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Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Opening Day II: Electric Boogaloo OMNICHATTER

The Orioles, Rays, Jays and Indians get their season started, while some other teams “merely” are playing game 2.

Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 12:38 AM | 261 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Honkie Kong Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:31 AM (#4401813)
So fun opening day.
The Nationals looked great. Kershaw and King Felix haven't lost a beat despite injury rumours. Yankees and Red Sox looked painful. Reminded me of the Bucket List movie!
And for the NL East, it looks like that Dark Lord Chase Utley ( shout out to Mac, RIP ) has fled from the forests of Mirkwood to Baradur and has re-established his old powers.
And no injuries to report!
   2. Honkie Kong Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:35 AM (#4401814)
Had a more serious question. Don't know if it belongs in the Dugout or here.

With all the teams doing these defensive shifts, why do the teams not swap their SS/2B when there is a LH bat at the plate?
For most teams, the SS is their best defender, and the 2B not so great?
I can see an exception for rangy 2Bs who don't have arm strength. But say for the Braves, you have a semi mobile statue of Uggla at 2B and All World defender like Simmons at SS. Wouldn't it make sense for them to swap when there is a LH batter?
   3. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:48 AM (#4401820)
I'm sure this has been discussed elsewhere, but why are the Angels and Reds playing each other?
   4. JJ1986 Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:51 AM (#4401822)
There's interleague every day now. A side effect of the Astros move to the AL West. (More likely the impetus for the move since no one was actually complaining about the 6-team division being harder to win.)
   5. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:54 AM (#4401824)
Oh right. Thanks.
   6. zonk Posted: April 02, 2013 at 08:58 AM (#4401826)
The first place Cubs, their messiah-esque ace, thundering 1B, ebullient SS, and Nate Schierholtz are off today... so it's actually a pretty boring docket.
   7. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 02, 2013 at 09:06 AM (#4401831)
What you really want to do is to follow up an exciting Opening Day game with a day off. Because, Selig.
   8. TomH Posted: April 02, 2013 at 09:15 AM (#4401836)
The Selig-era schedule is little different than when his predecessors were in charge. Many teams have not started until day 2, with others haing day 2 off, for eons now.

Not that I wish to be defending Bud, mind you. It's like coming to the defense of Al Sharpton or Rush Limbaugh when they happen to be right on occasion.
   9. zonk Posted: April 02, 2013 at 09:41 AM (#4401850)
Just for the record --

I'm not really complaining... it's another day sitting in 1st place, which makes it TWO more days than I expected all year.
   10. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: April 02, 2013 at 09:48 AM (#4401857)
what, zonk - no mention of their sombreroed second sacker, their calamitous closer?
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:02 AM (#4401872)
There's interleague every day now. A side effect of the Astros move to the AL West. (More likely the impetus for the move since no one was actually complaining about the 6-team division being harder to win.)


Oddly enough, as far as I'm aware the only person ever to complain about this is a Pirates fan.
   12. SoSH U at work Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:13 AM (#4401882)
What you really want to do is to follow up an exciting Opening Day game with a day off. Because, Selig.


It's been going on for years, and it happens where the teams that open at home have a chance of a rainout (or snowout, as the case may be). Fans pay a premium for Opening Day tickets, and by building in the second day off, there's a better chance the tickets they hold will be for Opening Day, rather than for Game 4 or 63.


Oddly enough, as far as I'm aware the only person ever to complain about this is a Pirates fan.


A few folks have paid some lip service to it here, but, yes, that's mostly been Vlad's drum to beat. While it was always true in a pure mathematical sense, it was never true in 18 years of practice.

   13. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:24 AM (#4401895)
I don't really mind, although it is a little annoying to have interleague on opening day.
   14. zonk Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4401899)
what, zonk - no mention of their sombreroed second sacker, their calamitous closer?


I'm trying to keep the calamitous closer stuff on the down low in case Dave Dombrowski is lurking... because, you know, Marmol IS available!

   15. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:29 AM (#4401900)
Speaking of the Reds/Angels, I'm a little miffed Chapman was only used for one inning and left when the game was still tied. They wanted him to be a starter anyway, so why couldn't he go two innings? Then again maybe I should be pleased enough that he was actually used in a non-save situation.
   16. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:33 AM (#4401904)
I don't really mind, although it is a little annoying to have interleague on opening day ever.
   17. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 02, 2013 at 10:43 AM (#4401912)
Interleague doesn't bother me as a general matter, but I prefer if it's a special event a couple times a year. It's a minor difference, but it does help preserve the idea that the leagues are separate.
   18. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: April 02, 2013 at 01:23 PM (#4402064)
it does help preserve the idea fiction that the leagues are separate


FTFY.
   19. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4402136)
Yeah, legally, the Leagues haven't been separate since, like, 1999 or something.
   20. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4402182)
This is the first time the Orioles have started a season coming off a playoff appearance since this game.

   21. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4402191)
That looked like a fairly effortless swing.
   22. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4402193)
Matt Wieters on pace for infinite average, HR and RBI after 2-run dinger against Price.
   23. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4402205)
Sam Fuld is the opening day RF for the Rays? James Loney is the 1B? Well, I suppose the Rays are lauded for their pitching, not their line-up...
   24. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4402207)
I'm a little surprised that a team like Tampa Bay would bat Jennigs and Fuld at the top of the lineup.

EDIT: Oh crap, Loney at 1B! The last thing that guy hit hard was another car... and even, he just swiped them.
   25. zonk Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4402208)
Good.... Perhaps I'm the only one, but I miss the Wieters meme. There's too much Harper hate for it to effectively transition to him.
   26. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:33 PM (#4402211)
Sam Fuld is the opening day RF for the Rays? James Loney is the 1B? Well, I suppose the Rays are lauded for their pitching, not their line-up...


Well, Wil Myers needed seasoning at AAA his service time suppressed, so Fuld gets to start.
   27. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:33 PM (#4402213)
I was, at least partially, semi-responsible for the Wieters meme. I think somebody else started it, but then I came up with like 20 to add.
   28. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4402215)
With Luke Scott injured again (shockingly), I don't know why the Rays don't call up Jim Thome and give him a shot. Meanwhile they end up playing Fuld and DHing Kelly Johnson instead. Thome's gotta be an improvement on that situation, right?
   29. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4402217)
I have this image in my head of Jim Thome in some reclusive forest hitting taters, waiting for the call to come.
   30. booond Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4402220)
I have this image in my head of Jim Thome in some reclusive forest hitting taters, waiting for the call to come.


Are French Horns playing in the background?
   31. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:40 PM (#4402221)
Matt Wieters on pace for infinite average, HR and RBI after 2-run dinger against Price.


So an off-year.
   32. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4402224)
Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson, Jose Molina...the Rays are trying to re-capture the magic that was the 2011 Blue Jays.
   33. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4402225)
Manny Machado with a nice play.

EDIT: and James Loney looks as good as advertised at the plate.
   34. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4402227)
I always preferred the Adam Eaton meme.

This is the first time the Orioles have started a season coming off a playoff appearance since this game.


Did something notable happen in that game? I see Norm Charlton, Tim Belcher, Jose Offerman, Roberto Alomar and Felix Martinez so I assume a fight broke out.
   35. Rennie's Tenet Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4402231)
no one was actually complaining about the 6-team division being harder to win.)


Other teams will put up with a lot to stay in a division where the Cubs are the big-money team.
   36. Nasty Nate Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4402232)
Meanwhile they end up playing Fuld and DHing Kelly Johnson instead.


It's always weird when the DH is in the #9 spot, too.
   37. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:53 PM (#4402238)
Price doesn't seem himself today so far.
   38. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:56 PM (#4402242)
This battle between Wieters and Price will be sung by bards years from now...
   39. salvomania Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4402243)
11-pitch at bat so far for Wieters vs Price, with runners on 1st and 2nd... and he's already homered this game...

EDIT: another foul, 12-pitch at bat... that's 7 two-strike fouls this at bat so far

EDIT: aaaaaaand ball four, bases loaded
   40. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4402244)
13-pitch walk. That's some workin'.
   41. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4402245)
56 pitches for Price with 1 out in the 3rd inning. Rough.
   42. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4402246)
13 pitches ends with a walk. Nice AB.
   43. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4402248)
Pitching in a pinch!
   44. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4402249)
Bailed out by Davis. Time to get some runs, Rays.
   45. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:05 PM (#4402253)
Johnson pops up a fastball right down the middle.
   46. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4402255)
Jennings is a combined 20 feet away from 2 home runs. Instead, 2 fly outs to Reimold.
   47. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:06 PM (#4402256)
Johnson pops up a fastball right down the middle.

Speaking as a Jays fan who has watched him the last couple seasons, I am absolutely shocked he made contact on that one.
   48. Lassus Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4402264)
Huh. MLB.com doesn't have the "only stadium noise" feature any more. Unless it's just for the playoffs. They definitely had it at one point.
   49. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:17 PM (#4402268)
They should still have it. Are you using NexDef? I believe you need to have NexDef enabled to use the audio overlay options.
   50. Lassus Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4402271)
AH, no, I don't, thanks.

I mean, I like Gary Thorne, so I don't need it, but I was just wondering.
   51. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:20 PM (#4402274)
Is it just me or does Don Zimmer kind of seem like he just wants to watch the game?
   52. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:21 PM (#4402275)
Zorilla!
   53. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:21 PM (#4402276)
Nice start to the season for Zobrist.
   54. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4402277)
That was an incredibly flat slider that Zobrist hit for the home run.
   55. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:28 PM (#4402289)
Man, Evan Longoria is kinda good.
   56. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4402290)
WOW, that one above was posted before that last play.
   57. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4402291)
That play was ####### incredible. Longoria's made a few nice plays already, but that last one was above and beyond.
   58. Lassus Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:29 PM (#4402294)
Nice play. Always fun to see the guy who got out shocked yet smiling.
   59. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:31 PM (#4402295)
Longoria will win a Gold Glove this season, me thinks.
   60. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:32 PM (#4402298)
Longoria will win a Gold Glove this season, me thinks.


He's already got 2.
   61. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:33 PM (#4402301)
Longoria will win a Gold Glove this season, me thinks.



He's already got 2.

Yeah, well, he's gonna get a third.
   62. Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:36 PM (#4402304)
Agree with #50. Gary Thorne has my dream job (Orioles, baseball and hockey announcer) and is generally good at it.
   63. cardsfanboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4402310)
What you really want to do is to follow up an exciting Opening Day game with a day off. Because, Selig


Blame Bud for what has been going on forever..... Rationality, your name is not Rickey.

A few folks have paid some lip service to it here, but, yes, that's mostly been Vlad's drum to beat. While it was always true in a pure mathematical sense, it was never true in 18 years of practice.


I've complained about the 6 team central division. I think the myth of the NL Central being weak, is strictly a product of the extra team. I prefer interleague all year long. It makes it each interleague game more special, not less special. Before when interleague came around, there would be some great matchups that get ignored because it didn't happen to feature the Yankees. This way the interleague games are arguably going to be on the short list of the most interesting game of the weekend/day.
   64. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM (#4402311)
Man Wieters owns David Price.
   65. Lassus Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:42 PM (#4402313)
Blech.
   66. cardsfanboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM (#4402318)
Eric Gregg, inhabiting the body of Hirschbeck.
(must have thought that Price was Glavine)
   67. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:48 PM (#4402320)
Hammel's pitch count is super low.
   68. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:54 PM (#4402327)
Hammel is in trouble.
   69. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:55 PM (#4402328)
Jennings was bound to get a hit with the contact he made in his first 2 ABs.

I don't mind that bunt at all since Fuld has a good chance of reaching base on a bunt, and it puts the go ahead run on third in the worst case.
   70. Greg K Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:57 PM (#4402331)
Fuld seems like a good candidate for a bunt hit anyway (which it looked like he was aiming for).
   71. salvomania Posted: April 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4402334)
Hammel's pitch count is super low.


lessee, 76 pitches through 6 innings. Not bad.

Shoulda seen Ian Kennedy last night---I think his pitch count was similar, and his command was obscene. He threw first-pitch strikes to something like 25 of the first 27 batters faced (I fell asleep around then so I don't remember the exact number), and more impressively (to me) he went to an 0-2 count on 9 of the first 21 batters, or something like that.

I don't know that I've ever watched Kennedy too closely before, but I was really impressed by his pitching. Yes, the Cardinals seemed weak and inept, but one reason was that they were behind in every at bat.
   72. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:04 PM (#4402337)
If the AL East is going to be like this this season instead of the Red Sox-Yankees game yesterday, it's going to be a very fun year.
   73. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:12 PM (#4402345)
McGee's fastball is crazy good.
   74. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4402347)
That was not a good 0-2 pitch.

Or, really, a good pitch in any count.
   75. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4402348)
Adam Jones was a little less impressed with the 3rd fastball. McGee also missed his spot. That was supposed to be higher and in tighter I think.
   76. Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:13 PM (#4402349)
Yes! It's about time the O's got a big hit after all of the missed opportunities.
   77. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:14 PM (#4402350)
They are walking Wieters. Fear him.
   78. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4402352)
Wow.
   79. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4402355)
Jake McGee's ERA won't recover from this all year since he's probably only got like 60 innings to pitch or so.
   80. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4402356)
Boom.
   81. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4402357)
This is all revenge for Evan Longoria selling out James Shields and B.J. Upton. Suck on it, Rays.
   82. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:15 PM (#4402358)
BOOM.
   83. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4402359)
And Davis atones for the GIDP earlier.
   84. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:19 PM (#4402363)
"You know, the problem with Jake McGee is that he still has that 'Devil Rays' mentality." -- Evan Longoria
   85. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:20 PM (#4402366)
Is having a "Devil Rays" mentality like not being a True Yankee?
   86. Lassus Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:21 PM (#4402367)
And a fantasy team that isn't my own loses a win. Woohoo!
   87. Dan Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:22 PM (#4402370)
McGee allowed 12 earned runs all of last season. He's already allowed 5 in 1 appearance this year. Talk about regression!
   88. zonk Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:25 PM (#4402376)
So hey, nerds.... pythagoras says the Orioles are projected to go 136-26.

NOW do you believe?
   89. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:29 PM (#4402379)

So hey, nerds.... pythagoras says the Orioles are projected to go 136-26.


Pythagoras also led a Gnostic cult, why?
   90. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:31 PM (#4402380)
Dan Duquette is the demiurge.
   91. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:32 PM (#4402385)
Dan Duquette is the demiurge.



...
   92. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:38 PM (#4402392)
Brian Roberts looks like he can still hack it in a Major League lineup, which is nice to see.
   93. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:43 PM (#4402398)
Is Brian Roberts the non-Yankee with the longest one-team career now?

I think Jimmy Rollins has been around for longer. Is Todd Helton still alive? All the talk about the Rockies is how they are going to lose 150 games because they are Tulowitzki, CarGo and the 23 dwarves, but I guess Helton is still among that number.
   94. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:45 PM (#4402400)
Adam Jones is just tearing the cover off of the ball. That one was a great defensive play away from being a bases-clearing double.
   95. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4402403)

Is Brian Roberts the non-Yankee with the longest one-team career now?


Helton.
   96. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:49 PM (#4402405)
Manny Machado is quite the impressive young third baseman.
   97. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 05:53 PM (#4402411)
Manny Machado is quite the impressive young third baseman.


Yeah, his range allows him to catch fly balls to right.
   98. Depressoteric feels Royally blue these days Posted: April 02, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4402421)
Yeah, his range allows him to catch fly balls to right.
I prefer to think of him as Mr. Fantastic, with amazing extend-o limbs that allow him to stay planted near third but get to balls in RF.
   99. Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2013 at 06:00 PM (#4402422)
I was going to say that Longoria has had a season's worth of Web Gems in one game but Gary Thorne beat me to it.
   100. Gamingboy Posted: April 02, 2013 at 06:02 PM (#4402423)
Y'know how Buehrle won the Gold Glove on the first day of the season a few years ago? Longoria is close to doing that today.
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