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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-18-2013

Pittsburgh Press, April 18, 1913:

George Sisler, the twirler who refused to report to the Pirates and who is now on the local team’s ineligible list, twirled a wonderful game for Michigan university [sic] yesterday, beating the Alma college nine 4 to 1, allowing his opponents one hit. In addition to twirling like a big leaguer, Sisler also pounded out two hits, one of which was a triple.

Mark my words: This Sisler kid is going to be a great big leaguer someday.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:11 AM | 14 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:18 AM (#4417672)
Some terrific bats on today's Birthday Team, and watching Steve Blass is definitely worth the price of admission.

C: Hughie Hearne
1B: Billy Butler
2B: Doug Flynn
3B: Miguel Cabrera
SS: Tommy McMillan
LF: Duffy Lewis
CF: Jim Eisenreich
RF: Sam Crawford

SP: Steve Blass
SP: Dennis Rasmussen
SP: Jack Scott
SP: Mike Paul
SP: Bobby Castillo
RP: Chuck Taylor

Owner: Frank Navin
Not that one: Deacon Jones
   2. AndrewJ Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:22 AM (#4417686)
Very good outfield. (And it blows me away that Duffy Lewis, Joe Wood and Larry Gardner of the 1912 Red Sox were still around to see Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.)
   3. BDC Posted: April 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM (#4417791)
Heh, just noticed that this is roughly the day of the year when the morning baseball standings look most like final NFL standings. Falcons seem on course for a Super Bowl against the surprising Raiders.
   4. DA Baracus Posted: April 18, 2013 at 10:12 AM (#4417796)
They've got to get past the Broncos first.

Cleveland is of course in last place.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 11:28 AM (#4417865)
K-Rod signs minor league deal with Milwaukee worth up to $2 million.

Red Sox minor league left-hander Miguel Pena and right-hander Gerson Bautista both suspended 50 games for violation of the drug policy.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 12:04 PM (#4417906)

Adam Wainwright - 22 IP
Bartolo Colon - 19 IP
Zach McAllister - 12.1 IP


Jeff Keppinger - 61 PA
Starlin Castro - 58 PA
Carlos Gomez - 50 PA
   7. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:16 PM (#4418380)
Starlin Castro - 58 PA

Not any more! Two today.
   8. Der-K: downgraded to lurker Posted: April 18, 2013 at 05:38 PM (#4418414)
Heh, just noticed that this is roughly the day of the year when the morning baseball standings look most like final NFL standings. Falcons seem on course for a Super Bowl against the surprising Raiders.

Nah, we'd lose to the Giants first...
   9. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:10 PM (#4418457)
Game of the day (yesterday): Tigers 2, Mariners 1 (14). Max Scherzer and Felix Hernandez? This looks about right.

Felix gave up a single to Miguel Cabrera in the top of the first, but struck out the other three Tigers he faced; Scherzer only got one strikeout in the bottom of the inning, but was about as dominant as you can be under that condition, as he also got a foulout and a grounder that was fielded by the catcher. Scherzer's perfect first was the beginning of a lengthy stretch of outs; the next runner didn't reach base until Franklin Gutierrez's infield single to lead off the bottom of the fourth, which ended a string of 19 straight outs between the two teams. Gutierrez was left on by a popup and two K's, keeping the game scoreless.

I'm not sure if Brendan Ryan was rusty (Felix had struck out 6 through 4 innings, and Ryan had no chances) or was just taking pity on the Tigers, but Victor Martinez reached on Ryan's error to start the fifth. Andy Dirks then doubled, moving Martinez to third, and Jhonny Peralta brought him in with a groundout, putting the first run of the game on the board. Seattle also put multiple runners on in the inning, with a Justin Smoak walk and a Jesus Montero single, but Dustin Ackley wasted the opportunity by hitting into a double play. Still, the pitchers continued to show little flickers of vulnerability, as Torii Hunter picked up a double against Felix in the sixth and Kyle Seager reached on an infield hit in the bottom of the inning (OK, that came amid three strikeouts, which makes it feel less like a danger sign). Hernandez struck out two and got a 3-1 groundout in the top of the seventh, keeping his team within a run, and in the home half of the frame, Michael Morse doubled and Raul Ibanez singled to tie the score.

Two-out doubles by Austin Jackson and Gutierrez provided mild threats in the eighth, but Hernandez and Scherzer worked around them. Having thrown 105 and 106 pitches, respectively, struck out 12 batters each and walked one between them, both starters were pulled at the end of the eighth. It'd be easy to complain about this if not for the fact that the bullpens weren't any worse. Seattle's Tom Wilhemsen was spotless in the ninth; Octavio Dotel allowed a hit to Kendry Morales and a walk to Morse, but Phil Coke bailed him out by getting a double play from Ibanez and striking out Smoak. Wilhemsen worked around a two-out Brayan Pena single in the tenth; Brayan Villarreal walked two Mariners in the bottom half, but Darin Downs whiffed Seager to leave both of them on.

Carter Capps allowed a one-out single to Hunter, but he and Oliver Perez retired Cabrera and Prince Fielder to keep the game tied. Al Alburquerque (oh, you mean Alberto Alburquerque?) was perfect in the bottom of the inning. Perez was a bit more adventurous in the top of the twelfth, walking Matt Tuiasosopo and sending him to second on an errant pickoff throw; an intentional walk to Peralta was followed by consecutive strikeouts by Pena and Omar Infante. Alburquerque allowed a two-out hit to Ackley but nothing else, and the game moved on to the thirteenth. Hunter walked against Charlie Furbush but didn't advance from there; Jason Bay picked up a single against Drew Smyly but also stayed where he was.

In the fourteenth, Furbush allowed a single to Martinez, who was removed for pinch hitter Don Kelly. Tuiasosopo then walked, prompting Blake Beavan to replace Furbush on the mound. Peralta bunted with the intent of sacrificing; I assume the Mariners went for the lead runner and didn't get him, because the play ended with everyone safe. Pena grounded to short to bring in the go-ahead run, but Beavan retired the next two hitters to limit the damage.

Joaquin Benoit took over in the bottom of the inning. Smoak singled with one out, but the next two hitters produced outs to end the game.

Wait, that's not exactly what happened. That's just how my system sees it, because it's based on win expectancy, which treats each play as a simple transition between states. In this case, the out made when Dustin Ackley was hitting ended up being... slightly more exciting than average.

Ackley lined the ball into right; Hunter was playing well off the line, and Ackley's hit one-hopped the wall. Hunter recovered quickly, rifling the ball back toward the infield, but the Mariners, having reached the point of desperation, sent Smoak home anyway; Fielder made a perfect relay throw and Pena held on through Smoak's best impersonation of a runaway semi to end the game.

It's a 14-inning game in which the tying run is thrown out at the plate in the fourteenth. Seems like a reasonable selection as the #3 game of the year to date.
   10. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:46 PM (#4418501)
Phillippe Aumont, the greatest-ever Phillies pitcher from Quebec (Rhéal Cormier is from New Brunswick), just tweeted a link to the premiere, or in this case première, issue of Au Monticule, a Quebec baseball magazine. It seems to be a real thing. Cool.

I believe "Au Monticule" means "On the Mound". Never realized Aumont's name was so appropriate for his profession.
   11. manchestermets Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:52 PM (#4418512)
I know there's a few people on this site who play OOTP. Is anyone playing it on Linux? I've installed it, but I can't get it to run at all and the error messages are completely unhelpful - has anyone had any success?

It tells me:


Checking command line parameters:
Program started with command line parameters: ./ootp14
Initial : /opt/Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/bin
: /home/tim/.Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/data
: /home/tim/.Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/custdata
: /opt/Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/bin/data
: /opt/Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/bin
: /opt/Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/bin/data
: /opt/Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/bin/data
Set DMPT_CUST_DATA to /home/tim/.Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/custdata due to path_cust_data setting in paths.cfg config file
Set DMPT_USER_DATA to /home/tim/.Out of the Park Developments/OOTP Baseball 14/custdata due to path_user_data setting in paths.cfg config file
Set request_install_basic_user_data to TRUE because cust_data folder missing

Could not open folder /default_data. Please reinstall Out of the Park Baseball.

Even though it seems unlikely it wants to store data in a folder off the root directory, I've created /default_data with 777 permissions, but it makes no difference.
   12. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: April 18, 2013 at 06:55 PM (#4418515)
Some terrific bats on today's Birthday Team,

except Doug Flynn gives it all back
   13. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:31 PM (#4418551)
Game of the day (1977): Dodgers 7, Giants 6. Pitching matchup was Tommy John (who I kind of hope doesn't require linking, but still) against John Montefusco (who has an awesome name, and was also coming off of excellent years in '75 and '76; '77 was his transition year from really good to serviceable, where he hung out for most of another decade.)

Davey Lopes led off the game with a single and stole second, his eighth steal in nine team games, but Montefusco retired Bill Russell, Reggie Smith, and Ron Cey to keep him from advancing further. In the bottom of the first, Ron Andrews walked and tried to match Lopes's steal; Steve Yeager's throw beat him, but Lopes made an error on the play that allowed him to reach second safely anyway. Bill Madlock then doubled in one run, and after Jack Clark made the second out, Willie McCovey singled Madlock home. (Man, if Clark and McCovey were in their primes rather than before and past them, that would have been a fearsome middle of the Giant lineup.)

The starters rolled through the next two innings, only allowing a single to Giant catcher Marc Hill between them. That string of success came to an abrupt end with Russell's leadoff triple in the fourth; he came in to score LA's first run on a Smith groundout. Cey and McCovey both singled later in the inning, but neither advanced from first, and the starters were spotless once more in the fifth.

In the sixth, Montefusco worked through the Dodgers' DP combination on a strikeout and a popup. Smith then doubled, and Cey grounded to his third base counterpart, who, being Bill Madlock, made an error that allowed Cey to reach. Up next was Steve Garvey, who in true, genuine American hero fashion, belted a go-ahead 3-run homer. Andrews doubled in the bottom of the inning and made it as far as third, but the Giants couldn't bring him in, and the Dodgers went back to work in the top of the seventh. Yeager walked; John laid down a bunt, the Giants tried to get Yeager at second and failed to do so, letting both runners reach safely. Lopes walked as well to load the bases, bringing Charlie Williams in to replace Montefusco, and Russell greeted the new pitcher with a sac fly to make it 5-2. Smith hit into a force and was then caught stealing second, singlehandedly bailing the Giants out of the inning.

With a three-run lead and a borderline Hall of Famer in his prime on the mound, you'd figure the Dodgers had the game well in hand. On the other hand, this is the Game of the Day; nobody ever has it well in hand. Pinch hitter Gary Thomasson led off the bottom of the seventh with a single; Hill grounded out, but Derrel Thomas and Larry Herndon both singled to bring in a run. John was lifted from the game for Charlie Hough, and Darrell Evans pinch hit for Andrews. This proved to be a wise substitution, as Evans launched a 3-run homer to put the Giants back in front. An error, a wild pitch, and an intentional walk put two more Giants on before Hough escaped the inning.

Side note: I did not realize how much time Hough spent as a reliever. His first 12 big league seasons (1970-81), he pitched in 438 games with 23 starts; his last 13 (82-94), it was 420 games, 417 starts. There can't be many people who make that transition at age 34 and make it stick. (Which I suppose would be a benefit of the knuckleball.)

Randy Moffitt took over pitching duties for San Francisco in the eighth, and immediately served up a game-tying homer to Cey. His outing did not improve much from there, as he walked Garvey (which is kind of impressive) and got Rick Monday on a groundout that advanced Garvey. Gary Lavelle took the mound, and Lee Lacy smacked a pinch double that brought Garvey around with the go-ahead run. After an intentional pass to Yeager, Hough (hitting for himself despite his rocky seventh) lined out and Lopes grounded out to keep the Giants in range.

Thomasson led off the bottom of the eighth with a triple, giving his teammates three shots to tie the game. Hill grounded to second, with Thomasson remaining anchored to the base. Thomas fouled out, and Herndon lined out to end the inning. Both halves of the ninth went 1-2-3, with McCovey being left on deck at the end of the game.

No offense intended to the '77 Mariners, but it's kind of nice to write about a couple of recognizable teams from time to time. Of course, it's also nice to write about a game that has more than one come-from-behind-to-lead three-run homer in the sixth inning or later, followed by a leadoff triple that puts the tying run on third with a knuckleballer on the mound, which is a nice way to keep the people's attention on every pitch.
   14. Eric J can SABER all he wants to Posted: April 18, 2013 at 07:36 PM (#4418558)
except Doug Flynn gives it all back

Doug Flynn makes a nice darkhorse in the discussion of "worst player ever (with a substantial MLB career)." The man had a career OPS+ of 58; he may have been a decent fielder (although the stats don't love him), but you'd think he'd be a Gold Glove shortstop with that bat, and 3/4 of his career innings came at second.

At least he wasn't part of the Tom Seaver trade or anything.

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