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Monday, May 27, 2013

OMNICHATTER for MAY 27, 2013

Memorial Day baseball, Memorial Day omnichatter.

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   1. TerpNats Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:48 AM (#4452868)
Today marks the first time 15 interleague series have been played (16 games, as Texas and Arizona have a day-night doubleheader). This heretofore wasn't possible, as a National League game was always played concurrently with the 14 interleague series. The new format also allows more equitable scheduling within divisions; no longer do you have situations such as Baltimore playing seven of its nine games against the Angels in Anaheim, or Washington playing four of six vs. the Astros in Houston in 2009 (it turned out to be five of six, as one of the games at Nationals Park was suspended by rain in April and completed at Minute Maid in July). Teams play either six or seven games against non-division foes in the same league, and the seven-game series are 4/3.
   2. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 27, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4453030)
MLBAM is choking to death, so no Orioles @ Nationals TV game for me, I guess. :-(
   3. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:14 PM (#4453040)
And I see that I'm not missing any good news.
   4. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:25 PM (#4453044)
peralta just cannot throw strikes that don't get smacked around. getting his brains beat in isn't helping him

brewers need to find an alternative if possible. he's just flailing out there
   5. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:27 PM (#4453045)
wieters looks like he's come around. he had what 4 hits yesterday and is off to a good start today
   6. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4453053)
by the way, if anyone wants a chuckle check out the brewers lineup today
   7. morineko Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:43 PM (#4453056)
The Twins must have bought the Really Big Escape Kit for Kevin Correia to use today.
   8. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 27, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4453060)
Chris Davis ran the O's out of a Gio meltdown inning. Stupid Chris Davis.
   9. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4453070)
Mariners bring up prospect Nick Franklin, demote Dustin Ackley, DFA Francisco Martinez to make room for Franklin. Not Fernando Martinez, Francisco Martinez. Fernando Martinez was DFA'd two weeks ago by the Mariners.
   10. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4453071)
crispix

so the equivalent of looking busy but accomplishing nothing?
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4453074)
I think bringing up Franklin is a big step.

by the way, if anyone wants a chuckle check out the brewers lineup today

Between them the Brewers and Twins have five people (plus pitchers) batting under .200 in their lineups today. Including the Brewers' LF and 1B.

I don't know who "Schafer, L" is, but at least he's the rare Brewer who hits left-handed.
   12. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4453077)
logan

4th outfielder

braun has an owie
   13. DKDC Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4453080)
Only one and a half more games until I don't have to watch a pitcher hit....it will feel like eternity though.
   14. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4453081)
There are way more Cardinals fans in KC than Royals fans. As usual.
   15. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:24 PM (#4453085)
Of course the dude with the .550 OPS leads off with a double. Of course he does.
   16. Mike Emeigh Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4453087)
Verlander's stuff must be slipping; he's only got 13 strikeouts against the Pirates through 7 today.

-- MWE
   17. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4453090)
Wainwright not showing great curveball command early, as has been his pattern this year.

He is also having some lousy BABIP luck this inning.
   18. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4453091)
Gonzalez and Betancourt need to be dismissed

wasted roster spots

Give me some 26 year old minor leaguer desperate to stay in the bigs
   19. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4453093)
Gets out of it with minimal damage. Would be pretty embarrassing to let the Royals score a bunch against you, Adam.
   20. Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:37 PM (#4453094)
It is so not fair that Manny Machado has to be stuck behind Miguel Cabrera in the AL All-Star 3B depth chart.
   21. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4453095)
i would give real money to have a real shaman do his/her thing to take the hex off the brewers
   22. Morph Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4453098)
Just watched Terry Francona go after Joey Votto with Nick Hagadone in an eighth inning tie game, instead of issuing an intentional walk, and trying for a double play with a righty against Phillips. Guess how it worked out.
   23. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4453102)
Manny Machado stole 2B. I know he's only 20 years old, but he runs like an 85 year old man, at least taking off from 1B for the first 10 strides or so.
   24. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:51 PM (#4453104)
Molina having a nice day so far.
   25. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:52 PM (#4453107)
Molina has taken some healthy cuts today.
   26. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4453109)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY???!!!
   27. Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:59 PM (#4453113)
26. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 27, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4453109)
HOW WILL THE ANGELS WIN TODAY???!!!


Y'know, Hombre's saying of this the last few days has been both charming and disturbing at the same time.
   28. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:00 PM (#4453114)
pirates rallying
   29. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4453116)
Just watched Terry Francona go after Joey Votto with Nick Hagadone in an eighth inning tie game, instead of issuing an intentional walk, and trying for a double play with a righty against Phillips. Guess how it worked out.


Opposite field home run, obviously. :-)
   30. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:03 PM (#4453117)
When you're put in as the pinch runner and represent the tying run on second base in the 8th inning, you probably do not want to fall asleep and get picked off.
   31. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4453118)
I have never seen at many cheap hits as the Cardinals have given up yesterday and today.
   32. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4453119)
I have never seen at many cheap hits as the Cardinals have given up yesterday and today.

Wait until Pete Kozma gets signed by the Cubs.

Well, that was a gift run.

The Cardinals defense is not good.
   33. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:09 PM (#4453121)
AND it continues. This is amazing.

Good thing BGJ doesn't have it today.
   34. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:09 PM (#4453122)
The Nats were really hoping to face Jim Johnson in the 9th. Oh well, another loss for this World Series-bound team.
   35. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM (#4453123)
The Cardinals defense is not good.

It's terrible, but this is still ridiculous.

FINALLY Cards able to record an out on a batted ball.
   36. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4453124)
Man, announcers should really stop saying things like "Bernandino gets fisted and rolls out to second..."
   37. Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:13 PM (#4453125)
O'Day should be the closer until further notice. Okay, Buck?
   38. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4453126)
Also, stop calling MASN as "Massen." It sounds stupid.
   39. fran Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4453127)
Valverde time!
   40. Gamingboy Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4453128)
WARNING! WE MAY BE HEADED TO A REPLAY REVIEW IN MILWAUKEE AND ANGEL HERNANDEZ IS PRESENT! AYOOOGA! AYOOOOOOOGA!

EDITED IN: Nevermind, Demuth is the crew chief. America is safe.
   41. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4453132)
Man, announcers should really stop saying things like "Bernandino gets fisted and rolls out to second..."

I know it probably hits too close to home, but getting a pitch very close to where the hands grip the bat can reasonably be described as being near the fists. Shorthand brings us what we usually hear.

You should learn to relax about getting fisted, it will help to take it all.
   42. fran Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:23 PM (#4453135)
It helps if the umpire calls the high strike.
   43. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4453136)
I loathe Valverde.
   44. fran Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4453137)
Swing and a Miss! He got him!
   45. fran Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:27 PM (#4453139)
Walks -- of course you do! Everybody hates Valverde!
   46. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4453141)
This .550 OPS dude has 3 hits. Of course.

The BABIP in this game is astounding. I realize the Cards' D is bad, but this is crazy.
   47. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4453142)
Mister McCutchen swung at a pitch nearly a foot outside for strike 3. Oh well.
   48. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4453144)
was morneau out?
   49. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:40 PM (#4453153)
Milwaukee has played a ton of games at home and still the team stinks

rats
   50. fran Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4453156)
boteman -- according to the Tigers radio announcers, strikes 1 & 2, which he didn't swing at, were pretty far out of the strike zone too.
   51. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:49 PM (#4453157)
cripes
   52. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4453162)
Frenchy with a hell of a throw, to no avail.
   53. Baldrick Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4453167)
Josh Donaldson just can't stop hitting.
   54. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:24 PM (#4453173)
I can take the talking pig with the broken tail light more easily than God Bless America.
   55. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:35 PM (#4453177)
I was thinking about this during the Nats Oriole game. Today is a perfectly reasonable day to do God Bless America with the attendant pomp and circumstance. But it's been beaten to death so much I found myself rolling my eyes and changing the channel before I even thought about it.
   56. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM (#4453178)
if the brewers were a farm animal I would be putting it down
   57. greenback calls it soccer Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:44 PM (#4453180)
Wainwright got the last six outs on ten pitches.

Bruce Chen is still alive? And not in the NL East?
   58. Good cripple hitter Posted: May 27, 2013 at 05:49 PM (#4453184)
It feels wrong that Chen's been allowed to rack up nearly 80 decisions (39-35 and one save) with one team. Then again, that team is the Royals so it still makes sense on some level.
   59. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4453186)
It's somewhat annoying that Jason Bay is having a solid year for the Mariners.
   60. Guts Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:01 PM (#4453188)
Weird game, but a win is a win.
   61. Good cripple hitter Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:08 PM (#4453191)
Ricky Romero AAA update: in today's start he lasted two thirds of an inning, allowing five hits, three walks, one home run, and eight earned runs.

This brings his yearly totals for Buffalo to 4 starts, 13 innings pitched, 21 runs allowed (20 earned), 20 walks, 3 strikeouts, 3 wild pitches. His ERA is 13.85.
   62. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:42 PM (#4453197)
Met fans, remember when we had that discussion about Francisco Pena's future? Well, immediately afterward he went into a slump but he got promoted anyway and he's off to a scorching start in the PCL. He hit two bombs today and has 4 already in 26 ABS.

His batting line is now .284/.343/.484 between AA and AAA and he's still only 23 years old. He's not going to be a star but he looks like he might have an MLB future.
   63. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 27, 2013 at 06:55 PM (#4453199)
The Red Sox are introducing all the courageous veterans who work for the club. The second hero introduced was the electric bass guitar player in the Maine National Guard, it was an inspiration.
   64. JJ1986 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:04 PM (#4453205)
Is every team wearing jerseys with horrible-looking camouflage numbers today?
   65. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:15 PM (#4453209)
Is every team wearing jerseys with horrible-looking camouflage numbers today?

I know the brewers pitchers are sitting ducks. does that count?
   66. Good cripple hitter Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:18 PM (#4453210)
Is every team wearing jerseys with horrible-looking camouflage numbers today?


Even the Jays are wearing them, so I guess so. That's an ugly look.
   67. Dale Sams Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:19 PM (#4453211)
Is every team wearing jerseys with horrible-looking camouflage numbers today?


The hats are a billion times worse. Nothing says 'honor dead vets' more than making a fast buck off perpetual war.
   68. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:20 PM (#4453212)
Mayor Bloomberg was just shown on camera at the Mets - Yankees game, and it appears that HE IS EATING AN OVERSIZED BOX OF POPCORN! ALL BY HIMSELF. SODA OF UNDETERMINED SIZE IS IN THE CUPHOLDER. Developing.
   69. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:22 PM (#4453214)
anyone else think it's kind of funny that the cubs have the guy hitting .321/.387/.571 8th while everyone else is way worse?
   70. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:24 PM (#4453217)
Evan Gattis has moved waaay over in the batter's box. He's been getting killed on outside pitches.

anyone else think it's kind of funny that the cubs have the guy hitting .321/.387/.571 8th while everyone else is way worse?


Anyone can hit anything in 31 PA.
   71. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:32 PM (#4453222)
da

it was just meant to be funny

don't be confusing things with facts
   72. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:36 PM (#4453225)
I know what you meant.

Might we see a Colby vs Cory Rasmus at bat this week?
   73. JJ1986 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:39 PM (#4453227)
Jon Niese in trouble against early against a lineup where David Adams is hitting 5th.
   74. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:54 PM (#4453232)
Chip Caray is so proud of his ignorance.
   75. Pirate Joe Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:54 PM (#4453233)
boteman -- according to the Tigers radio announcers, strikes 1 & 2, which he didn't swing at, were pretty far out of the strike zone too.



According to the pitch tracker on the Pirates' broadcast there were a boatload of pitches today that were well outside that were called strikes against the Pirates. The Pirates strike out enough on their own, with a guy like Verlander on the mound he really didn't need the help.


   76. Good cripple hitter Posted: May 27, 2013 at 07:55 PM (#4453234)
Jays announcers are (apparently) seriously discussing what the Jays are going to do once Reyes returns, because Kawasaki brings so much energy to the team.

I'm surprised that none of them brought up the obvious example: Reyes was once moved from shortstop to second in favour of a Japanese sensation, why not try it again?
   77. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:17 PM (#4453242)
Tim Hudson is done. D-U-N done.
   78. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:20 PM (#4453244)
This game in Chicago is breezing by.
   79. JJ1986 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:22 PM (#4453245)
This game in Chicago is breezing by.


Game in NY too. It's more than halfway through already.
   80. Dr. Vaux Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:23 PM (#4453246)
Yeah, Tim Hudson was not a guy who I expected to go poof at 36. That's sad to see. Unfortunately for the Braves' chances, he won't be the one coming out of the rotation when Beachy comes back. Maybe they can find an injury for him.
   81. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:26 PM (#4453248)
Fake-DL'ing Hudson has to be an option. Otherwise they're probably going to send Medlen to the pen.
   82. JJ1986 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:28 PM (#4453249)
Lucas Duda should really be playing 1B. Too bad the Mets have such a stud there.
   83. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4453250)
Is he done, or hurt? I'm willing to believe the former but of course hope it's the latter. Luckily this is the last year of his contract.
   84. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:29 PM (#4453251)
RUN GRITNER, RUN!!!
   85. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:37 PM (#4453261)
Scott Hairston with his third sacrifice fly of the season, which leads the team... by two!
   86. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:40 PM (#4453263)
walks

if Rizzo fills out at all he's going to hit 40 plus homers in the big leagues.
   87. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:42 PM (#4453265)
Oh, shut up, Leiter.
   88. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:46 PM (#4453270)
GO, GO, GARDNER, ELEVATE!!!
   89. bigglou115 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:48 PM (#4453271)
The way I look at Beachy coming back is that no matter what, it probably makes the team better. No matter who goes to the pen, the pen gets better. And Beacy is almost certainly an upgrade over any member of the rotation. They may miss out on maximizing that gain, but even a stupid decision shouldn't make the Braves worse.

At least that's how I settle my anxiety over the fact that either Medlen or Teheran are probably going to the pen despite being clearly better than Hudson at this point, although I will say if Huddy keeps this up Freddi won't have a choice.
   90. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: May 27, 2013 at 08:57 PM (#4453272)
I tend to agree, about both the net gain of Beachy over Medlen (it really shouldn't be Teheran who is the second best pitcher on the team behind Minor right now), as well as Hudson pitching himself to the fake-DL if he keeps this up. He has been very bad for five starts now.
   91. JJ1986 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:04 PM (#4453276)
David Wright ties the game with one swing.
   92. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:05 PM (#4453277)
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOghes.
   93. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:07 PM (#4453278)
Jeff Samardzija is just carving up the White Sox.
   94. bigglou115 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:07 PM (#4453279)
Did I just hear that Andrelton Simmons is seeing only 3 pitches per PA? That's insane. I mean, even Freddi had to admit that's the exact opposite of what a lead off hitter is supposed to do.
   95. Dr. Vaux Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:09 PM (#4453280)
They wouldn't take Medlen out of the rotation at this point, would they? He was their no. 1 starter at the end of last year. It will be Teheran.
   96. DA Baracus Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:19 PM (#4453281)
Teheran has a 2.25 ERA in May. They are not sitting him.
   97. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4453282)
Rasmus vs Rasmus, and Colby gets the double off his brother.
   98. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:20 PM (#4453283)
Phillies broadcast just showed Papelbon embracing some old security guard guy as he enters his old home, the Fenway bullpen.
   99. JJ1986 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4453284)
Players take slow home run trots and get hit all the time. Why is the Jordany Valdespin thing apparently the biggest deal in the world?
   100. bigglou115 Posted: May 27, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4453285)
There's some sense that Medlen is underperforming, and while his ERA is 3.16 his FIP of 4.5 ish supports that. Also, Medlen has "versatility" and more honestly, the bullpen is hurting and unlike Hudson or Teheran he could step right in to set up and take some sting of losing both O'Flaherty and Venters to TJ surgery.
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