for reasons to boo, no matter which uniform they are wearing.

He also made a great play in RF (by his standards). Philly fan really rubbed today.


Braun is a pretty good fielder, relative to league average at his position. Of course the standards are low there so that isn't saying much.
   43. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:53 PM (#4682287)
We were talking on a previous thread about the best outfield in baseball, and overall the Brewers are probably on the short list. Defensively when they have Schafer playing, they probably stack up with anybody in baseball.
   44. Astroenteritis (tom) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4682293)
People who have played 2B in the majors.


And, of course, a certain player who hit 755 home runs.
   45. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 06:09 PM (#4682306)
I couldn't take my eyes off of Pujols when he was playing 2B at Miller Park. Such a strange thing to see.
   46. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:23 PM (#4682358)
I'll take that ribby, LaRoche.
   47. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:31 PM (#4682364)
braun with 3 homers and 7 RBI

really needs to embrace the villain role

I would applaud if he came to the plate wearing a cape and hand it to the batboy right before entering the box
   48. dr. scott Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:34 PM (#4682365)
I was watching the Huff game, and though i don't remember the particulars I do remember that he basically turned a routine double play into runs scoring. I really felt bad for him...

Speaking of the Giants, their games are averaging 10 runs/game. Scoring about 5.7 and allowing 4.3... a bit similar to their odd start last year before they stopped hitting, but continued to pitch poorly. This is so far even more extreme. 6-2, so wont complain.
   49. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:37 PM (#4682366)
scott

so does belt LOOK different or just maybe a fluky hit streak?
   50. The District Attorney Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:43 PM (#4682369)
Yeesh. That article about Braun's injury made it sound like the situation was hopeless. (Needless to say, I benched him in fantasy.)
   51. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4682371)
The Braves are wearing some ugly throwbacks.
   52. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:50 PM (#4682375)
[32] Ah, thanks. I just went to his defensive stats, which it doesn't give him any games for.
   53. Yonder Alonso in misguided trousers (cardinal) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 07:57 PM (#4682379)
@51 - Oh, is that what's going on there-- I was wondering. Yeesh.
   54. PreservedFish Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:06 PM (#4682381)
A notable omission from your list was Doug Mientkiewicz, who actually started a game at second base for the Red Sox in 2004.


Mientkiewicz was a very fluid defender, a ton of range for a firstbaseman, and he was a righty. I think he should have played more second base. He was like Daniel Murphy but less awkward.
   55. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:33 PM (#4682402)
Lance Lynn allowing 3 runs in the first, with his normal run support that means that the Cardinals will score about 5 runs in the next three innings as he shuts down the Reds.
   56. Snowboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4682403)
Speaking of playing out of position...it wasn't exactly hilarity or anything, but did anyone else catch Jason Bartlett's turn in LF on Sunday?

Ironically before the game Gardenhire had mused that Arces (Arcia?) might have to go on the DL before the Twins get caught short (he's nursing a sore wrist or something, and not playing.) Lo and behold, Willingham gets HBP in the first...

...and here comes Jason Bartlett (career SS) to replace him in the second inning. There was a bases-clearing double by Kipnis in the 4th that I think many LFers would get to. In the 5th there was a "double" by Chisenhall that tipped off his glove, who came in to score on another "double" by David Murphy that fell in front of Bartlett. He was then HBP in the 6th, and utility IF Eduardo Escobar PH for him in the 8th. Bad day.
   57. The District Attorney Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:40 PM (#4682407)
Jason Bartlett is still playing???
   58. Mike Webber Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:46 PM (#4682411)
Jonny Gomes just looks terrible to me this year, like Mike Olt last year. He seems to get horribly fooled frequently. That coupled with his 160 spring training batting average, and I wonder how far away we are from an "injury" that allows him to go away for awhile. I'm guessing really close to whenever Victorino is ready.
   59. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:47 PM (#4682414)
There must be some good reason why Alvarez' strike zone is twice the size of Gio's.
   60. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4682416)
Has Gomes ever looked good? Wasn't he always the definition of a mistake hitter, guy flailing around until a pitcher accidently puts one where his bat happens to be?
   61. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:50 PM (#4682419)
There must be some good reason why Alvarez' strike zone is twice the size of Gio's.

Fanboy colored glasses more than likely,
   62. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:53 PM (#4682423)
Yadier with a homerun...
Adams with about his 5th hit of the year this year against the shift...and all of them have been against the Reds.
   63. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 08, 2014 at 08:55 PM (#4682427)
Nice "double steal" boys!
   64. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:03 PM (#4682435)
Wong with a triple.... scoring two runs to tie the game 4-4....with Lynn pitching, every Cardinal fan knows that the team is going to score runs.
   65. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:11 PM (#4682442)
I just got home. I see we're silencing the Braves bats with our colon.
   66. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:18 PM (#4682452)
That was.... odd.
   67. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:20 PM (#4682454)
You cannot stop Ruben Tejada.

Especially while I'm listening to the Bach St. John's while watching this game. I've doomed the Braves.
   68. Snowboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4682455)
Colby Rasmus got a haircut, has trimmed his locks...
...it has not changed anything yet.
(He's still hitting under .100: looking at strikes, swinging at strikes, etc.)
   69. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:21 PM (#4682456)
The colon bunting was the greatest thing I've seen all day.
   70. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:25 PM (#4682460)
Eric Young, you are not that fast.
   71. Davo Dozier Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:34 PM (#4682469)
Danny Valencia saved a run with his stellar 2b defense!
   72. bunyon Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:36 PM (#4682472)
Colon is amazing. He llooks like he could lose to hank in a 40
Yard sprint and yet he's a very effective pitcher.
   73. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:42 PM (#4682477)
Not good, Ruben.
   74. Depressoteric Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:54 PM (#4682482)
Bryce Harper looks like a busted prospect right now, but it's okay because Anthony Rendon seems to have taken both his place in the Nats' youth movement and Ryan Zimmerman's place manning the hot corner at the same time.

Pretty great to see Adam LaRoche off to a blazing hot start (particularly because he's usually awful in April) and Jayson Werth continuing to hit like it's semi-automatic.
   75. Dan Posted: April 08, 2014 at 09:55 PM (#4682483)
How does a team with a $230M payroll end up with a catching tandem of Tim Federowicz and Drew Butera? Some things about the Dodgers' roster construction reflect a real lack of planning.
   76. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:04 PM (#4682486)
I think I'm going to have to listen to Bach with no broadcast sound for this whole series now.
   77. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:06 PM (#4682487)
Baaang! Zoooooom! A first place Curly W in the books!!
   78. Depressoteric Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:07 PM (#4682488)
A nice win for the Nats. Pretty much everyone impressed tonight.
   79. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4682490)
Bryce Harper looks like a busted prospect right now, but it's okay because Anthony Rendon seems to have taken both his place in the Nats' youth movement and Ryan Zimmerman's place manning the hot corner at the same time.


How can someone who is only 21 years old be a busted prospect?
   80. Davo Dozier Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4682491)
I want to know how it was possible for the Mets to strike out 9 times against Aaron Harang.
   81. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:12 PM (#4682493)
I don't want Alcides Escobar to get seriously injured or anything, but I would love to see the infield the Royals would field if he had to come out of the game.
   82. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:13 PM (#4682494)
I want to know how it was possible for the Mets to strike out 9 times against Aaron Harang.

Eh, who cares. We have a four-run lead.
   83. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:19 PM (#4682497)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY?

Albert Pujols, first homer of the year!
   84. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:20 PM (#4682498)
Nice. I want Albert to do well.
   85. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:23 PM (#4682500)
Oh good lord.

Please, Bach, save us from Valverde.
   86. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4682502)
Nice play, Ruben & David.
   87. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:27 PM (#4682503)
WTF ARE YOU DOING VALVERDE YOU MORON
   88. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4682504)
I really hate Valverde.
   89. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:28 PM (#4682506)
Nice. I want Albert to do well.


Every baseball fan should want Albert to do well(except maybe AL West fans)

It looks like Freese also hit a homerun..
   90. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4682507)
I cannot believe this dipshit is our best option.
   91. Dan Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:29 PM (#4682509)
Well done, Valverde. I saw that coming as soon as he gloved it and Gary started calling it like he expected the game-ending DP.
   92. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:30 PM (#4682511)
I wonder if he'll walk in a run.
   93. JJ1986 Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:33 PM (#4682514)
I wonder if he'll walk in a run.

He just tried to.
   94. Lassus Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:33 PM (#4682516)
Valverde, that two-inch fistpump was more celebration than you deserved. Please go away.
   95. Dan Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4682518)
Heyward juuusssttt missed that pitch.
   96. Snowboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:35 PM (#4682519)
Is Drew Butera related to Sal Butera?
(question, not trivia)
   97. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:36 PM (#4682520)

I don't want Alcides Escobar to get seriously injured or anything, but I would love to see the infield the Royals would field if he had to come out of the game


I believe its Moustakas to SS and Gordon to 3B, but who the hell knows.

Yordano Ventura hit 101 on the gun today. He hit 98 too... on pitch 93 of the game. He is very good at throwing baseballs.
   98. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:37 PM (#4682521)
How can someone who is only 21 years old be a busted prospect?

In his third season, Harper is still the youngest player in MLB. I wouldn't cast him aside based on the first 10 days of the season.
   99. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4682522)
The Royals are also very bad at scoring runs.
   100. cardsfanboy Posted: April 08, 2014 at 10:38 PM (#4682523)
Jay Bruce with a crappy play in the outfield, but he's a plus defender and reminds the league about the low defensive standards accepted in the corner outfield spots.
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