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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Opening Day OMNICHATTER

12 games, one day (we don’t get 15 games because we can’t have nice things). Aces of varying quality on the mound. 162 games to October. Buckle up.

Gamingboy Posted: March 31, 2013 at 11:34 PM | 328 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   101. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4401026)
*flip*
   102. Dan Posted: April 01, 2013 at 01:58 PM (#4401027)
Sabathia was terrible in most of his opening day starts for us. I'll worry in May.


Sabathia has had a bunch of bad performances on Opening Day, including last year against the Rays. But during last year’s Opening Day start, Sabathia’s fastball averaged over 92 MPH and topped out at ~94.5 MPH. So far today he’s nearly 3 MPH under that.
   103. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4401030)
HARPER DOES IT AGAIN!! ANOTHER HOME RUN.
   104. Dan Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4401031)
Harper!~!!!
   105. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:00 PM (#4401032)
Harper!!!!!! Again!
   106. Gamingboy Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4401033)
This Bryce Harper kid is good.
   107. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4401034)
Whoa.
   108. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4401035)
start the firesale
   109. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM (#4401037)
O/U on the number of outs Bryce Harper makes for the rest of the season: 20. I'm taking the under.
   110. Lassus Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:02 PM (#4401039)
Hmmmm.... looking like rolled.
   111. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:03 PM (#4401041)
Is Tuffy Rhodes getting nervous?
   112. Lassus Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4401042)
Cowgill ain't gonna last at leadoff more than a week.
   113. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:05 PM (#4401044)
2013 NL MVP Bryce Harper is really going to make it a tough year for the Harper Haters.
   114. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4401048)
Samardzija working on a no-no through 1 but he's on pace to throw 198 pitches. Will the Cubs let him go the distance?!?
   115. Lassus Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:07 PM (#4401049)
2013 NL MVP Bryce Harper is really going to make it a tough year for the Harper Haters.

I don't hate him at all, but I would still appreciate him turning into Frenchy because it will make me feel better about that trade I mentioned earlier.
   116. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:08 PM (#4401050)
2013 NL MVP Bryce Harper is really going to make it a tough year for the Harper Haters.
I would love it if he somehow managed to put up a better season than 2012 Mike Trout...particularly for those of us who (not quite believing it) said "but Trout was 20, Harper's only 19!"
   117. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:09 PM (#4401051)
Worrying news for the Nats: Bryce Harper their only run producer.
   118. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:11 PM (#4401054)
Worrying news for the Nats: Bryce Harper their only run producer.
But only because Strasburg wasn't allowed to take a real at-bat due to the walk in front of him.

Speaking of which, Strasburg gave up the leadoff single and has since set down 15 in a row. Sure, they're only Marlins, but...nice.
   119. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:16 PM (#4401061)
That fly out to left with Gardner on second might be the best the Yanks do against Lester today.
   120. Chip Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4401063)
I had forgotten that Cano has never homered off Lester.
   121. Baldrick Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:17 PM (#4401065)
Cue announcers going nuts about Jackie Bradley Jr. making a GREAT CATCH when he obviously just didn't get a very good read on the ball.
   122. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4401068)
Youk is so clearly a double agent this year.

Nice bunt coverage a day after spring training guys.
   123. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:19 PM (#4401069)
The Bradley Jr. character is one of those spring training flashes in the pan that will be long forgotten by June.

I hope, anyway.
   124. JJ1986 Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:20 PM (#4401071)
David Wright is leading the world in stolen bases.
   125. Biff, highly-regarded young guy Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:22 PM (#4401074)
Cue announcers going nuts about Jackie Bradley Jr. making a GREAT CATCH when he obviously just didn't get a very good read on the ball.

Not a good read, but it was still a good catch that a lot of LF wouldn't make.
   126. Monty Predicts a Padres-Mariners WS in 2016 Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:24 PM (#4401078)
I don't hate him at all, but I would still appreciate him turning into Frenchy because it will make me feel better about that trade I mentioned earlier.


I feel like that trade is going to be on your mind constantly for the entire season.
   127. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:26 PM (#4401079)
Strasburg's now taken down 18 in a row. And very efficiently as well: 67 pitches through six innings.
   128. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:29 PM (#4401085)
Harper at bat again right now, for those interested...
   129. Gamingboy Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4401090)
He only flew out? Wimp.
   130. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:31 PM (#4401091)
The Bradley Jr. character is one of those spring training flashes in the pan that will be long forgotten by June.

I hope, anyway.
   131. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:33 PM (#4401094)
Laroche has some entertaining walk-up choices. Still miss Morse, though.
   132. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM (#4401096)
Ricky Nolasco is throwing a solid 1-hit shutout in a world where Bryce Harper doesn't exist.
   133. Russlan is fond of Dillon Gee Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:37 PM (#4401103)
A little lit but Go Mets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
   134. Jim (jimmuscomp) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:39 PM (#4401105)
Ok. Vernon Wells didn't have an 8 pitch AB in his 2 years in Anaheim.
   135. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:40 PM (#4401109)
Jhoulys Chacin is on pace to Ron-Necciai the Brewers.
   136. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:42 PM (#4401111)
Sweet double play. Now let's get some more runs.
   137. Lassus Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:42 PM (#4401112)
A little lit but Go Mets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Russlan, are you drunk before 3 pm?
   138. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:43 PM (#4401114)
And now Harper has also seemingly increased his fielding IQ. Beautiful, smart throw to get the fly-ball double play.
   139. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:43 PM (#4401118)
Jhoulys Chacin is on pace to Ron-Necciai the Brewers.
Slow clap for the reference.
   140. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:44 PM (#4401119)
Cervelli!
   141. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4401122)
Cervelli!
Every time I see this name I think of a light, golden-hued Mexican beer. I could really go for a six-pack of Cervellis right now.
   142. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:45 PM (#4401124)
Who or what is a Jedd Gyorko?
   143. Blastin Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:46 PM (#4401126)
Are there are a lot of Italian last names in Venezuela? I've long been confused by this.
   144. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:49 PM (#4401136)
The Bradley Jr. character is one of those spring training flashes in the pan that will be long forgotten by June.

I hope, anyway.
   145. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:50 PM (#4401137)
agh
   146. Gamingboy Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4401139)
Strasburg was taken out after 7 innings with only 80 pitches.
   147. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:51 PM (#4401140)
Clippard is my wife's favorite player, for some reason.
   148. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:52 PM (#4401142)
Clippard is my wife's favorite player, for some reason.
Because he's The Nerd!

EDIT: Although the leadoff walk is always inauspicious.
   149. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4401150)
Oh good, an IBB! I had forgotten how much those irritated me. The binder is in mid season form.
   150. Dan Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4401153)
Strasburg was taken out after 7 innings with only 80 pitches.


Yeah, what's the deal with this?
   151. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4401157)
Yeah, what's the deal with this?
Eh, it's the Marlins, at the beginning of the year, and you've got a bullpen that (theoretically at least) is lights-out. Why push it now?
   152. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:57 PM (#4401158)
Yeah, what's the deal with this?

Most teams don't push their starters the first week or two. I wouldn't worry about it.

edit: Then again, the Yanks seem determined to get 5 innings out of CC.
   153. Canker Soriano Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4401160)
Yeah, what's the deal with this?

First start of the season, it's not too surprising. Most teams won't let their pitchers stretch to or past 100 pitches on opening day, no matter how we'll they're going. I'd think that rule goes doubly so for a guy laboring under such a protective umbrella to begin with.
   154. Canker Soriano Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4401162)
So many Cokes owed. I'll have to flag down the vendor.
   155. Dan Posted: April 01, 2013 at 02:59 PM (#4401166)
80 pitches though? I get pulling him at 100 or even 95 or something. But 80 seems overcautious even for the way they've handled Strasburg.
   156. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:00 PM (#4401171)
I hope that is CC's last inning.
   157. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:00 PM (#4401172)
And that's the last we'll see of Captain Cheeseburger. Shaky at best.
   158. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4401173)
A little lit but Go Mets!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Russlan, are you drunk before 3 pm?


Seems fair if he's going to watch the Mets.
   159. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4401175)
Greg Dobbs...still in baseball!
   160. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4401176)
Who or what is a Jedd Gyorko?


Gyorko's actually a pretty fair prospect -- I think most lists have him top 50 and the consensus seems to be that he'll hit plenty.

...and the bottom chunk of the Cubs lineup ssssuuuuuuxxxxxx.
   161. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4401178)
I hope that is CC's last inning.
He's up around 103 pitches. I'd be flabbergasted if he's not done.
   162. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4401180)
Gyorko's actually a pretty fair prospect -- I think most lists have him top 50 and the consensus seems to be that he'll hit plenty.
Yeah, the projections seem to have some sort of consensus around .265 with 20 homers and a decent walk rate. Not bad at all.
   163. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:03 PM (#4401182)
I think I really hate Luis Valbuena... a lot.
   164. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4401184)
Psst...A.J. Burnett has already struck out 9 in 3 & 1/3 innings. But he has given up two runs.
   165. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4401185)
Did the color guy on Yankees-Red Sox just say Lester's landing point is lower when his release point is higher? Because I'm pretty sure that's not even possible.
   166. Tom Nawrocki Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4401186)
Tulo just hit a two-run homer. More importantly for the Rockies, it's the top of the third, and he's not hurt yet.
   167. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4401189)
Psst...A.J. Burnett has already struck out 9 in 3 & 1/3 innings. But he has given up two runs.

The Cubs' bottom three of Valbuena, Lillibridge and Samardzija has combined for 6 ABs and 5 strike outs.

EDIT: and Samardzija is the one who managed to put the ball in play.
   168. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4401193)
Psst...A.J. Burnett has already struck out 9 in 3 & 1/3 innings. But he has given up two runs.


Two of them were Valbuena, though -- and I think those only count as .25 strikeouts in the official books.... two others were Lillibridge, which are only worth .33... So actually -- he's only struck out 6.16 through 4. Still not bad.

Edit: croisened beverage to Pops...
   169. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4401196)
David Phelps it is.
   170. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4401197)
Pops, zonk...responses like yours are why I love this place.
   171. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4401199)
Phelps in. So does this mean they are skipping the 5th rotation spot until Hughes is healthy? I guess I understand that, but I am not convinced Nova is better than Phelps.
   172. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:13 PM (#4401203)
Harper fouls out. Trade him to the Yanks for Vernon Wells' contract.

Not Vernon Wells, mind you -- just his contract.
   173. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4401206)
Triple!
   174. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4401208)
Play at the plate! And the Yanks actually pull it off. Nice.
   175. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4401216)
Dammit.
   176. Rickey! trades in sheep and threats Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4401219)
Harper fouls out


Tuffy Rhodes.
   177. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:18 PM (#4401224)
What's the weather like in Pittsburgh?

Because a couple hits and an SB for Castro, an HR for Rizzo, and a strong 5 innings by Samardzija assuming he gets through the next frame -- and I'd be ready to call it a day well done if it should happen to pour in the next 15 minutes or so.
   178. cardsfanboy Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4401227)
Who or what is a Jedd Gyorko?


My pick for rookie of the year in the predictions thread..
   179. Bourbon Samurai Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4401228)
That's the way to start the year!
   180. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:20 PM (#4401229)
Rafael Soriano sure looks ####### filthy with his stuff out there on the mound.
   181. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4401236)
Don't know that I've ever actually sat and watched Uehara pitch. That's quite an experience.
   182. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4401238)
Don't know that I've ever actually sat and watched Uehara pitch. That's quite an experience.
Dave Cameron calls him the most underrated reliever in baseball, and for once I think he's right about something.
   183. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4401241)
Don't know that I've ever actually sat and watched Uehara pitch. That's quite an experience.


Is he doing the fan dance?
   184. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4401243)
#177 - the nearest rain to the west of Pittsburgh is in...Kansas?
   185. Canker Soriano Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:27 PM (#4401246)
#177 - the nearest rain to the west of Pittsburgh is in...Kansas?

Is it in Pittsburg, Kansas?
   186. Cowboy Popup Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4401254)
Even Aaron Boone is sick of seeing highlights of his HR off of Wakefield.
   187. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4401260)
AJ Burnett and Jeff Samardzija continue to turn back the clock to the thrilling game of yesteryear -- it's as if we're watching an aging Vic Willis get outdueled by a young Mordecai Brown... No word on whether BPJ would be willing to lop off a digit for authenticity's sake.
   188. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:39 PM (#4401264)
And lo! Is that the handsome Johnny Kling out trying to stretch a run scoring double? Why no - it's the fresh-faced Duke of Wellington Castillo!
   189. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:41 PM (#4401266)
The highlight of my baseball day has been when a coworker asked me who Jackie Bradley Junior's father is.

"Uh, Jackie Bradley Senior?"
   190. JJ1986 Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:41 PM (#4401267)
Cowgill ain't gonna last at leadoff more than a week.


Because he will be hitting 4th.
   191. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:45 PM (#4401273)
The highlight of my baseball day has been when a coworker asked me who Jackie Bradley Junior's father is.

"Uh, Jackie Bradley Senior?"


It's a fair question. I'm not aware of anyone known person who formally goes by Jr., but whose father isn't known.

EDIT: Wiki says both Senior and Junior were named after Jackie Wilson.
   192. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4401275)
The Yanks/Sox and Nats/Marlins games both started at 1:05pm.

The Nats game has been over for thirty minutes. The Yanks/Sox game is still crawling along in the top of the 7th inning.

Tells me everything I need to know.
   193. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:47 PM (#4401278)
Robert Griffin III's father and grandfather, as far as I know, aren't famous.
   194. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:47 PM (#4401279)
It's a fair question. I'm not aware of anyone known person who formally goes by Jr., but whose father isn't known.
Did you know anything about the prior two Robert Griffins before Mk.III showed up at Baylor?

EDIT: Ack, coke to Dan Lee.
   195. Esoteric Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4401282)
EDIT: Wiki says both Senior and Junior were named after Jackie Wilson.
I'm in heaven when he takes tough walks.
   196. zonk Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:48 PM (#4401284)
...and Brent Lillibridge seizes the sombrero!
   197. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:50 PM (#4401286)
Did you know anything about the prior two Robert Griffins before Mk.III showed up at Baylor?

Hey, I said Juniors! Not IIIs...
   198. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4401296)
The Mets are gonna go 162-0!

Goddammit does Andrew Miller suck.
   199. Canker Soriano Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:57 PM (#4401298)
The highlight of my baseball day has been when a coworker asked me who Jackie Bradley Junior's father is.

The correct answer is, of course, Jackie Rogers Jr.
   200. Textbook Editor Posted: April 01, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4401299)
Yup, that's the Andrew Miller I remember.

[sigh]
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